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First big garden project done

posted by: schoolhouse on 05.27.2012 at 08:11 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Last week, I finally got the round ivy bed in one of the small sunken gardens re-structured. In the first pic you can see the "before". I had to walk up into and across the round ivy bed with the stones (up front towards the left with statue of lady)to get to the other side (with the serviceberry shrub) so that I could weed that area. One of these days I was going to fall plus the grass had started to grow up through the ivy terribly. I knew I had to do something. So I dug half of the bed out - dirt and ivy all, dug a shallow trench in front of it and filled it with pea gravel and laid pavers for a path. Then covered it in sand to help sink and steady the stone.

It took two days of hauling dirt and then one day of gravel and sand to lay the pavers and recycle the stones into a short retaining wall across the ivy bed. It isn't the prettiest path I've made but it will serve the purpose intended. Plus, I cheated and used manufactured concrete pavers, something I rarely do in the garden but I decided I wasn't up for a trip to the ravine in the woods and hauling stones! Getting too old. The fake stone doesn't look too bad does it? I also used some real stone as "fillers" so they are scattered in between them. Scratch that project off the list.




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They Dried out a little

posted by: labrea on 05.28.2011 at 12:35 am in Antique Roses Forum

A lot of Rain balled SDLM & Capt Dyel but the rest came through fine
I took this through the fence this morning on the way to work.

Madame Hardy is now 4 years old but hasn't really gotten large which I'm grateful for

Leonie's Appoline is doing quite well after 4 or 6 years
a found rose once though to be a Bourbon.

Madame Wagram is nice enough but in the end is just another pink poor producer (pity) 1 bloom.

Pat is now 12 and need to be kept under control or she would reach 10 ft and sometimes does by late summer shes next to clematis blue light.

Florence Zeph bounced back but she was drowned for days
Zephirine Drouhin

For all it's faults BS & balling La France is truly a great rose with a great Fragrance & there are many versions out there some I've seen are so pale with almost no reverse. Or Then there the Duchess of Albany with a deep magenta pink reverse but in 2 days it's almost indistinguishable from the version I got from Pickering. I've always loved this rose & I need to move it to a better spot,

Don Juan The white on the left is Rosa Laxa & the clematis is Marie Boissolot

Late afternoon an explosion of blooms Morden Blush Eglantine The tall deep redpinks in the Back are unpruned Senior Proms they have reach about 12 ft Shorter orange pink is Citrus tease. The Orange could be Veldfire we don't know the person who bought it took the tags off.

Lastly Kronprincessin Viktoria & sport This bush is about 6ft tall and 5 wide and a portion of it sports pink.


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Apple espalier

posted by: woodyoak on 05.29.2011 at 04:43 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I thought this might appeal to some of you, particularly those of you with potagers - or pergolas that you might want to 'decorate' with something a bit unusual. This picture is from the pergola walk at RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) in southern Ontario.

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Ballerina and friend

posted by: kathy9norcal on 05.28.2011 at 08:55 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

Ballerina is a favorite of mine. It reminds me of apple blossoms. Not too far from it
is a flower carpet rose that was so happy I didn't have the heart to get rid of it.
So I decided to see if it would climb instead of sprawl. Why not? If it can go out, it can go up, right?
Here they are now. Due to the cold, the purple Jackmani clematis hasn't really opened yet. Usually they all bloom together.
This is outside my kitchen window in a narrow side yard that gets only midday sun. It works.


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Iris and their companions * lots of photos *

posted by: gottagarden on 03.16.2011 at 01:19 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Spring is coming, and to get you excited about iris season coming up, here are some photos of iris and companion bloomers from my garden.

iris "Gypsy Romance" - my favorite. this is not photoshop, colors are really that brilliant

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Got the blues . . .

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Samurai Warrior and blooms of 'ravenswin​g' cow parsley

From Iris 2008

iris samurai warrior in front of red barberry

From Iris 2010

baptisia australis(​wild blue indigo) makes a great foil for this particular iris - late and tall

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

iris Dover Beach - photo is inadequate to how gorgeous these were, and long blooming too.

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2008

From Iris 2008

prettiest flower of all (and look at the size of those blooms!)

From Iris 2008

BTW - I'm cross posting to iris forum.


