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RE: Growing Up Odd Quilt top (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: geezerfolks on 09.01.2014 at 09:18 pm in Quilting Forum

My mistake.......I must have been thinking of your quilt, V, on RPQ. This one came from the Wedding Dress Blue site. I had most of these squares already cut, but cut a few more because I didn't want plain white within the blocks, just the sashing and border. I have quite a few white squares left and few others, but don't plan to make any more using this small for awhile. The gal I want to give it to is a former co-worker and had commented on how her granny's quilts were always full of different kinds of fabric and she wanted to eventually have one, too. She's been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and it has spread to her bones now, so I'm on a mission to get it completed. The layout isn't the same as on the tutorial, but then I didn't make it 90 x 90 either! I had fun with this one.....have a lot on my mind and it was almost mindless sewing. :-)

SharonG/FL

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Up Odd Quilt

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RE: Massive red fabric bleed (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: quiltingfox on 08.22.2013 at 12:04 pm in Quilting Forum

Try washing in cold water with Clorox Stain Fighter & Color Booster aka Color Safe bleach in the blue bottle with orange lid.

But on future quilts I would suggests that you soak for a short period of time in cold water individually all red fabrics. Just submerse it in an inch of cold water and you can tell really quick if it is going to bleed or not, just splash it around for a couple of minutes. The ones that bleed soak in 3 cups white vinegar and 8 cups cold water a yard at at time soak for 24 hours (that will bleed out the excess die) and then rinse in cold water ring out and then wash in washing machine in cold water and detergent and a scrap piece of white on white fabric or just white fabric to make sure it is not still bleeding when washed.

Best to you,
Sandra

This post was edited by quiltingfox on Thu, Aug 22, 13 at 17:34

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RE: Techno Twinkie Stuff (Photos, Fonts, Links) (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: k8orlando on 09.03.2012 at 09:00 pm in Quilting Forum

Apparently all the links to the old images were broken, so here's a re-post. (Thanks for letting me know!)

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RE: How to buy fabric (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: k8orlando on 07.14.2012 at 09:19 am in Quilting Forum

Once you have an idea of what you would like to make - and I agree starting with a pattern is a great idea at least for your first couple quilts - then there are many places on line to buy fabric at 'lower than quilt store' prices. Keep in mind that even the nicest quilt stores will have a sale rack too. Use an expensive fabric as a focus, then mix in some less expensive yardage. Once you are making more quilts, go ahead and splurge on all high end fabrics if you want to but by then you'll probably be comfortable enough with ALL fabrics so you'll know it's not necessary. Even inexpensive fabric can make a beautiful, useful, sturdy quilt.

Here are a couple places for fabric bargains:
www.fabric.com
www.thousandsofbolts.com
www.fatquarterquiltshop.com
sewforless.com

There are dozens more but those should get you started! I buy from these places regularly and have never had a problem with any of them.

Kate

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RE: Homemade garden 'tonic' success stories? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: Bill_G on 08.18.2001 at 01:34 pm in Garden Experiments Forum

Compost tea

A shovelful of finished compost into a 5 gallon bucket
A handful or two of alfalfa pellets
Fill the bucket with water
Let steep for at least a few days (the longer the better)
Skim off the light material that floats to the top
Stir the bucket occasionally
Let the big stuff precipitate out so the water clarifies
Dip out a quart into another 5 gallon bucket
Fill the remainder with water
Keep refilling with water until the tea is obviously weak
Spread the bottom sludge on the lawn or around the garden

Freely water all your house plants and garden with this everytime or every other time you water. No fears of overfertilizing. Promotes healthy growth and helps with both insect and disease control. Seems to reduce black spot on roses. Seems to retard blight in tomatoes and scab in potatoes. The alfalfa adds a good boost to the tea but can also encourage a bad odor as it steeps. So you can elect to not add the alfalfa pellets if you want. Or use the mixture quickly before it gets to awful.

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RE: Have you grown Torenia? Picture (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: Jozie49 on 12.12.2011 at 01:18 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I found Torenia blooming in my garden one day. I did not plant it. I think it grew from birds dropping seeds. I clipped a couple stems to put in a vase. This was in September. They are still blooming in December! And rooting! I love this little flower. I can't wait till Spring to plant them.

