Digging into the earth.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into...
I sprayed a whole gallon of vinegar salt and soap on a huge patch of poison ivy and virginia creeper. I sprayed some on some bermuda grass in front of my roses and day lilies lets see what they do.
Don't know how it got started but I thought I had gotten it all out when I redug a part of my flowerbed. BUT it came back even worse last summer. Now I'm digging up all the perennials out of an 8ft long area. Will have to dig up as much dirt as possible to find all the rhizomes & there are lots...
just a few.
My garden is open on Saturday from 10-4.
If you're within an easy drive, I would love to meet you and show you my garden and my fish. There are no decent accomodations around here, so wouldn't suggest an overnight. lol.
My mom had this plant in her house & she gave me a rooting of it over 10 years ago. It didn't do much for several years other than grow some (or stay the same because I neglected it). A couple of years ago I finally bought a trellis for it & as of last year I finally decided to give it more water...
DEF: Messy Pretty: The unexpected attractiveness that can come when things are unkempt.
The Fish Peppers are ripening and I dried and ground my first batch of 'white paprika'. Pretty tasty, but pungent; I can see why it was used in fish dishes to add spice without 'muddying' the color of a cream based dish.
The plant produces fruit from ivory to solid green and I think next time...
I am going to have to have my car keys taken away on my days off. I need to stay home on those days and clean house or work in the yard. Instead of going places and finding plants that I know I can not grow.
Nothing special. I have whites & two shades of yellow. I have a purple one but it hasn't bloomed yet. Here are some pics. I would love to see other's orchid pics.:yes:
I took some pics of my yard before the rain started.
Well it's finally happened. We sold the swing set last weekend and the space where it sat is now bare. So, time to turn it into a garden!
I want to do this right the first time, so I'm hoping to get some advice from the folks here, especially from those that have been through the process.
tomato plants that have started yellowing in the centers of the newest leaves from the stem toward the end. It's just on the newest growth. My pepper plant started looking like it was not feeling well yesterday and by the end of the day, it was wilted. I watered it good and it perked up a little...
I never knew what the name was, but I got a few bulbs from another ponder many years ago. He had them in the ground. Anyways, I planted them & over the years they developed into big clumps of plants all from just a few bulbs. I noticed that they liked to bloom within a week of a decent rain. ...
Got this bulb on clearance from Target, potted it up & left it outside all winter in a fairly protected corner spot by the house. Rewarded with 4 big blooms & a second bloom stem. My other outside planted year round amaryllis aren't nearly as developed but I do see a few bloom stems starting to...
Ok this is the third or 4th time to plant these things I moved the pots where they will get some sun not just all day I think its the baking heat of the evening that gets them.
Someone should have warned me about those things. I was weeding one of the iris beds yesterday and its clear that if I allowed them too the lupine would take over everybed on the place. It will be interesting to see if they show up in the pasture. I left the seed heads on the plants last year...
Popping up everywhere in the woods.
I would really like to plant a few things today but dont really want to move anything out in the open we are supposed to get a lot of nasty weather Saturday of course if we get the nasty weather they are talking about, some one miles away might find my pots and plants at their house.
I should have a ton of stuff in the ground and done already, but events have conspired against me so far this spring. I only have one lotus going, I just repotted/fed all my water lilys last weekend and I have none of my butterfly plantings in the ground yet. It's been a fairly dry spring as well...
I dont know if he wanted me to post this or not but I thought it was too good not too share.
I got this plant in the mail yesterday. I did not find it until today it was setting on the windshield of my far under the carport. That is not the one I am driving to work. So its a good thing I saw this. I was not expecting in until Friday. Its a little banged up because of the way it was...
Some beauties that popped up this month!
A very nice member sent me a box of purple bearded iris from their gardens & I got them yesterday. They are planted now. Thank you very much & looking forward to blooms (if not this year then next).
Picea orientalis 'Skylands'
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea'
Abies concolor 'Hosta la Vista' - a witch's broom found above the hosta bed at hidden lake gardens.
A few pics.