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Over the garden wall - warning BIG pictures

posted by: flora_uk on 05.28.2010 at 12:25 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

The sun was out so I took my camera along on my walk to work today. You can see some of the kinds of things in bloom around here at the moment including some of our common self sowers.


Weigela and Euphorbia cyparissias

Self sown Campanula portenschlagiana
Campanula portenschlagiana

Self sown Centranthus ruber
Centranthus ruber

Self sown Erigeron karvinskianus

Self sown Corydalis lutea




Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl' and red horse chestnut

Choisya ternata  and red horsechestnut

The grand finale: Rosa, lilac and weigela



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Part 1: Iris and their companions - * photos galore *

posted by: gottagarden on 02.11.2011 at 10:54 am in Iris Forum

I love bearded iris! They were the first plant group I ever collected. But like any diva, they really need a supporting cast in order to show to their best advantage. Over the years I have been rearranging my plants like furniture, trying to match bloom times and color coordinate. Gradually I'm getting some nice combinations that are consistent from year to year. I thought you might like to see them.

iris 'gypsy romance' with malva mauritania, lupines

From Iris 2010

companions for iris - nepeta, blue flax, spiraea 'ogon', chives, salvia, corydalis lutea

From Iris 2010

iris, nepeta walkers low and red weigela

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

salvia eveline, persicaria bistorta, early dwarf iris, pink forget-me-not

From Iris 2010

iris and yellow tree peony

From Iris 2010

iris Batik and salvia Caradonna

From Iris 2010

iris Afternoon Delight

From Iris 2010

pink iris and geranium pyrenaicum

From Iris 2010


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Spring flush 08: An Extravaganza! (Front yard 1)

posted by: pappu on 07.07.2008 at 02:50 am in Rose Gallery Forum

I have finally some time to post some images. A stellar spring flush and I am still drunk from the incredible show put on by my roses. This year I realised that one should never truely judge a rose until it's third year and I take back all the bad things I said about the austins..a full grown bush in spring flush is truely a revelation. I have literally taken hundreds of pictures and can keep posting forever, but here are some of the pics from the front yard...neon bright colors that can stand up to the blazing south and west sun (the austins and the pastels are all in the east facing backyard)..I have tons of more pics, will keep posting as time permits..Thanks for watching

Purple pavement
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Floriferous old roses

posted by: kristin_flower on 11.13.2010 at 11:08 am in Antique Roses Forum

We are having our first snow storm of the season and cars are in the ditch everywhere. I've decided to stay in today and dream about spring flowers.

I love roses (actually all shrubs) that put on a spectacular display, even if there is no repeat. I've ordered 3 Madame Plantiers because I've heard that the blooms smoother the shrub in early summer.

What is your most floriferous rose? I don't have many antiques (yet), and the ones I do have are very young so I can't give an informed opinion on their floriferousness. I can vouch for the floriferousness of a couple of moderns.

John Davis:


Ramblin Red:


I'm very interested to hear which are your most floriferous roses.


kristinflower's roses
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RE: Bread & Butter Combos (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: blondiesc on 06.17.2010 at 10:26 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Well, Tiger Lilies are traditional. Miscanthus and Tiger Lilies are probably not, but I like the way this combination turned out.



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About the Garden Today.

posted by: oldblush on 04.29.2010 at 08:05 pm in Antique Roses Forum

I've been whacking some of the monsters back lately. I found out the hard way that bigger isn't necessarily better.
Radiance had gotten way out of hand. I cut it back from about9 feet to 3 feet this spring. It looks better than it has in years. The fragrance is so good and strong.

Quietness is going to get the same 'whacking' later in the spring. It tried to lay down after the windy weather last Saturday.

A close up of Quietness.

Peggy Martin is just beginning to be pretty and bad weather is coming this weekend (again).

Sally Holmes, the rose that started it all.

Finally, a clematis, Florida Sieboldii. This clematis bloomed in December and again this month.


peggy martin rose
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My next 20 or so favorite roses

posted by: berndoodle on 07.21.2010 at 01:12 am in Antique Roses Forum

I'm on a roll. These are in no particular order. I apologize to those who are offended by modern roses. I don't care whether it's old or new, just so it's clean, healthy, vigorous and floriferous.

