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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2009
4:42 PM

Post #6053098

wintertime is the perfect time to think about this.

You know you're a gardener when you look at a "dead" plant and exclaim how beautiful it is, because you can visualize how pretty it will be when it wakes up.

You know you're a gardener when you can find your garden gloves faster than you can find your mittens.

you know you're a gardener when you are slightly disappointed you got a fancy sweater for Christmas, when what you reallly wanted was a couple of bags of manure

you know you're a gardener when you can quickly distinguish between BS and BS (blackspot) when chatting online

you know you're a gardener when the first thing you locate while rummaging thru your purse is your pruning shears instead of the car keys or CP

OK, who's next?
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 26, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6053186

You know you're a gardener when you choose a restaraunt based on the landscaping.
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6053366

When you are more excited to find lost seeds in your pocket than money.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 26, 2009
7:21 PM

Post #6053766

When you take more pictures of the plants at the zoo than the animals, or gasp! your grandkids!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6054029

When your front deck looks like you're running a garden center out of your house...or when you have to clear a path through the pots to get in and out of your house.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 26, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #6054114

Oh yeah, good one, I can relate to that!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #6054630

Thanks for reminding me. It's garbage night, so I now have to go move some of those hundreds of container plants in my driveway, which are waiting patiently for a bare space in the landscape, to get the garbage cans out to the street.
cyndiehook
Central, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2009
10:52 PM

Post #6054633

When you look at dead flowers to see if there are any seeds there.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 26, 2009
10:59 PM

Post #6054661

When you collect seed from the centerpiece at your table in the restaurant.
When a road construction site becomes a shopping site for rocks
When most of your kitchen serverware, bakeware and appliances are designated garden tools.
cyndiehook
Central, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6054663

Good One!
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 26, 2009
11:48 PM

Post #6054891

yes. excellent in fact ! And so true !
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6054978

I 'rescued' some Agastache seeds from a planter at a snooty shopping center once. And I used the tissue paper from the fancy underpants store to wrap them up.

How about, when you have to clear all the plants off your dining room table if you have guests over for dinner.
or
When you have a houseguest and have to move all of the plants and grow lights out of their shower.
cyndiehook
Central, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #6054992

I have a jacuzzi that fits that description. LOL
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2009
12:30 AM

Post #6055038

When you cut the granite from your old kitchen counters to fit your potting bench.

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cyndiehook
Central, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6055074

Gorgeous, Pirl. I hope the plants appreciate what they are getting. ;)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #6055129

It gets too hot to work there. It is good for the caladiums and dahlias - they love the warmth when they start out in spring.
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

January 27, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6055136

When you turn your unused hot tub/spa into a plant stand.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2009
12:57 AM

Post #6055149

I'm sure I saw someone had done that here at DG.
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

January 27, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6055161

Probably me!
fremar
Comer, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2009
1:12 AM

Post #6055242

And now the ultimate, raise your hand if this sounds familiar.
You carry a baggy around to collect compost from from leftovers from eating out?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #6055807

When your neighbors don't recognize you because you're not in your pjs, garden clogs, and carrying a cup of coffee.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 27, 2009
3:01 AM

Post #6055842

...and dancing and singing. I'm so with you pollyk.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6055874

Definitely the dancing and singing. I though I was the only one that did that. I do it very early in the AM, though. And we're very isolated.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 27, 2009
3:16 AM

Post #6055931

I have no pride. I do it up and down the driveway in my very urban neighbourhood. My neighbours peek through the curtains wonderin what 'the crazy garden lady' is doing now.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 27, 2009
3:16 AM

Post #6055933

When you know someone's a stranger just because he walks up to the front door and expects you to be inside the house during daylight hours. Everyone who knows me just walks into the middle of the garden and yells "Marco" until I answer "Polo."

I was reminded of another funny thing in this context just a few hours ago. Some people came to take me out to dinner and I told them I'd be ready as soon as I washed my knees. Only a gardener would say that.

My hands stay reasonably clean because they're in gardening gloves, but my knees are always dirty when I come inside.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 27, 2009
3:21 AM

Post #6055964

Feets. Constantly dirty feets here.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 27, 2009
5:23 AM

Post #6056430

You know you're a gardener when...there are things rooting in your lint trap !
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6056837

...there's a gallon of Clorox sitting in the bathtub for the hands, knees and feet.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2009
1:50 AM

Post #6064852

I love this thread.

You know you're a gardener... when you find a tomato seedling growing out of your sink.
(it was a bathroom sink - not sure how I washed a seed down that drain!)

... when you run out in your robe & slippers at dusk & dawn to yell at the deer eating your
roses

... when you can't stand shopping anywhere except a plant nursery

... when you pick seeds off your cat to send off to a promised recipient. (she rolled on the
table where I had all my collected seed out to dry)

... when you are excited to see the Fed Ex man deliver the worm castings you ordered

Tam
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #6064869

...when you excitedly open the box of new plants you just ordered, only to realize as you're pulling them out of the box that you have most of them already but had forgotten!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6064881

ooo ooo that reminds me of another one - kinda a correlary to yours

... when you donate a boat load of plants to a plant sale and then want to buy a plant
only to realize its one that you donated.

BTW - Zuzu I loved the "I just need to wash my knees' one. LOL
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6064972

This is such a funny thread. Picking seeds off your cat for trading purposes is screamingly funny, Tammy.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6066126

I love them all and can relate to most. Amazing how clorox has become so important, one of those thing I never let go to totally out.

joyfully finding lost seeds in my pockets. done it.

freemar: I haven't done it but always wished I had one at the end of the meal.
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2009
2:34 PM

Post #6066201

...when you ask your friends how their plants/gardens are doing before asking about their family.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #6066218

lol! that is sooo good, guilty here.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 29, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6066511

...when you talk to the nurse about her non-flowering African Violet for triple the time it takes for a simple shot.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

January 30, 2009
3:24 AM

Post #6069201

You know your a gardener when...

