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Title: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 24, 2018, 07:42:49 PM
How does your garden grow?  A couple of the fellows and I were talking about oranges a little while ago and it came to me that we could use a gardening thread around here.  We can discuss our gardens, talk about plants in general, and trees too.  We could also upload photos of our vegetables, fruits and flowers.  (And pests.  Peter W. displayed some nice snail pics on the old board.)  Might be fun, and for starters, I spotted a baby Praying Mantis the other day.  Fascinating creatures.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis   
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: pate on September 25, 2018, 05:45:26 AM
I bet it was a Male mantis, they don't get very big.  It's pretty late in the season for baby manti.  It is getting close to egg sack laying/formation time so if your lil' fella "gets lucky" it'll be his head...

I bought five mantis egg sacks for my garden this spring, I haven't seen any running around in months.  I even captured a female and released her a few weeks ago, same story.  I think the birds are eating them.

This year's container garden: Tomatos, squash, cucumbers (complete failure again), and peppers.

I also dug up all the crabgrass and seeded with bentgrass (putting green grass) it is coming in nicely where the dogs are allowing it.  Most of the lawn is Bermuda grass which I actually like because the dogs can't seem to kill it, and I can cut it really low (middle setting on a reel mower, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch).  The bentgrass I overseeded into the Bermuda is slowly coming up.

That bentgrass seed is fairly expensive, I think, 1 lb cost about 16 bucks.  1lb/1000 sqft, lucky I have a tiny backyard.  30 ft by maybe 60-80 ft.  Nice thing about the bentgrass seed I got is that it sprouts in about 3-4 days (or has for me in the three sections I have seeded since mid-August).  Takes a lot of water though.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on September 25, 2018, 08:02:14 PM
Any of you have a good organic cure for flea beetles?  I brought in some top soil from a local landscaping company a couple of years ago, and I have been dealing with those little bastards ever since.  I've kept them in check by spraying with  pyrethrins, but the less spraying, the better.  Once winter hits, I plan to take a weed burner and torch the hell out of my little garden plot.  I don't know if that will do any good, but the thought of burning the little bastards unborn makes me happy.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 25, 2018, 08:06:45 PM
Any of you have a good organic cure for flea beetles?  I brought in some top soil from a local landscaping company a couple of years ago, and I have been dealing with those little bastards ever since.  I've kept them in check by spraying with  pyrethrins, but the less spraying, the better.  Once winter hits, I plan to take a weed burner and torch the hell out of my little garden plot.  I don't know if that will do any good, but the thought of burning the little bastards unborn makes me happy.

Maybe diatomaceous earth?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 25, 2018, 08:20:09 PM
Maybe diatomaceous earth?

Gravity is on to something.  I can't speak from personal experience because I do not have a green thumb.  However, my cousin has gardens of all varieties and swears by the stuff.  It's definitely worth a shot.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 25, 2018, 08:24:00 PM
Any of you have a good organic cure for flea beetles?  I brought in some top soil from a local landscaping company a couple of years ago, and I have been dealing with those little bastards ever since.  I've kept them in check by spraying with  pyrethrins, but the less spraying, the better.  Once winter hits, I plan to take a weed burner and torch the hell out of my little garden plot.  I don't know if that will do any good, but the thought of burning the little bastards unborn makes me happy.

If you have the room, planting these next year might help. Wiki:
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Flea beetles can be deterred by a number of different companion plants, that can be grown intercropped in a garden to benefit neighboring plants. For example, thyme, catnip, and other kinds of mint cover up the scent of nearby plants.
Radishes, on the other hand, can be grown as a trap crop, luring the flea beetles away from more important crops. Since the root isn't harmed by the beetles, they remain useful, themselves.  A number of natural predators can be employed to keep flea beetles in check, including two that parasitize it: Braconid wasps and tachinid flies. In both cases, the larval stage feeds on the flea beetle, while the adults feed on nectar and pollen; some species are even important pollinators.
To encourage Braconid wasps and Tachinid flies, some types of flowers can be planted between crops: umbels such as caraway, herb fennel, coriander and Ammi majus, and simple open flowers such as California poppies and pot marigolds, as well as yarrows.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on September 25, 2018, 08:25:48 PM
Gravity is on to something.  I can't speak from personal experience because I do not have a green thumb.  However, my cousin has gardens of all varieties and swears by the stuff.  It's definitely worth a shot.
Wear a mask and watch breathing during application of such!

The debate:
I was outta town for a month and got yuuge number of various peppers. Apparently we had rain and sun lots. But most ripe to red: japs, cerrano, and bananna. Still good? Hotter or less due to color? Ways to use them?

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 25, 2018, 08:29:22 PM
Wear a mask and watch breathing during application of such!

The debate:
I was outta town for a month and got yuuge number of various peppers. Apparently we had rain and sun lots. But most ripe to red: japs, cerrano, and bananna. Still good? Hotter or less due to color? Ways to use them?

Generally just a tad sweeter if they turn red. I don’t think they get hotter.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 25, 2018, 08:33:51 PM
I bet it was a Male mantis, they don't get very big.  It's pretty late in the season for baby manti.  It is getting close to egg sack laying/formation time so if your lil' fella "gets lucky" it'll be his head...

I bought five mantis egg sacks for my garden this spring, I haven't seen any running around in months.  I even captured a female and released her a few weeks ago, same story.  I think the birds are eating them.

This year's container garden: Tomatos, squash, cucumbers (complete failure again), and peppers.

I also dug up all the crabgrass and seeded with bentgrass (putting green grass) it is coming in nicely where the dogs are allowing it.  Most of the lawn is Bermuda grass which I actually like because the dogs can't seem to kill it, and I can cut it really low (middle setting on a reel mower, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch).  The bentgrass I overseeded into the Bermuda is slowly coming up.

That bentgrass seed is fairly expensive, I think, 1 lb cost about 16 bucks.  1lb/1000 sqft, lucky I have a tiny backyard.  30 ft by maybe 60-80 ft.  Nice thing about the bentgrass seed I got is that it sprouts in about 3-4 days (or has for me in the three sections I have seeded since mid-August).  Takes a lot of water though.

I used to work at a place where, for some reason, full grown mantises would cling to the inside walls.  Everyonce in awhile I would spot one and put it in a small cardboard box.  Then, after I got home, I would take it outside and put it in my potted tomato plants.  It would usually hang around for a day or two before moving on to some other place.  It was kind of funny because I'd be at work, doing this and that, and someone would come up to me all at once with a mantis.  Ha, I'd have to stop what I was doing and go hunt down a cardboard box. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on September 25, 2018, 10:32:03 PM
Thanks for the advice!  May you never have to deal with these little bastards. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2018, 08:00:46 PM
Thanks for the advice!  May you never have to deal with these little bastards.

You bet.  I hope that things work out for you next spring.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Walks_At_Night on September 26, 2018, 08:06:11 PM
Tomorrow I lay sod in my front yard.   80% chance of rain.  I'm gonna be a Mud Puppy!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2018, 08:10:12 PM
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Here is a pic of my ash tree out back, looking up through it to the top.  That poor old tree was badly overgrown so I had a tree service prune it back a ways.  They got rid of a lot of dead limbs and shaped it up real nice.  I get more sunlight coming through it now which is what I wanted.  If you look close, you can spot a circle of cable that was installed to hold back any heavy branches that might break during a storm.  Hopefully it will keep some of them from falling onto the house.  A couple of weeks ago the leaves were mostly green but now they are turning yellow real fast.   
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kingfish on September 26, 2018, 08:15:45 PM
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Here is a pic of my ash tree out back, looking up through it to the top.  That poor old tree was badly overgrown so I had a tree service prune it back a ways.  They got rid of a lot of dead limbs and shaped it up real nice.  I get more sunlight coming through it now which is what I wanted.  If you look close, you can spot a circle of cable that was installed to hold back any heavy branches that might break during a storm.  Hopefully it will keep some of them from falling onto the house.  A couple of weeks ago the leaves were mostly green but now they are turning yellow real fast.

You got ash borers in your area?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2018, 08:21:32 PM
You got ash borers in your area?

No. Thankfully, they haven't made it to my state yet.  I did however use the trunk of the tree for a soccer goal post.  I didn't think I was hitting it so hard, but after awhile a large section of bark started to peel off.  Needless to say, I quit hitting it with the soccer ball. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 26, 2018, 08:29:54 PM
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Here is a pic of my ash tree out back, looking up through it to the top.  That poor old tree was badly overgrown so I had a tree service prune it back a ways.  They got rid of a lot of dead limbs and shaped it up real nice.  I get more sunlight coming through it now which is what I wanted.  If you look close, you can spot a circle of cable that was installed to hold back any heavy branches that might break during a storm.  Hopefully it will keep some of them from falling onto the house.  A couple of weeks ago the leaves were mostly green but now they are turning yellow real fast.

I have an Arizona Ash in my backyard that is huge. I planted it in 1994 so I don’t know how much longer it will survive. They tell me 20 years down here is an average. I will try to measure the circumference of the trunk this week. I have had to remove limbs like that a few times. It sure keeps down my AC costs in the summer since my backyard faces to the south. I have a Bradford Pear next to it that is starting to give up the ghost. I need to get it taken out.

I also have two huge Crape Myrtles along with several smaller ones.

Here is a picture of the big Crape Myrtle in the front.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2018, 08:38:57 PM
I have an Arizona Ash in my backyard that is huge. I planted it in 1994 so I don’t know how much longer it will survive. They tell me 20 years down here is an average. I will try to measure the circumference of the trunk this week. I have had to remove limbs like that a few times. It sure keeps down my AC costs in the summer since my backyard faces to the south. I have a Bradford Pear next to it that is starting to give up the ghost. I need to get it taken out.

I also have two huge Crape Myrtles along with several smaller ones.

Here is a picture of the big Crape Myrtle in the front.

Nice.  Do you get a lot of butterflies and hummingbirds?  It seem like they would be attracted to that color.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 26, 2018, 08:45:08 PM
Nice.  Do you get a lot of butterflies and hummingbirds?  It seem like they would be attracted to that color.

I haven’t seen hummingbirds but butterflies and bees seem to go to town. I have had an owl nest in the front a couple of different times as well. Not every year.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on September 26, 2018, 08:55:51 PM
I have an Arizona Ash in my backyard that is huge. I planted it in 1994 so I don’t know how much longer it will survive. They tell me 20 years down here is an average. I will try to measure the circumference of the trunk this week. I have had to remove limbs like that a few times. It sure keeps down my AC costs in the summer since my backyard faces to the south. I have a Bradford Pear next to it that is starting to give up the ghost. I need to get it taken out.

I also have two huge Crape Myrtles along with several smaller ones.

Here is a picture of the big Crape Myrtle in the front.

That's beautiful.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on September 26, 2018, 09:01:52 PM
I have an Arizona Ash in my backyard that is huge. I planted it in 1994 so I don’t know how much longer it will survive. They tell me 20 years down here is an average. I will try to measure the circumference of the trunk this week. I have had to remove limbs like that a few times. It sure keeps down my AC costs in the summer since my backyard faces to the south. I have a Bradford Pear next to it that is starting to give up the ghost. I need to get it taken out.

I also have two huge Crape Myrtles along with several smaller ones.

Here is a picture of the big Crape Myrtle in the front.
Don't worry GS, the next storm will take out your Bradford Pear. It is funny, like clockwork, how neighborhoods have them all start failing at same time cause builders put them in at same time. You.can extend life a bit with good pruning but they are short term but folks like em cause quick growing, cheap, n nice blooms.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Chocolate coated jackboot on September 27, 2018, 08:02:31 AM
Crimson sweet watermelon, Leek, 2 rows onion(tops already dead, waiting to be dug up
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This years Florida-weaved Mortgage lifter tomatoes and next year's Leek seeds(the big alien looking puffy ball)
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 28, 2018, 11:20:41 PM
Crimson sweet watermelon, Leek, 2 rows onion(tops already dead, waiting to be dug up
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This years Florida-weaved Mortgage lifter tomatoes and next year's Leek seeds(the big alien looking puffy ball)
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Yum, Chocolate.  I wish you were my next door neighbor so that you could slip me a couple of those freshly dug up onions. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 02, 2018, 07:43:56 PM
Here is a flower postcard.  Does anybody know what kind of flower it is?

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: pate on October 02, 2018, 07:50:01 PM
Here is a flower postcard.  Does anybody know what kind of flower it is?

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I believe that is a variety of Columbine.  State flower of Colorado I believe.  I have some purple/pink ones growing here and there...
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on October 02, 2018, 07:58:09 PM
I believe that is a variety of Columbine.  State flower of Colorado I believe.  I have some purple/pink ones growing here and there...

I believe you are correct Pate. A 5 pointed star with a bloom inside.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: pate on October 02, 2018, 08:05:01 PM
I believe you are correct Pate. A 5 pointed star with a bloom inside.

Huh, I was going by the leaves.  The ones I have flower like this:

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 02, 2018, 08:06:27 PM
I believe that is a variety of Columbine.  State flower of Colorado I believe.  I have some purple/pink ones growing here and there...

Well, that was fast.  Right you are, pate and Gravity. Good going!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on October 02, 2018, 08:52:59 PM
Here is a flower postcard.  Does anybody know what kind of flower it is?

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columbine. likes lower montane areas, needs some shade.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on October 02, 2018, 08:57:45 PM
Wear a mask and watch breathing during application of such!

The debate:
I was outta town for a month and got yuuge number of various peppers. Apparently we had rain and sun lots. But most ripe to red: japs, cerrano, and bananna. Still good? Hotter or less due to color? Ways to use them?

Jalapeno and Serranos should be great. I think they get less bitter and a bit softer - when they're that ripe they don't hold up well to the bacon wrapped grill technique. They'd be great in salsa and such and they freeze really well too. For me, I've always found that the heat is from the amount of water they receive, but I live in a very dry climate. I really don't know about the Bananas.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 02, 2018, 10:38:15 PM
columbine. likes lower montane areas, needs some shade.

Right!  Thanks for playing, PolkaDot.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on October 03, 2018, 10:26:42 AM
Right!  Thanks for playing, PolkaDot.
I’m late to the game but love this topic idea! I have a feeling you all are in nicer gardening clime than I am. Love horticulture though, it’s one of my happy places. Thanks for starting this guys- I’m excited to see what everyone is up too in their gardens!
Title: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:18:14 PM
Either way, need to kill em. Situation, at one point was a "hold my beer" situation when neighbor decided a poke n spray approach would work. Another trip to store for cans of spray and Benadryl (I was thinking that could he illegal, some meth making thing) but electronic check-out didn't stop (maybe flagged for later?) Anyhow killer didnt work. Methods were being discussed over beers. Decided to wait til manana. Maybe best. Thoughts were: pour kerosene, flood with hose, shove a lit road flare down, fireworks, pull out bush with truck while folks spray hole, pour deisel, or "get a sharpshooter and dig out, I'm immune." Most ideas were agreed that get your kid to film this so abandoned, for now. The spray didnt even kill ones flying back and forth. Bought 12 cans at Walmart, discounted. Now I know why discounted. Ideas?
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: GravitySucks on October 06, 2018, 08:19:56 PM
Either way, need to kill em. Situation, at one point was a "hold my beer" situation when neighbor decided a poke n spray approach would work. Another trip to store for cans of spray and Benadryl (I was thinking that could he illegal, some meth making thing) but electronic check-out didn't stop (maybe flagged for later?) Anyhow killer didnt work. Methods were being discussed over beers. Decided to wait til manana. Maybe best. Thoughts were: pour kerosene, flood with hose, shove a lit road flare down, fireworks, pull out bush with truck while folks spray hole, pour deisel, or "get a sharpshooter and dig out, I'm immune." Most ideas were agreed that get your kid to film this so abandoned, for now. The spray didnt even kill ones flying back and forth. Bought 12 cans at Walmart, discounted. Now I know why discounted. Ideas?

Call Linda Moulton Howe
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: Walks_At_Night on October 06, 2018, 08:27:35 PM
Either way, need to kill em. Situation, at one point was a "hold my beer" situation when neighbor decided a poke n spray approach would work. Another trip to store for cans of spray and Benadryl (I was thinking that could he illegal, some meth making thing) but electronic check-out didn't stop (maybe flagged for later?) Anyhow killer didnt work. Methods were being discussed over beers. Decided to wait til manana. Maybe best. Thoughts were: pour kerosene, flood with hose, shove a lit road flare down, fireworks, pull out bush with truck while folks spray hole, pour deisel, or "get a sharpshooter and dig out, I'm immune." Most ideas were agreed that get your kid to film this so abandoned, for now. The spray didnt even kill ones flying back and forth. Bought 12 cans at Walmart, discounted. Now I know why discounted. Ideas?

They are in a hole?  If you can cover the hole exit with a screen at night.   Then the next day pump 50,000 gallons of water down thru the screen

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Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:29:10 PM
Call Linda Moulton Howe
Ha. I actually used the pool net to capture one because I didn't wanna kill bees (though someone chimed in "what if Africanized Bees?! They are mean and will follow you!)
BUT, you could be onto something. Nicanoids (sp?) she always blames. I'll hit up neighbors n friends who smoke or dip and throw the ashtrays and spitoons into the bush?
Nah, I'll figure it out. Open to more ideas though since my fire options are suspect due to proximity of house. Might get a tyvek suit and go zombie style dig n spray. Idk.
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:31:42 PM
They are in a hole?  If you can cover the hole exit with a screen at night.   Then the next day pump 50,000 gallons of water down thru the screen

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Ha. Water restrictions. Friggin greenies. Even when we have floods or even rain. Though my "one day a week" I guess?
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: Walks_At_Night on October 06, 2018, 08:33:38 PM
Ha. Water restrictions. Friggin greenies. Even when we have floods or even rain. Though my "one day a week" I guess?

Well then a gallon of 93 Octane is the only thing left.

Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 06, 2018, 08:34:30 PM
Either way, need to kill em. Situation, at one point was a "hold my beer" situation when neighbor decided a poke n spray approach would work. Another trip to store for cans of spray and Benadryl (I was thinking that could he illegal, some meth making thing) but electronic check-out didn't stop (maybe flagged for later?) Anyhow killer didnt work. Methods were being discussed over beers. Decided to wait til manana. Maybe best. Thoughts were: pour kerosene, flood with hose, shove a lit road flare down, fireworks, pull out bush with truck while folks spray hole, pour deisel, or "get a sharpshooter and dig out, I'm immune." Most ideas were agreed that get your kid to film this so abandoned, for now. The spray didnt even kill ones flying back and forth. Bought 12 cans at Walmart, discounted. Now I know why discounted. Ideas?

When I was about 9 or 10 a group of us neighborhood kids were playing in a downed tree.  It was fun climbing through and over the branches that were still holding their leaves.  Suddenly I felt a sharp  sting in my right arm.  Oh, I thought to myself, a bee got me.  But then the sting repeated itself, over and over.  First time I was ever stung by a yellowjacket.  I went shouting and crying all the way home.  Later on I felt a bit silly, as if I should have toughed it out without bawling like a baby.
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: GravitySucks on October 06, 2018, 08:41:25 PM
Ha. I actually used the pool net to capture one because I didn't wanna kill bees (though someone chimed in "what if Africanized Bees?! They are mean and will follow you!)
BUT, you could be onto something. Nicanoids (sp?) she always blames. I'll hit up neighbors n friends who smoke or dip and throw the ashtrays and spitoons into the bush?
Nah, I'll figure it out. Open to more ideas though since my fire options are suspect due to proximity of house. Might get a tyvek suit and go zombie style dig n spray. Idk.

Usually that wasp&hornet spray knocks everything down from mud dobbers (harmless?) to paper wasps and yellow jackets. Any pics of the one you caught?
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:43:32 PM
When I was about 9 or 10 a group of us neighborhood kids were playing in a downed tree.  It was fun climbing through and over the branches that were still holding their leaves.  Suddenly I felt a sharp  sting in my right arm.  Oh, I thought to myself, a bee got me.  But then the sting repeated itself, over and over.  First time I was ever stung by a yellowjacket.  I went shouting and crying all the way home.  Later on I felt a bit silly, as if I should have toughed it out without bawling like a baby.
Haha. Yeah. Interesting tidbit: one's hand looked like "big baby hands" according to a kid. But summed up well. Also swelling from other stings but only 1/2 forearm swelled. Like half only. Stopped several inches below elbow. And dramatic stop. Later attempt someone was stung shoulder. No appreciable swelling (though we joked, 'you been lifting again') Another oddity, aside from initial stings (mowing) the others were us messing with it and spraying BUT folks wearing UT colors weren't stung or seemingly even targeted BUT guy in black shirt got nailed several times (this when I was poking/destroying hole with pool stick and others spraying worthless crap.)
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: Walks_At_Night on October 06, 2018, 08:46:56 PM
Haha. Yeah. Interesting tidbit: one's hand looked like "big baby hands" according to a kid. But summed up well. Also swelling from other stings but only 1/2 forearm swelled. Like half only. Stopped several inches below elbow. And dramatic stop. Later attempt someone was stung shoulder. No appreciable swelling (though we joked, 'you been lifting again') Another oddity, aside from initial stings (mowing) the others were us messing with it and spraying BUT folks wearing UT colors weren't stung or seemingly even targeted BUT guy in black shirt got nailed several times (this when I was poking/destroying hole with pool stick and others spraying worthless crap.)

That's savage man !!!!!!!!!!!!1
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:47:18 PM
Usually that wasp&hornet spray knocks everything down from mud dobbers (harmless?) to paper wasps and yellow jackets. Any pics of the one you caught?
No. I will tomorrow. At the time, after game, etc. Didnt have my phone (lock out during games) and then beers n dealing. Will try to do tomorrow. But, yeah, usually some hit usually convulse or die quick. N we had foaming and non. And several brands but old, low etc before the Walmart trip for bulk buy (that didnt work either.)
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: GravitySucks on October 06, 2018, 08:50:06 PM
No. I will tomorrow. At the time, after game, etc. Didnt have my phone (lock out during games) and then beers n dealing. Will try to do tomorrow. But, yeah, usually some hit usually convulse or die quick. N we had foaming and non. And several brands but old, low etc before the Walmart trip for bulk buy (that didnt work either.)

Good news is Ags beat Kentucky who was ranked 15 in overtime. Texas/OU was a good game too.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Walks_At_Night on October 06, 2018, 08:51:51 PM
Well if you were stirring up a yellow jackets nest with a pool cue then please note that the gallon of 93 octane was a joke.

Go all Salt Walt on their ass with Isopropyl

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Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:53:37 PM
Good news is Ags beat Kentucky who was ranked 15 in overtime. Texas/OU was a good game too.
Too scary in 4th! But great win. We can both agree ou sucks!
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: GravitySucks on October 06, 2018, 08:58:06 PM
Too scary in 4th! But great win. We can both agree ou sucks!

My son is a Texas fan
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 08:58:11 PM
Well if you were stirring up a yellow jackets nest with a pool cue then please note that the gallon of 93 octane was a joke.