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Teddy Bears in a Bucket

posted by: christinmk on 09.21.2011 at 03:37 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

It is really a coal bucket, but I keep wanting to say 'Teddy Bears in a Barrel'. Rolls of the tongue better. Like shootin' Teddy Bears in a Barrel...Ok, that sounded a bit crazy!! Pay no attion to me, I am in one of my impish moods today, LOL.

This spring I sowed a few seeds (five to be exact) in the coal bucket I use as a planter. I adore the way this turned out!!
Sunflower 'Teddy Bear'

I also sowed some purple angelonia seed in there along the sides, but they must have washed out in all that rain we had this spring. Too bad, they probably would have been a nice color combo with the sunflowers. Three of the Teddy Bear Sunflowers germinated. They didn't get growing much until summer heat came, but they look great now! They have such amazing double heads AND are dwarf. Normally I don't always go for annuals I can't save seed of (pretty certain these are sterile sunflowers, since they are doubles), but I don't mind buying new seed each year of these. So cute and cottage-y!! Every cottage/country garden needs a few of these I think...;-)
CMK

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Butterflies' favorite zinnias this summer

posted by: christie_sw_mo on 08.29.2011 at 12:25 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

I grew Zowie Yellow Flame zinnias this year for the first time and I love them. They've been blooming great and the swallowtails are all over them. I can't remember who recommended them here, but Thanks! One of the plants has 12 flowers on it.

Zowie Yellow Flame

I grew Scarlet Flame again this summer and it's as butterfly friendly as Zowie but not as many blooms per plant. A very close second place though:

Scarlet Flame Zinnia

Violet Queen has plenty of those little yellow things too (somebody help me). It's another butterfly favorite. Great Spangled Frit on Violet Queen:

Great Spangled Fritillary on Violet Queen Zinnia

Benary's Purple comes in last. It's pretty but some of the blooms are lacking in nectar for the butterflies (no yellow things)
Benary's Purple Zinnias

I also planted Exquisite Pink which I think is from the same series as Scarlet Flame. The bunnies, heat and drought were really rough on those. I planted sixty seeds, only 22 came up and of those, only five survived. They're in a area that's a little more incovenient to keep watered so neglect was mostly to blame. I finally have two flowers on those and saw a butterfly on one yesterday but it didn't pose for a picture.

I'm trying to save some seeds of Zowie and the others but the finches are getting to them way before they're ready. I'll have to cover them or something.

What are your butterfly favorites this year?

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Tiger Swallowtails Laying Eggs on Sweet Bay Magnolia

posted by: butterflyman on 08.27.2011 at 10:55 am in Butterfly Garden Forum

Finally this year I've seen Eastern Tiger Swallowtails laying eggs on my Sweet Bay Magnolia. I planted the Sweet Bay Magnolia as it is more bush-like than the Tulip tree in the front yard. The top is now about seven feet high. I do keep it trimmed downed just so I can see the eggs when they are laid. It's interesting that it's August 22nd - fairly late in the season.

I'm assuming they will stay in the chrysalis form over winter, much like Black Swallowtails.

This has been a very good year for the Tigers I can usually count on seeing at least one, but frequently two or three of them in the garden every day.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tiger ST and Sweet Bay Magnolia

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RE: cat ID please...this thing is HUGE (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: christie_sw_mo on 08.27.2011 at 07:50 am in Butterfly Garden Forum

It's good to know they'll eat Sandcherry. It looks like the purple leaf type in your photo and I have those in my yard. Yay!
You'll have to wait until spring for it to emerge. I have one in a container now in my house and I've been reluctant to put it back outside. I may try to keep it in my fridge. I'd love to be able to see it.

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RE: Top Ten most caterpillar friendly trees (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: misssherry on 08.26.2011 at 12:03 am in Butterfly Garden Forum

1. Prunus serotina/wild black cherry - tiger swallowtails, red-spotted purples and MANY moths, including cecropias
2. Sassafras albidum/sassafras - Spicebush swallowtails, promethea moths, and tulip tree beauties
2. Ptelea trifoliata/hops tree - giant swallowtails and tiger swallowtails
3. Salix spp./willows - Viceroys, red-spotted purples, mourning cloaks, and many moths
4. Ulmus spp./elms - question marks, commas
5. Diospyros virginiana/persimmon - regal moths, luna moths and many more
6. Liquidambar styraciflua/sweetgum - regal moths, luna moths, and many more
7. Liriodendron tulipifera/tulip tree - tulip tree moth, sweetbay silkmoth, tiger swallowtails, and others

That's a good start!

