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Idyll # 504 ..June,June June..

Posted by dodgerdudette NapaCaz9 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 8, 11 at 22:51

As geographically diverse as we are, June is a month we all have in common..Carry on Idylls !


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High 70's today at last . Our annual 'June Gloom' weather pattern has started, but no rain ..I see gardening in my future.

Here is a link that might be useful: June with the fabulous Clara Mae Turner


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June.

Thunderstorms here, branches of willow sawed into firewood so DH could leave the property. No power. No water, no flushing. No cooking. Food yet to be discarded from refrigerator. No lights. No computers.

POWER RESTORED!
Rain expected tonight and tomorrow. Heat and humidity out of sight. Clematis broken here and there and some surviving OK.

I'm sleepless at the farm.

Here's a first time bloom of lily monadelphum. :)


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First off this morning, three pages of gardening books...including bee keeping: see below.

I'm unable to deal with our weather. So gardening isn't going anywhere here. The mower is still not repaired (THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR A NEW TRANSMISSION STILL, ONE WEEK LATER!) The bugs are famished and eager to drink my blood. But I did take a few photos this morning.

The fringe tree has started blooming

Twilight Prairie Blues Baptisia is going strong this year

A few containers are planted:

and more...

Here is a link that might be useful: garden reading


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The lily is unique. I hope my baptisa grows up to be like yours. The containers are pretty. What is the large varigated leaf plant?
The weather is pretty hard to deal with this year. We have not had power outages though.

Kathy a little June gloom would be appreciated here. We are like July and Aug. So hard to get any work done.

I made a nursery run today so I have lots of planting to do in the morning.

About ready to call it a night. N


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Norma, that's an Acanthus 'whitewater' that will have to come inside in the winter....


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We had lots of thunder last nite but not a single drop of rain, but the plants are on their own today -- it did drop to what will be a cooler day in the 90s today - thank goodness... Roofers are supposed to work today on the new roof at the house (there's a job for summer I cannot possibly imagine doing! they must get paid a phenomenal amount is all I can say). I am really looking forward to possibly getting some real rain this weekend, hard to believe....

I love the look of that acanthus, 'bug -- your pots are looking great -

Boy, TGIF for sure this week - the daily train to Calcutta has been one "adventure" after another!

-Cindy


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 10, 11 at 9:11

It's June!! Haul thoses hoses....wait, put on long pants and a fleece too. And socks. Wow.

Cheers,

Julie


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Spent a very interesting morning at an unusual place, a tree nursery, with Woody and our DHs. I expect photos will be shared soon.

The fellow who runs the place has a huge spread with many many 'rooms'. I think Versailles is his goal! It is fascinating to see all the shapes and colours and how he blends them. He only seemed to have two helpers. Not many perennials on display at all. A bit of statuary though.

They suggested a spot for us to have a lunch and it certainly was fine, but nothing to match the high class gardens! (DH's comment: "What? Only one variety of ketchup?")
I returned with two of Woody's amazing peony hoops. YES! Also bought a small dwarf Korean fir.

I spied a sycamore maple which really struck my fancy. DH spied a nest with four baby blue jays in it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Acer pseudoplatanus Eskimo Sunset


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I like that Maple. I imagine that was an interesting place. Good to hear you, Woody and hubbys got together.

Hauling hoses Julie, but with as few clothes on as posible.

Cindy, did they get the roof done before it rained?

The earlier rain missed us. I hope the next one gives something. I can hear thunder.


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Good morning all,

Well ditto what Julie said, the weather here has been one extreme or another, from 97 a couple days to 62 for a high today. I'll take the 62 over the 90's any day though. As Norma said it's really difficult to get any work done outside in the heat. The roses and bearded iris were really lovely before the steam bath got to them but that's gardening for you. The good news is that the rhododendron were smothered with flowers this year and my Rosa rugosa standard is really putting on a show after I almost lost it last summer. The Hydrangea petiolaris is also fabulous this year. One of the best things I've ever planted here.

I've almost gotten all the containers put together for the season and only have a few left to deal with. I'm waiting on a new coco fiber liner to plant the large hanger for the back but found most of the plant material I'll need for it yesterday on a trip to VT.

Woody, did you ever get any buds on your Japanese Wisteria? Mine had a good bloom but not the spectacular show it had last year. Your clematis are going to be fabulous when they mature. For some reason, probably rodents, mine tend to do well for a few years then fade away. The exceptions to that are Betty Corning and Polish Spirit. I wish all clematis were as vigorous as Betty! LOL

Cindy I sure hope you get some rain and relief from the dreadful temps you've been dealing with. Must be such a frustration to try to garden in this weather.

Pretty containers Bug and love your fringe tree! So lovely and that lily is really beautiful.

Kathy, we are having a 'June Gloom' day here today and I'm going to enjoy every cooler minute of it. LOL Now if I could just keep the mosquitoes from chewing me to bits it would be perfect. They are dreadful this year.

Here's a couple pics..
The west container border is starting to fill in

Love, love, love that Hydrangea petiolaris

I'm finally getting this vignette where I want it, I had to replace the red caladium. the cold, wet weather killed all the plants I'd started earlier in the spring. I'm hoping the banana has an emerging leaf like the print for the garden tour so I can position it to echo the picture. Fun stuff!

OK time to get out my corduroy shirt and get outside planting. Have a great day everyone
Deanne


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Deanne, you've obviously managed more gardening hours than this gardener. The black flies and mosquitoes have been wicked here too, so much so that I can hardly sleep at night from the itching. This slows me down!

Today I am hopeful that I will get the loan of a riding mower. It has been almost TWO WEEKS since the grass has been cut and the farm looks derelict! Very discouraging for me to waste time on mowing and the required raking now. It is soggy too, so very frustrating. I don't need to waste time with raking when weeding is vital. We also have major branches that need work. The storms have done lots of damage. All this takes away from time needed for the individual plants. What a season this has been and the forecast looks pretty wet too. But who knows? Could all change soon!

Later,
'bug


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Well Bug, so sorry about your problems with the mower and frustrating weather, I think we've all had some nasty weather surprises of one type or another this year. We have had a few nice days though, last Saturday was a beauty but then the temps soared yet again, brought storms and wind, and now 62 and supposed to rain today.

Today I'm feeling tired and discouraged over what isn't done instead of enjoying what is... I need an optimist pill and to count my blessings. My friend who lives in the Chiricahuas in SE Arizona almost lost her home to the terrible fires there. All the high country around her has burned and the precious habitat there will never be the same. Now they are facing a real danger of horrific flooding. They live in Cave Creek Canyon and now that all the vegetation has burned off the mountains there is nothing to hold the water back from flash flooding. They had a close call a few years back after another fire in the high country and these fires are a thousand times worse. Anyway, scary stuff so the fact that my gardens aren't edged yet is pretty insignificant to say the least.

I need to go outside and plant a few things to improve my mind set.

later
Deanne


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Deanne - your garden is looking fabulous, as usual. The banana and the print is an inspired cobination! No, I didn't get any flowers on the Japanese wisteria this year. We were talking to a neighbour about hers. Hers took 7 or 8 years to flower and she's a diligent pruner of it. The Japanese ones do have a reputation of taking longer to bloom than the Chinese ones, but one can hope... :-)

A cool and cloudy day here today. Perfect for planting gb's gift of white shooting stars, weeding out forget-me-nots before they seed too vigorously, and put up the bamboo tripod for the clematis/young hydrangea combe in the front (we stopped at a garden center on the way home yesterday and got the necessary poles.)

I need to take some pictures of the front garden. It is in it's 'blue period' with lots of blue things (flax, irises, baptisia, a low veronica, perennial geraniums etc.) making a show, along with a lot of white (viburnum, Persicaria polymorpha, dictamus etc.). The peonies are about to burst into bloom which will add a lot of pink. This picture from the front porch yesterday afternoon is dominated by the viburnum opulus and doesn't capture the blues well.
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Time to get busy out there...


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3 thunderstorms here so far today. A loaned mower has arrived, but there's a huge learning curve for using it!!! No steering wheel, only hand bars. I hate it!


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gb - The T-storms have missed us here. Be careful with the borrowed mower! Your gift of white shooting stars got planted this morning. The largest clump is under the variegated dogwood, with the others trailing back under the flowering raspberry and hydrangea behind along the path to the compost area.
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Rain over night, Yay!. I ask for one of Kathy's June gloom days and I got it. Cloudy and cooler all day. I was able to accomplish five times the work that I have been with the heat. So now I know it's not just my age slowing me down, but the funky weather. I am tired tonight though.

Deanne, I get frustrated some days too, when it seems I'll never get a handle on things, but I know I am really fortunate to be where I am and do what I want most of the time.
Your gardens are really nice and you have some amazing plants and containers.

Bug sounds like things are backing up pretty good on you. I hope you figure the mower out. I'm not sure I would like one of those either. We were finally able to cut the wetter areas last week. It took a long time for those to dry out enough.

Woody you are in a blue period and I am in a yellow one. It almost looks like easter around here with all the Stella d oro and Happy Return daylillies I have scattered about. I only have just a few other colors opening up yet.

I spent the day weeding and cutting back iris and other stuff. I would rather have been planting but needed to take advantage of the wet ground.

I have a summer cold that gets worse come evening time. Starting to feel miserable again.

Signing off. Norma


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Finally a beautiful day ! I got a fair amount of 'garden housekeeping' done; weed pulling, mulching deadheading the roses. The poor roses look dreadful this year, I've never seen so much rust here-usually it's blackspot.Of course there is that too :-( There are a couple had had to basically re-prune. Also dug up a Euphorbia whose name escapes me at the moment, really liked the plant but it was way too happy and travelling a bit more than I was comfortable with . So I gave it the heave-ho and opened up a nice little spot in the front garden for something new. I'm thinking of either E. martinii or E. griffithii , but for now I'm going to pop in some color and put something more permanent there in fall.
'bug, that monadelphum liliy is to die for..I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open for that one. I didn't buy a single lily this year; I always buy a few without fail. I'll have to double up next year , lol.

Deanne , gardens are looking good, and what Woody said, how great the painting/plant combo ! Awful for your friend in Arizona, so many have lost their homes this spring between tornados, floods etc. ..it seems just overwhelming. Who knows what hurricane season will bring with the crazy weather we have had all across the nation.

Hate those summer colds Norma-much harder to bundle up drink hot tea and feel pouty . Hope you are up and running again post haste. Maybe you'll feel perky enough to post some photos of your pond !
DS has gotten a part as an extra in movie being filmed here in the bay area, he went last week for his haircut and wardrode fitting; the film takes place in the 40's , and will star Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He won't get to hob nob with any of those folks though , he has 2 or three days work on location here, well ahead of the big names coming in. Anyway, he gets paid !

Ok, I have another lovely artichoke to put on to cook, so I'll see y'all later.

