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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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marye's picture
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yeah

I have to say the local farmers markets are an excellent thing.

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it is all fresh and good

This time of the year. Have been getting fresh greens and spinach and lettuce out of my garden for about a month now. Have two farmers markets within about a mile of where I live (some things are getting better in the world). At the markets right now I have been getting fresh beans, peas, cherries, strawberries, and much more, all locally grown and much of it organic.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake

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roses in window boxes

Hey Deadhead kid

if you want to grow roses in a window box look out for 'patio roses' specially bred to be small and grow in pots.

But don't forget to 'dead head' your roses to keep them flowering! heh heh

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Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Find space for this one if you can! Has bicoloured scarlet and white flowers which change with the temperature. When its cool they are more red and in the height of summer they are almost entirely white. Subtle it ain't, but its great fun and makes us smile every time we visit it.

And it was developed in at Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco!

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thanks

thanks for the advice.
Peace,
The Kid

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roses have pretty deep roots

and like a lot of sun, and the red ones are very prone to mildew in moist environments. At least that's how it is in California. Maybe it's a whole nother deal where you live!

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Hey Kid

Here's a site for you....
http://www.articleonlinedirectory.com/Art/12369/93/Tea-Roses-Tips-To-Help-You-Make-The-Best-Choice.html

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roses

ive been thinking about getting together a window box for my room at school and growing tea roses. any advice?
Peace,
The Kid

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my pleasure

my pleasure, docks. ( -;

I will not get on my -bio-degradable soapbox to extoll the virtues of compost, but lessening the load in landfills, and returning to the earth what can be returned, and feeding the plants is enough reason in my book. As I started doing the compost in our garden 9 or 10 years back, it has certainly added vitality, life and blooms, and even though we are away sometimes for a few months at a time, the garden survives no matter what the season. the trees have very deep roots, and since we are in some 'foothills' next to a river, plenty of water available. I put the plants and trees to bed as the cold rain and snow comes, surrounding all of the beds with the compsot much, and covering that with fresher leaves, to hold the moisture, and warmth in. as you can see, there are only a few portions of the garden that are 'organized' I just kind of let it grow, let it grow, let it grow .... extra points for anyone who can identify any of the plants or trees, don't ask me, I never studied up, and gifts of trees, plants, flowers, or bushes from friends or Arbor Day / Tree City groups got all mish mashed into a jungle of vines, ivy, trees, tunnels of darkness under the canopy of leaves, into the deeper corners of that space. ( -;

as an aside;

a few people have asked me about how to post pics in private messages, and it is pretty easy to do if you have a digi camera and a little time and patience. I used to suggest imagevenue.com as a host site, but after a while, if you are not a paying member, (I am not a paying member) they do, in fact, dump your pics out. it m,ight be better to create an album using photobucket.com, still for free, I think. just be sure to click on the keep album private or something like that because otherwise the pics and your album are available for all of the world to see; some people get pretty up-tight about stuff like that. the imagevenue.com way I used it, is not even registering to be a member; so maybe that is why they have dumped some of my pics; and once they are dumped, in a forum post here, you might see a little red x thing, or the pic might have changed, as they use that very same url to host another pic. I am a total 'puter dum dum, and even I could figure out how to upload and set the pics here.

peace.

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CCj - planet DarkStar

I looked at your posts last evening and it is all so lovely. Thank you for the walk around your part of the garden.

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