Go all Salt Walt on their ass with Isopropyl

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Ha. Sorry. NO! Not that brave. Sorry, pool stick I mentioned was from pool I brought around to poke at distance. The one for net or brush with big extensions. "Hey, I'll poke and disturb, y'all spray n figure out where its at!" No hero, here, in this case. Now if my "shove road flare down" wins I might he hero...or goat. BUT you got ke thinking. Pool chemicals. Hmmm. Got chorine tablets, muratic acid, ...
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Walks_At_Night on October 06, 2018, 09:02:44 PM
Ha. Sorry. NO! Not that brave. Sorry, pool stick I mentioned was from pool I brought around to poke at distance. The one for net or brush with big extensions. "Hey, I'll poke and disturb, y'all spray n figure out where its at!" No hero, here, in this case. Now if my "shove road flare down" wins I might he hero...or goat. BUT you got ke thinking. Pool chemicals. Hmmm. Got chorine tablets, muratic acid, ...

Muratic acid you say?     You don't have a hair on your ass if you don't go that route!   We want a *full* report, mind you................

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Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 09:05:37 PM
My son is a Texas fan
Nice. You must be, somewhat, happy realignment and bs $ makes Thanksgiving easier. Haha. And all can agree over meals that ou sucks.
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Post by: GravitySucks on October 06, 2018, 09:07:52 PM
Nice. You must be, somewhat, happy realignment and bs $ makes Thanksgiving easier. Haha. And all can agree over meals that ou sucks.

My daughter is a happy camper right now. LSU and Auburn both lost. Iowa State beat Oklahoma St too. Seems to be quite a few upsets of ranked teams this week.

Hanging my head because I don’t think Nebraska will win a game this year.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 09:13:45 PM
Muratic acid you say?     You don't have a hair on your ass if you don't go that route!   We want a *full* report, mind you................


Can you believe they are building a new fire station near me! Damn. Great, more service. Bad, block parties. Fast response does jive with us. Not only those. Actually, n better in case of damage a simple dry-ice works. The chorline stuff is good but worrying (etched a friends car once.) AL n Muriatic is nice but, again, kids don't do. I never done any of them. New fire marshal we only burn stuff fot bbq or for illegals keeping warm on site. Sanctuary city!
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 06, 2018, 09:15:53 PM
My daughter is a happy camper right now. LSU and Auburn both lost. Iowa State beat Oklahoma St too. Seems to be quite a few upsets of ranked teams this week.

Hanging my head because I don’t think Nebraska will win a game this year.
I miss them but never a good fit. Fans too nice, seriously. Even when we bitched about that weird county program that made them good.
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on October 07, 2018, 05:25:21 AM
My son is a Texas fan

Don't let GS's flair distract you from the fact that Texas lost to Kansas.
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on October 07, 2018, 05:34:32 AM
Either way, need to kill em. Situation, at one point was a "hold my beer" situation when neighbor decided a poke n spray approach would work. Another trip to store for cans of spray and Benadryl (I was thinking that could he illegal, some meth making thing) but electronic check-out didn't stop (maybe flagged for later?) Anyhow killer didnt work. Methods were being discussed over beers. Decided to wait til manana. Maybe best. Thoughts were: pour kerosene, flood with hose, shove a lit road flare down, fireworks, pull out bush with truck while folks spray hole, pour deisel, or "get a sharpshooter and dig out, I'm immune." Most ideas were agreed that get your kid to film this so abandoned, for now. The spray didnt even kill ones flying back and forth. Bought 12 cans at Walmart, discounted. Now I know why discounted. Ideas?

You might try making a trap to thin the numbers out a bit.  That might make it easier to get close to assess the nest so you can figure out a plan of attack.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/g20706063/homemade-yellow-jacket-trap/ (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/g20706063/homemade-yellow-jacket-trap/)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: wr250 on October 07, 2018, 06:49:38 AM
Can you believe they are building a new fire station near me! Damn. Great, more service. Bad, block parties. Fast response does jive with us. Not only those. Actually, n better in case of damage a simple dry-ice works. The chorline stuff is good but worrying (etched a friends car once.) AL n Muriatic is nice but, again, kids don't do. I never done any of them. New fire marshal we only burn stuff fot bbq or for illegals keeping warm on site. Sanctuary city!

get yourself some sevin. i would get the liquid and the powder garden dust.
at night (they are much less likely to leave the nest at night) flood the nest with sevin mixed as directed on its instructions. then put the powder down around the nest opening so the hornets have to get some on them as they leave/enter. with any luck they will take the sevin into the nest and it will kill the queen.

sevin has a very low toxicity to mammals, but is extremely toxic to insects.
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Post by: pate on October 07, 2018, 07:16:56 AM
Either way, need to kill em. Situation, at one point was a "hold my beer" situation when neighbor decided a poke n spray approach would work. Another trip to store for cans of spray and Benadryl (I was thinking that could he illegal, some meth making thing) but electronic check-out didn't stop (maybe flagged for later?) Anyhow killer didnt work. Methods were being discussed over beers. Decided to wait til manana. Maybe best. Thoughts were: pour kerosene, flood with hose, shove a lit road flare down, fireworks, pull out bush with truck while folks spray hole, pour deisel, or "get a sharpshooter and dig out, I'm immune." Most ideas were agreed that get your kid to film this so abandoned, for now. The spray didnt even kill ones flying back and forth. Bought 12 cans at Walmart, discounted. Now I know why discounted. Ideas?

Call an exterminator, preferably one with a bee suit.

My brother does that sort of work, he has access to chemicals civilians can't buy.  I don't think it is all that expensive
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 08, 2018, 08:33:46 PM
I took a couple pics of my prizewinning (ha) tomato plants.  There is too much clay in my soil so I prefer to grow cherry, yellow pear and other small tomato varieties in a row of pots.

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Here you can see a yellow pear plant to the right.  You can also see a hummingbird feeder that I have hanging on the cage.  The hummingbirds love it.

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Here is a closeup of some Bush Early Girl tomatoes.  This picture was taken several weeks back while we still had some forest fire smoke in the air.  You can see some ash there on the tomatoes.
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Post by: GrumpyOldMan on October 08, 2018, 09:36:00 PM
Very nice!  I fear that this last round of rain has done my garden in for the year.  Most of my herbs have already drowned. 

How big of pots do you use, and do you use an automated watering system? 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 14, 2018, 07:22:48 PM
Very nice!  I fear that this last round of rain has done my garden in for the year.  Most of my herbs have already drowned. 

How big of pots do you use, and do you use an automated watering system?

For the most part, my pots are 15 inches wide at the top and 1 foot high.  I've got them up on wooden platforms, otherwise my pugs will help themselves to the ripe tomatoes.  I water the tomatoes with a hose and a nozzle attachment that allows the water to burble out.  (Harder spray settings will push the potting soil out of the pots.)

The nights are starting to hit upper thirties as a low temperature.  That temperature is just a hop, skip and a jump to 32 degrees, and the end of the growing season here.   
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 14, 2018, 07:25:21 PM
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Would anybody like to hazard a guess as to what this colorful tree is called?
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: albrecht on October 14, 2018, 07:29:21 PM
Call an exterminator, preferably one with a bee suit.

My brother does that sort of work, he has access to chemicals civilians can't buy.  I don't think it is all that expensive

I have not dug much or investigated BUT they seem to be gone? We've had some heavy rains this week so didn't check out. But this weekend was dry but I didn't see any flying around. A "cold-front" coming so maybe they have hunkered down? Or the cheap-ass poison last week, finally took hold? Or maybe natural life-cycle of the beasts that when fall comes the worker soldiers die and the queen(s) is still down there somewhere biding her time for revenge?

For some reason the rains have started by peppers up again. Nothing for most of summer but now, all of a sudden, a lot of banana peppers, cerranos are going crazy, some jalapenos, and, for some odd reason, Tabasco peppers just coming in (they are the weird ones that sorta grow "up," right? I've lost track of what I planted where and the little signs were washed away sometime.)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 14, 2018, 07:39:45 PM
I have not dug much or investigated BUT they seem to be gone? We've had some heavy rains this week so didn't check out. But this weekend was dry but I didn't see any flying around. A "cold-front" coming so maybe they have hunkered down? Or the cheap-ass poison last week, finally took hold? Or maybe natural life-cycle of the beasts that when fall comes the worker soldiers die and the queen(s) is still down there somewhere biding her time for revenge?

For some reason the rains have started by peppers up again. Nothing for most of summer but now, all of a sudden, a lot of banana peppers, cerranos are going crazy, some jalapenos, and, for some odd reason, Tabasco peppers just coming in (they are the weird ones that sorta grow "up," right? I've lost track of what I planted where and the little signs were washed away sometime.)

Ha, I grew a number of Tabasco peppers some years back and you are right, they didn't turn red until the first frost occurred.  I did harvest enough of them to put in a long bottle with some olive oil.  I thought I could make my own Tabasco sauce but my experiment didn't work.  I put some of the oil in a pan with something that I was cooking and the kitchen became one big tear gas bomb.  My guests were running around crying and hurling insults at me!
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Post by: albrecht on October 14, 2018, 07:49:09 PM
Ha, I grew a number of Tabasco peppers some years back and you are right, they didn't turn red until the first frost occurred.  I did harvest enough of them to put in a long bottle with some olive oil.  I thought I could make my own Tabasco sauce but my experiment didn't work.  I put some of the oil in a pan with something that I was cooking and the kitchen became one big tear gas bomb.  My guests were running around crying and hurling insults at me!
I'm gonna try, or try at least the vinegar deal you see at bbq restaurants etc. Or used to, not so much anymore? How can I screw that up? Put the peppers in some vinegar....like
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Post by: GravitySucks on October 14, 2018, 07:54:09 PM
I'm gonna try, or try at least the vinegar deal you see at bbq restaurants etc. Or used to, not so much anymore? How can I screw that up? Put the peppers in some vinegar....like
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https://oureverydaylife.com/pickle-tabasco-peppers-vinegar-salt-39279.html
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Post by: albrecht on October 14, 2018, 07:57:17 PM
https://oureverydaylife.com/pickle-tabasco-peppers-vinegar-salt-39279.html
Thanks! This is looking a bit more complicated than I thought. I never canned anything. I figured I'd just rinse 'em and throw em in a jar with vinegar. Haha. But I think I can figure this out. (If this "cold-front" and rain don't kill em.)

friggin Boston....
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: wr250 on October 14, 2018, 07:58:24 PM
https://oureverydaylife.com/pickle-tabasco-peppers-vinegar-salt-39279.html
i would use cider vinegar in place of white vinegar. it adds a bit of flavor. white vinegar is best used for cleaning purposes.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on October 14, 2018, 08:14:51 PM
i would use cider vinegar in place of white vinegar. it adds a bit of flavor. white vinegar is best used for cleaning purposes.
Ha. I actually like white vinegar on chips (fries) rather than malt vinegar. Go figure. More tart? Idk. I think the Scots like it also?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: wr250 on October 14, 2018, 09:09:46 PM
Ha. I actually like white vinegar on chips (fries) rather than malt vinegar. Go figure. More tart? Idk. I think the Scots like it also?
the tartness is the same. the apple cider vinegar adds a subtle apple flavor that i like.
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Post by: albrecht on October 14, 2018, 09:14:07 PM
the tartness is the same. the apple cider vinegar adds a subtle apple flavor that i like.
Interesting. I like apples most when with stuff like pork. Ideally, and easy, slice some up, some sauerkraut, some pork chops. Bake. Eat with side of apple sauce. For contrast? Since the apples baked are now soured?
Title: Re: Hornets or Yellowjackets
Post by: Ghost BEP on October 17, 2018, 01:27:16 PM
I'm gonna try, or try at least the vinegar deal you see at bbq restaurants etc. Or used to, not so much anymore? How can I screw that up? Put the peppers in some vinegar....like
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Great on Collards and turnips. Let it sit for 90 days.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 20, 2018, 03:12:41 PM
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Would anybody like to hazard a guess as to what this colorful tree is called?

Answer:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia
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Post by: albrecht on October 20, 2018, 03:21:49 PM
Answer:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia
I was gonna guess some exotic variety of Crepe Myrtle; due to trunk look and tropical local and since the painting/print wasn't very clear on blooms.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 20, 2018, 04:16:46 PM
I was gonna guess some exotic variety of Crepe Myrtle; due to trunk look and tropical local and since the painting/print wasn't very clear on blooms.

I thought you might notice the tops of palm trees in the background.  A tip off that it was in Florida, where Flame Trees are prevelant.  (Or were at one time?)  Have you got them in Texas?
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Post by: albrecht on October 20, 2018, 04:26:42 PM
I thought you might notice the tops of palm trees in the background.  A tip off that it was in Florida, where Flame Trees are prevelant.  (Or were at one time?)  Have you got them in Texas?
Apparently though I'm not sure I've seen them. Mainly South TX. But some reports are far north as SA. I guess related to the also non-native "Mimosa" tree and shrubs like "Pride of Barbados" that does grow here.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 22, 2018, 11:20:03 AM
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Anybody know the name of this flower?  Clue: It can be found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
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Post by: PolkaDot on October 22, 2018, 12:54:59 PM
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Anybody know the name of this flower?  Clue: It can be found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

It's a Castillaja (Indian Paintbrush) it generally grows with grasses, it can't survive on it's own.
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Post by: GravitySucks on October 22, 2018, 01:18:00 PM
It's a Castillaja (Indian Paintbrush) it generally grows with grasses, it can't survive on it's own.

That was my first thought but the ones we have down here don’t look quite like that. One of my favorite spring flowers. Usually last longer than the blue bonnets.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 22, 2018, 03:22:21 PM
It's a Castillaja (Indian Paintbrush) it generally grows with grasses, it can't survive on it's own.

Winner!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Evil Twin Of Zen on October 27, 2018, 07:15:05 PM
Top 10 best plant identification apps (android/iphone) 2018  https://techigem.com/plant-identification-apps/

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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 27, 2018, 08:10:27 PM
Top 10 best plant identification apps (android/iphone) 2018  https://techigem.com/plant-identification-apps/

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I never thought to look for a plant identifying app.  I downloaded the What's This Flower? on my tablet.  What a cool app.  Thanks, Evil!
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Post by: Evil Twin Of Zen on October 27, 2018, 09:20:13 PM
I never thought to look for a plant identifying app.  I downloaded the What's This Flower? on my tablet.  What a cool app.  Thanks, Evil!

No problem.

you can find all sorts of sensors and monitoring software for plants/gardens that can link to phones and other networks.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 01, 2018, 08:50:15 PM
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Does anybody know the name of these white flowers? 

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There might be a clue on the back of the postcard.  The state of North Carolina.  Perhaps the flower is indigenous to that state?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on November 01, 2018, 08:52:01 PM
my first instinct is dogwood, but it looks a bit low...
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 01, 2018, 09:06:34 PM
my first instinct is dogwood, but it looks a bit low...

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Cornus florida in spring.
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I looked up a dogwood flower and it sure looks like the postcard pic to me.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornus  Congratulations, PolkaDot, another one bites the dust.

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Post by: albrecht on November 01, 2018, 09:24:29 PM
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Does anybody know the name of these white flowers? 

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There might be a clue on the back of the postcard.  The state of North Carolina.  Perhaps the flower is indigenous to that state?
On phone but looks more like Dogwood tree/bush, I think tree but understory blooms? Btw hornets seemingly "gone" from area BUT my Jack O' Latern, actually even when pumpkin, on porch attracted some? Color? Scent? I sprayed and carved. Tuen I got gnats quick (before cold-front, which really was storms.) Had to put candles in all day before Halloween to keep gnats or fruit flies at bay! This AM had to seal up in bag and throw away.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 02, 2018, 12:28:08 AM
On phone but looks more like Dogwood tree/bush, I think tree but understory blooms? Btw hornets seemingly "gone" from area BUT my Jack O' Latern, actually even when pumpkin, on porch attracted some? Color? Scent? I sprayed and carved. Tuen I got gnats quick (before cold-front, which really was storms.) Had to put candles in all day before Halloween to keep gnats or fruit flies at bay! This AM had to seal up in bag and throw away.

Yes, pretty sure it's a Dogwood tree.  I did refer to them as being flowers, but as it turns out they are flowers on a tree.  Enjoyed reading about the short, unhappy life of Mr. a's Jack O' Lantern.  Hornets like to gorge on sugars from rotting fruits and vegetables.  I bet that they were attracted to your pumpkin's aroma.  (I almost wrote that they probably smell better than humans, but I caught myself.)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 06, 2018, 05:04:57 PM
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I came across this colorful produce crate label while looking up produce crate labels.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 06, 2018, 05:46:55 PM
Weird thing. It seems every year this mushroom pops up in the same place in the yard. I think there is an old tree stump there? Not sure what kind it is but seems weird it pops, even through whatever mulch I have put down, at roughly the same time each year, lives a little bit, then gone for months until next year.

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Post by: GravitySucks on November 06, 2018, 05:49:05 PM
Weird thing. It seems every year this mushroom pops up in the same place in the yard. I think there is an old tree stump there? Not sure what kind it is but seems weird it pops, even through whatever mulch I have put down, at roughly the same time each year, lives a little bit, then gone for months until next year.

I found some interesting fungi up at my place.  Here is one I need to see if it is Lion’s Mane.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 06, 2018, 05:57:26 PM
I found some interesting fungi up at my place.  Here is one I need to see if it is Lion’s Mane.
Somewhere I got a book, never used, but I can't find it. That is a cool looking one. I guess all the wet weather and now, slightly, cooler weather is bringing out fungi a lot.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on November 06, 2018, 06:05:59 PM
Weird thing. It seems every year this mushroom pops up in the same place in the yard. I think there is an old tree stump there? Not sure what kind it is but seems weird it pops, even through whatever mulch I have put down, at roughly the same time each year, lives a little bit, then gone for months until next year.

Are you using wood mulch every year?  If so, that's why you get the fungus.  If you're using different mulches, then you must have some buried wood or dead tree roots in that spot.
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Post by: PolkaDot on November 06, 2018, 06:15:17 PM
Weird thing. It seems every year this mushroom pops up in the same place in the yard. I think there is an old tree stump there? Not sure what kind it is but seems weird it pops, even through whatever mulch I have put down, at roughly the same time each year, lives a little bit, then gone for months until next year.

Oooh! What a pretty fungus! I’m wondering if it’s a Leucocoprinus? They’re pretty stoked on organic matter & show up in indoor plant soil a lot? Mushrooms are hard bc they can be so different at different stages. I’m curious what the answer is!


Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on November 06, 2018, 06:22:59 PM
I found some interesting fungi up at my place.  Here is one I need to see if it is Lion’s Mane.

Oh wow! I’ve never seen him his before- crazy! It’s really cool looking.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 06, 2018, 06:27:41 PM
Are you using wood mulch every year?  If so, that's why you get the fungus.  If you're using different mulches, then you must have some buried wood or dead tree roots in that spot.
I do use mulch but have used different kinds over the years and also it pops up in same place. I think there is a tree stump underneath but as I recall it was a cedar (juniper) which I would find out because they usually don't really rot or get fungi (why we used to use them for fence posts.) But maybe it was something else. I'm not planning to eat but still curious what kind it is.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 06, 2018, 06:29:04 PM
Oooh! What a pretty fungus! I’m wondering if it’s a Leucocoprinus? They’re pretty stoked on organic matter & show up in indoor plant soil a lot? Mushrooms are hard bc they can be so different at different stages. I’m curious what the answer is!
I did a half-hearted internet search and the pics I found doesn't look like that kind but the internet seems to get harder and harder to find real information easily. The amazing thing is how quickly it pops up, grows, stays a bit, dies, and then comes back next year.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on November 08, 2018, 06:47:05 AM
Albrecht,

Take a look at this Reddit thread.  This is the closest match that I saw.  Fungus ID is not my in my wheel house.  Hope this helps.

https://www.reddit.com/r/mycology/comments/9ue2lo/just_outside_my_house_what_are_those/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/mycology/comments/9ue2lo/just_outside_my_house_what_are_those/)

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 08, 2018, 10:54:49 AM
Albrecht,

Take a look at this Reddit thread.  This is the closest match that I saw.  Fungus ID is not my in my wheel house.  Hope this helps.

https://www.reddit.com/r/mycology/comments/9ue2lo/just_outside_my_house_what_are_those/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/mycology/comments/9ue2lo/just_outside_my_house_what_are_those/)

Thanks, I will investigate.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 16, 2018, 05:30:48 PM
Freezing temperatures occurred in the Pacific Northwest this past week and as a consequence, my potted tomato plants bit the dust.

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I still have my hummingbird stopping by for nectar, though.  He (or she?) will hang around throughout the winter.

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One good thing, I was able to pick these two sweet peppers just before the frost hit.  They tasted great, chopped up and thrown into a panful of scrambled eggs.

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Post by: albrecht on November 16, 2018, 05:35:37 PM
Freezing temperatures occurred here in the Pacific Northwest this past week and as a consequence, my potted tomato plants bit the dust.

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I still have my hummingbird stopping by for nectar, though.  He (or she?) will hang around throughout the winter.

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One good thing, I was able to pick these two sweet peppers just before the frost hit.  They tasted great, chopped up and thrown into a panful of scrambled eggs.

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Same deal here in Texas. Got into the 20s at night, of course warming up again now and all died. But I got one last big harvest of peppers. For some reason I can only grow peppers, as tomatoes seem to die, get eaten by critters, get those worms, etc. I guess just too darn hot in summer if you don't really pay attention to water and critters. And like you in pots so can dry out quick in the Texas summer sun. But I got a whole lot of jalapenos, cerranos, banana, and tabasco peppers off before the freeze. Sort of weird. Nothing on them all summer and then we had a wet fall and got a bit cooler and BOOM- peppers aplenty!

ps: Idk about hummingbirds? Do they migrate? Hibernate? Just survive? I also don't know how cold it usually gets up there (the NW can vary between fairly mild and wet to pretty cold and dry depending on which side of mountains, how close to coast, how high up, etc.) But if the hummingbirds are sticking around I guess you'd need to ensure the solution doesn't freeze! I don't think there would be flowers around for them to eat so....
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 16, 2018, 05:54:57 PM
Same deal here in Texas. Got into the 20s at night, of course warming up again now and all died. But I got one last big harvest of peppers. For some reason I can only grow peppers, as tomatoes seem to die, get eaten by critters, get those worms, etc. I guess just too darn hot in summer if you don't really pay attention to water and critters. And like you in pots so can dry out quick in the Texas summer sun. But I got a whole lot of jalapenos, cerranos, banana, and tabasco peppers off before the freeze. Sort of weird. Nothing on them all summer and then we had a wet fall and got a bit cooler and BOOM- peppers aplenty!

ps: Idk about hummingbirds? Do they migrate? Hibernate? Just survive? I also don't know how cold it usually gets up there (the NW can vary between fairly mild and wet to pretty cold and dry depending on which side of mountains, how close to coast, how high up, etc.) But if the hummingbirds are sticking around I guess you'd need to ensure the solution doesn't freeze! I don't think there would be flowers around for them to eat so....

That's right, most flowers are gone during the winter, but hummingbirds will stick around if you have a steady source of food for them.  Mine will stick around all year and will feed during harsh weather but as you noted, I will warm the nectar up if it has frozen outside, or if there is snow on the ground.  Those little birds are very hardy, and they go into a kind of deep sleep state during the frozen night, and they retain a little warmth inside to make it until morning.
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/hummingbirds-survive-in-snow-and-freezing-temps/
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 17, 2018, 12:12:25 PM
That's right, most flowers are gone during the winter, but hummingbirds will stick around if you have a steady source of food for them.  Mine will stick around all year and will feed during harsh weather but as you noted, I will warm the nectar up if it has frozen outside, or if there is snow on the ground.  Those little birds are very hardy, and they go into a kind of deep sleep state during the frozen night, and they retain a little warmth inside to make it until morning.
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/hummingbirds-survive-in-snow-and-freezing-temps/
Cool. Neat little birds, I had no idea they were so hardy. They seem so delicate. I found a hummingbird nest in one of my bushes once. It was so funny. Like a normal bird's nest shrunk to thumb-size.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 17, 2018, 01:56:41 PM
Cool. Neat little birds, I had no idea they were so hardy. They seem so delicate. I found a hummingbird nest in one of my bushes once. It was so funny. Like a normal bird's nest shrunk to thumb-size.