For me it is the fun of trying new things. I am anxiously awaiting the fruit on the variegated heirloom Fish Pepper to mature....it can be used to make a white paprika. Then there is the Aji Amarillo, that one I tried last weekend to make a Peruvian potato recipe that reminded me of an au gratin,...
I know I have posted pics before but today it was amazing, by the way the colored walk way looked like some kind of crush rock with a resin but it felt like walking on rubber
Spring has sprung in the yard, The Keifer Lilly's are blooming along with the potted flowers. The Bird of Paradice has load of heads this spring already..They bloom almost year round here.
Warning....long story, you can skip a couple paragraphs if you want....
When my house was built, the entire lot was well shaded. Apparently in 2002 the prior owners decided they were tired of raking leaves and pretty much cleared the entire lot. The neighbors to the side begged to save two...
Just a few pics of some of my inside plants.
The Cactus is about 7 foot tall & at least 25 years old.
The Crown Of Thorns is 4 foot tall & 10 years old.
I have 3 yellow Orchids & 3 white ones. I have a pink one that isn't in bloom now.
These are Tulip fields.
How many plants do you think that is?:rolleyes:
Here we go.
This is my first big greenhouse, it will be 18' wide 88' long and 14' tall at the peek 10' at the sides. The main frame will be utility poles, and 2X8's. I got hoops from a friend $100.00 with a 100'X40' roll of 4mill film that is new in the box! There are 12 steel hoops enough for...
Must also be freeze and heat tolerant. Must flower some time of year. Can't be too big...maybe 3 feet wide. Tall is ok if I can cut it back. Suggestions?
Should you trim/prune a butterfly bush?
And is there a certain time or way to do so?
I've had mine for about 2 years now and they are around
4 and a half fee tall.
I don't want them to get huge so I'm wondering if I should cut them back
now if I'm going to at all.
Also I hear they are...
I need a bigger place to grow plants. I love the small Ming Aralia. I had one for years then one day it died. Never did know what happened. Do any of you see the Taro?:D::D:
Two summers ago I planted some really small basjoo's. Last winter was mild and they didn't get much freeze damage and have grown to a decent size. This winter we've had some harder freezes and they looked dead but I didn't cut them down and now they all have leaves coming up out of the top.
I have been wanting one for forever, and this one came up really cheap on Craigs list!
It is a 1994 Kabota L2000, 20HP at the engine with only 1200 houres!
With 5' box blade, and 5' finish mower, plus new turf tires for mowing! :yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo:
I was recently in Singapore on business and had the opportunity to visit the Botanic Gardens on my weekend off. I went Saturday and Sunday mornings, the 7th and 8th of this month. The weather was 95F and 99% by 10am, so the first day was the first third of the gardens, second day was the middle...
Will a grass and weed killer harm other plants?
I've got a section that the Bermuda or crab grass has
taken over and it's very difficult to pull up.
I have some bulbs planted there along with
some Malvia, a Black and Blue Salvia, and a couple
of daylilies. I think right now all
Yeah I know but I was bored with all the rain.:fmouth::fmouth::fmouth:
I have my first sprouts for this gorgeous heirloom pepper. It was popular in the Baltimore/Chesapeake area for its use in seafoods....hence the name. From what I read, it crosses freely with any pepper in the vicinity, so to get seed true to type, at least a few blooms will have to be hand...
I am growing a number of peppers and for paprika, one I decided to grow was an heirloom named 'Alma', in looks they remind me a heck of a lot of a tomato.
For the most part I'll dry and powder them, but somewhere I saw they are also used fresh. Anyone ever used a fresh Alma?
A Growing Guide
In the garden, on a trellis, or in a container, sweet potatoes are a beautiful plantódelicious tubers in the fall are an added bonus to the lovely foliage and flowers.
Sweet potatoes grow well in a sunny vegetable garden, but you can also grow them in other...
Hi all, I would like and I can show my flowers and garden..
Greetings from Bulgaria.
Do any of you know where to get Aspen seeds, or if any of you live in Colorado I would buy some from you.
