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post #31 of 47 Old 05-28-2019, 08:38 PM
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Wait, whoaaaa. I assum you are not talking about Nigella sativa?

This sort of thing was always at the end of her cooking shows...


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googling now… definitely not W. Wilson. And I know zero about permaculture. Will there be a test later? (HA!)
Would you like one? In which case, do you prefer multiple choice, or essay form?


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Yes, now I have heard it all. This is hysterical. A dome for chickens. Better than a cloche, I suppose. I really need to read up on this Woodrow method - looks simply ingenious. Green hummus? You're speaking my language.
Yeah, almost luminescent green!


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The amount of work you have done in such a short time is mind-boggling. I hope to be able to do half as much once the youngest is off at college. Isn't that sad: having time to produce food once the kids are already grown, instead of benefitting from home-grown food now.
Life circumstances also prevented it for me for half my statistical life span. I think one of the reasons we've got so much on the ground is that I'm fulltime between here, and my freelancing. I wouldn't have been able to do all that otherwise. Also, once I begin something, I can get a bit obsessed about doing it well, completing etc (of course, gardening is never complete ). Plus, the climate here is quite conducive to what we are trying to do - except for the summer drought. Eucalypts grow like triffids, as you know from Galicia...

Great thread! Must catch up later, the sun has come out!
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post #32 of 47 Old 05-30-2019, 08:31 AM
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I always have the hardest time attaching pictures. If these show up they are all my plants that I have ready to go in the garden. I started seeds in February and ended up with a good amount.
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post #33 of 47 Old 05-30-2019, 04:36 PM
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My garden was created when the house was built about fifty years ago. My mum's family had a large plant nursery from the late 1800s and we think that some of the gardeners had a say in the layout. My great aunt passed the house to me but there's very little of the original garden other than a couple of bushes and rose bushes. It was too big for her and over the years two lawns were replaced with stones and a vegetable plot with sheds (for tack and other equipment, so I'm not complaining).

Now, it's a mixture of ornamental and herbs. The soil is great due to years of adding manure and there's plenty of drainage as it's at the top of a hill. I think the wind and frost would cause the greatest amount of damage.

Herbs and medicinal plants include lavenders, sage, feverfew, lemon balm, chives, rosemary, mint, spearmint, peppermint, thymes, wild garlic, cowslips, chamomile, echinacea and, until last year, a curry plant and fennel. The fennel took over and out grew everything , reaching over five feet.

The only trees are cherry blossoms and a Rowan, as no Scottish garden should be without one! It's not the original, although it must be one of it's descendants as it casts seeds everywhere and I've spent the last week trying to pull out little trees. They've a powerful grip on the ground. I can only hope that the folklore about damaging them and bad luck isn't true!

I love to hear bees in the garden and I was lucky to be invited to a Bee Awareness day next month. Oddly, it's through my work, which has nothing to do with gardens and bees but they've a couple of skeps in their garden. I'm hoping to get my own colony at some point.

At this time of year, most of the flowers range from white through the blues to almost black.
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post #34 of 47 Old 05-31-2019, 07:53 AM
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Nature is finally waking up- it only took until June for "spring" to arrive this year! But all of a sudden...

Apple trees are blooming



We have beautiful ostrich ferns all along our barn and our house, and they are bursting with spores to make new baby ferns. I've never seen them this loaded up




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post #35 of 47 Old 05-31-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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I am just stunned at how beautiful @SpanishRider's garden is! Wow!
Thank you, @tinyliny , but just look at your garden! Even though we are in very different climates, I think our gardening style is very similar: plant everything dense to choke out the weeds!

But seriously, I am envious of all your shade (reminds me of my mother's garden in MA) and your ability to grow monarda, hostas and tulips. This year, I only had one tulip come up and zero daffodils! It may have been the shrews.

I have to ask: is that a garden ornament or a bowling ball planted amongst your tulips? I have always loved spheres, and bowling balls have that bit of glitter that must look great in the sun.

@Knave , yellow roses are my favorites! I have at least a dozen yellow rose bushes, some large climbers like yours, but mostly the old English type by David Austin. Irises do well here, too - very drought tolerant.

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I would gladly send you anything maple and/or apple butter if you want to swap for fig preserves- just let me know
@egrogan , I hope you realize that I was joking! Although I would love to bring you fig preserves (I have an extra jar in the pantry that I am trying to avoid since I'm back on a zero-sugar diet again for my lungs), I am sure I would not make it past customs at Logan. Sorry, you'll just have to come to Spain to eat them here. On an aside, so sorry about Delia. We also had to put down my cat, Luna, in January. I swear I cried more for her than when my dad died last year. Hugs.

