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Old 04-08-2004, 09:36 PM   #15
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our back yard

This is a shot from a different angle.
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Old 04-09-2004, 12:23 AM   #16
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One very important aspect to why our gardens are the way they are....My Handy Man!

We have a quarry pit of limestone just down the road from us - we spent many a day there loading up the landscape trailer!! - However we learned from this past winter that there are certain stones that do not survive the winter well - they will have to be lifted up and replaced - Pete is not too impressed

Silver Suz - to answer your question - yes they are perennial pink carnations they are beautiful when in full bloom just like a pink carpet. I squeezed three blooms this past summer - they will need thinning this year. That is the key to perennials - even though I hate to do it when they look so good - if you wait they get scragly and never seem to recover???

I can see there are going to be lots of great pics on this thread....

summerkid - your pictures subject looks great - however you seem to be having a bit of a problem with your resolution being a bit too low - that is why they are pixelized - if you need help re: preparing a photo for download feel free to PM me I will help if I can.

Guini Banties - I could only imagine having chickens/hens around here - I would surely loose all resemblance of my gardens with Haily chasing them around
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Old 04-09-2004, 12:28 AM   #17
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I bought this hanging basket last summer on special at White Rose - there was no tag and no one could tell me what it was. It bloomed all summer long - but the blooms only last one day - when you pinch the spent blooms new buds would grow and eventually bloom again. It was not a perennial so I would like to get anotherone this spring - can anyone tell me the name of the plant?

Thanks in advance....
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Old 04-09-2004, 08:19 AM   #18
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great pix folks! a garden is a bit of heaven on earth....gt from your pix, the foliage looks like a succulent...maybe we can narrow this down...summerkid love your tulips...wheres the pool?
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Old 04-09-2004, 09:02 AM   #19
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GT6921, is it moss rose? Norbert said succulent, and I think he may be right. The leaves look slightly fleshy. The blooms look larger than the normal moss rose and I seldom see a pot of just one color, but marvelous! If you find another, get two--one for me! Be sure to let us know when you ID this one.
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Oh, everyone is just blowing me away with their wonderful pictures!! But guineas! EATING FIRE ANTS?????? really really really???? one fire ant bite can put me into a seizure. I was going to get them but afraid their noise would drive neighbors crazy BUCKWHEAT, BUCKWHEAT!!!!! Is she sure they eat FIRE ANTS????? More later kid disaster calls silver suz
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One of my son's A&M buddies ran the 4 wheeler into a neighbor's brick mailbox edifice. He managed (being invincibally in sandals of course) to take off a toenail ,had several cuts and scrapes. Since they decided I would fuss so much, and all being Eagle Scouts, they took care of the bandaging. Of course the AMOUNT of bandaging was rather alarming. but they are into being Tough Guys, so I finally gave up being a mother hen. Now there is a new rather significant project of mortaring the mailbox back together. Ahhh.. back to guineas.. I had them in CA. One day a male guinea and his 3 females wandered into his yard. We checked, nobody owned them. then some nasty teenager deliberately drove on the side of the road and killed the 3 females. So "Burtbird" took up residence with us sleeping in the solarium with our german short haired pointer- who was NOT happy about it, and sharing her bed. (Burt never pooped in the solarium and used the cat door) The dog already had to put up with 3 very spoiled siamese cats, who regarded her as part of their cat family, and baby turkeys pecking at her toenails. She gave me quite eloquant looks that told me exactly what she really wanted to do. Anyway Burtbird lived with us for 6 years,never left our property, we got him a harum, and his own sleeping quarters. He came when called, and guinea eggs are the best tasting eggs we ever tried! We even have a couple of his feathers to decorate our Xmas tree. But we finally took pity on our suffering neighbors, after Burt passed, and got rid (ate) the female guineas, because they are increadibly LOUD. Better than a watchdog!!! They are good for eating ticks and keeping snakes away. there's is nothing like swimming in your pool and seeing a cottonmouth gliding towards you with its head 2" above the water and it's stinky white mouth open! We have a lot of copperheads, rattlesnakes, and a harmless 4' black rat snake who discovered the lily pond and proceeded on chowing down on all my Koi. Expensive meals. I am not happy with that snake. It also eats my toads whom I love. And scares me now and then. There is something about a thick 4' long slithering snake seen out of the corner of my eye that brings on primal instincts, like screaming! But after, I am ashamed and should know better.
Would you check for sure about the fireants? I would brave my neighbors wrath if that were true. and my life would be immeasurably safer. Thanks silver suz
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Edie, if it is not a portulaca, it's a purslane, which would be my guess. Yes- purslane that weed that they have genetically "gussied up" but still has the toughness of a weed. The thickness of the leaf is the giveaway- it is in the succulent family. It takes a lot of abuse and keeps growing. Here it even blooms through the hot dry summers. silver suz you can overwinter silps in vermiculite etc. with sun or a lamp.
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Old 04-09-2004, 02:14 PM   #23
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um, download?