Wow, that is something.  I've never seen a hummingbird nest myself, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there is one nearby.  I have two hummingbirds that show up.  One spends his time sitting around the feeders and he will chase the other one away, whenever the other one try's to fly in for a drink.  I have seen the two of them feeding together on the big feeder, but only on very rare occasions.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 17, 2018, 02:20:52 PM
Wow, that is something.  I've never seen a hummingbird nest myself, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there is one nearby.  I have two hummingbirds that show up.  One spends his time sitting around the feeders and he will chase the other one away, whenever the other one try's to fly in for a drink.  I have seen the two of them feeding together on the big feeder, but only on very rare occasions.
Nest was very small, tightly built with small sticks, what looked like maybe lint from my dryer vent (?) and on a branch way back in a thick bush that I was cutting back. A place a human, or even a critter like a coon, possum, or cat would be able to crawl up into. A 'chicken' (rat) snake could get at it, I think, but eggs so small likely not 'worth it' for the snake and high enough to keep others out.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Dancing queen on November 17, 2018, 05:52:10 PM
One good thing, I was able to pick these two sweet peppers just before the frost hit.  They tasted great, chopped up and thrown into a panful of scrambled eggs.

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i never have luck with peppers and i have tried for years. those look delicious
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 17, 2018, 06:29:14 PM
i never have luck with peppers and i have tried for years. those look delicious

Yes, they were pretty tasty.  Heat wise, they were on the mild side.  Like my tomatoes, the peppers were grown in pots.   
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Dancing queen on November 17, 2018, 06:43:54 PM
Yes, they were pretty tasty.  Heat wise, they were on the mild side.  Like my tomatoes, the peppers were grown in pots.

do they need more watering and shade in pots?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 18, 2018, 02:49:07 PM
i never have luck with peppers and i have tried for years. those look delicious
Strangely peppers have been about the only thing I can successfully grow. And usually pretty easy, if I can do it! The only problem I had this year was that a freeze hit before the Tabasco peppers were harvested. But Jalapenos, Cerranos, Bell, and Banana peppers were easy and lots of fruit production and basically no care except some water during the especially hot times.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 23, 2018, 01:54:03 PM
do they need more watering and shade in pots?

If the weather is hot, then the pots must be watered every other day, but if overcast or coolish, a good watering will last three or four days.  I use a special hose nozzle that allows for a nice flow of water that will fill the pot up quickly and yet it doesn't knock the potting soil onto the ground.  I use Black Gold flower and vegetable potting soil that has time released fertilizer and apply Jobe's vegetable feeder spikes in early August to give the plants enough of a shot in the arm to get them through to the first frost.  Shade is not an issue because I have them placed up against a tall fence.  The plants get plenty of sun during high summer, but less and less as autumn approaches.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 23, 2018, 02:33:51 PM
The peppers I gave to my sister-in-law since she has various blenders and likes to make and cook and she made a pretty good salsa (hot though for some) for some post-Thanksgiving fajitas lunch. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Dancing queen on November 24, 2018, 07:01:33 PM
thx for the tips and hints on how to get those peppers going.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 24, 2018, 08:17:08 PM
thx for the tips and hints on how to get those peppers going.

You are so very welcome!  As an afterthought, I would like to add that you might like to look for the biggest pepper plant of whatever varieties are available in the store.  Some of them even have tiny peppers growing on them when you put them in the pot.  That kind of saves you some time in case you have a short growing season.  Also, if your pepper plant has lots of blossoms, try shaking the plant a little.  I do that with my plants but I'm not really sure if it helps with pollinating them. haha 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 27, 2018, 10:39:35 AM
There appears to be a big debate on interwebs about this: when should one prune back Lantanas? I've always heard you wait until the end of winter or early spring to prune off the dead wood. Others have said once they are dead, as mine are after the first early freeze, you can prune back in "winter" (Central Texas so our "winter" can be in the 70s to freezing depending on the day. Haha.) Lastly, some people say prune (for shaping) while in bloom in the summer. They look shitty all dead and brown even though I know, if other years are correct, they will come back in spring once it warms up. Maybe it makes no difference? Idk.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 28, 2018, 02:11:51 PM
There appears to be a big debate on interwebs about this: when should one prune back Lantanas? I've always heard you wait until the end of winter or early spring to prune off the dead wood. Others have said once they are dead, as mine are after the first early freeze, you can prune back in "winter" (Central Texas so our "winter" can be in the 70s to freezing depending on the day. Haha.) Lastly, some people say prune (for shaping) while in bloom in the summer. They look shitty all dead and brown even though I know, if other years are correct, they will come back in spring once it warms up. Maybe it makes no difference? Idk.

I can only speak for roses, but after the first blooms of spring they tend to get kind of lanky so I will cut them back quite a bit.  Of course, it being early summer by this time, they will grow back rather quickly and more roses will come into bloom.  So then, they will be kind of stringy, and overgrown by the time winter rolls around and I will prune them back yet again.  We get some rather severe low temps around that time and yet my roses have never failed to grow and the whole cycle of cutting back in late spring and early winter repeats itself.   
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 29, 2018, 01:46:57 PM
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Here is another fruit crate label that is better suited for the EllGab Garden rather than the Fruit and Vegetable Label thread.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 29, 2018, 02:16:14 PM
I can only speak for roses, but after the first blooms of spring they tend to get kind of lanky so I will cut them back quite a bit.  Of course, it being early summer by this time, they will grow back rather quickly and more roses will come into bloom.  So then, they will be kind of stringy, and overgrown by the time winter rolls around and I will prune them back yet again.  We get some rather severe low temps around that time and yet my roses have never failed to grow and the whole cycle of cutting back in late spring and early winter repeats itself.
Here I don't think we need to do much with roses. I recall up north folks would prune back and cover up with pine needles etc and then rely on snow to keep them from dying in the winter. I'm going to ask a neighbor who is always gardening about my lantanas when I can catch them outside.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ACE OF CLUBS on November 29, 2018, 02:24:04 PM
George Noory sucks . . .
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 29, 2018, 07:40:30 PM
George Noory sucks . . .

Lemons?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 30, 2018, 01:37:35 PM
Here I don't think we need to do much with roses. I recall up north folks would prune back and cover up with pine needles etc and then rely on snow to keep them from dying in the winter. I'm going to ask a neighbor who is always gardening about my lantanas when I can catch them outside.

According to a humongous A to Z book on plants from 1999, Lantanas are classified as a group 9 plant when it comes to pruning.  This means that light pruning of the spent blooms should be done in late spring.  You already knew this though.  Severe pruning can be done also, but you won't get any blooms during the next growing season.  You have had winter damage already so you might want to sacrifice next years blooms for the safety of your plant.  Your call.  PS, it also said to prune back (at any time) any branch that ruins the symmetry of the Lantana.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on November 30, 2018, 01:44:32 PM
According to a humongous A to Z book on plants from 1999, Lantanas are classified as a group 9 plant when it comes to pruning.  This means that light pruning of the spent blooms should be done in late spring.  You already knew this though.  Severe pruning can be done also, but you won't get any blooms during the next growing season.  You have had winter damage already so you might want to sacrifice next years blooms for the safety of your plant.  Your call.  PS, it also said to prune back (at any time) any branch that ruins the symmetry of the Lantana.
Thanks.  So much conflicting information. Last year I cut down to the ground at the end of winter. And had great blooms and plants a foot, foot and 1/2, tall for the most of summer. And lots of butterflies which I know will make LMH happy. Those I don't want those to get much taller anyhow. But those were established ones. The new ones I planted this spring I worry about cutting back too much and due to their position I don't mind if they go crazy or grow large.  We'll see.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on December 01, 2018, 05:28:00 PM
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Another flowery fruit crate label.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on December 02, 2018, 01:19:33 PM
According to a humongous A to Z book on plants from 1999, Lantanas are classified as a group 9 plant when it comes to pruning.  This means that light pruning of the spent blooms should be done in late spring.  You already knew this though.  Severe pruning can be done also, but you won't get any blooms during the next growing season.  You have had winter damage already so you might want to sacrifice next years blooms for the safety of your plant.  Your call.  PS, it also said to prune back (at any time) any branch that ruins the symmetry of the Lantana.
Old lady down on the block who gardens like it is going out of style said that I can cut them back. So I did. Now, we will see if they come back in the spring.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on December 15, 2018, 11:20:15 AM
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This postcard belongs in the EllGab Garden thread.  It is an advertisement for a florist's shop in Maine.

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I couldn't raise any info on the outfit so it might be gone, or it was bought out and resumed business under a different name.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on December 18, 2018, 02:01:29 PM
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Strange how citrus growers liked to use garden flowers to illustrate their produce.
Moving the Call Ranch house: http://www.coronaheritage.org/callhouse.html
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Sofia on December 19, 2018, 10:34:57 AM
I grew up with a rose garden (That was all I got), so I've been trimming them since I was in 7th grade.  If you include close ups of the vinework of your latanas, like angle your camera from under the blossoms if there are any, then I could give you specific guidance.  The time of year might not be as important as the placement, severity, and style of cut.  You probably already know to cut just above the nip, and to angle your cut top down, to minimize rain getting in the wound (not sure if it rains much where you are).  And the dead head to increase blooms.  It is fine to just prune the few inches under a dead head which are inches that are going to turn brown and fall off anyhow.  In general, I wouldn't prune very much at any one time, regardless off time of year, because I like tall rose bushes.  If you like short bushes, then yes you can cut them way down, but remember to cut above each nip, angle the blade down and inward so the wound kind has an overhang to keep rain out, and I would stagger the height of each major cut by many inches so your blossoms show more instead of all being at one height.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on December 24, 2018, 04:21:31 PM
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Post by: Rikki Gins on December 28, 2018, 01:32:54 AM
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The latest issue of Agricultural News.  (100 years ago, that is.)  You can read it here:  https://archive.org/stream/agriculturalnews17grea/agriculturalnews17grea#page/n500/mode/1up
(Scroll down to page 413 for an interesting article on popcorn.)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 07, 2019, 12:29:32 AM
I grew up with a rose garden (That was all I got), so I've been trimming them since I was in 7th grade.  If you include close ups of the vinework of your latanas, like angle your camera from under the blossoms if there are any, then I could give you specific guidance.  The time of year might not be as important as the placement, severity, and style of cut.  You probably already know to cut just above the nip, and to angle your cut top down, to minimize rain getting in the wound (not sure if it rains much where you are).  And the dead head to increase blooms.  It is fine to just prune the few inches under a dead head which are inches that are going to turn brown and fall off anyhow.  In general, I wouldn't prune very much at any one time, regardless off time of year, because I like tall rose bushes.  If you like short bushes, then yes you can cut them way down, but remember to cut above each nip, angle the blade down and inward so the wound kind has an overhang to keep rain out, and I would stagger the height of each major cut by many inches so your blossoms show more instead of all being at one height.

Thank you @Sofia for sharing your knowledge of pruning rose bushes.  Here is a pic of a rose from one of my bushes of twelve years back.  I can't remember what happened to the plant.  All I know is that it isn't around anymore and that's too bad because I've got other, less colorful roses that seem to have no trouble in surviving year after year.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: StarrMountain on January 07, 2019, 01:04:45 AM
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Post by: Sofia on January 07, 2019, 01:21:12 AM
Thank you @Sofia for sharing your knowledge of pruning rose bushes.  Here is a pic of a rose from one of my bushes of twelve years back.  I can't remember what happened to the plant.  All I know is that it isn't around anymore and that's too bad because I've got other, less colorful roses that seem to have no trouble in surviving year after year.

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That is beautiful!  You're welcome.  Maybe someone dug it up when you weren't looking!
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Post by: Chine on January 10, 2019, 08:41:15 AM
What a lovely and refreshing thread.

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Post by: Bluejay on January 10, 2019, 09:56:23 AM
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 11, 2019, 06:34:00 PM
Close up picture of a corpse plant.

You know Starr, whenever they have the flower of a Corpse Plant blooming, the botanical garden or university will usually put a webcam on it.  I like to watch the people file by looking at it, and I can do so for quite awhile.  I don't know why, but it fascinates me. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 11, 2019, 06:36:33 PM
What a lovely and refreshing thread.

What a nice thing to say.  I'm very happy that you like it.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 11, 2019, 06:38:26 PM
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Now that is simply beautiful!  Thank you, Bluejay.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 22, 2019, 01:49:40 AM
Time to plan for this year's EllGab Garden.  Here is a new seed catalogue from Burpee: https://www.burpee.com/

They have a new cherry tomato called Honeycomb Hybrid.  I sure wouldn't mind growing one of those in a pot, next spring: https://www.burpee.com/vegetables/tomatoes/tomato-honeycomb-hybrid-prod500384.html
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on January 22, 2019, 04:00:04 AM
I ordered some seeds from this interesting heritage seed place. They quickly shipped. Can’t wait to plant - glad I’m in Zone 9.
https://heritageseedmarket.com/
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 22, 2019, 04:45:18 AM
I ordered some seeds from this interesting heritage seed place. They quickly shipped. Can’t wait to plant - glad I’m in Zone 9.
https://heritageseedmarket.com/

That is a very cool seed outlet, Juan.  I am especially attracted to that African Queen tomato.  https://heritageseedmarket.com/index.php/product/african-queen/
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 25, 2019, 02:42:01 PM
I used to get a seed catalog mailed to me from this outfit: https://www.thompson-morgan.com/ But not for many years now.  They still sell onions in their online catalog but they don't show the pic of a man chomping into a big white onion as if it were a juicy apple.  I kind of miss seeing it, actually.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on January 25, 2019, 02:47:43 PM
I used to get a seed catalog mailed to me from this outfit: https://www.thompson-morgan.com/ But not for many years now.  They still sell onions in their online catalog but they don't show the pic of a man chomping into a big white onion as if it were a juicy apple.  I kind of miss seeing it, actually.

We have sweet onions in Texas that most people call “1015s”. They are ok but not as sweet as I remember the Bermuda onions I ate as a kid or the Vidalia onions I used to get from Georgia.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on January 25, 2019, 05:04:02 PM
I'm getting some sweet onion sets, but since I live a little ways outsize the official growing zone, I can't call them Vidalias.  We'll see what I get in this coastal soil.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on February 07, 2019, 04:53:40 PM
Started planting today. Probably pushing things a little but I am in zone 9.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on February 09, 2019, 01:07:55 AM
Here is a picture and an illustration from the book 'The Cactaceae: Descriptions and illustrations of plants of the cactus family.'  1919.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on February 09, 2019, 01:50:38 AM
Started planting today. Probably pushing things a little but I am in zone 9.

Cool.  I hope that everything grows ok.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, I don't do any planting until the moon starts to wax after March 21.

Most stores that sell garden seeds are offering some good sales on their seed packets.  I bought this packet of Butterfly Weed seeds at Bi-Mart for half price.  I think I'll try to grow some of them in pots, across from my tomatoes.

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You can see the actual seeds at the bottom of the packet.  I guess they want their customers to see what size seeds they will be dealing with.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 13, 2019, 11:08:23 PM
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I was taking a walk and spotted an early sign of spring...some blooming crocus.  These two are part of a larger colony and I always keep an eye out for them when February rolls around.  In addition to being a sign of spring, they also serve as a reminder that my beloved Mardi Gras is approaching.  Only this time, Mardi Gras will start on March 1st and not in February.  I guess it's like Easter, the date gets moved around some.  Usually Mardi Gras starts sometime in February.   
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on February 13, 2019, 11:34:08 PM
This is the time of year when I really, really envy you folks down south. Grooaann..
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 15, 2019, 08:54:10 PM
This is the time of year when I really, really envy you folks down south. Grooaann..

Wow!  Very nice comparison photos there, ksm.  Thank you very much. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on February 16, 2019, 06:10:36 AM
My garlic planted from grocery store cloves is coming up. Radishes almost ready to harvest. Peas, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and onions all sprouting. It will be time for tomato planting soon. I’m trying a variety bred to grow in north Florida this year.

Send your thoughts and prayers that I can get datil peppers to grow this year.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 16, 2019, 02:57:12 PM
My garlic planted from grocery store cloves is coming up. Radishes almost ready to harvest. Peas, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and onions all sprouting. It will be time for tomato planting soon. I’m trying a variety bred to grow in north Florida this year.

Send your thoughts and prayers that I can get datil peppers to grow this year.

OK, I have prayed for your success at growing the datil peppers, and if indeed you can get them to grow, I will envy you because they sound delicious.  The trouble is, I can no longer consume hot peppers because they cause a certain type of reaction to occur inside of me.  (Not digestive, oddly enough.)  Have you given any thought as to trying to grow the peppers in pots?  I have had some success there, as opposed to growing them in the ground.

I came across another fruit and vegetable label that is more appropriate here in the garden thread.  Especially showing tulips, which are starting to sprout here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 18, 2019, 10:23:57 PM
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I stepped out onto the front yard earlier this week and found a yellow crocus growing there.


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About three days later, a second one popped up.  But that's it, just the two of them.  I have never planted crocus, but I'm thinking about doing so, next fall.
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Post by: juan on February 19, 2019, 04:21:19 AM
Eating from my first crop of radishes now.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 19, 2019, 04:42:02 AM
Eating from my first crop of radishes now.

Yum!  Good going, juan.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 20, 2019, 11:25:20 PM
The skies over EllGab Garden - Pacific Northwest have been mostly cloudy with periods of rain and light snow.  But last week I left the garden to take a walk under what I believe is called, a Buttermilk Sky.  I snapped a picture of it.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 23, 2019, 08:54:52 PM
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As the title on this postcard states, these are Blue Bonnets, the official state flower for all EllGab Gardens in the state of Texas.  They will be blooming in the springtime. 
https://www.wildflower.org/learn/how-to/grow-bluebonnets
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 27, 2019, 01:20:40 PM
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I was going to post this fruit crate label in the fruit crate label thread but it seems better suited for the EllGab Garden thread, so here it is.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 28, 2019, 01:07:03 PM
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Some Southern Magnolia flowers from down there in Dixie.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_grandiflora
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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 01, 2019, 05:25:36 PM
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This postcard shows a W Atlee Burpee's Co Seeds catalog from 1818.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 02, 2019, 07:11:12 PM
The EllGab Garden is looking a bit drab of late.  We had some snow and rain and the garden is muddy and colorless.  For that reason I escaped into the house and watched a colorful Mardi Gras parade.  Here are some screen caps from last night's Krewe d'Etat parade. 

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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 04, 2019, 10:30:18 PM
Some scenes from the Krewe of Proteus parade at Mardi Gras.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 07, 2019, 12:56:06 AM
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An ad for garden seeds in the March 7, 1919 issue of the Grants Pass Daily Courier.  Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 07, 2019, 06:58:53 PM
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Here is a closeup picture of my Mardi Gras crocus, so named because it popped up in my front yard around about the middle of the Mardi Gras festivities.  In addition to that, purple just happens to be one of the official colors of Mardi Gras. 
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 07, 2019, 07:04:03 PM
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Here is a closeup picture of my Mardi Gras crocus, so named because it popped up in my front yard around about the middle of the Mardi Gras festivities.  In addition to that, purple just happens to be one of the official colors of Mardi Gras.

Nice pic Rikki
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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 13, 2019, 08:28:56 PM
Nice pic Rikki

Glad you liked the picture, Gravity.  Thank you.  I surprised myself with that closeup pic.  Usually when I hold the camera out without seeing what I'm aiming at, I tend to move and get a blurry picture, but I got lucky that time.  Crocus aren't all that big.  Here is a pic showing that same crocus, as I am standing over it, looking down.  That's it in the very center of the picture, and there isn't much left to see of it as it is dwindling away.  I'm hoping to see it again, next year.

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I've got some periwinkle flowers growing in the back EllGab garden.  Not many though...tons of creeping vines and leaves but only a few flowers here and there.  I wonder if the scarcity of flowers means an extra hot summer coming up, or an extra cold one?  I guess we'll see.

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Here is a closeup of one of the flowers:

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Some interesting facts about periwinkle flowers: http://www.gardeningcentral.org/periwinkle_flowers/periwinkle_flowers.html



 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on March 14, 2019, 01:45:53 AM
I don't know if this picture falls within the threads guidelines but in the case that it gives anybody an ideas on yard framing, it's worth it.  The mulch around our little "dinner deck" is a rubber mixture from Lowes made of recycled tires and rubber products. It's easy to walk on and comes in a few different colors. BTW the area you're looking at is the result of 35 bags...……  Man, I wish they would pack them in bigger bags.  Although!!  I did use the plastic bags as an underlayment to stop any weeds or grass from growing through.

I'm shitfaced and I have to work in the morning so you better appreciate this. Goodnight.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 14, 2019, 01:54:11 AM
I don't know if this picture falls within the threads guidelines but in the case that it gives anybody an ideas on yard framing, it's worth it.  The mulch around our little "dinner deck" is a rubber mixture from Lowes made of recycled tires and rubber products. It's easy to walk on and comes in a few different colors. BTW the area you're looking at is the result of 35 bags...……  Man, I wish they would pack them in bigger bags.  Although!!  I did use the plastic bags as an underlayment to stop any weeds or grass from growing through.

I'm shitfaced and I have to work in the morning so you better appreciate this. Goodnight.

It fits in like Flint!  Good thinking on utilizing the plastic bags to keep weeds from growing.  Thank you, KSM.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on March 14, 2019, 01:58:18 AM
I don't know if this picture falls within the threads guidelines but in the case that it gives anybody an ideas on yard framing, it's worth it.  The mulch around our little "dinner deck" is a rubber mixture from Lowes made of recycled tires and rubber products. It's easy to walk on and comes in a few different colors. BTW the area you're looking at is the result of 35 bags...……  Man, I wish they would pack them in bigger bags.  Although!!  I did use the plastic bags as an underlayment to stop any weeds or grass from growing through.

I'm shitfaced and I have to work in the morning so you better appreciate this. Goodnight.

The end of that second deck board from the right doesn’t lay flush with the sideboard.

p.s. @Sofia pm’d me to say you should have used 37 bags of mulch.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on March 14, 2019, 04:38:04 PM
I don't know if this picture falls within the threads guidelines but in the case that it gives anybody an ideas on yard framing, it's worth it.  The mulch around our little "dinner deck" is a rubber mixture from Lowes made of recycled tires and rubber products. It's easy to walk on and comes in a few different colors. BTW the area you're looking at is the result of 35 bags...……  Man, I wish they would pack them in bigger bags.  Although!!  I did use the plastic bags as an underlayment to stop any weeds or grass from growing through.

I'm shitfaced and I have to work in the morning so you better appreciate this. Goodnight.

