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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:36 PM

Post #5424085

Here is a before photo of a small area near the garage that we started reworking this afternoon, thanks to DH and his tilling skills and great help.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #5424097

Here's the area after clearing and tilling.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:43 PM

Post #5424110

Now comes the planting. Here's a photo of the far left rounded edge, where I have planted (from the fence) Campanula `Blue Uniform' purchased for $2 at Lowe's (almost dead but now coming along nicely), Jonquils, Hemerocallis White Temptation and Bergenia cordifolia `Tubby Andrews.' Poor Tubby's been languishing in his pot for a year now, so I divided the plant and have it in three places in this little area.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5424121

A shot of the middle of the bed with Bergenia `Tubby Andrews' and a NOID daylily. There are Jonquil bulbs planted also.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:47 PM

Post #5424133

Here's a view of the left side with more Tubby Andrews bergenia and another NOID daylily.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #5424141

Here's the right side of the bed with jonquils peeking through and another $2 Campanula `Blue Uniform' making a rebound.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #5424157

Here's an overall shot after we finished work for today. Still to come in back are some delphiniums later this fall.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 16, 2008
11:54 PM

Post #5424163

A closeup of my fairy warning!

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CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 17, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #5424677

Wouldn't pixies be more menacing?

Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 17, 2008
12:39 PM

Post #5425731

CoreHH: Maybe to some, but I saw the sign and couldn't resist. The area doesn't look like much right now, but in a few weeks, I hope it shows lots of progress as the weather cools down a little. Those poor Campanulas were brown and dried and just a little green showing, but I've bought some great plants on sale that looked like they were dead.
StonoRiver
Johns Island, SC

August 18, 2008
2:24 AM

Post #5429289


Alliterativly I totally agree, Core. But the message is the same---and just as clearly understood. So I think it works...
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #5433744

Just fooling with you. Fairies will work out fine.

StonoRiver
Johns Island, SC

August 21, 2008
2:56 AM

Post #5444839

Good One Core! Fairies do work out just fine...
greenthumb_NC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2008
3:06 PM

Post #5451971

I liked how you showed the progress of your project. Thanks.

Karin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 22, 2008
4:36 PM

Post #5452463

Greenthumb, stay tuned. I'm hoping it will show great progress in a couple of weeks and I will keep posting photos of its growth or lack of. Thanks for the thumbs up.
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2008
5:54 PM

Post #5452895

LOL. I had that problem this year with the lack of rain. Had a bunch of plants I grew from seed and got them planted in the ground. After that I was watering them so they wouldn't die. Not exactly imnpressive to look at right now. I gave my neighbor an elephant ear that gets huge. He was all excited and there it sits with 6 inch leaves on it. It didn't get enough water so it has done almost nothing. LOL. He's not to impressed.

Oh well everything will better next year.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 22, 2008
10:37 PM

Post #5454016

Core, yep, there's always next year! The lack of rain is killing us. I am trying to keep only those things which went in the ground this year watered;everything else is on its own.
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 23, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #5454711

Ditto. Once it's been in the ground for a year it's pretty much on it's own.
av_ocd_girl
Ellerbe, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 23, 2008
8:17 PM

Post #5457843

Really like your pictures, it's great seeing the progress one step at a time. I've often wondered If those 'almost dead' plants at lowe's could come back this time of year with the cooler weather coming.

I LOVE your Fairie sign!!!
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2008
12:37 AM

Post #5458935

I was just at lowes a few hours ago. No half dead plants at all. They were getting rid of outdoor stuff at 50% off of the lowest priced marked. They had an outdoor 10x10 event tent with side curtians for $12, they're usually $50. Outdoor furniture was real cheap for whatever they left over. I'm close to Lowes so I cruise it every couple of weeks especially when the seasons change. To bad the plant buyer for the Bluffton Lowes seems to be dead on with her numbers.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 24, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #5458975

av_ocd_girl: I'm glad you like my warning sign! I love fairies and am incorporating them into my garden as I renovate all areas. I also have them in my house. See the fairy swap thread.
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2008
12:50 AM

Post #5458992

One of my friends rented a house from hippies and at last count 37 buddas were found. LOL. They were were everywhere but kind of hidden. No pest control on that house it was meant to be left "natural". It was fun trying to find new buddas. They were up in trees looking down, in bushes, think they pretty much were looking at every piece of the house and yard.

