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SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
I'm not talking about chin hairs.

What's everyone got going in their gardens?

I went on an annual-planting frenzy, mostly the tried and true petunias, alyssum (love), snaps, impatiens and begonias.

My lettuce and peas look to be a nearly complete bust this year. Bummer! I might try some lettuce in pots this year.

I tried some of that organic weed preventer...it comes in a bag, it's basically pelleted corn cob. It is so gross. It started molding and it smells like decomp, also, it killed the plants (established seedlings) near it.

Everything looks so small yet. Maybe that will change with the blast of humidity headed our way.
formerly Castella
(my dogs aren't snarly, my hair is)
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I've got oodles of tomatoes planted, and some cucumbers and green beans and lettuces. I want to grow potatoes, but couldn't find any seed potatoes locally. My herb garden (which I'm starting from scratch this year) will have just the basics, mint, parsley, basil, cilantro, chives, rosemary.
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    I get my seed potatoes from Maine. Delicious. It's been too cool to get beans and cukes and squash started. The japanese beetles are so bad, I'm going to try this Surround stuff (kaolin clay that mixes with water, spray it on plants) this year and see if it's worth it. Even while planting, I found so many grubs! My milky spore isn't working I guess.

    I've got herbs...I never use them. It's pathetic. Basil, chives, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, lavender and sage.
    formerly Castella
    (my dogs aren't snarly, my hair is)
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The perennials are all lush and growing so fast. The clematis are going crazy. I don't plant many annuals - just some pansies, nasturtium, and morning glories.

    I'm crazy about herbs and dry a ton of them (and freeze alot of pesto) so I have a big herb garden at my ex's house in addition to the ones I grow in pots at my house. Parsley, basil, oregano, and chives are my favorites. I also plant alot of hot peppers to dry and grind into pepper powder.

    I just love this time of year.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • starinastarina Posts: 665Registered Users
    Yes, this time of year is great. The flowers just look their best right now. I've got all my deck containers planted with petunias. I decided this year that I was going to make it easy on myself and plant only petunias. They just are the most hardy flower and do well in containers. Over the years I've tried a lot of different flowers, but the toonies always thrive the best. I've got some tomato plants growing, and my perennial border is looking lush. And of course, I have a lovely crop of that pesky bindweed growing!
    I have 3A hair. I've discovered Jessicurl shampoo and Too Shea conditioner and I'm thrilled! Long-time LA Looks sport gel user.
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    I planted wildflower seeds & they're sprouting. I really need to get the sunflower seeds in the ground before it's much too late.
  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I am passionate about gardening! I particularly love the woodies - trees and shrubs. I've probably got over 150 different kinds of trees in my yard (including over 30 different types of Japanese maples) that I've planted myself over the past 10 years. I've also planted nearly 120 shrubs of all kinds from 12 varieties of viburnums to daphnes to winterberries to witch hazels. And of course I've got lots of sun and shade perennials, vines and a few annuals and tropicals thrown in. I also have a 45' stream spilling into a 40' x 22' koi pond and water garden. My husband has a small vegetable patch - I've claimed the rest of our garden! I wish I could invite you all over for a garden tour!
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I totally thought this thread was about chin hairs. :laughing6:
    starina wrote: »
    Over the years I've tried a lot of different flowers, but the toonies always thrive the best.

    I love petunias, they're so frilly and flirty.

    I'm not doing much garden-wise this year — some basil, morning glory, chives, moonflower. I share a garden with other people, and one of them is a total busy body who's always getting into other people's business. And I don't like people messing with my plants, so ... I'll probably get a hanging basket at the farmer's market this weekend and call it a day.

    I do need to move my houseplants outdoors, including my massive jade and several of its offspring, all of which need a pruning. Dude better not lay a finger on my houseplants.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    wild~hair wrote: »
    I'm not doing much garden-wise this year — some basil, morning glory, chives, moonflower. I share a garden with other people, and one of them is a total busy body who's always getting into other people's business. And I don't like people messing with my plants, so ... I'll probably get a hanging basket at the farmer's market this weekend and call it a day.

