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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 1:09 am    Post subject: My Garden and an answer to where is everybody! Reply with quote

Well, I have been busy with my garden. Not too much time for genealogy right now. Some construction done and am now paying for it with an irritated sciatic nerve. In other words, I can hardly walk or sit Brick wall

Anyway, I am attaching some pics of the garden. At least some things are in bloom now. Finally got the grass fertilized after beating it to death doing my work. Most of the plants have been divided multiple times. My garden for vegetables is along the back fence and mixed in with the flowers. At least I can find them most of the times. My herbs are here and there depending on how they look or flower.

Anyway, enjoy!
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything looks so beautiful!

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks so beautiful!
I love the dog in the last picture: I've always wished a yorkshire! Dancing

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our Yorkie is called Remie (Remington).

Sorry you caught him doing his usual. We call him Mr. Lift-a-leg. He likes to "water" the flowers and anything else that doesn't have his smell on. Embarassed Was hoping no one spotted him .

He is well loved though.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Lilbees
Thanks for those photographs
Your garden is just out of this world it seems you have a very large garden like mine only my garden doesnt look like yours. How about using a magic wand and trying to get mine to look like yours?? Pray Pray Pray Pray
I just about missed your wee dog he justs blends in beautifully with the surroundings Very Happy He's just lovely, my Bengy and Gizzy does the same, where one goes the other follows it seems they have a bet on to who can lift their leg and be the last one to do it!!
We do have something in common though we've both got 'DUCKS' or are yours Geese? I've all sorts of things in the garden keep saying its to amuse the grandchildren- but whose to say its not true Boo hoo!
I get sooo frustrated because I cant do everything that needs to be done at least I have someone to cut the grass but I've promised the family I'm going to go out and only do about 1 metre at a time until I get it sorted out but by the time I get to the end I'll need to go back to the beginning again d'oh! d'oh!
Must go now have my supper and get to bed and read for a while. This is just the 2nd day I havent had to go and lie down for a sleep in the afternoon just hope the new medication has finally settled and the side effects it had in the beginning is starting to go away Pray Pray Pray go on Thursday to have more blood samples taken- any offers for someone to go in my place???? Just hate needles!!!!
God Bless
Emmy xx

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, are you kidding. I am also haveing blood work twice a week to try and get my sodium level up to at least normal. Blood pressure and everything else going on besides the bloodwork.

I am now in a position to have to cut back on a lot of my garden construction. Rocks in particular. Since I raised all my flowerbeds I am using rocks I pick up and some broken concreted as an edging. My kids have threatened me for sure. Of course, they did that as well when I was initially laying out the landscaping for the yard.

When the home was purchased there was nothing but a blank lot with a house in the middle. Had the fence put in and then started on the beds. The entire yard had been sodded so had to dig up the sod, spade the beds for what I wanted. My kids say they are going to bury me with my shovel. I also had to widen out the beds around the house to at least 5 feet or so. (don't believe in 12" beds). Getting in the trees asap was the important thing for me. The ones I picked were so small and scraggly but now, several years later, they give me beautiful shade. It seems that most of my neighbors are just now thinking of putting in some trees since they suffer with the heat so much in the summer. I am still not at the point of putting in annuals though since my goal has been to establish the perrenials first after the trees.

Dealing with the drought the past 3 years has also contributed to not having annuals. Believe me, what I have in my garden survived on their own without the benefit of lots of water. The same is true of my lawn. The plants I have now are real survivors. There is some hope that this year the restrictions may be lifted for watering. Since I have rain barrels attached to my downspouts I am certainly not going to remove them. I have gotten used to using that water. It helped my trees definitely to survive. Some people even trapped the water from their air conditioners. In our situation, every little bit helped.

I have ceramic ducks in my garden and several other ornaments. My favorite is the gazing ball and stand. My garden angels have been with me for quite a while along with a snail that lights up at night with its solar light. A nice soft amber glow. I am looking for more objects. In particular, a framework or pillar to plant a climbing clematis. I think between the structure and the plant it will look beautiful. Have started an evergreen clematis on the back fence. A fast grower so having that streaming along with its everblooming white flowers will be pretty.

There is hope that I will have some help by the end of summer. My youngest son and his family may be moving here. They have offered to help with the garden and lawn so that will be great.

Looking forward to others sharing pics or information about their gardens. I do want to plant some garlic next spring so look forward to someone saying it is time to put it in the ground.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh barb..You're landscaping is beautiful! I am so envious! Lou and I finally worked on the backyard last weekend. Its the first time he has done any major work around the house since his heart attack two years ago and with the help of my brother and brother in law, we were finally able to lay the interlocking bricks (well not all of them but at least where the table is). My yard is not anywhere near as large as yours but we still found it took a lot out of us both..but it is beginning to look amazing.