Sweet - actual redwood (some cracks) or is it Trex ?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on March 14, 2019, 07:32:21 PM
Sweet - actual redwood (some cracks) or is it Trex ?
Trex, and I've spaced the planks 3/8" apart for ventilation. I hate the side vents on some decks..  or perhaps just my dads old decks. He was a butcher!
I've dropped two SD memory cards between those tiny spaces as well as numerous guitar picks and coins. Probably could have slipped that fkn pickle through there too.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on March 14, 2019, 07:44:59 PM
Trex, and I've spaced the planks 3/8" apart for ventilation. I hate the side vents on some decks..  or perhaps just my dads old decks. He was a butcher!
I've dropped two SD memory cards between those tiny spaces as well as numerous guitar picks and coins. Probably could have slipped that fkn pickle through there too.


John Prine wrote a song for you and your wife.

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on March 14, 2019, 08:28:11 PM
@GravitySucks  That, is actually a very nice song and who couldn't like a stand-up bass :) I actually paused Break On Through for it. And now back to Ze Doors.


Not like you need it:: +1
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on March 14, 2019, 08:39:15 PM
@GravitySucks  That, is actually a very nice song and who couldn't like a stand-up bass :) I actually paused Break On Through for it. And now back to Ze Doors.


Not like you need it:: +1

I thought you would like it. It made me cry a little in my good eye.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 15, 2019, 12:01:39 AM
From the book  "American Honey Plants; together with those which are of special value to the beekeeper as sources of pollen" 1919

I wish I had a plant like this.  I love plants that attract bees.
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Fat chance to get one of these to grow on the west coast.   Apparently, they like to grow in the southeastern parts of the United States.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_filamentosa
 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on March 15, 2019, 12:28:40 AM
From the book  "American Honey Plants; together with those which are of special value to the beekeeper as sources of pollen" 1919

I wish I had a plant like this.  I love plants that attract bees.
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Fat chance to get one of these to grow on the west coast.   Apparently, they like to grow in the southeastern parts of the United States.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_filamentosa

They are really pretty when they bloom. I see them along fence lines in the country all the time.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: MAX on March 15, 2019, 04:14:45 AM

John Prine wrote a song for you and your wife.



I am a fan of Prine, he is a classic. We are going to his music festival in November in the Dominican Republic. Good Times.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 16, 2019, 08:35:24 PM
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Some blooming oleanders in Florida.  That state certainly does have its share of colorful plants.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerium
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 18, 2019, 01:29:42 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Pensacola Journal., March 18, 1919. 

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on March 18, 2019, 05:25:12 AM
OMG, that cartoonis racist, sexist, ageist, and animalist all in one. Isn’t 21st Century mentality wonderful.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 20, 2019, 07:19:17 PM
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A colorful Kapok tree from, you guessed it, Florida.  Clearwater, Florida to be more precise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiba_pentandra
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The flowers are an important source of nectar and pollen for honey bees and bats.  Bats are the primary pollinators of the night-blooming flowers.

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 21, 2019, 02:13:24 PM
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Some azaleas from, where else?...Florida.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azalea
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 22, 2019, 02:11:33 PM
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Some star cactus blossoms from Cypress Gardens in...big surprise...Florida.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on March 22, 2019, 02:17:35 PM
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Some star cactus blossoms from Cypress Gardens in...big surprise...Florida.

Some of my earliest memories (in this life) are of the water ski show at Cypress Gardens in the 50’s. I went back and saw it again in 1978.

Not sure what year this image is from.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 23, 2019, 12:55:33 PM
Some of my earliest memories (in this life) are of the water ski show at Cypress Gardens in the 50’s. I went back and saw it again in 1978.

Not sure what year this image is from.

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It might have been a past life memory, too.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 23, 2019, 12:57:06 PM
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More flower than fruit, so this label goes into the garden thread.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 25, 2019, 12:25:44 AM
Even vintage restaurant postcards can wind up on the EllGab Garden thread.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 26, 2019, 08:47:50 PM
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Did you know that the Mocking Bird is the state bird of Florida?  The state flower is the Orange blossom.  I'm guessing that big red flower is from a Poinsettia plant.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on March 26, 2019, 08:58:41 PM
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Did you know that the Mocking Bird is the state bird of Florida?  The state flower is the Orange blossom.  I'm guessing that big red flower is from a Poinsettia plant.

The state bird of Texas is the Mockingbird as well. For some unknown reason, Florida is one of the states that does not have a state mineral.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on March 26, 2019, 09:01:33 PM
Florida is one of the states that does not have a state mineral.

Meth isn't a mineral?

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on March 27, 2019, 08:11:17 AM
For some unknown reason, Florida is one of the states that does not have a state mineral.
The only mineral in Florida is sand.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 27, 2019, 03:34:21 PM
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Tulips are starting to sprout up here at EllGab Garden - West.  Here are a couple of tulip pics from Michigan oddly enough, not Holland.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on March 31, 2019, 11:35:50 PM
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That's funny.  I could have sworn that these were morning glory blossoms but no, they are from a plant called the Greater Bindweed.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calystegia_sepium  This is a very invasive plant and that's why people refer to it as being a weed rather than a flowering plant.  I have read that the bindweed works really good as a laxitive, though I'm not sure what part of the plant has to be eaten in order to gain the desired results.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on April 02, 2019, 04:43:41 PM
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I had never heard of a Jacaranda tree until I came across this old postcard image.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on April 02, 2019, 05:06:34 PM
Four varieties of tomatoes in the ground.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on April 02, 2019, 05:10:36 PM
Four varieties of tomatoes in the ground.

Cool!  I bought a green house rack thing with shelves and a clear cover over it.  I'm going to try to plant some seeds starting with the next waxing moon, come April 4.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on April 02, 2019, 05:12:29 PM
I’m going to try one of those with peppers
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: albrecht on April 02, 2019, 06:18:38 PM
I’m going to try one of those with peppers

I got Cerranos, Japs, Banana, peppers going but have yet to put in tomatoes. What kind of tomatoes? I have to get off my butt and build an effect screen/fencing system because otherwise critters seem to eat my tomatoes (squirrels mainly.) For some reason (the spice?) they don't touch my peppers so I also end up with lots of those but only a few tomatoes.  Also it gets so hot here that if I'm really paying attention even missing a day or two of watering for the tomatoes seem to kill- even varieties that claim great with heat and full sun etc. But in big pots so can dry out. Actual soil here is not soil. I could build some raised beds, I guess.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on April 02, 2019, 10:05:55 PM
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That's funny.  I could have sworn that these were morning glory blossoms but no, they are from a plant called the Greater Bindweed.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calystegia_sepium  This is a very invasive plant and that's why people refer to it as being a weed rather than a flowering plant.  I have read that the bindweed works really good as a laxitive, though I'm not sure what part of the plant has to be eaten in order to gain the desired results.
Ug, bindweed is the worst! The flowers are smaller and the stems are as well.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on April 03, 2019, 04:11:48 AM
So far, my tomatoes are Better Boy, Tribute, Florida Specials (an old heritage, heat tolerant variety) and Louisiana Dixie (another old heritage, heat tolerant variety). All are indeterminate, so I have a good fence.

I’ll be testing some determinates this week.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on April 03, 2019, 12:41:04 PM
Ug, bindweed is the worst! The flowers are smaller and the stems are as well.

Now that you mention it, I do remember seeing some creeping vine plants that looked like miniature morning glories.  They would crawl up my fence but I paid them no never mind because they were so small, and not invasive like in the article.  Perhaps they were a miniature sub species of the bindweed?  If I see them again, I'll take a pic of them.   
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on April 04, 2019, 03:27:19 PM
Does anyone have any experience with espaliered fruit trees? I've wanted one for years and just moved into our forever home so I'm looking for the perfect spot or spots  ;)...Anyway, I don't have a lot of experience with fruit trees in general and know they can be work. Curious if anyone has any thoughts and experiences with the espaliered trees. Will I regret this?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on April 05, 2019, 06:40:41 PM
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The cornflower - Emblem of constancy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_cyanus
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on April 06, 2019, 12:12:29 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Evening Star, April 06, 1919.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on April 08, 2019, 08:05:56 AM
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I had never heard of a Jacaranda tree until I came across this old postcard image.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda
You’ll find them Upcountry Maui. So beautiful!!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on April 08, 2019, 08:10:22 AM
I don't know if this picture falls within the threads guidelines but in the case that it gives anybody an ideas on yard framing, it's worth it.  The mulch around our little "dinner deck" is a rubber mixture from Lowes made of recycled tires and rubber products. It's easy to walk on and comes in a few different colors. BTW the area you're looking at is the result of 35 bags...……  Man, I wish they would pack them in bigger bags.  Although!!  I did use the plastic bags as an underlayment to stop any weeds or grass from growing through.

I'm shitfaced and I have to work in the morning so you better appreciate this. Goodnight.
This looks REALLY great @KSM32 ! How is it holding up? Is it staying where it should or has it “wondered about” on you?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 08, 2019, 12:18:16 PM
@26 horses  , thank you for the advise.  This is the first time I used "new unread posts". I have a garden ::). I think I will enjoy this thread.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 08, 2019, 12:22:26 PM
@26 horses  , thank you for the advise.  This is the first time I used "new unread posts". I have a garden ::). I think I will enjoy this thread.
You're most welcome, any Rikki thread is a good thread! :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 08, 2019, 01:31:39 PM
@26 horses  , thank you for the advise.  This is the first time I used "new unread posts". I have a garden ::). I think I will enjoy this thread.
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Just one more thing...the "new replies" tab is highly useful to track who's responding to you directly. I believe the "mentions" tab in profile works best of the other poster puts an @ symbol before your handle.


Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on April 08, 2019, 05:59:02 PM
This looks REALLY great @KSM32 ! How is it holding up? Is it staying where it should or has it “wondered about” on you?
@PolkaDot Thank you, dear. It's now three years and holding up very well with a little maintenance each spring. Snow has just melted and its' ready for a little clean up, not much though.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 09, 2019, 04:04:19 PM
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Just one more thing...the "new replies" tab is highly useful to track who's responding to you directly. I believe the "mentions" tab in profile works best of the other poster puts an @ symbol before your handle.

OK @26 horses , I am learning new tricks in EllGab.
I have a city garden. I live in a row home that is almost 150 years old. My home is a 2 stories house. I have a cellar that runs the length of my home. A nice old small home with a very small backyard. I always wanted a large garden area. Yet, I make the best of this small area.
Across the width of my house, I have a homemade garden container that runs across the width of my house. I grow hops in this container. From the second floor window,  I tie "Hop Twine" to the awnings. I drop the twine to the dirt in my container. I loop the twine around the hop bine. The hop bine will grow right up and above the second floor windows. The hops are coming back to life. I better get the hop twine ready. These bines can grow over 20 feet in one season.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 09, 2019, 04:14:45 PM
OK @26 horses , I am learning new tricks in EllGab.
I have a city garden. I live in a row home that is almost 150 years old. My home is a 2 stories house. I have a cellar that runs the length of my home. A nice old small home with a very small backyard. I always wanted a large garden area. Yet, I make the best of this small area.
Across the width of my house, I have a homemade garden container that runs across the width of my house. I grow hops in this container. From the second floor window,  I tie "Hop Twine" to the awnings. I drop the twine to the dirt in my container. I loop the twine around the hop bine. The hop bine will grow right up and above the second floor windows. The hops are coming back to life. I better get the hop twine ready. These bines can grow over 20 feet in one season.

Very cool, so you have an ideal indoor starter area, cool and perfect for seedlings with some LED lighting.

If you can post some outdoor pics that'd be fun to see those babies grow.

My 'gardening'  abruptly ended when I was much younger...

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Good thing my thumb wasn't all that green, no?

 ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 09, 2019, 04:28:24 PM
Very cool, so you have an ideal indoor starter area, cool and perfect for seedlings with some LED lighting.

If you can post some outdoor pics that'd be fun to see those babies grow.

My 'gardening'  abruptly ended when I was much younger...

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Good thing my thumb wasn't all that green, no?

 ;)
cannabis plants? :'(
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 09, 2019, 04:52:58 PM
Hops bines (not vines) grow better with spring pruning. Pruning the hop shoots is so painful for me. Yet I do it.  Some people eat the hop shoots. Pruning tomatoes and strawberries plants is also recommended. I grow hops not only in my backyard but also in a container that stands outside the front of my home. I have a partial brownstone front. I have a container with hops, pansies and some solar lights. In the photo you will see the hops shoots.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 09, 2019, 06:51:37 PM
cannabis plants? :'(
Teen follies - soon flushed. ;)

...it looked like a senior biology project I thought...
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 09, 2019, 06:53:08 PM
Hops bines (not vines) grow better with spring pruning. Pruning the hop shoots is so painful for me. Yet I do it.  Some people eat the hop shoots. Pruning tomatoes and strawberries plants is also recommended. I grow hops not only in my backyard but also in a container that stands outside the front of my home. I have a partial brownstone front. I have a container with hops, pansies and some solar lights. In the photo you will see the hops shoots.

Beautiful! So do you use them for any home brewing or just what is their consumable value?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on April 09, 2019, 11:28:22 PM
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Not identified but I'm pretty sure these are Forget Me Nots.

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This postcard is just over one month away from being 110 years old.  From Wiki, May 25, 1909:
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Israel Greene, who had led the United States Marines in the capture of abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, on October 18, 1859, died at the age of 85 at his farm near Mitchell, South Dakota.
 
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Post by: FISH on April 10, 2019, 06:52:37 AM
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Not identified but I'm pretty sure these are Forget Me Nots.

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This postcard is just over one month away from being 110 years old.  From Wiki, May 25, 1909: 

I believe you are correct (right). These are forget-me-nots-"Myosotidium". This was my Mom's favorite flower. Her wedding band was engraved with forget-me-nots.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 10, 2019, 08:00:23 AM
Beautiful! So do you use them for any home brewing or just what is their consumable value?
@26 horses , I seem to always have a story for why I do the things I do.  Someone in my family does brew beer.  However, the real reason why I started to grow hops, was it is in my DNA.  I was asked to start a family tree since my family was going to visit Bavaria. There is a hotel/brewery in Bavaria that holds our family's surname. Our surname is not a common name in Bavaria. My ancestors came to the USA after the German revolutions of 1848–49. I started to wonder how to brew beer and how to grow hops. My neighborhood is full of hipsters with their love for IPAs. So our local garden center offered an outdoor "hop class". The class served hop candy, hop soda, hop salad and lessons on growing hops. I attended the class. I only had one question. "Is there a hop plant with an origin to the Americas? The answer was no. It seems that all the hop plants in the Americas came from across the ocean. All our founding Fathers and Mothers grew hops in their yards.
At first, I started growing hops for brewing. I was so surprise at the beauty of the cones. There is a pungent smell to the hop plants. However, I like this aroma. The plant attracts butterflies. The long bines can be grown so quickly to over 20 feet long in one season. The plants hide the unsightly structure of the back of my house. The back of my house was finished off with asbestos shingles. The shingles remain and hidden during the summer months.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 10, 2019, 09:59:42 AM
@26 horses , I seem to always have a story for why I do the things I do.  Someone in my family does brew beer.  However, the real reason why I started to grow hops, was it is in my DNA.  I was asked to start a family tree since my family was going to visit Bavaria. There is a hotel/brewery in Bavaria that holds our family's surname. Our surname is not a common name in Bavaria. My ancestors came to the USA after the German revolutions of 1848–49. I started to wonder how to brew beer and how to grow hops. My neighborhood is full of hipsters with their love for IPAs. So our local garden center offered an outdoor "hop class". The class served hop candy, hop soda, hop salad and lessons on growing hops. I attended the class. I only had one question. "Is there a hop plant with an origin to the Americas? The answer was no. It seems that all the hop plants in the Americas came from across the ocean. All our founding Fathers and Mothers grew hops in their yards.
At first, I started growing hops for brewing. I was so surprise at the beauty of the cones. There is a pungent smell to the hop plants. However, I like this aroma. The plant attracts butterflies. The long bines can be grown so quickly to over 20 feet long in one season. The plants hide the unsightly structure of the back of my house. The back of my house was finished off with asbestos shingles. The shingles remain and hidden during the summer months.

Fascinating back story, truly.

So how does a hop salad taste and also the candy?
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Post by: FISH on April 10, 2019, 12:46:47 PM
Fascinating back story, truly.

So how does a hop salad taste and also the candy?
@26 horses , hops have a bitter taste. Hop candy and hop soda will never become popular.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 10, 2019, 12:48:15 PM
@26 horses , hops have a bitter taste. Hop candy and hop soda will never become popular.

But in a salad, is it like radicchio or endive?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on April 10, 2019, 01:42:11 PM
@26 horses , I seem to always have a story for why I do the things I do.  Someone in my family does brew beer.  However, the real reason why I started to grow hops, was it is in my DNA.  I was asked to start a family tree since my family was going to visit Bavaria. There is a hotel/brewery in Bavaria that holds our family's surname. Our surname is not a common name in Bavaria. My ancestors came to the USA after the German revolutions of 1848–49. I started to wonder how to brew beer and how to grow hops. My neighborhood is full of hipsters with their love for IPAs. So our local garden center offered an outdoor "hop class". The class served hop candy, hop soda, hop salad and lessons on growing hops. I attended the class. I only had one question. "Is there a hop plant with an origin to the Americas? The answer was no. It seems that all the hop plants in the Americas came from across the ocean. All our founding Fathers and Mothers grew hops in their yards.
At first, I started growing hops for brewing. I was so surprise at the beauty of the cones. There is a pungent smell to the hop plants. However, I like this aroma. The plant attracts butterflies. The long bines can be grown so quickly to over 20 feet long in one season. The plants hide the unsightly structure of the back of my house. The back of my house was finished off with asbestos shingles. The shingles remain and hidden during the summer months.

We have a native subspecies here: neomexicanus. My understanding is that common hop is Mongolian- then to Europe-then to the Americas well over a million years ago.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on April 10, 2019, 01:43:47 PM
@26 horses , hops have a bitter taste. Hop candy and hop soda will never become popular.
It would be very similiar in palate to the weed candies. I wouldn't want it in a salad particularly because of texture.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 10, 2019, 02:00:17 PM
It would be very similiar in palate to the weed candies. I wouldn't want it in a salad particularly because of texture.
@PolkaDot , at my hop class, they had served a hop salad with a dressing of sorts. Just for you, I will prune some of my hop spouts and take a taste. The spring spouts are like a thin flexible drinking straw. Texture should not be an issue.

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 10, 2019, 02:38:30 PM
Cool video, those purple shoots look like the first thin asparagus of the season!



But as he says, not really the "poor man's asparagus"...looks tasty though!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on April 10, 2019, 03:05:59 PM
We have a native subspecies here: neomexicanus. My understanding is that common hop is Mongolian- then to Europe-then to the Americas well over a million years ago.
@PolkaDot , you should have taught the hop class. You sent me on a journey learning about "neomexicanus". Thank you.

In the spring of 2010, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert planted a quarter-acre experimental hop yard that included several varieties of hops native to northern New Mexico (subspecies neomexicanus). In 2011 and again in 2013, the hop yard was expanded and several new varieties of native New Mexico hops were added.

https://www.abbeybrewing.biz/
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 10, 2019, 03:44:38 PM
@PolkaDot , you should have taught the hop class. You sent me on a journey learning about "neomexicanus". Thank you.

In the spring of 2010, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert planted a quarter-acre experimental hop yard that included several varieties of hops native to northern New Mexico (subspecies neomexicanus). In 2011 and again in 2013, the hop yard was expanded and several new varieties of native New Mexico hops were added.

https://www.abbeybrewing.biz/
I'm a botany girl that's worked with the local Botanic Gardens and Herbaria and I happened to marry a home brewer before it was the cool thing. Tangent: he was outlowed from indoor brewing within the first year of marriage due to a boil over that stained my granite counter top! I'm still kinda mad about that. Anyway, there are pockets of wild native hops that are coveted around here. It's rather taboo to share where the native plants are found to protect the plants (and your wild harvest).  ;) Locally, spruce tips are popular too if you're doing a wild brew.
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Post by: albrecht on April 10, 2019, 05:22:01 PM
@26 horses , hops have a bitter taste. Hop candy and hop soda will never become popular.

@FISH

Never say never. Think of the salty candy loved by Nordics (NH4C the source of which is naturally found from burning coal dumps and main use is in industrial fertilizers or in Nordic candy) or the various other "acquired" tastes around the world. Apparently there is a "hop soda" that is popular in Sweden, essentially from what I can gather maybe the first "non-alcoholic beer?"  It outsells COKE even.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julmust

Something ate all of my Serrano pepper plant but didn't touch the nearby Jalapeno? Or the nearby Tomato (usually first thing they get) and Banana Pepper.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 11, 2019, 12:51:56 AM
I believe you are correct (right). These are forget-me-nots-"Myosotidium". This was my Mom's favorite flower. Her wedding band was engraved with forget-me-nots.

Oh that sounds like a totally beautiful wedding band, Fish.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 11, 2019, 01:17:06 AM
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A postcard image of a Myrtle tree.  These are pretty cool trees.  There is a river on the Oregon coast that flows into the ocean, and growing on the bank of that river are nothing but Myrtle trees.  It might be the Umpqua River, but I'm not quite sure.  It was so many years ago that I was there.  Actually it was a full fledged park full of Myrtle trees, I do remember that.  I think it is by the town of Brookings.  (All of the tourist shops sold bowls and salt and pepper shakers made out of Myrtle wood.) 
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Post by: 26 horses on April 11, 2019, 09:40:32 AM
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A postcard image of a Myrtle tree.  These are pretty cool trees.  There is a river on the Oregon coast that flows into the ocean, and growing on the bank of that river are nothing but Myrtle trees.  It might be the Umpqua River, but I'm not quite sure.  It was so many years ago that I was there.  Actually it was a full fledged park full of Myrtle trees, I do remember that.  I think it is by the town of Brookings.  (All of the tourist shops sold bowls and salt and pepper shakers made out of Myrtle wood.)

Do these flower? I know the crepe myrtle does.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 12, 2019, 02:34:34 PM
Do these flower? I know the crepe myrtle does.

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Yes, the myrtle trees do flower.  Not too brightly in the wild, but cultivars have nice, creamy white flowers once a year.  The leaves of the tree are very pungent and have a strong pepper like fragrance. (If people with sensitive skin crush the leaves in their hands, they might get a rash.)  The leaves stay on the tree all year long.  Aside from over there in the holey land, true myrtle trees only grow on the pacific coast in Northern California and Southern Oregon.  But what am I flapping my gums for? ha.  Here is a handy link with info on the myrtle tree: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/myrtle-tree-43276.html     
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 12, 2019, 04:52:03 PM
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This EllGab Garden postcard might be showing something that some of you have on your estates...a rock garden.  in particular, a rock garden that is exhibiting early season blooms, what with the tulips and all.

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Dear Mae,

Isn't this picture just like Maine now???  We are enjoying ourselves.  The weather has been warm and plenty of sunshine.  Had a nice visit with Gertrude and Jane.  They both look right in the pink. 
                                                                                         Betty M.