Your husband yells at you because he wants you to clean up INSIDE the house, blast the yard!
Your guest room is so full of plants you have no room for guests.
You don't have a spot left on your floor, counters, anywhere in your house...but you still MUST have that glorious being in front of you (o.k. I did that tonight)
You go to nurseries to relax.
Your outings with your friends involve nursery exploration trips & garden tours.
You've used your credit card to buy plants because you can't stop!!!!!
Your husband threatens to strip you down & hose you off outside in fall because your covered in mud from planting bulbs (and you love being that way).
Your relatives tell you you live in an atrium & your kids friends call your yard the jungle.
There is no where you'd rather be than in your yard.



ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2009
11:07 PM

Post #6076070

How about if you go bonkers when you are on vacation because you can't bring the coffee grounds from the hotel in-room coffee pot home for the compost pile. It drive me crazy to leave them...,,
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

January 31, 2009
11:16 PM

Post #6076101

Good one! ...but wait! Isn't that what ziploc bags are for???

This message was edited Jan 31, 2009 2:20 PM
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6076146

LOL, that works on overnights but if you plan on being gone for a week or so or if you are flying, well wouldn't that be fun to explain wet coffee grouds to the security guys.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 1, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6076686

That's a fun visual! ;)
"But sir! I'm a GARDENER!!!!"
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 1, 2009
5:08 PM

Post #6078740

I wonder what they will think about the rocks I'm bringing to Denver in May?
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2009
5:12 PM

Post #6078761

are you flying? aren't they charging fees for excess/heavy baggage? something to think about. Regardless, you are a gardener fer sure, lol.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 1, 2009
5:15 PM

Post #6078777

Yupper flying this time and they better not vossner because rocks have diplomatic immunity. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

February 1, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #6078870

LOL !

Wouldn't taking rocks to Denver be like selling ice cubes to Eskimo's ?
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 1, 2009
5:55 PM

Post #6078937

Oh no, all rocks are special!

When I moved recently I had to leave most of my enormous rock collection behind...sniff...years of beach combing, hikes, and weighed down pockets. :)
I did bring my rocks from a trip to Denver to see my sister though! If you carry them on I don't think you have to worry about the weight. Just how big are these rocks? LOL

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #6079004

that's a good one... did we get it?

You know you are a gardener when you slam on the brakes to stop and pick up a
nice rock along the side of the road
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 1, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6079139

JD I am taking Canadian Rockies Rocks and returning with CO and NM Rockies rocks. I have AK rocks icanfindroom. Very luvly rocks you have BTW.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 1, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #6079283

Why thank you! LOL!

Rocks, on our drive up to AK from WA every time we stopped for a break I combed the sides of the roads. So yes, I totally understand the brakes!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2009
7:47 PM

Post #6079423

Don't many rocks have metals in them? Whent he alarm goes off the security guys will have a field day with our rock lady.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 1, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #6079526

I'm going to the airport reallllly early LOL. I am going to declare my rocks (which will be boiled) but I think they might be much more persnickity about the seeds I'm bringing with me because they're harvested from my own garden. I'm going with USDA contacts and fact sheets for the seeds. In a nutshell, I'm going with the bamboozle them with my 'conscientious Canadian' approach.
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

February 1, 2009
9:14 PM

Post #6079870

I love rocks, too. A number of years ago we vacationed in NH and I was acquired a piece of green granite. When we move, it will go with us!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2009
9:18 PM

Post #6079894

We collect rocks from vacations as well. It's fun to be in the garden and be able to identify where we found them.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


February 1, 2009
9:28 PM

Post #6079935

{{{Raising hand}}} Another vacation rock collector! I have most of my garden beds lined with all sorts of fun colored ones from all over.
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6085604

You know you're a gardener when your computer has more pictures of you favorite flowers, rocks, veggies, and gardens than all of your wedding and family photos put together! (I checked, it's true, and I don't have the excuse of being married 20 years ago when there were no digital cameras!)

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


February 3, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #6085644

Umm, yeah, that's me! Plant Files attest to the number of plant pics. I was going to say shhhh, don't tell the kids and grand kids but they already know.
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
4:18 AM

Post #6086111

When:
You go to the gym to "work out" but the real motive is to palm one of their perfectly sized landscaping rocks for a plant marker.

Your brother calls to tell you he has extra sheep s*** and cartwheels ensue.

You're in a bad mood for a week because you missed a great co-op.

You have to use your teeth to get a cutting of a shrub because you forgot to throw some snips in your pocketbook.

Your perfect threadbare gardening shirt is an eyesore to all nongardening people.

You're on a gardening forum in December, January and February for hours at a time.

Your neighbor stops to say thank you, it's so pretty.





Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


February 3, 2009
4:32 AM

Post #6086155

I just have to say, it's so nice to find there are other 'normal' people like me!
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 3, 2009
4:34 AM

Post #6086160

Ok guilty of the garden forum. I'm disappointed when nothing new is on the plant ID thread. Plus all of the gardening pictures help...therapy.

I've used all sorts of things to get a start but as of yet, not my teeth! LOL Be careful what you bite into!

I also have a shirt I got from a gardening club that says "Plays in the dirt" That's one of my favorites. :)
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

February 3, 2009
4:44 AM

Post #6086193

You know you're a gardener when you go through the trash heap at the cemetary and find a veritable fortune in potted plants destined for the dumpster.
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
4:57 AM

Post #6086234

You're absolutely right JD, and another place to remember the snips when visiting.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

February 3, 2009
5:07 AM

Post #6086256

If you were REALLY hard core, you'd have a set of assorted clippers in the trunk of your car...for emergencies, of course !

I'm not kidding about the cemetary thing...they just go through one day a week and harvest everything. It then gets dumped in huge piles in the back areas where the staff keeps equipment. If you ask, they'll let you take stuff.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2009
6:51 AM

Post #6086387

I went out with a fellow gardener to dinner once, and on the way back home she stopped the car on an access road to the freeway, got a shovel out of the trunk of her car, and started digging up some roadside Cannas. I was stunned, especially when she told me she needed my help. I told her I wasn't going to dig up plants that don't belong to me, and she said that wasn't the kind of help she needed. She just wanted me to pretend I was throwing up if any cars drove by, especially police cars. That would be her excuse for parking there.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


February 3, 2009
6:59 AM

Post #6086396

LOL, man, some people have nerve!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2009
7:06 AM

Post #6086402

I know. I ended the friendship as soon as I could. I expected her to come dig up my plants next.

