Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by kathy: ky on June 7, 2015 at 10:39am
That's it Joan!
Comment by Randall Smith on June 7, 2015 at 6:55am

That was fun to watch, Joan. I wonder how many can's worth of aluminum it takes?

Comment by Plinius on June 7, 2015 at 12:24am

That's a beautiful cast of their tunnels!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 11:22pm

I know there are some who object to this process, however, it is interesting how complex a fire ant hill is. I must say, I can't feel sorry for the death of the fire ants. They are vicious creatures. I do like the plain old ordinary ants that help my peonies open up each summer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 11:17pm

Kathy, is this what your asclepias tuberosa looks like? 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 11:13pm

A gardner needs to learn to be ruthless. When a tree needs to go, get it done, even if you cry with each stroke of the chain saw. 

If you plant too few seeds, you may not get a harvest, if you plant too many, you may have to thin them out. 

If you want a treasured plant moved, then grit your teeth and take the plunge. 

I successfully potted up and transplanted remnants of all my grandmothers' and great-grandmothers plants to the Generation Garden at my daughter's place. I am very nervous about a plant that was given to me by the family of a neighbor who was an English Shakespearean actor. He was Santa Clause at my Yule parties, and he told the neighborhood children wonderful stories in my back yard while he was alive. Those children no longer are children, they are all grown up. We had his memorial service in my back yard and his family gave me a Strawberry and Vanilla Hydragea after our celebration of his life. I just hope I can successfully move that plant. 

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 6, 2015 at 10:55pm

Kathy, you are so very far ahead of me. I have not seen any chrysalis, and since my plants are all intact have not been eaten I guess there is no activity. :(

Comment by kathy: ky on June 6, 2015 at 10:24pm
Thanks Chris. One of these days I'll remember to have my daughter show me how to post photos from this pad.
Barbara, last year there were so many caterpillars they ate the entire plant then starved l guess. I didn't know what to feed them or where to get it.
It's the crystalis(?) stage I'm uncertain about. When they make a cocoon and need, to my understanding, both a place to hang it from and a way to get out of it. Some type of enclosure. With shelter and an escape. If it were only a dozen or so l could move them by hand but last year it was probably closer to a hundred. I've never seen so many. And they were different sizes so different stages l suppose. I'mnnot sure what to do with them this year. I'm happy your plant is a success. I dug mine up from the roadside three years ago and it's just taken off really well this year. I have a tame one that is not as pretty but established itself much faster.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 6, 2015 at 8:08am

Kathy, I bought my first one last year and it struggled to establish. I gathered seed and kept in fridge for winter and then planted lots of them - talk about overkill. My original is now in bloom and I have many new shoots. It is my one true success!. You said you wanted to "figure out how to keep catepillar stage alive" - what do you mean?  

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2015 at 1:21am

I had to look it up - it's beautiful, Kathy!


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