Welcome to my garden 2008 forum: 2008 Learning what grows well in Louisiana zone 8b

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Nov 22, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
January 2008 Blooms
First Prize Rose: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/64625/ Pretty to start with. But later, too much black spot. No longer in my garden
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Pansies: Great for color in the cold. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/254/
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A few lingering snapdragons (should have planted more and closer together)
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/170170/
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August Beauty Gardenia. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/112173/ Did not do well for me, but will try again.
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Lady Elsie May Rose http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/198060/ Does wonderful here. No blackspot.
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ImageDebbie
Jan 11, 2011 12:12 PM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
February 2008 Blooms:
In late February, I went to Clegg's nursery and bought some flowers. Bougainvillea, Impatients, Ivy Geraniums. Petunias. And a Begonia from Walmart. I like pink. Can you tell? :)
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(Tip) Never purchase flowers in February. Always wait until after the last freeze in March. I later found out that the owner of the nursery had gone to Florida and brought those back with him.
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With all of the pretty flowers I purchased, the greatest thrill for me was seeing the first signs of life on my tree February 15th. Funny, I had lived here for years and had never noticed.
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ImageDebbie
Apr 3, 2011 2:40 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
March 2008: Plants and Blooms:
Shell Ginger x 3 plants. These are wonderful and are still in my garden.
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Foxtail Fern x 2 plants: I lost one last year and the second one this year. Must get more.
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Cordyline T or Hawaiian T plant x 2 plants. I lost one last year and the second one this year. Must get more. Beautiful plant.
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varagated oyster plant
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Philodendron Split Leaf 5 gallon (still in garden today)and 1 gallon(given to my sister)
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Cannas and Uprite EE's given to me from Ashley and they are still in my garden
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My very first Iris: Recurring Dream. She's still blooming in my garden today.
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Garden on March 25 2008. Still a long way to go.

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ImageDebbie
Apr 3, 2011 3:17 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
April 2008 Progress and plants:

One of my 3 gingers planted outside of fence.
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My second Iris to bloom. No name, but she's still with me.
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Ashleys uprite EE's and Canna's growing fast
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Peace Rose: I absolutely loved this rose, but blackspot took over quickly Sad
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Sweet potatoe vines and Wandering Jew. Wandering Jew is still with me.
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New plants in Darions Tree Ring Garden: We still have the tree ring, but Hurricane Kustav took my tree Sad
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My beautiful Banana Canna given to me: Shes still with me and I've been able to divide it into two plants now. Grows about 6 ft tall.
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My wonderful Mandevilla's x 2. One for each side of Arbor.
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New beds planted in March and April
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April 29th Garden: Still a long way to go..........
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ImageDebbie
Apr 4, 2011 12:06 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
May 2008

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In May of 08, I went to a DG Round Up, to Forest Hills Nurseries, to a Master Gardener plant sale and everyone on DG was sending the newbee plants and my garden was filling up.

PROGRESSION OF MY FLOWER BEDS
For close ups, please click on the Photos

My kidney shaped bed with a walkway to no where. Rolling my eyes.
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Also in May, came my Red Knockout Roses. One day I went to Lowes and I purchased one Red Knockout rose bush. I planted it in my kidney bed. It did so well, so quickly, I went back the next week, to purchase a few more.
When I got to Lowes, there was a palet of them on the sidewalk and their leaves where parched and they were all shriveled up. I asked the manager what they were going to do with them. She said they were so bad off, they would probably throw them away. I asked her how much she would charge me if I purchased the entire palet. $ 2.00 each!!! Well, I had no idea that there were 42 bushes on the palet, but I bought them all anyway. As a new gardener, I had no idea what to do to recoup them. The Lord lead me to put on my rose gloves and just strip the leaves off each stem. Put them in the shade and give them water. In just a few days they all started putting out new leaves. I was ecstatic. After they all recovered and began blooming, on May 13th, 2008, I planted 21 in my island bed around my palm tree. I had no idea they would grow so big, so quickly. I eventually transplanted all but 7 to other areas in my garden. The balance of the 42, I was able to give away as gifts. What a find!
First planted earlier in May .During the month I added black edging and Bleeding Hearts and Mulch. Right photo was taken May 27th.
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Then I decided to change the bed directly behind the house. Instead of keeping it straight, I shaped it in a large curve to match my kidney bed. At the same time I decided to put edging between my stones and my mulch on my kidney bed.
........................Straight bed.................................Curved instead......................................See all the little knockouts in pots at the upper left?
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Anyway, both the left curved bed and the right curved kidney bed formed a balanced opening to my garden. This also began the first of many, many bags of white rocks for my pathway. It took a few years of purchasing two or three bags everytime I went to walmart. But it got finished eventually.
..........................May 14th....................................May 25th more rocks.....................May 26th and more..................................May 27th..........
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Mandevillas were growing great. I had no idea how tall they would grow. Please click the photo for height.
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And my new found Bulbs from Caladiums4less. Best Caladiums. http://www.caladiumbulbs4less.com/servlet/the-All-Varieties/...
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... Gardenias............................................................. Double Hibiscus.................................................... single Hibiscus
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Ashleys canna and Uprite EE's coming up. She also had given me regular EE's. They reproduce quickly and grow quickly.
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Wandering Jews and Sweet Potato plants
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..................Elaine....................................................Oleanders...............................................................Peace Roses in May
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May 26th Garden...........Still much to do.
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ImageDebbie
Apr 4, 2011 1:20 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
Recap:Garden

.................February 9th 2008..................................March 1st 2008...............................April 9th 2008..................................May 21st 2008
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ImageDebbie
Apr 4, 2011 1:22 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
More 2008 to come...............

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