Kathy in Napa


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Kathy, you need to plant an artichoke in that newly opened up spot! I love their blooms!

Congratulations to DS on being an extra!


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Sorry about your friends Deanne. Beautiful garden pics!

My h. petiolaris is putting on blooms for the first time ever, and so is my baptisia. It's so nice when something you've been looking forward to finally blooms. I'll need to take pictures to remember their first bloom years. Maybe I should get a cake and balloons too. ;)

Woody I'm a blues lover. I can't seem to get a really good crop of blues though. I have ceanothus in bloom right now, and am looking forward to my little gentiana grouping, but not much else. I need to look for the plants you mentioned. I hope they bloom together here for the impact.

Hi everyone else. I worked hard today so I'm off to sleep now.

Yeona


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Morning all, we are having another day of heavy overcast, cold, 50's/60's, rainy weather today. The poor tropicals don't quite know what to do with themselves this year. Every time we get those days of 90 degree temps the banana starts putting on some good growth then when it gets cold the brakes get put on. Oh well... I'd pruned my brugmansias above the "Y" junctions last fall and my white one already is smothered with buds. It's a bit of a bother dealing with the taller dormant plants but they are going to bloom much earlier than last year.

We went to my DB's yesterday and picked up my new planter box he just built for me. It was designed to fit between the breezeway steps and the garage door. He made it completely of pressure treated wood and it has adjustable feet for leveling on the driveway. Wonderful job! I can't wait to get it painted and planted. I'm also going to attach a trellis to the back of it so I can grow my passion flower vines. I'll get pics when I get it planted.

Yeona, how great your H. petiolaris is blooming. They are such wonderful vines. It will only get better from here.

Kathy, so sorry you're dealing with rust on the roses. It seems when either that or blak spot gets a hold on them they just become a maintenance nightmare for the season. ~~~ Congratulations to your DS on getting the part. Cool!

Norma, so glad you've had some productive garden time. I'm the same way with the heat. I'll go out and try to work but can't seem to get anything accomplished. I'm hoping we get some breaks in the rain today so I can get some things planted. ~~ Hope your cold gets better soon.

Woody, that Rodgersia is gorgeous! love it and that Viburnum is great as well. ~~ RE the JW, yes mine took that long to bloom and it didn't really start putting on a great showing of flowers until it was ten...

Bug, hope you can get your mowing done.

OK time for some breakfast then to get some work done. Have a great day all
Deanne


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In my part of the world you are not supposed to work on Sundays. "No Sunday Sales" is a sign at most every farm. But you can be sure I'll be trying to get things done because first of all, it isn't raining, and second, it is cool with no bugs!

I've already dug up a patch of raspberries at 7am. It is Hellish work and there's lots more to go. But they are a spreading nuisance and I figure buying them from the market is easier on me! Then I'll have a place to put annuals, like my pink zinnias and so on...
I hope DH deals with our burn pile today as well.

I lost my 15 year old Clematis recta this winter. I think it was the chipmunks that devoured the roots. My friends say they have one to give me, a dark foliaged one. I think I'll try planting it with wire mesh around the root ball if it comes to live here.

I hope to see Deanne's new planter soon! Woody's photo reminds me that I picked up a new Rodgersia plant yesterday along with a few primulas. Maybe I'll get those planted soon.

I guess this is the end of my break. Back to heaving prickly stems and roots. :)
'bug


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Norma - get well soon - summer colds are the pits!

Kathy - What's the name of the movie? It'd be fun to watch the movie when it comes out.. :-)

Yeona - I would LOVE to have a blue ceanothus and gentians. The ceanothus are not hardy here and it's too hot for the gentians... :-(

Deanne - Post of picture of the planter now so we can see the basic structure before it gets hidden under one of your beautiful, abundant plantings! :-) Rodgersia is one of my favorite plants and I have it in all sorts of places. All of mine are Rodgersia aesculifolia, which is harder to find here than the pinnata type. I think the aesculifolia leaves are a nicer size, shape and texture. They are supposed to like moist conditions but I find that the ones that do best for me are actually in dryer conditions. The one in the picture above is under the edge of the canopy of the pines. The area is somewhat moist in spring (especially this year!) but dries out in summer. This picture if from early June last year (they are just coming into bloom today this year!) but shows them doing well in the very narrow, dry bed where they live with the Emerald Gaiety euonymus shrubs under the overhang of the front porch roof. They need to be watered by the hose every week there in hot conditions but they definitely could not be described as growing in the moist, dappled shade that is said to be their ideal conditions!

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gb - I forgot to ask about that interesting lily you posted the picture of earlier - where did you get that? I've never seen one like it before and I want one!

Nice cool day here - a good day to do a garden visit somewhere. I'm thinking of checking out the kitchen garden at Dundurn Castle. When I went there in late summer a couple of years ago, I noticed there were a lot of peonies at the entrance and made a mental note that I should go back at peony-time some year. The peonies are just opening here in the past couple of days, so it's probably a good time to go there now.


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Just had lunch on the front verandah so we could keep an eye on the burning fire pit. I've got a very good chunk of the raspberries dug out and they're burning away as I type. It is a sensational gardening day at about 55F and sunny with clouds. Phoebe is barking at squirrels and having a grand time out there.

I did the dumbest thing though. Before going out to the raspberry patch, I put eggs on to hard boil and completely forgot about them until I heard the fire alarm going off! Good thing we both heard it and came running. What a stench though....and a burned up pot too. We opened all doors and windows and Phoebe just thinks it is wonderful! She loves going in and out when it pleases her.

Woody, I have gentians growing here. I never knew it was supposed to get too hot for them! My Dad used to love them growing in the Alps.(where it gets mighty hot too!) There are many varieties, but I'm not sure which I have. The lily monodelphum came from good old Gardenimport several years ago, the 2006 summer/fall catalogue. (p26)

Back to the salt mines...
'bug


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gb - LOL re the eggs! It looks like the Lily Nook has those lilies so I'll have to order some from there. I've not tried gentians because of their reputation that they won't do well in our summer heat - maybe I'll have to test it out for myself... What conditions are yours growing in? The fringetree I planted last summer in the patio hosta bed is just getting ready to bloom. It was very late to leaf out - is it late for you too? I was afraid it hadn't made it through the winter when all the other trees were leafed out but not it. It only started leafing out about two weeks ago!


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I have 2 varieties of fringe tree. #1 is blooming ever so nicely now. Another, the same variety, is about 3 meters away from the first and is starting to bloom. The 3rd plant, the different kind, has never bloomed, is large and about 6 years old.... No idea why!

As to gentians, mine grow in different conditions. Some in part sun, others in full sun. I planted them wherever there was room.

The article below reminds me of Rachel Carson and Canada's Rick Smith.(He wrote Slow Death by Rubber Duck) Worth paying attention to, but ignored by many.

Here is a link that might be useful: When Food Kills: Big Ag lobby blocks public health safety steps


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 13, 11 at 14:02

So.

Cloudy with possible showers.

It is absolutely pouring out. Sheets of water.

Power has been out for an hour and a half.

Difficult to "tidy" (clean) up the basement after TCS has finished his castlebuilding project for grade 4. No vacuum. No Light.

No garden work to be done today.

Canadians are obsessed with weather.....


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Morning all, Well we are in for another day of 50's/60's, rain and drizzle. Yesterday the sun made an appearance and the temps stayed in the 60's. It was really perfect for getting some heavy garden work done. I managed to weed and edge out the Sundial Garden and the front of the Terrace Garden. I also got some new perennials in the ground. I planted a Kierengshoma in the sundial garden near the Taragonna Lilies. I'm thinking I'm going to like it there. I also added a couple Phlox 'Shockwave' to the terrace garden. Now I just need to get the liner for my large hanger so I can get that planted. I thought I had an extra but didnt' so it's on order. I'll be glad to get that job done for the season.

Julie, bummer about the rain and power outage. Hope all has settled down there now.

Woody, Monique has the most gorgeous gentians and we get pretty hot here. I'd say go for it. I'd love to get a fringe tree for the front yard. I'm going to be putting in a tree/shrub border out there so perhaps it's in the cards. ~~~ Love your Rodgersia. I need to find a spot for it here someplace.

Digging out raspberries, you are a brave soul Bug! You must look like you've been in a fight with a few dozen cats. ~~ Bummer about the eggs/pan. I have a hard and fast rule that I don't do anything on the stove and go outside 'for a few minutes'. I've ruined a couple pans and tea pots that way.

I'll make sure to get a pic of the new planter before it's planted for you all. It really is going to look fabu! Doug's painting it white at the moment and it's upside down in the garage.

A couple pics from yesterday...

Campanula 'Sarastro' is a star

I'm loving that variegated Northern Sea Oats with these clematis

The newly edged Sundial Garden

One of the big containers in the red section of my front border

OK, time to get in gear and get my day started. Have a good one everybody
Deanne


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Deanne, I'm glad you posted these here, the picture quality is so much nicer than on FB..have you ever tried to use the option on FB phots for 'high resolution? '

I bought that variegated Sea Outs last summer when I went up to Portland, but the Calif ag inspectors confiscated it at the border; there are several grassses apparently that you can't bring across the border. I was bummed. They took a variegated Moor Grass too.

Back to the awfice crapola...waves !

Kathy in Napa


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 14, 11 at 12:34

Geez Kathy, bummer indeed about the seaoats. I wonder if it would survive here? I will be doing some alterations to my gardens this fall to compensate for the growth of my Maple and the loss of the giant Poplar in the park. My partially shady garden is now pretty sunny,and my sunny front garden is now partly shady. And this was to be the first year since moving here that we didn't do major garden digging *LOL*

Woody, I love the Rodgersia. I also thought that it needed a shady damp environment...goes to show you,pushing the envelope is often a successful thing to do.

I would love a Fringe Tree. I must check out its requirements. Of course I have no place for one....

The Clematis (mostly Tangutica), the Honeysuckle, and the Virginia Creeper have all but covered the spite fence now; it looks great,I am sure much to the dismay of my "neighbour". Hemerocallis "Desperado is in bloomin that garden now, beautiful. Also my climbing Hydrangea is blooming beautifully for the first time. It is in its fourth summer here. It obviously likes the care I give it (or don't give it, actually). There is a tiny nest with four little pale blue speckled eggs in it in there. Some kind of Sparrow. That whole side of the house is making me very happy these days. It was such a write-off before the fence!!!

Deanne, your property looks amazing, as usual. My grandson would love to visit your garden, so he tells me when he sees your Facebook posts.Although you inspireme,you intimidate me too. I just don't do well with containers - I think I am too neglectful.

I have finally learned how to get my photos off the cameraand onto the laptop. I have used Windows Live Photo Gallery, but my attmepts to post the photos here have not yet been successful. I have managed to e-mail, though so I willkeep taking shots so I can post them, probably in the middle of winter *LOL* Might actually be a pleasant thing to do then!

