Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Annie Thomas on April 22, 2012 at 11:56am

I am trying to diversify.  We have two well established honey murcott mandarin trees, two kumquats, and four loquats.  Less established (and still needing great care) are a pomegranate, a blood orange, a white peach and a dozen blueberry bushes of mixed variety.  We had a frost-resistant avocado tree that my husband and I babied and covered every chance of a frost, but sadly, it was taken out by a limb that fell on it during a lightning storm last year.  Yes... I cried over it. ;-)  I do a vegetable garden every year, but find it exhausting to constantly be fighting the droughts and the pests.  Pouring energy into establishing trees seems much more productive in the long run!

Comment by Daniel W on April 22, 2012 at 10:58am

Annie T - It would be wonderful to grow mangos, avocados, bananas, pomegranates, cherimoyas, lemons, mandarins, limes...  each area has some choices!  I've been growing a Meyer lemon in a container but it's a lot of effort for a couple of lemons a year!

Joan, hang in there!  The anticipation is part of the joy!

Steph - I need to get the hummingbird feeder out soon!  They are the most fun!

Dallas, I'm about as Hollywood as...  I don't know what!  Not very!  There is a Hollywood district in Portland, but it's not very flashy. 

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2012 at 12:17am

I would love to sit in your garden and watch the birds Sentient. Just breathtaking.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2012 at 12:01am

These photos of your garden are beautiful and holding promise of some wonderful tastes later on. Your garden is very far ahead of mine. Not o sign of color in the tulips, although the buds are huge this year. Do you freeze or can or dry your fruit? Delicious!

Comment by Annie Thomas on April 21, 2012 at 11:03pm


Your fruit trees look so good!  I'm envious of you being in an area where apples and cherries grow well.  I'm in Florida, so I have no choice but to have citrus is my specialty. ;-)

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2012 at 9:41pm
Lovely photos Sentient!
Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2012 at 9:38pm

Dallas, Hollywood Plum is more a group of plum varieties rather than a single variety.  They are all maroon leaves, some grow into full size trees, others are smaller.  I don't know the subtype for this one- it was from a catalog (Raintree nursery)  and just listed as "Hollywood" plum.  It is considered one of the few Asian plums that is self fertile but some sources state it needs a pollinizer.  I got Shiro to be a pollinizer but the sources don't all agree that will work, so last year I added Methley.  The plums are unlike any I've seen in the store - the maroon color of the leaves goes through the entire plum and its juice.  They are extremely good, but on my 3 or 4 year old tree I've only had about 5 plums.  This year was the most flowers ever, but so early and there was a frost while blooming, so maybe no fruit.


As for ME being Hollywood, right!  Vin Diesel on line 2!

Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2012 at 8:36pm


I pruned some more winter killed twigs from my Petite negri fig, but only a few.  Most of the fig trees have lots of tiny figs, but there is a big June drop so it's not a promise of a big crop.  


Some photos from today....

Hollywood Plum.  I can't tell yet if they took.  Looks like the Shiro plum might have pollinated well - if so it MIGHT be my first big several-bowl-full crop of those.  Hollywood plum is so beautiful, with zillions of pink flowers and then maroon leaves.

 I'm letting violets take over as a ground cover.  They reproduce very fast, and no weeds seem to grow through them.  I often find violets in the grass, and when I do I pull them up and plant them in the borders.  Gradually they are taking over the ground level.  

Stella Cherry.  This year is the most flowers ever.  Behind it is an old Japanese cherry that doesn't have fruit but I love the pink flowers and gnarled branches.</p>

Liberty Apple on a highly dwarfing root stock.  It's 8 years old and still only 4 1/2 feet tall.  We get several big bowls of apples every year.  Unlike the Golden Delicious that I cut down last year after 7 years with no fruit, Liberty is disease free here and bears very well.  The flowers are really pretty on this shrub-sized tree.

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2012 at 10:05pm

Thanks all for the great compliments!  My yard is actually a mess, but there is almost always something to eat, almost always something in bloom, and experiments everywhere.   Not seen in the pic, between the cherries and the street is a ginkgo grown from seed, a sibling to one in the back yard - it's about 8 ft tall.  My attempt to leave a long lasting heritage for a future generation.  Under the cherry trees are blueberries - haven't quite figured them out yet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2012 at 11:29pm

I love spurge and have several varieties; I know it can take over. Given the soil conditions where you have it, seems like a great choice for that spot. The wall is lovely, and looks like a good "sitting" wall. Beautiful plants and great design! I can tell, you like loveliness. 


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