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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:16 pm    Post subject: Our gardening efforts, Summer 2007 Reply with quote


Begonias on balcony July 21, 2007


Hosta and impatiens on balcony July 21, 2007

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The same balcony a month later:



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh those are beautiful - you really have a green thumb!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, Agate.

I moved this year, and my new yard had been terribly neglected and unmaintained. I didn't have a nice garden this year as I spent the spring trying to just get it cleaned up, borders in the gardens, etc. I also don't have much money to spend on such things . . . however, I managed to get some plants and flowers rooted that I transplanted from my other house.





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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cherie, that looks to me as if you've done an enormous amount of work! What spectacular results!

Now you can sit back and just enjoy gazing at it. That's always fun!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, this is very timely, since I just came in from spraying my plants.

Lovely color Joan & Cherie! Thanks for sharing. Your hard work is a treat for the eyes! I enjoy gardening, it's very soothing and rewarding to me. I especially like to see how others express their love for it in their gardens.

If I could figure out how to post pictures I'd show you what I've been up to.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dee, if you'd like to send me a PM giving your questions about posting photos, I'll be glad to help though I'm no expert at it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what I've been up to. I had a 'problem' area in my yard - the grass was nasty, a nuisance to mow/trim around. So I asked my DH to remove the grass, then I planted a bird of paradise tree, some plumbago, hybiscus, society garlic, hawthornes, azaleas, oyster plants, and caladium. Add some cypress mulch and brick and ...... voila!

These are the 'before' and 'after' shots.







PS: Hey Joan! I did it! Thanks for the tutorial!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Dee - what a beautiful yard!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really nice, Dee! Thanks for posting these. I like the brick edging too--I've seen edgings of bricks positioned diagonally and sticking up out of the ground, and they pop out of place easily. They're also something to trip over easily. Setting them in flat, the way you did, makes more sense to me.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agate, Cherie and Dee,

I love your flower and garden pics, how beautiful.

Agate, you must have perfect weather for tuberous begonias, yours are just lovely.

Cherie, you've made a lot of progress in a short time, I'm impressed!

Dee, your garden is beautiful too, I love to see what a person can do in the south with your year-round warm weather.

Thanks all for starting my day on a happy note!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! I'm glad y'all enjoyed my photos.

Joan, I set the brick flat in sand, level, hammer in place with a rubber mallet. Then I can set the wheels of the mower right on them w/o needing to trim close with a weed whacker.

Ewizabeth, with a year-round growing season, I look for slow-growing plants to keep the maintenance duties down to a low roar.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your yard looks beautiful, Dee, and you've given me some great ideas! cheers

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Fish Pond In Front Yard

Fish Pond In Front Yard

White Water Lilly

Red Water Lilly

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears

Red Rose Tree

White Rose Tree

Fish In Pond In the front Yard
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are beautiful pics, James.

So nice to have you back at the board again too.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are really lovely photos, James! I like the water lilies in particular. And are those the koi fish you mentioned a while back? (I'm sorry I don't know much about identifying fish!)

You must have been working diligently out there in your garden. Well done!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How beautiful! I'd love to have a fish pond but I'm concerned about the maintenance. Is it difficult?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Cheri.

Yes agate those are the Koi. I have a few algae eaters and a turtle In there also. I have Gold, Yellow, Black, and Brown Koi In there. All together I have about 40 Koi In the pond.

LaDeeDa, the maintenance Isn't hard at all. I have a filter In the middle that helps control the algae, plus the algae eaters. I also have a filter system that I added. It's the same type of filter system that one of the 18' pools use to filter the water. It works very well.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will the water overheat in full sun? I'm in FL and I wonder whether the fish would cook.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About every third day, I will drain the pond almost completely empty, and then refill It with fresh water. It keeps the fish cool, and the Lillies will bloom better. The fish have gotten so use to me, that I can put my hand In the water and they will let me hold them as long as I don't try to take them out of the water.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You all have such incredible guardens. I'm quite jealous.

My psychopsis mendenhall has been blooming.

It looks almost identical to the following photo.

http://www.orchidweb.com/OrchidOfWeek.aspx?ID=1357
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, that looks like some kind of bug (butterfly) or something, Matt.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it called the "Monarch" clone because it looks like a Monarch butterfly?

He's jealous--somebody who can grow orchids is jealous! I wouldn't even attempt growing an orchid.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know why it's called monarch, but the genus psychopsis is called "butterfly orchid", because of their resemblance to butterflies.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VERY pretty. My DD's MIL (got that?) is an orchid aficionado - I'll have to look for this at her house.
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