Sherry

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It's a Bon Bon Cosmos Party (and lilies) Pics

posted by: crackingtheconcrete on 07.06.2011 at 10:23 am in Cottage Garden Forum

I scattered handfuls of cosmos in my containers this year to fill out the edges and add some of that fantastic frothy texture to the garden, and I'm really happy with it.

The Bon Bon Rose Cosmos first blooms were disappointing, but now they look great!

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Cosmos Dancing Dolls

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Seashells Cosmo
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Lilium Orania with Thalictrum "Elin"
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Silk Road Lilies

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Oregano

posted by: bob_71 on 07.11.2011 at 09:43 am in Butterfly Garden Forum

For years, when I was shopping at nurseries in the spring, the Oregano plants were extremely popular with the insects including the smaller butterflies. I checked them out and fond that they were members of the wild mint family and a number of different varieties were available. Oreganum vulgare is the common Oregano and is a very compact perennial herb that is filled all summer long with tiny flowers. In addition to many insects, mine has been very popular with the small butterflies (hairstreaks, tailed blue, etc). This year, I ordered several other varieties and have liked them all...one, however has been spectacular even before the first butterfly arrived. It is Oreganum rotundifolium x scabrum 'Kent Beauty Oregano'.

It has a drooping growth habit making it ideal in hanging baskets or tumbling over the edge of a fence...this low-growing habit also limit it's use at ground level. The pastel heavily veined "leaves" are not leaves at all but bracts. They dry well when cut at the color desired and hung upside down in a dry location. The intensity of the colors of the bracts depends on the degree of sunlight...more sun, more color.

Bob

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RE: Plant tags (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: natal on 06.30.2011 at 12:17 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I've been using these for my tomato plants for many years. Originally wrote the names with a china marker. That's not easy to remove, so now I use a laminated tape when I need a new label.

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RE: Insects on my 3 year old WS Lupine (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: threas on 05.25.2008 at 07:54 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Organic way to get rid of aphids, from tomatoe growing forum. This sounds like a keeper: "Garlic Works great for me !! I had about 50 Pineapple sage plants in my greenhouse that were loaded with aphids,,so I sprinkled some garlic powder on them and they jumped ship. You can also put some garlic cloves or minced garlic in about a quart of water and let it sit for several days,,and then use that as a spray. I have had great luck with it. Aphids HATE GARLIC !!!"

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RE: What's the best way to get rid of bindweed??? (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: animas on 04.03.2003 at 01:26 pm in Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum

Proof that the bindweed battle is everlasting... this thread has been going on for almost three years. Very cool (the thread, not bindweed)!

Thank heavens my new place has only a few stray grasses and a thistle or two. I hated bindweed at my old house. I used to take clear produce bags and punch a little hole in the bottom. Then I would pull the bindweed through the hole. I would cram several yards of vine and leaves inside. Then I would spray inside with RoundUp, seal it with a twist-tie, and set the bag down in the sun. The RoundUp wouldn't get on any other plants, and the clear plastic would create a warm "greenhouse" for maximum poison downloading from the leaves to the roots. This was time consuming but worth it. I cleared bindweed out of the daylillies in one summer.

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I have a question about Blue Mist Plant

posted by: just1morehosta on 06.19.2011 at 08:13 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

I have a whole container to plant out, I would like to plant them along my fence,right now, they are only about 3 inches tall.
What can I expect this year from them ? Will they bloom this year, and come back again next year?
I really need to find something that will look pretty,and come back every year,I like the blur flower on the mist plant, ( I think ):0)
Thanks guys,
cAROL

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RE: Let's talk about Columbines. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: midnightsmum on 05.14.2010 at 02:36 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Well, I seem to have collected a few. lol. It wasn't planned, really.
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Well, I thought I had a lot more pics!! In addition to these, I have Magpie (vulgaris), Hensol Harebell, the 1st pic is Nora Barlow, 2nd I think, is Biedermeier mixed; I also have a short-spurred, unnamed white, a double pink that I can't identify, you get the picture.