Charles de Mills

Plaisanterie. I must learn how to prune it this coming winter.

Francis E. Lester. Wowsers.

"Old Town Novato," found HP.

Outta the Blue, a garden workhorse here, but subject to blackspot in wet weather.

Thalia, sporting a pink cane. It's a rough shot, taken into the sun.

Darlow's Enigma screening the propane tank

The Faun/Bossa Nova, one of the finest small shrub roses I know.

Sophia Renaissance

William Allen Richardson. This one doesn't even get fertilizer.

"Bermuda Anna Oliver" which finishes as badly as any rose I know but it flowers all the time.

Sweet Chariot

Tapis Volant

Too Cute, another great polyantha.

Guadalupe Volunteer, shot with a big drop of water on the lens. Don't try this at home. It's a terrible idea.

White Maman Cochet. I adore my Teas, which I've neglected. They deserve better.

Distant Drums

Golden Century, finally coming into its own after 4 years of growing.

And, just for laughs, a volunteer seedling proving the hybrid multifloras love it here and will grow without irrigation.


Berndoodle's roses
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RE: New member (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: hoovb on 03.01.2010 at 07:24 pm in Roses Forum

Welcome Sanju, I don't know about Delbards, but the others on your list I have almost all of and you've chosen well.

'Brass Band' is a favorite and 'Molineux' is one of the best performing Austins.

'Brass Band':
Brass Band

Enjoy and don't be a stranger to this forum. Lots of nice and knowledgeable people, rose-lovers all.


hoovb's Brass Band
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RE: Decisions, Decisions... (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: hoovb on 03.16.2010 at 09:07 pm in Roses Forum

Time for that picture of 'Disneyland' again. I like this rose a lot. Another one in roughly the same color class that is an excellent producer is 'Tuscan Sun'.


'Bewitched' is a standard pink HT, very reliable and productive. If you want a very fragrant red rose for cutting, 'Firefighter' is a great choice.


hoovb's Disneyland
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Lotus Pond July 7th...

posted by: joyce on 07.07.2008 at 11:14 am in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

Taken 9am this morning!


Joyce's Lotus Pond
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RE: Proposed Rose Trellises (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: hoovb on 07.12.2008 at 03:38 pm in Roses Forum

janen it is very easy:

You basically make two "A" shapes out of 2x2 cedar or redwood. Depending on height, you may need more than a single crossbar. It depends how tall your tower is. I put 3. No need to measure, they just need to be evenly spaced.

Now you have your two "A" shapes, and you connect those two "A"s with two additional sets of crossbars to form the tower. (The tower ends up with 4 sides.)

You can then add 1 or more pickets or fence slats, I think they are 1x2s, going vertically, running up the middles of the "A"s, to add visual interest and additional strength.

The horizontal crossbars need to be cut at an angle at each end (because the long sides of the "A" taper towards the top, it forms an angle), so a miter saw or miter box to get the angle cuts is extremely helpful.

Put everything together with wood or deck screws, not nails, to make it last longer. You get a fence-post topper to put on the top to make it look fancier.

4 2x2's for the "A"s.
additional 2x2s for the crossbars
wood or deck screws
fence post topper for top
saw, preferably miter (angle)
drill for drilling/screwing the wood screws
safety goggles
Husband to say "Here, give me that, I'll do it." while you go into the house and have a glass of lemonade.

Even easier is to make teepees from rebar. Sink the rebar 18"-24" into the ground and use a hose clamp to connect them all at the top. You can also put a fence-post topper on the top as well for extra pizazz.

Here is a link that might be useful: a picture of what a hose clamp is


hoovb's trellis directions
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Herb Border Trial

posted by: herblady49 on 07.09.2010 at 01:39 pm in Potager Gardens Forum

I grew various herbs this year to use as edging in my garden. They seem to be working out fine.

English Thyme with Golden Pineapple Sage. This is an early picture. The Pineapple Sage will get about 3 feet tall with red flowers by September.

Dwarf Garden Sage and Winter Savory. I grew the Winter Savory from seed. Sow 5-7 seeds per plug. This will give you a nice size plant. By next year the Savory should develop into a tiny shrub-like plant. I'm very happy with the dwarf sage. Pruning keeps it compact.