From Wiki, March 14, 1967:
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The body of U.S. President John F. Kennedy was moved, along with the bodies of two of his children who died in infancy, to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery, 20 feet from the site where he had been laid to rest on November 25, 1963.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: 26 horses on April 13, 2019, 09:33:13 AM
Yes, the myrtle trees do flower.  Not too brightly in the wild, but cultivars have nice, creamy white flowers once a year.  The leaves of the tree are very pungent and have a strong pepper like fragrance. (If people with sensitive skin crush the leaves in their hands, they might get a rash.)  The leaves stay on the tree all year long.  Aside from over there in the holey land, true myrtle trees only grow on the pacific coast in Northern California and Southern Oregon.  But what am I flapping my gums for? ha.  Here is a handy link with info on the myrtle tree: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/myrtle-tree-43276.html   

TY Rikki, I recall the southern variant as being particularly showy in blossom. Tis that time of the year!

And, staying in the overall family, how about the gorgeous Texas Laurel?

https://guzmansgreenhouse.com/the-texas-mountain-laurel-tree/

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These things smell like a freshly uncapped bottle of grape soda!
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Post by: albrecht on April 13, 2019, 10:07:25 AM
TY Rikki, I recall the southern variant as being particularly showy in blossom. Tis that time of the year!

And, staying in the overall family, how about the gorgeous Texas Laurel?

https://guzmansgreenhouse.com/the-texas-mountain-laurel-tree/

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These things smell like a freshly uncapped bottle of grape soda!

Mountain Laurels are awesome and don't need much water at all once established and will grow in rocky or caliche without problems. And the blooms do have that smell.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 13, 2019, 10:57:45 AM
I find it one of the most evocative and lovely trees out there, and you're right about low water usage too.

Another boffo one for warmer climes is the Jacaranda:

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https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/jacaranda/jacaranda-tree-information.htm

Growing jacaranda trees is mostly a matter of having the right environment, as they’re strictly southern trees that thrive in Florida and parts of (Arizona & Nevada) Texas and California. Gardeners living further north often have success growing jacaranda as a large houseplant, and they have been known to make spectacular bonsai specimens. Jacaranda Tree Information Jacarandas are true southern trees, thriving in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. Jacaranda tree hardiness is tested when the temperature drops below 15 F. (-9 C.), and they do best above the freezing point. They prefer a sandy soil with great drainage, and show off their lavender blooms best when planted in full sun. They grow relatively fast and will get up to 60 feet tall and just as wide. The spreading branches may fill your entire front yard.

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Post by: PolkaDot on April 13, 2019, 01:06:45 PM
I find it one of the most evocative and lovely trees out there, and you're right about low water usage too.

Another boffo one for warmer climes is the Jacaranda:

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https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/jacaranda/jacaranda-tree-information.htm

Growing jacaranda trees is mostly a matter of having the right environment, as they’re strictly southern trees that thrive in Florida and parts of (Arizona & Nevada) Texas and California. Gardeners living further north often have success growing jacaranda as a large houseplant, and they have been known to make spectacular bonsai specimens. Jacaranda Tree Information Jacarandas are true southern trees, thriving in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. Jacaranda tree hardiness is tested when the temperature drops below 15 F. (-9 C.), and they do best above the freezing point. They prefer a sandy soil with great drainage, and show off their lavender blooms best when planted in full sun. They grow relatively fast and will get up to 60 feet tall and just as wide. The spreading branches may fill your entire front yard.


When I saw the mtn laurel pic I thought it was a jacaranda. There are Jacaranda’s in Upcountry Maui. That’s the only place I’ve ever seen them, so this is interesting. Thanks!
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Post by: 26 horses on April 13, 2019, 01:36:16 PM
Wow, in that climate I bet they are massive and thriving, who knows, perhaps that's where my pic was taken.

Moar:

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Post by: 26 horses on April 13, 2019, 01:41:09 PM
...and while we're at it, how about the red Jacaranda tree:

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Post by: 26 horses on April 13, 2019, 01:42:08 PM
...yellow Jacaranda too:

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Post by: albrecht on April 13, 2019, 02:53:08 PM
I find it one of the most evocative and lovely trees out there, and you're right about low water usage too.

Another boffo one for warmer climes is the Jacaranda:

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https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/jacaranda/jacaranda-tree-information.htm

Growing jacaranda trees is mostly a matter of having the right environment, as they’re strictly southern trees that thrive in Florida and parts of (Arizona & Nevada) Texas and California. Gardeners living further north often have success growing jacaranda as a large houseplant, and they have been known to make spectacular bonsai specimens. Jacaranda Tree Information Jacarandas are true southern trees, thriving in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. Jacaranda tree hardiness is tested when the temperature drops below 15 F. (-9 C.), and they do best above the freezing point. They prefer a sandy soil with great drainage, and show off their lavender blooms best when planted in full sun. They grow relatively fast and will get up to 60 feet tall and just as wide. The spreading branches may fill your entire front yard.


It is so weird how things go. I planted a bunch of Mountain Laurels years ago. In succession. One got yuuuge. One did normal. And one was spindly and then taken out by Harvey. But the odd thing is the huge one had less light but close to roof so got more rainwater, I guess. Strange because I've had some in the back in basically limestone/rock/caliche that I never water (naturally there) and even seen them growing on the cliff in full sun and not much water.  Neighbor grows them from seed but they grow slow, at first. You need to scratch the seed (once you open the pod.) I've done some randomly when I see them and several have grown. No effort I scratched them up and put them in the holes left from Cicadas. But it worked. 

One odd thing. Tenacity of plants. I hate to kill them. But I have a Pecan tree right by foundation so worried (even though their roots go deep and not out) and cut it down every year....but every year comes back. Amazing. How it can have enough energy to keep coming back?

Jacarandas looks good. Builders should use them instead of the Bradford Pears so loved (since quick growth) because those Pears are short lived and always split apart etc (if not really taken care of) in a storm or just due to age. But they grow quick and flower so used a lot.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 13, 2019, 03:13:56 PM
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Another early blooming spring flower, the Anemone.  Also, as noted, the state flower of South Dakota.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemone
 
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Post by: FISH on April 19, 2019, 05:08:15 AM
“April’s full moon is called the Full Pink Moon, heralding the appearance of the 'moss pink,' or wild ground phlox – one of the first spring flowers,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac reported.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, April’s “Pink Moon” is set to light up the sky on Friday, April 19, around 7:12 a.m. EST.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 19, 2019, 08:18:09 AM
Neighbor grows them from seed but they grow slow, at first. You need to scratch the seed (once you open the pod.) I've done some randomly when I see them and several have grown. No effort I scratched them up and put them in the holes left from Cicadas. But it worked. 

Talk about using what nature provides, and a cicado burrow is decent size too. Do you have the 17 year variety?

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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 19, 2019, 11:32:36 PM
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Introducing the Lady Slipper.  Official flower for the great state of Minnesota.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypripedioideae
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 22, 2019, 11:54:03 PM
The tulips have pretty much come and gone here at EllGab Garden West Coast.

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My own pitiful stand of tulips came up about two weeks ago.  It is the same group of tulips that have appeared without fail for the last 40 plus years I would guess.  Usually there is only one or possibly two tulips that show up, but this year there were seven of them.  We've had a lot of winter rain and I wonder if that is what made more of them grow?

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Here they are about a week later.

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I took a walk in the neighborhood and found some more tulips.  Here are some bright yellow ones.

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Here is a stand of some white, Alpine like flowers growing over somebodies fence.

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Here are the prize winners, in someone's yard, about a mile and a half away from EllGab Garden Central.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 24, 2019, 01:31:27 PM
Last Friday I was out working in the garden when I glanced up and saw a white, puffy elephant bellowing at a couple of contrails.  So I got my camera and took a picture of it. 

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Post by: PolkaDot on April 24, 2019, 05:00:56 PM
Fun Fact:

Colorado has over 600 native bees. Most of which are ground dwelling! I didn't even know ground dwelling bees were a thing!!!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 24, 2019, 05:10:20 PM
Fun Fact:

Colorado has over 600 native bees. Most of which are ground dwelling! I didn't even know ground dwelling bees were a thing!!!

Not in Colorado but when I was a kid, I was playing in a vacant field when a large bee came out of the ground and stung my left arm.  A day or so later I watched a neighborhood kid playing in the same spot.  He started to wave his arms all around and let out a shout.  Then he started to cry as he walked home.
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 24, 2019, 08:58:19 PM
Not in Colorado but when I was a kid, I was playing in a vacant field when a large bee came out of the ground and stung my left arm.  A day or so later I watched a neighborhood kid playing in the same spot.  He started to wave his arms all around and let out a shout.  Then he started to cry as he walked home.
Ug! That is a bit traumatic!
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Post by: 26 horses on April 25, 2019, 07:55:24 AM
Fun Fact:

Colorado has over 600 native bees. Most of which are ground dwelling! I didn't even know ground dwelling bees were a thing!!!

I for some time have confused them with bumblebees, which they resemnble...slightly...

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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 25, 2019, 03:36:07 PM
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I got my first tomato plant planted in a pot, a week ago Tuesday.  It is an heirloom called Bonny Best.
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 28, 2019, 09:16:33 PM
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I got my first tomato plant planted in a pot, a week ago Tuesday.  It is an heirloom called Bonny Best.
It’s supposed to snow tomorrow. 🙁
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Post by: 26 horses on April 29, 2019, 08:08:02 AM
It’s supposed to snow tomorrow. 🙁

More global warming...for Asstrailer anyway...

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Post by: PolkaDot on April 29, 2019, 09:27:31 AM
32 degrees out. I'm doing plant research to put in a wildflower garden with native grasses. It's nice to dream of gardens when it's cold.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 29, 2019, 09:43:57 AM
32 degrees out. I'm doing plant research to put in a wildflower garden with native grasses. It's nice to dream of gardens when it's cold.

You prolly already know but the Denver Water Dept. coined the term "xeric".

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I think it's darned nice to look at and less work than bluegrass carpetbagging... 8)
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 29, 2019, 09:44:59 AM
You prolly already know but the Denver Water Dept. coined the term "xeric".

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I think it's darned nice to look at and less work than bluegrass carpetbagging... 8)
agreed.
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 29, 2019, 09:46:58 AM
You prolly already know but the Denver Water Dept. coined the term "xeric".

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I think it's darned nice to look at and less work than bluegrass carpetbagging... 8)
This is very nicely done! Love the wooly thyme and the galardia along the path.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 29, 2019, 09:57:40 AM
This is very nicely done! Love the wooly thyme and the galardia along the path.
You know your plants, lemon thyme is another nicely colorful one:

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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 02, 2019, 09:05:23 PM
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My willow tree got clobbered with aphids last year, so last Friday I released a bag of ladybugs, hoping to get an early start on fighting those sticky little bugs.  The only problem is that there aren't any aphids on the tree like there were last year.  The ladybugs have since departed for greener pastures, but that's OK.  I don't like to see them all cooped up in the bag.  It is fun to watch them crawl out and get drinks of sugar water that I had sprayed higher up in the tree.  The only trouble is, I get that Born Free song playing in my head.       
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Post by: FISH on May 03, 2019, 06:37:09 AM
Ladybug ladybug fly away home,
Your house in on fire and your children are gone,
All except one and that's little Ann,
For she crept under the frying pan.
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Post by: 26 horses on May 03, 2019, 09:57:54 AM
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My willow tree got clobbered with aphids last year, so last Friday I released a bag of ladybugs, hoping to get an early start on fighting those sticky little bugs.  The only problem is that there aren't any aphids on the tree like there were last year.  The ladybugs have since departed for greener pastures, but that's OK.  I don't like to see them all cooped up in the bag.  It is fun to watch them crawl out and get drinks of sugar water that I had sprayed higher up in the tree.  The only trouble is, I get that Born Free song playing in my head.       

+1 for Elsa times hundreds!

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Post by: KSM on May 10, 2019, 09:06:36 PM
Picked up this tall very used wood table and chairs today for a steal o' deal from a neighbor :)

Going to have to sand down (way down) the table top and refinish but other than that things just need a little TLC and it's going to be in fine working order :)  I hate sitting to a tall table is like standing at a bar to me :)  Everybody wins!!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 17, 2019, 08:07:38 PM
Picked up this tall very used wood table and chairs today for a steal o' deal from a neighbor :)

Going to have to sand down (way down) the table top and refinish but other than that things just need a little TLC and it's going to be in fine working order :)  I hate sitting to a tall table is like standing at a bar to me :)  Everybody wins!!

Oh, that table top is going to look great when you finish with it, KSM.  Nice pics. 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 17, 2019, 08:18:20 PM
A storm front rolled in over the West Coast a couple days ago.  We've had a number of rain squalls off and on but nothing major.  I guess the storm has made its way to the Mid West where it is causing thunderstorms and possible tornados.  I took a picture of the storm as it first appeared up in the Western sky.

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Post by: anniem on May 17, 2019, 08:25:01 PM
A storm front rolled in over the West Coast a couple days ago.  We've had a number of rain squalls off and on but nothing major.  I guess the storm has made its way to the Mid West where it is causing thunderstorms and possible tornados.  I took a picture of the storm as it first appeared up in the Western sky.

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I have been rained on this past week.
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Post by: juan on May 18, 2019, 06:43:11 AM
I pulled up the last of my broccoli stalks today and prepped the soil for pepper transplants.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 18, 2019, 01:59:41 PM
I pulled up the last of my broccoli stalks today and prepped the soil for pepper transplants.

I envy you.  I love hot peppers but every time I eat them, my psa numbers go way up and my urologist threatens me with surgery.  So no hot chili peppers for me.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 18, 2019, 02:01:20 PM
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Post by: ShayP on May 18, 2019, 02:53:56 PM
My willow tree got clobbered with aphids last year, so last Friday I released a bag of ladybugs, hoping to get an early start on fighting those sticky little bugs.  The only problem is that there aren't any aphids on the tree like there were last year.  The ladybugs have since departed for greener pastures, but that's OK.  I don't like to see them all cooped up in the bag.  It is fun to watch them crawl out and get drinks of sugar water that I had sprayed higher up in the tree.  The only trouble is, I get that Born Free song playing in my head.       

@Rikki Gins Out of curiosity Rikki, how does one get a bag of Ladybugs?  Never knew one could get that.  I would, simply because I like Ladybugs and would like to see them around.   :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 18, 2019, 05:09:12 PM
@Rikki Gins Out of curiosity Rikki, how does one get a bag of Ladybugs?  Never knew one could get that.  I would, simply because I like Ladybugs and would like to see them around.   :)

Hi @ShayP.  If you look at the bottom of the picture of ladybugs you will see some plastic netting material, which is actually the top of the bag that I snipped open with scissors.  I tell you what, as soon as the container is opened, the ladybugs go charging out and they get on my hands before I have a chance to attach the bag to the tree.  (I usually take a couple of thumb tacks and nail the bag to the tree.)  I pour some sugar water on the tree, just above the bag and the ladybugs will stop and drink the stuff before moving on.  When I say 'moving on' well, that's what they pretty much do.  They seem to head off for parts unknown unless you happen to have some critical aphid problems, or an excess of other types of insects that the ladybugs like to eat.  Even so, I can often see a ladybug that has decided to stick around, for up to a week or so.  After that, they go though their life cycles and you might wind up seeing a number of generations of ladybugs in one summer.

You might find some ladybugs at a grange, or garden center type of store if you have them there in Richmond.  I get my ladybugs at a local Fred Meyer store that has a garden section.  They hang the pouches in a row (up and down) and they are kind of hard to notice unless you are looking for them.  (They also sell praying mantis eggs but I have never had much luck in getting those to hatch.)  Each pouch holds hundreds of ladybugs and it takes several hours for them to crawl to freedom.  There are lots of dead ladybugs at the bottom of the pouch...not sure how long their transit time is.  Anyway, ladybugs are fun to watch.  Hope you can find them somewhere.  Cheers.         
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Post by: ShayP on May 19, 2019, 07:50:20 AM
Hi @ShayP.  If you look at the bottom of the picture of ladybugs you will see some plastic netting material, which is actually the top of the bag that I snipped open with scissors.  I tell you what, as soon as the container is opened, the ladybugs go charging out and they get on my hands before I have a chance to attach the bag to the tree.  (I usually take a couple of thumb tacks and nail the bag to the tree.)  I pour some sugar water on the tree, just above the bag and the ladybugs will stop and drink the stuff before moving on.  When I say 'moving on' well, that's what they pretty much do.  They seem to head off for parts unknown unless you happen to have some critical aphid problems, or an excess of other types of insects that the ladybugs like to eat.  Even so, I can often see a ladybug that has decided to stick around, for up to a week or so.  After that, they go though their life cycles and you might wind up seeing a number of generations of ladybugs in one summer.

You might find some ladybugs at a grange, or garden center type of store if you have them there in Richmond.  I get my ladybugs at a local Fred Meyer store that has a garden section.  They hang the pouches in a row (up and down) and they are kind of hard to notice unless you are looking for them.  (They also sell praying mantis eggs but I have never had much luck in getting those to hatch.)  Each pouch holds hundreds of ladybugs and it takes several hours for them to crawl to freedom.  There are lots of dead ladybugs at the bottom of the pouch...not sure how long their transit time is.  Anyway, ladybugs are fun to watch.  Hope you can find them somewhere.  Cheers.         

@Rikki Gins  Appreciate the info!  I'm going to look into getting some.   8)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 24, 2019, 12:55:30 AM
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Here is an old postcard showing some pansies and white daisies.

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Date stamp that card was received on: April 19, 1913

Dear Papa
How are you and
when are you
coming home  We
would like to
see you  from
Norma & Nita


 
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Post by: Sofia on May 24, 2019, 01:25:46 PM
Hi @ShayP.  If you look at the bottom of the picture of ladybugs you will see some plastic netting material, which is actually the top of the bag that I snipped open with scissors.  I tell you what, as soon as the container is opened, the ladybugs go charging out and they get on my hands before I have a chance to attach the bag to the tree.  (I usually take a couple of thumb tacks and nail the bag to the tree.)  I pour some sugar water on the tree, just above the bag and the ladybugs will stop and drink the stuff before moving on.  When I say 'moving on' well, that's what they pretty much do.  They seem to head off for parts unknown unless you happen to have some critical aphid problems, or an excess of other types of insects that the ladybugs like to eat.  Even so, I can often see a ladybug that has decided to stick around, for up to a week or so.  After that, they go though their life cycles and you might wind up seeing a number of generations of ladybugs in one summer.

You might find some ladybugs at a grange, or garden center type of store if you have them there in Richmond.  I get my ladybugs at a local Fred Meyer store that has a garden section.  They hang the pouches in a row (up and down) and they are kind of hard to notice unless you are looking for them.  (They also sell praying mantis eggs but I have never had much luck in getting those to hatch.)  Each pouch holds hundreds of ladybugs and it takes several hours for them to crawl to freedom.  There are lots of dead ladybugs at the bottom of the pouch...not sure how long their transit time is.  Anyway, ladybugs are fun to watch.  Hope you can find them somewhere.  Cheers.         I've se
They are packed inhumanely, it causes gang sexual asssualt, not joking here bec I've seen it. And the have no food or water source.  Some die.  Possibly after gang rape.  I have been outraged by this since 1997.  As you know, they are living beings, yet way more care goes intio packaging of mere cosmetics for women.  While real ladies, the lady bugs, die of suffocatio, repeated sexusal assault, dehydration, lack of light and no food.
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Post by: GravitySucks on May 24, 2019, 01:26:58 PM
They are packed inhumanely, it causes gang sexual asssualt, not joking here bec I've seen it. And the have no food or water source.  Some die.  Possibly after gang rape.  I have been outraged by this since 1997.

Are you saying some of the ladybugs were actually ladyboybugs?
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Post by: Sofia on May 24, 2019, 01:33:54 PM
Are you saying some of the ladybugs were actually ladyboybugs?
Quite.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 24, 2019, 02:20:54 PM
They are packed inhumanely, it causes gang sexual asssualt, not joking here bec I've seen it. And the have no food or water source.  Some die.  Possibly after gang rape.  I have been outraged by this since 1997.  As you know, they are living beings, yet way more care goes intio packaging of mere cosmetics for women.  While real ladies, the lady bugs, die of suffocatio, repeated sexusal assault, dehydration, lack of light and no food.

Hi Sofia.  I have researched what you claim to be happening to the ladybugs after they are placed in containers but I can't find any info on the subject.  Your source, please? 
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Post by: juan on May 27, 2019, 05:03:30 AM
I want to stick to gardening, so I won’t mention names, but the garden ignorance out there is astounding. A Member of the US Congress recently criticized the growing of cauliflower in a Brooklyn community garden as being “colonial.” She suggested growing yuca (cassava not yucca) or plantains instead.

Another young woman came on a network political show to defend the no-cauliflower movement. She said the reason for her opposition to growing the vegetable was that planting the same crop year after year depletes the soil. She clearly didn’t know crop rotation has been a common practice for thousands of years.

Then the host asked if perhaps the reason yuca and plantains weren’t grown in Brooklyn was because, as tropical plants, they won’t grow that far north. The woman’s jaw literally literally dropped. Her face filled with astonishment. She then talked about community gardens having a lot of women with time on their hands who could devote that time to getting the vegetables to grow.

“Can’t they try?” She pleaded at the end with the earnest expression the millennials get on their faces.

Brooklyn is growing zone 7b. Plantains grow in zone 8 through 11. Yuca won’t grow the roots below freezing.

I’m continually astonished to realize that people not only don’t know things but don’t know that knowledge exists and can be looked up.

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Post by: Walks_At_Night on May 27, 2019, 05:13:53 AM
I want to stick to gardening, so I won’t mention names, but the garden ignorance out there is astounding. A Member of the US Congress recently criticized the growing of cauliflower in a Brooklyn community garden as being “colonial.” She suggested growing yuca (cassava not yucca) or plantains instead.

Another young woman came on a network political show to defend the no-cauliflower movement. She said the reason for her opposition to growing the vegetable was that planting the same crop year after year depletes the soil. She clearly didn’t know crop rotation has been a common practice for thousands of years.

Then the host asked if perhaps the reason yucca and plantains weren’t grown in Brooklyn was because, as tropical plants, they won’t grow that far north. The woman’s jaw literally literally dropped. Her face filled with astonishment. She then talked about community gardens having a lot of women with time on their hands who could devote that time to getting the vegetables to grow.

“Can’t they try?” She pleaded at the end with the earnest expression the millennials get on their faces.

Brooklyn is growing zone 7b. Plantains grow in zone 8 through 11. Yuca won’t grow the roots below freezing.

I’m continually astonished to realize that people not only don’t know things but don’t know that knowledge exists and can be looked up.

What?   
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 30, 2019, 03:33:43 PM
                        From the Library of Congress.  The Iron County Record., May 30, 1919.


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Post by: juan on May 30, 2019, 06:02:53 PM
Dammit. It’s so hot my tomatoes are sitting on the vine green and laughing at me.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 01, 2019, 12:22:27 PM
Dammit. It’s so hot my tomatoes are sitting on the vine green and laughing at me.

I don't have any tomatoes to laugh at me.  Still just blossoms.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 01, 2019, 01:09:09 PM
The roses are in full bloom at this time.  There was a lot of rain during the peak blooming period and the rose blooms were kind of waterlogged, but I did manage to get a couple pics taken in between the downpours.

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This is the White Rose of York, named after the symbol that Richard the Third and his army fought under.  (Interestingly, I had a Red Rose of Lancaster, the opposing, and victorious, army, planted next to the white rose but it died many years ago.)  The picture is deceiving, the flowers for this rose are small and they only bloom for a day or two before they start to fall apart.

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I forgot the name of this rose...Doctor something or other.  This rose blossom is twice the size of the white one.

