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Imagewildflowers
Nov 21, 2010 1:32 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
You're very welcome Smiling
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Nov 25, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Happy Thanksgiving! Group hug
Imagewildflowers
Nov 25, 2010 12:27 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
thank you Chelle,

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Nov 25, 2010 2:36 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I tip my hat to you. Thanks! I'm stuffed! I can barely reach over to my keyboard! Hilarious! Our Reverend and some of his extended family were over for the meal but they had to leave already to visit with others. If the niece, the nephew and my son would allow it I'd take a nap!
Imagewildflowers
Nov 25, 2010 5:53 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Family [inlaws] has come and gone!
I am now officially stuffed!

dh wanted to use the oven thermostat??? I am not used to using such modern conveniences---long story short, I don't think it was working correctly, it sat on 145 degrees for way too long. dh continued to insist. oh well, the turkey ended up slightly on the dryer side but it was so delish! organic, free range fresh turkey! the gravy was sooooooo good, very dark in color and full of flavor!

The fresh sage was very nice in the cornbread stuffing! the roselle sauce was also a hit!

I don't know if I will make it tonight to taste the fresh pumpkin pie.... tomorrow for sure!! Hilarious!
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Nov 25, 2010 6:02 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Sounds like a wonderful meal! [I did have, ahem...two pieces of pumpkin pie.] Ohhhh.......groan...
ImageSteven
Feb 22, 2011 1:16 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
(referring to the previous thread) I finally got some Tansy seeds to start this year! Hopefully it will help repel the ants that are encouraging the aphid problem I've got. Last year there was so many aphids on my milkweeds you could not even see the stems. I just cut them down in the fall and put the stems staright into the trash!
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Imagechelle
Feb 22, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Steven,

That's not common tansy, is it? We have invasive issues with it here. It was planted before we knew the danger - it's hard to get rid of, and it self-seeds everywhere.
ImageSteven
Feb 22, 2011 3:07 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
The pack says 'Tanacetum vulgare' so I'm guessing it might be..... Whistling I'm really big on deadheading and its supposed to repel ants so I'm going to give it a shot. First sign of invasiveness and its in the trash!
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Imagechelle
Feb 22, 2011 4:21 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I like the foliage on it. It makes a nice vase filler. It just gets everywhere!'Course there's lots of others out here that do the same.........I'm not sure yet what this boneset that showed up on its own is gonna do. I have a feeling it's going to be everywhere this year. One of the self-seeded babies even survived in the drought-cracked soil under my son's trampoline......tough stuff!
ImageSteven
Feb 22, 2011 4:27 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Ugh.....does it spread by root or by seed? Or both? If its anything like mint then I will think twice or keep it in a pot. I wonder how much you need to gorw to repel ants anyways? Maybe I'll just try it near the milkweed to see if helps any.
Is bonset the same thing as Eupatorium or Joe-Pie-Weed?
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Imagechelle
Feb 22, 2011 4:46 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I really think it spreads from seeds - maybe with help from the birds? It seems worse, but that's probably all it is. The seeds must be viable for a long time however, as eight or more years later I'm still pulling baby plants out of the veggie garden and I haven't allowed one to set seed out there since the first one.

Boneset is of the same family as Joe-pye, I think; but not nearly as showy.
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This is (wild) Joe-pye in the middle of this grouping.

In this pix the boneset is the too tall green clump blocking your view of the little footbridge.
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They certainly enjoy the same soil conditions though!
ImageSteven
Feb 22, 2011 5:10 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
I love your garden! And you have the miscanthus grass which is another of my favorites! Whats the creeping plant in the second picture? It almost looks like Coralbell leaves....

If the Tansy spreads by seed then I will be sure to deadhead, anything that spreads by root is just nasty. I've got some Black Eyed Susans and they have started to send out stolons so I might toss one of them so it doesn't invade the entire border!
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Imagechelle
Feb 22, 2011 5:28 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
The creeping plant is a type of henbit, I'm pretty sure. I mostly leave it alone because it gets a flower on it that the bees love, and it's an easily pulled ground cover. I just yank it out from around the bases of my other plants as necessary.
It is wandering out into the grassy areas of the yard though......guess I'll have to get rid of the grass and make the whole yard flower beds! Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageSteven
Feb 23, 2011 2:01 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
I agree , get rid of the grass! Thats the plan for my back garden! No grass just some paths, gardens and raised beds!
I love ground covers like that, creeping jenny is one of my favorites!
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leaflady
Mar 2, 2011 8:24 AM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
Henbit & mints as well as some other creeping plant I can't think of the name of right now are all over my yarden. I love them as well as knot weed because they stay low to the ground and have nice(?) fragrances. Bees love them. Little Bluetts stay green most of the year here and bloom all of the growing season. Mints that get taller make the yarden smell wonderful when you mow.

Common Tansy spreads by roots as well as seeds. I've had success with it repelling ants. There is an aphid that loves milkweed and Morning Glories that I don't think anything repels. I just spray them with Raid, etc. or put on gloves and strip them off the vines and plants. They will sometimes get over on the Asparagus beans growing with the MGs.

What is a hog swap?
Imagechelle
Mar 2, 2011 11:39 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Leaflady,

I too love to mow the mints! A bit of recompense for having to use valuable time to cut the grass.......smells great!

The main part of the actual swapping of seeds is over for right now, but I'd bet some folks still have seeds left to trade.

Here's a link to learn about the Hog Wild Swap http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/37486/

Here's the beginning of the last trading session http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/37488/

And here's the database with the listings of everything folks had to trade. Most are probably closed now, but some may still be open to trading. http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/hogwildseedswap/

This was my first time in the swap - it was tons of fun, and I now have lots and lots of seeds! Big Grin
ImageSteven
Mar 2, 2011 5:58 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Thanks Leaflady, those horrible aphids on the milkweeds are my main reason for growing that Tansy. Nothing does seem to repel them, even insecticide only damges them a bit since there is just so many of them. I even tried buring them off at one point and that didn't work either! If nothing works this year then I'll be pulling out the milkweeds Sad Which is a shame since I really do like them but I just can't contend with that many aphids.
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mekos
Mar 2, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Have you guys heard the news about making it illegal to grow salvia? They have banned it already in NC and calling on the law makers to ban it in SC too. Seems some people want to smoke it like wacky weed. Gonna make it illegal to grow it at all. It has been on my news for a couple days now. Have any others of you had this to happen where you live?
ImageSteven
Mar 2, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
I've heard about people smoking it but not making it illegal. That is awful, Salvias are gorgeous and the blue flowered ones are out of this world. My mind is made up then that I will grow it this year incase that law gets passed up here too.
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