    I do need to move my houseplants outdoors, including my massive jade and several of its offspring, all of which need a pruning. Dude better not lay a finger on my houseplants.

    Seriously, touching someones plants is grounds for finger removal!
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    All our periannuals are doing their thing! The hydranga has buds all over it! (This is our first spring/summer with all the new plants because we planted them last spring). I moved the jade plant onto the deck. We bought the hangers for either side of the garage and I planted a planter for the front steps. I did impatiens for those. We added a forsythia bush about 2 weeks ago.

    I bought some super sweet cherry tomato plants - and did a container planter for them. They are growing like weeds! I think I bought to many though - I might pull a couple out. But they are supposed to have tomatos in 65-70 days!!!
    Central Massachusetts

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  • starinastarina Posts: 665Registered Users
    2poodles wrote: »
    I am passionate about gardening! I particularly love the woodies - trees and shrubs. I've probably got over 150 different kinds of trees in my yard (including over 30 different types of Japanese maples) that I've planted myself over the past 10 years. I've also planted nearly 120 shrubs of all kinds from 12 varieties of viburnums to daphnes to winterberries to witch hazels. And of course I've got lots of sun and shade perennials, vines and a few annuals and tropicals thrown in. I also have a 45' stream spilling into a 40' x 22' koi pond and water garden. My husband has a small vegetable patch - I've claimed the rest of our garden! I wish I could invite you all over for a garden tour!

    Wow, lucky you. You must have a very large property. Don't know where in PA you are, but have you ever been to the Holden Arboretium in Northeastern Ohio? Great place for trees and shrubs, especially in the spring when a lot of them are blooming.
    I have 3A hair. I've discovered Jessicurl shampoo and Too Shea conditioner and I'm thrilled! Long-time LA Looks sport gel user.
  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    I've gone plant crazy! Just this year we've planted a deep pink rhododendron, two high bush blueberries, dahlias, an Andromeda, and peonies. I've also FINALLY (!) gotten a wisteria. I LOVE them. It reminds me of my trip to France in high school. I'm so excited! Then I've also got my pansies, gerber daisys, some other daisy type thing, morning glories and my strawberries. They are my other babies.

    For veggies/herbs I've got tomatoes, jalepenos, cilantro, rosemary, chives, shallots, golden beets, and will have some cukes.

    I love coming home after a long day at work and digging in the dirt, weeding, and watering. It just grounds me.
  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    I planted petunia in a bed that had lamb's ear, so the lamb's ear babies that I missed are combining with them. The petunias are light purple.
    I filled some pots with red gerbera daisies. It's my first year growing them. In the large pots I added some trailing sweet potato.
    3 tomato plants, 2 I hope are cherry tomatoes, the other is something large. A guy at church always has too many seedlings so he grows them for a while then gives them away.
    A cherry bomb pepper (also guy from church). I can't handle the heat of it, even though it's mild, but last year I made the best chili of my life using one of them. I can give some to my girlfriend who likes hot spices. Maybe I can do what Jeepy will do with her peppers. Must remember to not rub my eyes after cutting them up.
    The June strawberries are ripening up, not sure about the everbearing. I don't care about the latter because the June berries blow away anything I've had.
    Miss Kim lilac bloomed this week and I enjoy the scent everywhere I go. The bush is outside my bedroom windows so when I have the windows open my room is heavy with the scent.
    The perennials are thick and lovely. Purple columbine is in it's glory. Irises are thick, and the new deep purple one I planted 2 years ago is making quite a show. It's so dark purple it's almost black on overcast days.
    Here's a picture of the irises in my front yard:

    P1010439.jpg
    There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    Awesome!

    I can't grow bell peppers to save my life.