Nice to have the Buddas looking out for you. LOL.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 24, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #5459088

There is a house in Asheville just off Haywood Road that has Panda bears everywhere in the yard, in trees, up on fence posts, I do mean everywhere, but it's always fun to try to spot a new one that you haven't noticed before.
av_ocd_girl
Ellerbe, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2008
3:26 AM

Post #5459653

Oh...I just love fairies, pixies, dragons, etc...and try to make my yard a sanctuary. In fact, a mischievous little pixie sat up housekeeping in one of my flower pots this year! I've tried to get a picture of her, but she's shy and won't let me get too close.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

August 24, 2008
12:42 PM

Post #5460414

av_ocd_girl: They can be elusive, as you know. Some of mine, though, are quite bold and love being photographed; others just flit around the edges of my vision! Here's one who darted into our sunroom and sits on a table listening to our conversations.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 11, 2008
9:36 PM

Post #5539879

Here's another before photo of part of a front garden area. This is right in front of the bow window in our living room. Horribly weedy and overgrown due to my working the last four years in Asheville and only getting home on weekends and holidays. I'm embarrassed by this photo, but there's worse to come.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 11, 2008
9:38 PM

Post #5539888

Here's my planned redo. Have already ordered the roses, Sunsprite and Julia Child, one on either end, and The Fawn in the middle. This shows bulbs and perennials I am going to use.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 11, 2008
10:09 PM

Post #5539954

This is a view from the front door end of the bed.

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1cros3nails4gvn
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2008
2:29 AM

Post #5549091

dont feel bad about weeds... just come down to wy place and you'll feel better!
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 14, 2008
2:34 AM

Post #5549106

Hey, 1Cross, thanks for the encouragement. The weeds, the weeds, the bain of our gardening existence!
1cros3nails4gvn
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2008
2:49 AM

Post #5549154

yeah... i was actually starting to think about keeping the weeds as a groundcover for the area. i mean, they are all nice and green. if they were supposed to be there, i would be real proud of them!
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 19, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #5573526

Here is the front walkway garden area as it was this morning.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 19, 2008
9:58 PM

Post #5573536

Another view of the bow window this morning.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 19, 2008
10:01 PM

Post #5573544

View of the entire walkway from the front landing.

Edited to say I just realized I posted this photo twice.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 19, 2008
10:03 PM

Post #5573548

The front walkway area at the end of the day.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 19, 2008
10:04 PM

Post #5573559

That bow window again.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 19, 2008
10:08 PM

Post #5573568

Another view of the walkway from the driveway. Tomorrow we start putting down landscape fabric and putting in plants!

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CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #5574365

Looking this thread over makes me think I have to do some weeding and get my beds in shape this weekend. It just got so hot I didn't keep up with the weeds in August or the beginning of Sept.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 20, 2008
12:09 PM

Post #5575487

Core: Neither did we and it was horrible! We're off this morning to get mulch and some plants. Ye-ha.
mwlgood
Wilmington, NC

September 20, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #5577166

I hope you have better luck with your fabric! We moved into a house this year and there is fabric or plastic down everywhere. Would have been great, however, in most places the weeds are growing on top of it and through it! It has become my nemesis. You did nice work on your beds! Come on down and I'll put you to work! Melissa
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 20, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5577254

Melissa: I hear you on the weeds growing on top. They do, but maybe it won't be so bad as it was when we started! They were about to devour the house.

