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Old 04-10-2004, 08:51 AM   #29
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Sharon, I think your pretty rose colored flower is Cleome. I've had white and the rose that you picture. I have both seeded and set in transplants. They do have a long bloom and are beautiful at the back of borders or along fences. I like to seed them along my vegetable garden fence for a screen. They liberally selfseed so that once you have them, you'll probably keep them. I usually shake a generous supply of their fine seed into an envelope and scatter them where I want their color and heighth in the summer. The flower that I am told is similar in its selfseeding is poppy, bit I have never been successul establishing those in our gardens.
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Old 04-10-2004, 08:55 AM   #30
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Poppies beware

I have Orange poppies and they are everywhere in the garden.. almost impossible to get rid of.. don't get me wrong I do like them but they will take right over .. make sure you put them in an area that you only want this plant in.. I have managed to keep them in check by digging them up and giving them away and taking the pods off.. they are pretty but only last a short length of time... Annie
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I have to use organic methods on fireants. I even have a solar trap! effective on one mound at a time. There is a parasite one can spray on the lawn (3 1/2 acres) that kills the fireants. Very expensive. about 3 years ago we did in the main area and that controlled them. For some reason they like coming up at the base of trees and that would be disasterous for some of my big oaks. There are so many mounds along the drive that I might consider that method with my pyromaniac older son home (they are supposed to drop the pan today.) I have to be careful because the chickens would eat any pellet bait and my horse eats the grass. We also have multiple queen mounds now- harder to get rid of. that's why guineas would be a blessing- also we have tick problems.
Orange poppies wont grow here (CA state flower). If you plant and nurture the shirly-iceland- oriental kinds from the nursery, they last a year or two. It always amazes me that a "weed" in one place is treasured in another place.
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April 10, 2004 Winter Garden

This is what my garden looks likes this morning!
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My deepest feelings are with you!!!

Oh Wow Wolfsong - you do have a ways to go - unless a good warm snap comes.

Don't get me wrong I love winter - but this year with the new A/S the warmer weather could not get here fast enough!!!

As everyone has been telling me - be patient Spring will arrive (make some curtains or something to pass the time )

Sure Glad we don't have to contend with those fire ants - we have enough to deal with the little black ants in the spring and soon it will be the flys then black flys then mosquitos - then the dear flies - they hurt ouch.

Poppies I have some of them - did not know it - previous owner must have thrown some seeds around here - and when we cut some tree down and opened the place up for more sun - I have an amazing wild flower garden that is filled with all sorts - poppies Black Eyed Suzies to name a few and tons of others?????

I am lucky I have room so something that may be invasive to another garden is welcome to grow abundantly here.

Maxandgeorgia - Yes Cleome that's right - must get my garden books out - too much time on the A/S right now. Sweet Williams seem to love it here too - I collected many seeds and hope that they will come up everywhere along the driveway.

Oh ps Silver Suz - Portulaca - is it for the basket - I remember now several ladies from my Mom's place when they were here mentioned the same name. So I have now written it down. As for my gardens I will have to make plans and then write in all the plant names - instead of stick markers for the Puppy to eat again. Pepper to keep Haily off - not she would probably eat what it is on - as she likes tobasco!! I think I will have to make either twig fences or dense shrubs - enough that she knows that inside is off limits - but you can run around where there are no barriers. Big job though - do it later - for now I will just go around and repair, replant, replace her after mass.
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My Damianita

Taken 10 minutes ago. The red is Cedar Sage, so named because it can grow in the dense shade of the cedar breaks. If it is kept watered well, it does fine in the sun, as well. The Cedar Sage drops lots of seed and fills in every bit of open space.
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And the bees like it, too

