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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 Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 4:38pm

That is a gorgeous shrub, Sentient; so healthy and BIG! great scene!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 6, 2013 at 3:09pm

Joan - you are amazing!  That Viburnum tinus is a perfect match!  You are fast!  Thanks, now I know.  I like virburnums but did not know there were winter blooming evergreen cultivars.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2013 at 3:00pm

Amer, you stated, "My wife says God is punishing the infidel this winter by opening the heavens again and again and destroying his cactus. Do Gods in America behave in this cheep manner too?"


I, and many others do not believe god/s exists, although there are many who want us to be quiet and stop rattling our cages. they don't want us to tell others there is no god and we do not have to submit and obey, that we have a mind that evolved over many billions of years and the purpose of our mind is to think, reason, grow in knowledge, and put away old myths and delusions. 

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

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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

Dominic,

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.

 

 

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