I need them because I kinda lost some aspen seeds that a friend gave me to start for them,:uggg: so now I feel like a really dimwit!:shame:
Any help would be wonderful.:)
I have two types of bananas this year.
The musa basjoo I just wait til the frost gets them then cut
them down low and cover with leaves til spring.
My new one is a Musa Gran Nain and I don't think it can
take the cold temps as well as the Basjoo can.
So my question......Should I dig it...
By accident, I picked up a book on this. Thumbed through it.
And then I started doing research and watching videos.
Now I am obsessed.
Does anyone here do this? Pics? Tips?
I'm thinking about doing a fig tree...
I am obsessed with Hybrid Hibiscus and have a huge collection ( almost 300? I lost count so long ago)
Seeing that I have so many:uggg: I am just posting my Zenfolio link ! and sorry in advanced I have not names any pictured but a few :(
I guess my Anthurium is setting seed.
Should be brugmansias in the thread title. :uggg: I moved the potted plants into the greenhouse and some of them were blooming. I had forgotten how aromatic the blooms were and they were a delight as they filled the greenhouse with asweet smelling fragrance. The ones planted in the ground outside...
I was not for sure where to put this thread. So here I go ...
I have been looking around to see how I could utilize the mechenical filtration solid waste to create fertilizer for my terrestrial plants.
Found. Online Urban Aquaponics Manual (http://www.urbanaquaponics.com.au/faq6). Talks about...
Just some pics of my yard taken this morning before the big storm we may get tomorrow. May not have too many blooms left tomorrow.
Amorphophallus atroviridis hails from Thailand, though this one came from Selby Gardens in Sarasota, courtesy of Swimming Jewel.
It is way smaller than the Titan and gets only about 18"; this is the first year I've gotten it to bloom and hopefully it will set seed as well.
First off I apologise for not having any photo's to help...(my camera and my computer are NOT on speaking terms currently:uggg:)
We have a plant here commonly referred to as 'gopher berry'. The plants are typically found nestled at the base of oak trees, especially where the limbs are able to...
Took a walk to the back section of the property where a pine flatwoods borders a small Cypress swamp and this beauty caught my eye. Odd I had never noticed it before. From what I can tell it is a native lilly named Lilium catesbaei.
I pollinated the flower to see if I can get seed.
Beautiful morning with a good breeze. Took a moment to 'smell the roses' on a walk around with my morning cup of tea. :yes: DH has taken out the sand cherrys' and replaced (5 to go yet) them with '9 bark' bushes and yet more stellas :rolleyes:. A pic of Max and my veggie garden, and a Japanese...
The only thing that does good in this heat(103F today) is the sunflowers!:D:
The Cosmo looks okay.:scratch:
My sisters dog was standing there so he made the list to!:D:
I've been trying to use more flower bulbs over the last couple of years in my gardens and was wondering what everyone else was using and where you get them.
Do you purchase online or local?
I like to buy things that are on sale whether it's at Walmart , Home Depot, or Lowes, etc. But on...
I recently found a GREAT resource to help me with my Japanese influenced yard:
I was hoping someone might be able to help me with potted plants. I have many...
So I have hills of sand on the back and side of my garage. The back of the garage does not get much sun but the side gets a good deal of sun. I'm looking for suggestions that will take over the hill as much as possible and hopefully cut back on the weeds that take over the empty areas on the hill....
the first is of my suspended lattice to add something to our long wall along the back of the house, i've strung up the crimson passiflora, cant wait for it to bloom!
the second is a nighttime glow of some new windchimes and hanging garden moss balls' silhouette
more to come
Is there a cheap place to get these?
Looks like they run about $10. each and one isn't going to do me. ;)
I need to find them cheaper.
Grabbed a couple of these at our local nursery. Had some other wonderful conifers but this was our tree budget for the year. Decided against this placement after looking at it a bit, but still in love with this cultivator.
We've had 29 days of 100*+ temps so far this summer. Somethings like it hot...