Nancy.

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RE: Daffies and snowdrops and crocus...oh my!! (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: northerner_on on 04.09.2011 at 04:31 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Oh My, indeed!! What a lovely preview especially when we had temperatures below freezing this morning. Snowdrops and miniature Irises (reticulata) are the only things that have shown up here so far.

The little blue and white flowers are Puschkinia libanotica, beautiful miniature early bulbs that naturalize beautifully in my zone. They are very hardy. Great photos!!!

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RE: A friends cottage garden (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: aftermidnight on 04.20.2010 at 01:05 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Schoolhouse, he doesn't lift the tulips, I asked him if he ever got fire blight and he said not often and if he does he just lets nature take it's course. He also told me if you grow your tulips in containers after blooming deadhead and fertilize with a good bulb fertilizer. After they die down no more water and set them aside until fall, then just top with a bit of compost. Since most of my tulips are in containers I'm going to try this and see if this method will work for me.

Annette

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RE: My 2006 WS garden pics (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: littleonefb on 08.28.2006 at 03:32 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Linda,
I'm finding that you can put almost any plant in a pot to grow. The plant will grow as big as the pot will let it, so it kind of controls the size, but it can reduce the number of flowers.
I put coffee filters in the bottom of the pot, moisten them with water, then fill with miracle grow potting mix. The filter on the bottom prevents the roots from going into the ground and I can move the pot to anothe location if I don't like it where it is.
I grow all my 4 o'clocks in pots. For some reason I can't get them to grow in the ground. They aren't supposed to need good soil either. I remember my brother dropped some seeds in a large container of beach sand that my grandmother had us bring back from the beach. She was going to so something with it in her garden.
Well it rained for over a week and when it stopped we found something growing in the sand. Low and behold it was 3 4 o'clock seedlings, so she left them there to see what would happen. they grew to these huge monsters, in salty sand, yet I can't grow them unless they are in a pot of miracle grow soil.
I have about 15 of them in various size pots and move them all around the gardens to keep the jap beetles from chewing up the plants. Grandpa taught me that they are poison to them and if they chew the leaves, they die. Sounds good to me, so they are around my hibiscus, roses, malvas, and all I get are some chewed up 4 o'clock leaves and lots of dead jap beetles in the bottom of the pot on top of the soil.

I also have zinnias, morning glory, california poppy, dwarf dahlias in pots too.

Fran

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RE: perennials (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: gardenweed_z6a on 02.25.2011 at 04:42 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

meadows - it was the photos folks posted here on the Winter Sowing forum last year that inspired me--glad you enjoyed them.

river - thanks! Glad you liked the pictures. The white flowers are Gaura lindheimeri/wandflower 'The Bride.' The blue/purple is Russian sage. I made the happy mistake of planting them side by side and as it turns out, it's a stunning combination!! I hope the gaura comes through our awful winter but even if it doesn't, I harvested LOTS of seeds and will grow it as an annual. It bloomed non-stop despite the extended drought and all the way through November.

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wintersowing tutorial slide show

posted by: floodthelast on 02.25.2011 at 03:15 am in Winter Sowing Forum

It's been awhile since I posted my tutorial slide show so I thought I'd put it up.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28903418@N00/sets/72157623054085036/show/

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RE: Some garden flashbacks from last yr (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: livsauntieshel on 02.11.2011 at 06:55 am in Winter Sowing Forum

I use the macro setting on my canon for my flower pictures. Fuzzes out the background and really gets the flowers in focus.
From 2010 Winter Indoor plants

From 2010 garden shots

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RE: I hope you guys are right!....first WS attempt (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: bgrow_gardens on 01.01.2011 at 08:46 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

O.K.... I just have to throw my 2 cents in here....I am also from No. CA as well.... so I just have to have a little input here... I remember my 1st year of winter sowing vividly... Everything I sowed sprouted like crazy!! With the exception of purple coneflowers, It has taken me 3-4 years to get them buggers to sprout! I am elated that I think one has sprouted and has continued to grow despite my attempts to kill it in the interim.