Hmmmmm, my spacebar isn't working properly. Probably fullof TCS's cookie crumbs....

Cheers,

Julie


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Planted lettuce, chard, zinnias and carrots this morning. Oh, and a small clematis too. No more raspberries left! Hurray! (until they start creeping back next year i suppose)

The repair shop has switched mowers this morning, so now I get to try one with a steering wheel. We'll see how long until I get the original one repaired and back home.

DH teaches for a friend this afternoon. DS leaves for Haiti, likely this Friday. I'm plenty nervous but hope he begins to achieve some of what he hopes for. "Exciting" doesn't begin to cover this job...

It is a LOVELY day out there! I hope DD's family is enjoying good weather at the North Country Fair this week!

Off to run errands.


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Aaah.... peace, tranquility and beauty in a world of chaos! I love coming here! Just wish I could do it more easily on a daily basis anymore!

Deanne, I agree with Kathy & I think I've said before, your photos are so magnificent but so much more so on this forum than thru FB - dont know what it is, but I can see more detail and truly take it all in - things are looking glorious there -

Glad you finally got some decent weather too, Kathy -- we finally got some of this glorious Canadian air (I understand we have to thank) and it has been in the 70s since late on Sunday evening -- I managed to have scheduled a dental cleaning appointment and was off from the awfice all day for the glorious event teaser-- and boy, what a difference the weather makes on what one gets done in the garden!!!! I came very very close to calling in sick today I tell ya - another glorious day that would have been great in the garden.

Boy, 'bug - I can so relate to the mower woes - dont you just hate when things dont work any more and trying to get them fixed becomes an exercise in managing one's BP rate? Grrr. - I'd have been flipping big time over all the delay and lender equipment that was impossible to use.... The daily commute to Calcutta (err, D.C.) last week I figured out of 10 train rides - only 1 could I count as a "routine" uneventful trip.... the dying infrastructure is mind-boggling and scary; but the car alternative is not a good option either...

Yes, I have a new roof - they arrived on Saturday at 6:45 a.m. and left about 7 hours later - by that time it was in the upper 80s.... the plant count was faily low but severe on a couple things -- they somehow trashed more stuff near the outside of the fence than near the house -- the albizia summer chocolate, rose and clematis and symphytum Axminster Gold and assorted heucheras took some major hits -- I think it could have been worse tho... Stella is now going around a collecting various nails and roof debris -- very scary how she zeros in on what is most harmful! Little Stinker.

Interesting re the ban on grasses, Kathy -- I just read somewhere recently about how the blood grass Imperator(?) was a terrible thing and is being banned in many places - apparently it's based on a major invasive spreading species that has started taking over many wild areas in a number of states. I guess that's one reason I've stayed away from grasses - I dont know enough of them and they're all too darn large for my garden.

Working on getting the plant ghetto down to zero -- I think I'm under ten right now and hoping to keep it that way -- I see pots in storage that have gone unplanted this year but am trying to ignore them..... or round and round I'll go buying more! I just managed to plant some things in the ground yesterday and feel somewhat confident they may have a chance of survival in this current weather; pruned the hollies severely finally and did some other things off the forever to-do list.

I've tried a couple gentians but they've faded away - I think they need good drainage more than anything else? Of course, the campanula Sarastro I've attempted (I just have to drool at Deanne's every year!) and lost too.... the plant dead list is probably way larger than the list of presently existing/planted items.

I resisted buying any lilies this year too, Kathy - it may be the first year I've not bought any... but I am definitely going to endulge next year -- they're so "easy" ... and alliums... need more alliums!

It was a busy weekend from roofers to Stella groomers and stock club meeting -- I had a terrible headache by the time the end of the club mtg was over -- it was in an un air-conditioned house and boy was it hot in there -- I dont know how they did it last week when it was in the 100s... shows what a weenie I am tho.

I hope Michelle is feeling better -- I meant to say earlier that it sounded like you'd really stretched your immune system and I hope you got some rest for it to recover from the nasty summer cold.

I know I missed commenting on about 90% of what's been listed -- talk about a stream-of-consciousness posting, LOL....

Waving to all!

-cindy


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Beautiful cool sunny day here - perfect for doing some gardening - and garden shopping...

The Geranium macrorrhizum that border the pines at the edge of the west side of the backyard lawn path were getting annoying - spreading too fast and narrowing the path. Several times during the growing season, they needed to be ripped back to keep the path passable. I decided yesterday to remove them entirely and replace them with 'Ghost' ferns. So this morning we went to Northland Nursery to buy a bunch. Have you been there gb - I know I asked you the same thing last year but can't remember the answer:-) It's a real nursery - i.e. they grow the plants there - and sell 1 gal. pots for $5.99! You do have to make sure that what you buy is not a recently potted up seecling, cutting or division that hasn't developed much in the way of roots. But it's pretty easy to tell which are which in that regard. Anyway...

I bought 6 'Ghost' fern, three 'Branford Beauty' variegated ferns, a 'My Monet' weigela for the front garden and a 'Kilian Donahue' clematis I couldn't resist! The clematis was a deep ruby red with slightly paler margins. It fades to pale pink with the ruby coloring in the center. I planted it on the clematis swag next to Hagley hybrid. I've been realizing I need to have both group 2 and 3 in the color ranges I want on the swag if I want them to bloom together in the full range. I don't have a pink/red group 2 yet on the swag, so this one fits the bill nicely I think. Randy took a picture of it for me, but the color is very distorted vs. what it looks like 'for real'. It's an intense ruby red with just the hint of paler edges. The picture makes it look more fuchsia which it itn't
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We planted everything this afternoon. It's supposed to get hot for the rest of the week so I'll have to pay attention to watering....

Here is a link that might be useful: Kilian Donahue


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Hahahaha, Woody, you have become an addict with your clematis. I think a very bright clematis will be a great addition to the swag. I too love Ghost ferns!

I planted a few things this afternoon: blue flax, moved some deep red persicarias, added some lupines that are not blue. I have too many of those. I still have a rodgersia and some primula to plant though. I'm waiting & waiting for my tree man. More trees have large broken branches than when I called him originally!

I'd love one of Kathy's artichoke dinners...but I'll have to settle for chicken once DH arrives. I'm hungry!
'bug


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PS: Woody, I forgot to mention that I don't know Northland nursery except that you spoke about it last Friday.


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Evening all,

Woody that is a stunning Clematis! love it. Your swag is going to be a show stopper when the plants mature. Don't you just love being in the gardens when the weather is fine? It was very cool, 58, and cloudy today but still good for gardening. The predicted rain didn't materialize and I had a great time plant shopping and then coming home and planting the loot. I finally found some Echinacea 'Coconut Lime' which I'd been looking for since early spring. the gardens here are finally coming together.

So here is a photo of the planter box my brother built for me.

Cindy, great to hear from you. sorry the roofers damaged things,. what a bummer... I should post the galleries here so you can see the high res pics.

Kathy, I've tried on FB several times to upload the high res pics and for some reason it never works and only uploads the compressed images. ~~ bummer you lost your grasses!

Ok Doug just came home with dinner, must run..
Deanne


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Woohoo (to quote another idyller)... Woody's clematis swag is going to be something to behold -- I didnt buy a single clem this year (but I've got some ideas of some I want to try again next, altho I doubt there's really room -- and I seem to have issues establishing near/under shrubs w/ little success).

Deanne - I love that planter box - I can tell it's going to be another unique amazing piece for your gardens -- can't wait to see the finished product.

I frankly love the blue "mood"/period in a garden - such luscious variations of blue....

Okay gotta get back to Stella and evening chores.

-Cindy


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Phoebe is barking at the moon! What a goof!

Just added some news over at the Haiti blog. Have a look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Buildingaschool and more


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gb - the clematis thing is all your fault - you gave me the infection! :-)

Deanne - great planter box - paint it sage green and it would look like a sort of Versaille box. Very classic and would be perfect with all your fancy urns etc. in the container area.

Here is a link that might be useful: Northland Nursery


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This may be our first 'hot' day of the season, though it is cooling down quickly here , we were predicted to hit 90 but I think it was just the high 80's. I have a few things to plant, but my back garden is a western exposure so I opted out til it cools down a bit.

Woody, love that Clem ! I really like the two-tone flowers , wish I had a couple more. You had asked about the name of DS's movie, and I failed to respond. Films that do not have an adapted script (i.e. from a book or a play) are often not named until far along in the production process. There is a 'working' title , and then the studio that acquires and releases the film might name it based on marketing principles, unfortunately. So at the moment, I don't know the name of the movie, though at one time we think the working title was 'The Master' . It may be months before we get the full info, and this is assuming the film is completed and actually released.

Cindy, the reason my grasses were taken by the ag inspectors was actually explained to me at the border; there is a beetle that is attacking grain crops in eastern Oregon and Washington, and we are trying to keep it out of California, so there is a 'hit list' of grasses that are hosts to this particular pest. I continue to try and find specimens of these plants grown in Calif, and I won't try to bring any grasses back this year when I drive up. I had about 15 plants with me and they only took 2 so I guess that's not a bad ratio !

Deanne. I'm going to try the high resolution next time I post on FB and see what happens. Love your new planter ! I have had no luck finding E. 'Coconut Lime' here . Seems like the red, orange- yellows are most prevalent. I found one in Oregon last summer but it was so expensive I walked away. If I see it this year I may get it anyway.

Here are some pics I took on Sunday; I drove over to Sonoma County to take photos of the Lavender fields at Matanzas Creek Winery, they were just not quite in bloom. On the way home I took the back way and pulled into a new-to-me-garden center and took photos of some of their cool hanging basket and container combos. Definitely worth a return visit.

Matanzas Creek

From Garden Spring 2011

From Garden Spring 2011

At the garden center , Sonoma Mission Gardens (I need to go back, the sun was too high and bright and the photos are not the best)

From Garden Spring 2011

From Garden Spring 2011

From Garden Spring 2011

From Garden Spring 2011

Night all !

Kathy in Napa


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Morning all, a gorgeous day is on tap for us here today. The sun is shining in the dining room and the air is cool and dry. PERFECT gardening weather.

Kathy those pics are fabulous! I love the succulent arrangement in the last shot and that orange with the hakone grass and hosta is wonderful. Funny about Coconut Lime. It was all the rage a few years ago along with Pink Double Delight and neither is easy to find this spring. I'm over the moon with the huge plants I found yesterday. It is such a beauty and performer. I wish the voles had left it alone over the winter. I'm going to try spraying some rodent repellant in the fall to see if that helps.

Woody, the planter is going to stay white and is going to live in that location. It was designed to fit that spot. My rose garden with white trellis is on the right side and the house trim is white so I want it to match the rose trellis.

Cindy, I'd love to see some new Stella pics?

