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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
4:57 PM

Post #2922327

I stood on that big rock and took this-this was about 8yrs ago!
i just luv this picture

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
4:58 PM

Post #2922332

another older photo

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
4:59 PM

Post #2922335

these are all from the first yrs in the garden-much has changed over the yrs

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
5:00 PM

Post #2922337

another

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
5:00 PM

Post #2922339

a few more

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
5:01 PM

Post #2922344

this is it-my garden keeper!

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pepsidrinker
La Salle, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 17, 2006
5:05 PM

Post #2922353

Just beautiful Dori :-)

Connie

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2006
5:15 PM

Post #2922391

Absolutely beautiful Dori!! I can't call you NOT Martha anymore. You are worthy! I really love the fountain with the boy and his umbrella. I love the keeper! The first and fourth and fifth picture really grabs you with all the color. How big is this bed and when did you first start it?
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
5:22 PM

Post #2922412

thats "big" garden is about a 1/2 acre now. I started it 9yrs ago and each yr id tell my DH i need another row tilled on this side and then another here and here -these were with the 6ft tiller so each time i added 6ft more per side
The fountain you to be the edge at one time!! I added another tear to that fountain a few yrs ago-you can see in the more resent pics!
I found daves 5 yrs ago and had to add more rows-cuz i was trading plants like crazy!!!

thanks
D

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2006
5:35 PM

Post #2922442

Sigh, 1/2 an acre. My beds get bigger each year, but since it's me and a spade, they only get a foot or more each year. Dave's and everyone here has inspired me too!!!
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

November 17, 2006
5:48 PM

Post #2922474

That first photo is my favorite of all! Isn't it funny to look back at photos and see how things have changed over the years almost without us being aware of how much? What are the deep red flowers in the first photo? So pretty.

susan
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2006
5:58 PM

Post #2922501

Sweet Williams
sarv48
south of Grand Rapid, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2006
6:49 PM

Post #2922640

ahhhh a little piece of heaven on earth...
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 18, 2006
3:00 AM

Post #2923874

Dori,
Your gardens always make me smile! You definitely have the touch!
Terrie
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2006
3:49 AM

Post #2924011

Should we ask for a Dori forum? ;)
Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

November 20, 2006
12:15 AM

Post #2928827

Incredible! That's the first year??? You have gardening magic, Dori.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2006
2:52 AM

Post #2929265

A Dori Forum would be cool! :))
Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2006
2:59 AM

Post #2929280

Beautiful Dori as always...keep those pictures coming...!!I too vote for a Dori Forum...
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2008
1:27 PM

Post #4497780

LOL LOL LOL

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 5, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #4499767

Isn't it funny how we find that timeless picture!

Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
2:59 PM

Post #4541525

Dori, This is my first visit to your thread. What a lovely garden. I can hardly wait to see some from this year. Do you have raised beds?
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2008
3:05 PM

Post #4541549

No i dont have any raised beds-just flat farm land
Im in what they call the Saginaw Valley on lake Huron side

thankz
dori
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #4542198

dori, I think it's a beautiful picture, too!

Tell us what seeds you are starting for this year? Are you doing wintersowing? Or is your garden filled up with healthy perennials and you don't need to add anything more? Just wondering-- (-;

I've lost track of your garden since they started all these regional threads and I miss it! (I think you're mostly on the Michigan/Upper Midwest thread, right?) t.
toofewanimals
Trenton, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 15, 2008
9:10 PM

Post #4543250

Dori, See what happens when I'm flat on my back during the month of Nov ... I miss pictures of your garden. Beautiful!

My garden hasn't gotten bigger for 2 years now. I'm like billyporter ... me and the spade, so increase is very slow. I do hope to a small increase this year. Got to have a little more room for those daylily seedlings.
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 16, 2008
8:53 PM

Post #4547208

IM adding lots of lilies and perennials and taking lots of stuff out
Redoing bunches this growing season-hopefully!!!

seeds i start are few-daylilies, tomatoes,peppers, clematis and tryin some lily seeds this yr

mostly i just go for the already grown plants-instant satisfaction! if you go to the co-op forum you'll see im adding lots more lol

one of last yrs projects- i dont even know if i ever took a pic of it finished-maybe this yr!

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tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 17, 2008
2:28 AM

Post #4548601

What are you making there? A kind of raised bed?
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 17, 2008
3:02 AM

Post #4548747

its a little fountain -i buried a huge tub and filled it with water laying a grate over the top and last yr it had stones and marble things on top- i will look for a pic or take one this summer!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

February 18, 2008
5:22 AM

Post #4553668

Dori, just found this thread, it's beautiful! Post more pictures!
rednyr
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #4560820

Dori - although your pics are two years old I still had to post how absolutely beautiful they are! Very inspiring to those of us that are newbies and trying to create something beautiful out of nothing (my yard stood empty for years prior to me buying the home nearly 4 years ago but I've been working on it one bed at a time!!) Please post more about how you are re-arranging your beds...

Deanna
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 19, 2008
9:12 PM

Post #4561014

Amazing!! Beautiful :)

Susan

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

March 12, 2008
3:46 PM

Post #4654495

The gardens most certainly are beautiful..you can tell after such a long difficult weather with record breaking temps and snow fall that we are all here, going back in posts to see the beauty of what's to come...

