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Godless in the garden

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Why buy locally-grown plants?
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Comment by A Former Member on April 18, 2013 at 8:25pm

Asian pears are great if you get a good one. The ones at the restaurant I used to work at were fantastic. The ones at the grocery store are like cardboard. 

Don't the birds eat all your cherries?

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 18, 2013 at 7:41pm

Dallas, nice plants!

Thought  I would show some of what's blooming here.  I can't do much right now, but I can take photos

Amanogawa flowering cherry.  The honey bees like this one.  It's too young to make enough nectar for a varietal honey.  Sweet scent.

Miniature iris - these bloom really early.  About 6 inches tall.  This is the first in my yard.  Variety is "Cherry garden"

Montmorency Cherry.  Last summer I moved this one to the new place.  Glad it survived.  This is a pie cherry, tart and lots of flavor.

Asian pear, unknown variety.  Yellow, size of apple.  Last year it had one pear.

Bleeding heart.  I planted this due to report of deer and rabbit resistance.

Scilla.  A weed but also deer and rabbit resistant.

For what it's worth, all of these were originally end of season close out sale, or I propagated myself.  The asian pear came with the place.  I'm too cheap to buy them in season.  But they are worth the effort and wait for the following year(s).

Comment by A Former Member on April 16, 2013 at 8:41pm

My tecomaria got hit by the freeze, so I just got one of these, a Mandevilla sanderri hybrid. Hopefully this will do okay. I like pink better than orange, anyway (the tecomaria had orange flowers). This is just a picture I found. 

I also bought a Mexican Bush Sage to put in a pot, so I hope it does well, too.

Maybe not though. This looks pretty vigorous. Perhaps too vigorous for the pot I have it in. 

Comment by A Former Member on April 16, 2013 at 8:37pm

Joan, I did not know that was a clematis. I recognize the name, but would not have been able to ID it. This is not mine, it was at someone's house, and I didn't recall ever seeing it before. 

As for the oregano, do you all remember me telling you about the area in my condo they were going to pay me to plant? Well, I ended up doing an herb garden last year. I think I mentioned that. The Italian oregano, Greek oregano, sage, rosemary, garlic chives, and winter savory all lasted through the winter. They are growing like gangbusters this year. 

I guess I am going to have to cut back the oregano though, as it is too vigorous. 

I just planted about four types of basil: a ruby red purple kind, a wavy-leafed purple one, spicy globe, and one other one. I also planted lemon thyme, fern-leaf dill, Mexican mint marigold, a new kind of lavender I found (like French, but with wider, grayer leaves), chamomile, lemon verbena, Russian tarragon, parsley, and seven different kinds of peppers. 

I'll post pictures in a month or two. 

I do have trouble getting thyme to grow here though. I think Texas is too darn hot for thyme. It lasts a while, but eventually dies.

And yes, Daniel, I love oregano with potatoes, and tomatoes, too. I put it in my salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. 

Also, dill is great in a green salad with Ranch dressing. Nom nom. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 15, 2013 at 11:02pm

Fresh oregano is great with root crops, baked with some olive oil.  Potatos, parsnips, carrots.  

I have a small patch of greek oregano.  Herbs are great because they smell so good and bees love them.  I've interplanted them with irises to see if critters will stay away from the irises.  Thyme is also great and stays small.  Roman chamomile seems to stay small.  Mints and lemon balm are pretty invasive - I have them planted around fruit trees.  Almost all herbs attract bees and other beneficial insects.  Most grow easily form cuttings.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:38pm

The photo is not mine. I Googled oregano and found the photo. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:37pm

You can cut oregano right down to the root, and it will come back leggy and get ugly very fast. I tried several different varieties until I found this dwarf. It wasn't even called dwarf, but that is what it is. Oregano is so tough, you can walk on it and it produces a lovely aroma. Some oregano is invasive and hard to control. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:33pm

If you can find Greek oregano, at least the variety I have, grows in a lovely little clump, spreads very easily by seeds or roots and is easy to control. It isn't at all bullish. The favor is outstanding. I pull out any oregano that is the leggy kind and just put it in a tightly covered pan until it is dead and then compost it. Sometimes this little mounding type will send off a tall shoot and I just pull it out, roots and all. If you want me to, I can send you some roots this spring, and some seeds this autumn. It is very prolific and the bees love it. 

Greek oregano

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:25pm

Yours is a healthy plant. Just look at those nice green leaves and pretty flowers. Are they blooming now?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:24pm

I'm assuming you know it is clematis. The variety? Here is a Google of clematis and do some matching. If you double click on a photo, sometimes it tells you the variety. 

clematis

Clematis 'President's Blue'

Clematis early bloomers

Clematis growing i Dallas TX

This should get you started. 

 

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