Ok off to garden!
Deanne


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 15, 11 at 9:28

Beautiful morning here, but it is supposed to get hot so I am going out to mow right away.

Haha, Woody, I caught it from her too! Your swag is going to be stunning when it is all in bloom.

Nice planter Deanne. Of course you won't plant anything in it, will you :)

I will think of you, Bug, as I mow and look at my beautiful clems. I wish DS a safe and satisfying trip. How is the rest of the gang? We need kid shots.

And Stella shots.

Anybody heard from Chelone, speaking of kids and dogs?

Oh Kathy, you are really living a dream! All of those beautiful gardens and nurseries. I love to see your vistas. Sounds like fun for DS.Some day we'll be seeing his name in the movie credits!

Gotta get out there before the heat.

Cheers,

Julie


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Great photos, Kathy - I love that succulent shot too - wow, it looks like 12 kinds in there or something... a choc full of grouping.... some I'm unfamiliar with.

I tried to get some Stella shots for you tonite, Deanne, but as usual, Stella was not cooperating very well - she was too busy finding things to eat in the garden and having me chase her to get them from her -- the "LEave it" stern command is not yet working so well....she does love a good chase too; I guess it's toddler stage -- havent yet had her bark at the moon tho, 'bug -- in fact she does not bark at all -- she's a very oddly quiet thing -- she makes no noises at all unless she's startled suddenly or afraid and then a single or two woof pops out and that's it....

I also started to take some quick photos of things blooming w/ the phone camera but it ran out of battery juice... i'll try to post tomorrow. Echinacea Hot Papaya and others are starting along with the daylilies -- fun, but it makes me realize I've got a hodge podge assortment planted and none of them seem to flow seamlessly.... what a crazy quilt of things -- some serious work and moving of plants is needed.

Ciao...we're supposed to get some rain and actually I'll be happy to have it - we need it.

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We have mosquitoes! Oyyyyy!!!

I'm doing the hose thing right now. One more section to go before bed time. We'll be away tomorrow for part of the day so I MUST finish that this evening.

Clematis are starting to bloom, so this is the exciting time. I've mulched around the veg garden, but still have one more side to complete. There's soooo much to do! I need to weed everywhere, rake up grass clippings too, but just couldn't find time for that today. [DH was home... ;) ]

I was given a castor bean baby and managed to pot that up with some coleus. We'll see what happens with that. I've never grown one before.

Kathy, I like that hosta and grass combo with the little orangy red blooms!
Ciao,
'bug

PS: I heard from busy Chelone the other day who is working on cushions, drapes, a designer show house, etc....and wishing she had time to mow and do up her window boxes. Sounds like the crazy life we all understand so well.


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Thought I better say hi at least. My cold is better but now I am down in the back. Don't know what brought it on. I haven't had that problem for a long time. I think probably because I had been walking regulary, and I haven't been lately, mainly because I try to get at my work early before it gets to hot. Going to have to remedy that.

I didn't even turn the computer on for a couple of days. I did enjoy catching up on the posts and pics.

I will have to find some time to post a few pics soon.
Nothing spectacular going on here and I'm still trying to get some planting done. Today I put some flexall on my back went for a short walk and then weeded and cut back things. I managed to get more done than I thought I would and my back is no worse. It was not scorching hot today but is coming back for the rest of the week.

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Howdy friends�

Boy Norma, it it's real crapola to hurt your back in gardening season. I try to be really careful about that, I hurt my back in my 20's to the extent that I had to have physical therapy and have been vigilant since then. I've had a few bouts of back tweakings through the years in spite of it.

'bug the orangey-red in that combo are just plain Callibrichoa -that plant seems to come in every color of the rainbow these days. I am going to visit a Clematis collection when I am in Oregon next week. My BILs told me last nigh that theirs are just starting to open-the PNW has had a dreadful gloomy rainy spring and like here in Norcal everything is behind schedule. I have posted a link about the Clematis below.

Cindy, almost all those plants in the succulent grouping are either Semperviviums or Sedums, both of which are winter hardy here.

DS had his first day 'on the set' Tuesday, and was really excited to have met the director, some screen writers and got to watch P Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix film a few scenes. He was on the set for 10 hours, so will get 2 hours overtime-no clue how much he'll make, he thinks a few hundred bucks. They have told him to expect a call back for one more day.He went directly from the movie set to his first rehearsal for Much Ado About Nothing. I can't tell you how odd it is to have voice messages from casting directors on ones phone upon return from the awfice.

We have cooled down here and it's very pleasant to be in the garden after work. I planted my Celiosia spicatas tonight , but otherwise puttered around.

Ok, about time to head upstairs to read awhile before I doze off...

Kathy in Napa

Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis Garden


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Kathy, Linda B who wrote about the garden has written a book on clematis: Gardening With Clematis, Design & Cultivation. I have visited Brewster Rogerson's collection in Oregon several times- before the plants were moved from greenhouses to the great outdoors at the farm. Locating a site for his collection was quite the process and Linda has been an enormous help with that and with communicating with Brewster about his wishes.

While you are there, there's Joy Creek Nursery to visit too. But if you can, invite yourself to my friend Penny's amazing gardens. You can easily spend several hours wandering and photographing there and you won't be disappointed. I'll send her email address to you.

This morning the Farm is covered in mist. I hope things clear up. I've promised myself I'll work on Reed's garden today, it being his birthday.


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O, Kathy - what a treat to see such an "historic" collection of clematis... and be sure to try to visit 'bug's friends also - having once lurked on another garden site where she posts her photos - it would be another amazing garden to see - I recall that she has amazing combos of shrubs and clems. I sure hope you get to see -- you're going to have a fantastic time - I'm so jealous!!!!

I think spending time in your garden remembering Reed today would be good therapy, 'bug - hopefully you can focus on those many joyful hours that were crammed into the wee lifetime.

I forgot to mention congrats on your DS getting that movie part -- sounds like things are moving in the right direction for that career; I'll keep my fingers crossed that it continues to flourish. By the way, I concur - that Aidan and his blue eyes are a killer combo -- I bet he stops the adult ladies in his tracks already as they coo over him!

Norma - I'm sorry about that back -- what an annoyance at this time, right? I find this whole aging thing to be a real bummer -- it doesnt take much to put this or that our of kilter - I had a man sit down yesteday next to me in the metro car and while he was all dressed up in a suit, he had the distinct aroma of Ben Gay, LOL.... that's a smell one never forgets.

Would love to see your gardens right now, Norma - I'm sure the daylilies that you have such a wonderful selection of are popping out all over - mine are, but in such a tiny garden as mine, I'm seeing more and more of them with a critical eye and wondering why they ever got planted wher they are or if some of them are worth the real estate.... but they sure are easy to take care of for the most part... I'd love to unload on the DD's home but all they're growing right now are weeds.

It was DD's birthday yesterday and so tomorrow we "girls" are going out for some shopping and running around - she wants a new bedroom dresser for their bedroom, but I guess we're going the Craigslist routine -- but that means Isla and Stella will be getting together nose to nose - it doesnt happen as often as it should - let's hope they both behave themselves, LOL. I realize my house is puppy proof but not necessarily Isla proof so it should be interesting and exhausting.

Hope everyone has a marvelous weekend!!

Here's a peek at the jungle at my house -- late sun evening not a good shot but exuberance is everywhere --

And Stella investigating a new pot (notice her new sleek, zip-haircut for summer -- easy maintenance for lots of hosing down):

-Cindy


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Bug, Happy Birthday to Reed. I think of his precious life often, and I hope his memorial garden brings you great comfort today.


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Many wonderful things here today..Stella investigates, the Reed Garden is filling in nicely, and thank you again 'bug, I have e-mailed Penny and hope the brief time I will be in Portland works out for a visit to her garden ..

Ted likes the Saucy Leaf

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Hideously behind on everything except getting to work on time. Gasp. Grinding it out at this time of year is what it's all about, so my head has been lowered and I'm leaning into the yoke of dollars these days. Weeds gain height and I watch them with vengeance in mind... but no fire power to speak of. C'est ca, mes amies!

I finished a very pretty set of cushions for a patio set, and am about to complete an interesting drapery job. Next up is a project for a designer show house... all in between "work", so there's not much time to diddle these days. Sadly.

Wishing all well and hoping that Good Fortune smiles on each and every one of my virtual friends, whose constancy has, over the years, proven more reliable than that of many of my "real" friends!

You are all very dear to me, you know. :)

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My cold is better these days but it was a doozy. I lost my voice and had a sore throat for almost 2 weeks. We have had rain on and off here with nearly 3" in the last few days. The weeds are growing like crazy. I needed to get my wintersown plants in the ground first though. I had yesterday off and with today I really got on top of things. Not to say there are no weeds. I got the Welcome Garden totally weeded and mulched, all the containers are planted and the pot ghetto is down to a few annuals that need to put on some growth before they can be squeezed into a container.

I have the cutest little wren who sits on the fence by my potting area and sings her heart out. She doesn't seem afraid of me at all. I�ve named her Jen the Wren.

'bug, I hope you put your castor bean in a substantial pot. They can get very large. Although, the ones I've put in pots do stay smaller. I planted some in the gardens last night. I thought about Reed the other night when the moon was so beautiful.

Woody, your rodgersia is fabulous. I've looked at that plant many times but I'm reluctant since I have a few moisture loving plants that happy in my garden. I really don't have moist spots. Thanks for the info, I may have to pick one up.

Maybe Yeona or 'bug can tell me what gentians need. I have two gentian scabra that survive but certainly don't thrive. I'm thinking of moving them and I'm trying to decide what would make them more happy. Now they are on the east side of the house.

I moved several pennestmon Huskers Red that languished for years and they are looking fabulous this year.

Norma, sorry to hear about the back issues. Did you have that last year also?

Kathy, it sounds like your son is getting lots of experience.

Cindy, that Stella sure an inquisitive one. I'll bet she keeps you on your toes. Just wait until you have a toddler in the garden. My "Cindy" irises have been blooming for a bit now and I always think of you when I see them. They are so dramatic.

Some of Rick's family was here for dinner in celebration of Father's Day and they have just left. So it was a full day. It was cooler and overcast for most of the day so it was wonderful for spending in the garden.

Michelle

A few shots from my garden:

This years fairy garden is tucked into the patio garden. I made the little greenhouse out of one of the old windows that we replaced in the house. A tiny stacked stone wall defines the garden.


I'm just loving this little penstemon. The color is electric blue and last summer it bloomed almost the whole summer.


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Hello my friends�

Chelone, happy indeed to see you check �in. I hope your busy time is at least rewarding both mentally and financially. I�m looking at a packed schedule for the next 60days, but at least some of it involves pleasure travel; including IU8.

And GB , thank you again for the cyber-intro, Penny has time for me to visit and I�m excited !