Hyssop and Rosemary. I planted red beets in front of the rosemary. I'll pinch the Hyssop back after it flowers to encourage bushiness. This is the first year I ever tried seed tapes to plant the red beets. I think they're great, unfortunately they don't come in enough varieties. I understand that you can make your own seed tapes. I might give it a try. Every seed germinated. There were no blank spots.

Germander and Horehound. Germander is a perfect edging plant. This is an early picture. Today it's loaded with tiny pink flowers. I like the horehound, but it does need pinching to keep it bushy and compact. I planted beets in front of the horehound.

Basil "Pistou" and Feverfew "White Stars". Both are dwarf. Sow Basil 7 seeds per plug and thin to 5. This will give you a nice little globe. Sow Feverfew 5 to 6 seeds per plug. The Feverfew will be loaded with tiny white flowers. Both will stay small and compact without pinching.


herblady's bed edging
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RE: Got the Blues? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: kristin_flower on 07.03.2009 at 11:43 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Great! Another chance to show off my delphiniums.



pink and blue
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RE: Got the Blues? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: bossjim1 on 07.03.2009 at 12:18 am in Cottage Garden Forum

Cape Plumbago.


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A Rose garden in Sardinia

posted by: morrisnoor on 02.27.2007 at 09:30 am in Antique Roses Forum

Hi guys :o)

I'm very happy to show you some photos of my garden. I would like to spend few words abut the garden and it's setting before... Well, if you don't know, Sardinia (you can read more about here: ) is an island, situated just at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. We are surely more renowned for sea, beaches and food than gardens... all my neighbours are filled with cheaper gardens with Pinus,Acacia, Eucalyptus and Melaleuca in awful arrangements :o/ Climate is a tipical hot, dry Mediterranean climate (like the California chaparral), with long, very hot summers and no freezing in humid winther. Not the ideal place for Roses...

So, about 10 years ago(I was 17 years old!) I fell in love with Old Roses, looking for a "english-style" garden, with mixed planted borders, Roses, perennials, and designed by colour schemes ...
Step by step, I designed my garden in "rooms" where Roses are the absolute favourites.

Look at the surrounding landscape

I've started in 1996 with the now called "Rose Garden", where is the largest part of Roses in the garden
A vista in 1999

And some more recent photos ;o)
The central path

The borders

The pergola, with 'Little White Pet' in the foreground and 'Mme Hardy'at right

And the main entrance.To the left is 'Buff Beauty', and to the right 'Mayor of Casterbridge', with 'New Dawn', 'Albric Barbier' and 'Cline Forestier' in the pergola. (The path was just covered with Nepeta... :oP)

(To be continued... ;o))


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My garden Right Now (pics) 2

posted by: cupshaped_roses on 07.06.2010 at 06:08 am in Antique Roses Forum

My little "Nook" court yard to my front door:


A mixed border along the hedges in the "Nook":


Curved rose path along my afternoon patio:


Afternoon patio sheltered by Mme Alfred Carriere on a arch (Miracously didn't freeze back in this long hard winter - it has done that before ...) but now it will bloom until oktober ...:


Sorry I did not have timed to edit or crop the pics - I will rather enjoy my garden right now. But some wanted to see some pics ...


rose garden
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RE: Pictures of Arbors!! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: katefisher on 01.19.2009 at 09:03 am in Rose Gallery Forum


If you need some assistance with the embedding process email me and I would be glad to walk you through it. Thanks.


Eden and jean la joie


Eden.One Eden and one Jean La Joi each side
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RE: Since there is a thread about arbors going, how about this? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: dublinbay on 01.25.2009 at 01:04 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

Here is a pic of a first year Climbing Eden on a pillar--taken back in May 2006. I really should get busy and take more recent pics, shouldn't I! I love my climbing Eden, but it is advisable to wrap the canes while they are younger and more flexible.

Gee--I see grass in the right-bottom corner--means I had not even finished digging that bed yet back in 2006. There is a Braveheart rose growing right about there now. I'd forgotten that bed is so recent in origin.


