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Latest Activity: May 14
Later Blooming Bearded Irises. 5.23.19
I love flowers. Wish I could/would spend more time cultivating them. Keep the pics coming!
Nice looking "wild" flowers, Loam.
I love to look at beautifully coloured flowers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Sad about your trees Randy.
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