Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2012 at 11:26pm

Here's one thing I'd really love to have: Black bamboo

 

Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2012 at 11:22pm

Joan, based on those comments, it looks like I made a good decision at the store. It's hardy and native to Texas, and should come back next spring.

 

Funny I should have picked a petunia, cuz one year when I was in a different apartment, I planted Mexican petunia. It spreads like wildifire, never ever wilts in the summer heat, and has wonderful dark green, swordshaped leaves. It is still there after all this time--about 12 years I think.

 

It clumps nicely, grows to a nice heigth, and basically maintains itself. However, like this new plant, the flowers are short-lived. Some of the (older?) breeds have very vivid flowers, but the one I bought back then was mid-toned, between vivid and pastel.

 

Here are some pictures of the Mexican petunia:

 

Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2012 at 11:13pm

Steph, I think we got it: ruellia humilis

 

Joan, thanks for the link. I'll check it out now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2012 at 10:40pm

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/708/

PlantFiles: Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Daven's Garden has a helpful "Pro" and "Con" section for each plant. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 10:20pm

I would love to read about those topics you mention Sentient about the chickens (wasn't I a member?  ....I think I remember that group) and homesteading too.

Pretty flower Dallas .. I have a field guide to plants that I could look that up. I just need to locate it. In my plant class we would key out the plants to determine the name. That was a task!

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 10, 2012 at 10:14pm

Eintob, there is no homesteading group - I do think discussions on that topic would be good in this group too.  I once tried to start a chicken raising group but there were only about 3 people on nexus at the time who were interested.  So there are some chicken discussions here.  I'll comment on one to bring it forward.

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Dallas I don't know WHAT that flower is, but it's very pretty.  Really nice.

Comment by Michael R Mills on May 10, 2012 at 9:20pm

I knew I didn't find an exact match - but I was hoping that the ruellia I posted would get you on the right track. And yep - the humilis looks like it.

Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2012 at 8:00pm

Here's another pic of the ruellia humilis. I do think this is it.

 

Comment by A Former Member on May 10, 2012 at 7:47pm

I think you found it. The flowers there a little lighter, but they have the same dark line down the middle, and they aren't growing in clusters. I think this is it. Thanks. : )

Comment by o on May 10, 2012 at 7:42pm

Some of the pictures of ruellia humilis look like they have fuzzy leaves:

 

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