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The joys of gardening.

 
 
Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 01:04 pm
I'm really having a blast this year with my gardening projects. I recently acquired a new hosta and I'm building a wall around it, just to protect it from rabbits and that sort of thing. Of course, you won't be able to see the hosta unless you climb on top of the wall and peer in. The wall will be six feet high by completion. And then, a piece of tin, slanted downward and encompassing the top, will further dissuade the rabbit. Rabbits can climb, can't they?

Anyway.... back to work. I still have several wheelbarrows of cement to lug out to the project site.

Wish me luck....

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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 02:09 pm
I'm sure it's going to look very lovely gustav and keep the
rabbits out until they found a ladder.

Gertrude has found some occupational therapy for you Wink
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 02:50 pm
Nothing like becoming one with the earth, my good man.

But apparently that doesn't mean having sex with dirt in a public park...found that one out the hard way.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 08:27 pm
To many earthworms?
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 08:32 pm
Too muddy?
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 09:00 pm
Please ladies. There's a time and a place for everything...besides, I don't want to damage your innocent ears/eyes.
littlek
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 09:00 pm
Did the swan boat paddlers come to work and find you belly down in the garden?
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 09:20 pm
Maybe.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 09:22 pm
I think I heard about that.
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 15 May, 2005 09:55 pm
Was the soil too sandy? Did it cause irritation?
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2008 03:58 pm
The joy of a flowering garden in spring is one of life's treasured blessings.

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neko nomad
 
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Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 09:18 am
Just wanted to insert this picture to share
a glimpse of this year's autumn coloration
in the backyard:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad099A.jpg

The hostas are also noticeably colorful.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 09:24 am
@neko nomad,
Very beautiful colors, neko nomad. I like to see the leaf changes, but out here in sunny California, we hardly get to see that.
What part of the U.S. are you in?

neko nomad
 
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Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 09:36 am
@CalamityJane,
Be sure to click on my pics; they usually link to a larger view.

I'm a transplant living in Kingston, Ontario. I continue to hope someone here can help sustain a little gardening discourse.
neko nomad
 
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Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2009 10:37 am
The fun part of the iris border project started today.

A bit of spadework was needed to root out some wild roses which were becoming invasive.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0175A.jpg

Soil in this spot seems to be just right for irises: sandy and well drained.

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neko nomad
 
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2009 02:44 pm
Progress was halted today by rain.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0176A.jpg

Yesterday at the supermarket gardening tent I came across an iris I simply couldn't pass by, the border bearded Orinoco Flow, the 1994 B.I.S.Dykes winner,which I eagerly took home two to add to my growing collection of Dykes Award winners collection. They'll grace the end of this bed of MTB yellow selfs.
They're shown in the photo.

Squirrel guards are in place (the bricks) - those plants would have disappeared by daybreak without them.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2009 03:11 pm
@neko nomad,
I may have to write a book: Gardening with Goatheads. They are also known as puncture weeds, puncture vine, mexican sand burrs, and probably many unprintable names. I think our Noddy had a name for them, but I forget what it was.

Some links by others who have encountered the same -

here's a link that suggests using weevils to get them..
http://www.goatheads.com/
that site also has ads for weed burners (a new one on me) and doggie paw mittens..
and a link to goathead apparel. Good grief..

so now I know the latin name, and won't forget it - Tribulus terrestris
http://cms.jcu.edu.au/discovernature/weedscommon/JCUDEV_012578
Hmmm, good name for a dog...

Now here's a matter of amazement to me - apparently they have some kind of health benefit - see the google ads to the side of the sane blog poster's piece on goatheads -
http://www.friday.com/bbum/2007/07/07/tribulus-terrestris-goatshead-terribly-evil-plant-from-hell/

I somehow misplaced my leather gardening gloves. Had to buy a new pair yesterday...

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neko nomad
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 01:21 pm
Keep us updated on your goathead campaign, Osso; you jogged a forgotten detail
of schoolyard memories in Texas around sixty years ago. My US Keds didn't protect the bottoms of my feet from them. Anyway. . . .

About halfway down this border is a peony I set out the end of March, again having come across it at a price I couldn't walk away from at Home Depot,Felix Crousse, hoping it displays well in that spot, shown in that last photo where a couple of bricks keep it safe from squirrels. It's sprouting growth now quite nicely.


ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 01:28 pm
@neko nomad,
Very lovely, Neko. I haven't been around peonies since I was a kid in the Chicago area..
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Fri 1 May, 2009 08:52 am
Those daffodils set out by the birdbath

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad075A.jpg


are now a part of the evolving springtime tableau out back:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0177A.jpg
daffodil "Dutch Master"



 

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