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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 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 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. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2018 at 4:56pm

Daniel, yes, I use weeds as a groundcover, but I am selective in what I use. for example, purslane is an excellent protector of soils,

purslane  (portulaca oleracea)

portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora)

Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 17, 2018 at 3:52pm

My avocado tree died from the cold winter.  If I buy a new one, I'll make sure I build a much better greenhouse for it to grow in before I buy it.  I'll also modify the soil to provide better drainage.  Maybe I'll also put a heating cable in the soil.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 17, 2018 at 12:58pm

Sad about your trees Randy.

 

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