Godless in the garden

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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 Randall Smith on April 13, 2014 at 7:08am

Looks like everybody is busy as bees (with Daniel acting like one)! I'm impressed.

Yes, Spud, I remember the day I had two truck loads of sand dumped in my clay-ish garden. Spreading it is hard work. 

Joan, I'm so happy for you to be feeling good enough to spend so much time in the garden. It appears all you "westerners" are far ahead of me in blooming and growth. But my gooseberry and blueberry plants are budding nicely. What a relief (after this winter)!

I'd swear, Joan, that all those pandas were fake! Amazing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2014 at 1:24am

Patricia! That is a great panda cam. They are so cute. Thanks. 

Spud, you had quite a challenge with that pile of sand ... heavy! It should do the job for you, and be worth the effort. Keep those photos coming of your wonderful garden. 

Daniel, looking forward to learning how your grafts turn out and how our orchard produces. Wonderful projects. 

I like the image of you tending to pollinating blossoms. I wonder if the flowers notice the difference? No, they just want the pollen any way it comes ... whether by bee or brush. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2014 at 12:14am

I spent two very special hours in the garden today; worked on the second rose bush. This one had a lot of winter-kill. It should survive and I will give it special attention this fall in preparation for winter.

Rain chased me in, with huge fluffy white clouds mixed with the black monstrous ones that look as tho they come out of a gothic painting.  Mix that all up with bright blue sky, moments of warm sun and then a shower passes through. Chilly, windy, calls for a hot cup of cocoa after putting my tools away. 

The star magnolia is in full bloom now. So is the Easter Rose, otherwise known as Helleborus. The color of pale cream with just a hint of pink gives a nice image as it rises above the wreckage of last years' dead leaves.

Starry eyes, with their eager naturalizing of my west garden gives promise of some more blues coming along soon.  

"Chionodoxa forbesii - Glory-of-the-Snow is easy to grow bulb that naturalizes quite well. It has short-stemmed starry blue flowers with white centers (in early spring) over green foliage. This native of Turkey is deer resistant and a good choice for planting under deciduous trees in a woodland garden. Chionodoxa forbesii grows 4-8″ tall and is hardy to zone 3."

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Comment by Patricia on April 13, 2014 at 12:08am

I have this panda cam shortcut to watch anytime I want.

http://en.ipanda.com/live/

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2014 at 11:49pm

In honor of our intrepid China travelling leader, Daniel, here is a scene from Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in south-west China's Sichuan province.

China shows off 14 adorable baby pandas

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 4:18pm

I'm quite sore after shoveling 3 tons of sand, but it doesn't go very far, especially when I incorporate it into the soil.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 12, 2014 at 4:06pm
Patricia those tulips are amazing. I cant believe it. I bet the hybridizers were in awe at what they created!

Joan Im glad you are out in the yard. Good for you in every way. I can just see you there.

Spud 3 tons of sand sound like a lot! Wow!

I get out and putter when i can. All of the pear and asian pear grafts took. Some doing better than others. I think all of the apple grafts too. Some have flowers which sap the energy that shoukd go to growth. In the pear trees Im letting those bloom to pollenize the main tree. The lilac grafts are further behind. One, I thought I grafted onto lilac, turns out was onto a filbert instead. So that wont grow. No problem, I did many.

I'm walking around the fruit trees pkaying the bee using an artists paintbrush. I think some of the plums were successful. Not sure about the peaches. The cherries almost always have a good crop here.

Paw paws under 2 feet tall, about to bloom. If I can get just one ripe pawpaw It will be very rewarding. In theory, I should not let them bear so small. But who knows what next year will bring?
Comment by Patricia on April 12, 2014 at 3:12pm

Brain farts.....very common wide-spread ailment...... 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 2:42pm

Your labeling is correct Patricia.  I was just pointing-out my brain-fart.

Comment by Patricia on April 12, 2014 at 2:29pm

I labelled each under the picture Spud, & it looks correct on my computer.

Ice Cream Cone Tulips first & then under that, the Grinning Monkey Orchids.

 

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