DH has done most of the hard, heavy work, thank goodness, and today I have come down with a cold, sore throat, laryngitis, the works, so we've not made very much progress. Did get some of the fabric down and one plant in the ground, but it's simply going to have to wait until I feel better.
1cros3nails4gvn
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #5577279

hope you get better quick
mwlgood
Wilmington, NC

September 20, 2008
9:20 PM

Post #5577361

I do hope you feel better soon also - it is lovely weather to be working outside (at least on the coast it is). FINALLY!
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #5577754

I have had airbourne seeds land and grow in the mulch on top of fabric. It does help but it's not fool proof. Plastic???? I'm not thinking that is a good choice. LOL.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 20, 2008
11:59 PM

Post #5577953

No plastic, only fabric. We put it down when we redid the driveway area and so far it's worked great. There've been a few weeds, but they were easy to spot and yank out.

Thanks for the feel better wishes. I sure do hate being under the weather when we're having perfect gardening temperatures!
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 25, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #5599163

Here's a photo from yesterday's work. It's coming along.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 25, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #5599175

Here's another view of the lamp post and driveway.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 25, 2008
9:38 PM

Post #5599196

Nothing much happening yet in front of the bow window, except for the fabric and some mulch. We're waiting for the pest control people to come and put the monitors back in before planting.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

September 25, 2008
9:41 PM

Post #5599205

DH plans to put in some stone edgers along the front when we get farther along, hopefully soon! Rain coming in today so no work done.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

October 12, 2008
9:09 PM

Post #5663008

Here's today's photo of the front walkway progress we're making. DH is now putting in the edging and some plants are going in.

Correction: this is yesterday's photo. Today's coming next.

This message was edited Oct 12, 2008 5:10 PM

Sorry. No photo today. Camera blitzed that one or I erased it accidentally, probably the latter. I'll get one tomorrow and post it.

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Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

October 12, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #5663027

Here is the garage area garden, coming along. No mulch down yet, as I have seeds of delphiniums sown in back.

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Lynda_45
Jacksonville, NC
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2008
3:53 AM

Post #5673020

Mind if I nose into your thread to ask a Question ? I'm a new gardener, and being a part of DG is like going to gardening school. What is the "Fabric" you talk about, and how do you use it ? Do you make your beds in the fall for spring ?
Thanks-Lynda
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

October 15, 2008
11:24 AM

Post #5673540

Lynda: I don't mind at all and welcome to DG. You'll love it here, but beware: addictions lie ahead!

The fabric is landscape fabric which we are using for weed control. I am opposed to its use, but DH insists, after spending too many weekend trying (and failing) to keep the weeds at bay, so I've relented for the front of the house. Not all the beds will have it, though. I need a holding bed for plants I can't resist but don't yet have a spot for. The fabric goes down over the freshly dug or tilled area and the mulch goes down over the fabric. DH likes to put the fabric down first, then cut holes and plant. I think you should plant first and cut the fabric to fit around the holes, so we have a difference of opinion there. But however it is done, that its purpose.

As to making the beds, we are currently redoing all the beds at our house. I've been working out of town for the last four years and DH just didn't keep up with things, so we have a massive mess on our hands. It's easier just to start over.

Thanks for your questions and again welcome to DG. You'll find the friendliest, most helpful bunch of folks here!

Angie
Lynda_45
Jacksonville, NC
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2008
9:09 PM

Post #5684457

Thanks to everyone. By the way, does anyone know what av_ocd_girl has spilling out of her overturned pot at the top of this thread ?
Lynda
greenthumb_NC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2008
9:37 PM

Post #5684532

The light blue flowers look like forget-me-nots to me. I can't think of anything similar that looks like that!!!

Karin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

October 21, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #5696996

Lynda: My guess would be Myosotis as well. They sure are pretty, aren't they?

Angie
StonoRiver
Johns Island, SC

November 21, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9339493

Weeds are ALWAYS a problem, no matter where you garden...at least in my experience! I've tried everything under God's Blue Sky to minimalize the problem, but it's still there! You can't beat them, but you can minimize them. I use a 2-3" layer of mulch from the local Landfill right after planting. It doesn't completely stop the things from growing, but they're real easy to pull out of the mulch...

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