Michelle, after you posted the pic of that Penstemon on FB I was in a nursery in Sonoma County and lo and behold they had two of the �Pina Colada � series plants. I bought a violet and have planted it today in a container. I�m through planting for now, since I�ll be gone for almost a week starting Wednesday, so I just have to get clean up and watering done. Love your little fairy garden !

Waves to everyone, I need to kick back for awhile before sleep time�

Kathy in Napa


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Chelone - it sounds like you're developing a good base of business, getting ready to strike out on your own...?

Michelle - What is the name of that penstemon? You definitely should give Rodgersia aesculifolia a shot. It grows beautifully in regular garden soil. I don't know if the pinnata type needs more moisture or not - I've never tried that one. My aesculifolia type that do grow in moister areas don't do as well as the ones in dryer soil! The biggest leaves are on the ones in the most shade - I assume the leaves get bigger to harvest more light. This is not a great picture but the fluffy spire of white flowers is on the rodgersia that grows near the top (house side) of the garden under the oak tree. I took the picture from the office window just now. Aside from a bit of extra water in its first year in the ground years ago, it's never had any water other than what Mother Nature provides. They're beautiful plants - try them in a variety of shady conditions and see what works for you. They are a bit slow to come up in the spring, so don't forget where you planted them! The emerging leaves are a sort of rusty brown.
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The fringetree is blooming now - I love the combination it makes with the Persicaria polymopha in the patio bed. I think I need to find a place for another fringetree!
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Woody, it's Pinacolada Blue. As Kathy mentioned I think there is Violet and many a couple of other colors. I'll have to check my local nursery as I saw the rodgersia and see if they are the aesculifolia type. Thanks for the info.

We are off on a beautiful to visit my Dad for Father's Day.

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My plant ghetto has increased for the first time this year. I have a pinnata type rodgersia that I bought a few weeks ago there. They work well growing in our creekside area. I'm very fond of their foliage which resembles chestnut tree leaves.

I picked up some nice blue corydalis which I like to plant near hostas. I found a small Gentian, Blue Magic, which I want to add to Reed's garden. (I got that at Lost Horizons Woody. They have about 5 different sizes and colors of gentian there.)

I also picked up a Golden Arrows Persicaria, yet another Baptisia (Midnight Prairie Blues) and one more clematis. So I'll be planting in the near future.

I'm quite surprised that I've purchased so many blue plants! I have zero blue inside our home but I seem to use it a lot out in the gardens.

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Long ago we began a project together on this forum, (started by Wendy?) where we were going to photograph standards made from any plant we chose. Mine was a variegated ficus, which I still have, but not pruned as a standard. Seeing Michelle's miniature fairy garden reminded me of that project. Anyone else still have their plant? I'll try to get a photo of mine soon.


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I will have to keep an eye out for that penstemon! And, gb, it sounds like I need to make a trip to Lost Horizons soon....

The clematises on the iron tuteur are growing well. The first one bloomed today; the others all have buds too and another one is starting to open.

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A closer view of the flower - Rouge Cardinal (?)
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I think the one that is almost open may be Star of India. The others planted there are Huldine and Perrin's Pride. But since I seem to have a few clematises that aren't what they are supposed to be, I'll just have to wait and see what appears :-)

We just came back from a nice walk by the lake - beautifully sunny, cool(16C) and breezy. I should be out doing some work but am feeling very lazy!


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Good to see everyone and their gardens thriving and not too many references over my head. What a gorgeous lily 'bug posted. And little Stella is impeccably groomed! And what a tug on heartstrings to see a photo of Saucy's leaf in Kathy's garden. (Kathy, that's wonderful news about Kyle's career.) My own fringe tree has been home to nesting mockingbirds two years in a row. The weather on the East Coast has been tumultuous, but Deanne's garden looks to be on track, so that's a relief. Happy summer to all idyllers.


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Evening all, what a beautiful day we had today! brilliant sunshine, light breeze, 72 degrees. It couldn't have been lovelier. I spent a good deal of the day in the gardens watering, deadheading and sprucing thing up. I still have to finish planting a couple things and edging the beds in the back yard before I'm ready for the Open Days in three weeks but I might just be ready in time. I think I'll need a vacation from the gardens when that's over with. LOL Doug finished painting my planter and got the trellis installed and it turned out exactly as I wanted it to. I just love it when a plan comes together.

Here's a pic of the finished and planted box

The passion flower vines are apparently happy there and have put on quite a bit of growth in the two days since I planted this.

Bug, we've got dreadful mosquitoes this year also. I seem to pick up a few new bites every day I work out in the back gardens. Even with bug spray, which I hate, I still manage to get bitten. ~~~ Wait until you see how fast that castor bean grows, they are amazing.

Norma, glad your cold is getting better and I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your beautiful gardens and pond.

Kathy, thanks for the link to the clematis site. Great stuff. ~~ Absolutely love the Lisa Leaf with the ground covers softening the edges. Great placement! and nice you got Ted to pose for us as well.

Cindy, love the garden pics and Stella is such a cutie. HOw did your shopping trip turn out?

Michelle, that little greenhouse for the fairy garden is wonderful! love that whole vignette. You are so creative! and of course I love all the other pics as well.

Woody, I have to agree that the combo of the fringe tree with the Persicaria is dynamite. So lovely!


OK I'm getting sleepy and have a long day of gardening to put in tomorrow. Waving hello to one and all. have a great evening everyone
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A fly by post as I am up past bedtime and it looks like a full week in the sun ahead of me. I took photos today and thought I'd share a link for those that aren't on Facebook.

I'm working on a mixed border (shrubs, small trees, big perennials) for an area in the GGarden, so pipe up with any suggestions. I've just planted a Rodgersia ;) Actually, I've planted quite a few fun things...the highlights include fillipendula, smaller varieties of aruncus, persicaria polymorpha, darmera peltata, persicaria (the one with the chevrons...), and I know there must be more.

Think of you all as I work in the garden. Had a nice Father's Day on the deck and talked to my dad. Beautiful weather topped it all off.

Saucy

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos


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Saucy, I LOVE your rain chain in the succulent photo! I'm jealous. I need to find a Canadian source.

Deanne, amazing success. It's going to expand too! That E.Diamond Frost looks so great everywhere!

Yes Woody, clematis season has truly begun!

Denise, so nice to have you pop in! You have a fringe tree too? Mine are fringe bushes...and they are fantastic. Maybe Saucy needs one in the GG?

I'm off to bed early. Seems tomorrow may be another garden day after all, if I can believe the forecast. My friend arrives in the evening, so I can try to plant, mow and rake before she gets here.


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Hi ho Idylls ! We are having a hot day here .. they have been few and far between so far this spring, which is ok by me, but I think the wine grape growers were staring to get a bit concerned..some of the varietals need heat to ripen properly. So there has been hose dragging, and a respite this afternoon , DS and I went to a one day showing of a concert version of Steven Sondheims 'Company' at the local movie theater. It was fantastic ; we are huge Sondheim fans in this house.

Other than that , the road trip stageing area has been opened, laundry is done, car is almost clean..I will leave work early on Wed and drive halfway to Portland, with a stopover in the high plains of northern California. I have made sure that internet access is available at all my stops, lol.

Deanne, that planter is just perfect with your house , and in that particular location. I hope you will share updates with us !

Woody, love to peek into your garden. I know red colors are hard to photograph, how would you compare that Rouge Cardinal with Niobe ? I have always admired Persicaria Polymorpha, but it is simply not suitable for my climate.

Hiya Denise, I will include a link to your blog below for those here who may not have visited. Yesterdays photos of Ein alone are worth a visit.

Ok, time to eat and fold laundry--

Kathy in Napa

Here is a link that might be useful: Denise--A Gardening Obsession


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Morning all, and what a fabulous morning it is here. Beautiful weather predicted for a week. What a great way to start summer. the gardens here are just bursting into their lush summer beauteousness. I must get a pic of the Asiatic Manhattan lilies later, They are huge and wonderful. The Catbirds that have taken up residence in the hemlocks are constant and entertaining company while I work in the gardens. I'm hoping to finish planting the dregs of the annuals today and get back to my edging project.

Thanks Bug and Kathy, and yes I'll post updates on the growth of the massive planter. I've been toying with the idea of planting a clematis in there next summer as it's quite deep and I'll bet it would do OK there. We'll see.

Saucy, your gardens and outdoor spaces are looking amazing! YOu've really put a lot of time and thought into your plantings and arrangements. Love it!

Kathy, thanks for the link to Denise's Blog. It's wonderful reading and the pics are fabulous.

Denise, so great to see you pop in here. Hope to hear from you more often.

A pic of one of my Catbirds. They've taken to sitting in the fuchsia standard...

OK off to get some breakfast and start my day in the gardens. Have a great day everyone
Deanne


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What a cute little guy Deanne (or gal as the case may be) we don�t have this bird here, though the goldfinches provide plenty of entertainment. Do you use a tripod when you take the bird shots ? I have one, but I�m thinking about getting a mono-pod too. I�m thinking that would be much easier �on the road�.

We are having our first big heat wave, it�s 91 right now at almost 9pm, and will get close to 100 tommorow. It will still be hot when I depart on my trip north Wednesday afternoon, so I�ll have to run the a/c in my car the whole way. It will be pleasant in northern Oregon, and I might see some drizzle on the way up. Have to pack a wide range of layering clothes for this trip ! I�m going from 90�s here to mid 60�s in Washington. I shudder to think what my garden will look like when I get home. I�ve been watering like crazy for 2 days, and just hoping DS can keep up with the container watering.

Going to catch a couple innings of pathetic Dodger baseball before hitting the hay tonight..

Kathy in Napa


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Morning all, another beautiful day here in Southern NH. We've had three gorgeous days in a row. What a treat. I've started getting the tower next to the shed planted and just need to do the bottome tier. I'm hoping to be able to finish that and finish edging the beds in the back yard today.

Kathy, yes I always use a tripod to take the bird pics. The camera/lens combination I'm using is really heavy and hard to hand hold steady enough to get decent shots. I've been thinking of picking up a mono pod for field work as well. ~~ Hope your containers and gardens come through the hot weather OK. ~~ Have a safe and fun trip! I'm looking forward to your updates.

OK time to get out in the gardens, have a great day
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Sunny morning here. Lots of errands to do - and all of it fun with my long time friend joining in. Turns out DH is off to a conference so it will be ladies only for a while too.

Kathy, I hope you have room in your car for some rain gear...like boots...in case things are soggy still at Penny's! You'll enjoy her bird houses, birds and more!
Later,
'bug


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I love the sleek, monochromatic subtlety of Catbirds. So pretty. Deanne will be horrified to learn that only the new windowboxes on the south facing Salon window (Saucy's window) have anything planted in them. How can it be that at the Solstice all the others are vacant? I hope that will be cured tomorrow, though I was unable to procure Browallia this year. I will NOT pay for "Proven Winners", they're nothing but "Proven Rip-offs" for those of us with multiple windowboxes.