I bought these roses many years ago from an outfit that specialized in selling old fashioned rose plants.  I think they are still operating, in Watsonville, California but I refuse to reveal their name.  As much as I love my two surviving rose plants, my relationship with the seller is less than perfect, and it was all their fault.  I used to be on good terms with them and would always purchase a rose plant every year.  They had an earthquake once and suffered some damage to their rose beds and I was sure to give them my business to help them out.  Then, after I had mailed in yet another order, I got this nasty, mean spirited notice that I had shorted them 25 cents on the check that I had enclosed with the order.  Now, here is something that you must know...this was long before personal computers and when you ordered something, be it books, tapes, plants, whatever, you had catalogues and you would fill out orders with the proper stock item numbers, the cost of the item and the proper added postage amount for shipping the item.  Well, I was always extra careful when it came to filling out mail orders, and I would always double check, and sometimes triple check my orders for accuracy.  Yup, I was kind of anal about it.  Anyway, I kind of think that they had raised their prices without notifying the customers, which is their right, but they shouldn't have got all bent out of shape over it from having an incomplete amount enclosed on an order.  That letter was rather harsh and they all but accused me of trying to stiff them for a lousy quarter.  I put a quarter in an envelope and sent it to them and I wish I had given them an angry letter in return, but I was so mad over the whole thing that I quite simply stopped doing business with them and haven't purchased any of their roses in many a year, now.

 
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 01, 2019, 09:30:22 PM
I'm revisiting a reference book that I've had since I bought and landscaped my first home. It's still a great resource- and I somehow have lost 4 hours in it!
Ms. Hyde has a hard nosed approach I really like. I'd recommend giving this book a try for anyone in the Great Basin or Rockies: Hyde, Barbara. Gardening in the Mountain West. 2nd ed., Barbara J. Hyde, Inc., 1999.

https://denvergardeners.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/master-gardeners-heart-barbara-hyde-boardman/
 (https://denvergardeners.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/master-gardeners-heart-barbara-hyde-boardman/)
P.S. It hailed tonight- BIG hard hail- car alarms where going off. Yep, it's one of those springs.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 02, 2019, 01:46:23 PM
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A flowery entrance to a cave system called Fairyland, in Colorado. 
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Post by: GravitySucks on June 02, 2019, 02:15:19 PM
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A flowery entrance to a cave system called Fairyland, in Colorado.

Georgia

https://charismaticplanet.com/fairyland-caverns/
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Post by: MAX on June 02, 2019, 02:27:40 PM
I don't have any tomatoes to laugh at me.  Still just blossoms.
This is not much but I have 10 , 12 deer in my yard at all times except if my dog is out. I made these boxes and put up these fence and made a raised bed garden. Should have some Jersey tomatoes in a month. 🙂

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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 02, 2019, 02:39:56 PM
Georgia

https://charismaticplanet.com/fairyland-caverns/

I hereby blame the postcard seller:
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Colorado CO Fairyland Caverns Rock City Gardens Lookout Mountain
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 02, 2019, 02:42:33 PM
This woman has got to be my long lost Canadian twin sister...
https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/espalier/ (https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/espalier/)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 02, 2019, 02:42:46 PM
This is not much but I have 10 , 12 deer in my yard at all times except if my dog is out. I made these boxes and put up these fence and made a raised bed garden. Should have some Jersey tomatoes in a month. 🙂

Nice barricade, Max.  Do the deer try to eat those marigolds?
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 02, 2019, 02:44:21 PM
Nice barricade, Max.  Do the deer try to eat those marigolds?
Hopefully AFTER they've attracted all the aphids.
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Post by: MAX on June 02, 2019, 02:59:53 PM
Nice barricade, Max.  Do the deer try to eat those marigolds?

No that’s why I put them there they don’t like those too strong a smell.
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Post by: MAX on June 02, 2019, 03:04:30 PM
Hopefully AFTER they've attracted all the aphids.

Actually marigolds attract the bugs that kill them like lady bugs.
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Post by: MAX on June 02, 2019, 03:11:43 PM
Actually marigolds attract the bugs that kill them like lady bugs.

They are a very good companion plant for vegetable garden at least that’s what my Grandfather drilled into my head. 😳
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Post by: juan on June 02, 2019, 03:18:48 PM
Plant basil next to the tomatoes.
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 02, 2019, 03:20:46 PM
They are a very good companion plant for vegetable garden at least that’s what my Grandfather drilled into my head. 😳
They are! I plant  calendula in my garden every year for this reason!
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 02, 2019, 03:21:16 PM
Plant basil next to the tomatoes.
Agreed!
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Post by: MAX on June 02, 2019, 04:20:03 PM
Plant basil next to the tomatoes.

I have that and Italian parsley in pots on my deck with my flowers. Have had very good luck with my tomatoes and zucchini and string beans and snap peas over the years but my nemesis are damn eggplants. This year they actually look pretty good, we will see.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 03, 2019, 02:28:52 PM
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Japanese flower gardens in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 04, 2019, 01:55:18 PM
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Some flower venders in San Francisco, California.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 05, 2019, 09:44:31 PM
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Some blooming cacti in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.
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Post by: GravitySucks on June 05, 2019, 09:47:43 PM
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Some blooming cacti in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.

Our buddy @Aldous Burbank shared some of those dried cactus fruits he collected. Truly food of the gods.
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Post by: Azzerae on June 06, 2019, 08:26:59 AM
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 06, 2019, 02:23:10 PM
Our buddy @Aldous Burbank shared some of those dried cactus fruits he collected. Truly food of the gods.

Did you see the gods after you ate them?
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Post by: GravitySucks on June 06, 2019, 02:32:00 PM
Did you see the gods after you ate them?

That, sir, was a different type of cactus. Same trip though.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 06, 2019, 08:02:16 PM
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Here we see the Mountain Laurel, state flower of both Pennsylvania and Connecticut.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalmia_latifolia
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Post by: Azzerae on June 07, 2019, 08:08:03 AM
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 07, 2019, 09:08:02 PM
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I was standing in the EllGab Garden when I looked up and saw a cloud shaped like a dog.  The dog was soaring through the air, with front and back legs stretched out.  It turned its Betty Boop shaped head to look at me and in the process, its fluffy ears were thrown outward.
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Post by: Azzerae on June 08, 2019, 08:37:46 AM
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 08, 2019, 02:26:49 PM
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Some colorful roses.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 09, 2019, 12:16:21 PM
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Here is one big flower pot.  Located at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, Canada.
https://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/index.php/en/home
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Post by: anniem on June 09, 2019, 12:28:52 PM
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Here is one big flower pot.  Located at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, Canada.
https://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/index.php/en/home

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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 10, 2019, 12:45:47 PM
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The Conservatory at Washington Park, Chicago, IL.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 11, 2019, 06:33:40 PM
 As luck would have it, here is yet another Washington Park.  Only this one is in Colorado and it is from my postcard collection.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Park,_Denver

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Stamp cancellation date: July 4, 1953.
Sent to: Miss Magdeline Wagner, Saint Paul, Minnesota.


I know you would love
this flower garden.  It
looks just like the
picture.  We went up
Pikes Peak today.  It
was 95° here.  but gets cool
when sun goes down -
Tom and Elizabeth Cummings




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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 13, 2019, 06:00:11 PM
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 14, 2019, 01:24:56 PM
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Some Rhododendron flowers.  The Rhododendron is the official state flower for Washington State and West Virginia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 15, 2019, 12:10:48 PM
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Another look at Texas Blue Bonnets.  Here is the earlier image:https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg161452#msg161452
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Post by: juan on June 16, 2019, 09:36:59 AM
For lunch today I’m eating a sandwich made from home made whole wheat bread, sliced tomato from the gard3n, fresh mustard greens from the garden and brat from the Winn Dixie.  Yum-yum.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 16, 2019, 12:52:09 PM
For lunch today I’m eating a sandwich made from home made whole wheat bread, sliced tomato from the gard3n, fresh mustard greens from the garden and brat from the Winn Dixie.  Yum-yum.

Yum, indeed!  And it's still not officially summer yet.  How are the peppers doing?
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Post by: juan on June 16, 2019, 01:23:56 PM
Yum, indeed!  And it's still not officially summer yet.  How are the peppers doing?
A few small peppers, a few blooming, and most taking their time.
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Post by: Enard P Farkwark on June 16, 2019, 01:32:02 PM
Yum, indeed!  And it's still not officially summer yet.  How are the peppers doing?
I don’t know about all the Peppers, but Brian passed some years ago I believe.  So he’s been better.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 16, 2019, 02:14:17 PM
I don’t know about all the Peppers, but Brian passed some years ago I believe.  So he’s been better.
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Mr. Peppers definitely had problems.  He's better off pushing up daisies.  (Nothing against daisies.)  
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 17, 2019, 07:35:44 PM
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This very old picture is entitled Flowers of Pink Perfection.  I'll take their word for it.  I can't see the pink all that much.  My color blindness, you know.
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on June 17, 2019, 07:58:49 PM
Any insights on how to keep these fearless little bastard's out of my fig tree?  I'm locked in combat with them and losing badly.

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Post by: Enard P Farkwark on June 17, 2019, 08:06:12 PM
Any insights on how to keep these fearless little bastard's out of my fig tree?  I'm locked in combat with them and losing badly.

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Those things swoop at my dog and stuff all the time from trees too. Usually I try to keep him from eating random stuff but I gladly let him have a go at those.
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on June 17, 2019, 08:11:31 PM
Those things swoop at my dog and stuff all the time from trees too. Usually I try to keep him from eating random stuff but I gladly let him have a go at those.

They are something else.  Tried Flash Tape.  Nope.  Tried wrapping the Figs in foil - nope.  Tried netting - pecked right thru.  Nope.

I was in the tree working and the little bastards were up in my gutter just peeping over the edge waiting for me to leave.
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Post by: juan on June 18, 2019, 04:09:29 AM
Shotgun
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 18, 2019, 01:27:17 PM
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Here is the Legend of the Dogwood.  It has a religious theme.  Supposedly, Jesus was nailed to a cross made out of dogwood.  Dogwood was, at that time, a nice straight and hardy tree, but Jesus could tell that the tree was sad that its wood was being used to crucify him and from that point on, the tree would become thin and twisted, with its flowers bearing similarities to the cross. In a nutshell, the tree would no longer be suitable for crucifixions.
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Post by: StarrMountain on June 18, 2019, 06:51:26 PM
I've missed you guys.  +1 to everyone on this page. ;) :-*
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on June 18, 2019, 07:05:00 PM
I've missed you guys.  +1 to everyone on this page. ;) :-*

Always nice to see you Starr!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 21, 2019, 12:39:17 PM
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Introducing the Eastern White Pine.  The official state tree of Michigan.
https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/michigan/state-tree/eastern-white-pine
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 23, 2019, 09:09:01 PM
I bought a praying mantis egg case at the store and placed it at the base of a potted corn stalk.  About three days later I went out and saw the praying mantis babies crawling up the stalk.  They were pretty small, of course.  They look rather big in the pictures because the camera kind of magnified them.  Mantises are like ladybugs, they like to take off as soon as they get the chance.  I could see some of them for several days but they are all gone now.  I might see one or two grown up ones later on, though.

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Post by: KSM on June 23, 2019, 09:33:14 PM
I bought a praying mantis egg case at the store and placed it at the base of a potted corn stalk.  About three days later I went out and saw the praying mantis babies crawling up the stalk.  They were pretty small, of course.  They look rather big in the pictures because the camera kind of magnified them.  Mantises are like ladybugs, they like to take off as soon as they get the chance.  I could see some of them for several days but they are all gone now.  I might see one or two grown up ones later on, though.

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Those are really cool, Rikki!
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Post by: KSM on June 23, 2019, 09:38:44 PM
I had no idea petunias like these existed. I believe they are called starry nights. They look nice on the dinner deck :)

 

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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 24, 2019, 12:17:41 AM
Those are really cool, Rikki!
Thanks.  If I come across the grown-ups, I'll try to get some pictures of them.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 24, 2019, 12:22:07 AM
I had no idea petunias like these existed. I believe they are called starry nights. They look nice on the dinner deck :)
Wow!  Those are utterly magnificent, KSM.

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Post by: KSM on June 24, 2019, 10:47:15 PM
Wow!  Those are utterly magnificent, KSM.
The thing about having literally up to a hundred of little petunia flowers in each of the 12 large pots is that the maintenance is having to spend about three hours once a week picking off all the fallen soldiers only to find that the next day offers up a few more. Truly a labor of flowery love. But man, petties are tough in all kinds of weather.
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 25, 2019, 08:52:16 PM
fun fact: petunias are edible.
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Post by: KSM on June 25, 2019, 09:25:31 PM
fun fact: petunias are edible.
@PolkaDot So is p---y.
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 25, 2019, 09:39:40 PM
@PolkaDot So is p---y.
Yep, pansies are too.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on June 25, 2019, 10:07:41 PM
Creating a wildflower/native area in the yard. I'm very excited!
Also, my espaliers are coming in tomorrow. I'm so happy and excited I can't stand it!
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 26, 2019, 07:41:36 PM
I have a new lovely Bristlecone in my backyard. He's just beautiful!!!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 26, 2019, 08:51:39 PM
I have a new lovely Bristlecone in my backyard. He's just beautiful!!!
Nice.  I've got a Ponderosa Pine out back.  About 30 feet high.  Interestingly, there is a short snippet of video showing me at the nursery years ago, picking up the tree in it's pot and walking away to pay for it.
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Post by: KSM on June 26, 2019, 09:34:14 PM
Creating a wildflower/native area in the yard. I'm very excited!
Also, my espaliers are coming in tomorrow. I'm so happy and excited I can't stand it!
I hope you post some pictures. Before, after? pretty please..?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 27, 2019, 02:25:27 PM
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 27, 2019, 10:13:18 PM
I hope you post some pictures. Before, after? pretty please..?
Will do!
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Post by: Bart Ell on June 28, 2019, 05:13:31 AM
I have a new lovely Bristlecone in my backyard.

Sounds like a line Robert Plant would write.
Euphemism for butt sex no doubt.
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Post by: juan on June 28, 2019, 12:16:25 PM
Good ol’ Minotcan Datil peppers almost ready to pick. I think a fat hen pilau, or maybe a St. Augustine Shrimp pilau, is due this weekend.

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Post by: GravitySucks on June 28, 2019, 02:01:54 PM
Some wildflowers from my woods

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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 28, 2019, 02:15:06 PM
Good ol’ Minotcan Datil peppers almost ready to pick. I think a fat hen pilau, or maybe a St. Augustine Shrimp pilau, is due this weekend.
God, those look good.  If I had those peppers I'd chop them up and mix them in with a big panful of scrambled eggs.  Then I would look at you fellows and say, "So, what are you guys going to eat?"
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 28, 2019, 02:19:48 PM
Some wildflowers from my woods

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Very pretty flowers.  I also like the star burst shaped ground cover under the yellow flowering plants.
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Post by: juan on June 28, 2019, 02:30:12 PM
I don’t think you’d be putting more than one in a big pan of eggs. These are high end of habanero hot.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on June 28, 2019, 02:34:16 PM
I don’t think you’d be putting more than one in a big pan of eggs. These are high end of habanero hot.
Hotter the better...but in earlier days only, sad to say.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 28, 2019, 06:08:50 PM
Some wildflowers from my woods

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@GravitySucks thanks for sharing your photos of the wildflowers. Thanks for reminding me about our EllGab Garden. :)
I will post some photos of my garden...maybe tomorrow I will have the time to take some photos.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: sean92008 on June 28, 2019, 06:53:06 PM
Crap... another thread to follow.  I see @Sofia had some tips on pruning roses.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 28, 2019, 07:35:41 PM
Crap... another thread to follow.  I see @Sofia had some tips on pruning roses.
@sean92008 LOL!
another thread to follow
+1
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on June 28, 2019, 08:14:04 PM
Sounds like a line Robert Plant would write.
Euphemism for butt sex no doubt.
All right Gentlemen, @Bart Ell and @KSM are overthinking things a bit. And I'm sure there's better euphemism's...if you're into euphemism's.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on June 28, 2019, 11:59:17 PM
All right Gentlemen, @Bart Ell and @KSM are overthinking things a bit. And I'm sure there's better euphemism's...if you're into euphemism's.
Um, how and why on Earth am I brought into this? I don't recall nor do I see me making mention of "butt sex" Thanks for inserting me :-\
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 29, 2019, 03:00:16 PM
I live in a big city. I live in a rowhome. If I was from NYC, I would call my home a townhouse. ::)
I have a container garden. I am a urban gardener.
I donated money to a Veteran's group. In return they sent me seeds for growing poppies. The seeds were for growing red Remembrance poppies. My poppies bloomed last week. Not a true red, more of an pink red poppy.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 29, 2019, 03:01:42 PM
"Clockvines"
Thunbergia alata 'Sunny Arizona Glow'

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on June 29, 2019, 03:01:51 PM
I live in a big city. I live in a rowhome. If I was from NYC, I would call my home a townhouse. ::)
I have a container garden. I am a urban gardener.
I donated money to a Veteran's group. In return they sent me seeds for growing poppies. The seeds were for growing red Remembrance poppies. My poppies bloomed last week. Not a true red, more of an pink red poppy.

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Thanks for the work you do on behalf of the veterans.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on June 29, 2019, 03:07:09 PM
More wildflowers from my woods

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 29, 2019, 03:07:59 PM
Thanks for the work you do on behalf of the veterans.
@GravitySucks , thank you for being a VETERAN.

This is my first year growing poppies from seeds. I have no idea if they will return. My Plant Hardiness Zone is 6a. Time always gives you an answer.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 29, 2019, 03:19:23 PM
More wildflowers from my woods

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I love your wildflowers.
I am growing these flowers in my garden...in containers. They return each year. I have forgotten their name. :(
They look similar to the flowers you posted.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on June 30, 2019, 08:03:49 AM
As noted I am an urban gardener. Don't judge my style of growing plants. At one time, in the past... I wished for a large open space for gardening.
I am growing hops in a long homemade wooden container. I drop "hop twine" from my second floor awnings. The hop flowers are starting to bloom. I DID NOT eat my hop plants's spouts. I have feral cats that visit my yard.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 01, 2019, 04:51:23 PM
Great pictures, @FISH.  Thank you!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 02, 2019, 02:34:31 PM
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Some night blooming cereus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night-blooming_cereus
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on July 02, 2019, 03:50:22 PM
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Some night blooming cereus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night-blooming_cereus
All that work for Mother Nature for one night of fun.

Night-blooming cereus. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year, for a single night.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on July 02, 2019, 04:05:20 PM
I never really knew the history of who and why the poem In Flanders Field was written. Every year, I would made a donation to American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program. I would display my artificial poppy until I destroy it. This year, the Legion sent me poppy seeds. To my surprise I am growing red poppies in containers.  My poppy flowers only blooms for a day or two. The petals falls off after 48 hours. The poppy plant has a long history. I am now watching you tube videos on growing the poppy plant.

After seeing the poppy petals fall off after two days of beauty, I understand the words to the poem.

We are the Dead.
Short days ago We lived,
felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie In Flanders fields.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 06, 2019, 07:11:21 PM
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A recent visitor to EllGab Garden West.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 09, 2019, 01:46:47 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram., July 09, 1919.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 16, 2019, 06:26:34 PM
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Some Pecos melons from Texas.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 22, 2019, 05:53:19 PM
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High above EllGab Garden West...a baby bird cloud, fresh out of the eggshell.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 25, 2019, 01:17:50 PM
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I should have posted this card a month or so ago, when the apple trees were actually blossoming.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 31, 2019, 01:47:50 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Evening star.  July 31, 1919.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on July 31, 2019, 10:55:46 AM
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A recent visitor to EllGab Garden West.

An Eastern Tent Caterpillar wants to live in my Ell Garden East. I found a tent in one of my hop plants that is growing on the hop twine. It was so hideous that I could not take a photo. I was too annoyed. The tent is gone and now I am on tent watch.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on July 31, 2019, 10:59:37 AM
I waited until my poppy flowers wither and the plants formed seed pods. I cut off the seed pod heads and collected the seeds. I stored the seeds in an envelope. I put the envelope in the freezer (fake winter). I will plant theses seeds in 2020. Time will tell.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 01, 2019, 11:39:01 PM
Some Thai basil. I haven’t been cooking much so it is starting to go to seed. I was surprised this survived two brackish water floods. The dill and rosemary didn’t.

Next week I will be eating Thai basil in situ.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 01, 2019, 11:40:43 PM
Some marigolds that survived the same floods

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 01, 2019, 11:51:10 PM
Some marigolds that survived the same floods

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Nice pics, Gravity.  Love those orange marigolds.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 03, 2019, 05:16:20 AM
Some Thai basil. I haven’t been cooking much so it is starting to go to seed. I was surprised this survived two brackish water floods. The dill and rosemary didn’t.

Next week I will be eating Thai basil in situ.

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@GravitySucks , I like seeing you garden. What was the brackish water floods?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 03, 2019, 08:45:03 AM
@GravitySucks , I like seeing you garden. What was the brackish water floods?

I am living on a bayou. There was an old abandoned golf course nearby. They are developing it into a subdivision. That has completely changed the drainage. We used to flood only when the bayou would go over the bulkhead. Since they tied the new development into the rain sewer the water comes bubbling up out of the manhole and floods the street. There is a sump pump but it can’t keep up.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 03, 2019, 02:31:16 PM
HELP. ?

So, the mulch area around my dinner deck seems to be letting random weeds grow through :o Yes I put the plastic down and all the normal stuff before spreading the rubber mulch. Two years now, and now this? Roundup only temporarily kills shit, I need a fix! This weeding every third day is getting on my nerves.

..And if that's not enough; Vera seems to think it's acceptable to move her blessed bowels over there as well like it's a giant litter box!  The Whole system is breaking down. WORLDS ARE COLLIDING!!  >:( :o
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Walks_At_Night on August 03, 2019, 02:45:27 PM
HELP. ?

So, the mulch area around my dinner deck seems to be letting random weeds grow through :o Yes I put the plastic down and all the normal stuff before spreading the rubber mulch. Two years now, and now this? Roundup only temporarily kills shit, I need a fix! This weeding every third day is getting on my nerves.

..And if that's not enough; Vera seems to think it's acceptable to move her blessed bowels over there as well like it's a giant litter box!  The Whole system is breaking down. WORLDS ARE COLLIDING!!  >:( :o

Next time find some old carpet and put it down instead of the crappy plastic.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 03, 2019, 02:47:04 PM
I am living on a bayou. There was an old abandoned golf course nearby. They are developing it into a subdivision. That has completely changed the drainage. We used to flood only when the bayou would go over the bulkhead. Since they tied the new development into the rain sewer the water comes bubbling up out of the manhole and floods the street. There is a sump pump but it can’t keep up.
I don't like brackish water floods.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 03, 2019, 02:49:06 PM
HELP. ?

So, the mulch area around my dinner deck seems to be letting random weeds grow through :o Yes I put the plastic down and all the normal stuff before spreading the rubber mulch. Two years now, and now this? Roundup only temporarily kills shit, I need a fix! This weeding every third day is getting on my nerves.