Eden Climber 5-11-06


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RE: Since there is a thread about arbors going, how about this? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: bossjim1 on 01.26.2009 at 10:37 am in Rose Gallery Forum

Here's Climbing Pinkie after 1 year in the garden, on a home made umbrella.


pinkie umkbrella
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Pictures of Arbors!!

posted by: jess2132000 on 01.13.2009 at 03:17 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

I have a few photos one is not mine but wish it was!!! Anyone have a arbor photo to share??
Cecile Brunner
Gold Badge


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Little Is Going On.

posted by: oldblush on 05.12.2010 at 09:38 am in Antique Roses Forum

The garden is resting right now. I've been "dread" heading for the past week or so. It's mighty dry here to be so early but I ain't complaining considering what has happened just to our north.
Here are a few that have been blooming lately. A rose that I wouldn't not be without.

Caldwell Pink is always late to get started.

A combination that I like although don't get to see very often. Mlle Franziska Kruger and Prince Phillip.

Careless Love revisited. I never know what to expect from this rose.

Must have been the cool spring but Lafter, normally a stalwart, hasn't done much yet.

The irises were contrary this spring also. Some didn't bloom at all and the ones that did only briefly. This is a somewhat rare yellow Louisiana Iris, Vermillion Queen (I think). Where is Brian when you need him!


oldblush caldwell pink
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May Garden Shots

posted by: cincy_city_garden on 05.11.2010 at 09:02 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Garden Shot

Climbing Etoile de Hollande

Ardoisee de Lyon and

Louise Odier and Reine des Violettes

Louise Odier

Zeffy and Louise Odier



Old garden roses
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RE: Best Roses for Partial Shade?? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: kevin_mcl on 07.01.2010 at 10:46 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Felicia performs well for me by a fence on the east side of the house, where it only gets sun for a few hours in the mornings.


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RE: My Baby Super Dorothy-- (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: the_morden_man on 06.16.2010 at 10:27 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

Zeffy, SD is a super vigorous variety when happy and in full sun. She's also pretty hardy and has never had a touch of disease for me.

Here is some inspiration for you in how quick she can grow. I gave a small 12" rooted cutting of SD to my Mom a number of years back. This was SD in her 2nd spring covering a 5ft metal support. You're really going to love her.



super dorothy
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RE: Yet another pittosporum hedge question (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: hoovb on 10.13.2007 at 07:59 pm in California Gardening Forum

I have not found the P. tenuifoliums to be that great as dense screens, they are pretty airy. P. tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon' is very nice, pretty dense, but only about 8' tall, and again much wider than 1.5'.

When you are talking that narrow, the classic alternative is a trellis covered with a vine--you can get the height you want that way and all the privacy required combined with a really narrow profile, and quite fast--vines are often rapid growers.

Another alternative would be 'Skyrocket' Juniper or one of the dwarfier (not the species, which gets huge) Italian Cypress, 'Swanes Golden' or 'Tiny Tower', topped to the desired height. 'Tiny Tower' is a slow grower, and not cheap. 'Swanes Golden' has been faster than I expected, my 3 year olds are close to 12', and they were from 3 gallon pots.

Monrovia has a new fastigate type boxwood, 'Green Tower', I think is the cultivar name. Boxwood is always a nice screen, they claim 1-2' wide and 9' tall, look it up at the Monrovia site.

Golden Italian Cypress with Saliva leucantha and Coleonema 'Sunset Gold':
Golden Cypress


hoovb's swane's golden cypress
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To Prune..or Not to Prune..that is the Q

posted by: wendy2shoes on 05.29.2010 at 09:14 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

My neighbour's bridal veil spirea..this happens every May, whether it likes it or not...


I don't prune until after flowering, and this is what I am regaled with every spring..(unless the rabbits get to them)!


We are kind of polar opposites as far as gardening goes. She's neat, organized, no weeds..I'm kind of shaggy, trying to get that "cottage garden" look.

Wish I could get her to drop the shears..she'd see how lovely her flowering bushes could look if she just gave them a chance.


Bridal Wreath Spirea
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Reine des Violettes

posted by: cincy_city_garden on 05.08.2010 at 08:13 am in Antique Roses Forum

She's really coming into her own this year. Got the soil issues taken care of. Love her!

Reine des Violettes

Reine des Violettes



reine des violettes
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Rosa 'Laguna'

posted by: hoovb on 05.23.2010 at 09:33 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

First year sleep, second year creep, third year...

