My front yard this week (with sunflowers)

alisande(Zone 4b)September 5, 2005

The tall ones are SkyscrapersÂeight feet tall and deer-resistant. The deer greatly reduced the number of shorter varieties I started out with. Still, I've had a lot of compliments from drivers going by. The tree in front of the house is a Winesap apple tree, loaded with fruit. All the apple trees are loaded this year, although the apples look a little small, probably because of the heat and drought.

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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

What a beautiful setting!


    Bookmark   September 6, 2005 at 9:15AM
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Absolutely no success with sunflowers this summer. Planted seeds in May, rain, rain and more rain then the weeds took over. Have a dozen plants in a 1/3 of an acre that bloomed. Too much rain? How does one rid an area of weeds? Anne

    Bookmark   September 6, 2005 at 5:56PM
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Joeray(Z9 LA)

It must be nice to have apple trees with apples in your yard, ready to be eaten. I live too far south (South Louisiana) to grow apples so I have to buy mine and frequently the quality is not very good. Do you have to spray your apple trees?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2005 at 11:01PM
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alisande(Zone 4b)

Joeray, we don't spray. As a result, the apples are often less than perfectÂbut they're perfectly usable. I'm used to cutting out the imperfections when necessary.

When my DH was well, the trees were pruned and otherwise cared for. These days, I do little more than admire them and enjoy the fruit.

Anne, about ridding an area of weeds: I created my sunflower patch a couple of years ago by laying down cardboard on part of the lawn. I added old horse manure, but just the cardboard would have done it. It killed the grass and encouraged worms. After one year I was able to easily put a shovel or trowel into it. This year the weeds showed up and got ahead of me, so I plan to do the cardboard thing again in the fall.


    Bookmark   September 9, 2005 at 11:12PM
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