She did have a lovely garden.
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
1:00 PM

Post #6086797

and free!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6086894

I've taken cuttings of coleus at the shops along our main road "just for the health of the plant" but I wouldn't consider digging a plant along the road.
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
6:02 PM

Post #6088038

In my book, cutting is propagating, digging is theft...unless you have permission to bring the shovel
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #6088045

Agreed! Someone dug some expensive daylilies from the front yard of a daylily lover in Florida. She quickly moved her other expensive ones to the more protected back gardens.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #6088094

But how about places like cemeteries that have the old irises, that there are so many of them that they are crowding each other out, and dying? And no one will ever divide them. Is it OK to take a piece, or to divide them so they will do better? Or a plant that is growing along the roadside on state land, in the middle of nowhere? I have seen lots of the old irises in cemeteries I would like a chunk of, but don't as I'm not sure what's right.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #6088168

They'll just crowd themselves out if nobody takes a piece of history home. It's not that you're removing all of them. I realize everyone could say that but how many people even go to the cemetery where you saw the irises? Some cemeteries have very few visitors.

Some great roses, once thought to be lost forever, have been found in cemeteries and propagated for all to enjoy once again.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2009
6:39 PM

Post #6088200

Cemetaries around here have rules about plantings (cant do it)and glass vases,(none)
You can bet its to make the mower guy happy.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6088281

The main cemetery I'm referring to has a lot of traffic in the newer parts, it's the older parts where the irises are that no one goes to.

I wouldn't hesitate about taking a cutting for a rose, but actually digging up an iris rhizome...I don't know. And is it proper to dig near a grave site? I'm not going to dig anything actually growing on top of a grave site, but these have really spilled over into the surrounding grassy areas.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
7:05 PM

Post #6088330

I once made the mistake of stepping on a grave while trying to weed it, while on vacation in Ireland. It is a very bad idea, Polly!

I can't see any problem with taking an iris from the nearby grass.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2009
7:36 PM

Post #6088484

Bad idea? That sounds intriguing. Did you get slapped for it or did you fall in?
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #6088500

At the west end of Austin NV there is a cemetery on each side of the road and in mid-summer both are filled with gorgeous yellow roses. They must have been planted a long time ago because they are climbing on top of the stones and the little fences around the graves. I've never stopped to see what kinds of other cool old plants are growing in there but I look forward to seeing the roses every summer.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
7:55 PM

Post #6088558

Fell in, Zuzu. I just felt so bad for the three year old girl buried there a century ago. Her name was Fannie and my dog at the time was Fannie Mae so I felt the calling to clean up the grave and I did.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #6088563

Katlian - I think there was a thread about roses in cemeteries in the Rose forum a few years ago.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 4, 2009
3:14 AM

Post #6090520

Is it possible to ask someone who works at the cemetery? That way you can have a clear conscience either way. If they say yes you can feel good about it when they are in your garden.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2009
3:20 AM

Post #6090547

I already did ask them, and they said sure, they would just as soon throw them out anyway. But it's still not the person who planted them. And actually the cemetery is co-operatively owned by the residents relatives, so the people working there really have no say. And it's a huge cemetery, not like our little family plot that only has a few people that own it, and care for it. It's not a cemetery owned by a big business.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 4, 2009
5:50 AM

Post #6090973

Well, if you're just taking a small part & it will carry on an old iris variety, I don't think the families would mind. After all, gardeners share right? I would. Still, unless you feel good about it you won't enjoy them. Can you find the variety online?
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #6092215

Thanks pirl, I probably didn't see that thread because I enjoy roses much more when they are in someone else's yard!
:)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6092308

Same here, Katlian. I love them and grow them but they seldom do well for me either.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6092402

I don't think I'll feel bad. I just wanted to see what everyone thought. If you folks all thought it was stealing I would reconsider.

And I couldn't find them on line as I don't know the cultivar name, and the older ones are just too hard to identify properly.

I think I'll just go get some, being very careful not to step on the grave (or fall into it)., and leave it looking nice where I took them from.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6093625

It's amazing that if we grew them as crowded as we've seen them growing wild they'd perish on us.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6094731

I think it's because they are the older varieties. The newer ones are harder to grow.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

February 5, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #6095338

I agree. Many old homestead plants do well, they are survivors. Since you already have the o.k. from cemetery workers I would't worry. It would be stealing if you didn't ask or if they had said no. But I think you are "in the clear." :)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2009
9:53 AM

Post #6095746

Good luck.
I cant imagine the cemetary staff know enough about plants to object.
When I went to check on the plot for my parents ,there was someone else in it.
So record keeping isnt up to snuff either.
This was a suburban cemetary in a small town that has had housing development since 1800. The cemetary was probably way outside of town a couple of hunderd years ago.
TrixieM
Mc Call Creek, MS

March 14, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #6263688

Here's my true plant stealing story:

I went to the Audobon Shop at a town located about 50 miles from where I lived. I went specifically to buy a pot of true red shrimp plant, which I knew the store carried. The proprietor lady told me she had just sold the last pot, but that I would be very welcome to drive over to her house and dig some out of her yard.

She gave me specific directions and told me that there would be a shovel leaning against the deck. Well, I wanted the plants badly enough to go to her house and dig.

I found the house and saw the plants. Funny, I didn't see a shovel or a deck. Well, what the heck. I always carry a shovel and plastic bags in my trunck, so I got my shovel and plastic bags out and dug up a couple of red shrimp plants.

As I was putting my tools and my loot back in the trunk, her next door neighbor arrived home and unloaded her groceries. She did not seem to have a problem with my digging in her neighbor's yard.

I backed out of the driveway to leave, and as I was turning into the street, I happened to notice a house just across the street that had a beautiful yard with red shrimp plants in various places around it. It also had a deck with a shovel. And , oh yes! The street number that I had been given was hanging on a placard beside the driveway entrance.

I prayed that the police would not catch me as I hurried out of that town!

When I got home, I started not to tell my husband the story, but my conscience made me tell. He laughed until he nearly cried.

He still might have to bail me out one day, because I still carry my shovel and plastic bags. (My little incident happened about 20 years ago.)