Rosa 'Laguna'

Rosa 'Laguna'

Rosa 'Laguna'

With Clematis 'Perle d'Azur':
Rosa 'Laguna'


Laguna and Perle d'Azur
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RE: My favorite post on gardenweb (Follow-Up #58)

posted by: daisydolphin on 03.22.2004 at 11:29 am in Favorites Forum

This is my favorite... "Dogs in Elk"! It's long gone from GardenWeb, but I saved it... enjoy!

Anne V - 01:01pm Sep 9, 1999 PDT
Okay - I know how to take meat away from a dog. How do I take a dog away from meat? This is not, unfortunately, a joke.

AmyC - 01:02pm Sep 9, 1999 PDT
Um, can you give us a few more specifics here?

Anne V - They're inside of it. They crawled inside, and now I have a giant incredibly heavy piece of carcass in my yard, with 2 dogs inside of it, and they are NOT getting bored of it and coming out. One of them is snoring. I have company arriving in three hours, and my current plan is to 1. put up a tent over said carcass and 2. hang thousands of fly strips inside it. This has been going on since about 6:40 this morning.

AmyC - Oh. My. God. What sort of carcass is big enough to hold a couple of dogs inside? Given the situation, I'm afraid you're not going to be create enough of a diversion to get the dogs out of the carrion, unless they like greeting company as much as they like rolling around in dead stuff. Which seems unlikely. Can you turn a hose on the festivities?

Ase Innes-Ker - I'm sorry Anne. I know this is a problem (and it would have driven me crazy), but it is also incredibly funny.

Anne V - Elk. Elk are very big this year, because of the rain and good grazing and so forth. They aren't rolling. They are alternately napping and eating. They each have a ribcage. Other dogs are working on them from the outside. It's all way too primal in my yard right now. We tried the hose trick. At someone elses house, which is where they climbed in and began to refuse to come out. Many hours ago. I think that the hose mostly helps keep them cool and dislodges little moist snacks for them. hose failed. My new hope is that if they all continue to eat at this rate, they will be finished before the houseguests arrive. The very urban houseguests. Oh, god - I know it's funny. It's appalling, and funny, and completely entirely representative of life with dogs.

Kristen R. - I'm so glad I read this thread, dogless as I am. Dogs in elk. Dogs in elk.

Anne V - It's like that childrens book out there - dogs in elk, dogs on elk, dogs around elk, dogs outside elk. And there is some elk inside of, as well as on, each dog at this point.

Elizabeth K - Anne, aren't you in Arizona or Nevada? There are elk there? I'm so confused! We definately need to see pics of Gus Pong and Jake in the elk carcass.

Anne V - I am in New Mexico, but there are elk in both arizona and nevada, yes. There are elk all over the da*n place. They don't look out very often. If you stand the ribcage on end they scramble to the top and look out, all red. Otherwise, you kinda have to get in there a little bit yourself to really see them. So I think there will not be pictures.

CoseyMo - "all red;" I'm not sure the deeper horror of all this was fully borne in upon me till I saw that little phrase.

Anne V - Well, you know, the Basenji (that would be Jake) is a desert dog, naturally, and infamous for it's aversion to water. And then, Gus Pong (who is coming to us, live, unamplified and with a terrific reverb which is making me a little dizzy) really doesn't mind water, but hates to be cold. Or soapy. And both of them can really run. Sprints of up to 35 mph have been clocked. So. If ever they come out, catching them and returning them to a condition where they can be considered house pets is not going to be, shall we say, pleasant.

CoseyMo - What if you stand the ribcage on end, wait for them to look out, grab them when they do and pull?

Anne V - They wedge their toes between the ribs. And scream. We tried that before we brought the elk home from the mountain with dogs inside. Jake nearly took my friends arm off. He's already short a toe, so he cherishes the 15 that remain.

Linda Hewitt - Have you thought about calling your friendly vet and paying him to come pick up the dogs, elk and letting the dogs stay at the vets overnight. If anyone would know what to do, it would be your vet. It might cost some money, but it would solve the immediate crisis. Keep us posted.

