Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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 Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 2:52pm

Hydrangea Hydrangea-Darts-Little-Dot-pink-37800.jpg


The leaves aren't right. My guess would be viburnum. 

My Climbing Hydrangea looks more like yours, but I don't know its species. It is a wonderful plant. The nursery told me it would take five years to get started, and they were right. Now it is taking off like a real keeper. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 2:44pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 2:40pm

Hydrangea paniculata ssp viridis

oops, this isn't pink; the leaves look similar. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 2:34pm

First guesses, viburnum or hydrangea. Now, to the plant books. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 6, 2013 at 2:29pm

This shrub is blooming now.  It bloomed through 2 freezes and a snow.  I don't know what it is. Maybe someone can tel me.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 6, 2013 at 2:00pm

Joan, that bicycle tree is cool!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 6, 2013 at 1:59pm


Living in maritime Pacific NW, I'm out of outdoor citris growing range.  I do have a potted Meyer lemon that sometimes graces me with a lemon, and a potted Calamondin that is too early to say if it will fruit.  So I can only suggest, based on other mixed fruit grafted trees that are not citrus.  I have sweet cherry with 4 varieties, pear with 5 varieties, and asian pear with 3 varieties.

These were more expensive than 1-variety trees, but not nearly as expensive as buying them all individually.

I've grafted a few apple branches, but only a few.  The main reason was to have pollinating varieties on the same tree.

I don't know if citrus need a pollinator.  If they do, a multigraft tree is a way to do that without having multiple trees.

The main negative is one variety usually has more vigor than the others.  On my multigraft pear, 2 varieties constitute about 75% of the tree, and one variety is so small as to be useless.  On the sweet cherry, one variety is dominant, one gives a few cherries, and one is only enough to taste a few.  The Asian pear is about equal for all 3 varieties.

For me a big part of the grafting is I think it's cool to take part of one tree and graft it onto another.  It's like doing a surgery.  Even though there are people who graft thousands of trees, for me it's still almost magic.  It takes a few years to see the result, buying one is usually faster.  

I start more trees than I can grow.  I'm always giving trees away.


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 1:43pm

Dominic Florio, your idea offers an interesting challenge. If they are easily found, perhaps they are easily made. A nice project to investigate. I hope you have a camera and keep us informed if you try. 

I Googled "cocktail citrus trees + grafting" and there are lots of sites; whether they are good, or not, I don't know. Perhaps Amer will be a good resource for you; Sentient has lots of experience and gives really sound advice. 

So, maybe it is time to get started. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 1:36pm

Unusual tree growing - Force of Nature

Here is an interesting site with lots of photos that amaze!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 1:27pm

Amer, your description of your experience with grafting reaffirms the need for proper technique. Did you create your own "high humidity chamber"? How do you do it? For me, I use a plastic bag over a pot when I want higher humidity. I don't grow cactus and you fellows are stirring my interest. 


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