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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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 2:19am

Dallas, your plants are so pretty, and I recognize some of the lawn grass as the kind we had in Killeen. I like the way your brick walls and fence blend together and the way you use your plants. The cactus bed presents a nice blend of textures and colors. Clay pots add a nice tone to a garden. 
I remember as Feb and March being miserable months with cold, wet, windy weather with occasional snow.

 Good night everyone, hope you all have a fine weekend. 

Comment by A Former Member on November 10, 2012 at 9:02am

Thanks Joan and SB. This particular plant is from South Africa, which is why I think it blooms off-season, in November and February. Growing season is over here, but it is currently a bit warmer than usual. (Cold winter doesn't usually come until February down here these days, it seems.) It is evergreen and is doing just great. I've neglected it to the point of it being dehydrated and limp, but it perks back up after a watering. Believe it or not, that thing is in a pot and not the ground. That brick wall is next to my parking spot/sidewalk where the pot is, and the vines have just run that far.

There is a straight line of old nails on top of that wall that I have used to weave the vine though to keep it in place. Oddly enough, the vine has no--I can't think of the name--little roots or growths that help it cling to surfaces, like climbing vines do. And oddly, I cannot get cuttings to root at all, not in water or soil. 

It grows long seed pods kind of like an oleander does, or a vanilla bean, but I cut them off before they mature because I don't know how invasive the plant is and I don't want it to spread (like trumpet vine).

Here is a picture of the pot.

This area used to be a sidewalk to the street, but when we got a security fence they fenced this off and removed the sidewalk from there to the street. However, visitors would walk to the end of this sidewalk thinking it was a gate to exit, so I finally put this pot there which solved that problem.

Do you remember my Bolivian Jew I had nestled in that tree?

This was looking so good, but we had a bad storm one night and it fell out of the tree and shattered the pot, so I just ended up tossing it. 

I've also bought a lot more cacti and succulents this year. I now have some barrel cactus, several more I can't think of the names off hand, and this one below, which I think is called an Opal Aloe.

Above are some of my others. The large on to the center right is an Opuntia microdyasis, and you'll see in there my black ornamental pepper, which has done great, and to the left of that is my Alligator aloe, and in front of it is the variegated agave. Further to the left you can see my black crape myrtle, and on the far right you catch a glimpse of my Opuntia quimilio.

 

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 10, 2012 at 8:06am
Dallas - very nice! Do you get much more growing season? We are getting frost now here.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 1:46am

 Dallas, These are such beautiful plants. Truly, one of the benefits of living in Texas is the great array of plants available. Enjoyed the visit to your garden. 

Comment by A Former Member on November 9, 2012 at 10:35pm

My tecomaria is blooming again. Seems to bloom twice a year, and this time the bees have finally found it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2012 at 3:50pm

Sentient, If my brother was still with us, he could probably tell us whether those mushrooms are edible or not.  He was an amateur, but he probably knew more about mushrooms than anyone in Idaho.  Maybe some other states as well!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2012 at 2:39am

Chris, thanks for the information. I will give Rosemary another try this year. Plants have a way of telling us what they want, so I shall listen. 

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2012 at 2:09am

I had heard that rosemary preferred dry conditions too, but I knew a 5 year old rosemary bush that grew near a ditch on clay, just above the water line: it was planning to take over the neighbourhood...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2012 at 1:53am

Chris, how do you do it? I have bought supermarket Rosemary and it dries up and gets bitter before I use it up. I have not been able to grow it outside over winter, but it does well in the summer. 
I have a sunny window, a grow light, and different methods of watering, i.e. wicking pads, saucers, the usual stuff one does with indoor plants. 

I thought they preferred dry; do you keep your wet? Maybe there is hope yet. 

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2012 at 1:06am

Rosemary can stand frost and a lot of wet, but perhaps I'm only lucky with it. I'm used to buying a small cheap potted rosemary in the supermarket, I use it in cooking and put the plant in a flowerbox. They grow like weeds and take over the whole box. When they become too big I give them to a friend who has got a garden - last time I looked at her garden one rosemary bush covered more than a square metre and was abour 60 cm high. 

 

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