Lets Share Our Gardens ~Member Galleries forum: Oohs! & Aahs!~ Discussion of Galleries

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Imagechelle
Mar 1, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Welcome!
Lets talk about our gardens. You can reference a post placed in a member's gallery by clicking on the post number and then talk about it here.
~ I will use one of my posts as an example as they are the only ones here as yet.
Imagechelle
Mar 1, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I clicked on the post number, copied and pasted the URL here~ http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/87549/

Now I can discuss this photo and post here on this thread. In addition, everyone else will be able to see what I'm talking about by clicking on the link.

Imagechelle
Mar 2, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/91713/

This is the first post in Chrissy's aussie garden.She has many more absolutely gorgeous photos of her amazing gardens!

Chrissy! OMG, I thought I had seen some amazing gardens before, but your's defies an
adequate description!
Stunning! When you have time please show us some more.
Huge thanks to you for sharing...........chelle
Imagechelle
Mar 2, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Chrissy,
I for one would also like to know what it is like to be in the middle of a dust storm like that. http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/91746/
I have never been in one, must be awfully difficult. How do you ever get everything cleaned up again?
Also, your gardens look so lush, how can there be dust anywhere nearby?
Just full of questions aren't I?
ImageChrissy100
Mar 3, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Oh the red dust blows in only rarely because it comes from thousands of miles away in the outback ...it is pretty shocking though you can't drive because the windscreen wiper liquid turns the thick dust to red mud.
It gets into your mouth and your teeth crunch from the particles.
It gets into everything.
Everything turns red.
Our poor stations (you would call them ranches) in the outback cop them pretty regularly poor things.
In Sydney you could not see the Harbour bridge or Opera House that day.

This is much better

Thumbnail by Chrissy100

it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagechelle
Mar 3, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Wow, that is incredible. If I get even one particle of sand in my mouth I have a fit, can't imagine that much flying around.
That is a beautiful shot of the ferry boat and the bridge.
Imagechelle
Mar 3, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Chrissy,
Your gardens have been a ray of sunshine for all of us gardeners still struggling through snow & cold!
Imagechelle
Mar 4, 2010 7:38 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Chrissy,
I have heard from a slew of gardeners that they cannot get their wisteria to bloom. Can you tell us any hints or tips on how you get yours to bloom so magnificently? I myself have read many articles on proper top pruning, root pruning & fertilization which I am experimenting with here at Hidden Valley Lake. Ever hopeful.........chelle

Chrissy's Wisteria http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/95830/
Imagechelle
Mar 4, 2010 7:44 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Snail Creeper, http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/95835/

I have to get more info on this one. I am always looking for more fragrance in my gardens.
Imagechelle
Mar 5, 2010 8:37 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Chrissy,
Don't tell me you had that lovely Koala in your yard! I was already wistful before I saw that fellow. How adorable.... http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/101436/
ImageChrissy100
Mar 8, 2010 10:21 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Getting wisteria to bloom ...easy NEGLECT! Thumbs up

No Koala in my yard a friend's picture.

I love it ...it dies down in cold weather but comes back in Spring from an underground tuber. It is a heavily delicious fragrance.

Thumbnail by Chrissy100

it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
ImageChrissy100
Mar 8, 2010 10:26 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Sorry my last comment was directed at the snail creeper

Thumbnail by Chrissy100

it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagechelle
Mar 10, 2010 8:04 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Four-O-Clocks are on my list of must tries. So far I have not even had the pleasure of sampling their aroma. Bedding plants are not commonly offered here so I would need to start them from seed.
Chrissy's~ http://cubits.org/planthaven/thread/view_post/111998/

Chrissy,
All of your plants look super healthy & lush. Do you use any special fertilizers or soil additives to achieve this? If so, could you share them with the rest of us?
ImageChrissy100
Mar 10, 2010 2:10 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Lots of animal manures to improve soil ...I am on heavy red clay here.
This is strawberry country here.I use lots of heavy coarse washed river sand (I buy it buy the ton.) to lighten it up.
The area I live in is one of the oldest farming areas in Australia and there are tomatoes, melons, zucchini,cabbages,chillies,capsicums and greens grown for NSW.

It is an interesting zone to live in because I can grow both tropical and cool climate (borderline) fruits and vegs in my 16 acres here. I think it is considered sub tropical here.

I do not use poisons and I garden about 90% organically.
I use seaweed extract as a tonic and blood and bone in Spring.
I set the planting area up well (improving soil). Plant and mostly leave to mother nature after that. The deciduous trees give me plenty of natural mulch and I mow the grass with a self mulching mower , this saves raking up grass and improves the soil.

Thumbnail by Chrissy100

it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagechelle
Mar 10, 2010 2:34 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Ahah!
Thank you, Chrissy!
Just wanted to see if I was on the right track.
No wonder your gardens are so beautiful! You work hard to get them that way.
I have started working mine in much the same way. We too have the heavy clay. I have been incorporating as much organic material as I can get hold of into the soil for the last 3 years in the flower beds, and the last 10 years in the veggie patch.
Last year I added a row of 90* sand, and 10* compost for growing carrots, and had amazing results.
ImageSeray
Mar 18, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Love your gardens Chrissy. Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to work a little harder. And maybe I won't chop down all the wisteria that covers my woods after all. It never blooms like yours though. Maybe it's too shady?

I too want a koala in my yard! Smiling
ImageRidesredmule
Mar 19, 2010 1:33 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
We don't have their food here, girls. But a koala would be cute. Eucalytus trees is one. (I know I didn't spell that right.) I bet the Wisteria is climbing on it's way to the top.
Chrissy, Love your gardens. Thanks for showing us.
ImageChrissy100
Apr 1, 2010 10:01 PM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
No I limit it to a sixty foot span on one of my front fences.
Mid Summer you hack back those long shoots that they throw up.

I think hot baking all day sun helps too.

Thumbnail by Chrissy100

it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.

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