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Pictures from the garden

posted by: christinmk on 09.19.2011 at 01:32 am in Cottage Garden Forum

The garden was a bit of a disaster for part of the year. Last year I started re-doing a couple areas of the garden and I had NO CLUE what to do with these spots until a couple months ago. Spring gardens are more of my "thing", but lately I've been trying to ramp up the late summer and fall garden. It's starting to look pretty good in certain areas I think, though others still look disastrous. There have been a few unexpected plant failures that have left me scratching my head as to what to do there next. I have also been taking out or shifting a few things around I wasn't happy with, so things look a bit ragged right now. Naturally I am angling my camera away from those spots, LOL.

My mind has really been preoccupied with some things lately, so I haven't felt like doing too much out there (also the fact that it has suddenly turned so chilly, lol). Today I got some new batteries (whoo hoo!) and had fun simply walking around snapping a few pictures of things I liked. Great way to de-stress, wandering thru the garden!

Love this combo. Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset' with background foliage of blue fescue (Festuca 'Elijah's Blue')
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset'-  blue fescue background

Phlox 'Nora Leigh' and a turtlehead. Never liked the color of that phlox's flowers much, until I saw the turtlehead next to it! Brings out the pinkish eye nicely. My good GW bud Susan sent me that lovely turtlehead last year ;-)
Sep 18- phlox nora leigh and turtlehead

Sep 18- view from phlox

A medley of fall plants. Carex buchananii (made it thru last winter!!), Coreopsis 'Route 66' (not sure if this one is hardy or not), Oenothera 'Sunset Boulevard', gold variegated Salvia officinalis 'Icterina', and Cabbage 'Red Acre' (poor dear never got very big, LOL!)
Sep 18- nz sedge, tickseed, etc

Sep 18th- fall frenzy of flowers

Sep 18 fall plants

sep 18 lantern

Barberry 'Helmond Pillar' with''Moulin Rougue' sunflower in the back, matching it's burgundy foliage!
Sep 18- grass, barberry, Moulin Rouge sunflower, scabiosa ochroleuca

Eupatorium coelestinum (Blue Mist Flower, highly underused in my opinion!) against my favorite gold Spirea called 'Goldmound'
Eupatoirum coelestinum- blue mist flower

Some plants by the patio. The Anemone 'Robustissima' is in nearly full shade, so leans and falls over a little. Part of it is also draping over the back of a patio chair. I find it kind of charming when it does this (plus it looks so weird staking it up!)
Sep 18 shade garden plants

Thanks for looking ;-)


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RE: ctnchpr's Asclepias variegata Seed recipients (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: wildflowerman_2000 on 03.02.2013 at 12:21 pm in Native Plants Forum

Hi Folks,
Been quite a while since I've chimed in here. Yesterday I was checking my seed containers and low and behold the seeds from 3 years ago are germinating. I have 6 of them popping up. I was floored to say the least. Any way I have been trying some new methods which seem to work much better for me.In the past I have been giving the seed a moist cold treatment either in the fridge or
outside(winter sowing). By accident last year I placed several packets of seed in the fridge without any added moisture. I also left several packets (from the same group) outside exposed to the winter temps. I decided to just go ahead and sow them last spring in March and they germinated within 3 weeks. I think every single one of them! So this year I did the same thing and sowed them in early February and they germinated even quicker. The ones from last year that I gave moisture to only had a few seedlings to germinate. I'm now wondering if the moisture may be killing the embryos. I also did the same thing this year with the following species A. viridiflora, verticillata, purpurascens, exalta, asperula and incarnata with the same results although all these species took a little longer to start germinating.
Just thought you all might be interested in my discovery.


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HAVE: Adopt a Milkweed newbie - Part 2

posted by: kchd on 08.26.2013 at 06:19 pm in Seed Exchange Forum

Milkweed newbies: Have you ever thought about planting milkweed (Asclepias species) to provide habitat for monarchs in your own backyard?

Butterfly enthusiasts: Do you wish more gardeners would plant milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) in their gardens to support declining monarch populations?

