Cottage Gardening forum: #10 Piggy Swap Chat and Friends ... Looking at the pretty blooms

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Sep 3, 2014 4:14 PM CST
Joseph, can you come set up at my local farmers' market next year?
Sep 4, 2014 8:55 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Star: I finally saw a snake!!!! Not in my garden, but down by the river about 10 miles away. It was resting on the porch of the lady I get eggs from. A little water snake about a foot long.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Sep 4, 2014 4:06 PM CST
I found a small/medium snake a few days ago, curled up between fence slats lying on the ground that I was standing up vertically to lean against the other fence. It slithered away and I was ALMOST brave enough to pick it up and relocate it nearer the center of the yard in another good hiding place.

And MONDAY, I found a skinny but looooong snake skin under some flats of potted plants I hadn't moved since June or so. Could have been the same snake, I dunno. NEXT time I will be braver. I didn't grow up here and though I've looked up local snakes and I BELIEVE there are no poisonous ones I'm likely to find in my yard, there's still that "are you SURE?" question in my head....
Sep 4, 2014 4:41 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
There are only 3 types of venomous snakes in the Pittsburgh area. Your skinny snake was probably a 'good' snake.
Either way, good or bad, it is against the law to kill the snake; you can relocate it...just not in my garden. Rolling on the floor laughing
Sep 4, 2014 5:10 PM CST
I Have NO desire to kill any critters!!!
Repel is as far as I will go under normal circumstances.
Although, I repelled some groundhogs from a hole near my foundation this summer and I just discovered this week that they simply moved to the FRONT yard..... 10 Feet of cinder block down from there before any foundation.

Thanks for the link. I'll go look again.

I researched when I found the FIRST snake in 2004 or 5 - a very large one that had probably been living in the rose of sharon for a long time. I had jostled the bushes by pulling on the runaway grapes and the bindweed for a couple of hours. As I headed in the back door, the large snake was just going past it, hugging the wall/patio connection. I felt awful. I was GLAD to see the new snake and skin. it slithered toward the woods and I was wishing I'd had the nerve to TRY to keep it in my yard.
Sep 6, 2014 10:35 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I've got a 6' rat snake n my front yard beds saw him the other day and he had just shed his skin he was so shinny and beautiful I'm pretty sure he is the baby one I saw about two years ago I'm so glad he has decided to stay.

You should see how the next door neighbor's cat tip toes down the sidewalk to eat with Babe (my porch cat) every time the plants move he jumps so funny he got a good look at him streched out under the holly tree though. Babe doesn't seem to mind him being around he crossed the sidewalk right in front of him the other day and he just watched him then Babe cane back on the porch Rolling on the floor laughing

I'm pretty sure that snake is a happy camper my side front yard is full of tall weeds from all of the dang rain we've been having.
Sep 6, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
There is an Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus) living in our garden. He (or she) likes to hang out near the coiled garden hose - maybe it looks like his mother. Rolling on the floor laughing
Sep 6, 2014 12:29 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Rolling on the floor laughing
Sep 6, 2014 12:35 PM CST
Sep 6, 2014 1:57 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Well, I think it's time to show you all some of my new flowers this year. Some are from the Piggy swap, some of other swaps

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Mimulus tigrinus

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Gentiana tibetica

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Zauschneria garetti

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Gaura lindheimeri

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Calceolaria mollisima

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Cnicus benedictus

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Monarda 'Croftway Pink'

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Centaurea cheirantifolia

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Monarda citriodora

Sep 6, 2014 2:37 PM CST
Sep 6, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Ooooohhhhh. Aaaaahhhh.

I will take one of those, and one of those, and...skip the thistle looking one...and one of those.

Beautiful. Wow. Thanks for the wonderful photos.
Sep 6, 2014 5:34 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Oh my, Jonna!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Lovey dubby
FAITH over fear!

Sep 6, 2014 11:29 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh boy, i can see i'm gonna be a little piggy again this year! Beautiful Jonna!
Sep 7, 2014 7:26 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Beautiful Jonna! Love the mimulus and haven't seen that thistle it is a thistle right?

I used to grow all of the thistles I could get my hands on years ago and every now and then I still have one pop up. My favorite one was the dark green one with white veins all of the thistles have such pretty flowers!
Sep 7, 2014 9:11 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Blessed thistle is rather special with a very long history of medicinal uses!
Greene, I think Plant Sister would love to grow that one, if she doesn't already!! Lovey dubby
FAITH over fear!

Sep 7, 2014 11:53 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
wildflowers, thanks for that info. I will put it on the 'want' list for Plant Sister.
Sep 7, 2014 4:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Absolutely gorgeous blooms, Jonna! Hurray!
Sep 7, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
greene wrote:wildflowers, thanks for that info. I will put it on the 'want' list for Plant Sister.

Thumbs up
FAITH over fear!

Sep 9, 2014 7:58 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Getting ready for another hot humid day. Ugggggggggg. Only thing good has been the fact that the heat and high humidity has brought us rain storms the past few days. Almost too much rain. Don't mind the rain, but have had wicked winds and so much thunder and lightening with it. Got caught waiting to late the other day or probably would have headed for a shelter. Hours of thunder and lightening had me nervous as a cat and about jumping out of my skin wondering if it was gonna hit the trailer. Several folks did have that problem and homes and businesses were lost.

Eck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I drove down to corner store the other day and was so busy watching pot holes and trying to swerve around them that I was too late to miss hitting a small one crossing the road. I was in panci mode and still checking tires everyday cuz as I ran over it I heard a giant pop. Freaked me out. Body shook all the way to store and home. It must be getting time for migration as I am seeing loads of snakes on theroad again. As llong as they stay there and out of my path I am happy. At least I thought I had the van trained to climb trees if it seen one on the road instead of hitting it. Guess I was wrong . Hilarious!

Jonna... Glad to see you. Hope you doing better. What yummy looking plants. Glad you still having a good growing season. Will you have friends to come this year and help you harvest or do the things that you might need help with?

Joseph... Dr. Dozier... Professor and breeder of fruit trees plants his first in pots. He uses tree pots. They skinnier on the top and long and slim on the bottom to promote root growth down. If he out of them he uses one gallon pots. He'll leave them grow and do evaluations for one or two years from the pots and than he will move them to a field. He plants the seedlings about a foot apart and lets them grow like that, prunning and trimming to shape til they about 3 to 4" tall and than will dig up and sell bareroot or move to larger pot or ground for production.

Saw the news this morning. Saw that a giant cold front coming down from Canada. Crazy and extreme weather conditions all this year and now a major cold font already coming. Hope ya all don't have your plants frosted already.

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