Kay
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 14, 2009
3:10 AM

Post #6263965

You definitley got off lucky with that one ! LOL

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2009
8:43 AM

Post #6264626

LOL
Why are gardeners so quick to feel guilty?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2009
12:35 PM

Post #6264912

I can't imagine how you felt when you saw the house with the shovel by the deck!!!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #6265521

The place you took them from is probably still scratching their heads.

Had it been me, and there were a lot of the plant, i would have just been happy for new space to put something in. Had it been a prized, one only plant, I probably would have been mad, but not under the circumstances you describe.

I wouldn't doubt the home owner from where you took the plants mentioned it to the one you were supposed to take the plants from. I can just hear the conversation. 'Someone came today and dug up some of my shrimp plants. I wonder why they didn't go over to your house as you have so many more around' I wouldn't doubt the homeowner found out why the plants were dug.

But anyway it's a hilarious story. If I ever have anything missing from my garden I will think of this.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
12:57 PM

Post #6274565

very cute story, Kay

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2009
9:41 AM

Post #6306842

You know your a gardner when you start your day with this
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2539741
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2009
10:08 AM

Post #6306882

It's a great song, but I don't see the connection to gardening.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2009
10:18 AM

Post #6306894

Its just a nice thing to start your day.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2009
10:34 AM

Post #6306918

I agree, but for non-gardeners too.
bluebunn
Rutledge, TN

March 29, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6335397

You know you're a gardener when a complete stranger drops off a truckload of horse manure because, " looks like you could use this!"
You offer to carry off all the chunks of broken concrete from an old demolished sidewalk, load them up in your van and make 4 trips to boot... to use them for a garden wall..

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 29, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6335404

wow... I want to live in Rutledge, TN if that's what happens for gardeners there. :-)
Tam
bluebunn
Rutledge, TN

March 29, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6335817

Hey, I wish it would happen again, I've used it all up!
iris28
(dana)Owensboro, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2009
6:36 PM

Post #6336020

you know your a gardener when you go grocery shopping and have to decide between food and the plant display out front . or you know you are a gardener when you go shopping and spend 30 bucks before you walk through the door.

you know you are a gardener when your house is arranged in accordance with the windows and time of day each window gets enough light .so you can keep all your tropicals and non zone friendly plants alive. and seedlings.

you know you are a gardener when you pack the kids up to go to the park because you dont want them in the yard trampling things. lol . its nerve-wracking . like a bull in a china closet.
you know you are a gardener when you offer to do all the errands because you can secretly hit the nursery up on the way .
you know you are a gardener when there is always bark chips and soil on the floor board of the car. and you dont bother to vacuum it because well it will be there again tomorrow
iris28
(dana)Owensboro, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2009
6:39 PM

Post #6336038

you know you are a gardener when you head to the plant section of every store no matter what you are there for and you usually get something from that section. you never go to a store that dosnt have a plant section.
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #6337489

lol iris...especially about the floor of the car. I don't vacuum the car until July!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6337503

I don't vacuum the house until November.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

March 29, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #6337521

When you fill your jazuzzi gardentub with geraniums because the window and the exposure in the bathroom was too great to pass up.

When your kids are out driving in a rainstorm and all you can think about is whether your seeds are going to wash away.

When you sneak out in the middle of the night to spray grasskiller on your husband's beloved lawn to make a little more room for your shrubs. (shhhhhush)
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #6337524

Good for you Zu !!!!!
;)
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6337529

Oh Rosie, you're BAD!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

March 30, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6337549

I know...

I know...

But what really is bad is the look on his face when he tells me that his grass died AGAIN ---and he just can't figure out what the heck he is doing wrong. "It must be fungus.. it is going brown in PATCHES!
I tell him not to worry...I will find SOMETHING to go there ...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 30, 2009
1:19 AM

Post #6337945

To borrow Erma Bombeck's famous quote, with a few minor changes:

Cleaning the car
while plants are still growing
is like shoveling the walk
while it's still snowing.

Rose - we'll keep your secret safe.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6338214

iris28 those are good ones. my car always has gardening debris

I also volunteer to fill the gas cans so I can sneak over to the nursery. A one hr errand turns into a 3 hr errand, lol
seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2009
11:33 AM

Post #6339176

Ok, I am so guilty of the following that people have mentioned:

[quote]When most of your kitchen serverware, bakeware and appliances are designated garden tools.[/quote] for me it is knives, and strainers, and various cups and tupperware.

[quote]...when you ask your friends how their plants/gardens are doing before asking about their family.[/quote] Oh, this is so shameful, but I am so guilty. I did this just the other day with a friend I ran into, but she did the same thing, lol...

[quote]Your perfect threadbare gardening shirt is an eyesore to all nongardening people.[/quote] OMGosh...I thought I was the only one!
I have a set of old white fruit of the loom men's v-neck shirts that are my gardening uniform. They double as my hand towel/apron. They were bought for this purpose, so they aren't meant to stay nice~~ I can guiltlessly just wipe my dirty hands all over them, and don't care if I get it dirty or stained. I've tried buying new ones, but they aren't soft and "threadbare", like my old ones, so keep wearing the old tattered ones.

[quote]when your house is arranged in accordance with the windows and time of day each window gets enough light[/quote] Oh, my...the kitchen window is sinningias and african violets, the bathroom window with its privacy glass and shower steam perfect for orchids, etc...lol...

[quote]you know you are a gardener when you offer to do all the errands because you can secretly hit the nursery up on the way .[/quote] Guilty, again. Have any of you been guilty of hiding plant purchases this way, because they are hidden on the grocery or walmart bill?...or emptied the groceries out of the car, but not removed the plants from the trunk, until hubby is not around to ask "how much was all THAT?", lol...
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
12:45 PM

Post #6339418

lol, guilty about leaving plants in the trunk. I'm sad to say a couple of small plants died because I totally forgot about them.

But Mark is up to my shenanigans and he has taken to unloading all the crap out of my trunk and placing in the middle of the kitchen, as to say: "I know what you're up to, sneaky woman"
phughes
Portland, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
12:46 PM

Post #6339423

What a way to start my Monday morning!!! Thanks for the good laugh. I could relate to so many. I really had to laugh about the grasskiller on husband's lawn to make more room for plants. Too funny. Your secret is definately safe with us!