@AndyTheCornbread , where are you located? What is it about kids and sunflowers? I think they like growing flowers that are bigger than they are!

@jaydee , beautiful crabapples. I remember my mum in MA had a large crabapple that I loved, but when I was away at college she chopped it down. Are those daylillies growing underneath? I LOVE that white fence!

@ACinATX , I am going to have to try sorrel. It sounds very interesting, and we seem to have similar climates so it should work.
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@Spanish Rider I'm in NW Montana up in the mountains about 60 or so miles from the border with Idaho. I'm up high enough in altitude that I have to plant as much as a month later than folks down in the valley and I have a much shorter growing season. I had to get a guy with a back hoe to dig down 3 feet across the entire area where I put the garden and then I back filled it with cow manure and dirt from where a friend pens his cows every winter so it is very rich black compost, or at least it was when I hauled it up here. The soil that is naturally up here won't grow anything but pine trees and rocks and sometimes a little grass and hardy bushes..
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@Spanish Rider , yes, I knew you were joking, though I would sure love to taste those preserves. (Now off to daydream about a trip to Spain...) And, thanks for the condolences- back at you for the loss of your Luna. It's so hard to say goodbye to our friends.
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@SueC , sorry, but no Nigella here. Actually, no English shows to speak of ever since Downton Abbey. We don't have cable, either.

@ladygodiva1228 , bravo and olé! You, dear lady, are one extremely dedicated gardener. I grew up very close to you (Marlborough, MA), my sister lived in Franklin and my son is going to college in Worcester, so I know full well how brutal your winters can be. Do you start the seeds under lights? When do you put them out in the greenhouses? And out in the garden? You must have your fair share of critters to deal with, too.

Have you been starting from seed for many years? Because you look very successful at it. It is something I would love to do, too, but I always spend my summer in the US, so there is really no point.

@Caledonian , I love the story about the inherited garden. I have an inherited "garden", too, at our summer house in Maine. What looks to be daylillies come up every year, but never flower. I think it is because the pines are now so large that there is too much shade for anything to flower.

Beautiful flowers, and that clematis is AMAZING!!! What are those black flowers? They remind me of columbines. I miss fuzzy bees! Here, they are not so chubby and fuzzy.


Here, we are in the 90's (33ºF) and we have had no rain since April, so the backyard looks like a hayfield. The wisterias that we planted 2 years ago on the south-side pérgola have really not grown much at all this spring, and I was really counting on them to creat some shade. Maybe some extra manure? Anyone else with wisteria?
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@egrogan - They're gorgeous ferns!


@Spanish Rider - Yes, the black flowers are Columbine. About ten years ago i was given one with lime leaves and wine red flowers, since then it's been trying to take over the garden. Every so often blacks/purples, wine reds or blues appear. I do love the black with its dark green, almost blue leaves.

I've never had a Wistera but i'd probably add manure/compost as well, water if it's been extremely dry. They like moist but well drained and rich soil. It'll be too young to have bloomed otherwise i'd add fertilizer for them as well.


We've had rain for the last three days and a chilly 17C/62F! Our winter was one of warmest and driest on record; over 21C in February but the weather has taken a turn for the worst! I planted my annuals a few weeks ago and I'd been struggling to find the time to keep them watered, as they're planted throughout the garden. While i hate the rain, the plants are looking a lot happier.
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[QUOTE=Spanish Rider;1970725995]Thank you, @tinyliny , but just look at your garden! Even though we are in very different climates, I think our gardening style is very similar: plant everything dense to choke out the weeds!

But seriously, I am envious of all your shade (reminds me of my mother's garden in MA) and your ability to grow monarda, hostas and tulips. This year, I only had one tulip come up and zero daffodils! It may have been the shrews.

I have to ask: is that a garden ornament or a bowling ball planted amongst your tulips? I have always loved spheres, and bowling balls have that bit of glitter that must look great in the sun.



It is some kind of garden ornament. I think it's a garage sale conquest. ( my husband comes from a line of purebred garage salers. He has 'papers' to prove it!)


Our area is so moderate (in temps, soil, humidity, bugs, soil) that ANYBODY can grow anything . . . . . as long as it doesn't need a LOT of sun. Our issue is more of keeping the green things from growing INTO our houses, our living rooms, taking over the garage, blocking even the hint of sun . . . etc.
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