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Imagestarlight1153
Jun 5, 2014 5:44 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Other thread was getting long again, so here we go we a new one.

We came from here: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/78721/

Not a Piggy swap member. That ok, feel free to jump in and join the gang. Or sit back, relax and read along. Feel free at anytime to add to the conversations.

Welcome all!

Imagestarlight1153
Jun 5, 2014 5:59 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Boy, I wish it would rain. Not only because the ground is a bullet and not even the post hole digger will go through it, but maybe it will cool things down a bit and drop some of the humidity.

We go through the spring and are flooded out and no we in a big drought. Ya know it bad when even the weeds which usually survive anything and everything are turning crisp and croaking.

I spent all day trying to dig 4 holes so I could in poles and put up some shade cloth. Can't get through the soil. Tried digging by hand and even that didn't work.

I could handle the heat it the humidty that getting to me. I feel like a giant sweat ball. Take a cold shower, come out of it and stand there about 2 minutes and ya can drip dry and by the time ya get to living room ya a sweat ball again.

Poor plants are struggling through the heat too. If something doesn't break soon I am going to be having to move pallets and pots under whatever shade trees I can.

Misti... Cute baby! Big Grin

One of the things I am surprised to see this year is fireflies. We haven't had any around here in what seems like forever. Now they all over the place.

ImageAndi
Jun 5, 2014 7:16 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I love fireflies. I haven't seen any yet this year. They typically start appearing around July fourth.

I can't imagine shading my plants on purpose, I am always trying to find sunny spots without shady trees. I have more sun here, but also plenty of tree stumps and rocks.

We had a bit of rain today. I was glad because my water pressure is still low. I am glad that I am a tenant, because my landlord has had to pump a septic and fix a bunch of valves and deal with the ahmmm "gentleman" running the water company who tells everyone who has troubles that it is an "internal problem" even though my next door neighbor has the same problem. I have a new high pressure/low flow shower head, so that I can finally take a shower, but the water pressure/water flow has to get fixed.

Otherwise I like my new place.

Winston the pug was fascinated when the guys were in the crawl space checking the pipes. There is a locking trap door to the crawl space in the floor. I didn't let Winston down there, but he was very interested. He was guarding the trap door yesterday. He also checked it a few times today.

After the rain stopped, I planted a few things without hitting any huge rocks! Yippee! The weather is still cool, but I am starting to reset my schedule for "summer gardening time" I set my alarm to wake up around sunrise so that I can get a bit done before it gets too hot. I have to finish weeding the front garden bed when it is shady in the morning. I follow the shade around the yard while gardening. Heat an humidity make me wilt faster than the plants. I don't know how you southern gardeners take it!

I stuck a thermometer in the ground. It read 50'F. Articles I read said to plant melons and some other direct sown crops when the ground warms to 60'F. Guess I can still plant a few pumpkins for Winston's treats and gamble on a late frost. A can of pumpkin was over $3 at the store! My neighbor planted zucchini seeds two weeks ago. He saw the first sprout today. He said that his zucchini bread is famous! He grates zucchini and freezes it so that he can make bread all year long. I am hoping for an Indian summer and late frost. Time will tell.

I miss having a yard full of flowers. I am removing weeds to make way for plants as quickly as I can! The existing azaleas and my potted rhodie are flowering. Two preexisting peonies are about to bloom - one dark pink, one medium pink. The first almost open buds are fragrant. I hope that they are the old fashioned fragrant varieties. They were planted in the 1980s or earlier. I am dis-budding the three new hybrid tea roses so that they will concentrate their energy growing roots. A few of my potted and moved roses have buds.

The weeds are going gangbusters! I broke down and got weed killer spray for the weeds growing thru the gravel driveway and along the road. I don't use it anywhere I will plant or sow seeds. I have also been applying a bit here and there with a paintbrush, especially on tree shoots regrowing from cut stumps.

Anyone have any cheap and easy ways to get rid of stumps? I like two of them that are big enough for big flowerpots, another is favored by a red headed woodpecker, but the other useless and ugly ones need to disappear.

I killed the first aphids today on roses and lilies. There is also a nasty worm/caterpillar that wants to burrow in the rosebuds! I grow veggies and most flowers naturally, but treat many of my roses with regular natural and chemical sprays and Bayer systemic rose products. (I say "naturally" because when choosing between regular and certified products like neems oil, I choose the less expensive uncertified version.) In a previous life I was a chemical engineer, so I research products before buying and using them. When I use an insecticide or a herbicide, I use the smallest amount of the least offensive one available. There seems to be a growing animosity among organic and non organic gardeners. I think that we should each make our own informed choices based on our climates, plant choices and philosophies.

Bella the cat wants me to put away the keyboard and pay attention to her. It has taken her a month to begin to recover from her ptsd.
ImageMistirose
Jun 5, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you Star! I be here!

Andi I feel your pain on the weeds. Mine is grass. We have Bermuda and didnt take it up when we built my raised beds. So I Grass instead of weed. Blinking
ImageAndi
Jun 5, 2014 7:56 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I guess everyone has a most hated weed!

I have clumps of "weed grass" - not sure if it is Bermuda grass or Pocono grass, but it is easier to pull out than dandelions. I hate the creepers - henbit, chickweed and a new grassy type, lighter color and wider than regular grass and not as easy to eliminate as clumpy weed grass. And clover, coming up thru the gravel driveway to the garage aka storage unit. I haven't had a gravel drive before, I am not a fan.

