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    05-09-2013, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
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
This statement makes me think your soil is too high in nitrogen. When there is a lot of nitrogen on soil, the flowers/food/shrub/whatever will produce a lot of green growth, but won't make flowers/food/fruit buds etc.
A soil test kit like you mentioned would really be helpful. They have them at walmart, lowe's, etc.. and some are so easy that all you have to do is stick them in the soil and you will get an instant reading... kind of like a thermometer.
Or, you local ag extension office may offer soil tests. You send in a little sample and they tell you everything you need to know.

Originally Posted by jaydee    
So things jump into your carts too do they. Glad its not just me!!!
Yep, happens to me all the time...

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.
When you say bottom... is there a slight slope at all? If there is... the good soil "stuff" is probably seeping down hill to where you say things grow better.
Or if not, someone at some point put something in the soil near the top end that was harmful. Could have been a toxic batch of compost or manure (if it came from a farm that uses a lot of herbicides or chemicals it could still be in the soil) or maybe they used an herbicide directly in that area and messed up the soil.

Originally Posted by Corporal    
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.
I was not impressed with KO's at first, but since I found a pink one with an actual smell, I had to have it!
I'll be putting in more, that's for sure!

Originally Posted by FlyGap    
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...

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

I have Staghorn Sumacs and they don't have a smell.

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?
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?
*jumps up and down with hand in the air*
Oooh Me! Me!

(we can trade something! )

And yes, peas and beans actually put nitrogen in the soil and if your soils are deficient in those, it really boosts nutrients.
Your Iris are LOVELY!! You have a very cute house too! the color. Yellow would not look good on my house, but I like it on other people's houses.

Ok, here is the Joseph's Coat.



No, really it's there. I promise!
In the first pic it's the itty bitty twig thing.... with three whole leaves....
Right above the semi-box shaped shadow? (my camera.)
Under the azalea??
See it??

In the second picture it's the brightly colored flowers all over the side of the house.
Well, ok..ya gotta use the imagination to fast forward what it will look like between the twiggy thing (Rose of Sharon) behind the Azalea, and next to the Lilac.
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    05-09-2013, 12:44 PM
Green Broke
So here's what is probably a really dumb question.

Are there any pretty flowers that goats WON'T eat?
    05-09-2013, 12:45 PM
I see it I see it, oh yes VERY lovely! LOL! Your beds are so nice and tidy! Good Job!

Yellow? Um no. I detest it. ONE of these days I want to do it in more of an arts & crafts style with fire proof shingle siding. Gotta love living in the National Forest!
See the balcony? That is MINE, no child, no DH, trespassers beware! Guess where I'm sitting when I post?
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    05-09-2013, 12:46 PM
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Our land slopes quite steeply from top to bottom so yes could be that
The previous owner was a 'townie' who had a dream for being self sufficient and organic - unfortunately he didn't seem to realize that hard works involved in that scheme. His attempts at sheep and chickens failed badly (they all died) and his idea for rotavating all the weeds in at the end of the year gave him the best weed seed deposit bank imaginable. When we moved in the few surviving tomatoes and egg plants were hidden in a jungle!! There was no flower garden at all other than around the pool that the people he bought it off had landscaped but he'd let the junipers overgrow so much they'd choked off all the plants and were nice homes for voles, mice & snakes
**My iris' are only just budding but yesterdays rain is already having an effect on stuff
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    05-09-2013, 12:49 PM
Del goats didn't eat my Iris or Daffodil, everything else... Slurp.
Just look for deer resistant varieties, avoid foxglove because it's poisonous.
I want some so bad but knowing my luck the horses will get out as soon as I get some going...

We should do a major plant swap, Corporal and I have one going!
(Girl, it's been pouring, I'll get them sent out tomorrow! )
    05-09-2013, 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    
So here's what is probably a really dumb question.

Are there any pretty flowers that goats WON'T eat?
    05-09-2013, 01:00 PM
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Goats are a pain - and they will even eat poisonous stuff too, shame as I'd really like a couple. I might fence off a rough patch that's too steep for the horses
    05-09-2013, 01:07 PM
Green Broke
They ate my Iris, Tulips, Daffodils and whatever else the previous owner has planted (literally the minute a but of green plant came up... CHOMP).

I don't have anything poisonous so I gave up trying to contain them. Our house is in the middle of the property, completely fenced and they have zero desire to walk a half-mile down the gravel driveway to leave so they live under my back porch, crawl under the cattle fence to share their water, help themselves to the haystack and nibble on Chicken Scratch with the chickens. Stupid things have a heated house, an appropriate height, heated waterer and lovely pen but no.... a box under the back porch, standing on their tiptoes to reach the cattle water and scrounging with the chickens for some scratch is much better...
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    05-09-2013, 01:10 PM
Well, lockwood, if anything jumps in my cart w thorns on it...I drop kick it back into whence it came. :) But, those are very pretty roses (they are roses?).

Goats. I love all creatures, but I draw the line at the devil himself in disguise ..aka, goats. Here is something they won't eat..weeds!

Flygap, Iris...told ya! They are tough. I inherited bazzillions of them when we bought our old farm. A good "gardener" friend of mine had a "friendship" iris garden (trade bulbs w friends), and assumed that was what I had inherited. It was an amazing array. I added a few "friends" to something "fun" to do w your bulbs.
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    05-09-2013, 01:55 PM
WOW, those are some determined goats!
Mine decided that they liked living on my front door step... I was keeping them in my coop at night (before chickens), they busted holes in the welded wire. Devoured EVERYTHING except what I suggested, you should see my bushes, I still have topiaries and they aint pretty.
After they learned to pry the garden fence up with their horns DH had enough and hauled them to the sale. Poor goats, LOL!

I don't know what would yours wouldn't eat? Kryptonite?
(they'd probably get fat on it!)

Missy I love how those old timers left us with some good stuff, but I'm thinking this lady was a bit insane...
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