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 on: October 18, 2010, 07:42:16 AM 
Started by Patty S - Last post by patches
Hi Patty,

I haven't had a chance to REALLY look at all pictures of your garden beds, but the ones I caught a glimpse of were absolutely beautiful!  :yay:   I sure don't know what you were talking about when you said it was BAD gardening year.  :shocked: 

By the way, when you told me my user name I remembered my password right away.  It's going to take me a while to get used to being on this site again, but I'm a quick study. I've got school again tomorrow so I'm not going to be here long, but I did want to post something tonight. 

Got run go get some the clothes out of the dryer, so I'll catch you later. 

Hugs,   :hug:


 on: October 10, 2010, 10:35:50 AM 
Started by SkyeBleu - Last post by SkyeBleu
I also have a ring I bought that is a blue butterfly made from blue diamonds, the exact color of her eyes.  It's coming up on one year this month and I can't believe it's been that long.  I miss her sweet face so much and her smell.  The top of head smelled like perfume and I can't remember the smell anymore.  I loved her so much.  I can't go without animals.  The pain is terrible when you loose one but the joy they bring out weighs the pain by a 100 to 1. I tried for a year to go without a dog when my dobie was stolen and I was so unhappy.  I'd get another dog now because I know I am ready but the boys are too rowdy still and they stressed my Skye out.  So I am going to try and wait..... I want a smaller dog this time but I love my border collies.  I wish they made a mini. They have mini aussies but I like the border collies alot.  Take care.

 on: October 10, 2010, 05:06:12 AM 
Started by Patty S - Last post by Patty S
Thanx, skye!  It's been a strange year for gardens, & my beds didn't look near as lush as they have in years past.   Still, I had some fun, planting "mystery seeds" (ones that I either failed to label or that were given to me with no ID on them) & watching what came up. 

One of them turned out to be "Shoo Fly".  I'd heard about them, but have never had them in my garden before this year.
I really liked these, & the flowers turned into lantern shaped seed pods that have a "berry" in the middle, much like Tomatillos do... so, I have made a space for them in a cleared garden bed, where they can lay in the dirt all winter. 

Laying on the ground seems to be the only way this type of thing breaks down into seeds. :hmm:  I've tried drying them in the house & have also left them out on my deck all winter with no luck at all, but in the spring, I've found some papery lanterns in the garden where they'd fallen from tomatillo plants.  Apparently, there is something about them being in contact with the soil that breaks them down into little papery net-like balls that look like this...
... & they have a bunch of little seeds inside! :yikes:  I do want some of these pretties again next year.  :grinn:

 on: October 10, 2010, 04:12:20 AM 
Started by SkyeBleu - Last post by Patty S
I was on dialup until about a year ago, & MAN, does it EVER make a diff! :yahoo:  I'm glad you can see everything in motion now! :grinn:

I hear that the butterfly bush has been declared a toxic weed or something now, so you won't be able to buy them.... but you can sure get cuttings from friends!  :snicker:

Sorry that you're still missing your pup... I know what it's like, cuz we lost a precious yorkie to the street several years ago, then our 23 year old cat died of old age a couple years ago & I swear that quite often I still feel her jump up on the foot of my bed as I'm falling asleep.  (I can't bear another loss like those, so I'm maintaining a "no pets zone" here now.  I'd rather just remember the joy they brought.)  I like your story of the swallowtail that hung out after your dog passed away... it's things like that that help us remember our beloved pets with smiles

 on: October 10, 2010, 03:43:27 AM 
Started by Patty S - Last post by Patty S
OK, it turns out that they're called "Balsam". (Never heard of it before... I thought Balsam was a type of wood!) :question:
It's listed as being in the Impatiens family, but I have 2 stands of these in full sun, & they've done great!  I'm saving seeds from these, cuz the arthritis in my hands is starting to limit how much I'm able do, so I definitely want them in my beds next year.  They come in such vivid colors (pink, white & purple - about 18" tall) & seem to last all the way through fall.  :grinn:

 Our Little Piece of Heaven / Flower Power! / Re: Patty's 2010 gardens
 on: August 25, 2010, 12:36:01 PM 
Started by Patty S - Last post by SkyeBleu
Pretty, pretty, pretty...

 on: August 25, 2010, 12:32:48 PM 
Started by SkyeBleu - Last post by SkyeBleu
Hi Peggy:
I went to the butterfly pavillion last Sept. with my dog Skye.  She passed away that October. We had gone to the coast to be together, just us two girls one last time and stopped at the butterfly place on the way home.  She loved to watch butterflies, she loved anything that moved fast.  After she passed, a yellow swallowtail showed up and hung out on the porch for over a week.  I miss her so much......... :cry02: :throbheart:

I have purple butterfly bushes and would love a cutting of white and yellow. I tried getting white for years but have never been able to.  I have never seen a yellow butterfly bush.  All the plants I plant now for the garden are for the bees, butterflies, and the hummingbirds.   :flowerinhale:

Take care.

 on: August 24, 2010, 01:38:04 AM 
Started by SkyeBleu - Last post by pegrowe62
HI Speed is fun isn't it!!! :)

Ya, I've been taking pics of our garden.  It HAS been a weird year!!  The weather is a big variable, and then hubby's watering techniques really need to be amended! LOL...

The garden this year, really is his more than it is mine. But, I get to put all the veggies in the jars & in the freezer!

And so far, I've pickled over five dozen quarts of beets, a dozen quarts of pickled green beans, & frozen a dozen quarts of green beans (at least).  Our corn is just getting ripe and we'll be freezing it anytime now.  We have  a row of pole beans that haven't even start producing yet.  We got four wheel barrels of onions, and they are drying in the sun now.  Tomatoes are just coming ripe for us.

I guess my biggest project this year has been starting more butterfly bush cuttings. I started around 100 this spring.  Some of them are in the ground.  They are all light purple. Then we went to the butterfly pavilion in Elkton thinking we were going to buy more plants. Found out they can not sell them anymore, so they gave us cuttings.  We were allowed to take all we wanted.  I got cuttings from white, pink, dark purple, & yellow bushes.  So far, the cuttings are doing very well.  But, they are not ready to plant yet.  We are lining our property line with these bushes for privacy as well as to give birds places to hide, and to create more food for butterflies, bees, and humming birds. 

I know they work, I've seen lot's of the Tiger Swallowtails on our bush, and yesterday, for the first time, I saw a monarch eating from our butterfly bush!! That was a blast!!!  I'll try to get pics if I see it anymore.

:) Thanks for writing, Skye!!! :)
:flower: Peg

 on: August 23, 2010, 11:40:31 PM 
Started by SkyeBleu - Last post by pegrowe62
Wish I knew, Skye... 
Wish I knew.... 

:flower: Peg

 on: August 23, 2010, 11:14:39 AM 
Started by SkyeBleu - Last post by SkyeBleu

OMG, I never had high speed internet.. Never saw the Patty's picture, and the smiley faces here are HYPER... I didn't know the bunny danced and shook his bun... get it.  LOL. 

Cool, almost crazy though with all the movement.  I am in a new world. if only the husband could find work.

My garden is strange this year.  Having problems with blossom end rot due to the cool, wet start to spring, then the desert temps. kicked in.  Tomatoes are okay, but peppers got hit and some squash did too.  Oh well, the chickens don't care.

I'll try and take some pics.

So come on people, POST please.  I am lonely here.

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