..And if that's not enough; Vera seems to think it's acceptable to move her blessed bowels over there as well like it's a giant litter box!  The Whole system is breaking down. WORLDS ARE COLLIDING!!  >:( :o
I  mulched my garden area. Tippy loves the new mulch. A clean litter box for her. I have no real solution for that problem. Expect for getting rid of Tippy.
For the weeds. There are some good home remedies that work. The vinegar, salt and soap mixtures are effective.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/use-vinegar-salt-weed-killer-49329.html
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on August 03, 2019, 02:51:02 PM
Don’t use salt if you want anything to grow there soon.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Walks_At_Night on August 03, 2019, 03:01:22 PM
Don’t use salt if you want anything to grow there soon.
Well there is the Carthaginian solution as well.  :o
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 03, 2019, 03:01:39 PM
Don’t use salt if you want anything to grow there soon.
correct
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 03, 2019, 03:42:24 PM
Thank you, Gentle, Men. I have a lot of icemelt salt left over from the winter so I'll pour that on while laughing maniacally. I use to pour gas on such things but.. meh. I feel guilty for that.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 03, 2019, 04:51:49 PM
Thank you, Gentle, Men. I have a lot of icemelt salt left over from the winter so I'll pour that on while laughing maniacally. I use to pour gas on such things but.. meh. I feel guilty for that.
Tip
Stock up on rock salt when stores discount it near the end of winter. Substitute 1 cup of rock salt for 1 cup of table salt.
Warning
Make sure that you don’t want any vegetation to ever grow where you apply salt.
PS: I am a lady with an urban garden. I know about weeds.  ::)
I have only one cat. And I am not very fond of her. What about the litter pan problem?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 05, 2019, 12:14:03 AM
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In the evening dusk dunes
See her like a sun bird
Streaking across the sky

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 05, 2019, 06:17:57 AM
Great photo of those blue and white things. What do you call those things @Rikki Gins ?
I need to eat some hemp gummy bears as I listen to the Woodland Bop.

Ok, back to my East Ell Garden. “They” are back and building tents. I believe this is the work of the tent caterpillars eating up my hop flowers. I grow hops on long pieces of hop twine. Last night, I had to cut down the twines. I made up a home remedy of water, garlic powder and soap. I hope this kills those little vampires.  I plan to tie up the hop plants again, once I know that those tents and caterpillars are GONE!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 05, 2019, 07:00:16 AM
WHAT IS THIS? Hop plant with flowers blooming.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 06, 2019, 01:50:59 AM
Great photo of those blue and white things. What do you call those things @Rikki Gins ?
I need to eat some hemp gummy bears as I listen to the Woodland Bop.
 
That was a passing cloud over my EllGab Garden West, @FISH.  The cloud at center towards the bottom kind of looks like an airplane, but it reminded me of Marc's song, especially the sun bird streaking across the sky, part.  So I put the two together.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 09, 2019, 08:14:20 PM
I have this 81 year old neighbor who asks me year after year (8 years now) to watch over his house and water his garden corner when he heads back to Saskatchewan every summer for the annual family reunion. He has a cucumbers haven in the lil greenhouse.


He's gone for three weeks this time and I'm already worried about his carrot row 5 days in. I may be back with a picture to ask for help.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 10, 2019, 06:43:51 AM
I have this 81 year old neighbor who asks me year after year (8 years now) to watch over his house and water his garden corner when he heads back to Saskatchewan every summer for the annual family reunion. He has a cucumbers haven in the lil greenhouse.


He's gone for three weeks this time and I'm already worried about his carrot row 5 days in. I may be back with a picture to ask for help.
@KSM
What about the carrots?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 10, 2019, 06:55:36 AM
@GravitySucks intriguing photos from Thailand. I hope you are having a wonderful journey. One question. Where is a photo of a garden from the EAST of everything?

#ThailandGardens.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 10, 2019, 08:03:07 AM
@GravitySucks intriguing photos from Thailand. I hope you are having a wonderful journey. One question. Where is a photo of a garden from the EAST of everything?

#ThailandGardens.

@FISH gotta wait until I get out of the city.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 10, 2019, 08:08:08 AM
@FISH gotta wait until I get out of the city.
So sorry. I did not realize that you are in the city. OK, don't forget us here in the garden @GravitySucks .
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 10, 2019, 10:19:51 AM
@KSM
What about the carrots?
@FISH They are wilting. We had some heavy, HEAVY rain a few days ago followed by a few days of scorching heat. I can't tell if it's too much water or not enough.. might have to post a picture. He can't come back to dead vegies on my watch! I'll be ruined, tarnished and shamed, only to be run out of the neighborhood like a common pygmy.


..yeah, I'll post a picture. You beautiful fuckers better help me ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 10, 2019, 05:30:10 PM
@FISH They are wilting. We had some heavy, HEAVY rain a few days ago followed by a few days of scorching heat. I can't tell if it's too much water or not enough.. might have to post a picture. He can't come back to dead vegies on my watch! I'll be ruined, tarnished and shamed, only to be run out of the neighborhood like a common pygmy.


..yeah, I'll post a picture. You beautiful fuckers better help me ;)
@KSM
Carrots require about an inch of water per week to reach their full potential. ... Before watering carrots, dig down about 4 inches into the soil beside the plants. If the soil is moist, you're probably in good shape. If it's dry, it's time to water.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 10, 2019, 06:42:04 PM
Aren't carrots an early root crop?  I thought that they were supposed to be planted in early spring and harvested in early summer. It sounds like your neighbor's carrots have grown past their prime, and they certainly will be by the time he gets back.  If he's a half decent gardener, he should understand why his carrots aren't looking so good.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 10, 2019, 07:37:32 PM
Aren't carrots an early root crop?  I thought that they were supposed to be planted in early spring and harvested in early summer. It sounds like your neighbor's carrots have grown past their prime, and they certainly will be by the time he gets back.  If he's a half decent gardener, he should understand why his carrots aren't looking so good.

Carrot neglect is a serious offense in Canada. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 10, 2019, 09:43:42 PM
Carrot neglect is a serious offense in Canada.
@GravitySucks How's the food over there, I've heard the rack of puppy dog is divine!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ghost BEP on August 10, 2019, 09:49:15 PM
@GravitySucks How's the food over there, I've heard the rack of puppy dog is divine!

Almost as good as yellow snow cones @KSM.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 10, 2019, 09:52:46 PM
Almost as good as yellow snow cones @KSM.
My post was funny. I stand by it.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 11, 2019, 04:26:58 AM
@FISH Here is a link to a wonderful garden I visited today.  During this trip I am trying to not be a slave to my phone or camera as I visit places. I snap a few to be able to jog my memory later but I will post a few as time and wifi signal permits as I travel around. This link has some fairly recent pictures that shows how large this garden is.

https://livelifelah.com/2019/06/26/nong-nooch-tropical-gardens-pattaya-thailand/
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 11, 2019, 04:28:52 AM
@GravitySucks How's the food over there, I've heard the rack of puppy dog is divine!

@KSM this is Thailand, not Korea. I see a lot of dogs roaming around. And that doesn’t include the girls in Pattaya.

The food has been amazing so far.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 11, 2019, 04:33:52 AM
The garden had paths you could walk through amongst the various plants but there was also an elevated walkway that gave a birds eye view.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 11, 2019, 04:44:00 AM
@FISH Here is a link to a wonderful garden I visited today.  During this trip I am trying to not be a slave to my phone or camera as I visit places. I snap a few to be able to jog my memory later but I will post a few as time and wifi signal permits as I travel around. This link has some fairly recent pictures that shows how large this garden is.

https://livelifelah.com/2019/06/26/nong-nooch-tropical-gardens-pattaya-thailand/
@GravitySucks wow wow wow.
What an fabulous garden / gardens to visit. Beyond beautiful. My favorite is Dinosaur Valley. Ok, thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 11, 2019, 04:48:42 AM
@GravitySucks wow wow wow.
What an fabulous garden / gardens to visit. Beyond beautiful. My favorite is Dinosaur Valley. Ok, thank you for sharing.

@FISH at the top of the hill above the dinosaur valley there was a beautiful golden temple.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 11, 2019, 05:03:45 AM
@KSM You will be ruined, tarnished and shamed. Get ready to be thrown out of the neighborhood like a common pygmy.

Carrots can be difficult to grow. I am not sure if this is a new garden for your neighbor. In this video this guy does not hold back on the trouble with carrots.

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 11, 2019, 05:06:08 AM
@FISH at the top of the hill above the dinosaur valley there was a beautiful golden temple.

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I guess Golden Temples and rocks don't mind the heat. What is the temperature like for you?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 11, 2019, 05:36:08 AM
I guess Golden Temples and rocks don't mind the heat. What is the temperature like for you?

It has actually been hotter at home in Texas. It has been maxing out here at about 90 but very high humidity.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: StarrMountain on August 11, 2019, 01:53:58 PM
It has actually been hotter at home in Texas. It has been maxing out here at about 90 but very high humidity.


Ah, the humility . . . er . . .  the humidity.   Drat, the soggy bastard!!!

+1 Gravity. ;) :-*
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 12, 2019, 05:43:09 AM
Prone on a bean bag at a bar on a beach of an island in Thailand. No place I would rather be right now.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 12, 2019, 05:45:15 AM
Ok. I turned to my right to get a more colorful shot. 😎
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 12, 2019, 07:36:33 AM


Ah, the humility . . . er . . .  the humidity.   Drat, the soggy bastard!!!

+1 Gravity. ;) :-*
@StarrMountain
YEAH!
+1
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 12, 2019, 07:37:15 AM
Ok. I turned to my right to get a more colorful shot. 😎
a garden from the EAST on a beach?  8)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: TigerLily on August 12, 2019, 08:45:53 AM
Prone on a bean bag at a bar on a beach of an island in Thailand. No place I would rather be right now.

Welcome to Fantasy Island. Order me a Singapore Sling. I'll be right there
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: StarrMountain on August 12, 2019, 10:20:44 AM
@StarrMountain
YEAH!
+1

Thank you, FISH. ;)
+1 back atcha! ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 13, 2019, 01:13:23 AM
@Spookcat does not like the smell of these.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 13, 2019, 10:43:58 AM
@Spookcat does not like the smell of these.
@GravitySucks ?
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 16, 2019, 05:03:19 AM
Field full of cassava

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 16, 2019, 05:05:08 AM
Some interesting plants in front of the house where I ate lunch near Nong Khai. Some of the planters were made out of tires that were cut, turned inside out and painted.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on August 17, 2019, 04:21:51 PM
Georgia Jet Sweet Potatoes growing in the Ellgab Southeast Garden
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Dancing queen on August 17, 2019, 08:10:09 PM
Georgia Jet Sweet Potatoes growing in the Ellgab Southeast Garden

Thanks I have never seen sweet potatoes being grown before.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 17, 2019, 08:31:13 PM
I am always amazed at how vibrant the color is in bougainvillea

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 18, 2019, 07:20:18 AM
Dragon fruit plants on my friend’s plantation

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 18, 2019, 08:19:28 AM
Dragon fruit plants on my friend’s plantation

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@GravitySucks   YIKES!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 18, 2019, 08:21:05 AM
Georgia Jet Sweet Potatoes growing in the Ellgab Southeast Garden
@juan
this is your garden? if so I am jealous  8)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 18, 2019, 08:22:34 AM
Field full of cassava

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I had to look up cassava.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 18, 2019, 08:28:15 AM
Rubber trees on my friend’s plantation

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Bet you thought rubber was black.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 18, 2019, 08:29:14 AM
I had to look up cassava.

I did too 😎
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on August 18, 2019, 09:40:07 AM
@juan
this is your garden? if so I am jealous  8)
@FISH
Yes, that’s part of it. I joined a garden club so I could get a space. Everywhere else on this island is covered in trees and nothing else grows.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 19, 2019, 06:38:16 PM
Some plants and small banana trees along the Mekong River

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Laos is in the background. Headed there today for a day trip. 
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Post by: KSM on August 19, 2019, 06:48:54 PM
@GravitySucks   :) Those are some damn nice pictures you're sharing. You have a safe drive home. Don't want to be late for the Astros world series parade 8)
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 20, 2019, 09:20:45 AM
A couple of water lilies at a temple in Laos

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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 21, 2019, 01:05:47 PM
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 23, 2019, 12:56:17 AM
First waterfall sighting in Thailand

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Kind of thought these were pretty

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 25, 2019, 11:16:33 AM
@GravitySucks great photos of gardens over there. There are some very unusual flowers in bloom. Do you have any photos of the jungle canopy on each side of the road?
Carry on...
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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 25, 2019, 02:18:46 PM
Those white flowers are something else.  Also that waterfall. 
Carry on...
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 26, 2019, 04:05:21 AM
@GravitySucks great photos of gardens over there. There are some very unusual flowers in bloom. Do you have any photos of the jungle canopy on each side of the road?
Carry on...

Here’s one @FISH but the trees change around every corner.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 26, 2019, 04:20:55 AM
I slid down this waterfall twice today. Should have stopped at once. I bruised my arm pretty good the second time.

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Post by: StarrMountain on August 26, 2019, 04:41:01 AM
A couple of water lilies at a temple in Laos

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Thank you for sharing the beauty and love from places most of us will never get to visit.
You ROCK my friend. ;) :-*
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Post by: Bart Ell on August 26, 2019, 08:39:32 AM
Those white flowers are something else.  Also that waterfall. 
Carry on...


Wanna see the waterfall that is in my backyard?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 26, 2019, 12:39:28 PM
Wanna see the waterfall that is in my backyard?

Absolutely.  Lay it on us, Bart!
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Post by: ShayP on August 26, 2019, 12:44:40 PM
Absolutely. Lay it on us, Bart!

@Rikki Gins  Is that a wise request?  You don't know what you're going to get.  ;D
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Post by: Bart Ell on August 26, 2019, 01:13:28 PM
Absolutely.  Lay it on us, Bart!


I don't have time to drive up river today to take a picture but the internet has many pictures of it already!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 26, 2019, 01:33:21 PM

I don't have time to drive up river today to take a picture but the internet has many pictures of it already!
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Wonderful, Bart.  I envy you.  Have you seen the falls when they are frozen?  I have some old litho style stereo views that show them that way, kind of like this image:

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Post by: Bart Ell on August 26, 2019, 01:42:06 PM
Wonderful, Bart.  I envy you.  Have you seen the falls when they are frozen?  I have some old litho style stereo views that show them that way, kind of like this image:

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No, I have seen the mist freeze around them but the water itself still flows.
I have only been here for about 6 years and it was like this maybe twice.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on August 26, 2019, 05:51:27 PM
Global warming.
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Post by: anniem on August 26, 2019, 06:19:45 PM
I slid down this waterfall twice today. Should have stopped at once. I bruised my arm pretty good the second time.

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Pretty!
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 26, 2019, 09:30:48 PM
Going to be a new terrace garden for a temple

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Post by: GravitySucks on August 26, 2019, 09:31:56 PM
Another view

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Post by: GravitySucks on August 26, 2019, 09:34:33 PM
Yellow flowers on a roof top

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Post by: GravitySucks on August 27, 2019, 10:08:21 AM
Rice fields are everywhere so I had to post a picture. These rice fields are right behind our cabins.

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Post by: Bart Ell on August 27, 2019, 10:12:05 AM
Rice fields are everywhere so I had to post a picture. These rice fields are right behind our cabins.

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Cabins?
Rice fields?
Only time I would tolerate those things would be on my 4K TV
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Post by: FISH on August 27, 2019, 01:38:32 PM
Yellow flowers on a roof top

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@GravitySucks  bamboo roof top?
amazing photos. thank you.
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 27, 2019, 09:25:00 PM
I wonder how long this load of garlic will last when it gets to Bangkok

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 28, 2019, 03:13:20 AM
Rented a really nice house in Chiang Rai for the night.  Airbnb sure has some great deals in Thailand.

This was a small rock garden they had by the patio where I just ate terrific mushroom soup made by my Thai friends.

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Post by: FISH on August 29, 2019, 05:20:23 AM
Rented a really nice house in Chiang Rai for the night.  Airbnb sure has some great deals in Thailand.

This was a small rock garden they had by the patio where I just ate terrific mushroom soup made by my Thai friends.

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@GravitySucks what a lovely little rock garden. Similar to my urban garden.
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 29, 2019, 05:34:22 AM
Here is 12 seconds of a waterfall I hiked to. I could have sat there listening to the water all afternoon.

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Post by: Bart Ell on August 29, 2019, 05:37:53 AM
Here is 12 seconds of a waterfall I hiked to. I could have sat there listening to the water all afternoon.



First it's sideways pictures and now portrait mode video.
YOU WOULD THINK A ROCKET SCIENTIST WOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE THESE THINGS OUT!
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 29, 2019, 05:50:05 AM
First it's sideways pictures and now portrait mode video.
YOU WOULD THINK A ROCKET SCIENTIST WOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE THESE THINGS OUT!

Sometimes I’m too lazy to upload the pictures to imgur so I just attach them. They don’t display sideways for me so I don’t know why the forum software can’t display them correctly.

I would have just attached a snapshot of the waterfall but the software told me it exceeded 5mb. Not sure why I can attach some pictures but not others that are taken with the same phone.

Fuck rocket science. Pass me the mango and sticky rice.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on August 29, 2019, 06:39:29 AM
Fuck rocket science. Pass me the mango and sticky rice.

The words of a man who is at peace.
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Post by: FISH on August 29, 2019, 06:49:37 AM
The words of a man who is at peace.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on August 29, 2019, 07:08:49 AM
The words of a man who is at peace.

Dinner for three at a street market in Chiang Mai including mango with sticky rice, two cokes and three bottles of water for about $5.

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Post by: juan on August 29, 2019, 08:26:14 AM
@GravitySucks - Forks? Really?
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 29, 2019, 08:49:52 AM
@GravitySucks - Forks? Really?

Most food is eaten with a spoon or the fingers. The forks tend to be used to push food onto the spoon. Chopsticks are used at some meals, especially for noodle dishes like pho-type dishes.  But yeah, I sneak in a forkful every once in awhile. I have nerve damage in my arms which makes chopsticks kind of clumsy if my neuropathy is acting wonky.

I am doing better than I expected. With the exception of two handfuls of Lays potato chips in the last week all I have eaten is Thai food or sushi. Eaten just about everything from just about everywhere. Except the bugs. I refuse to eat actual bugs. I did eat a tablespoon of spicy ant egg salad.

But no bugs. My friends have an affinity for silkworms. Not me.

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Post by: FISH on August 30, 2019, 07:06:44 AM
Most food is eaten with a spoon or the fingers. The forks tend to be used to push food onto the spoon. Chopsticks are used at some meals, especially for noodle dishes like pho-type dishes.  But yeah, I sneak in a forkful every once in awhile. I have nerve damage in my arms which makes chopsticks kind of clumsy if my neuropathy is acting wonky.

I am doing better than I expected. With the exception of two handfuls of Lays potato chips in the last week all I have eaten is Thai food or sushi. Eaten just about everything from just about everywhere. Except the bugs. I refuse to eat actual bugs. I did eat a tablespoon of spicy ant egg salad.

But no bugs. My friends have an affinity for silkworms. Not me.

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@GravitySucks Holy Cow! Do vegetarians eat fried insects? Are insects meat?
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 30, 2019, 07:29:23 AM
@GravitySucks Holy Cow! Do vegetarians eat fried insects? Are insects meat?

@FISH I don’t eat insects or vegetarians so you will have to seek your answer elsewhere. I’m guessing insects are not meat though they are rich in protein.
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Post by: FISH on August 30, 2019, 07:37:45 AM
@FISH I don’t eat insects or vegetarians so you will have to seek your answer elsewhere. I’m guessing insects are not meat though they are rich in protein.
People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World!
Is anyone a vegetarian in Thailand?
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Post by: GravitySucks on August 30, 2019, 07:39:58 AM
People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World!
Is anyone a vegetarian in Thailand?

I doubt there are many. I did see a veggie restaurant in Pai but Thais eat virtually everything that walks, crawls, flies or swims and some things that just lay there like mussels.
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Post by: GravitySucks on September 03, 2019, 07:31:34 PM
From today’s walk around Ko Samui neighborhood

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Post by: KSM on September 03, 2019, 08:11:32 PM
Dinner for three at a street market in Chiang Mai including mango with sticky rice, two cokes and three bottles of water for about $5.

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The Coke is the elephant in the room there. Other than that, delicious!
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Post by: TigerLily on September 03, 2019, 10:29:29 PM

This summer I grew a mini lawn for me and my cats. To my surprise and delight a bunch of tomato plants came up. Obviously the previous owner had a garden at one time. See my little green babies?

But also three of these plants that were planted in a nice row. Broad green leaves that turn brown at edges then die but then new leaves keep coming in. Stalk is dark red.  I am a clueless city girl and have no idea what they are. I really didn't want to yank them out until I knew what they were. I tried Google image recognition but didn't work. Anybody have an idea of what they are?

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Post by: TigerLily on September 03, 2019, 10:35:14 PM
From today’s walk around Ko Samui neighborhood

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I love plumeria. Beautiful fragrance. My neighbors have a plumeria "tree". Next time they cut it back I'm going to try to grow a cutting. The fringie things are really pretty. Your pics keep getting better and better
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 06, 2019, 07:42:23 PM
This summer I grew a mini lawn for me and my cats. To my surprise and delight a bunch of tomato plants came up. Obviously the previous owner had a garden at one time. See my little green babies?

But also three of these plants that were planted in a nice row. Broad green leaves that turn brown at edges then die but then new leaves keep coming in. Stalk is dark red.  I am a clueless city girl and have no idea what they are. I really didn't want to yank them out until I knew what they were. I tried Google image recognition but didn't work. Anybody have an idea of what they are?

Hi TL, those kind of look like hydrangea plants that are trying to come up from the roots, though I am puzzled why the leaves keep dying back.  Too much sun, perhaps?  They do best in a shaded spot.  Maybe the previous owner planted them there and didn't have any luck with them and cut them back?  Ha, I'm just throwing out some wild guesses.  Thanks for the pics.
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Post by: PolkaDot on September 13, 2019, 08:22:28 PM
Dragon fruit plants on my friend’s plantation

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soo cool! I've never seen the plant before - only the fruit! Thanks Gravity!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 18, 2019, 12:28:41 PM
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I was at a county fair last month when I spotted this unusual potted plant.  The label told me the name of it but I have forgotten what it was called.  Guess I should have wrote it down.
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Post by: anniem on September 18, 2019, 02:31:02 PM
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I was at a county fair last month when I spotted this unusual potted plant.  The label told me the name of it but I have forgotten what it was called.  Guess I should have wrote it down.

Greenious mohawins
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Post by: FISH on September 18, 2019, 03:37:46 PM
This summer I grew a mini lawn for me and my cats. To my surprise and delight a bunch of tomato plants came up. Obviously the previous owner had a garden at one time. See my little green babies?

But also three of these plants that were planted in a nice row. Broad green leaves that turn brown at edges then die but then new leaves keep coming in. Stalk is dark red.  I am a clueless city girl and have no idea what they are. I really didn't want to yank them out until I knew what they were. I tried Google image recognition but didn't work. Anybody have an idea of what they are?
@TigerLily I like your mini lawn for all. I am also a city girl with a city garden. After viewing your photos, I was motivated to clean up my garden. I wonder if we are going to have a long winter. So many of my summer flowers are dying off. They are acting like it is FALL.
Sorry, I have not idea what they are. :(
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Post by: FISH on September 18, 2019, 04:01:57 PM
Greenious mohawins
@anniem is there another name for this plant? Google is refusing to help me.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 18, 2019, 04:23:32 PM
Greenious mohawins

My ever dependable anniem!  Thank you.
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Post by: GravitySucks on September 18, 2019, 04:37:20 PM
Greenious mohawins

Gesundheit.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on September 18, 2019, 04:42:34 PM
Gesundheit.
In Russia, if you sneeze while someone else is talking. If that happens, the interrupted speaker will often say правду говорю, or “I’m telling the truth.” ???
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Post by: anniem on September 18, 2019, 05:30:29 PM
@anniem is there another name for this plant? Google is refusing to help me.

