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May In Your Garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 21:53

Woo, I was gobsmacked too by LL's garden- truly a labor of love.

Wintersong, that is a lovely combo.

GF- lovely iris- still waiting for mine. Figrat, am also a fan of the little retculatas.

Wintersong, looks like a perfect combo----lovely contrast!

Dean, I am envious of your greenhouse--so worth the aggravation.

Just back from my friend's new house--5 acres fully fenced, complete orchard, Koi pond , deck,veranda and wonderful, if neglected plantings. I'm a bit envious! Lots of work to do there outside-but the inside is perfect. Guess I'm done for the day--just feel like sitting in the sun!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:41

Wintersong, I would love to see a photo of that combination; I have a Berberis rose glow in a big pot that I am wondering where to situate.

Figrat, you have been busy! Garden planning is such fun!

That's rhubarb in the photo, by the way, and you should have seen her cauliflowers! She is vey generous with plants and cuttings, although I have far from her ideal conditions for growing. And I just remembered she is 89, not 88.She has many amazing huge specimen trees, and her rhodos and azaleas and roses are spectacular. She hires people for the heavy work, but she is out there every day.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 16:11

This is my friend Zona--88 and still going strong--a master gardener.Her garden is 3 acres and an absolute marvel.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 16:04

Well, I am beginning my day---but at 8 am it's only 4 degrees! Bright sunshine, though.

I am off this morning to visit a friend who had a bad fall while waiting for a hip replacement--she recently moved, and I am taking her the rest of my tomato plants [her partner will plant them]--and some carrot muffins. Perhaps I will get my garden construction finished this afternoon. Painting trellises tomorrow.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 01:57

So sorry to hear about your disaster, Woo---but you seem to have the right attitude. We have all faced disappointments in our gardening endeavors--having everything wiped out by hungry deer springs to mind-luckily, the season is young yet!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:37

Wow--gardening fanatic---that is an impressive amount of plants! Geoff, I hope you enjoy your holiday, and that Cody has a good kennel.

We have sunshine for the foreseeable,although it's not really going to warm up until the weekend. I have yet to plant out my Lablab beans or malabar spinach,but the toms are in their outside pots.Today I will be erecting trellis and posts--yesterday I finally mortared in the retaining wall and almost finished the pathway. I will have two new beds to plant up once the fence is finished!

I have to deliver a surprise sherry bundt cake to my friend, as it is her birthday, then it's back to the wars!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:42

Good morning, all--I've just been looking at the weather forecast for the next week, and there are little orange suns all over the place!

My peonies are in bud-including the tree peony, which I look at every day,as I don't know what colour it is,and it's blooming for the first time. When I was a little girl, my grandmother told me that peony buds wouldn't open without ants to help them--I always thought it was an old wive's tale, but I just read somewhere on the net that ants eat wax off the buds so they can open. Has anyone ever heard about this?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 20:07

Wintersong, I know what you mean about garden design-it's all very well to have an idea of colour and form, but it's complicated by growing conditions, as well as seasonal interest. In my garden the best laid plans gang aft aglay, and I rely a lot on the surprise factor! Mine is not an urban garden, so it is at least half wild.Right now, the dominant plants are honesty[which I dont remember planting], aquilegia [which I do, but many of them are the wild kind], bluebells, and this year will have a bumper crop of digitalis, which grows wild. All are welcome! My focus this year is on the deer and drought resistant garden, which is now unfenced. We'll see what survives!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:37

A lot of work, Wintersong--do like the edging. It will be so much fun to fill up your wider border. Any idea what is going to grow up your potential trellis? Also, how do you keep those chippings so white? Here in the rainforest they would be green with algae in no time!

You are lucky to have such an understanding OH when it comes to plant purchases.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 00:07

It has turned into an absolutely fabulous day--warm, with a soft ocean breeze. I actually sat on the deck today with a drink and watched the seals sunning themselves on the reef--the tide is very low because of the full moon. Did some digging and repotting, but nothing too strenuous. Life is good.

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