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Honey bees We used to keep bees as the project of my oldest son when he was mid teens. He is a grown up diabetic (since he was 4) with disabilities resulting, but he loved bee keeping. He is now living with us, and along with our gardens, he wanted to keep bees again, so we had a friend place two hives back of the veggie garden. Steve (our son) decided to check them out early in February on a cloudy damp day (he knows better!) and became covered with angry bees. God's hand is on us, I firmly believe, because that day as soon as school was out, I left to go directly home instead of staying for late work. I walked into the back yard to find him just when all this happened, quickly created a smoke pot for him to stand by, got out the hose, and started blasting the critters off. To cut to the quick, he had a severe reaction, seizure et al, and after a 911 call, we rushed him to the ER where they stabilized him. Now we keep Epipen on hand, bees are gone, and he is under strict orders to keep his distance from any! So, bees bring mixed feelings. We have loved bee keeping, enjoy the rewards of their polinating, but no longer can have hives here at home. Pardon the rambles. . your photo brought out the story!
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I am really enjoying all the pictures of everyones flowers and gardens! I made a hard (for me) decision not to do or buy any gardening stuff this year as the effort and money are going to the airstream. But it feels like cutting off an arm or leg. I pant after the flower catalogues. I'm physically restraining myself from going to the Argyle Aacres iris show, today. It's raining enough to take the pollen out of the air. Does anyone else get these urges to plant something? It happens a day or two before the full moon. It's almost a physical urge to plant in the dirt. Must come from my Dutch farmer genes. No I don't howl at the moon, I just want to plant seeds. seeds, plants, 6 packs, trees, flowers etc. It's physically hard not to grow something. don't worry I'm not really deprived- with perrenials and fruit trees. But does anyone else feel those urges? silver suz
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Trees

When we bought our acre and a half hilltop, I vowed to plant no fewer than 5 trees a year so long as I am able. This spring, so far, I have planted 2 Pride of Houston Yaupons and a Retama. All my new trees spend a couple of years in wire cages because of the deer problem; the fawns especially sample everything in reach. Only the Texas Mountain Laurel and the Yaupon are exempt from deer damage.

The photo is a Anachacho Orchid Tree that I planted last year. I already had to put it in one of my larger cages and will need some more landscape cloth and stone to fill in. It should get to 10'-12' high and it is already covered with blossoms this first spring. In the birdbath behind it are 2 new cactus for my succulent garden.
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I have Bois D'arc in my tree nursery bed ,about 20 trees I'll never get around to planting, and lots of succulents from my collection but none with thorns. The Bois D'arc make up for them!! If you are ever in my area, come get some. I also have leeks that have gone sort of wild and they make the pretty allium ball heads that last so long. some white, some pale pink. 4' high, and not liked by deer! silver suz
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I'm sitting at the computer looking out at the old wisteria that swamps my deck. It's encrusted with developing buds-just can't wait til the sun warms up a little and the wisteria cascadaes in a purple waterfall. Hmmm-I can imagine the fragrance! I'll take photos and maybe figure out how to put post the way the rest of you are doing. I'm so darned un-techy!
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We are currently in So. FL at Terry & Marie's (argosy20 & sd90mac), and I've missed so much on this thread since we left!

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But guineas! EATING FIRE ANTS?????? really really really????
As Shrek says, "Really really." My sister is in Ellis Co. and the guineas went for the ants the minute they finished off the grasshoppers.


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I have never seen the guineas eat the fire ants
I wonder if that's because of different varieties of ants? Maybe you have something else that they prefer to eat instead? All I know is they do a great job in the DFW area.


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just can't wait til the sun warms up a little and the wisteria cascadaes in a purple waterfall
Maybe you can help me figure out why my wisteria won't bloom. It does at my neighbors house. Could it be because I rarely trim/prune mine?
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Edie , you probably are fertilizing it too much! Also do your pruning after the wisteria blooms. It blooms on first year wood. If you trim that winter before, you trim the budding branches. also some kinds of wisteria take 7 years to establish and bloom. Other varieties are much faster. If you want to do "Tough Love" stress it by cutting into the cambium (green) layer of the wood at the base. about 1/4 around girth. ss
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