Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 7:04pm

Rick did peppers in the greenhouse & we were overloaded with them the first year, & gave them away to neighbours as well as freezing enough to last 2 years!

The next time, they were so overrun with aphids they didn't do anything despite everything Rick tried to get rid of them, so he gave up on peppers.

The neighbour brought these pepper plants over the other day, & Rick just ''stuck 'em'' where he found room, so no idea what will happen this year......if anything.

The first time he tried them outside they didn't do well, but the year happened to be a cold miserable one at the time, & this was before he built the greenhouse.

Comment by Loam Gnome on June 19, 2018 at 6:41pm

Joan, deer and rabbits are big factors in my garden.  I don't want to have everything in fences.  So I experiment.  It looks like neither will eat zinnias, cosmos, marigolds.  I was surprised that daylilies are not touched, although I read that deer eat them.  They don't eat Echinacea or Rudbeckia, both of which can be grown from seeds, started in summer, for the following year.  I also have a hybrid between the two, called Echibeckia.

The Sisyrichium is also an experiment.  The foliage is somewhere between iris and gladiolus.  The flowers are clusters that are more like gladiolus, but much smaller and more informal.

I would love to see the Royal Tyrrell Museum, but I have no plans to see Alberta in the foreseeable future.  It looks like a place I could browse for days.

Patricia, do you find that peppers do better in the garden, as opposed to warmer by the house?  I thought peppers needed even warmer than tomatoes.  maybe that's why my peppers are doing so poorly.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 6:10pm

We have many deer through the yard, but they don't seem to bother the garden until after its done. We thought bears would be a problem with the food, but have never seen any nearby.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2018 at 6:00pm

Daniel, thanks for your experiment with petunias and deer. I am having a challenge with the wildlife in my outdoor garden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2018 at 5:58pm

Daniel, these photos reveal you have been doing a lot of activity in your garden. Absolutely splendid!

I had trouble with the new word and found this in Dave's Garden:

Sisyrinchium striatum

Yellow Eyed Grass, Satin Flower


Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)


Sisyrinchium (sis-ee-RINK-ee-um) (Info)


striatum (stree-AH-tum) (Info)

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 5:34pm

I'd like to go back to the Tyrrell. The dioramas were marvelous.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2018 at 5:27pm

Patricia, the Royal Tyrrell Museum looks like a standout as far as fossils go. I love to hunt for them, save them, and especially enjoy such displays as the Museum has! 

I have a geology minor in college and took those classes when we lived at Ft. Hood, Tx. That was a wonderful place for fields of Cretacious and easy access to Permian exposures. I was in my glory, going on field trips, learning about the geologic time scale, going to much older rocks, such as a Cambrian and a Devonian layer in central Tx. 

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Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 4:25pm

Looks pretty healthy now Daniel! Flowers are so pretty. We have lots of Petunias, as they do really well here.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 4:24pm

Tomatoes are near the house foundation as they do better there, cauliflower, broccoli, corn, radish, onion, & green peppers are in the garden, parsley, basil, strawberries, melons, peas, green beans, are in the greenhouse. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on June 19, 2018 at 3:51pm

Joan, thank you for the info about dinosaurs.  Such interesting reading!  There's an interesting book, called "The Ghosts of Evolution", regarding plants that the author calls "Evolutionary anachronisms".  She used that term, because the animals that those plants interacted with, and that dispersed the seeds, no longer exist.  For example, the acrid odor of ginkgo was thought to attract carnivores in the Cretaceous era, who dispersed the seeds.  Persimmons and pawpaws are also considered evolutionary anachronisms, because the seeds are not easily dispersed by existing animals.  The thought is that mastodons or other megafauna were better suited to disperse both persimmon and pawpaw seeds.

Thank you Randy.  I consider the members of this group, treasured friends.

On strawberries, here are mine.   They are in raised beds.  The variety is TriStar, an everbearing type, I think.  I kept wondering why they didn't grow, until I saw deer standing at the bed treating it like a salad bar.  Since putting in the fencing protection, the plants are doing much better.

Here are some petunias.  They are an experiment to see if deer eat them.  So far, they have not.

And a plant called "Sysrichium striatum"  I saw on my recent trip to Luther Burbank's home and garden in Santa Rosa, California.  On return, I looked for some, and found them at a local nursery.

I planted this gallardia last summer.  It survived the winter and looks nice now.

I think it will be a nice year for figs.  They are my favorite.


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