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Subject: What Looks Good in Your Garden?
Date Posted: 6/28/2008 2:37 PM ET
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Not much in mine :) 

A perennial viola, Viola etain, that I ordered from Bluestone Perennials is doing well in all 3 locations.  This is the first time I ever ordered a viola and so far I'm impressed.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 5:22 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:25 PM ET
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This has been a terrific season for gardens here in CT. Roses are abundant, vegetables ahead of schedule, irises just finished, lilies beginning, daisies everywhere. It's been intermittently rainy for weeks, and it's a bit like living in England, but warmer.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:47 PM ET
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I'm glad things have done well for others.  It would have been better for some things here if we hadn't had such chilly weather.  That wasn't good for the ones that need warm nights and the 90 deg. spell wasn't good for the cool weather plants.

I want daisies next year.  I may be wrong but plants seemed off-schedule here too.  I had forget-me-nots and daffodils later than seemed right.  I was sure the forget-me-nots were normally done by the time I was ready to do other planting.  Iris have been done for awhile - perhaps that hot weather?

I have a cherry tomato with green tomatoes :)

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 10:26 AM ET
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A patch of soapwort I have growing in the front looks great!  I keep eyeing it so I don't miss out when the seeds are ready to harvest.  I started the batch last year from seed and they grew to about 6 inches and then just stopped.  I don't know why but they did and I kinda gave up on them.  But this year they came back and took off and look great! 

Purple coneflower looks great too.  That's another one that grew a little bit, then stopped last year, but came back strong this year.

 



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Date Posted: 7/4/2008 2:32 PM ET
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Geranium Rozanne has begun to bloom.  This came from Bluestone's sale and I would like to get a couple more.  It's beside a hosta by the gazebo. 

My barberry looks good.  As an added bonus, my husband discovered that they had thorns.  It's only about 3 years old and it's our second one :)  I think the other one must be over 15 years old (possibly the world's tallest crimson pygmy).

 

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 11:46 AM ET
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I've got a couple of apple trees that I started from seed.  I started with 7 or so and now have 5 that are still alive.  Of those five there is one that is two years old and it's pushing 6 feet tall!!!!  It just keeps growing and growing!  Most of that growth happened just this year.  For the longest time it just grew straight up with no lateral branches.  It started getting the lateral branches between 4-5 feet.  The leaves on it look pretty good too.  There is a tiny caterpillar that took up residence on it and is chewing some of the leaves but that's okay.  The leaves will drop in the fall anyways.  I've been keeping it in a pot on the deck along with a smaller apple tree that is about 3 feet.  I put the others in the ground in the back yard and some died and the others are still alive but don't look too hot so the trees will stay in pots until I can figure out the soil thing.....

I know that fruit trees grown from seed will not be identical to the parent and may not produce edible fruit at all.  Even so, I'm so excited that my trees are growing and that one is so tall!  Maybe it'll produce some gorgeous blossoms.

I also planted about 100 peach pits that I'd saved over the years and I got ONE to germinate this year.  It's about 2 feet tall now and is growing fine. It's losing lower leaves but maybe that's normal??  I routinely see new growth on it and it seems fine otherwise.

I love growing (trying to!) plants from seed.  Just to see *what happens*  :)

 

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Date Posted: 3/11/2009 11:34 AM ET
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    I use mountain pinks in my garden as borders and that always looks real nice .

                                            Dolores H.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Nothing right now--the daffodils had a moment where they looked amazing then were clobbered by a freak snow storm:lol:  They perked back up after the meltdown but never looked quite as good.  

It's been raining for a few days now and I can't go do my spring cleaning in the beds/containers yet. 

I'm happy to read in the first post about Viola Etain...I ordered some of those myself from Bluestone for this spring.  Freckles is another I liked too. 

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 1:27 AM ET
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My garden = the ledge on my apt. balcony...

My orchid finally has buds on it again (it's been almost a year to the date since it bloomed last)                                                                               Desert Rose (his name is Peter) is doing well, it's almost time to put him back outside full time... He's only bloomed once in 10 years!                 Cactus is looking pitiful... I left it outside during a 2 day rain storm :(                                                                                                                                           Bamboo looks good.... it really must be the most renewable resource on earth because I have yet to seriously damage it!

As you can tell I'm not much of a gardener but I am trying to keep up with the Jones'

I'm loooking for suggestions on plants/flowers that will survive my black thumb through the Texas summer. Any suggestions except the obvious, GIVE UP, are appreciated.

