Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Selen on June 11, 2012 at 11:57pm

An old lady in China told me that such flower could be eaten to treat disease, who knows it is true or not? difficult.

But some people in countrysides of China told me that such flower grows everywhere because birds eat the seeds and spead the seeds everywhere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2012 at 12:28am

Dallas, the chicken article tells an interesting story of chicken/dinosaur. Who would have thought it? The story, "According to the writings of Cicero, when one contingent of birds refused to eat before a sea battle in 249 B.C., an angry consul threw them overboard. History records that he was defeated" reveals an interesting way of making decisions ... maybe better than modern methods.

"Chickens make wonderful pets ... They are as colorful as tropical fish but more affectionate, as cute as guinea pigs but better tasting, and, ... far better mousers than our cats.” I didn't know that! What do they do, peck the poor mouse to death? 

Also, Dallas, how is your garden design project going? Looking forward to learning the plants you choose. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2012 at 11:40pm

We had a wonderfully warm two or three days and I luxuriated in the garden ... mostly just sat and watched things grow, with a little puttering here and there. The rains came while I was away visiting my daughter and her family and I came home to a lush tropical garden. Everything is green, Irish green. The peonies haven't popped yet but buds swell to full capacity and ants swarm to help them burst open. 

I had a splendid week with my daughter, my two granddaughters,  two great-grandsons and two young men of great character. One  absolutely wonderful young man as partner for one granddaughter has come into our lives with three very young children. Their mother died by an accidental error in Rx. So, five young'ns (from 4 years old to 12) and I played in the lush forest with them, tasted the edibles and identified the in-edibles. Wild strawberries promise abundant fruit soon. Plants from my two grandmothers' gardens flourish in the rich soil fed by well composted horse manure. 

These little families cluster around, treating my like a treasure. For what more could I ask? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2012 at 1:38am

Tammi, great idea and article. Our out-of-control pharmaceutical companies need more accountability. I really do not like GMF because there is no way to prevent pollen from their blossoms from getting into my heirloom plants. 

Comment by Tammy S on May 28, 2012 at 1:57pm

I'm thinking of starting some hives this fall and saw this link this morning in my email from Common Dreams, thought you might find it interesting, or like myself, frightening.

A Last (Chemical) Gasp For Bees?

Comment by Steph S. on May 22, 2012 at 5:45am
I'm enjoying all your lovely photos of your plants! Just beautiful!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2012 at 11:00pm

Dallas, here is some information about Bolivian Jew
PlantFiles: Variegated Inch Plant, Bolivian Jew

Hardy euphorbias are good value for money

Here is one source of euphorbia through mail order:

10 Great Plants for Shady Gardens, Euphorbia (Spurge)

Happy growing. 

By the way, stay away from Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle). It reseeds invasively and has very deep roots that are hard to ferret out. The plant is lovely, I love it, except for its bully behavior.


Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2012 at 9:26pm

Dallas, that is such a pretty way to display your Jew. My hunch is, you will want to cut it to the soil level and bring it inside. New growth will start in early spring and a nice dose of compost tea perks it right up. 

I hope I am not misleading you on this particular plant. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2012 at 9:23pm

Dallas, my euphorbia stay rounded if I put a light cage around each one to keep raccoons from tearing them apart. the cage is small enough for the branches to grow through and hide the cage. Mine are at their most lovely right now, they will stay chartreuse all summer  then start changing into oranges, reds, bronze in the fall. They die back to the ground and come up fresh each spring. I cut away old grown in late fall or early spring, but the plant will grow right up through old growth. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 21, 2012 at 8:35pm

I don't have the little John, but I have three bottlebrushes in the front yard.  They are about 10 ft tall and a favorite of the hummingbirds that frequent my yard.  The flowers are also a bit longer than the variety pictured below and make a beautiful centerpiece.


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