ChristiPeters - Yikes! My sympathy! When I lived in New Mexico, my best friend's dog (the escape artist) was continually bringing home road kill. When there was no road kill convenient, he would visit the neighbor's house. Said neighbor slaughtered his own beef. The dog found all kinds of impossibly gross toys in the neighbor's trash pit. I have always had medium to large dogs. The smallest dog I ever had was a mutt from the SPCA who matured out at just above knee high and about 55 pounds. Our current dog (daughter's choice) is a Pomeranian.A very small Pomeranian. She's 8 months old now and not quite 4 pounds. I'm afraid I'll break her.

Lori Shiraishi - Bet you could fit a whole lot of Pomeranians in that there elk carcass! Anne - my condolences on what must be an unbelievable situation!

Anne V - I did call my vet. He laughed until he was gagging and breathless. He says a lot of things, which can be summed as *what did you expect?* and *no, there is no such thing as too much elk meat for a dog.* He is planning to stop over and take a look on his way home. Thanks, Lori. I am almost surrendered to the absurdity of it.

Lori Shiraishi - "He is planning to stop over and take a look on his way home." So he can fall down laughing in person?

Anne V - Basically, yeah. That would be about it.

AmyC - No, there is no such thing as too much elk meat for a dog." Oh, sweet lord, Anne. You have my deepest sympathies in this, perhaps the most peculiar of the Gus Pong Adventures. You are truly a woman of superhuman patience. wait -- you carried the carcass down from the mountains with the dogs inside?

Anne V - The carcass down from the mountains with the dogs inside? no, well, sort of. My part in the whole thing was to get really stressed about a meeting that I had to go to, and say *yeah, ok, whatever* when it was suggested that the ribcages, since we couldn't get the dogs out of them and the dogs couldn't be left there, be brought to my house. Because, you know - I just thought they would get bored of it sooner or later. But it appears to be later, in the misty uncertain future, that they will get bored. Now, they are still interested. And very loud, one singing, one snoring.

Lori Shiraishi - And very loud, one singing, one snoring. wow. I can't even begin to imagine the acoustics involved with singing from the inside of an elk.

Anne V - Reverb. lots and lots of reverb.

Anne V - I'll tell you the thing that is causing me to lose it again and again, and then I have to go back outside and stay there for a while. After the meeting, I said to my (extraordinary) boss, "look, I've gotta go home for the rest of the day, I think. Jake and Gus Pong are inside some elk ribcages, and my dad is coming tonight, so I've got to get them out somehow." And he said, pale and huge-eyed, "Annie, how did you explain the elk to the clients?" The poor, poor man thought I had the carcasses brought to work with me. For some reason, I find this deeply funny.

(weekend pause)

Anne V - So what we did was put the ribcages (containing dogs) on tarps and drag them around to the side yard, where I figured they would at least be harder to see, and then opened my bedroom window so that the dogs could let me know when they were ready to be plunged into a de-elking solution and let in the house. Then I went to the airport. Came home, no visible elk, no visible dogs. Peeked around the shrubs, and there they were, still in the elk. By this time, they had gnawed out some little portholes between some of the ribs, and you got the occasional very frightening glimpse of something moving around in there if you watched long enough. After a lot of agonizing, I went to bed. I closed the back door, made sure my window was open, talked to the dogs out of it until I as sure they knew it was open, and then I fell asleep.

Sometimes, sleep is a mistake, no matter how tired you are. And especially if you are very very tired, and some of your dogs are outside, inside some elks. Because when you are that tired, you sleep through bumping kind of noises, or you kind of think that it's just the house guests. It was't the house guests. It was my dogs, having an attack of teamwork unprecedented in our domestic history. When I finally woke all the way up, it was to a horrible vision. Somehow, 3 dogs with a combined weight of about 90 pounds, managed to hoist one of the ribcages (the meatier one, of course) up 3 feet to rest on top of the swamp cooler outside the window, and push out the screen. What woke me was Gus Pong, howling in frustration from inside the ribcage, very close to my head, combined with feverish little grunts from Jake, who was standing on the nightstand, bracing himself against the curtains with remarkably bloody little feet.

Here are some things I have learned, this Rosh Hashanah weekend:
1. almond milk removes elk blood from curtains and pillowcases,
2. We can all exercise superhuman strength when it comes to getting elk carcasses out of our yard,
3. The sight of elk ribcages hurtling over the fence really frightens the nice deputy sheriff who lives across the street, and
4. the dogs can pop the screens out of the windows, without damaging them, from either side.

