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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 5, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Welcome to the CG forum. I don't have a nice beautiful CG yet, but I have dreams for one. I have a field a weeds with a few wild plants throwed in, a small section I am trying to develop, and a desire to have one as beautiful as some of the pics I have seen. That all takes time, effort and plants of which I don't have at the moment, so I hope in the meantime you will stick around, share your plants , ideas and knowledge.
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 6, 2010 8:15 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
WEll, you know, there's no method to a cottage gardeners madness. So here's mine, everywhere, every which way, no rows, well a few rows, I just want plants everywhere and no room for weeds, I want to have to dodge the bees and see a butterfly every time I turn around, I want to see a look of Angry on my face when I see a plant all ate up by cats but a Rolling my eyes. because it just means new life in my gardens LOL

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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 7, 2010 6:34 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Kathy_Ann.. So very well said. : )

I may try and start out with the idea of being neat and organized, but somehow it just doesn't happen, especially when the birds and critters somehow manage to plant seeds in places you didn't want or plants you didn't want. : )

Later when and if the sun evr comes up one of thes e days this week, I will have to get out and try and get a picture of one area I have that I would like to develop so that it has a cottage garden look that folks could just wander and meander ( hope that the right word) though and relax and enjoy like you, not only the flowers but the butterflies too and other beneficials.

Nothing like beign able to take a lady bug and place it in the hand of a child and watch the wonder on their face a is crawls around on them. But, you have to grow it before that can happen and am so lost with this one area.

Once I get some pictures, maybe you can see what I mean and I open for advice and help.
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 7, 2010 7:35 AM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
yes, once the seeds have dropped, I expect lots of new plants everywhere this year,

I had that anice hyssop (spelling) all ove rhte place last year and I just left it till the fall cause it attracted so many benificial little critters.
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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 7, 2010 1:59 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I've thrown a few seed s out to try and winter sow. Not sure if they wil come up or not, I have a pair of chipmunks that seem to be gathering seed as fast as I throw it out and the squirrels and the birds too.

If I'm lucky I might get one or two hopefully that they will miss and germinate.
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 7, 2010 2:15 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
I forgot to answer your question, all that area by the gh was planted last spring, and that picture taken in themiddle of the summer maybe august. after everything bloomed. I have a blooming picture of that garden somewhere, I have to go look for it
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indygardengal
Feb 8, 2010 10:16 AM CST
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
yeah Kathy go find it.
Veronica

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indygardengal
Feb 8, 2010 10:33 AM CST
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
The previous pic was my moonvine when it first started blooming. Don't think i will do it again but man o man did it grow. Smiling I'll try to find a cottage shot Glare Not the greatest but I am not a good photographer.

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indygardengal
Feb 8, 2010 10:36 AM CST
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Star I love your cubits. But I am spending way too much time on the computer. Now to check out the next thread Hurray!
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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 10:39 AM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
here's one I found, I no longer have that walk way down the center any more either. Seems all my plants reseeded before frost and I had tons of oranges and lemons and fanfare gailardia coming up and 4 :00 's which were accidentally planted out there. and habak mint coming up in there. that's ok though. I found a few other photos,

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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 10:40 AM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
Look at this one, you can still see the char all over the ground from the fire. I had started planting in this before I ever put the mulch down LOL put the mulch down later on, now it's completely mulched over, this pic was taken 3 or 4 months after the GH Fire

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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 10:41 AM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
another view

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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 8, 2010 1:40 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Kathy_Ann it sure is looking nice and to me it seems like you have it so that folks kind of have to take their time and go slow and enjoy the garden or they might miss something. Give sme the impression of relaxation and letting all your worries go and just enjoy the flowers.

Like your quote at the bottom of your name too. So very true. : )
Imagekathy_ann
Feb 8, 2010 1:44 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
yes, they do have to walk slow and they Better watch their step or they'll step on something lOL I hope to fill it so full there will be no room for weeds, but i'm not there yet he he
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ImageBluespiral
Feb 14, 2010 5:27 PM CST
Hi Ella and Kathy - looks like you two are starting with clean canvasses and lots of dreams ahead of you. I must say I'm jealous of what I see: lots of sunshine and flat ground. And Kathy has such nice bushy starts coming along - can't wait to see next summer's pictures.

Indygardengal, I suspect that moonvines (like your Ipomoea alba) may need an early start the farther north a garden is. I have some other species of moonvines growing indoors that were planted last May - Ipomoea albivenia (not sure if this one is really a vine; it is fragrant at night; has a swollen stem at the base) and Ipomoea macrorhiza (pale pink, night-blooming, said to be not fragrant). Well, I'm nuts for night bloomers, so nursing a few of them in a pot in our cat-challenged, tiny house is worth the wait for me. I think that if your moonvine, Ipomoea alba, is planted indoors in early winter or even wintered over from the summer before, that you would get some spectacular, fragrant blooms.

Great garden shots, all - early stages make a mature garden all the more savored, I think.

karen

Here's our Ipomoea alba at dusk a couple of years ago - takes a bit of shade -

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ImageRidesredmule
Feb 15, 2010 1:51 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I have tiny begonia seed coming up. BlueSpiral, I believe I got them from you.
Anyhow, they are coming up, they are teeny.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 15, 2010 5:44 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Karen... Your Ipomoea looks real nice. I'm still trying to figure out where I want to try and put a couple of vines this year.

Rides... Congrats on your new babies! yes they are tiny, very tiny and they are slow growers too. About the time you think they are not going to do anything, but sit weeks on end, one day they decide they don't want to be the puny kids in the block and finally start to grow and shoot up.
ImageRidesredmule
Feb 15, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
i was amazed how small they are. i'll keep an eye on them.
Thanks Star.
ImageBirdieBlue
Feb 16, 2010 5:42 PM CST
Name: BirdieBlue
Piedmont N.C.
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Oh how I love these! Especially the fragrant ones. Hurray!
BirdieBlue

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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 16, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Indy! I keep looking at your pic and love the colors . That is not a combination of color s I would normally use, but yorus sure looks good. What are the plants in yoru pic. Thata great shot, you did good! Lots better than me with a camera.

Hi Birdie! I wish I could smell the flowers. I always have to ask folks what thing smell like as related to a food taste. I can't smell flowers, but I can appreciate their beauty. : )

Who got more pics? I need lots of ideas.

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