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Godless in the garden

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

 

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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 11, 2012 at 9:11am

Annie, those are not my pics, just images I found online. The one I bought did spread. In fact, it pops up on the other side of the courtyard now, so it seems to pollinate or seed easily, though I've honestly never seen any seeds. It does prefer full sun, so if it is too shady, that may affect it. Also, there are some in my neighborhood that do seem to stay in a big clump without spreading, so it may be the variety as well. Being in Florida, I'd think you're far enough south for them to do well. Are yours the soft pinkish-purple color? Some I've seen are vivid purple.

 

Yeah, the bamboo is gorgeous, but you have to watch it when you plant it, cuz it can take over.

 

You do see some bamboo in Tx, but it isn't very popular. Most nursuries don't sell it any more, as it is considered too invasive. And the bamboo you see in this area isn't very beautiful. It tends to be thin (slender) and very dense, and not very green--not luxuriously green as you see in some photos, like of Japan.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 11, 2012 at 8:07am

Dallas-  Is that your Mexican petunia growing so nicely?  I planted some a few years ago, and it isn't doing too well.  It looks healthy and flowers, but just never spread.  I'm guessing it doesn't get enough sun where it is.

The black bamboo is gorgeous.  They sell it at our local botanical garden (they have a bamboo sale every year).  I'll have to check it out and make sure it's a clumping variety.

I'm really enjoying all of your photos.

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 11:27pm
Joan .. Great website!
Dallas those are great photos!
Glad you guys figured it out! Awesome!
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.

 

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