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ImageAndi
May 22, 2014 2:29 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Star, that is a beautiful butterfly bush. I hope you have seeds! I read about it here and the other site, I am sharing a quote ...

"There is a beautiful specimen growing at Plant Delights Nursery near Raleigh, NC. They have pruned it to a single trunk, making it more of a small tree with beautiful, weeping form. It is planted on a slight rise, with a path below, so when you walk under it the flowers are just above or at your height. The perfect use of this beautiful plant, in my opinion!"

That would be pretty. I have seen rose of sharon trained as standards as well.

My goal is no grass! I don't have much to start with and I am not encouraging it. I don't have a lawn mower and don't feel like buying one. I am saving my pennies for a rototiller. There is a narrow strip of grass in front of the flowerbed. Actually it is a strip of dandelions and grass...a ground cover would be much easier - until it started encroaching on the flower bed. Learned my lesson with pachysandra in the last garden.

I will be digging out lots of wild strawberries and I have some creeping Jenny in a couple of pots. maybe one of these will like the front strip.

Anyone have any suggestions for perennial z6a ground covers next to a road in a sunny location?
Imagechristine00
May 22, 2014 4:10 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
creeping phlox maybe
Imagegreene
May 22, 2014 5:52 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Nan Ondra is in Pennsylvania and has a blog; check out what she can accomplish in your zone.
http://hayefield.com/
ImageBluespiral
May 22, 2014 8:33 PM CST
If I take off my glasses, thenthe oceans of chickweed become seas of green glass - not sure the gardens beneath ever looked so magical.

My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
ImageMistirose
May 22, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Kacee around? sent her cmail a few days ago. Hope she is ok Group hug
ImageAndi
May 23, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
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BBQ season has officially begun!
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ImageAndi
May 23, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks for the link! I have lots of work to do outside once this rainshower passes.

This is my "curb appeal. I want to put the groundcover in front to overtake the struggling grass. Winstons curly tail is the cutest thing in the picture.
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This is the back yard. I'll be digging up suckers of the existing lilac (the shrub behind the two rocks) and containing it to one location. Misti wants some, if anyone else does, let me know.
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Here is a charming vista of the newly dug and pumped septic and pot ghetto.
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The images have not been retouched. This is the natural beauty as captured by my camera this morning.
ImageDayjillymo
May 23, 2014 11:25 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Andi, you have a lovely new area to work with! I'm drawn to the woodsy perimeter in all those photos! You do have your work cut out for you, but I see some great potential there for a lovely garden! There is a buildilng along the left border of the middle photo - is that your house in all those trees? I just love wooded acreage. Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
ImageAndi
May 23, 2014 12:26 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I want to put some rugosa roses at the perimeter and shade plantings among the trees. The trees in the back are near the edge of the property line. There is a park bench which I am hoping to get help moving to the shade beneath the trees. I also want to make a hammock.

I plan to have raised flower and/or veggie beds surrounded by rocks or wood with stone walkways in between. I already have a collection of flat state stones. There are plenty more everywhere. This area is called "the slate belt". You can't plant anything without encountering at least one big rock. It is a challenge to find a place to put a hanging Shepard's hook. It is hard to sink the post deep enough without hitting a rock. I usually give up and wedge it between larger branches of a shrub.

I think the yard has potential. If the yard were perfectly groomed, the landlord wouldn't want me digging and planting. As it is, I am welcome to plant whatever I want!
ImageAndi
May 23, 2014 12:34 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
OMG, greene, Nan has alpacas! I would love pet alpacas - wonder if they would eat my plants.....

I love knitting with alpaca yarn!

She is in Buck's County, PA. It is south of where I live near Philadelphia.

Her gardens are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the link!
ImageAndi
May 23, 2014 2:25 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
It wasn't supposed to rain until tonight. Do the weather people ever look out the window? Maybe they are in an underground bunker filled with computers.

Anyway, now that I saved my photos, here are some pictures taken during our morning walk. The scenery is much more beautiful than my yard.


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ImageAndi
May 23, 2014 2:35 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Here are a couple notable native plants...
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I think Winston may like fishing. They stock the lake with trout and bass. Wonder if I can train him to dig for worms...
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poisondartfrog
May 24, 2014 4:33 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who is behind on the garden cleanup. I'm learning to live with less perfection every year. Hilarious! I am getting some help cleaning up the insect population, though. Unfortunately, tender seedlings are pretty tasty, too.
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ImageAndi
May 24, 2014 5:51 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
LOL, they look like Phillis Diller! Bet they have lots of personality. It would be fun to watch them strut around the yard.
Imagegreene
May 24, 2014 6:01 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Oh, Andi, you are giving away your age when you say Phyllis Diller.

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photo from the internet, not my own.
poisondartfrog
May 24, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I'm right there, lol. And not surprisingly, the blond's name is Phyllis. Her coopmate is Shaka.
ImageAndi
May 24, 2014 6:29 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
LOL, my grandma let me stay up late and watch Merv Griffin and other talk shows. Phillis Diller and Flip Wilson were my favorite guests. She would also change the channel to I Love Lucy when we were supposed to be watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. I wasn't allowed to watch the little rascals. Ironically, many of the episodes were filmed in Ithaca, NY. When I went to college in Ithaca, everyone would recognize certain buildings, etc. from the little rascals. I caught a couple of episodes online, having a reverse childhood.
ImageAndi
May 24, 2014 6:31 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Perfect name for that hot chick!
ImageMistirose
May 24, 2014 7:39 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing you guys are cracking me up!
Imagewildflowers
May 24, 2014 12:11 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hilarious! Those are a couple of cute chicks!!!

Andi, those are some beautiful views you have. There's a possible meteor show tonight, would be nice to see by the lake.
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