SJ's Garden Thread

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  1. S.J. Faerlind

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    So, we're on vacation and there are some spectacular wildflowers/plants around here so I thought I'd post some pics that I took before all the excitement happened yesterday:

    White Aster:
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    Wild blackberries:

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    These grow along woodland edges in the sun. We leave them for the bears though... they need them more than we do. :)
     
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    This is trillium: our official provincial flower. It's illegal to pick them here. They're really interesting plants because they take 7 years to mature and picking the flower will kill the plant. They also rely on ants to grow. The ants carry the seeds (you can see one in the pic below) into their colony, planting the next generation. :) Trillium only flowers in the spring and the woods really come alive with them at that time. There are three types (white, red and toadshade). I think the red and white ones are the prettiest.

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    This is jewelweed. Sorry the picture is fuzzy but the darn things were blowing in the breeze and my camera doesn't deal well with movement!

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    This isn't a plant but I liked the picture so I thought I'd throw it in here anyway. We sometimes walk down to the rapids and climb around in them when the river is low. The little shallow pools in between the rocks and around the edges are really quite pretty:

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    I read about a lot of wildflowers but some of them are really difficult to find and I begin to wonder if they actually exist or not. This is wild lobelia (aka cardinal flower) and it totally made my day to find it growing wild right alongside the river:

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    a close-up:
    (again, sorry about the fuzziness but there was a bit of a breeze)

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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    It seems that Dreamscaper has decided to follow the most powerful parti in the matter! :eek:

    @SJ: the hockey mask was a Friday 13th or something reference, although I've never watched the film.

    Wow! Beautiful pictures you two!

    Your pumpkins and melons seem to be doing well DS :)
     
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    Whose side am I on? Think about it and you will know the truth! Muahahahaha *Continues pouring lots of water on the rose overlord* Drink up m'lord! You need lots of water for world domination!

    err... you don't have sandy soil... do you?

    I'd just raise up my army of Aloe Vera, about 70 strong now, to smite the rose overlord, but a more subtle approach will reduce my losses.

    Beautiful pics S.J! Love the cardinal flowers especially, wonderful plant.

    Thanks Druid!
     
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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Haha! Very good Mr Dreamscaper ;)

    There is a huge amount of sandy soil around here, although a lot of our garden is old farm land, so very rich soil though.
     
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    Excellent, rich water-holding soil, *rubs hands together*

    I summon the fungus minions, attack!
     
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    Ahhhhh... very clever: erode the rose superoverlord's power base from within! :D

    I was sooooo excited to find them! (Yeah I know.... I need to get a life :D)
     
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    Taking pleasure in gardening is what many people would call a life.
     
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    Aye, nothing wrong with admiring the natural beauty that is all around us, whether it be in a hawk's call or the vivid petals of a flower. :)
     
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    I always find it really odd seeing people just growing cacti like that. I'm only used to small ones in pots for decoration.

    Looks like you've got something good going on there DS!
     
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    Wow DS... and you said you didn't like container gardening :D

    Cute little pumpkin BTW :)
     
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    2 days shy of a necro. Buahaha.

    Why didn't I see this thread as updated? Grrr...

    Thanks Druid and S.J.! Yeah... I learned more about dirt and why its worth paying for it lol.
     
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    T'is a hard lesson to learn and I too once had to learn it the hard way. All dirt is not created equal :(
     
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    ah SJ how i would love to take a walk in your surroundings ;), it looks beautiful! please post some nice autumn pics soon pleeeaaaassseeee :D???
     
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    I really have to get around to updating this thread again! The flowers are really winding down now though....big plants, lots of seed heads and very few blooms. I've been busy collecting seeds for next year :) The trees are disappointing this year unfortunately. The people who had our house before we did had planted these foreign Norway maples and they're all infected with this fungal disease that has been going around. The Norway maples don't give off much fall colour compared to our native ones at the best of times, never mind when their leaves are covered in black spots and dead areas. :p My neighbours have some awesome native maples that run down the property line so I'll try to take some pics of those for you Bel. They don't seem to be infected by that damnable fungus. I also have a lovely sumac that is absolutely crimson this time of year... beautiful!
     
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    Updates! Updates! We demand it! :p I bet the crimson does look beautiful, can't wait to see!

    Update from my end:

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    ^^Great updates Dreamscaper! I can't quite tell from the picture: are those zucchinis? :)

    I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to post more stuff today. It was a busy one and I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of my garden.
     
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    Thank you ^_^ They're okra, you can sorta see one in the first picture too! I thought it was weird how they grow straight up, no complaints though, omnomnom. Whenever you get a chance!