Listen up because believe it or not, I have not used plastic milk jugs, or other such containers. My method was the following (you have to understand I was on a severely limited budget....I have no time to baby seeds whatsoever ~ I work 2 jobs..)
I used plastic baggies. The zip lock kind from the $1 store...(gallon sized 18 per package.) So here is how I did it. (I still do this method today.) If you don�t want to believe me that�s o.k. too just try a few zip lock baggies just to humor me.
Believing is seeing as far as I am concerned. My method is as follows and I hope this is a good description...
Take a zip lock baggie and fold it in half ~ snip the two corners off with scissors approximately 1/4" at the fold in the middle of the bag snip another 1/4" this will provide the drainage. Open the baggie when viewed from the open top with it open you will see 3 holes for drainage. Fill approximately 4" of the baggie with potting soil.... I use the brand Super Soil which you can buy at most Home Depots.With me it is a $$ thing because I can�t simply can�t afford a whole lot. I also wet the soil and make sure that it is at least 4" in depth when wet. I sow the seeds place them in the yard near the base of a tree. (I don�t think that step is necessary because not all the zip locks were next to a tree....) Also I stopped bothering to "seal the baggies" with the "zip lock" seal either.

Our mild climate even though it can hit freezing temperatures every once in a while did not seem to affect any seeds whatsoever. I have also found this method effective with soda pop bottles the 2 liter kind. I put holes in the bottom and I cut through the top approximately 3-4" down from the pour spout enough so that I left a flap that would close/open easily.
All in all, I have had wonderful/amazing results! I have tomato�s/pepper�s and whatever else vegetable I decide to grow coming out my ears in the summertime, and the most wonderful flowers I could never have hoped to grow before in abundance.
I am truly relieved I for one could never start seeds indoors. If they would even look at me (i.e. sprout).. They would croak from dampening off, and an early grave because they thought they were in the desert! That�s my story and I�m sticking to it....!
Happy Gardening!

bgrow_gardens

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RE: Pentas ... old fashioned variety for nectar plants (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: misssherry on 02.27.2010 at 12:07 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

Yes, many of us do, Mary, and I only buy the old fashioned/taller growing types - the newer/shorter growing types don't attract butterflies or hummingbirds. I guess whatever process was used to produce short pentas killed their nectar producing ability.
Pentas are also a favorite host plant for tersa sphinx moths, so you might find some interesting looking caterpillars on yours - they have a horn on the rear.
Sherry

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Plant to look for in 2011

posted by: mosswitch on 01.09.2011 at 08:29 am in Cottage Garden Forum

The plant I'm looking for in spring is melinus, Ruby grass, or red Savannah grass. I saw this at a demonstration garden at a nursery last fall, too late in the season to plant, and they were out of them anyway. But it is on the top of my list this spring! It's an annual but a must have for me!.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ruby Grass

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RE: Wild Senna Seeds (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: jaybirdy on 10.10.2010 at 12:59 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

I have read that some of the butterfly larva that feed on Senna actually bore into the seedpods and pupate in there over the winter.I'm going to be extra careful when I collect the seeds from my plant so as not to accidentally destroy any chrysalises.

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RE: Show/Tell me how you protect containers from wind (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: terrene on 12.21.2010 at 09:53 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Meadows - definitely you can WS on a small scale! 500 containers is a LOT! I can't imagine how people plant out that many seedlings. The past 3 years I have done 158, 135, and 85 containers respectively. It decreases each year. I constantly have a problem figuring out where to plant all the seedlings - and some don't get planted, they get over-wintered to the next year!

I use plastic trays and boxes to hold the containers. A local WS'er gave me some big blue plastic soda trays. Here's a couple pics from last year.

Perennials in early March. These are on the east (back) side of the house under the shrubbery. There are small pots of WS seedlings under the leaves on the far right of the picture, that over-wintered from the previous year.

Tenders and annuals. I sow them in cups, put them in the old refrigerator drawers, put them up against the foundation on the south side of the house. These are not technically winter-sown, because they are sown in April, and I don't bother covering them. The foundation of the house holds heat, and protects them from a late frost. Easy to water from the bottom by filling the drawers with a bit of water.

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RE: A bit of color for this gloomy day... (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: countrycarolyn on 12.13.2010 at 10:02 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Pvick, since you helped me with the botanical, see if this helps you for the seed saving. The lobelia erinus would be the 7th one down.