At least I have lots less poison ivy. I managed to get the poison ivy in the front bed sprayed and removed without getting a rash. I'll try to be grateful for that.

My neighbors first impression of me is probably my but in the air as I am pulling weeds. My neighbor said that everyone obeys the speed limit and slows down when I am out gardening.
ImageMistirose
Jun 5, 2014 8:59 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Yea the Bermuda is a creeping grass and its extremely difficult to kill. Fortunately for me their stems are weak as they have to travel a ways to get to light.
ImageAndi
Jun 6, 2014 7:51 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I'll take pictures of the creeping grass and ask you if it is Bermuda. It is really short and taking over the front bed. There are tons of tiny grassy plants. Impossible to get them all. I don't want to spray because I have seeds and plants ready to put in their place!

The small planted areas are starting to look nice. The rest of the yard is a disaster. I will take more before pictures. What kind of crazy person tries to garden in a mess like this?

This weekend is bonfire weekend! I have a huge pile of debris and the landlord's blessing to burn it. It is all wood, leaves, dead shubbery with some paper and cardboard thrown in for good measure. There are more leaves waiting for me to blow them into the pile! They even had chicken wings on sale at the store!

Edit: The chicken wings are going on the bbq, not in the bonfire
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patrob
Jun 6, 2014 8:25 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Bermuda grass is my worst weed, but, unfortunately, it's the best grass for lawns in our dry climate. Just wish it were not so determined to grow where it is not wanted. It is nearly impossible to dig out as the roots can be very deep and each bit of root that is left will sprout. It takes several applications of RoundUp to kill it.
ImageMistirose
Jun 6, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
agreed Patrob, and heaven forbid you leave any piece you pulled laying there it will regrow. I will not use Round up, but other than pulling the only thing I have found that kills it is Ortho Grass killer. I hate buying that brand but I only use it when I have to and I cant use it in my veggie bed so I hand pull. Which is what I spend my Saturdays doing lol
Imagegreene
Jun 6, 2014 11:56 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Since I don't enjoy maintaining grass I don't keep a lawn. Any Bermuda grass which comes over the property line from my neighbor's yard I pull up and place into flats with some decent soil. I feed it, care for it and keep it trimmed using scissors, then take it to my local swap where twice a year someone is happy to give it a good home Thumbs up .
ImageAndi
Jun 6, 2014 6:45 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I agree greene, no grass for me! If I am going to bother with something it will be flowers or veggies.

I looked up Bermuda grass - it is the "pull and land on your a** grass. Got rid of some of that today. I also have a low, creeping, bright green grass like stuff. Don't know what it is., but it is smothering under cardboard. I can either spend my entire summer on the blasted front bed, or get my plants in the ground.

I'll bore you with details and pictures later, have to eat first. I am starving!
ImageAndi
Jun 6, 2014 6:46 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I like those head shaped planters with grass growing out of it. Where do people find those?
Imagegreene
Jun 6, 2014 9:26 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Oops, guess I told a small fib. Not intentional. I do grow the Blue-eyed grass/Sisyrinchium and Yellow-eyed grass but that doesn't count as it is in pots and not grown as a lawn yet.

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ImageAndi
Jun 7, 2014 3:22 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Pretty grass on purpose is different from a lawn.
ImageDanita
Jun 7, 2014 11:33 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Greene, it also doesn't count because those aren't really grasses at all! They are in the Iris family! Big Grin

Although someone could argue that you really do like maintaining grass since you lovingly save that Bermuda grass, pamper it with good soil, feed it and give it haircuts with scissors! It sounds more like a pet! Hilarious!

I have to say that I hate my lawn grass and would happily kill it if selling the house wasn't a distinct possibility. It's just non-ending labor for something that is so boring and not attractive to any wildlife (or to me.)
Imagegreene
Jun 7, 2014 1:01 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Sorry, it's just my odd sense of humor. I don't keep a lawn but I do keep plants which have the word 'grass' in their common name such as Pampas grass, Blue-eyed grass, etc.

As for pampering the flats of real grass, since I couldn't put it in the compost, I enjoyed cutting and grooming the grass with scissors while sitting in a chair in the shade, sipping a cold beverage while my neighbor sweated himself silly with the lawn mower, weed whacker and blower to maintain his grass. Just my idea of a joke. Here is a photo; which side of the property line is mine? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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ImageMistirose
Jun 7, 2014 2:03 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Our HOA requires we have a lawn just like everyone else Glare lol or we may have switched it out for something else. I really hate Bermuda grass....been pulling all afternoon and heading back out again lol
ImageDanita
Jun 7, 2014 2:26 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
I think it's a great joke, Greene! Too funny! Hilarious!

Ooo, ooo, I know! Your side is the one with one of the best types of grass...Pink Muhly Grass!!!

That picture almost looks like two different neighborhoods!
poisondartfrog
Jun 7, 2014 2:37 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
" Here is a photo; which side of the property line is mine?"
The interesting, attractive, diverse, welcoming side.
Imagegreene
Jun 7, 2014 2:48 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Thanks, many of my plants are rescues.
That pink Muhly grass came my way after a small hurricane. The winds tore through the Sam's newly landscaped parking lot; I happened along as the landscape company was doing the big clean up. They gave me permission to take any and all of the plants which they set along side the dumpster to make it easier for me. My only regret is that I couldn't fit the trees into my small car.
I love rescuing plants.

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