Lets Share Our Gardens ~Member Galleries forum: Chelle's Bog Garden

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May 20, 2010 12:39 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

Updated pix -

Bog and surrounding plantings - mid-August - after having very little actual rainfall since mid-June.
Thumb of 2010-09-02/chelle/9c3793

Another view - I did remove the Calla Lily. It liked the bog for awhile, then it started showing signs of wilt and I suspected rot was the culprit.
Thumb of 2010-09-02/chelle/33422a

Closer in - The CPs were delighted with the condensation water collected from a window air-conditioner. (I did, and do have some back-up jugs of saved rainwater stored for emergencies Smiling )
Thumb of 2010-09-02/chelle/a0e0ca

Just a cute addition - This juvenile treefrog likes the bog! He's sitting on a canna leaf and just hangin' around. Smiling
Thumb of 2010-09-02/chelle/abc79c

The cannas are starting to bloom - In the next few days I should be able to add pix of them. Big Grin

You can view the entire process of building the bog in this thread.


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Sep 17, 2010 6:45 PM CST
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
Chelle...this is gorgeous. Wish I had somewhere to make a bog garden. You really did a great job on it. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
Sep 17, 2010 6:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you! I love trying new things!

You can do a bog anywhere. It's learning about the carnivorous plants' needs that is the only tricky part. Check out some of the other bogs that were in the contest. Some were just made in a shallow tub. Smiling

There are a bunch of them to look at here http://cubits.org/MEKOSGAMES/forums/view/boggardenshowdownpr...

We're all learning it together.

Sep 18, 2010 3:00 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I have enjoyed watching your bog garden progress and the little frog seems to be very pleased with his new garden.

What does one have to do to winterize a bog garden?
Sep 18, 2010 6:30 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Cinda.

From the information I have so far, the bog itself can be mulched with either pine straw or long-strand sphagnum moss. Some of the plants that are in my bog will need to come inside, some need a cold period. Of the ones that do need to come in I've been told that they can be stored in a drawer in a refrigerator until it's time to plant them back outside for the summer.
Sep 18, 2010 6:46 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Plants in the refrigerator Rolling my eyes. That is something I would get in trouble for Big Grin
Sep 19, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

I have a dorm-sized refrigerator out in the summerhouse that is unused through the frozen winter months. Now I just have to decide if I would really want it running all winter long. Not sure yet on that one.

Nov 16, 2010 9:01 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
I considered getting one to store dahlias in over the winter. My DH kindly figured out the cost of electricity for me... and while it was going to be worth it (barely), I decided to try just leaving them in the cool garage, but up against the house side to keep it a little warmer. That worked out OK for our temps here.
Nov 16, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I've usually kept mine in a cool closet and I've had pretty good luck with that. I can't figure out in my own head what the benefits of refrigeration would be, unless it's for pants that need a little moisture over the course of storage time (?)
I think I'd be a bit leery of mold and rot in a conventional food fridge. I believe I will bag the CPs and try them in the fridge. If they look like they're starting to develop problems I could probably remove them and set them in the closet as well.

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