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How is your garden looking today?

 
 
Buzzbea
 
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Reply Sun 28 May, 2017 02:12 pm
@NetAddict,
My shade garden looks amazing! Every year I experiment with new plants to see what will survive in fairly dry and heavy shade. The deer haven't eaten my hostas yet. My new brunnera are thriving. The hellebores are still in bloom. The purple shamrocks look happier than ever. Five red dragon wing begonias are adding a radiant touch of color to a usually dark spot.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 28 May, 2017 02:36 pm
@Buzzbea,
the peonies are getting into the late bloom varieties. These are the most fragrant so the flower grdens look like a funeral display.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jul, 2017 05:26 am
@farmerman,
got home last night and Im now having to pick beans, beets, and tomatoes in the veggie plots. I was up at sunrise picking vine fresh maters. Gonna be some BLT's goin on today, I garawntee!
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 14 Jul, 2017 04:49 pm

anyone know what this doo-hickey is?

http://i.imgur.com/QjyZa8q.jpg

it's about a half inch in diameter... there's another one nearby...

some type of mushroom?

thanx...
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 14 Jul, 2017 05:08 pm
@Region Philbis,
looks like a shaggy ink mushroom. BUT it could also be a magpie fungus which sorta looks like a shaggy ink cap. I wouldn't cook with it till I knew exactly. (Shaggy ink caps make a hearty soup ) but magpie fungi will make you puke. (magpies aren't really poisonous just agood emetic).

The shaggy has a sweet smell and its usually a summertime to fall bloomer.
If you get em id'd proper and want to try em (the shaggy Is pretty good eating ) you wqnt to either dry it in a drier (not in the air) or cook it up on the same day as you pick it. Otherwise they turn into a puddle of black goo. We used to get em a lot in the barrens of Maine.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 15 Jul, 2017 04:37 am
@farmerman,

Quote:
I wouldn't cook with it
we have some baby bellas from the supermarket, so we're all set... Smile
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Thinkzinc
 
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Reply Tue 5 Dec, 2017 04:40 pm
@Thinkzinc,
My wee Scottish garden is amazing me this December. There are still godetias, geraniums and ox eye daisies and even a gladioli started flowering last week! This is despite a week of hard frosts in November. I am battling with the autumn leaves, which are clogging up my flower beds - the small price to pay for living near lots of lovely trees. The leaves actually look really pretty amongst the plants but I can't leave them for the winter as underneath are snail and slug eggs galore! Who needs the gym, sweeping my wee garden is my workout. And I still haven't planted my tulip bulbs yet, my next task! Hope everybody is enjoying their gardens this winter.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 5 Dec, 2017 04:44 pm
@Thinkzinc,
welcome back! you've been gone a long time there
Thinkzinc
 
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Reply Tue 5 Dec, 2017 05:06 pm
@ehBeth,
Thanks ehBeth :-) I have been away a long time. In fact I confess I had forgotten about the site.. Just got caught up with other things, less time for pleasure like A2K. But this evening the phrase just jumped into my head "Able to know" and to my delight I still remembered my password :-) It is lovely to have a look around again. Hope you are well.
alex240101
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 11:46 am
@Thinkzinc,
Daisies in December. I will be right back after I finish this daydream.
vonny
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 02:18 pm
@alex240101,
We can't see anything in our garden today except snow - such a heavy snowfall in so short a time!
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2018 06:17 pm

signs of life in the front yard...

https://i.imgur.com/xy6VQnm.jpg
George
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2018 02:02 pm
My plan was to put in new bulbs last fall, but I never did. I had some
dusty millers that lasted and lasted, so I just left my little patch alone.

Now there are some shoots coming up from bulbs of previous years.
I wonder what they are. I've planted various kinds.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2018 03:11 pm
@George,
Just bought some flowering plants at Home Depot that I put into pots sitting on our walkway to the front of the house.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2018 03:12 pm
@Region Philbis,
I once planted tulip bulbs in the front yard, and they came up every year for many years.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 28 Mar, 2018 08:52 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Ive begun some raised beds for strawberry plants. Ive had a couple AMish kids help me schlepp the 4X8' cypress frames to their spots (IM not supposed to lift anything heavier than a half gallon of milk for a few weeks so Im trying to be good) AND I wear a back brace.

We will have some strawberries this year but next year e will be fighting robins and baltimore orioles for the berries.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2018 09:57 pm
@farmerman,
I planted some low growing white flowers in our front and back yard. I have weak legs, so stooping is out of the question. I used the kitchen stool to sit and plant. I love working with soil.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2018 02:17 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I bought a small wheeled sitdown cart at a yard sale last year. Its made of a durable plastic with a cse (like a shoe shine box).
I can sit on it nd wheel it around the garden rows. When I work in the raised wooden beds, I have a little wooden bench I made so I can sit while I tend the little plants.

My left knee was shattered in my explosion so its a bit like Ive got a permanent ACL tear.
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 06:39 pm
@farmerman,
Question....

Is this a weed or a garden plant?

When it first came I thought (hoped) echinacea.

Now I don't know.

https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/52810443_1288650644621103_7554752984383488000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fd6ebeddf3bb312f92eb9539b80b5bbf&oe=5CE9593C
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 06:43 pm
@chai2,
they certainly don't look like coneflowers of the NE but there are certainly varietals

https://www.ediblewildfood.com/echinacea.aspx

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Distinguishing Features: This heat and drought resistance plant is very unique with its daisy-like purple/pink flowers that sport a prickly seed cone. The leaves are rough to the touch.

Flowers: The flowers are rich purple to pink in colour and the florets grow round a high seed cone. This cone has sharp spines. Echinacea blooms about mid-summer and lasts about a month, after which there is a temporary dormancy. Some plants may bloom again during early autumn.


Leaves: The leaf shapes are generally narrow, lance-shaped (or ovate) and toothed. The upper surface of the leaves is often dark green and has sparse white hairs.

Height: Echinacea averages between 60 cm to 1 metre.

Habitat: Dry open woods, barrens and prairies.
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