Happy Gardening!!!!
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2009
4:36 PM

Post #6340526

Guilty of hiding plants in the car, or sneaking them around the corner of the house (during warm weather, of course) until hubby is otherwise occupied. I know I'll get "the look" if I proudly walk in with a new orchid or cactus for the collection, so I just avoid it. By the time he notices, I can truthfully say that I've had it for some time! It helps to shuffle the plants around occasionally so he doesn't get used to seeing things in the same spot. Then when I have adopted something new, it isn't as obvious.

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seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #6340867

ditto all of what you just said lol...
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 30, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #6340953

Great new additions!
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
9:33 PM

Post #6341683

goodness, I forgot one of the most telling signs: you know you're a gardener when your cell phone has 10 nurseries programmed on speed dial
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 30, 2009
9:35 PM

Post #6341690

And the guy who delivers poop who I call the poopguy ^_^
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2009
10:38 PM

Post #6341950

I think we need a thread called, "Confessions From Gardening Addicts"!
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
10:40 PM

Post #6341957

and reveal my antics? never!
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6342059

You might find you are not alone! And, it might give the others some tactics for dealing with the less-than -enthusiastic gardeners amongst us.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

April 3, 2009
3:55 AM

Post #6357718

Great additions! Sadly (?) I am reading them and going...ohhhh yaaaaa... I've done that. Especially spending $30 before you walk into the store, always checking the plant section, shooing the kids "Not the plants!!!!", the "spouse" look (& sneaking them in), and while I didn't secretly destroy the lawn I was always getting yelled at for pulling out more. Your poor confused man! LOL! I hope you only do it when he's not at home I'm not sure how he'll react if you get caught :)

missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 3, 2009
12:59 PM

Post #6358562

I do (did) it when he is asleep...risked my life... fear snakes coming out at midnight! Yes, he was confused.. he didn't understand why grass just kept dying in that spot. (Must be the drainage or somethng!!) It just yellowed and keeled over!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6359062

This thread is a real hoot! I'm loving it all, and yes I must confess I am guilty of a few of the same tactics!

I know I'm a gardener because my day goes like this:

Shower
Slather on Sunscreen
Get dressed in gardening clothes (old shorts, worn out t-shirt, ratty sneakers, baseball cap)
Morning coffee
Out to work in the garden
Mow lawn
Prune shrubs
Edge
Blow sidewalks and driveway
Move to the deck/porch to groom plants, take cuttings
Sweep up leaves and debris on deck/porch
Put all gardening tools in the shed
Drag garden hose around and water everything thoroughly
Reel garden hose back on reel
Go inside for second shower of the day, wash and blow dry hair, put on clean clothes
Out to the deck to sit and relax and gaze at the view
Notice a few more plants that desperately need re-potting
Retrieve little garden trowel from shed
Find bag of potting soil and clean pots
Commence to play in the dirt, for a brief period of time (yeah, right!)
Get garden hose and water the newly planted cuttings
Get broom and dust pan to clean up another mess I've made
Take third shower of the day

Hubby arrives home and I say "Gee, what time is it?" He answers, "It's almost 5:00"
Into the kitchen to decide what we are going to have for dinner ... end up having hubby go get take out, because I'm just too tired to even think about cooking and having a mess to clean up in the kitchen!


Rosie: You've given me an idea about how to have less lawn to mow! I think my DH has a supply of Roundup in the shed, I wonder if I could get away with that trick? For years I have wanted to get rid of all the lawn and have an entirely natural setting but just haven't been able to convince my husband of it! He loves a nice green lawn and is the type of guy who doesn't like change.

Bluebunn,I've got soem free cement if you want it! We have a humongous, wide cement driveway that goes all the way around to the back side of the house, and a narrow sidewalk in front of the house. I would dearly love to get rid of all that cement too! Got a truck and a jackhammer? I can give you directions to my house and let you know when we are going on vacation!

Well, I think I will go find some dirt to play in! ^_^ Have a great weekend everyone!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 3, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6359232

Yeah, I have a lawn freak too. He should worry and fret over ME as much as he does that sultry green mistress of his! (I got her good that time tho!!)

If you go the roundup way.. be sure you don't put it down in a very 'prescribed way' ---it's got to look like a natural death!
phughes
Portland, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 3, 2009
3:45 PM

Post #6359244

You are so BAD . . . LOL I laugh every time I read about you rounduping your DH grass.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6359367

Alas, it would be a waste of time using roundup. We've had large and small areas of the lawn that have had insects, fungus or disease kill grass over the years and he just goes out and buys pallets of sod and re-sods. I told him a couple of years ago I refuse to ever lay sod again, LOL. I've also told him I don't want to be doing so much mowing for too many more years, I'm getting old and mowing's getting old!

I would really love to have a natural, native landscape ... less work and much less chemicals needed, healthier and happier for me as well as the birds and other critters!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 3, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6359662

OK picture this ----- (keep in mind that I really really don't like anything about grass..not the cost...the work...the appearance...the 'sharing my man's admiration aspect, and the environmental issues.)
After a few weekends of breaking my tush dawn to dusk, helping him lay his trailer-load of sod just 'so' (this being the zillionth attempt to grow grass where it DOES NOT WANT TO GROW) After being bit, stuck, and (almost)every opening invaded by anything on six legs... after, sweating, dripping, BLEEDING, (I kneeled on the rug/razor cutter that he used INSTEAD of a sod knife) and after starving and dehydrating all day... I dragged this 50+ battered and beaten self into the house (which was trashed because I had been neglecting it for too many days during this sod frenzy) only to glance outside the window long enough to spy my grass-ogling LYING ("I'll be right in to make you tea honey") husband, with my good kitchen broom...proudly and tenderly SWEEPING the grass so that it would all be facing the SAME direction.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6359760

ROFLMBO!