This melon is in a one gallon bucket. It is one of 75 or 80 that we counted in a 30 foot row. We planted the garden in our back yard for the first time this year. I had my doubts whether anything...
Perennials are 30-50% off now, here in the Midwest. This is a GREAT time to score big. I look for very full pots, that will respond well to dividing. Then I can purchase a $24 collector's item, get it for 50% off and then divide it into three plants. Planting them now gives them a big head...
I took some pics from around the yard, some are from late spring/early summer. We haven't done too much this year being we work full-time and I'm in school-just finished summer semester yay!
Here's a toad that took up residence in a hole that tunnels under the hydrangea. This pic is from...
I am planning to decorate my pond for the koi fish in the near future, however, i wanted to ask about any certain plants that i should resist buying for the koi, and any unnatural materials as well?
My pond is going to be in ground with a heavy duty/ good liner. The size may be about 10 by 12 or...
But boy or boy does it make the tomatoes taste good!
Stacy who ate a cereal bowl full of fresh salsa for lunch.
Mine neighbor heard through the vine that I grow hot peppers and stopped by to introduce himself and bring me a few pepper seedlings. Thing is, I grow peppers you actually cook with and he grows the "super hots".
The fruits are ripening but I have no interest/intention of even sampling them,...
I remodeled all 360 degrees of my yard over the last 2 years and now have a Santa Fe style courtyard in the front and 2 streams 8 waterfalls and a pond in my backyard. Did most of it myself except the excavating. Shows both before and after and transition.
Click on the photo links in my...
Crazy busy summer here...just catching my breath, again. We hosted a garden wedding for DH's nephew on Sat. and the arch is still here. Just snapped a few pics, after a rainy day. Should have gotten out earlier when we had better light, but here they are. Better late than never, as they say! ;)
This is the crape myrtle I planted about 3 yrs ago. I've already cut it back once and will do it again after it stops flowering so it'll bush out more. It will eventually provide some nice shade on the pond patio. The flowers that drop are easy to blow off the concrete - I have to use my blower...
I love hosta.
Did my usual window shopping on the internet this week. Discovered hosta are on sale on many sites.
I ordered 33 today. Prices as low as $3.98.
I have one problem. The pine voles like to eat them. Any suggestions to keep them away?
Anyone else love hosta?
I didn't forget your cane, I just didn't realize the horse would eat it and she split most of the culms before I got to them.
These are the only two survivors and once I get a pup separated off and started I'll get it to you. They are the chewing cane that lived, she got all the...
I am in Zambia, Africa. This is my first post on the gardening thread.
I thought I am crazy about plants and Koi, but I can see there are plenty here, specially Cindy, Nancy... and many others. I mean crazy in a nice way. Not an insult. He he he! Dont ban me!
I will post here parts of my garden...
I know about the basjoo but haven't heard of this one. Anyone try it?
http://www.banana-tree.com/coldhardybananatree.html I'd have to order it online.
I put in a 12x12 screenhouse outside where the pond used to be, and I want a lush tropical look around it. I was thinking about putting in...
Thanks to Cindy's suggestion on how to control run off, Koi pond overflow and back washing and waste water from my 300 gallon aquarium I am constructing a large "bog garden" or "rain garden" next to the house.
This area will eventually be getting constant trickle overflow from the pond and...
I walked around the garden today and found some surprises, new plants that DH is trying out tucked in here and there. Most people wouldn't notice it, but I like the little surprises he's put around the place. In reality, I'm thinking he's just running out of places to stuff plants into. ...
Last year I found out about Oxblood lilies & bought a few on eBay. Apparently Austin, TX is well known for the red blooms in mid September. Last week someone posted a bunch for sale on CL for 50 cents each. A really nice gentlemen I had met a couple months ago (a fellow gardening enthusiast)...
I have a fruiting cherry tree that is very close to the pond -- in fact part hangs over the stream. (I don't recommend putting a pond by a fruiting tree that drops its fruit in the pond:doh:).
The tree has some fungus issues and is not very healthy, but may be salvagble. The tree guy says I...