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 5:31 AM ET
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A good sun annual that I used in containers when I lived in NM was portulaca aka moss rose.  It's a succulent and was pretty forgiving if I forgot to water for a couple of days.  The flowers are bright and look like crepe paper--it's low growing but spreads out some.  I've found the seed at Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes but I've also seen the plants in the garden center areas too a little later in the season once things have warmed up a bit.  I didn't have to deadhead and they flowered until frost. 

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 7:44 PM ET
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My portulaca seed (from Walmart) germinated in the hall while it was waiting for me to get it under the lights.  Gee, be a little bit patient, will you?  The alyssum with it did the same thing.  Now if I can just get it grown okay.  I hope it will bloom so I can pick out the colors.

K-Mart had their seeds marked way down this weekend, BTW.  We didn't need anything really but my son got my husband beans and he got some cucumbers.  I would really like to know the difference between the Burpee seeds at Walmart and the much more expensive ones in the catalog and website.  I nearly ordered and then found most of them at Walmart.  I had grown them last year (and the seed was even old) so I know they were okay.  Those were marigolds and I got a zinnia I wanted to try.

ETA:  We had a few crocuses bloom.  You know how crocuses spread? Not here.  I gave up years ago but we still get a few.  I think it may be  moles eating them.



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Date Posted: 3/30/2009 8:31 PM ET
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I may have to find a Kmart this week--hard to resist new seeds:lol:  I never need any of the seeds I buy but I can't seem to help myself every year.  I compared some of the same items from the Burpee catalog vs. Walmart/Burpee and the only two differences I noticed aside from price was seed count was usually higher in the walmart pack and a few of the things sold in walmart weren't listed at all in the catalog.   I love the T&M catalog too but the prices are a bit steep so I will sometimes buy from valueseed.com which sells T&M seeds without the fancy packs w/ the photos (seeds are in sealed foil packets) which I think are seasonal overages for 99 cents or less a pack and shipping is cheap too.  The varieties kind of come and go but I've been happy with what I've bought so far.

Crocus don't do anything for me here either--and I have a black thumb for tulips also--fresh new fall planted bulbs don't even make it for me:lol:  I just cut my losses and spend the money elsewhere:)

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 4:30 PM ET
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The garlic that I planted last spring and thougth I lost....it is up now.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:27 PM ET
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We found about 4 more crocuses.  I think maybe they were Pickwick - I didn't walk out in the miserable weather to look.  My husband was pointing but they didn't make much of a show. 

I've read that tulips don't last too long at best.  We had better luck with some of the species but they eventually vanished too.  They aren't as showy either.  Nothing looks good but a couple of succulents made it through (Angelina is new for us).  We've had chives for years and years. 

I don't know if the places that carry Burpee's seeds get different things or if they were just picked over.  What I'd had were Scarlet Starlet marigolds (catalog & website) and Disco Flame marigolds (not website/catalog).  My husband liked the SS ones and I had liked the Disco Flame ones so I was happy to find them at Walmart.  I also got Zinnia Highlight (yellow) which is rumored to be something like the Profusion zinnias.  It was certainly cheaper at Walmart.  They had a short double sunflower and the photo looked a lot like "Teddy Bear" but I decided I really didn't need to get that.

I just realized that I ordered from T&M because I wanted the tall striped marigolds again, plus the yellow ones and those didn't come.  It's my fault for ordering late but still...  Now I had saved seed for the first time ever from the tall striped ones and had this mess in a baggie.  I didn't know what might germinate so I threw it all in a big flat and now I have an enormous flat of some kind of marigold...  I hope they aren't a hybrid.  It doesn't say they are.  I'm cranky because I wanted the yellow single tall ones too.  They did send the shorter striped version.  Mine were mostly striped and I have read that some "striped" ones aren't so I wanted T&M's again.  We had a few that weren't but it was a very dry year too.  I'lll try to remember the other place next year.  I know if I don't do it early then I'll put it off.

I don't know if we will grow castor beans again or not.  My husband just pulled the roots and they were huge.  My mother grew them every year so I was like the only person at Weapons of Mass Destruction training who had seen them.  I don't think they are quite as poisonous as people think because nothing ever ate them.  I didn't like beans and there's a photo of the horse right above them (and me below).  I checked and practically no one every died from eating them.  I think they must be something that animals would only eat if they were starving.