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Patty S

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Patty's 2010 gardens
« on: July 22, 2010, 05:33:55 AM »

Once summer finally got here, parts of my yard came to life, while other parts (the annual beds) are still struggling from late plantings. :tickedoff:  This just isn't a good garden year around these parts, but I've been enjoying the things that have bloomed.

My Pansies didn't make it through the winter, so I had to buy more of them, & they're still doing well.  (My mom always planted hers in the shade & told me that the wouldn't survive in the direct sun... maybe the rules have changed over the years, cuz I don't have a problem with them.  They just need a lot of water.)
           
 
My pink rose bushes didn't do much during all the rain, but they're sure happy now. :happy10:
           
 
I especially like my "Sterling Silver" rose bush... but I don't know what's so "silver" about it! :scratchhead:
           
 
The wet spring didn't seem to bother the Anemonies any, but they're done for the time being... they'll be back in the fall.
           
 
I have three kinds of Coreopsis this year, from seeds that a friend gave me.  I do like them, cuz they bloom all summer, as long as they're dead-headed regularly.
           

I have no idea what the individual names might be. :dunno:
           

This one almost looks like a Dahlia!
           

I'll be back a little later with more... time for me to get outdoors, now that the sun has gone behind the trees.
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Re: Patty's 2010 gardens
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 01:34:34 AM »

My ice plant is doing really well this year.  (I started out with just a few smnall patches, & it gets better & better every year... I hope to have the whole hilside covered with it eventually.) :grinn:
           
 
I think the sage blossoms is a nice contrast against the ice plant.
           
 
I was afraid the winter might have been hard on the euphorbia, but it came back nice this year.
           
 
 Cranesbill Geranium
           
 
I guess it's called Cranesbill after the cranes bill looking buds that form after the flowers are gone.
           
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010, 02:01:14 AM »

The Lily bed is about the only thing that actually ignored the crappy weather & bloomed at its usual time!
           
 
           
 
Asiatics & Calla Lilies
           

This weird Calla comes up every year.  I call it my mutant.  :biggrin:  Strange as it is, I like it.  I'm marking it before it dies back, so I can see if it has any baby bulbs.   :ok:
           

The Day Lilies came in nicely... should have gotten a pic of all of them when they were in bloom.
           
 
Pink Oriental Lily.
           
 
Yellow Asiatic next to some strange little pink flowers.  (Does anyone know what they are?)
           

White Asiatic Lily.
           

I have no idea where these Rain Lilies came from.  They showed up in a flower bed a few years ago & I moved them to the pot where mypurple rose grows.  They seem to like it there.  :clap:  They're like miniature "Naked Ladies", cuz the leaves all die off before the flower forms.
           
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Re: Patty's 2010 gardens
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 12:36:01 PM »

Pretty, pretty, pretty...
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010, 05:06:12 AM »

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:

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Re: Patty's 2010 gardens
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010, 07:42:16 AM »

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:
Patti
 


     
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