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« on: June 03, 2007, 10:56:37 AM »
I just posted in a thread after sparqui and noticed her sig line again.

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People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
-- Iris Murdoch


IANAG (gardener), but I love flowers. Every couple of years I persuade sweetie to drive us to Burlington to see the Royal Botanical Gardens. This weekend and next is the Iris and Peony Celebration. Irises are my fave.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007, 11:03:48 AM »
Virtual Tours..woohoo garden porn!  :Garden1
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007, 12:15:29 PM »
One of my neighbours has some gorgeous irises, just coming to an end now, alas.

Must put on list of things to do that I never seem to get around to doing but you never know ...

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2007, 12:32:11 PM »
We are planting perennials. I have to get back downstairs - a truckload of earth has arrived - they confused us with another co-op with a similar name - which owes them money...
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2007, 01:10:06 PM »
My tulips and daffodils have poked through the soil, but haven't flowered - alas, not enough sun and warmth. I don't know if they'll flower at all. Meanwhile, I'm planting Chinese Lanterns and sunflowers from seed today. I'll be planting sunflowers that I've been growing indoors in a few days.

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2007, 02:23:35 PM »
I'm taking a break - there are quite a few of us - more than can work efficiently given the space and tools (one wheelbarrow), so I'm drinking several glasses of cool water. I'm also going to lie down for a few minutes, not because I'm tired but to stretch out and put my feet up a bit (as my knee hurts).

We have certainly made a big dent in the truckload of earth - funny how much it takes for such a little patch of front lawn.

I don't think we are planting the perennials today.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2007, 02:44:53 PM »
I love doing that part wish I was there to help. Though it sounds like it might be crowded as it is.
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2007, 07:01:44 PM »
We've spent most of the weekend planting, catching up on the garden and yard stuff we didn't get started while we were away.  I've found a couple of new shade-resistent perrenials for the front yard -- Chinese pagoda primrose:  



and Bulley's primrose (mine are yellow, though):  



One of my big planters in the back, a nice terracotta, cracked over the winter and broke when I tried to move it a bit, so we'll move the other up to the balcony and I got two replacements that match, and a third for the other corner of the yard.  Our big idea for this year is to grow watermelon, the small sweet kind (called Sugar Baby) in big pots with the vines climbing up obelisks.  We found three on sale.  They look pretty, can't wait for the watermelon vines to start going up them.  I've got cherry-red verbena in the bottom of the pot to fill things out and for added colour.  The new planters will have red and orange lantana in them.  We're also trying to grow hot peppers in galvanized steel buckets hung from hooks on the fence.  They should get lots of heat and light there.

Front planters will have New Guinea impatiens in orange at the base of the steps, and for up on the porch I've got red and pink fuschias in hanging baskets with blue lobelia, and torenia in the window boxes in blue and hot pink.  Here's torenia:



Veggie garden is half-planted.  I put some tomatoes in the yard, and still have to put some in the community plot.  Put in red and "chocolate" (colour, not flavour!) sweet peppers, zucchini in green and yellow varieties, potatoes -- yellow and purple and red, beans, peas, carrots, beets, brussels sprouts.  Giant Russian sunflowers -- also planted some of those by the tomato patch at home.
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2007, 09:55:23 PM »
Those are lovely - and that is a lot of work, given your film project.

We are all bushed, somehow TOO MUCH earth was delivered and we had to pile it up on the wee patch of lawn, even after using a roller many times. We couldn't simply leave it on the street and sidewalk! So we'll have to deal with that - soon. I have friends who have recently moved to the neighbourhood who might want a few tubs of earth...

i am, however, glad I could work as a few months back I was so stiff and racked with pain that I couldn't have spent hours shoveling soil.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2007, 09:58:27 PM »
OUCH!

Can you possibly put together some raised vegetable/herb beds with some salvaged wood for supports?
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2007, 10:10:08 PM »
Oooh, raised beds are a lovely idea!

Put the tomatoes in tonight, with some marigolds for pests and for colour.  The wild girls each got a cherry tomato plant for their sections of the plot, pumpkins and opted for nasturtiums along the sides.  They also have their own rows of peas and carrots, which they are allowed to muck with and pick at will.  The pumpkins will likely go berserk and take over everything in the end. :D

It feels good to be mucking around in the dirt and being back into our day to day life after the project we just finished.  So many tight deadlines left me feeling like I'd had to put my life on hold.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2007, 11:13:38 PM »
I'm exhausted. I just cut back all the dandelions creeping up upon the garden and the fruit bushes today. Combination of hand weeding and weed-eating.

I bought this house in large part because if it's big lot, but that lot is kicking our asses now. When working it myself, I fantasize about getting the whole thing redeveloped with a company specializing in that (maybe it's not as expensive as I fear?) but we need to get rid of the renovation garbage pile first, which means finishing the reno first. But can't find time to do the reno if the dandelions are taking over the place and becoming breeding ground to large armies of mosquitoes. *sigh*

I guess dandelions are a flower, technically. :(

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2007, 11:41:43 PM »
It's a huge job, kuri.  We've been in this house for over 6 years now -- this will be our seventh summer.  We didn't do renos, but we've fixed a lot of half-assed renos and developed some of the basement, and fixed/redone a lot of the yard.  It's hard work, but year by year you'll see it come together, I guarantee.  Seems like a slow process sometimes, but you'll get there :) .

I'm pretty beat myself...  We got a lot done this weekend, but I'm not quite caught up yet.  If I was smart, I'd go to bed early.   :bed:
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2007, 12:20:36 AM »
That sounds like a good plan, timebandit.

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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2007, 06:21:13 AM »
Oh, those primroses are wonderful, both kinds. And yellow are my favourites too. The neat thing about primroses is that they often come to life again very late in the season -- I've seen them have a second season here just before Christmas as long as they're not buried in snow. It's quite a thing to be able to pick a posy in mid-December.

 

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