Tomorrow, if the weather is nice, I may attempt to weed the garden (yes I know I'm very late) and redesign the flower beds. The perennials are all out of control and the lilac bush is a monster. Last fall I split up the irises and gave away about 80 bulbs. I plan on putting a few low growing shrubs and something for easier maintenance and put the new, and very overly large City recycling/garbage Bins against the shed in the back after we lay a few more bricks there. I will use some pots to plant flowers from now on and make better use of the space. Neither of us can garden anymore - its just too much for us both. I was terrified when he turned the soil for the garden himself although we still have not planted the tomato plants yet. Dad will kill us if he sees them still in the flats. He spent months growing them..

But you have me motivated again and I can't wait to share the pics when its done. I would post some now but I am embarrassed after seeing your lovely yard! Can you give me a few pointers??

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nuccia,
Post some pics of your garden. That way we can all be of some help, maybe not the actual work, but certainly of help some way.

I know that you can grow a lot of things I can't down here. They cannot take the summer heat and humidity. The sun seems more intense here. We are a zone 7B but can still grow some plants that would be in zone 8 or 9 with some success.

I am having a hard time with my fig tree. It froze to the ground again. Yes, it is coming up from the bottom but won't have fruit this year. Dam.....I love figs. I am now shopping around for a more hardy fig so I don't have to go through this again. It would need to be heat tolerant as well.

I have certain varieties of hosta but have to be careful where I plant them. Gold standard is one that cannot take full sun all day. I have found the common hosta with the white edged leaves does well, even in full sun so I have done a lot of dividing. I still working on some areas of the garden so will need all I can get for those areas. I do have a giant hosta, can't remember the name, that grows huge and has the most beatutiful flowers (white). Best of all they are very fragrant. I am disappointed when they fade but they do last for several weeks. The foliage is really attractive. I do have this plant on the east side of the house and it does well.

I envy you your lilacs. The winters here are not cold enough to have them survive. The really need that zero cold. Lots of trees I love have the same problem. I have noticed the plants that do well here seem to have thicker leaves and very drought resistant. Being in a fairly new development I drive around and check the unbuilt lots to see if there are plants that people throw away. I have had quite a bit of luck. I still do not understand why people would do that. We all have decent lots and the plants could be moved to another part but you know what, they don't. Of course, to my benefit. The landscapers do the same thing if they have leftovers when doing a new yard.

Can you tell me what you have planted in your garden generally? I have a larger lot than I planned on. But, even if it were smaller I would probably dig the whole thing up and plant something.

Did you notice the purple shrubs in some of the pics? That is a loripedelum. They are green in the winter then turn this beautiful shade of purple starting in the spring. The flowers, when it blooms, are a bright fuchisia pink. They came out with one that has red flowers last year. Managed to pick up a couple of them. They are beautiful.

The extent of my vegetable garden are within my flower beds. I don't have a separate area. In fact, my zucchini (yellow and green) already have baby squash growing. I am trying the Japanese eggplant this year. They are smaller which suits me fine. When I have had the large ones so much goes to waste. With just the two of us I no longer do canning but will freeze a bunch. Especially the zucchini and fruits. Planting within the flower beds may work out better for you now that it is so difficult to do the other. You can squeeze a bunch between the flowers and they look great as well. I think I told Emmy that I had my herbs mixed in with my flowers. The difference in texture and color is beautiful.

I have blooms on my tomato plants and pepper plants. So it won't be long until I have the benefit of those.

Well, back to work.


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I do wish I could do all you're doing Barb. Today my son phoned me tell me the tomato plants were ready for me to collect but the earth in my green house is sooo dry its like powder because I have all my plug plants on shelves on trays and never had the need to water the earth so he said I'd better get the ground soaked with water first. The tomato seeds I plantd are just coming through so it may be too late to plant them but the variety of tomato that my sons giving me are like little cherry tomatoes and you get a good crop and they are deicious.
So today I fixed up the garden hose and put it in the greenhouse and fixed it so it would soak the earth where I wanted to plant the tomatoes turned on the water and believe me I got the shock of my life, after the water had been running for 3 hours I thought that would be long enough so I turned over the soil a bit and yes there were lots of bits that still looked powdery so I turned the water back on. Altogether the water has been on for 6 hours without stopping and I think I'll have to do the same again tomorrow. Once this is done the earth will hold more water each time I water it regulary from now on.
I have bought a fig tree but I think it will need to stay in the green house
dont think it will grow in a pot for too long? I doubt it will be warm enough here to plant it ouside.
Oh if I could just find my magic wand!!!
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