I delivered a patio set cushion job over the weekend that was delightedly received. And a follow up drapery job turned out nicely, too. Am now working on another decidedly "artsy" job, gratis, but one with excellent "exposure" that I feel could really "get my name out there". We'll see.

Michelle, your garden shots are so pretty; you have such a nice touch with composition. As do you all.

Beautiful day here... but it's all downhill from here, you guys. Days are getting shorter, lol.


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Another cool and sunny day here today. I didn't get any gardening work done though. However I did spend some time lounging on the back porch with Misty and a book, enjoying the view of the backyard and the fragrance of the fringetree! (I hadn't realized when I planted it last year that it has such a lovely scent!) I'd love to put one in the front garden too but don't have space for another tree there.

Saucy - I was just checking out your pictures... You paths look great! How're the bees doing? I also noticed lots of big-leafed plants - models for castings I asume?!

Kathy - If you're on this side of the border sometime, you should come and take a peek into the garden in person! My Niobe seem to have disappeared this year. It always wilted on the iron arbour in the front garden. Last summer it seemed to have decided to just ramble about the front bed and seemed happy with that. But I haven't seen it at all this year. I much prefer the red of the clematis on the iron tuteur. It's supposed to be Rouge Cardinal according to the tag but the pictures on COTW aren't the rich red that this one is, so I'm not sure... The color in the picture I posted is pretty true to what's there. It's an incredible red - I love it!

Deanne - your bird photos are always amazing. Randy particularly enjoys them and frequently sends the link to them to a birding/photographer friend who enjoys them too.

Rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight and the next few days. Most of the garden is still in good shape for moisture after the May excesses of rainfall, but more is welcome now.


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Just a quickie tonight, I've been packing the car and doing more watering (yet another 90 plus day) and am on the road after a few hours in the awfice tomorrow.

Chelone, . Browallia is found out here in 6 paks quite commonly-too bad you are having trouble finding it. Too bad you aren't a seed lady ! Funny how some people are so passionate about seed starting. I enjoy it , but find that I don't do it every year-none at all this year except what came up volunteer, not even Zinnias. I expect I will resume next winter. Bet you could put a sweet little set-up in the salon with all those windows .

Woody, I promise you if I am able to make it across the border during IU I would love to come see your garden 'in person' ! I am having some issues with the tourist card thing-I haven't been into Canada or Mexico since pre 9/11 and discovered that I need a passport or another less complicated drivers license style thing that you can use for Canada�unfortunately the fact that I don�t know the birthdate (only the year) of either of my parents has slowed the process, and I may not get the thing in time for IU. Jeesh. I am going to visit a Clematis collection while in Oregon�maybe I will see something like yours ! If so I will try to get a photo.

Ok, gotta go , I need to get a normal nights sleep tonight�waves to all, and will check in from the road !

Kathy in Napa


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Kathy - I hope you get your paperwork sorted out in time... Although I haven't travelled out of the country since the mid-1990s, I always keep my passport up-to-date 'cause you just never know when it might be useful... Also, since I no longer drive, it has become my photo ID whenever I need to show that somewhere.

I was disappointed to note this morning that, now that the Rouge Cardinal clematis has been open for a few days, it has faded to the pinky-red that looks more like the pictures on COTW. I was hoping it would stay the nice deep red that it was in the past couple of days!


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This week has just been a whirlwind of messes.... chaos at the awfice, nuf said.

Deanne, I fear that all those pleasant days you've gotten we've had horrible humidity here in this region - the degrees have been lower but it's been like a swamp. The good news is that we have gotten a few rain showers at nite so no hose lugging at least. That planter box is magnificent and I bet it puts on a lot of growth the new few weeks for your big 'do -- I guess IU will be your "vacation" rest, LOL, after all this hard work!

I'm glad to see Denise whiz by -- I saw the Ein post from Kathy's kind post of her blog (much as I love it I just dont find the time to read or lurk much anywhere lately) and thought Stella might want to make some comments, but decided we should keep the canines anonomous, LOL.

More workmen coming tomorrow to the house - sure to have more plant disasters to ensue... I'm trying to steel myself for tramping of treasures.

Woody -- I've noticed this eyar a lot of issues re my metal trellises and arbors -- several of the clematis have definitely overbaked on them and gonzo they go -- the good news is that they do seem to recover -- but if the heat is the mid 90s it's just too much on the metal during the day in the sun I fear. I've pondered the wisdom of the metal, but know that I feared the upkeep for wood (and related termite issues near the house).

Glad to hear you're feeling better finally, Michelle -- those photos are wonderful and that fairy garden to die for! You are so clever! Trying to figure out where I can revamp and include a fairy garden in the next few years.... Isla and her Mom visited on Saturday and we did a little tour -- she definitely looked interested in the flowers and the butterflies that were all over - can't wait! [No shopping, Deanne, DD was too tired after the munchkin has been awaking at 4 a.m. for a week for food and parental play, LOL....so we enjoyed a leisurely few hours - I say leisurely loosely as Isla did not want to nap and was in constant motion - she and Stella were both worn out].

I love my fringe tree too - but it seems to yellow ever year and I notice that the leaves are starting to get that tone -- dont know if it's a pest or a mineral deficiency happening.

Kathy - have a wonderful vacation and enjoy the cooler weather and we know we will see some marvy photo reports from you. Safe travels. (Geez re the passport issue -- who knew...)

--Cindy


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Morning all,

We had some significant rain yesterday and I'm a happy camper because I don't have to water anything today. The gardens and containers are really filling in and putting on some growth. The first liles of the season have opened and it's looking so pretty, These Manhattan lilies are such stars!

I have a couple clumps of them and they make such a dramatic statement in the borders. The clematis are opening and 'Betty Corning' is particularly wonderful this year. Absolutely smothered with flowers! I have her in five spots and she blooms and grows beautifully in all locations. I'm particularly fond of this location with the Persicaria polymorpha

Cindy, so sorry you've had such miserable weather so far this spring/summer. Bummer that your clematis have issues with the metal trellises. Does the whole plant wilt to the ground or just the parts that are attached to the metal? Any yes, I'm looking forward to IU! It will be great to visit someone elses gardens and have nothing more serious on the agenda than taking pictures and visiting with friends. Cant wait to see everyone! ~~ Crossing my fingers that the workmen don't damage anything.

Kathy, looking forward to updates from your trip..

Woody, many thanks! so happy you and Randy like my bird photos. ~~~ I'd like to have a fringe tree here but don't know if I have room for one.

Chelone, sounds like you've been really busy, hope you can get your window boxes planted soon.

Bug, hope you are having a great visit with your friend. When will DH be back home?

OK I've got to go and feed the kitties and get my day started. have a good one everybody
Deanne


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Like Deanne, we had a real rain last night which makes a huge difference in the gardens. It is hard having company and remaining attentive to watering and so on!

I've managed a bit of weeding at 6:30 in the mornings...just to stay a little more on top of things. Today it was too wet for that. I need to dead head Lupines, Foxgloves, Camassia and Sweet Cicely, but I guess I'll be forced to wait until tomorrow when my friend continues on her journey and DH returns.

Yesterday was a strange day in a way with odd phone calls from unexpected folks. Among them though was a call announcing the return of our riding mower at last!

The clematis are just beginning to take off and that is exciting! No lilies here yet, and the vegetables seem stalled but perhaps rain will help change that. The little rose that Woody gave me is blooming its heart out!

Off to start the day!
'bug


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Yummy photos from Deanne here today - Deanne, I must say those Manhattan lilies were the best investments in lilies I've ever made -- your photos show them at their most luscious and were of course the main reason I bulked up on them - I've got 3, maybe 4 clumps, and each year since planting they've put on a tremendous rewarding show -- their stems are really, really, sturdy (no staking!), the blooms remain for long periods despite bad weather, and their color really doesn't fade much even as they age and eventually drop. I wish I could find a few other cultivars that are 3/4s as great as these lilies. The only sad part is that they're early bloomers. Of course, your gardens could be ads for most any marketing of a plant you own - that Persicaria polymorpha is stunning but I know I don't have anywhere for that babe! The fountain is looking wonderful this year!

Re the metal trellis/clems, intense heat seems to magnify on the metal and fry the entire plant, but luckily not into the roots, so it does grow back if I cut down, but of couse that's it for any blooms for the season. Unlike wilt, I usually see the whole stem turn dark brown after an initial wilt at the top.... weird looking like an overcooked fried food item....

Glad you got respite with rain, Gardenbug, and your mower coming back - I know that makes a huge difference to how you feel staying on top of things...LOL re watering and guests - my Dad was at my brother's for Father's Day dinner and he said my brother spent the entire time outside watering his property, while Dad was inside eating with the children; brother bolted his food down and ran out to water some more... he totally neglected host duties altho he did manage to cook the meal.

Stella and I are hunkered down here as the workers busy themselves installing new windows - it's going really quickly, but I know they've got a lot left to do re caulking, wrapping and other stuff. This is turning into a Spring Housecleaning "opportunity" - when one has to move stuff and drapes down, I'm finding it time to start cleaning that stuff that hadnt been cleaned in more time than I will admit here, LOL....Altho I wish I had another day to take my time with it all, but I need to be back at work tomorrow. They'll likely be back tomorrow to work from outside all day...I'm not looking to see what's happening outside; it is what it is; and I guess anything will grow back, and I'm looking forward to finally having some degree of comfort in the house for winter and summer and being able to open windows again (with screeens no less!) whenever I might want to.

--Cindy


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Very rainy here for the last few days. The sun finally poked through today. It was only 70 degrees when
got home from work so it was a good night to pull some weeds along the edges at least. I added a few annuals to the containers that I was able to pick up on clearance. I also found a clematis for the tuteur that I used to have "Arabella" on. It was too tall for her and I found a perfect new one for her. A trycertis and a little soldiago were picked up as well.

I�m enjoying the climbing roses on my arbor this year. I�ve wanted climbing roses for years but in my zone I struggled with cane die back. Even New Dawn. William Baffin is my latest try and its blooming nicely. Of course the partial shade makes it more challenging.

Tomorrow is the first day of a 5 day vacation. I hope the weather cooperates.

Deanne, the catbird picture is very pretty with the fuchsia. That planter box is going to be amazing and what a perfect spot.

I finally planted a persicaria polymorpha in my garden. I ended up ordering it since I�ve never seen it around here. Of course I see it this spring.

�bug, I don�t have my topiary. Mine were rosemary but they are hard to keep in the house.

I saw browallia in 6 packs the other day and thought of you Chelone. I thought of Kathy when I was planting my celosia Flamingo Feather Purple. Are you able to find 6 packs there?

