Article: MULCH: Beneficial and Free: Your Gardens

 
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By NancyAnn Gandy on June 3, 2010

Every garden needs mulch for several reasons, but mulch can be expensive if you buy all that you need. But you may not have to pay a cent for it!

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 3, 2010 7:09 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Nancy Ann,

I am sure I'm not alone in hoping you'll add some photos from your lawn free, mulched gold gardens. When I visualize the yellow cannas bordering your property I have to smile. I hardly ever see yellow cannas. We have red, and then more red, but we call them bird beak cannas because that's how small the blooms are. They were free, so I'm not complaining. Can you tell that I sure would like to see your fence of yellow cannas? Whistling

Big Grin

Janet
ImagePatti1957
Jun 3, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Yes, please add pictures of your Cannas Hurray! I enjoyed your article very much.
Imagenap
Jun 4, 2010 6:40 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Add my name to the list of people who want pictures...
ImageKLStuart
Jun 4, 2010 9:03 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Me too! Sounds wonderful!
ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Here's a picture of my big yellow cannas. The blooms remind me of gladiolas but they're huge! These are what got it all started!

I don't know if I have a picture of the canna forest. Back then I didn't have a digital camera, but I'll look and see if I have a photo I can scan. It was amazing! But that was all I had then, about 1000 cannas around my house. I have since acquired almost every plant I can think of and now I have a real fence. LOL

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Imagenap
Jun 4, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
That is Beautiful!! Wow.
ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
This is a picture of the canna garden I created after discovering cannas came in many colors. At one time, I had 75 varieties of cannas!

Then I discovered bearded irises, daylilies, sedums, louisiana irises, ornamental grasses, roses, hibiscus....

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ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Nap, they are awesome. They're still one of my favorite cannas. My real favorite is probably Tropicanna with it's exotic foliage, pictured here.

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Imagenap
Jun 4, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I'm so jealous.
Imagenap
Jun 4, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
The leaves are gorgeous. We have those up here, and I have some fantastic pics of their leaves.
ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
The last couple of winters have killed off most of my cannas. I still have about 10 varieties and will replant them on mounds for added protection thru the next winters.

As a result of loss, I've replaced most of my cannas with daylilies. Don't EVEN get me started on those or I won't quit. I have about 500 varieties and they're blooming now and everyday someone makes my heart skip a beat. The first thing I do is run outside with camera in hand. One of my faves is Funny Face, below.

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Imagenap
Jun 4, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Soooooooo pretty !!
ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:27 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
The tropicannas are very photogenic, aren't they, Nap? Can you share some of your photos?

Canna leaves are great to use in hypertufa projects too, altho I haven't done that yet. The only problem I have with cannas are the leaf rollers. They just multilate them. But I'll try to stay on top of them this year. Since I don't have so many cannas, thanks to old man winter, I should be able to keep up with them.

Here's what my gardens look like this year. The privacy fence takes the place of all the yellow cannas I once had.

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ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
The Serenity garden, with Tropicannas planted next to the pond.

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ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:30 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Lots of garden, no lawn, just mulched paths throughout my yard.

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ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
That's just one side of my garden, which will actually be broken into 3 gardens eventually, like English style gardens. I'll have "walls" of some sort to separate the three, so you won't see from one end to the other like you do now.

The other side of the house is going to be a Wedding garden, complete with a honeymoon suite and cabana. I have a porch and two pergolas there where I host family gatherings and garden parties. I have lots of plants with a love/romance theme (Daylily Wedding Band, Iris Jilted, Louisiana Iris This is Love, Chaste Tree, Coral Honeysuckle vine, Moonflower bush, etc.) and I'll fill this area up with it. It will also have a tropical theme with bananas, gingers, cannas, windmill palms, a tiki bar and tropical decor. Somewhere I'd like to have a little sandy beach, but I'm running out of room in this area.

I've begun working on the Wedding garden so right now there's not much to see except holes where I've dug plants out. There is this gate that hides my potting shed, which is in the Honeymoon Suite.

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Imagenap
Jun 4, 2010 9:37 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I would LOVE to share some photos, but I'll have to scrounge them up. They're on a CD. Thanks for asking!

You have a fantastic garden! Love those Irises. And the bridge. Did I mention I'm jealous??

I don't know what a leaf roller is, but I don't really think I want to find out.

........My canna leaves weren't as difficult to find as I thought they would be. BUT, there are over 100 of them. I'll make a collage or two of some of the good ones.
ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 4, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
This is the cabana in the honeymoon suite. Eventually I'll put some sort of roof on it and get an outdoor futon for inside it. I want to drape curtains around the sides, like on a cabana on the beach.

So that's probably more than you wanted to know about my gardens. Maybe next year I'll have some better photos for you. If you'd like to tour my gardens, check out my Walgreens albums at:

http://photo1.walgreens.com/walgreens/thumbnailshare/AlbumID...

http://photo1.walgreens.com/walgreens/thumbnailshare/AlbumID...

http://photo1.walgreens.com/walgreens/thumbnailshare/AlbumID...

Hope y'all enjoy the tour. You'll probably see plants there that you just have to have. Everytime I view someone's gardens, I find more plants to add to my wish list. LOL

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 4, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Oh WOW!!! You have an awesomely beautiful garden! Oh and to have no grass to mow..... Sigh!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely garden!

I do have a Tropicana that I bought a few years back. Just gave some of it to Connie yesterday. The leaves on those sure are pretty. The flowers are nice too, but it's the leaves that really give them that WOW factor.

Your yellow canna is gorgeous!!! I'm sorry that the weather got to them. I lost many plants this past winter. I have been hoping and praying some of my hibiscus recover.

Janet
ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 4, 2010 9:48 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
When I get back from my trip to Virginia, I will probably put on my begging cap and ask for some cuttings. I love gardens with explosions of color. And when they are themed, they are just so much better.

Thanks for sharing!

Janet

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