Here's where we come together!

This is a variation of previous adopt-a-newbie swaps, but the focus of this swap is for milkweed seeds. This exchange will run through the end of the year, as milkweed growers have seeds become available that they want to share.

"Newbies" are considered to be gardeners who do not already have milkweed growing in their gardens.

As recently pointed out in a post by docmom, Monarch butterflies are currently in serious decline. Here in the US, where they spend their breeding season, Monarchs are directly faced with habitat destruction. Monarch butterflies exclusively use milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) as their host plants, upon which they lay eggs and their caterpillars feed on the milkweed until they pupate. The planting of milkweeds in home gardens can greatly aid in providing much needed habitat for their conservation. In addition to serving as host plants for monarchs, milkweeds also provide nectar for many other butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

Costs to the Milkweed Newbie Adoptee:
--will pay the postage to the person sending them seeds (or plants) in advance.
--"seeds only" are the easiest and cheapest postage. Sending a pack of milkweed seeds, in a bubble envelope or otherwise wrapped for protection, will cost approx. 2 to 5 first class stamps, depending on the packaging.

Milkweed Newbie Adoptees:
--Please make sure your email address is enabled to "show to members" on your member page. You need to do this in order to be put on the list so that you can be contacted.
--you can list any special requests for certain milkweed species, although there are no guarantees that species will be available.
--sign up by posting here, in this thread.
--include your zone & state.

Traders who want to adopt a milkweed newbie:
--Please pick someone who lives in a hardiness zone where your milkweed species will grow and survive.
--POST HERE FIRST announcing who you are adopting BEFORE you contact the newbie.
--then email the newbie, introducing yourself, providing your screen name, zone, state, and offer to adopt them.
--work out how many stamps they need to send to you to cover the cost of postage and packaging.

The host/hostess(es) will (that's me, and other helpful volunteers):
--compile and post lists of the newbies+zone+state every so often.
--check through recent posts and remove those who have been adopted from the new lists when compiling.

Newbies who get contacted for adoption:
--check back here to see if you have been adopted.
--check the Rate & Review forum regarding the person who contacted you. This is found at:
--proceed with the adopt, and arrange details for how much postage you need to send to pay for mailing your milkweed seeds.
--send them the postage for what they're gifting.
--After receiving the package, thank your adopter & post here too (so we know the adoption went through).
--Post good feedback / thanks for your adopter on the Rate&Review forum.

Hoping there is lots of interest in this exchange. Feel free to pass the word around to generate more interest.

Got questions? Feel free to ask them here.

Want more info on Monarchs and Milkweed? Visit Monarch Watch

This post was edited by kchd on Fri, Aug 30, 13 at 23:06


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native? necessary?

posted by: lenahall on 09.18.2013 at 09:49 pm in Name That Plant Forum

please id this. it is lining a creek where i have found turtle head, i want to chop this down/pull up to make room for more turtlehead... i'll leave it if it is necessary or a host plant.


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i spent the day collecting pics, now i need ids!

posted by: lenahall on 08.27.2013 at 04:51 pm in Native Plants Forum

this first plant was growing along the road in the corner of nw ga and tn. the pods practically exploded seeds when i touched them (scared me at first, as i was standing in tall grass, waiting to be snake bitten!)


clipped on: 09.02.2013 at 03:52 pm    last updated on: 09.02.2013 at 03:52 pm

link to an album of unknown roadside flowers...

posted by: lenahall on 08.27.2013 at 06:34 pm in Native Plants Forum

i would love help identifying these!!
many thanks!!

Here is a link that might be useful: facebook album of roadside gems


clipped on: 09.02.2013 at 03:51 pm    last updated on: 09.02.2013 at 03:51 pm

Reminder: Collect Milkweed seed!!!!

posted by: docmom on 08.03.2013 at 09:43 am in Butterfly Garden Forum

Summer is winding down, and milkweed plants are forming their seed pods. Please take some time to scope out areas that have seed pods and remember to check whether they have ripened and collect them as soon as they start to split open. Monarch Watch takes donated seed and redistributes it around the country to people who are working to establish stands of milkweed to help the Monarch continue their amazing migration. Check the pods for the destructive beetles that eat the seeds. If you don't want to donate to Monarch Watch, I'm sure this forum will attract many interested butterfly gardeners. The Garden Web Seed Exchange will also have folk both looking for seed and offering seed for trade.

