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16/05/2012 at 20:35

summer has started here in nevada everything is growing enormous and enormously. the dahlia tubers are recovering from a tuf winter-oh lord, it is just so wrong that they can both wither and mold at the same time. hosta sieboldiana is expanding prodigously but even in part shade the leaves are burning.

16/05/2012 at 20:39

David spikes- great photos

16/05/2012 at 23:55

I am jealous of your weather david spikes! And that pinky/mauve Iris is to die for.

17/05/2012 at 09:41

Thanks for the info Dean.  I will keep an eye out for that.  BTW, ceonothus come in different shapes and sizes so you would probably be able to find a little one.  I took cuttings from the one in my garden and now have two happily growing in pots.

I spent the afternoon in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens today.  Beautiful.  There was an interesting flower bed which contained red salvias with a rosemary hedge.  It looked really good as an alterative to a box hedge.  I have never thought of doing that before.

17/05/2012 at 09:44
A friend of mine has some very striking rosemaries in large pots which she clips into ball shapes. She reckons the prostrate type is best for this - seems counterintuitive to me, but they do look lovely.
17/05/2012 at 15:58

It's gone very quiet here, everyone must be very busy.

17/05/2012 at 17:51

MuddyFork! I think you are right! Everybody making the most of it weatherwise! It's been dreadful! n I heard a rumour this morning we are gunna get snow n minus 6 degrees! Jeez! I am hoping not! Only just got my veg planted out!!!!! But I have had a day at home today! Loved it! in amongst my front garden! Only sad I really didn't get time to enjoy it this year, but other commitments regarding the plot took place! Always next year!!!

17/05/2012 at 17:54

Went a bit bonkers in the garden today, lifted, divided and replanted a helenium, moved a big geranium, took out a dead stipa tenuissima and relocated a more substantial grass in its place. And the soil was like dust even after all the rain! Half a trug full of 50/50 comost and leafmould into each planting hole. I sometimes wonder how anything grows here.

17/05/2012 at 19:03

Hi all...I'm pretty new to the site and love the banter, looking forward to sharing the highs and lows of life in the garden. Hubby and I moved to a bungalow by the sea, Rossall Beach Nr Cleveleys, Blackpool...what I call a big back garden (13x8 fence panels), 2 lawns, 2 large veggie patches = 4 smaller ones, battered greenhouse, lots of tatty paths, large patio and loads of paving flags down the middle. love it but it needs some serious work done, want to get rid of the paths and some of the flagging, a big job, have been quoted £200 to remove paths if we break them up and get the skip...must take some pics. Have cleared most of the weeds and mowed the lawns...ha ha...will post pics if I can...

17/05/2012 at 19:33

Welcome, Debbie--congratulations on your new garden--it sounds like it has lots of potential. Be sure to take some before pics so that we can appreciate your hard work.

You might want to live with it for awhile before you do anything major. What kind of paths are they?

17/05/2012 at 19:50

Trellis in progress

Looking west--work in progress, but the path is done

Wild columbines

These are really electric blue-Lithodora Grace Ward

Tree peony flower--in front of the agave, which is making lots of babies.

Love this little geranium--matches my furniture. The foliage is wonderful.

17/05/2012 at 19:53

@Debbie welcome, a new garden sounds like a serious challenge, make sure you take plenty of photos.

@Dean what is is plant with the red flowers/bracts???

@KG those salvias look great.

I have been busy weeding and potting on today. Seedlings are still not growing

17/05/2012 at 20:09

 umpf...that was a bit of a fiasco...but you get the idea...the pots are an attempt at "normality"...Inkadog-paths are concrete...

17/05/2012 at 20:12

@ Debbie Good luck!

17/05/2012 at 20:16
What a fab empty canvas to play with!
17/05/2012 at 21:12

Debbie, I Can hardly wait to see the transformation! Some of those paths look useful.

17/05/2012 at 21:18

Why can't I see any posts from KoalaGirl? People keep referring to them.

17/05/2012 at 21:22

Inkadog there is an ignore facility, maybe you hit it by accident on KG?

17/05/2012 at 21:40

Thanks, Kate--that's what happened. It's fixed now. Sorry, KG, don't know how that happened!

17/05/2012 at 22:29

Won't take it personally!  It's morning here and I am just wondering if the pink sunrise is a good or bad thing weather-wise.

Inka - Congrats on the tree peony flowering.  I love columbines and have several in my garden.  I grew a mixed packet of seed last year to add to my collection.