    2poodles, I am officially not talking to you out of jealousy! All those Japanese maples! I have 3 right now, but I'm not too pleased with them. My favorite one died last year (he was 12 years old). :(

    I have a newfound appreciation for petunias. So dependable and low maintenance.

    Oh, I'm also growing spanish flag this year due to neighborhood pressure. For reason, I get really luscious, bloomy vines, but only in one location. I think they get extra heat and light bouncing off the white aluminum siding. Last year I didn't grow it and several people on the block complained. Jeez, the pressure.
    formerly Castella
    (my dogs aren't snarly, my hair is)
  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    I just checked my tomatoes and pepper plant and they're not doing well. My husband decided to burn a bunch of stuff the same week I planted them. I think the fire burned too hot and too close to them. I'm sad. Not only that, but he'd put grass seed in the spot, decided it wasn't growing, and told to plant the veges there as he'd try in the fall. wouldn't you know, as my veges are dying, the grass is thriving. I think I'll just head to a garden center and buy a few to plant elsewhere.
    Also just checked on my kids' plants, and the 3 mimipumpkin and 4 or 5 watermelon vines have 3 leaves each. Great, I'm going to be overrun with melon/squash. The seeds were a year old, I figured I'd let them try expecting nothing to grow. That'll teach me.
    There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Seriously, touching someones plants is grounds for finger removal!

    Yup. And he — or his ex who hangs out here a lot — already dug up a plant that I was "waiting and seeing" on and planted something else in the container. :shock: I mean, the plant was pretty obviously D-E-A-D, but I had plans for that container!

    Whoever it was took the remains of the plant and stuffed it into another, much much smaller container. I thought that was odd. If you're going to dig up my plant, just put it in the compost bin already.

    I keep telling myself she must have done it because I like her a lot better and she doesn't live here and isn't as clued in. Easier to forgive.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    2poodles wrote: »
    I am passionate about gardening! I particularly love the woodies - trees and shrubs. I've probably got over 150 different kinds of trees in my yard (including over 30 different types of Japanese maples) that I've planted myself over the past 10 years. I've also planted nearly 120 shrubs of all kinds from 12 varieties of viburnums to daphnes to winterberries to witch hazels. And of course I've got lots of sun and shade perennials, vines and a few annuals and tropicals thrown in. I also have a 45' stream spilling into a 40' x 22' koi pond and water garden. My husband has a small vegetable patch - I've claimed the rest of our garden! I wish I could invite you all over for a garden tour!


    "This post is useless without pictures." :D
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    My husband is the gardener in our family. Our peonies are glorious - I absolutely love them. He also has rhododendron, dwarf rhododendron, azaleas, gardenias (they smell divine!), dwarf gardenias, columbine, lilies, pink hawthorns, nandinas, and on and on and on. I'm not good with most of the names, but they all look so beautiful this time of year, along with the yard. The only veggie we plant is tomatoes - love them. Ain't spring grand? :)
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Those dark irises are gorgeous!
    And yes I'm jealous of all of you with your big yards. (I gave up all that extra work years ago. I get plenty of time in the dirt on paid landscaping jobs plus the ex's gardens. But I'm still jealous!)

    I can't grow bell peppers either! Hot peppers out the wazoo but bell peppers - nada!

    Here's a couple not so great pics from today.

    A chippy who came to visit.
    backyard605081sq3.jpg

    Some clematis and columbine.
    backyard605084mq1.jpg

    Chives, forget me nots, and my cat Pita.
    backyard605083yx7.jpg
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    So pretty! Is that a bit of balsam in the middle planter, between the chives and forget-me-nots?
    I keep forgetting I want to plant forget-me-nots around here. I also want to add some phlox, spring blooming and creeping. Oh, and a strong vine (that won't take over). Maybe I can have it grow with the hops I'm trying to contain to my shed.
    I'm so limited on space but I just cannot stop!
    There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The middle pot has basil and parsley just starting.

