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The joys of gardening.

 
 
neko nomad
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 03:59 pm
@chai2,
Don't really know, but I'd probably want them to if I were in that area. My mom tried to grow them in her yard in Texas, but the weather there was too humid.
chai2
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 05:58 pm
@neko nomad,
That's where I am...in Texas.

Anyway, I stopped by a locally owned place on the way home, and picked up some porchulaca (on sale for .79 a 4 inch pot) some small penta too.

I also got something, can't think of the name, and don't want to go outside to look, but it's flowers look like little light purple cotton balls. It's water needs are low, so I'm going to put that by my lavendar. Whatever was growing there died.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 06:17 pm
@chai2,
porchulaca and purslane are my two favorite fillers...
neko nomad
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 09:05 pm
@chai2,
It may be too late for nurseries to carry them, but keep a watch for this native beauty, yellow-eyed phlox. I bet you've seen them at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/JAM6151/6151_IMG01430.JPG

Cultivated varieties, though, will liven up your flower bed for sure.
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jun, 2011 06:51 am
@Rockhead,
Rockhead wrote:

porchulaca and purslane are my two favorite fillers...


Yeah, I've got some at the head of my planter, the low part that's nearest the street. Just gives some color and green, and you don't have to think about it.

It was 104 degree when I got home yesterday, so I'll wait until Saturday, early morning to put them in. Got a lot of dead heading to do too.

neko, phlox is a perennial around here, I've got some as the border of one side of the main part of the garden, been there for at least 3 years.
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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jun, 2011 12:55 pm
@neko nomad,
Used to make these all the time when I was a kid in Virginia. All we have here is sand daisies. Love the daisy chains, however

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm40wqi1N41qke32qo1_500.jpg

How about a little music to go with your garden. Razz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2XHYKWLGTg
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 09:44 am
Look at what arrived this morning during breakfast.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0485A.jpg

And on the day after finishing the iris bed.
neko nomad
 
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Reply Wed 24 Aug, 2011 10:14 am
@neko nomad,
Gardening done for the year;some tidy-up mext.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0487A.jpg

Shown here is tall bearded Spirit Of Memphis, accenting a blue border of tall bearded Monet's Blue,
alongsidethe front terrace as well as the honeysuckle hedge. A couple of years away, though. Red peonies are in that border,too.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Wed 24 Aug, 2011 08:00 pm
Here's a neat bit of iris advice, particularly useful for this time of the season, I found in the Memphis Commercial-Appeal just this afternoon.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Tue 20 Sep, 2011 09:31 pm
Here Miss Molly sizing up the new iris bed approvingly.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0497A.jpg
This bed alongside the front terrace consists of tall beardeds
Amas and Monet's Blue. Also featured is herbaceous peony Dancing Butterflies.
New foliar growth assures me yhat they won't frost-heave come springtime.

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neko nomad
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 11:58 am
The only front yard in the neighborhood with irises in bloom.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0498A.jpg

Two tall beardeds "Spirit Of Memphis". Don't think they'll bloom again in May, though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0499A.jpg
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 12:34 pm
I think I'm going to look online for some tulip bulbs to plant in Dec (where it works best here)

I'm going to splurge and get some really nice ones.
neko nomad
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 12:59 pm
@chai2,
Ask at the store if they refrigerated them .
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2011 07:22 pm
The same time that I was settnig out the new irises in August was a good time to divide this clump of TB Monet's Blue.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0494A.jpg

Four useable rhyzomes.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0495A.jpg


a neighboring iris, "Amas" will be relocated next year. The objective is
a border of only "Monet's Blue".
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0496A.jpg

New foliage is showing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0501A.jpg


A closer look as of this morning :
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0503A.jpg

They'll winter over nicely.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2012 11:21 am
Here we are, Ground Hog Day's Eve, and spring chores
have started.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0526A.jpg

Processing winter tree damage: tools at the ready.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Mon 6 Feb, 2012 03:51 pm
This is a view of this year's project: a continuation of the iris bed set out back in September,extending from the terrace down
toward the bottom of the frontyard.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0527A.jpg

neko nomad
 
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Reply Sun 12 Feb, 2012 04:00 pm
@neko nomad,
This frontyard should be framed with Monet's Blue andSpirit Of Memphis borders
by next year, god willing.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Sun 19 Feb, 2012 08:12 pm
I'm pretty well self sufficient in plants for
the rest of the front border. In addition to irises I'll divide
this peony,
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0534A.jpg
Nippon Chief and fit it in somewhere up against the terrace.

Since peony Dancing Butterflies is already established front and center,
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0465A.jpg
I'll try placing a tuber at each end
for effect. May need to relocate some irises at the far left, though.
neko nomad
 
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Reply Sat 31 Mar, 2012 11:49 am
@neko nomad,
Well, well, well:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0545A.jpg

There may be some space left up front for a couple or three more different
varieties.
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2012 12:07 pm
A view of my prunus tomentosa in bloom
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v188/nekonomad/nekonomad0548A.jpg
brings an Utamaru print to mind.
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