you mean like from a digital camera, GT? honey, those were actual kodak photos lying on my desk. and i read the photo-posting threads but couldn't quite apply it to my scanner. so my solution was to first make the resolution "medium"--still too large--then to just make the size no larger than 640x640 so the site would accept them. could i make them 640x640 yet still leave the resolution on high? i have to admit to being a little ignorant on this front because one of the world's best graphics departments is at my beck & call & i usually just lean on them.

but please educate me.

love love LOVE everyone's photos--what wonderfully different styles.
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Old 04-09-2004, 08:57 PM   #24
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digital camera on overdrive...

edie has seen this before, but i thought i'd share with the rest of you.

3 shots merged into one...

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Nice Place John! Where do you sleep most of the time - in your house or in your Airstream???

Here is the finished patio well not quite but you can get the picture....notice the nice little tractor - that is my little pride and joy - the 1969 MTD B&S 7HP that I restored all by my lonesome - okay I had someone clean the carb for me .

The market umberella fit perfectly on a tree stum in stead of using the stand that I would trip over all the time.

Summerkid - re try to make it simple for you - all scanners have detailed settings - try to find out where you can set the actual resolution by a number (not high, medium or low) - or at least find out what they represent.

I use photoshop to change/reduce my photos for the forum - rule of thum they are set to 72dpi - if they are from my camera they are shot at 280dpi 6X4 inches so I just have to reduce the resolution to 72. If I have taken an SLR photo and scanned it in I will scan in at 300dpi so that I can print or reproduce other than on the computer. If I want to e-mail I change the resolution to once again 72 dpi and sometimes I have to reduce the size usually by one inch on either the height or width of the photo - this produces a photo that is under the 100KB required for the forum thread attachments.

Without knowing what your scanner is I can not look up the directions and may assist you further. (note some scanners that are not very good produce poor quality scans regardless of what you try and do - it is simply optics and colour balance.) If you fiddle with the sharpness and brightness contrast some scans can be "butchured" - I guess with anything it takes lots of practice and hands on know how - sort of like restoring a Vintage A/S
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Old 04-09-2004, 10:32 PM   #26
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Airstream Dragon Fly

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Pretty Surprise

I can not remember the name of this annual - actually it was a bi-annual. I had made a little seeding greenhouse when we first moved here. We went away for 3 weeks and all inside became toast!

It was dismantelled and soil dumped out and mixed into the ground - 2 years later this lovely unique looking flower sprouted - there was a small bunch of them- they grew to about 4' high and lasted most of the summer. We are hoping they will come up again this year if so will try to get some seeds.
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Old 04-10-2004, 07:19 AM   #28
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Fire Ants?

Silver suz,
We have fire ants too, I have never seen the guineas eat the fire ants, it they are eating them, the ants are reproducing at to fast a rate for the guineas to keep up The way I deal with fire ants is not EPA approved but it works for me. I douse the hill with gasoline an torch it. My FIL uses a chemical spray of some sort, but the just move over a couple of feet and make another mound. There is supposed to be some type of critter(insect) that will eat fire ants, the USDA had an article on the preliminary testing a while back, but I don't remeber what it was.

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