I understand totally! I just turned 61 and we've been in this house for 34 years ... can't begin to count the number of times I've helped lay sod! What is is with men and lawns anyway? I think I need to find a few native landscapes and take my husband on a tour so he can see how nice it would be! Maybe in the next couple of years he will come around to my way of thinking but I doubt it. I just know I will never lay sod again ... and I'm getting to the age where I don't want to mow anymore either! I just want to sit back and smell the roses and gaze at the garden, putter around with plants to my hearts content! LOL. My dear mother in law lived to be 97 and she was still gardening and mowing almost an acre at the age of 90! She was an inspiration to me in so many ways but I just can't imagine doing all the hard physical labor at age 70, much less 90! My DH loves his job and doesn't plan on retiring for another 5 or 6 years, if then! We might just have to end up hiring someone to do all the yard work.
plantladyhou
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6359812

What a HOOT! The whole thing but that last one from Rosie was just too much!!!
I used to hide my purchases and do all the things y'all have done but got to thinking "This is stupid. He buys video stuff - movies, games, hardware, etc.etc so why shouldn't I have a vice too?" Two years ago I gave up smoking after 60 years of doing that so I figure I deserve another vice. The newest is hibiscus and the funny thing is he likes them as much as I do. And I won't have to give up gardening and buying stuff cold turkey the way I did the smoking. Come Hail or High Water.

Ann

This message was edited Apr 3, 2009 1:16 PM
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 3, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6360118

Amen to you both Plantlady(s)

My new theme song: "I don't like no sod, I ain't dealing with no more sod and I ain't laying no sod!" (take that any way you want to!!) (snort) (that'll shake him up!!)

Regarding the vices:
I got one of those hardware, electronic, CD/DVD and tool-loving husbands too. I said to him just yesterday -- "I keep hearing about this NETFLIX -(may not be spelled right) and you rent the movies.. you don't have to BUY them. You don't have to STORE them and if the movies are not as good as you thought .. you can send them back to NetFlix land. Why are we INVESTING in these things...?" Just like that darn...leather thing that he had to buy because the hardware store was going out of business... it holds a power drill... straps around the waist...like a holster .. sort of like playing cowboys type of gear.. what is THAT about?? The drill (also on sale) looks triple the size of that strap on thing anyway. .and I asked 'when have you ever needed anything strapped around your waist to climb a ladder anyway??' What's wrong with between your teeth or tucked into your belt..it's worked for the past 37 years..
(I don't want anything too big or heavy strapped in something too small as he climbs that ladder because he INSISTS that stand at the bottom and HOLD the ladder..."Just put your foot on the bottom rung..hold it still..make sure it doesn't slip..hold it tight...ARE your PAYING ATTENTION??...is your foot pushing down hard enough??" (all this is being yelled down to me while he is cleaning out the gutters and flinging leaves,mold and bugs all over me.) Oh sweet temptation... ..one little 'whoops' and I can really get rid of all that grass and sod and all those useless DVDs...But, I think I'll keep the leather cowboy thing to hold my little garden shovel...

This message was edited Apr 3, 2009 3:38 PM
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 3, 2009
7:43 PM

Post #6360156

Missingrosie you're my hero ^_^
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 3, 2009
8:18 PM

Post #6360277

shucks..
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2009
10:08 PM

Post #6360714

Missingrosie: ^_^ You really should put pen to paper (or nowadays I guess it's fingers to keyboard) and write a book! I know it would be a best seller!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #6361463

Yes, Rosie, a book. You are hilarious. Kind of like an Erma Bombeck type.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 4, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6361476

Thank you all - I guess it is funny except I have had to live it!!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6361502

But it's the way you tell it. You're a born story teller.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 4, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6361653

OK - I'll tell you another funny story. It wasn't funny to me --but I posted this long ago here at DG and somebody actually asked me if I would mind if she used it. It sort of exemplifies devotion to the garden and so maybe it fits in this thread. Since you all like a good tale here it is.. revisited.

I shudder and blush just thinking about this - here goes.

One bright summer morning more than a few years ago I had an adventure. Even tho the sun had barely risen, it was already getting hot and steamy. I had just finished showering and had thrown on a summer shift. Rosie was waiting at the door to go out to do her business and so I went out with her. While I was waiting for her to get done -- and before it got really hot---I figured I'd check out was was blooming in the garden. Rosie was snuffling around trying to find the 'perfect' spot for her morning business. All of a sudden Rosie growled and I saw her jump back. To my horror, I saw that she had gotten into a nest of bees in the grass!! As I saw and heard it happening, "TAWANDA" took over! (If you've seen Fried Green Tomatoes you know who Tawanda is.) I loved that dog and would do anything for her ---including braving the wrath of a hundred yellow jackets. Rosie was getting excited. She weighed ~ 60 pounds and I realized that to pull her away... I would have to tug really really hard. Anyway, I have this metal 'yard bird' - made from recycled tools. It's toes are about four feet long (OK OK ... 7 inches but it seemed then that they were four feet long) and are made from the rusted tines of a pitch fork.. the 'bird' has some kind of long pointy metal spokes coming from its head and very sharp 'wings.' Long story short --- it is DANGEROUS ! I grabbed Rosie's collar and jerked her back really hard (to the sound of very agitated bees filling the air) and as I did I threw myself off balance... Not two inches behind me was that darn yard bird --ready to impale me! I started to go down right on top of it... and somehow (I STILL DON'T KNOW HOW BUT YOU DO READ ABOUT THESE CRAZY THINGS HAPPENING DURING TIMES OF STRESS) I flipped over it (like a somersault). I believe that the maneuver involved defying the laws of physics..no kidding --I am no spring chicken and am not 20 pounds either. The worst thing was that --as my legs went over my head my shift followed immediately after ---all I could think about was that I DIDN'T HAVE ON ANY UNDERPANTS! Neighbors cover thine eyes! Yellow Jackets careful where you plant those stingers!

Here is a photo of the bird but her feet and the deadly toes are covered.

(Ok now as I type this -- it is sort of funny all these years later.) I hope you have enjoyed my most embarrassing tale. Now it is your turn!!!

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2009
2:35 AM

Post #6361698

Did either you or Rosie get any stings?

