SJ's Garden Thread

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  1. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Very nice pictures and garden. I especially like the tulips and daffodils.
     
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    More tulips for you then Druid (these variegated ones flower a little later than the other ones which are now dying off):

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    I just finished digging up and planting the vegetable garden yesterday. It's pretty tiny so I don't plant very much. Not everything does well in that location in my yard (it's really not sunny enough for a vegetable garden there), but until the kids outgrow their play structure and the trampoline, it will have to stay there for now. This year I planted onions, peas, beans, spinach, lettuce and pumpkins.

    The "just-planted" look:

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    More stuff is coming out now in the shade garden. This is "bleeding heart":

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  3. S.J. Faerlind

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    I promised some pics of the apple tree which is quite spectacular when it's in bloom.

    Here's what it looks like just waking up from winter:

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    Here's what it looks like now :)

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    And here's a close-up of the flowers on it.... they're soooo pretty!

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    TONS of bees come and visit this tree. I might be able to get some pics of them when it warms up later. :)
     
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    More updates on the spring-flowering plants!

    The peonies have buds on them now:

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    The lily-of-the-valley is flowering too:

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    and so are those forget-me-nots :)

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    This one is kind of a neat flower. It's a perennial called "Anemone":

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    It doesn't produce a lot of flowers but the ones it does put out are showy.

    More random stuff that pops up in my lawns and gardens that I didn't plant:

    I have no idea what this is but it grows in sunny spots and it's really cute :)

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    aaannnnnnd... wild strawberries! These actually produce tiny little edible strawberries. They taste amazing. The flavour of them is much stronger than that of domestic strawberries. The plants and berries are tiny in comparison though:

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    This is a robin I just happened to catch on camera:

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    In the next few weeks I'll do a few container gardens and a container water garden. I got a "pond spitter" in the shape of a dragon for Mother's day ... can't wait to see it in action :D
     
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    Looks to me like African Daisies... when I lived in San Clemente California I had them all around the house because they bloomed often and needed almost no care. I've tried them here in Florida but they don't seem to like the humidity and they don't flower enough to make it worthwhile.
     
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    Were yours really tiny plants? These are really small. We set the deck high on the lawnmower to give the wildflowers in the lawn a chance to flower and these ones rarely get cut off by the blades.
     
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    No, I would describe them as small to average sized plants, and they grew year round and were almost always flowering. And they were prolific! They'd grow like crazy in spring and summer, so long as they had enough water. They also tolerated bugs pretty well... I don't recall ever spraying them with pesticides. The only bugs that seemed to fancy them were the crickets.
     
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    Well these things are certainly prolific and nothing here seems to eat them. They're certainly tolerant enough of the cold to be perennials here so they come back every year.
    The people who had the house before we did used to spray the lawns for weeds I think. Pesticides and herbicides were banned here within the last 5 years and we never used them before that anyway. I think that's why I have so much random stuff that shows up in my lawns and gardens. It's amazing what turns up when you let things run wild. Chaos theory gardening... it may be messy but it is fun :D
     
  11. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Nice flowers/plants/tree!
    We planted the vegetable patches a while ago (we have four like your's). Have you thought of putting stones round the edge of yours? It'll slow the progression of the grass and just make it look nicer, separating it from the lawn.

    Seeing your apple tree, I realised that the first "daily drawing" that I posted here was in fact an apple blossom (I planted a few apple, plum and cherry trees in our garden 5 years ago and the little labels have come off. I got mixed up between the apple and the cherry, probably because at that time of year, there's cherry blossom leaves all over the place.)

    Everybody has daisies all over the place here.
     
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    I honestly hadn't thought of stones around the vegetable plot but it's a good idea. Right now I'm contemplating some fencing to keep the bunnies out of it. The little stinkers eat the bean and pea sprouts when they pop out of the ground. Between them and the birds I have to plant lots. :D
     
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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    To be honest, we have both; the stones around each plot and a fence around the whole thing (four plots).
    The fence is the one that I drew a part of last week
     
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    So yesterday was nice and sunny (for a change) and it was supposed to pour rain the rest of the week. As a result I got my butt outside to mow down the jungle my lawn had become and weed the gardens. Some updated pics:

    The vegetables are up and the majority of the beans made it past the bunnies :)

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    Pea plants are amazing. They send out little curly stems to wrap around nearby stuff. These are already grabbing onto the ropes I set up for them.

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    7 years..... and finally, flowers!

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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Garden getting better.
    Pictures getting better.

    Good luck with those vegetables.
     
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    hahaha thanks! Spring is always dismal but things are looking up now. I didn't get a chance to post the rest this morning before work so here they are:

    This is "lamb's ears" (lamium). It's a variegated ground cover that makes these little spikes of snap-dragon-like flowers. I planted a little patch last year and now it's taking over!

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    The puny little irises in the original thread are going to flower. I'm a little disappointed in them though. Last year they were all loaded with flowers, this year only one plant has shown any interest in flowering at all. Maybe the others are just late. I hope they're not lazy! :D

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    This is another ground cover that makes masses of little pink flowers. I can't remember what the name of it is but the photo turned out unexpectedly good so I thought I'd post it:

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    This stuff is "Sweet Woodruff". It grows like mad in the shade and produces tiny little white flowers in late spring.

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    One of my mother-in-laws gave me 4 tiny pieces of this stuff about 5 years ago and I put it along the fence under trees in the back. It went wild. If we don't keep mowing it down it would take over the lawn I think. :D

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    This was kind of a neat pic too I thought. Peony buds (and flowers) are always CRAWLING with ants. I never bring the cut flowers inside for that reason. I'm not sure what the ants like about them but I have to wonder if they benefit the flowers in some way? Anyway...

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    I see this stuff for sale in garden centres all the time and it makes me laugh because it's another thing that grows rampant in my lawn:

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    The bees love it too:

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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Lots of flowers! We have loads of little ones like that too.

    And I love lamb's ear, although isn't it usually grey and soft (nice and furry). There used to be a plant at my grandparent's house and I loved to stroke it.
     
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    I think there is another plant with the common name lamb's ear which is fuzzy. This one isn't fuzzy at all. To be honest I don't know why anyone ever wanted to call it lamb's ear at all. The fuzziest plant I have in my garden is "woolly thyme".... a creeping ground cover and it's pretty darn fuzzy :D