SJ's Garden Thread

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    I'll bet they get out to look. Does everybody on your courtyard have gardens like that?

    ^^They look happy :)
    I wouldn't thin them. One or two in each group will dominate and crowd out the less healthy ones.

    My guess is looking for hops... they're used to make beer you know ;)
    aaannnnnd... you're admiring our pretty growing green things :D
     
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    So my vegetables are really coming along now:

    The peas are flowering like crazy and beside them the beans are starting to make beans:

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    I also found a few tiny peppers starting to grow on the pepper plants on my deck:

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    My tomatoes have grown from little, spindly things into these monstrosities: :D

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    and they're busy making tomatoes:

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    Currently, all the pink, fuzzy things are flowering: :D

    This is Astilbe:

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    And this is a wildflower called "Queen of the Prairie". It reminds me a little bit of cotton candy:

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    I posted a pic last week of my red clematis. It's really putting on a show now:

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    I have no idea what kind of lilies these are. Around here we call them "ditch lilies" because they spread like crazy and you can see them growing in ditches alongside roads all over the place.

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    This little bat was hiding on the wall next to my garage. Our kitty found it so my husband rescued it and I managed to take some pictures before it crawled away. You should see these little guys move! They crawl along on their wings and those little hind feet and it's really neat to see. I took a video of it crawling through the grass. The way they move is actually pretty creepy...lol

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    I think out of everything I grow, these "Pacific Giant" Delphiniums are my favourite perennial. I have 3 colours: pale lavender, dark purple and this amazing colour:

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    Unfortunately we had torrential rain last week and that knocked over a bunch of the dark purple and lavender ones, breaking the stalks off near the ground. :(
    On the bright side, now those particular stalks are in a vase on my dining room table. They look nice there :)
     
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    There's some more new stuff out this week:

    My Echinacea (purple coneflower is starting to flower. I like these things: the flowers have spiky, orange centres and pinky-purple petals. Here are a few in my wildflower garden:
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    This is perennial "baby's breath" growing on the edge of my wildflower garden. I planted some in the backyard but this one just turned up here on its own. It's pretty, so I left it:

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    This is wild Bergamot. It's domesticated relative is called "bee balm". I love these crazy things: the flowers are almost comical :D

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    These crazy wildflowers are called "nodding wild onion". The leaves smell like onion if you break them. The pointy, tear-drop shaped things will break open and a bunch of fuzzy white flowers will hang out of them. Their domesticated relatives that you can buy in garden centres are Allium flowers. In the background of this photo is electric orange "butterfly weed".

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    I also grow 2 species of milkweed in my wildflower garden. Monarch butterfly caterpillars can only eat milkweed. Unfortunately this year I haven't seen any caterpillars which is unusual in the extreme. Usually they eat my swamp milkweed down to nothing. I heard on the news that there was a problem where they overwinter in Mexico and that's why we're not seeing the butterflies this year. I hope they aren't gone for good :(
    Anyway, two milkweeds:
    Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa):

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    and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata):

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    This was kind of a neat pic I took of one of my dahlias. You can see shadows of other plants on the petals :) Too bad it's a little fuzzy...lol

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    Aaaannnnnd some pumpkins for Dreamscaper since he's a fellow pumpkin grower :)

    Pumpkins actually make separate male and female flowers (most plants make flowers with both male and female parts on one flower). I had no idea this was the case when I first started growing pumpkins. For some reason my vines had lots of flowers but never seemed to grow any pumpkins. Each individual flower is only open for a few hours in the morning. By the afternoon they've closed up and then they shrivel up and fall off the plant. The bugs in my yard must be lazy because they never seemed to be able to pollinate the darn things in time. So now my kids and I do it for them and we have lots of pumpkins for halloween :D

    Here's a "girl flower":

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    aannnnd a "boy flower":
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    And a little pumpkin just beginning:

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    I can only imagine the comments I'm going to get about this post....lol
     
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    Ah so I see, the flowers look a lot bigger than I was imagining them. Baby pumpkins, yay!
     
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    They're actually quite huge and very showy with that vibrant yellow colour. I can't help but think that they really belong on a tropical plant instead of a pumpkin vine. :D
    It's such a shame that they don't last very long... they're actually quite pretty.
     
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    gotta love your garden thread SJ :)!! I thought my mom had a lot of different plants growing..but you have like thousands of plants i've never seen in my life :D. mainly have seen all your pics, missed a bit too much and too lazy to read everything haha.
     
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    Aww thanks Bel. I sort of feared that everyone would be horrified to have a virtual garden here on TFF....lol.
    I'm planning on doing something fun with some of the pics I took this summer in winter if I get the time.
     
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    pfff what's wrong with a beautiful garden?? I love it!! Besides..I even consider nature and flowery gardens etc as nice places to let your imagination wander, so a fantasy forum is in my opinion a very good place to have such a thread ;).

    But now you got me curious, what are you planning to do with the pics?? :p
     
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    Why turn them into fantasy ones of course :D
    It all depends if I can find the time to do some drawing though...
     
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    the only plant worth growing is barley ;)
     
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    so let's see some pics of your barley garden then ;)
     
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    Oh I forgot hops! They are also VERY important plants to grow!!!

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    haha my shampoo smells of hops :D

    and SJ!! they already look like plants out of some fantasy world ;)
     
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    Very nice JNK... we'll make a beer gardener out of you yet! :D
    Another use for beer in the garden BTW: bury a foil pie plate in the soil so it is level with the ground and cover the edge with leaves and dirt. Fill it with beer and presto: instant slug trap!

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    How is the clematis coming along? Discoloration returning to normal?