Grateful Dead

In and Out of the Garden He Goes...

So after getting a fairly gratifying amount of long-overdue yard work done over the holiday weekend, I am getting a big kick out of the fact that decades' worth of chance-acquired plants are starting to look like they belong together. And then in another topic JurassicBlueberries was holding forth on the care and feeding of blueberry plants, and what with one thing and another, I bet we've got gardeners here. Let's talk!

(PS: Folks, this should probably go without saying, but if your gardening efforts involve the cultivation of plants illegal in your jurisdiction, please do not post about them here. For all practical purposes, everyone in the world can read what you post here, and that definitely includes your local law enforcement. Or your not-so-local law enforcement. Or your mama. Silence is golden.)

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cosmicbadger's picture
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Sunflower

gotta be a sunflower there ...and a china cat to go with it

Golden Road's picture
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Pumpkins....

....they're turning orange now. My wife planted one for the first time ever at our new home and it went crazy. We have 13 nice sized specimens now, with possibly more on the way (I may insist we keep only 13 - just kidding). I plan to spend all Halloween night waiting in the patch for the Great Pumpkin.

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

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hm

wonder if they have St. Stephen statues for the garden.

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HELL YEA

thanks stellablue!!! i do plan on doing some nice rose bushes in the spring of '08.

nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile

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St Stephen with a ROSE

Obviously, a GD garden must have

marye's picture
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very true...

they have Shakespeare gardens--what would be in a Grateful Dead garden? A weeping willow, of course. And a river, most likely.

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my greenish thumb

every year i plant scarlet begonias on the front porch-this year's are the best. trying to get some magnolia to grow-we'll see next year. yes, there is a theme to my gardening. anybody think of some lyrical botanical i may be missing??

nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile

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yeah...

there is also no point arguing with the dog in these matters.

I've been pleasantly surprised at how various cacti and succulents are thriving with fairly minimal sun, as that's mostly what I've got for 'em.

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The garden vs. the hound

I love gardening and live in southern California, so the growing is pretty easy! Under normal circumstances.... My back yard is dominated by an enormous avocado tree and underneath it is a large dirt patch. I wasn't sure what to plant there since it will receive no sunlight at all, but my friend convinced me to try putting my potted aloe plants under the tree to see how they would do. Aloe is a plant that I always assumed needed lots of sun, but all of my aloe was pretty sunburnt, so I took my friend's advise. Lo and behold, the aloe appeared to be growing beautifully under the tree, so I decided to transplant out of the pots and into the ground under the tree. Then I come home to find my golden lab had dug them all up and made a mud bath in their place...grrr.... I scolded her and replanted. 2 days later the same thing happened... After going through the same routine a few times, I finally had to give up! The dog beat me... I thought that aloe would be uncomfortable enough for my pup that she wouldn't try to make her bed there, but obviously my hound is smarter than I am... My only consolation is that maybe the dog is giving the tree some added nutrients. Still looking for a good place to plant what's left of my aloe.

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Oakland, garden spot of the world...

Well, actually it does have a pretty good climate; about the only things that don't thrive here require fairly extreme heat or cold. E.g. tulip bulbs--it doesn't get cold enough to give them the freeze they need to come back year after year.

Roses, hydrangeas, wisterias, honeysuckles, flowering fruit trees all do great here. However, I have learned the hard way over the years that there is no point arguing with the plant as to whether it likes it here, as it will make up its own mind in the matter. I have been trying without success to encourage the pale yellow and pink nasturtiums to take over, but the vigorous orange ones grow like weeds and drive them out.

Just planted a rosebush my neighbor decided she didn't want any more. As I recall the flowers are sort of burnt orange (the name is Hot Cocoa). So far so good...

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