Whatever, get out and collect that milkweed seed!!!!!



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RE: best herb books (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: nickl on 07.06.2013 at 10:04 am in Herbs Forum

All of the herb books in our library are the classics.

For up-to date information, we rely on publications by the Herb Society of America. Some of them are freely available to the public on the HSA website, but for others you have to be a member..

Here is a link that might be useful: The HSA'a Essential Guide to The Beginner's Herb Garden


clipped on: 07.06.2013 at 11:05 am    last updated on: 07.06.2013 at 11:05 am

Unknown Bug on Parsley

posted by: GreenThumb85 on 06.29.2013 at 12:43 pm in Herbs Forum

I have no idea what bug this is so i was wondering if anyone could help me out!


clipped on: 07.05.2013 at 04:23 pm    last updated on: 07.05.2013 at 04:26 pm

good or bad bugs? red ant/aphid/nymph of some sort?

posted by: lenahall on 06.25.2013 at 10:49 pm in Garden Clinic Forum

this guy wasn't in a group w/ cronies, if that helps?


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Squash bugs

posted by: mogardening on 07.06.2005 at 10:51 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

Looking for some more info on squash bugs. I've been watering the zucchini and pumpkins to bring the squash bugs out into the open and grabbing them! And removing any eggs I find. How long will this go on?????...I've been doing this, every couple of days, each time capturing about 20 adults and plenty of eggs, although the eggs have been less the last couple of times.Has anyone tired Diamotaceous Earth or flour on squash bugs? I've read they are very hard to control organically.I've never had them this bad before.


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RE: beneficial insects/plants (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: GreeneGarden on 04.11.2011 at 10:55 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

Most beneficial insects will show up on their own if you grow organically. But you have to make a special effort to attract parasitics. Parasitics can often control the really difficult pests:

Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) - annual, parasitic wasps
Amaranth (Amaranthaceae Amaranthus caudatus) - annual, parasitic fly,
Love-Lies_bleeding is cold weather tolerant,
also attracts ground beetles which attack snails
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) - annual, parasitic wasps
Tickseed (Coreopsis spp.) - annual, parasitic wasps
Calendula (Calendula spp.) - annual, parasitic wasps
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) - annual, parasitic wasps
Anise (Pimpinella anisum) - annual, aphid parasite
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - annual, parasitic wasps
Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) - annual, parasitic wasps, parasitic fly
Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia) - annual, parasitic wasps
Cowpea (Vigna sp.) - annual, parasitic wasp
Onion (Allium sp.) - biennial, parasitic wasp
Brassica family (Brassica sp. ) - biennial, aphid midge, parasitic wasps
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - perennial, parasitic wasps, aphid parasites, deer resistant
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) - perennial, parasitic wasps, deer resistant
Grass-leaved Goldentop (Euthamia sp.) - perennial, parasitic wasps
Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) - perennial, parasitic wasps, deer resistant
Orange stonecrop (Sedum kamtschaticum) - perennial, deer resistant, parasitic wasps
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) - perennial, parasitic wasps, nectar
Daisy (Bellis perennis) - perennial, parasitic wasps, nectar
Golden Marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria) - perennial, parasitic wasps, nectar
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) - perennial, aphid midge
Candytuft (Iberis sp.) - perennial, spider mite destroyer
Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) - perennial, parasitic wasps
WEEDY PERENNIALS AND BIENNIALS (Best grown in fields around garden)
White Clover (Trifolium repens) - perennial, parasitic wasp, aphid parasite
Sweet Clover (Melilotus sp.) - perennial, parasitic wasp
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) - perennial, parasitic wasp
Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - perennial, parasitic wasps

Here is a link that might be useful: Insect Control


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