Cindy, my fairy garden is quite small, I�m sure you can find a spot. I�ve found myself enjoying quite a bit. I don�t have any fairies. I really should look for some. Kenzie has the Disney fairies to put in the garden.

Its getting late I�d best wrap this up.

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Good evening friends frome the PNW..
Saw 2 wonderful gardens today , and tommorow afternoon I head up to Washington for my visit to Bainbridge Island. Posting a few pics tonight from the Rogerson Clematis collection.What a charming garden this was, and lots of new areas planted too. Unexpected were that many antique roses at the garden, Gallicas, Portlands , Bourbons etc all in full bloom.

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There were several of these really nicely done and sturdy trellises

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You'd think this was the PNW with all the sogginess. The foxgloves are bowing towards Mecca, the Agastaches are horizontal and the story repeats itself throughout the gardens. Somehow the weeds manage to survive it all and are blooming. The bugs survive as well. I am hoping to get more tidied up next week, should the weather cooperate. Can't even mow.

Skyler was interviewed on the radio about his Disney trip for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Afterwards, the gang stopped off at the mall for a bite to eat. There was a wonderful statue of a man eating a burger at one of the tables. Little Leo tried to eat the burger and touch the man's mustache and everyone had a good time!


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It could be the PNW here too. Rain pretty much every day. Yesterday it was only a small shower and I was about to quit in the garden for the day since we were having guests for dinner. It looks like it rained overnight and is now cloudy and cool.

Kathy, I really like the structures. The clematis are pretty too.

;bug, that's a neat statue that would really appeal to kids.

I think I'll make my way outdoors and get something done before it rains again. I haven't had to water the pots all week, so that chore is taken care of.

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School's out. I have to admit that I just scrolled through quickly and checked out all the pictures. All your gardens are looking marvelous and I love the pics of the kids, 'bug. Boy are they growing, but then that is what they are supposed to do, isn't it? So very cute.

I haven't even started on my containers on the deck or patio. Not sure I will this year unless DH hands over a wad of cash which is highly unlikely ;) I am still paying off the dentist. Oh well.

Just wanted to check in and say hello. Guests coming for dinner, so time to marinate the London Broil and shuck the corn.

I will be back...glad to know you're all still here! :)

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gb- those pictures with 'the hamburger guy' are great! I couldn't help wondering though how often the hamburger gets disinfected! :-)

Kathy those supports for the clematises are very nice indeed!

Today we finally got around to doing something I've been meaning to do for a couple of years now - a garden gallery along the hall between the front entrance and the living room.

Looking towards the front entrance:
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There are 7 pictures on the long wall and 3 on the kitchen wall side. The bedroom hallway near where Misty is has family pictures - the one you can see a bit of near Misty is of Randy about age 6 climbing through a picket fence!

Looking towards the LR:
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I think I'll be swapping the landscape print over the fireplace with the dogwood painting in the master bedroom since a floral painting will now be more appropriate there.

The frames were cheapies on sale at a local camera store. It's easy to take them apart to put the photos in so I'll probably change the pictures in the frames every couple of months or so. At the moment all the pictures on the long wall are from the sun garden so I'll probably change them down the road to put up backyard/shade pictures.

I'm a bit concerned that perhaps it makes the hall walls a bit 'busy', but we'll live with it for awhile and then assess whether it will be a permanent feature or not.


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Our town's garden tour isn't until September this year so we went today to the one in a nearby town. There weren't a lot of things that really grabbed me in the gardens we saw. But here are a few things we found interesting...

One garden had this beautiful white clematis blooming in the front. The label said it was Huldine but it's clearly not! Any guesses on what it is gb? Could it be the Mevrouw Le Coultre one? That seems to be the closest match I could find on COTW, although the stamens on this one aren't as yellow as the ones in the COTW picture (although they were yellower than they appear in the photo...) Whatever it is, I want one!
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At one garden, the most interesting thing was the house next door! It looked like it was being restored and it was to-die-for!
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And at the last garden, the main attraction was the cat! We thought of Deanne...

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I don't know for sure which clematis you have seen today Woody, but I can say it is similar to Marie Boisselot & Mevrouw Le Coultre. I began my interest in clematis because of this clematis back in my Toronto days, perhaps 30 years ago. I found this clematis at Sheridan Nurseries, back when it was believed that the two names were the same plant. I managed to keep it alive for only about 3 years. Saddened, I did a great deal of reading and began to search for type 1 and 3 clematis instead. This was extremely difficult at the time. I still have a few of those first clematis here: Little Nell, White Swan (or something similar), Stans (http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=425)and Integrifolia Coerulea.

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gb - I'd be happy with either of those two white ones! As you know, I'm willing to take my chances with group 2s, so I'll keep an eye out for those ones.

I've tried integrifolias a couple of times and they just seem to disappear in no time! I actually had a Clematis stans in the patio bed (where it got too much shade...) Randy killed it a couple of years ago because he thought it looked dead in early spring and 'cleaned it up'. I got it at Country Squires Garden in Campbellville years ago - I wonder if that place is still there...? They had lots of odd and interesting stuff.


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I haven't been to Keith Squires place in decades, but I heard it was around a while ago. It was interesting when no place had interesting things.

I haven't seen Marie Boisselot or Mevrouw Le Coultre for sale for decades...

Here is a link that might be useful: Still around?


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Woody, that is an amazing clematis! I only have one, planted when we first moved here and I don't even know which it is-I probably picked the most common purple one-lol. It has never done very much, but the blooms are always pretty. It dies to the ground in winter. I was hoping for a wonderful lush plant to cover the trellis I put up in front of a sign in our he**strip by the road, but it never seems to get bigger. Also love that house-the upper porch is marvelous!

So, today, I can't decide if I am avoiding clearing the clutter downstairs or avoiding weeding. Whichever it is, I am doing an excellent job of it! ;)

It is starting to look as if it might rain. I really do hope it is a good rain and not just a little spit from cloud gods. Think I will head out to plant a few things that I haven't gotten in the ground yet! I am so pathetic.

Happy Monday all.
Cynthia


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It's been awfully quiet around here lately....

gb - another clematis ID question for you: I bought this one a couple of years ago when we were vacationing in Niagara. I bought it at the same time as a variagated weigela with the intent to have it grow into the weigela. So I knew it was going to be pink but I have no label for it or any recollection of a name! Neither the weigela or the clematis has done much until this year. The weigela is finally poking above some of the perennials near it but is still very small. The clematis has decided to grow and has attached itself to the big butterfly bush near it in the front bed. Is this something you recognize gb?
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Woody, could it be Inspiration (Zoin)?


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The COTW pictures certainly looks like it. I think I would have remembered 'Inspiration', so if there was a label it must have said Zoin :-) Actually, I vaguely remember buying an Inspiration for the swag although I don't seem to have a label in my tag binders and don't have it on my swag spreadsheet either... I think there will be a few surprises on the swag because there were a few impulse purchases of things that caught my eye and seemed to fit the color scheme...! Actually, I don't really care about the names - as long as the color is right for the spot, that's the important thing. But it is nice to have a name for each 'face' :-)

You really have been a big influence on this garden gb. I was looking around the garden this past week and being amazed at how many clematises there now are! They seem to like the conditions here and you seem to have infected me with your addiction :-) The Harlequin honeysuckle on the north fence is looking in need of a severe rejuvenation pruning. I'm finding myself considering pruning the honeysuckle back to grow as a shrub (apparently Harlequin can be grown as a shrub...) and thinking that if I do that, it gives me room for more clematises on that fence...


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Kathy - what wonderful photos -- I bet you're having a blast in the PNW -- so jealous.... those clematis structures are so wonderful -- it shows what having a good carpenter could do for a gardener... I love the color combos -- I seem to fail in tht particular area -- it's so hard to get the timing correct for plants one thinks will bloom at the same time (including clematis).

'bug -- what a cool MCD -- I am always amazed how kids have so much fun at their places -- they must have a dept devoted to marketing to kids and their "local art" work - I see different things at each one (not that I've been on the inside much lately; but I confess to liking their Iced Coffees at the drive-thru).

Looks like things are really starting to pop at your place too, Woody -- love that Zoin. I'm going to get back to a list to order some clems next year. I really love that house you took the photo of on the tour -- what a wonderful wonderful structure! I bet it's equally neat inside.

Cynthia - enjoy your time off - hopefully you'll have some R&R and then can weed or organize at your leisure.

I did a quick trip to PA to visit the pater last weekend -- seems like my weekends have been taken up with so many things the deadheading and heavy watering have been missing - I note in the garden that I need some serious maintenance done - maybe one nite this week (along w/ putting the house back in order from last week's workers)- I turned that into a JJ job - one window/drape/treatment a nite, LOL - by the weekend I should have gotten there.

Michelle -- I love that lavender you posted on the moments thread - wow - amazing how full -- I'd kill for a plant that size of it - I can't keep one for love nor money...

It's back to hot hot hot here....The daylilies love it but I think they'll go over pretty quickly; the clems have put on the stops for blooming too.

Okay -- counting the hours til home home.

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Hola Idylls, I'm settled in here in Ashland Or, my pit stop on the way back home.I have about 5 hours to go on the road tommorow, and then it's back to the awfice. I saw some great gardens on this trip and have lots of photos to share.A special thanks to 'bug who hooked me up with Penny Vogel.. a wonderful garden !

Backtracking a few days, here are some phtotos from the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. This was a private estate that has been preserved; it is a very naturalistic garden (i.e. no flowers borders etc) but features discretely manipulated settings of forest, meadow, and a beautiful Japaneses garden as well.

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It looks like you had a very interesting trip Kathy - hopefully lots more pictures to come...?


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 29, 11 at 8:49

Wow, Kathy,just looking at these photos is good for the soul! I can just imagine actually walking through there. You certainly get around to beautiful places.

More later Idylls!

Cheers,

Julie


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Gorgeous, Kathy - I cannot wait to see more of your trip photos. Isnt Bloedel where they started one of the first moss gardens? or maybe it's that they just have so many kinds, it's known for its mosses as well? I do recall how naturalistic but wonderful it is.

I think I forgot to mention that as a little sidenote to idyllers who have been here a while, my brother actually had his place on a little local garden tour to raise money for a local library a couple weeks ago, and it was apparently one of the highlights -- the garden looked great when I saw it briefly last week (and we immediately started talking about trees and clematis, LOL) -- he's come a long way since I chided him about having "hosta heaven" where he lined a bunch of beds with the same kind of hosta around his entire property. He really has gotten into the conifers, and is slowly making his way into deciduous trees -- but he has yet to branch out to many perennials (mostly lines his beds now with petunias and impatiens, LOL) but I am envious of his tri-color beech he recently purchased and a couple of Japanese maples. I often share names of trees I've seen either on the IU trips or the wonderful ones the folks here have -- I'm going to think of his large 5 acre property as an annex of my own (I offer up tree ideas I could never plant in my own yard, LOL). I think he discovered tho that he has to learn the Latin names because the folks on the tour were asking him all the names of things and he only knows them by their English common version (I gave him a big book a few years ago, but he's resisted trying the lingo).