What I am is really grateful that they didn't actually get the damn thing in the window, which is clearly the direction they were going in. And that the nice deputy didn't arrest me for terrifying her with elk parts before dawn.

Imagine waking up with a gnawed elk carcass in your bed, like a real-life "Godfather" with an all-dog cast. There is not enough almond milk in the world to solve an event of that kind.


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Stone Collecting Pt 2: The Quarry Garden

posted by: Krensgarden on 03.15.2005 at 12:38 pm in Gardening with Stone Forum

Stone collecting is our favorite hobby next to gardening and we've never seen a stone we didn't like. As all rockaholics know, there's always room for one more rock! Here's a pic of how the quarry garden looked in June. We still have another 120 tons of rock out back yet waiting for the snow to melt so we can get going again. This garden was a big job, but we have really enjoyed it so far. Image hosted by

Here is a photo album of the construction if you're interested:

Here is a link that might be useful: Webshots


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RE: Stone Collecting: Beware! (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: Krensgarden on 07.24.2005 at 10:30 am in Gardening with Stone Forum

Well, thank you! A bit of an update here: We have had some very hot temps and no rain for over a month, (along with the rest of the country) and the water level has dropped almost 3' in the quarry pond. We now have a quarry 'puddle'. ;-) We're working at putting more stone in the bottom of the pond so when the water levels go down there isn't so much shore visible. Luckily we still have some stone out in the field to use.
We're also starting another project, attempting to build a stone 'cottage' for a potting shed as soon as the weather cools off a bit. We have over 100 pallets of much smaller flat limestone leftover from the quarry garden and we got the bright idea to build something else. So far, July 8th, we have poured the foundation. Here our son Joel is putting various types of leaves into the wet cement, happy to report it worked out very well.


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RE: Stone Collecting: Beware! (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: Krensgarden on 06.19.2005 at 01:14 am in Gardening with Stone Forum

It sure is good to hear from other people who love rocks, too. I agree, the thought of leaving the rocks behind would be almost unbearable. Your pond is beautiful, Butterfly Bush.
Here's a picture taken last week of the quarry garden. We have had alot of rain, so the water is quite high. We're still working on this garden, it's gonna take a few years at least to mature. However, the weeds are very mature!


Rock Quarry Pond
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RE: Climbing roses with Clematis (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hoovb on 04.01.2010 at 12:29 pm in Roses Forum

Clematis can develop BIG root systems so don't plant them too close to the base of the rose, lest they overwhelm the rose's less substantial root system. They need plenty of water and don't ever let the root system dry out completely. Repeat: never never let the root system dry out completely. These are not drought tolerant plants!

Clematis are grouped by how they are pruned. Type I is not-pruned-much, Type II is headed back/tip pruned, Type III is cut almost to the ground every year.

The Viticella types (pruning type III) are the best for warmer climates. They work particularly well with roses because you cut them nearly to the ground in late winter, and you can easily pull them out of the rose.

In spring they begin a huge growth spurt, 2 meters or more in just a few weeks, so at that time, lots of fast-acting nitrogen fertilizer. As soon as flower buds appear, no fertilizer at all until after they finish their flush of bloom. Then trim the tips back lightly and deadhead, and another round of fertilizer. The light trimming and fertilizer stimilates another round of bloom. You can repeat this several times depending on the length of your growing season, the maturity of the clematis, the weather, etc.

Here the very easiest one to try first is Jackmanii, which is widely available and very common, but still beautiful. It is a deep purple which looks great with 'Laguna'.

Others that have done well here are 'Perle d'Azur', 'Polish Spirit', 'Etoile Violette', 'Venosa Violacaea'. 'Perle d'Azur' is spectacular with 'Laguna'. 'Venosa Violacaea' is particularly beautiful.

Check out the Clematis forum, excellent info there.

Here is a link that might be useful: A blog entry on how fast Clems grow in spring


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RE: Pictures of Arbors!! (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: zeffyrose_pa6b7 on 01.21.2009 at 12:24 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

I'm enjoying this post---I love arbors----

This is Albertine---this is a basic arbor my DH built--it is in there somewhere---LOL

Another basic arbor with Zephirine Drouhin



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