Hi guys, it's been a while since I posted. Mostly because my pond has been struggling. It's looking better I think though...
I have been caring for this plant for over 4 year! I started it from seed, and it has been slow going. My cat has been trying to kill it for years, but it has always lives from the attacks!:yes:
The first bloom on my swamp hybiscus this year!
This is my hybiscus tree that I've had for several years - it winters in my sunroom and I usually trim it back some. It's blooming beautifully this year - both colors on it!
This is a shot of some of my fish who are ready for dinner!
...here are a few random shots from around the yard.
I can't find now where I originally asked if anyone new of a source for a Mexican-type Avocado....well, I found one last weekend and old cultivar ( I want to say 1910 ) named 'Mexicola' and though the fruits are smaller ( 5 oz ), they are tasty and the plant is cold hardy to 18 F!
Does anyone here use Food Grade DE?
I purchased some a week ago, and it arrived yesterday.
I admit, I didn't do much research on it, I just knew it helped kill fleas and bugs.
Found out it can be used for a TON of things! Internal parasite remover for animals/people, detoxer,...
There are always so many wonderful photos posted, I was wondering what you shoot them with?
Lest hear about what cameras you have, the lenses, the tripod, and what camera is your dream camera!
Plus How do you shoot your photos. I know there are some real artist on this list.:yes:
nuisance trees behind my pond area because they drop tiny white flowers all over and into everything. Then, after the flower go, there will be black berry-like seeds that will be all over and into everything. I can't have them taken out because there's no way for a tree service to get their...
I planted this last year after I started some from seed.
The blooms on Monarda Pamarama are great, at least I think they are.:yahoo::yahoo::D::rolleyes:
Only one bloom has opened, I will post more pics when they are all open.:yes:
I am too busy to catch some of the blooms before they're gone. DH gave up on me getting any pics and took these. I think they're all from the same spot/section of the garden. :rolleyes:
These past couple years, dianthus chinesis has easily become my favorite flower, I think I may have gone a bit overboard lol. We bought an old house that had sat in foreclosure for 2 years, it had absolutely zero landscaping/flowers, except for a few early daffodils and tulips that poked up in the...
At last the tomatillo are coming in and it looks to be a bumper crop; I grew a purple type this year as well, but they are still a few days out.
Have the jalapeno, serrano, guajillo and chimayo peppers to add to the tomatillo and then some Brandywine tomatoes for a full, sweet flavor and the...
I find this very odd. Anyone ever had a Cactus to do this? I like both blooms on it. I think it should just have the yellow bloom. You can see from the pic where the first yellow bloom was.
I have just found raccoon droppings in the back corner of my fenced yard. They have chosen the narrow space between our cedars and the fence, on top of our cedar mulch. I thought there was only two deposits but have now found quite a few.
How would you discourage a raccoon from leaving his...
I was going to post this too my yard thread but wanted it too stand alone. I know there are a lot of better gardeners than I am on this forum. I just want you to know you should try this Colocasia. I loved the way it performed last year and it just keeps getting better. They really dont cost all...
I have never had luck buying lady bugs and getting them to establish and possibly because if the mild winter, I have been having more trouble with aphids this time of year than I can remember.
A combo of M-Pede and isopropyl alcohol has kept the aphid population in check, but has not eliminated...
I have been working on my garden with lots of help from David E. I would really like to migrate my garden into a more traditional type Japanese stroll garden. I can of course buy lots of books, but I wondered if anyone here has any expertise in designing Japanese gardens or knows anyone else who...
Six years I have tried to get Himalayan Blue poppy plants from seed. This type of poppy is tough, seed viability is very short, the seeds are like dust particles in size etc etc. Every year I get a few to sprout but every year a a big ole fail after thatl. Killed by mildew, killed by chill,...
Grew a couple of sunflowers last year & they didn't get very big. So this year I tried again. It really was to get my kid to take more interest in plants but it has ended up being my project :rolleyes:
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So far the tomato cage is doing ok to hold them up...
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