Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2018 at 6:50am

I love flowers. Wish I could/would spend more time cultivating them. Keep the pics coming!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 19, 2018 at 6:24am

Nice looking "wild" flowers, Loam.

Comment by Patricia on September 19, 2018 at 12:04am

I love to look at beautifully coloured flowers!

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 18, 2018 at 11:08pm

Please forgive me if I post too many flower photos.  With some flower experiments going nowhere this year, these give a sense of peace, and hope, and wonder.  I look at them every day.  They grow unprotected, and most have been blooming for months. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2018 at 7:05am

Joan, I like your ground cover choices, especially portulaca.  It has beautiful flowers.  I also like the looks of purslane and clover.

I liked the clover in our lawn when I was young.  I remember looking for 4-leaf-clovers and found ones with 6 or 7 leaves.

This spring, you thought it would be a good idea for me to give my avocado tree another year to see if it would come back.  I left it, but one day I touched it and it felt loose in the ground.  I gave it just a slight tug and it popped out.  The roots were totally rotted.

 I took down the little greenhouse I had around it and now have corn there.  I planted them at least a month late, but I looks like I'll get some.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2018 at 2:32am

Daniel, your yellow echinacea is lovely! It will give you years of pleasure. I had a clump in Spokane and loved it. I also had a patch of white and of course, I had the usual purple. It provided me with a lot  of pleasure and they were not difficult to grow, not the least bit fussy. The self-sowed into masses.

I must admit, I had automatic soaker hoses that kept my garden well watered but not overly so.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2018 at 2:23am

Daniel, I agree, stop fighting nature if we can. I have made the meadow my wildlife viewing place and that is where I watch the birds, deer, and that chipmunks remain after our very effective and efficient cat cleared them out. I try to make safe places for them, however, the cats outsmart the little critters and me. 

I have my garden in the greenhouse and on the terraces but I am going to have to put up some kind of barrier if I want flowers. I have a couple of experiments going, one using deer resistant plant choices and the other using electric wire if L & L approve. If they don't go along with my idea, I will figure something else out. 

You deer photos give me peace. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 17, 2018 at 9:11pm

Joan, thank you for the ground cover information.  It's good to know.  If I remember, I'll look for white clover seeds during my next trip to home depot.  They've had them before.

Spud, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to get more rain!  I was thinking, if I had the ambition, I could grow an avocado in my sunroom.  But I don't have that much ambition now.  I admire you for yours!

Patricia, what's next for your harvest?  We are winding down for most of ours. 

Today I cleaned up more of what was formerly a bed for sweet corn, and after that onions and garlic, and 3 years ago was blackberry bramble.  Now without planning to make it so, it's a bed for bearded irises.  I planted a few more.  It will be nice if they do well and bloom next May.  I also bought some daffodils, some "Heirloom" California Softneck garlic to try growing, and a yellow hybrid echinacea.  Can't call it purple coneflower if it's yellow! 

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 17, 2018 at 6:32pm

These are a big determinant of what I try to grow, and how I try to do it.  One of my resolutions is no more planting trees that will need protection from deer.  I have fenced areas that I will continue to use for deer and rabbits, for some of the vegetables.  Today there is a family of a doe and 2 fawns that are nearing adulthood.  It takes a lot of eating plum trees, apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees, squash plants, tomato plants...  to make hundreds of pounds of deer.  If I don't grow stuff that I have to protect, then I can enjoy looking at them and not feel like I'm at war.

Photos are today.  Sometimes I get close and they look at me like they want to say "OK.  I dare you to get closer!".  I'm guessing, since the tail is black, they are "blacktail deer."

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2018 at 5:00pm

I'm sorry to learn of all the lost trees and the long periods between rain. We had a heavy downpour yesterday. 

All our time and energy goes into trying to keep the smelter from being built in Newport and the effects it will have on the forests. I am going to a meeting tonight where a forester will be discussing the impact of smelter discharge on the forest --- not good, I hear. I hope to talk with him after his presentation. 

My prediction of drying soils, drying forests, massive fires appear to be his message. 


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