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        05-08-2013, 09:55 AM
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    Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
    FlyGap - figs? Grapes? Where do you live? Greece?? Lol!
    Grapes grow really well all over the US! Lots and lots of them around the Great Lakes too. If you drive along the south side of lake Erie towards Buffalo NY, there are miles and miles and miles of them!
    Ohio and PA have some decent vineyards and my grapes here in western PA grow really well.

    I had fig trees when I lived in the Carolinas and I had one here too (hardy to zone 5) but didn’t plant it at the right time…ooops it died.

    I put in 4 red Hollyhocks for the first time and will see how they do.

    The lilac are blooming and I put in three new climbing roses. I’m hoping to shade the house in summer because it gets blazing hot in the house with no shade trees near. (working on that too)
    The roses are-
    Joseph’s Coat (starts yellow, turns orange, then finished bright red)
    Rhode Island Red (red..just like the chicken….lol)
    CL Blaze -red
    Still to put in is a Pink Peace- it’s a dark deep pink hybrid tea rose.

    When I moved here there was some huge monster pink rose the size of a bus that was 50 years old. It was in the wrong place, so I took cuttings and replanted them elsewhere before I ripped it out.
    It’s some special limited presidential “so and so” (forget) antique thing that made despise roses for a while because the thorns are bigger than shark’s teeth and sharper too… but I went shopping with a friend earlier this year and ..... Yep, she bought roses so it was monkey see monkey do.

    And….I’m SOOOO excited! My Asian pears arrived and I’m planting them today. (have to..they are bare root plants, all my other fruit trees are in pots)

    Oh Fly… I’m sorry about the cold damage. That sucks!
    But, your place is gorgeous!!!
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        05-08-2013, 11:17 AM
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    My grapes are a total failure, I've even tried replacing and moving them to other parts of the garden but they still don't do great yet we have good vineyards in CT
    I planted kiwi fruit 2 years ago but no sign of any blossom on them at all this year so may end up like the wisteria and one lilac that never have flowers
    My fig tree lives in a large pot and gets moved into the basement over winter - that does produce fruit
    Also trying 'no bog cranberries this year which look like the ones that grow on heath and moor land in the UK
        05-08-2013, 11:30 AM
    I have tried and failed 4x to replace my 1/6 original, established grapes when I moved in. I bought them at garden centers. I'm thinking that if you ordered from a catalog, and paid full price with a guarantee, you might be more successful.
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        05-08-2013, 11:42 AM
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    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    I have tried and failed 4x to replace my 1/6 original, established grapes when I moved in. I bought them at garden centers. I'm thinking that if you ordered from a catalog, and paid full price with a guarantee, you might be more successful.
    I think you might be right as the cherry, plum and even a little apricot I bought last year via catalogue have done better than the stuff I've bought from garden centres
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        05-08-2013, 11:57 AM
    Now, ALL of my cheapo fruit trees have thrived, but I think it's bc I plant them methodically, not too high and not too low, and I don't amend the soil bc the roots won't spread out if the food is right there.
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        05-09-2013, 08:34 AM
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    Hmmm, I'm guessing it's your soil Jaydee and maybe not the plants themselves.
    I don't know how you feekl about the big box stores (Lowe's, Homedepot, and such) but they all have 1 year guarantees on all their plant items. I've returned dead stuff the next year and they will indeed let you pick out a new one.
    Mail order too.

    So, I needed to go to the store to pick up a couple of things for planting the new Asian pears. (YAY!)
    And, here I was…mindin’ by own business… and lookey what jumped into my cart!!
    A Pink Knockout, and a Chrysler Imperial.
    I have absolutely no idea how they got there!!!





    (I’m sure that has never happened to any of you guys!)

    Guess I will be starting a small rose garden for all these poor strays.
        05-09-2013, 08:51 AM
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    So things jump into your carts too do they. Glad its not just me!!!
    They look lovely.
    I'm still learning what grows here and what doesn't compared to the UK so I've had quite a few disasters
    I've had stuff from Home Depot & Lowes, they seem OK
    It could be the soil - the healthier trees are at the bottom end of the garden and the rather sad looking ones at the front, though they do have lots of blossom on this year which is hopeful.
    Maybe I should get soil samples done from both places and see if I need to add something - its annoying as its the location I had in mind for my mini orchard.
    I have noticed there are lots more japanese beetles there too, I had to use Grubex (?) in the end at that bottom area where my veg patch is too as they were eating stuff as fast as I planted it so that's reduced them there by a lot. It was a desperation measure that I'd rather not have done
    I have never seen bugs and weeds like they grow here!!!
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        05-09-2013, 08:54 AM
    Ohhhh lovely!! Darn pots of flowers always jumpin in the carts... Unfortunately DH is a good blocker. WHAM, SLAM, BAM!!! Drat!

    I need photos if your Joseph's Coat, those are my favorite!

    I'll post iris photos later, they are sploding!
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        05-09-2013, 10:33 AM
    If a knockout rose jumps in your cart, take it home and plant it. MINE is 3 1/2 ft. Tall today, NO drought damage, NO frost damage, getting ready to bloom in a few weeks.
        05-09-2013, 10:33 AM
    Corporal that's a great tip! I'm looking for a couple sundance and Pixie's, if you guys come across a deal let me know...

    Yesterday Morning! It's been pouring since I took these and now there are double, of course!

    See all the Sumac in the background? I like it, smells so good in bouquets.

    These tiny sweet peas grow in 1/2 my beds and I've noticed that the Iris produce DOUBLE where they grow... Think they are putting nutrients in the soil?

    My fave!

    I can't take credit for planting these! They were here when I got the place! Never thought I really liked them, now it's my favorite flower here!
    Lucky me, kind of. This year I have to thin them out, I've spent the last three years covered with poison ivy trying to clean out 20 years of scrub growth, trees, brush, briars... I have a ways to go... Anyone want bulbs this fall?
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