    That forget me not was a volunteer from who knows where. I love them and plant them in every garden I make, but never planted them here as I have such a tiny space and they reseed like crazy.
    But he showed up so I'll just have to move the babies out of the way if they get to be too much.
    I love volunteers.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    Oops, I meant basil. Balsam's a tree. lol
    There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
  • CaleilaniCaleilani Posts: 728Registered Users
    Right now,I'm just growing tomatoes,and they have been doing so well,I may plant other things.
    3B-3C, alittle past tailbone length,age:41 years
  • lioneselionese Posts: 140Registered Users
    I'm extremely green deprived. I live in Phoenix. All those lovely green garden pics make me sad. Nothing does well in our 112-120 degree summer days except cactus. They even do better with a little shade! Needless to say my hair is always needing more moisture! As the song says, "Might as well be walking on the sun"!
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    So, lionese, do you rake your rocks? I've been told that's what people in Phoenix do, instead of mowing the lawn. :)

    Oh, and my other question--so do you not have bindweed in Phoenix?

    I found a little monarch catepillar on my milkweed last night. It's about time! I've had that milkweed for 3 years now.

    Our last shade tree was damaged and removed. So trying to come to terms with converting my partial shade garden to a full sun garden. AGAIN, lol. In the last 10 years, it's gone from full sun, to partial sun, to fairly deep shade, and now back to full sun.
    formerly Castella
    (my dogs aren't snarly, my hair is)
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Yay for caterpillers!
    I used to plant dill at my old house just for the swallowtails. I'll have to plant some here and see if I get some caterpillers.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • lioneselionese Posts: 140Registered Users
    Yep, that's about it, Castella. Can you believe our HOA rules say we have to have some grass in the front yard as well as the backyard?! So since water is such a treasured resource in the desert, we all have these itty bitty lawns. We could practically cut them with a pair of scissors! Our HOA rules also say we can't have desert landscapes in our yards. That means no cactus! But we all break the rules a bit. We're all retired in our "hood". So breaking the rules reminds us of the 60s! Groovy, huh?!
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    I'd say your HOA needs to update its policies! My brother lives in Denver, and his tiny yard is mostly rock with a few shrubs which don't require much water. They used to have strictly enforced rules about when and how much you could water and they encouraged people to replace their water hogging lawns with "diet" plantings.

    I guess the bummer about living in Colorado is, even if you live somewhere that has water, the wildlife will show you no mercy!

    Can you grow succulents other than cacti, like aloe? (that's not a cactus, is it?)
    formerly Castella
    (my dogs aren't snarly, my hair is)
  • lioneselionese Posts: 140Registered Users
    Yes, you're right. Our HOA does need an update. But since all the board is at least 55 yrs. old, change is not embraced. My husband and I have found that true for most people our age. On the other hand, we embrace change. Everything changes. My curly hair changes everyday! By the way, do you or anyone else have trouble with gardenia buds browning and dropping? They actually can be grown here in Phoenix and do quite well if given afternoon shade. We have three on our north facing patio. They receive morning sun and afternoon shade. But recently, all our buds all browning out and dropping before they open.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Here's part of my teeny front yard. Things are really growing quickly.
    When I bought the townhouse it had just been built and had brand new landscaping. Soon after I moved in I dug up all the bland hideous shrubs and replaced them with things that I like. In the front yard I planted grasses, spirea, liatris, coneflower, black eyed susan, clematis, dianthis, and I always plant some nasturtiums and morning glories.

    frontyard62308do9.jpg
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    lionese wrote: »
    By the way, do you or anyone else have trouble with gardenia buds browning and dropping? They actually can be grown here in Phoenix and do quite well if given afternoon shade. We have three on our north facing patio. They receive morning sun and afternoon shade. But recently, all our buds all browning out and dropping before they open.
    We have regular gardenias and dwarf gardenias. I absolutely love their scent. I've always heard, and found it to be so, that if you touch the bud or flower, it will brown and drop. If yours is doing it without being touched, I don't know what the problem is. :scratch:
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
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