I just happened to find this site one day. I knew they had shots of seedlings but I did not know they had seed pods and the seed images. I was tickled to find it!!

Thank you for the botanical also!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Seed pod, seed, Seedling images

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A bit of color for this gloomy day...

posted by: adamark on 12.11.2010 at 05:09 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

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RE: Hollyhock Rust (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lblack61 on 08.10.2008 at 09:15 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Trudi had told me that her family had always poured boiling water on the plant. I've done that late fall and early spring on them, and they haven' had rust since.
I was always afraid I'd burn the plant away, but it doesn't.
But I think I also had amended the soil with cornmeal everywhere in the yard (not just the HHs).
But I will definitely clip your post, Evonne, because that recipe could come handy (I'm putting in more HHs for next year.

Linda

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RE: Help me with a design? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: lois on 12.02.2010 at 01:21 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Some good dwarf evergreens include: birds nest spruce, dwarf scotch pine, Little Gem spruce, Montgomery dwarf spruce, dwarf globe cedar. I think they all need sun. Dwarf evergreens are great in that they don't need to be trimmed back as much as other evergreens.

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My garden 2010 !

posted by: andreea21 on 11.07.2010 at 11:32 am in Cottage Garden Forum

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54573258@N05/

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden!

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RE: Planning My Garden and Hoping For Butterflies (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: lillydulac on 11.25.2010 at 11:03 am in Butterfly Garden Forum

Definitely plant some fennel, dill and/parsley for the Black Swallowtails. Let it bolt too, that means to let it grow flowerheads. The Blacks love to lay their eggs in the flowerheads and the cats love to eat them.

As for nectar don't forget the tall, red Pentas !!! They are easy to root so you can plant them everywhere. Tigers love Blue Plumbabo as do the other butterflies.

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RE: Wintersowing questions! (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: gardenweed_z6a on 12.04.2010 at 05:13 am in Winter Sowing Forum

manda3 - I use a Deco paint pen. You can get them at WM or craft stores. They sell both fine & wide tips. I'm reusing labels from last year--the paint pen just works so well, they never fade.

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RE: Oldies - The one plant you sow every year. (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: gawdinfever on 03.09.2010 at 08:22 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Salvia Coral Nymph

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Nicotiana

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Coreopsis Tinctoria & Gypsophila

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Zinnias and Cosmos

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Cardinal Vine
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And of course what my daughter calls 'Gangsta Sunflowers'...they reached heights of 14-15ft!

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Just a few favs...

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My sprouts and containers for this year

posted by: lynnencfan on 03.14.2010 at 04:23 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

I have finally settled on the following methods for seed starting after 5 years of trial and error

1 - Milk jugs cut completely in half and then the top nestled inside the bottom

2 - Family pack meat trays from Walmart with 5 4pack inserts and then put into zipper sweater bags (2 /$1 at DollarTree)

3 - Sterlite shallow bins with 8 6packs inserts. I cut the centers out of the lids and attached plastic with duct tape for more light - these are 3 years old now and the tape is holding up OK

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Cardina climber- Ipomoea x multifida

posted by: kqcrna on 11.27.2010 at 07:30 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Do these reseed a lot in zone 6? A few volunteers are nice but I don't need another plant which reseeds to the point of invasiveness.

There is a lot of confused information out there on Ipomoea x multifida vs. Ipomoea quamoclit, both often referred to as "cardinal climber". Does one reseed more than the other? Bloom earlier in zone 6?

Karen

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RE: The Shed Finally Came (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: organic_kitten on 11.23.2010 at 03:59 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Hi Woodyoak,

Yes, it will stay on this site. I will wait for it to silver a little bit (early Spring) and I will be painting it mossy green. I'm not sure about the trim yet.

There will be an extension of the stepping stone pathway to the shed, and I will plant roses on the high side (preferable with very sturdy thorns since that is the side with a window. The new rose garden is toward the greenhouse and to the left of the front of the shed, so that will just be an extension of it. I will probably plant roses along the back too. I have clematis, peonies, foxgloves and lavender along and in with the roses, and I will sow alyssum in spring after danger of frost is past.

Along the shady side, I may plant azaleas and hostas.

I am currently planning shelves, pegboard, and a planting table. As always, I am having a delightful time.
kay

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