Here in the DC region, we are finally getting some cooler temps - yesterday was something like 93 or 94, and it's popped down to a high of low 80s - more importantly, the humidity has dissipated for a few days - all Hs to return by the holiday weekend unfortunately. I really need to slug some hoses around but have been too tired at nite so the stuff is on its own for right now - maybe I'll get more energy tonite(?). I really should teach Stella how to do this chore for me -- she could do it during the day, right, LOL?

Well, off to work I am I am...

-cindy


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  • Posted by jak1 4 Ontario Can (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 29, 11 at 21:25

Bummer. I will miss IU8 this year because I didn't keep track of my money.

If you are in your bare feet and drop the butcher knife the odds are that it will fall straight down and go through your foot. If you go to Emerg for stitches, the guy who got shot with the nail gun will get the doctor's attention before you do. If you decide to take the stitches out a week later, well you can't. So ends my dream of being a knife-thrower in the circus.

Meanwhile, I now understand why coastal gardens are so lush. We have had more than our share of rain, but the lawns and gardens are gorgeous. I noticed a little red flower on a trellis the other day; upon investigation, it appears to be a Ville de Lyon clematis that I thought had gone to the great beyond two years ago. What a treat.

I agree with you, Woody, Bug has certainly influenced my gardens as well. Now every vertical surface is considered for a clematis!

Today I took two friends who have moved here from the Toronto area to Rideau Woodland Ramble, where we all wanted everything. I came across some Echinacia (sp?) called Inspiration, plus a few other specimens that I hadn't seen before. Also some new mini Hosta, including a variegated Mouse Ears (pay attention, Deanne). I will have to back later in the summer for their sale. This place pushes the envelope for zones, and also stocks very unusual conifers. Truly a delight to visit. Also browsed the garden shops in Merrickville, where I used to live. I will be getting a birdbath and some secators (sp again???) for my upcoming birthday - I have my orders in!!

Last day of school tomorrow. TCS has had a successful year in his new school, and is pleased to be moving on to Grade 5. In his school, passing on to a higher grade is not automatic; a couple of his schoolmates are being held back. This has been unheard of in recent years, I think, and may not be a bad thing.

All in all, things are going well.

I certainly do love to check in with the Idylls every morning even if I don't always post. I consider myself so lucky to have been invited here!

Hope you all enjoy your week-end. Happy Canada Day to all the Canucks and Happy July 4th to all you Yanks!!

Cheers,

Julie


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Good evening Idylls, I'm back home tonight trying to scrounge up some dinner from the empty larder. A rude awakening after all the great meals I had on my trip � all prepared by someone else, lol. We had almost an inch of rain while I was gone, good deal for DS who had watering detail. Average rainfall here for June is .16 of an inch, we have had 2.2 this year .Just to keep my on my toes, we are heading for the 90's this weekend.

Cindy, there is a fabulous moss garden and Bloedel, you remember correctly. The first photo was taken there-very shady so it was hard to get photos and they really don�t do it justice. I will put up a couple more this weekend.

Julie, that is a damn shame that you can't do IU this year, especially when it's so close to your neck of the woods. So, my advice is hide 10 dollars a week in a drawer , starting now. Seed money for IU9 !

I am going to put up a separate thread or two with photos from my trip ( took 648 !) so I�ll wave to all and get to work on that...

Kathy in Napa


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It was so chilly and gloomy this morning, but a clear blue sky appeared in the afternoon and the temperature rose above 54F at last. I have done a good bit of weeding too, but there is more than half of the 10 acres to go.

DS is struck down with stomach woes (in Haiti) for his birthday tomorrow. He predicts lemonade is all he'll dare try. He hopes to get 13-15 hours of sleep, more than the 4-5 he typically gets.

Little Leo was checked by the doctor today and a more intrusive follow up will likely happen next September.

A few late June photos taken today:
Yes, I love white!

Aljonushka

Maria Cornelia

Odoriba

Blue Rain

Pangbourne Pink

Sweet Dreams!


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Hi Everyone

I've been thinking about you all so much the last few days, much of it tinged with sadness. I also realized perhaps I wasn't hearing from people because I haven't posted anything for quite a while.

So just a quick note here to say my not having time for idylling in no way reflects not wanting to get together. I have been ridiculously excited about having people visit and talked about it to friends and family endlessly. My garden, such as it is, is in the best shape it will ever be and our favorite nursery is looking forward to giving a private tour. I've even planned what to cook:0)

If it halps in any way I'm sure we could find beds here for a few, especially those who thought they were coming. Just let me know. I also wondered if emails haven't been getting through in which case perhaps you could try just one more time. The silence is a little overwhelming. Thank you to those who have given a heads up.

Thinking of you all

Mary


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Hi Everyone! I am sorry I haven't been on GW for so long. I will try to do better. Skip has been gone for almost 4 weeks, and I have had a lot going on around here, with the business, the house, the garden, looking for a job, etc. He will be gone another 6 weeks. I went down to Georgia last weekend to see him, (14 hour drive) and to pick up Devin. I have been working in the garden a lot, and my garden looks pretty good this year. I have been helping the kids a lot. Mary Kate is pregnant and she has been really sick. Throwing up 5 and 6 times a day. She had to go to the hospital once to have an IV because she was dehydrated. There were a few days that I had to go over there to help out because she could barely hold her head up. But the past three days, she hasn't thrown up, so that is good. She is due the day after Christmas.

Bug, your clematis are amazingly gorgeous! Thanks for putting the pictures up. I have 4 of them, and my favorite is Betty Corning. She blooms nonstop all season. I hope all is well with Leo. I see you mentioned he had to go to the doctor, but I can't seem to find an earlier posting.

Julie, glad TCS enjoyed his school year, and sorry to hear about your knife accident.

Kathy, the pictures of your trip are beautiful. What a treat!

Cindy, how exciting that your brother hosted a tour! It's fun to have family who has a common interest.

Woody, looks like you are becoming quite the clematis collector too! I love the picture of the neighbors house on the garden tour :).. Glad you enjoyed it! Your gardens look really nice, and I wanted to tell you that I have been looking for a Bressingham Blue all season with no luck to far :). After seeing yours, it is on my must have list!

Michelle, that penstemon is gorgeous!! I saw a pina colada red at the garden center yesterday, but it looked more like a foxglove. Couldn't find yours.

Mary, sorry if you have been feeling out of the loop. I plan to go to Idyllunion this year, and can't wait to see you! It seems like it will be a smaller group this year, but we will have a lot of fun, of that I am sure!!

I have to go now, and take the dogs out, feed the herd that I now have hanging out in my backyard, and do some laundry.

Hope you all have a nice evening!!

Drema


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Mary! You need to drop by more often - I miss your 'voice' on the Idylls...

Drema - I'm surprised you're having trouble finding a Bressingham Blue hosta. I thought they were pretty common. They are slow to take off I found - for the first couple of years in the ground, I was disappointed because I was expecting them to be so much bigger than they were. They didn't really take off until their 4th year.


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Woody, thanks for the info, guess I better start looking for a 4 year old:) My hostas are absolutely huge this year. The two hail storms brutalized them early in the season, but they are still looking ok, but a little beat up. My strip tease must be 4 or 5 feet across. I really need to divide, but when it would have been a good time to do it, the weather was horrible. I found one yesterday called Blazing Saddles that was gorgeous, and I finally found a Guardian Angel last year. I would like to get all of the angels, Earth Angel, Guardian Angel, I already have a Blue Angel. It is another huge one. Some are starting to bloom.

D.


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Great to see you Mary ! IU is always a highlight of my summer-even with all the travel I have coming up. I�m going to Chicago and Boston just a couple weeks after IU, and then probably Spokane a few weeks later.

Marie , I have a new appreciation for your Clems after visiting Peggys garden, and the Rogerson Collection. Sure wish Chalk Hill hadn�t gone belly-up.

We are zooming up to the mid-90�s over the holiday. I have no plans this year so I�m going to try and get the house in order and finish mulching

Waves, more laundry to address tonight..

Kathy in Napa


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I have a few minutes to post while I wait for a phone call to see what time I need to leave for work. Yesterday the server for the computer system lost it's hard drive. We are dead in the water without computers. A new HD was sent yesterday and I may need to meet up with the UPS guy and get it. Otherwise he doesn't get to our office until late afternoon.

Mary, I would love to make the IU but it just gets too expensive w/ flying/meals and motel for a weekend. Someday I hope to make another one. It sounds like a small group but I'm sure it will be a blast. We totally understand if you don't have time to regularly post. Heck I have a hard time and I don't have kids at home.

'bug, you have such lovley and unusual clematis.

Here the clematis are just starting along with the asiatic lilies. With my 5 day weekend I got lots done. The sedums are actually all trimmed back which almost never gets done and then I always regret it in the fall. I gots lots of mulching done as well.

Woody, I like your gallery wall. I have 3 garden prints above my sofa and I get more compliments on them than anything else I have hanging up in my house.

Kathy, I've really enjoyed your pictures from your trip. There is something very calming about all green.

Have a great day. I'm sure mine may be a little stressful but then on to a 3 day weekend. I was supposed to leave at noon today but I doubt that will happen.

Michelle


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It's good to see you post, Mary -- altho I think there are a bunch of folks who have the common problems of too many competing things in their lives these days - that could be part of why IU is a smaller group this year -- I think economics is a problem - I know it was a consideration for me, but I decided the heck with that, IU is as Kathy says the highlight of the year for me -- I'm terribly excited to see the group no matter what the size and we'll have a blast I'm sure. I'm also looking forward to the Buffalo gardens - having a small urban /suburban one myself, I expect to see some ideas and inspirational things. I always come home wanting to rip everything out of my borders and start over, LOL.

Well, stuk at the awfice here tending the "hordes" of workaholics who didn't take today off... hoping they dont expect much 'cause I really am not in the mood to work, LOL, and want to do things at home. It's a perfect garden day -- and here I sit... c'est la vie. Just like moving plants, Drema -- it never seems to be on the same schedule we need 'em to be, right?

I hope you got to take photos of Penny's gardens, Kathy -- I truly wonder what the secret to keeping clems on shrubs is... the rabbits and other wildlife seem to just love them when I put like that. I just noticed my fav Mrs. Rbt. Brydon that I have never had any trouble with and is a trooper for bloom and show, has been mown down either by a family of vermin or I guess it could hav been a lawnmower of the association's but it's never gotten very big this eyar and is a meer stub right now -- me thinks it was 4-footed vermin of some sort. Boo hiss.... Always a challenge of some sort.

-- Cindy


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