Article: A Gardener's Return: You made me smile

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Image A Gardener's Return
By Mary St George on January 21, 2012

I always buy plants, but to be honest, I only sometimes garden. So when an upcoming family party necessitated a presentable yard, it was time to review and re-arrange things, in a fairly big way!

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ImageZanymuse
Jan 21, 2012 3:15 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I enjoyed reading your article. I hope that your outdoor space looks picture perfect for that family gathering.
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ImageMaryNZ
Jan 21, 2012 3:16 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Thanks Brenda, I hope so too!
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
tropicbreeze
Jan 21, 2012 4:07 AM CST
My father was always a big dahlia person. Roses as well as quite a few other things. But I've always been more of a tropical type so I had to learn from scratch. It's all good.
Imagewildflowers
Jan 21, 2012 7:25 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Mary, what a wonderful article. It made me smile too. I have always found dahlias beautiful but have never grown them. I think will look on line and see what I can find.

I sometimes call myself a "Fair weather gardener" because I most enjoy gardening when the weather is fair. Hilarious! When it gets too hot, it's very hard to get out there and that's when things get out of hand!
FAITH over fear!

ImageLaVonne
Jan 21, 2012 8:39 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I love to see things growing..preferably flowers and ornamental shrubs. My sister Marti is the gardener. I don't know what my yard will look like this Spring and Summer since she had to move back to California.

Mary I know that your garden will reward you come party time. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageMaryNZ
Jan 22, 2012 12:37 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Christine, there is a measure of common sense in fair weather gardening. Self preservation can be wise in extremely hot or cold weather!

LaVonne, I do hope you are correct about my garden. As for yours, it's tough to have a sister move away, especially when she has clearly had an impact on your garden. Maybe send desperate garden photos when it looks bad, and triumphant garden photos when you've spent some time in the yard, and see which photos motivate her to visit?
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
ImageLaVonne
Jan 22, 2012 1:23 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Since she is 2800 miles away a visit is not in either of our plans. Health wise I can't work in the garden for any length of time and since it requires bending and stooping for a lot of it that part will get neglected...it would put me back in the hospital. A trip I would not rather take again. I am going to take care of anything that was in pots that survives the winter...and my neighbor said he would help me build handicapped raised beds for some of the plants. I just hope that the plants she put in the ground and pots are a tough breed...they are going to need to be.
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageMaryNZ
Jan 22, 2012 1:29 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Tough plants are best, Dorothy, and a season or two will certainly show you what is tough! Most of the tough plants will multiply well, and you can use them to fill in gaps where more fickle things have been growing. Some will need cuttings to be taken to achieve this, other will spread unaided.

It's easy to build a watering system into a raised bed, and a bit more fiddly to do it for individual containers. That can be quite a labour-saver if you have long dry spells.
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
ImageLaVonne
Jan 22, 2012 2:44 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Well this last year and this winter we have gotten a lot of rain...some low temps with a bit of frost, but not the usual weather Kentucky has seen in the past. So we shall see.
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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
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ImageMaryNZ
Jan 22, 2012 2:47 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

My sister lived in Kentucky for a while, at Wilmore in Jessamine County.
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
Imagevic
Jan 22, 2012 5:27 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I really enjoyed your article and I love the color of that dahlia Thumbs up

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ImageSharon
Jan 22, 2012 11:42 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Summer in another part of the world, while the rest of us shiver and shake in the windy cold!! How fun.
Thanks Mary, especially for the photo of the dahlia.
ImageMaryNZ
Jan 22, 2012 12:38 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Thank you, Vicki :) . The Dahlia is quite changeable. It had paler, yellower blooms at first, and these later ones are prettier, in my opinion, so I am thrilled.

Thanks, Sharon! I have woken to a cool morning, for summer, but am appreciating its warmth regardless when I think how cold it must be in Kentucky. I remember my nieces and nephew having oh-so-many snow days around this time of year when they were over there. They were far more thrilled than their mother! Sending warmish thoughts your way. :)
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
ImageSharon
Jan 22, 2012 1:19 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
When I was teaching, I was just nearly as excited as the children when we had those 'snow days'!!
I'm in western Kentucky; we have had no snow this year, but it's been cold with lots of even colder wind. I don't mind the cold so much if there's sunshine to go with it. Smiling
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 22, 2012 5:33 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks for the story Mary. Sitting here chuckling and smiling away. Hilarious! Sure hope everything turns out nice and beautiful on that day. Thumbs up



ImageMaryNZ
Jan 22, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Thanks, Starlight :)
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/

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