Godless in the garden


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?
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 Plinius on April 26, 2013 at 9:25am

;-) Yes, we want to spread beauty. And it spreads in more ways. I found that the happy smile I received with a plant long ago stayed with the plant - I still answer that smile at times, even if the giver died years ago.

Either you understand me or you think I'm crazy - take your pick.  

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 26, 2013 at 9:06am

Twenty yrs ago, I was have lunch with a friend, and hanging there, was a basket of variegated Nephthytis, which still to this day is difficult to find.  My friend stood up and took off a small piece and put it in her purse.  It has traveled to three properties by cutting and grows up one of my oak trees.

I had to laugh when Chris mentioned "taking a small piece home" of plant material.  We gardeners seem to have a number of plants which were given to us as cuttings or which we decided that we had the knowledge to take on our own, without anyone being the wiser.

So many of our plants have stories behind them.  We remember who gave them to us or where they came from.  I'm always amazed when I have a huge specimen of something and think back to when I got that plant.

My sister is always warning me not to take cuttings when we are out together, but somehow something ends up in my pocket.  I always argue that the plant needed trimming anyway.

Plants, even common ones, seem to come in and out of favor with growers.  Yes, I know it sounds like one more excuse, but I wouldn't have some plants if it weren't for cuttings or taking a baby that was growing next to mom.

Everyone jokes that I can't come out of a Lowes or even a Wal-Mart without buying a plant.  But these days, I'm less likely to do so, because they insist on carrying the same species for yrs.

Although I have some cool stuff from big box stores (always hunting), most of my coolest plants have come from either special plant sales or the best, from old established gardens, showcasing plants that you just can't find anymore.

So, we are sometimes borrowers and if we are being honest, sometimes thieves, but lovable.  After all, we just want to preserve beauty and spread it across the land.  That's the ticket!



Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2013 at 2:18am

I love your bee-stories, Sentient! Tell us more!

Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2013 at 2:15am

You're right, Joan, it is a Frittilaria or Snake's head or Kievitsbloem.

The other one is a cymbalaria muralis or Kenilworth Ivy or muurleeuwenbek, it grows here on old brickwork along the water and on the 12th century ruin. I took a small piece home and it grows on happily.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 11:09pm

Gee, I don't remember the names of shapes. OK, the search is on. 

parabola = obtained as the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to a straight line on its surface.

Honeycomb structure = structures that have the geometry of a honeycomb to allow the minimization of the amount of used material to reach minimal weight and minimal material cost. The geometry of honeycomb structures can vary widely, but the common feature of all such structures is an array of hollow cells formed between thin vertical walls. The cells are often columnar and hexagonal in shape. A honeycomb shaped structure provides a material with minimal density and relative high out-of-plane compression properties and out-of-plane shear properties.[1]

Another remembering of my ancient school days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 10:50pm

Chis, Lovely colors and patterns. I used o have a plant that I no longer have and had not realized it was gone. It was called Fritillaria and looked like your purple flower. Is that what your is? 

I don't recognize your viney plant. It is very pretty, looks delicate. I loke it's lightness. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 10:40pm

An hour in the garden, snipping here and there, and I feel so good! Finally getting some warm weather and sunshine. 

Sentient, there are photos of people willingly covered with a swarm of bees. What are the risks of such an event? What precautions does a beekeeper take? If the bees don't sting, how do you make the decision to not wear protective gear. Can you free yourself if the bees do swarm? 

Is the photo of your beehive? 

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 25, 2013 at 8:56pm

Today I opened the beehive to check on their progress and welfare.  They have built 8 full combs, one partial comb, and 2 are in progress.  There is a very large, old maple tree nearby in bloom.  I'm guessing that is a source of much of their nectar and pollen now.

The bees construct combs for raising brood, storing honey and pollen,  in a parabolic shape (I think).  The hive is built to accommodate that preference.

They are so docile.  Not even one attempt at a sting.  I may stop wearing the gloves and suit.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 25, 2013 at 12:15pm

Chris, that you for posting.  THose are beautiful!

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2013 at 10:10am

Spring flowers from the Low Countries!


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