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Imagechelle
Mar 1, 2010 7:40 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
My gardens are mainly of the mix and match variety. I have always wanted to try a formal layout in a bed but so far most of my gardens have a cottage garden look. This is perhaps because I am not a very ruthless gardener. I like the surprises I receive when I decide to let a few volunteers grow where they may.
This shot is not very clear, but it shows my volunteer pumpkin vine growing up a tripod support made of branches. That vine grew the absolute greatest pie pumpkins I've ever tasted and all I had to do was just not pull it out of the flowers!

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Imagechelle
Mar 1, 2010 8:43 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I renovated this bed teo years ago. In it I have planted~

A few different Phlox, can't think of their names right now.
Lambsears, which I adore!
Pansies- this was first year they bloomed all summer for me
Catmint
Siberian Iris- Caesar's Brother
A few roses
Annual Salvia- Victoria Blue, have to have it every year.
Oriental Poppies - An orange variety
Annual California Poppies
Mums
Giant Allium
Cosmos- Different varieties
Zinnias- Standard mixed and Cactus varieties
and whatever else doesn't have a home when the seedlings need to be planted! LOL
Oh, and some type of orange Lily

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Imagechelle
Mar 2, 2010 2:48 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Here is another view of the same bed. You'll notice the pansies right in front.

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Imagechelle
Mar 2, 2010 2:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
The focal point of this garden is the Cardoon in the planter. Last year was the first time I had tried this wonderful plant. We had the coolest July on record last year so this fellow did not get as big as I would have liked, but it was still very nice to look at and had 2 or 3 blooms.

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Imagemarti
Mar 5, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
chelle

I've grown artichoke plants just for the flowers. Of course now here in KY I don't know if I can grow any, but I have one catalog that says if can grow in zone 6 and higher. May give it a try.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Imagechelle
Mar 5, 2010 7:06 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Last year it was pretty yellow flowered Okra for me. I too had kicked around the idea of trying Artichoke but I think I would have had to start it very early as I believe it is a long season plant. It should do great for you, however. Give it a go, just give it some room, I think it gets pretty big.
Imagechelle
Mar 6, 2010 11:00 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Crocosmia ~ Lucifer


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ImageSeray
Mar 8, 2010 3:14 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Pretty gardens Chelle! I think that's what I'm going to do with one of my big beds this year. Yours are inspiring. Love all the different colors and heights.
Imagechelle
Mar 8, 2010 3:35 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you Seray,
I can't bear to throw things out, so I just crowd them in everywhere!
Now if I just got out there to pinch .........I would love an even fuller look this year.
ImageSeray
Mar 8, 2010 3:47 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Weeding is my challenge. I didn't know the lasagna technique when I made mine and was overrun to say the least. Not sure how I'm going to approach it this year. Maybe just lots and lots of mulch.
Imagechelle
Mar 8, 2010 3:53 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I actually smother mine with horse hay or straw cut up with the push mower. Looks awful for a couple of weeks, but it turns dirt colored and blends in pretty nicely. Inexpensive, and I already have it handy. I don't spend much time weeding anymore, and I am grateful for it! I am a very firm believer in never having bear soil showing. Bare soil means thousands of weeds. You never have a chance to sit and enjoy the garden that way.
ImageSeray
Mar 8, 2010 5:15 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Yep Newbie lesson learned that's for sure! I agree
ImageMarilyn
Mar 11, 2010 2:57 AM CST
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY
Chelle,

Your gardens are wonderful and beautiful! Drooling
Imagechelle
Mar 11, 2010 8:08 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you so much, Marilyn!
I just love gardening.......this year I hope to take even more photos.
Smiling
ImageChrissy100
Mar 11, 2010 10:46 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
It all looks and sounds terrific ...I am excited for you now you have your Spring.
I think like you ...take care of the earth and it will take care of you. I agree
it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagechelle
Mar 12, 2010 8:41 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
You've hit my passionate button with that one! Yes, feed the critters of the soil, from microbes to earthworms and refrain from harming our other helpers as well. Bees, butterflies, birds, toads etc. help us with a great deal of our garden "chores" if we allow them to.
Imageangele
Mar 20, 2010 1:37 PM CST
Name: Angele (zone7b/8a)
Elephant Butte, NM
Yeah! I'm a Charley's girl!
Love your gardens Chelle & your plant lists too. My artichokes have come up already. I had one two year old plant last year that gave several small artichokes. Yummy & soft like butter. I did let the last ones go to flower for the butterflies & bees.
Imagechelle
Mar 20, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
DH was out in the GH this morning. Guess what he said? Soo..... you're not planning on growing squash and tomatoes in there this year? (Hint) (Hint). How about artichokes? We LOVE artichokes, even young son loves 'em. Might just give it a whirl and see what happens.
I had cardoon last year for the first time. The bees and butterflies loved it too. Going to try some from seed this year. (fingers crossed)

Thanks for strolling through the garden. I'm glad you're here!
Imageangele
Mar 20, 2010 2:36 PM CST
Name: Angele (zone7b/8a)
Elephant Butte, NM
Yeah! I'm a Charley's girl!
I think most kinds only produce the buds the second year. I have to find my seed packet to see what kind I had that was supposed to produce the first year.
Imagechelle
Mar 20, 2010 2:43 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
We had such good fortune with the GH this winter. I'm pretty sure that all the tropicals will make it for another seasons beauty. That's one of the reasons I hadn't tried chokes yet, had to see what could be accomplished before I had a two year to fruit type plant.
If you find it, it would help me know which to get.
Thanks! Smiling

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