I can just picture the flip, like in one of those grade B oriental movies, LOL.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 4, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #6361702

Maybe it was this one - I have them all over -- anyway you get the idea.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #6361704

Owie. Pretty monarda!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 4, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #6361708

no not one sting. but I did get a cut on the shin from the 'bird' I had to get a tetanus shot and even tho it was more of a scrape than an actual cut --the scar stayed for a few years and I bet if I look it I could still find it.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 5, 2009
9:57 AM

Post #6366440

Hi Missingrosie!!
Nice garden stuff.
Your lawn story is a howell.Love the bird too.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 6, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #6369380

You know this guy that worked for IBM used to go to the local july 4 festival and sell them ..then I think he got laid off. The sales were brisk..so I don't know why he stopped attending unless he had to move to find a job or maybe the materials were too expensive and he didn't make enough of a profit.
What you doing up so early Ge? Did you ever buy those two art pieces for the garden?
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6369414

Off topic:
I live in an area that was IBM territory, and they have announced up to another 5,000 to be let go. I wonder how this is going to impact us since we've had to deal with this since 1993.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
9:28 AM

Post #6370887

Hi Missing .
I have been waking up around 3 or 4 AM Dont know why.
I make myself try to stay up layer and its working, I am up at 5 now.
Yes I did buy the sculptures and they are in my livingroom as I write.
I will move them to the garden later this month when all danger of freezing is over.
We opened the fountain this weekend.SIL is such a sweetie,he ran the electric underground and does the official electric connection and disconnect at the ends of the summer season.
I'll post pics when the sculptures are out.
This is a great thread.
The first official fountain gurggles agains an April 5 sunrise.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
9:31 AM

Post #6370888

what the whole scene looks like.
This is last July just after making this garden area.
I will put plantings in as soon as they get here.
Astilbes and Heucheras and small hostas.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #6370997

That's beautiful, Jo Ann!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
11:18 AM

Post #6371048

Thanks Pirl
Its spring officially now that the fountn is running.
Not warm enough for coffee on the deck and sun isnt up when I am so another month and I'll start my day in heaven.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #6371063

That is heavenly, being outside with a cup of coffee early in the day. I love the peace and quiet and enjoy the birds then more than during the day when I'm busy. In June and July when I can actually sit and watch (with camera in hand) as the Japanese irises and the daylilies open it's my own paradise.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #6371116

Its the place in our hearts we long for all winter.
venu209
Jersey Shore, NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2009
5:32 PM

Post #6372785

Rosie, so glad to hear that you came out of that relatively unscathed, however, please don't take this the wrong way, I think your shrubs need a visit to the local AA chapter ;)
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 6, 2009
6:34 PM

Post #6373114

more than just the shrubs!

Ge -be sure to photograph the sculptures once they are out.
I forgot that you have to watch for the freezes. (but I know the art looks at home in your livingroom too!!)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6373168

Hi Missingrosie
I thought I had sent a pic. I'll put them out May1.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 9, 2009
11:51 AM

Post #6385676

I have a fondness for Aster Purple Dome and bought some last summer when Bluestone had their sale. It was fantastic in August and Sept - -.
I have been peering into the plants to see if they lived thru our winter.
Such joy, there are little purple-green leaves coming up.
I have to move them,they are too short for the back of the row.

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 21, 2009
9:28 PM

Post #6580218

Back on topic...

I live in a rental property that very fortunately has some gardening space. In the back yard is a small, roundish flower garden edged by stones. Really nice :) My idea? Every month or so, I move the stones outward about 3 or 4 inches. Nobody would notice, and I end up with just a little more space to feed my heuchera addiction.

Last month, my landlady came by and asked my husband "Is it just me, or does that garden seem to be getting bigger??"

BUSTED!!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 21, 2009
9:33 PM

Post #6580230

No the garden isn't getting bigger; the stones are eroding away so it just looks bigger ^_^

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 22, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #6581471

Ah good answer!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

May 22, 2009
3:21 AM

Post #6581531

No there just aren't enough plantings and so the space tends too look too big and empty.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2009
9:32 AM

Post #6582022

Make her admit it looks good, she wont mind it being bigger.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #6582751

you know you're a gardener when you have so many flowers, you can go outside and ask yourself: "what color arrangement shall I put together today?"

you know you're a gardener when during spring and summer you can have fresh flowers from your garden on a continuous basis.

The flowers on this vase came out of my orange bed. I could just as easily put together a yellow flowers container or a red one. Ahhhh, to be so lucky and to be so plant obsessed. PS: cheated a little with the shasta daisies--I just had to have some for this arrangement.

good day and happy obsession, everyone.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6583064

Thanks theyre lovely
seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2009
7:30 PM

Post #6583799

lovely!
which hybrid of glads are those?
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2009
10:40 PM

Post #6584566

Glamini Zoe. Lookie here.
http://www.dutchbulbs.com/store/gladiolus/65697

I've had them 2-3 years. Got them from Brecks. I sooooo recommend the Glaminis because while they're short, the flowers are almost the size of regular glads, where some of the dwarfs, such as Atom, are short AND have smaller flowers. Glaminis do not grow more that 2 ft so they don't flop over reg. glads. I also have Glamini Tom, which is a blood red shortie and my absolute favorite.

For visual impact, I think it's good to plant 5-10 of the glaminis together, gives the appearance of a bouquet. I also have the yellow one, which I think it Glamini Eva, another lovely. In the time I've had them I haven't noticed if they've multipled, but I certainly haven't lost any.

seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2009
11:40 PM

Post #6584771

Thanks!

I want to get that one. Gladiolas seem to do really well for me, and I'd love to try the shorter ones.
-T
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6585252

I purchased some Glamini last year, and they came back for me this year. Normally glads are an annual here. They are pretty ones.

Lovely arrangement! I have lilacs and irises in the house now.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6588183

I was so looking forward to this holiday weekend, thinking I was going to find me fantastic bargains on large pots. Nyet! No dice. Nada. I did find me this red vase for $7 and just had to have it. Gathered some flowers and put this together. Roses Belinda's Dream and S. de la Malmaison, aloc. cucullata, 2 noid glads.

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2009
9:23 PM

Post #6588211

This was supposed to be Plum Tart, but it's not. It is absolutely beautiful, I am going to mark it and move it to my blue bed eventually. It is a bluish lavender, just gorgeous.

