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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.

kate1123

David spikes- great photos

Wintersong

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

Koalagirl

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.


figrat
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.

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MuddyFork

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

Deanos Diggin It

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!!!


figrat

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.

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...

Inkadog

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?

Inkadog


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.

kate1123

@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


 


 


 


 


 


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


kate1123

@ Debbie Good luck!

figrat
What a fab empty canvas to play with!

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Inkadog

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

Inkadog

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

kate1123

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

Inkadog

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

Koalagirl

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.