SJ's Garden Thread

Discussion in 'User Created Art' started by S.J. Faerlind, May 2, 2013.

  1. Beldaran

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    ah love the pics ds!! and i'm looking forward to yours sj, but take your time ;) :).
     
  2. S.J. Faerlind

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    At laaaast! Some time for updates.....
    So I've been taking pics all along but haven't been resizing / posting them for awhile.

    Veggie Updates first:

    I had a ton of tomatoes off my plants this year. I ate a few :) and we ate a lot of pasta sauce...

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    The peppers did well, but next year I think I'll put them down in the sun with the tomatoes rather than where I had them this year. They were in a somewhat shady location and had to grow tall and spindly to get enough sun. As a result I had to rest them against some deck furniture so they'd stop falling over...lol. They gave me lots of peppers though :)

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    I have to get those onions out of the ground....

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    and this is what is left after the pumpkin vines finally die off: a line of pumpkins in the grass:

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    Some of the flowers were still going strong in September, early October:

    Hollyhock:

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    Chrysanthemum:

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    My half-barrel planters that hold annuals (this one has "Million bells" (larger pink and dark purple flowers), "Bacopa" (small, pink flowers), "Agastache" (I might have spelled that one wrong..) (tall, reddish-pink flowers) and petunias. You can't even see the petunias anymore though. They been overrun...lol.

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    This Dahlia just doesn't know when to quit. This morning these gorgeous white flowers are covered in snow. :)

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    These are a native sunflower that I can't remember the name of. For most of the year they drive me insane in my wildflower garden. They're really aggressive and try to take over everything. I spend a good part of my weeding time pulling out hundreds of the darn things!!!! This time of year though I am reminded about exactly why I keep them around . :)

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    Tons of my flowers make seeds that are really cool too:

    This is a dahlia seed head. The dead petals are the brown stuff still stuck to the outside and you can see the developing seed coats in the middle. They kind of remind me of scales...

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    Swamp milkweed is one of my favourite wildflowers for many reasons. It feeds monarch caterpillars, it's pretty when it flowers and it makes cool seed pods and seeds:

    Developing seed pods:

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    Swamp milkweed seeds have a fuzzy "umbrella" that carries them away on the wind. The fuzzy stuff is really soft. :) Mature seed pods that have split open to disperse their seeds (sorry for the fuzzy pic... it was windy that day :D):

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    This is a purple coneflower (echinacea) seed head. Tiny little yellow finches actually land right on these things and eat the seeds they're standing on!

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    These are another favourite! I've posted some images of clematis flowers and developing seeds previously. This is what they look like when they're mature (another soft, fuzzy, wind-borne seed):

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    Some fall colour for Bel :)

    Unfortunately, the trees in my yard look awful in the fall but my neighbours have lovely ones :)

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    I have a young Sumac shrub/tree that was barely a stick poking out of the ground this spring. Though it isn't that big yet, it's grown a whole lot this summer and it's now up to about waist-height. Sumacs don't have very dense or leafy foliage but what they do have is brilliant autumn colour. :)

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    So now we're moving into winter and the snow is starting to fall and the perennial gardens are starting to retreat back underground. Some of the annuals will persist for a bit yet but they'll be totally withered by January. I took these pics this morning!

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    Wow, that's an amazingly quick change!

    This is the view from my window (yesterday morning), so barely autumn really:
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    You haven't had snow yet Druid?
    This time of year here has crazy weather... it will be sunny and warm one day and snowing the next. :p
     
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    I'm right next to the sea, so very little snow for me.
     
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    hmmm... the prevailing winds must blow off the land and out over the water where you are then. Here we get tons of "lake effect snow". The winds come out of the arctic, cross Lake Huron/Georgian Bay and pick up moisture along the way. They then dump that as snow on the lands southeast of them. Fun! :D
     
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    love the pics sj!! hadn't checked this thread in a while. I liked the fact that your pics are showing the switch from summer to autumn! and the hairy seed looks extremely fluffy, never thought i'd love to cuddle a plant haha :D. and that yellow tree looks amazing! have you made anything out of the pumpkins yet? yesterday i ate pumpkinsoup with a couple of friends, it was delicious!
     
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    The pumpkins shall be decorated for Halloween this very afternoon :)
     
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    hehe have any pics of the result??
     
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    As a matter of fact, I do :D
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    ^^Just let the kids have at them^^ :)
     
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    So here is a winter garden update. This is my wildflower garden in its winter glory....lol

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    My husband and kids often pile up the snow they shovel off the driveway and make a big fort on top of the garden. :)
     
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    We had a big ice storm hit the area a week and a half ago. The areas to the south of us got hit a lot worse than we did and a lot of the trees down there were badly damaged. We didn't lose any and only a few branches came down. The bad thing about ice storms is that the power lines come down with the trees. :( In spite of that I have to say that the trees look stunning with all that ice on them on a sunny day. My camera had a hard time capturing the sparkly effect of the sun on all that ice but you can see it on the photos in places.

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    SO many pretty pics! What I'd give to see the seasons really change for once, autumn especially! So many colors!
     
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    *is extremely jealous*

    That snowfort looks like an igloo that was built in the chalet we stay in when going skiing :D
     
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    Autumn is my favourite season for that reason. :)

    BTW, how did your pumpkins do DS?

    I'll have to take another picture tomorrow. We got a good dumping of more snow overnight and today and I was informed when I got home from work that it got bigger. :D