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seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #6588892

lovely. I am really beginning to like lavender colored flowers, and also reallly like glads.
beautiful :0)
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 29, 2009
4:33 PM

Post #6614102

I tried glaminis for the first time last year and they performed beautifully. Still had to be staked though when they flowered which was a little disappointing.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

May 31, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6619623

That is good to hear. Were they in an area where they maybe didn't get enough sun or did they get plenty & flop anyway?
My mom used to have glads & she never staked them. I have yet to buy any but I look every year. Someday...

BTW the city planted Dahlias recently (it's Anchorage so we're just getting started) and I just stood and drooled for a bit.
I used to go to the Swan Island Dahlia farm in Oregon every year & wander through fields and fields of them. Drooooooooooooollllll...
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 31, 2009
5:52 AM

Post #6620773

Full sun, flopped from the size of the flowers. Ya right like I'm really whining when they were that gorgeous (snort). You will have kick butt dahlias with all your sunlight hours ICFM. The AK members on the Dahlia Forum always have awesome dahlias. BTW, as an enabler, lookie a Swan Island WebCam ^_^ http://65.182.241.130/

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


May 31, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #6621694

took a vacation with friends and family and filled up 3 photo albums... and discovered, only after someone asked about it, that there were no pictures of people in them... except when someone was in a shot showing how large or small a plant was.

current finances mean no movies or eating out this week... the money is for bags of dirt and pots.

I marvel when I meet someone without dirt under their fingernails.

when I meet new people I find myself sometimes wondering what their scientific (latin) names are

Time off and vacations are organized around botanical gardens

the house is annoying structure taking up valuable planting space on my property

dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 31, 2009
3:13 PM

Post #6621748

I'm so with you palmbob about the bothersome big thing in the middle of the garden.
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

June 8, 2009
3:37 AM

Post #6656938

dahlianut...OMG that's so funny! I had no idea they had a webcam LOL, perfect! Thanks for the link :)

palmbob... your line about the house is hilarious, now THAT'S a gardener!!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2009
12:10 PM

Post #6657721

You know you're a gardener when you're preparing to go on vacation and make lists of which nurseries you want to visit, the plants or pots you want to buy and making sure you bring along the battery charger and new batteries to get photos of flowers and gardens.

Then you're free to think about clothes, shoes, etc.

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 8, 2009
7:36 PM

Post #6659776

Pirl I am going to the west coast for my bro's wedding this summer and I've started mapping and lining up nursery visits to pick up plants I can't get here. I just noticed this weekend that I confirmed a nursery appointment for yes, you guessed it, the time of the wedding ceremony (oops).
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6659973

You have to set your priorities, dahlianut, and besides, he's bound to have videos and photos!
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6660639

Ha ha ha! That was great!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 27, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #7109108

You know you're a gardener when a seed germinates in the bathroom sink
and you turn the lights on so it can grow.

OK - how many have had this happen? A few years ago, I found a seedling
growing from the drain and let it go until I figured out it was a tomato. Now
I have another but don't think its a tomato. I'll have to get a picture for everyone.
Maybe post it on plant & tree ID forum? :-)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 27, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #7109370

You know your a gardener when working in tight spaces your Lilies goose you aka attack from behind.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #7109374

Yes! Same with stakes!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 7, 2009
12:52 AM

Post #7142802

Ya know you are a gardener when you keep the bathroom light
on so the seed that's germinated in your MBR sink will develop
its true leaves... so you know what it is!

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 7, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #7142814

LOL!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2009
3:14 AM

Post #7143268

Tammy, you ARE a true gardener!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 7, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #7144378

Any ideas of what it is? I left for a few days vacation and this is what I found.
It actually happened a few years ago but I was able to pull the seedling out
and pot it up. It was a tomato. This guy had his roots firmly twined about the
drain thingie so I'm just leaving him alone (and watering every day. At least
that is easy!) I have two sinks in the MBR bath so its no bother.

Tam
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2009
3:26 PM

Post #7144410

And the award for True Gardener goes to: TAMMY!!!!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #7144436

Good grief ,thats loyalty to nature in my book
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 7, 2009
9:08 PM

Post #7145456

BRAVA! APPLAUSE! CHEER! BRAVA! Definitely award winning!!!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 7, 2009
9:23 PM

Post #7145497

ah shucks. lol
flowerfantasy
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 9, 2009
10:50 AM

Post #7150500

You know your a gardener when the postman walks up and says "you have an Amazon Jungle growing here"





Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 28, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #7216992

When people think you're nuts because you've pulled over on the side of the road to pick some seeds!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 29, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #7218925

... and when they call the police cuz you're cutting willows in the drainage ditches with 'weapons'. As I now understand it brandishing long handled pruners is a no-no :O
Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

December 17, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #7376375

When the first snow has fallen and the first thing you think is: "oh no! an invasion of mealy bugs!!"

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #7401894

First garden pictures ,most likely 1941

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 28, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #7403852

awfully cute! short shorts too.
Tam

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2010
4:33 AM

Post #7546642

When your 9 year old son asks if a beautiful chicken is an ornamental or an edible.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2010
9:07 PM

Post #7548694

I love that one! What was the answer?
(Mine are all ornamental)

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2010
9:09 PM

Post #7548700

Tammy; ornamental !!! Hahah ( and then he tried to pet the rooster, and got pecked hard!)
gardenbugde
Smyrna, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2010
6:38 PM

Post #7558819

You know you're a gardener when... you tell your husband that all you'd like for Valentine's Day is a new birdbath.. and he gets it for you! LOL Yup, he did.. this year! :-)

Kathy
onyxwar
Greeley, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2010
8:39 AM

Post #7704938

When you trade in your sedan for an SUV so you don't have to make so many trips back and forth from the nursery to get what you bought home.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
8:43 AM

Post #7704948

:-) Or the corollary of not trading in your SUV for that cute little
Mini Cooper you want so badly 'cause it won't hold enough plants.

Tam
onyxwar
Greeley, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2010
10:34 AM

Post #7705213

Yep. That's why we didn't opt for the his and hers motorcycles.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2010
9:24 PM

Post #7706589

... when your 9 year old son tells you you shouldn't wear those variegated trousers with that shirt!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2010
5:45 AM

Post #7706959

bless his heart. You've raised him right! lol
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 14, 2010
12:00 AM

Post #7791621

When your up at 3'oclock in the morning surfing the web, looking at plants, and thinking bout what to grow next when the sun rises.

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