Thank you!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2008
5:44 PM

Post #4659049

Oh my gosh! When my garden grows up it wants to be just like yours!
dragonfly123
Sheboygan, WI
(Zone 5b)

March 14, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #4664191

Hi Dori - I just joined Dave's today, and yours is the first site I have seen - your pictures are absolutely beautiful!! I've only been gardening for about 5 years -- before that I only had patios and containers. Any tips for a beginning country gardener? Maybe some day I will have the nerve to show pictures of my garden, too. In the meantime, I'm learning about seeds, grubs, and all kinds of things I never even knew existed. Looking forward to more pictures - please keep them coming. Susan
rednyr
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2008
12:51 AM

Post #4680412

welcome Dori! you will find more information then your mind can soak up here at DG - I joined in January and has it ever been worth it! so many nice people - be sure you join some of the newbie trades! here is a link to one going on right now...Robbi is a doll and sent me more seed then I could possibly start this year - it was like opening a christmas package with all the cool stuff she sent...if you have already found the below link - please excuse my doubling up - I just got back home from vacation so am trying to catch up now LOL

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/818198/

Deanna
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #4680442

Thanks for the welcome but ive been here since the start of daves!!
im like member #5

it is a great site~~~
rednyr
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2008
2:49 AM

Post #4680936

whoops sorry Dori...I meant dragonfly! LOL thats what I get for reading all the posts so fast...I've been gone 5 days and was having some severe DG withdrawal!!!!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2008
3:28 AM

Post #4681068

Welcome, dragonfly123! Nice to see another Wisconsinite on DG. :)
dragonfly123
Sheboygan, WI
(Zone 5b)

March 24, 2008
6:30 PM

Post #4703647

Thanks to all who responded to my request - will definitely check other links, but would especially like to get info for a beginning cottage gardener. I think I have a lot of the right plants, but they just don't seem to be placed correctly, and I think (KNOW) I need more beds in order to get the right effect. Any advice on the best 10 (or???) plants to start with when creating a new cottage garden? Dave's was recommended to me by an EBay friend who retired from running her own nursery. She said I could learn more here than in any magazine or catalogue on the market, and considering how much I've learned from her, I have no reason to doubt her. Will appreciate any info, especially from other zone 5 gardeners (Hi Kayly from Watertown) who will know what will thrive here and what to avoid. I'm just beginning to plant seed (I know I'm a little late, but I think we're going to have a late spring, so it should come out okay), but have at least 3 dozen different plants already in the ground, and am thinking about moving some - what goes well with what? I'm great at following directions, but not so good at imagination, so I really do need some guidance. My mini-iris, early tulips, bearded iris and daffodils are just poking through, so I have some time before I can do anything, so if anyone is willing to give me some plant combos, etc. I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help!!! Susan

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2008
5:03 AM

Post #4710598

Susan, start your own thread here on the Cottage Garden forum asking for help, you will be FLOODED! Get measurements of what you already have, list the plants you have and get an idea of WHAT you want. There are so many generous gardeners willing to share their precious plants when they divide, you will have a wonderful jump start on a GREAT garden! Best of luck, I can't wait to see pics! ~ Pat
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #4711948

Can I just say that I love that first picture - too! It is quite an inspiration to me because I would love to look out my back window and see all those beautiful plants filling out my whole yard! Slowly I will get there... I think I can, I think I can lol!
dragonfly123
Sheboygan, WI
(Zone 5b)

March 27, 2008
3:40 PM

Post #4716987

Thanks Pat, for the great idea - I didn't know I could do that and I'll definitely follow up on your suggestions. I will get the dimensions of my yard, existing flower beds and the plants I already have -- as far as what I want, I guess I will leave that up to the other gardeners, as I'm sure they'll have combinations to suggest. I'm also considering (not much of a surprise) enlarging the beds and/or adding more, so any ideas will be welcome. Thanks again, and look for my new thread, coming soon!! Susan
corgimom
Pontotoc, MS
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2008
8:49 PM

Post #4788290

Dori, wanna come help me start up my new garden ? I am building a new bungalow in zone 7b and will be starting over with my gardening. I won't be having a garden as large as I have now ( 3.5 acres) as my DH as put his foot down, but it will have both sun and shade. I have very little shade now so this will add a different aspect to my life.

Love to "visit" your garden through pictures ! How peaceful ( as long as I don't have to weed it for you.)
Karen4Roses
Traverse City, MI

April 10, 2008
11:28 PM

Post #4789063

Wow, Dori! What a magnificent garden! Keep posting your pictures - they take my breath away!

Karen
PrimroseSue
Medway, MA
(Zone 5b)

April 22, 2008
1:52 PM

Post #4845923

dragonfly/Susan - I've been gardening for about fifteen years, and have had the same problem. It took so long for me because raising kids didn't afford me the time and effort to put into a garden.

It's just been the past few years, a little "magic", and great ideas from DG that have helped my garden start to come around.

Keep the confidence!

Sue

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Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
1:31 PM

Post #4881398

Dori...in photo that you say is a keeper with the birdbath...what are the purple flowers??remember I asked about them at Staceys and thought they was blue??LOL..Did'nt you have more photos someplace???I need blue!!!
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2008
2:01 PM

Post #4881538

are you talking about the heart shaped birdbath pic-purple toadflax
the one with the guys head?-verbena bon.
the one with the fountain?-bellflower
Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
2:12 PM

Post #4881600

The ones in post # 2922344...did'nt you have a picture of a arbor with blue flowers???
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2008
2:54 PM

Post #4881819

Verbena
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/141/
Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #4885097

THX Dori thats it...I ordered it from Bluestones!!!
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2008
10:36 AM

Post #4885775

it reseeds here and i let them grow where they sprout!
Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2008
1:09 PM

Post #4891219

Thats nice to hear..it says its a annual for me..I'm zone 5a and your further north than me still your 6a???
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2008
1:44 PM

Post #4891360

if you ever look at a michigan zone map there is a very small area where i am that is a zone 6 by the grace of God!!! its cuz we are so close to the bay~lake huron!
Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2008
3:49 AM

Post #4894916

LOL..I think you told me the reason before!!You think from my 3 plants I'll still get babies???

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