Um, I made that name up :o
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Post by: anniem on September 18, 2019, 05:30:56 PM
My ever dependable anniem!  Thank you.

No no I made it up
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Post by: FISH on September 18, 2019, 05:33:25 PM
Um, I made that name up :o
:o
“I’m NOT telling the truth.”
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Post by: anniem on September 18, 2019, 05:51:08 PM
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I was at a county fair last month when I spotted this unusual potted plant.  The label told me the name of it but I have forgotten what it was called.  Guess I should have wrote it down.

Ok
Foxtail agave?
Wine eucomis?
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Post by: anniem on September 18, 2019, 06:01:26 PM
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I was at a county fair last month when I spotted this unusual potted plant.  The label told me the name of it but I have forgotten what it was called.  Guess I should have wrote it down.

@Rikki Gins

Eucomis autumnalis

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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 18, 2019, 08:00:38 PM
@Rikki Gins

Eucomis autumnalis

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Nice.  And timely, being it's almost Autumn.  (Next Monday.)  I remember now, it was called a pineapple flower at the fair.  Thanks, anniem. 
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Post by: anniem on September 18, 2019, 08:03:44 PM
Nice.  And timely, being it's almost Autumn.  (Next Monday.)  I remember now, it was called a pineapple flower at the fair.  Thanks, anniem. 

Sorry I didn't  put a winky on my made up name.
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Post by: FISH on September 19, 2019, 05:12:50 AM
Sorry I didn't  put a winky on my made up name.
I loved that exotic plant. I wondered if it would grow in my garden/house. I tried to look it up.
I love your comments. You are sincere and funny.
The problem was ME. I made the mistake. It was FUNNY.
I will stay mindful, next time.  ;)
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Post by: anniem on September 19, 2019, 05:17:37 AM
I loved that exotic plant. I wondered if it would grow in my garden/house. I tried to look it up.
I love your comments. You are sincere and funny.
The problem was ME. I made the mistake. It was FUNNY.
I will stay mindful, next time.  ;)

I think I did find the name, have no idea where it can grow. What I do know is that it is a plant and if it is too close to me for too long it will die.
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Post by: FISH on September 19, 2019, 05:32:49 AM
I think I did find the name, have no idea where it can grow. What I do know is that it is a plant and if it is too close to me for too long it will die.
I am getting better with indoor plants. The outdoor garden is my thing.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 20, 2019, 01:35:03 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Times-Herald, September 20, 1919.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: TigerLily on September 28, 2019, 09:40:17 AM
 
My first guava dropped. No that's not a metaphor for anything. I have a guava tree in my backyard. I don't pick them off the tree. I just pick up the windfalls. At the height of the season I have to pick them up 3 or 4 times a day. I can fill half a shopping bag in a day. We had a great year. My tree is loaded. I will be knee deep in guavas soon. Here's just the tip of one branch on my upper deck

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Post by: KSM on September 28, 2019, 02:37:28 PM

I will be knee deep in guavas soon.
@TigerLily So you've actually done the math on this taking into account exactly how tall you are to how many guavas piled up into what size room or space that will contain you and they, the gauva? Hmm I don't think you've thought this one through all the way.

I like your deck color
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Post by: TigerLily on September 29, 2019, 12:22:03 AM
@TigerLily So you've actually done the math on this taking into account exactly how tall you are to how many guavas piled up into what size room or space that will contain you and they, the gauva? Hmm I don't think you've thought this one through all the way.

I like your deck color

No math required. I have photo evidence from last year's nectar-making process. A very poor year. Too dry. Only ankle deep. But this will be a banner year. Knee deep for sure

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 (https://ellgab.com/gif/i-love-lucy-stomping-grapes-lNA5vr)

Your lawn is so lovely @KSM . Makes me green with envy. Tall fescue? I had to settle for Bermuda but still allows me to wiggle my toes barefoot in the green stuff. Makes me happy
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Post by: KSM on September 29, 2019, 11:21:08 AM


Your lawn is so lovely @KSM . Makes me green with envy. Tall fescue? I had to settle for Bermuda but still allows me to wiggle my toes barefoot in the green stuff. Makes me happy
Thank you for the kind words. But I don't allow bear feet on my lawns. ;D
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 12, 2019, 01:05:04 AM
                     From the Library of Congress.  The Tombstone Epitaph., October 12, 1919.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 15, 2019, 11:55:35 PM
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Some flowering yucca plants in the mountains of Florida.  Oooops, let me rephrase that.  Some flowering yucca plants in the Florida Mountains, which happen to be in Southern New Mexico.

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Postmarked October 11, 1947.

                              Friday - 10th
I got home about
5:30 this morning.
Had a good time
& a nice trip but
was glad to get
home.  Hope you &
yours are ok.     Bess.
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Post by: juan on October 16, 2019, 02:54:32 AM
How dare you? I’ve climbed Mt. Dora, the highest point in Florida - 60-feet above sea level.
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Post by: GravitySucks on October 16, 2019, 02:58:18 AM
How dare you? I’ve climbed Mt. Dora, the highest point in Florida - 60-feet above sea level.

Did you ever climb the pyramid burial ground over by the Crystal River?

https://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/crystalrivermounds
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Post by: juan on October 16, 2019, 03:00:08 AM
Did you ever climb the pyramid burial ground over by the Crystal River?
Not yet. I need to plan that.
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Post by: GravitySucks on October 16, 2019, 03:03:17 AM
Not yet. I need to plan that.

It’s a shame that most of the site was destroyed over the years but it is worth a couple of hours. I went swimming with the manatees in the morning and then went and toured the park in the afternoon.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 05, 2019, 01:21:27 PM
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 07, 2019, 03:45:15 PM
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I was looking at this picture from last August and darned if I didn't see our old friend Mr. Chimp C. Apnea staring down from the rain cloud.  That's him just above the top of the tree.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 08, 2019, 12:33:55 AM
Edit to the above.  I should have wrote 'Chimp's face staring down from the rain cloud.'  Not his body.
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Post by: Bart Ell on November 08, 2019, 06:00:29 AM
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I was looking at this picture from last August and darned if I didn't see our old friend Mr. Chimp C. Apnea staring down from the rain cloud.  That's him just above the top of the tree.

Chimp will tell you it is because he is a god.
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Post by: FISH on November 08, 2019, 06:13:51 AM
Edit to the above.  I should have wrote 'Chimp's face staring down from the rain cloud.'  Not his body.
I see Mrs. Thompson's typewriter in the clouds. 8)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 08, 2019, 06:08:05 PM
Chimp will tell you it is because he is a god.

I should have noticed it earlier, but Chimp is vaping, or blowing out a tight stream of cig smoke.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 10, 2019, 12:12:40 AM
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Lots of Oregon apples.  I wonder how many different varieties?

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Dear Iris, - Rec'd
package all ok and
many many thanks.
You need a whipping
sending so much.
K & I (?) are better but Al's (?)
cold is bad to-day.
What a day.
With love and best wishes
I will write later.    Addie.


K is enjoying himself
today.  I am glad he
is better so he can.

 

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Post by: anniem on November 14, 2019, 01:35:41 PM
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Rose!
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Post by: KSM on November 14, 2019, 04:02:05 PM
It is that time of year between sun and snow where everything is just.. yuck, blah :-\ :P      I now wait for the beautiful Christmas snow.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on November 18, 2019, 03:25:14 PM
What is it?
While we were walking Boodie we saw this tree with dropped fruit on the ground. What IS this fruit, anyone know?

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 18, 2019, 03:44:17 PM
What is it?
While we were walking Boodie we saw this tree with dropped fruit on the ground. What IS this fruit, anyone know?

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Could that be some type of gourd tree?  Or an Asian pear?  At first I thought they were pawpaws, but definitely not those.  I don't know.  Thanks for the plant quiz, anniem. 
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Post by: anniem on November 18, 2019, 03:47:09 PM
Could that be some type of gourd tree?  Or an Asian pear?  At first I thought they were pawpaws, but definitely not those.  I don't know.  Thanks for the plant quiz, anniem. 

I'm tempted to grab one and see what the inside looks like, but it is on someone's property. They own it!
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Post by: GravitySucks on November 18, 2019, 03:48:26 PM
What is it?
While we were walking Boodie we saw this tree with dropped fruit on the ground. What IS this fruit, anyone know?

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Looks like a pear
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Post by: anniem on November 18, 2019, 03:50:22 PM
Looks like a pear

Kinda big. I'll have to put a ruler next to it tomorrow.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 18, 2019, 03:51:20 PM
I'm tempted to grab one and see what the inside looks like, but it is on someone's property. They own it!

Right.  You never know, people being as they are.  Perhaps you can walk by there again sometime and find someone in the yard to ask about it.  That should be OK...but, you never know, people being as they are.
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Post by: anniem on November 18, 2019, 03:53:47 PM
Right.  You never know, people being as they are.  Perhaps you can walk by there again sometime and find someone in the yard to ask about it.  That should be OK...but, you never know, people being as they are.

I would. Haven't ever seen anyone there as I go past. There was a lady outside her home yesterday that I had a lovely chat with. Wait, I mean with whom I had a lovely chat. She has the same type of home I do, but she expanded it. She has kittens running around. She also catches, fixes and releases cats to keep us from getting overrun. Very nice person.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 18, 2019, 03:57:26 PM
Looks like a pear

Most likely it is a variety of pear, though the top is strangely shaped.  The trunk looks oddly shaped too.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 21, 2019, 01:06:50 PM
               From the Library of Congress.  The Montpelier Examiner, November 21, 1919.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on December 01, 2019, 12:37:28 PM
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Post by: juan on January 05, 2020, 05:12:56 PM
I have so much collard, mustard, book choy, and broccoli I can hardly process it fast enough. Radishes and carrots, too. What’s growing in the great white north?
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on January 05, 2020, 05:24:10 PM
I have so much collard, mustard, book choy, and broccoli I can hardly process it fast enough. Radishes and carrots, too. What’s growing in the great white north?
Probably not a whole lot right now.   Just saw this picture from the Upper Peninsula.

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Post by: Bart Ell on January 05, 2020, 05:25:56 PM
I have so much collard, mustard, book choy, and broccoli I can hardly process it fast enough. Radishes and carrots, too. What’s growing in the great white north?

Ice wine... still waiting for the ice part, though.
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Post by: juan on January 20, 2020, 12:04:46 PM
While you goobers are growing snow in your gardens, I'm growing collards, mustard, broccoli, bok choy, and candy roaster squash.

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Post by: GravitySucks on January 20, 2020, 01:00:47 PM
While you goobers are growing snow in your gardens, I'm growing collards, mustard, broccoli, bok choy, and candy roaster squash.

Getting ready start my seedlings for the nuclear pepper collection. 

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Post by: KSM on January 20, 2020, 08:56:16 PM
While you goobers are growing snow in your gardens, I'm growing collards, mustard, broccoli, bok choy, and candy roaster squash.
@juan  I am happy for you.

Are you happy for me?

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Post by: anniem on January 20, 2020, 09:04:17 PM
@juan  I am happy for you.

Are you happy for me?

Oh boy! You're growing snow!!!  Quite a crop you have there!

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Post by: juan on January 21, 2020, 03:33:39 AM
@KSM i have almost no experience with that. I suppose I am happy for you. I assume you don’t have to mow it.
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Post by: Bart Ell on January 21, 2020, 05:53:39 AM
While you goobers are growing snow in your gardens, I'm growing collards, mustard, broccoli, bok choy, and candy roaster squash.

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Those damn collards!
@GravitySucks , git your gun!
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Post by: GravitySucks on January 21, 2020, 11:37:17 AM
Those damn collards!
@GravitySucks , git your gun!

Poke salit @anniem ?
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Post by: KSM on January 21, 2020, 11:42:10 AM
@KSM i have almost no experience with that. I suppose I am happy for you. I assume you don’t have to mow it.
@juan  I had to +1 you. Not for your post but because your karmic score was 666 :o  We cannot have evil Juan's around here.

Lol  The Evil Juan.
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Post by: anniem on January 21, 2020, 02:35:15 PM
Poke salit @anniem ?

Hello!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 30, 2020, 05:34:14 PM
Last summer I was walking around in an auto wrecking yard when I came across a sunflower seedling that was growing in the open door frame of an old Datsun.  It was only about an inch high, so I scraped it off and put it in my shirt pocket, dirt and all.  I got home and put it in a pot and wonders of wonder, the little plant took root and began to grow.  It was a spindly little thing, but it did manage to flower.

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Here is a picture of the flower head at its peak:

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I noticed some type of bee or wasp visiting the plant for a number of weeks and I tried to take its picture.  It took awhile, but I finally got some photos of it.  The insect kept showing up for days on end, and must have spent a considerable part of its life in gathering pollen off of the sunflower.  One evening I was watching it to see where it would take off for the night, but it simply crawled inside of the petals and stayed there for the rest of the night.  I guess it had been living inside the plant all along.

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In early to mid August the plant began to dwindle.

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It was gone by September.  But not before I harvested its tiny seeds and fed them to the birds.

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Post by: PolkaDot on January 31, 2020, 07:05:32 AM
Last summer I was walking around in an auto wrecking yard when I came across a sunflower seedling that was growing in the open door frame of an old Datsun.  It was only about an inch high, so I scraped it off and put it in my shirt pocket, dirt and all.  I got home and put it in a pot and wonders of wonder, the little plant took root and began to grow.  It was a spindly little thing, but it did manage to flower.

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I noticed some type of bee or wasp visiting the plant for a number of weeks and I tried to take its picture.  It took awhile, but I finally got some photos of it.  The insect kept showing up for days on end, and must have spent a considerable part of its life in gathering pollen off of the sunflower.  One evening I was watching it to see where it would take off for the night, but it simply crawled inside of the petals and stayed there for the rest of the night.  I guess it had been living inside the plant all along.

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In early to mid August the plant began to dwindle.

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It was gone by September.  But not before I harvested its tiny seeds and fed them to the birds.

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Aww! Love this. And the sunflower is much needed since it is currently snowing...again.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 31, 2020, 02:19:10 PM
Aww! Love this. And the sunflower is much needed since it is currently snowing...again.

Great.  I wanted to utilize the sunflower pics as a counter balance to winter and snow, etc.  Glad you liked it.
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Post by: ShayP on January 31, 2020, 06:09:22 PM
Great.  I wanted to utilize the sunflower pics as a counter balance to winter and snow, etc.  Glad you liked it.

@Rikki Gins  The first pic is great because the flower seems proud that you gave it a home.  (who wants to live in a Datsun?)  Your words and all the other pics in sequence made it into a short story.  Maybe I'm in a special kind of mood, but it made me smile.  Then to see the flower droopy made me a little sad. 

You have an eye for things Rikki.  Plus, based on the threads you've started, a mind for research.

Cheers to you sir!

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Post by: anniem on January 31, 2020, 06:12:56 PM
Last summer I was walking around in an auto wrecking yard when I came across a sunflower seedling that was growing in the open door frame of an old Datsun.  It was only about an inch high, so I scraped it off and put it in my shirt pocket, dirt and all.  I got home and put it in a pot and wonders of wonder, the little plant took root and began to grow.  It was a spindly little thing, but it did manage to flower.
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Excellent story!

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#ohshitabee
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 31, 2020, 06:35:34 PM
@Rikki Gins  The first pic is great because the flower seems proud that you gave it a home.  (who wants to live in a Datsun?)  Your words and all the other pics in sequence made it into a short story.  Maybe I'm in a special kind of mood, but it made me smile.  Then to see the flower droopy made me a little sad. 

You have an eye for things Rikki.  Plus, based on the threads you've started, a mind for research.

Cheers to you sir!

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Thank you @ShayP.  My threads have become a fun little hobby and I am grateful that Bart lets me utilize them on his website.  I am very happy that you enjoyed the sunflower story.  I think that we are ready to have winter loosen its grip and give way to spring.  I am beginning to see some first signs of spring as I walk around the neighborhood here at EllGarden West.  Cheers, Shay! 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 31, 2020, 06:35:59 PM
Excellent story!

#ohshitabee

Like!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 10, 2020, 11:10:29 PM
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Some friends I visit with while walking around the Ellgarden West neighborhood.
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Post by: PolkaDot on February 11, 2020, 07:19:29 AM
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Some friends I visit with while walking around the Ellgarden West neighborhood.
Goats are great, as long as they belong to someone else! ;D
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Post by: anniem on February 11, 2020, 08:48:21 AM
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Some friends I visit with while walking around the Ellgarden West neighborhood.

Fun!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 17, 2020, 01:36:27 PM
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Those two yellow crocuses returned last week but some harsh winter weather clobbered them as they were trying to bloom.  They looked a lot better last year at this time: https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg159747#msg159747   
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Post by: anniem on February 17, 2020, 02:05:31 PM
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Those two yellow crocuses returned last week but some harsh winter weather clobbered them as they were trying to bloom.  They looked a lot better last year at this time: https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg159747#msg159747

They appear to be trying.
Most of the photos I find are blue or purple.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 20, 2020, 01:13:44 PM
They appear to be trying.
Most of the photos I find are blue or purple.

Yes, purple.  An official Mardi Gras color.  I think my front yard has a couple of that color, but no sign of them yet.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 20, 2020, 01:15:44 PM
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(I was looking for comic caps and came across this.)
Public Domain
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Post by: anniem on February 20, 2020, 03:01:25 PM
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(I was looking for comic caps and came across this.)
Public Domain

Violets are nice. My fav though

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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 21, 2020, 01:21:03 AM
The grays and whites of winter give way to the bright colors of Mardi Gras.  From the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade of a couple weeks back.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 22, 2020, 01:03:24 AM
More Mardi Gras screen caps from Friday night parades in New Orleans.

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Post by: anniem on February 22, 2020, 10:41:16 AM
More Mardi Gras screen caps from Friday night parades in New Orleans.

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Like em all
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Post by: Jayzelady on February 22, 2020, 02:19:16 PM
We do know how to “pass a good time” down here! Great pics, plus where else could you find a pink Chewbacca riding a float!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 22, 2020, 02:53:22 PM
We do know how to “pass a good time” down here! Great pics, plus where else could you find a pink Chewbacca riding a float!

Do you get to attend any of these parades, @Jayzelady?  If so, I envy you.
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Post by: Jayzelady on February 22, 2020, 05:31:37 PM
Do you get to attend any of these parades, @Jayzelady?  If so, I envy you.

Yep! Most of us who live here avoid the big Mardi Gras day parades like Rex and Zulu since that’s where tourists want to go. We like seeing the ones that roll in and around New Orleans in the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday. Also Baton Rouge has a bunch of parades before Mardi Gras day and some of the other cities in South Louisiana have parades on Mardi Gras. We usually try to see 4 or 5 before the time ends.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 24, 2020, 12:43:32 PM
Yep! Most of us who live here avoid the big Mardi Gras day parades like Rex and Zulu since that’s where tourists want to go. We like seeing the ones that roll in and around New Orleans in the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday. Also Baton Rouge has a bunch of parades before Mardi Gras day and some of the other cities in South Louisiana have parades on Mardi Gras. We usually try to see 4 or 5 before the time ends.

Nice!  I would definitely be there as a tourist, as my favorite Mardi Gras parade is the Krewe of Bacchus parade.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 24, 2020, 12:46:02 PM
Some pics from the 2020 Krewe of Bacchus parade.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 17, 2020, 01:51:30 AM
            From the Library of Congress.  The Greenwood Daily Commonwealth., March 17, 1920.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 26, 2020, 01:16:08 AM
           From the Library of Congress.  The Grand Forks Herald, March 26, 1920.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 29, 2020, 01:50:36 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, March 29, 1920.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on March 31, 2020, 01:43:00 PM
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Another fruit crate label that is better suited here in the EllGab Garden thread.
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Post by: anniem on April 01, 2020, 06:29:32 PM
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Post by: GravitySucks on April 01, 2020, 06:58:45 PM
I snapped a few pics of wildflowers while I was up in my woods.

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Post by: anniem on April 01, 2020, 07:38:15 PM
I snapped a few pics of wildflowers while I was up in my woods.

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Nice!
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 01, 2020, 10:27:35 PM
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What! Is that current? :) My lilac just has green buds....waiting and hoping we don’t get a hard freeze. Fingers crossed.
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Post by: anniem on April 01, 2020, 10:29:45 PM
What! Is that current? :) My lilac just has green buds....waiting and hoping we don’t get a hard freeze. Fingers crossed.

Current, yes. My husband gave it to me. They're small, but very fragrant.
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 01, 2020, 10:30:44 PM
Current, yes. My husband gave it to me. They're small, but very fragrant.
Ah! So sweet!  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 02, 2020, 02:11:56 AM
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My dear sweet Yuki girl.  October 9, 2005 - April 1, 2020



Here she comes
Silent in her sound
Here she comes
Fresh upon the ground
Come gentle spring
Come at winter's end
Gone is the pallor from a promise that's nature's gift
Waiting for the color of spring
Let me breathe
Let me breathe the color of spring
Here she comes
Laughter in her kiss
Here she comes
Shame upon her lips
Come wanton spring
Come for birth you live
Youth takes it's bow before the summer the seasons bring
Waiting for the color of spring
Let me
Let me breathe
Let me breathe you
Let me breathe
Let me breathe you
Let me breathe
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 02, 2020, 09:03:15 AM
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My dear sweet Yuki girl.  October 9, 2005 - April 1, 2020


@Rikki Gins  oh no! I’m sorry.  :(
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 02, 2020, 11:24:25 AM
Current, yes. My husband gave it to me. They're small, but very fragrant.
It's now 25F and snowing...there go my lilac buds!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 02, 2020, 11:31:00 AM
@Rikki Gins  oh no! I’m sorry.  :(

Thank you, dear @PolkaDot.  I certainly do miss that little girl, but I take comfort in the fact that she has joined her older sister Mavis, who passed away April of last year.  They both lived long and full lives, and I'm happy about that.
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Post by: anniem on April 02, 2020, 01:12:07 PM
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My dear sweet Yuki girl.  October 9, 2005 - April 1, 2020

Oh no, I'm so sorry Rikki. :'( :'(  Sending thoughts your way.   
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 02, 2020, 02:07:13 PM
Oh no, I'm so sorry Rikki. :'( :'(  Sending thoughts your way.

Thank you for the kind thoughts.  You and Dot are so sweet.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 13, 2020, 12:40:32 PM
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 13, 2020, 12:45:42 PM
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Very pretty. As a florist I really despised roses but as a gardener I adore them!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 13, 2020, 12:51:17 PM
Very pretty. As a florist I really despised roses but as a gardener I adore them!

Me too!  I especially like the fragrant ones.
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Post by: anniem on April 13, 2020, 02:20:42 PM
Me too!  I especially like the fragrant ones.

I pass this each day when I walk Boodie

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Post by: PolkaDot on April 13, 2020, 07:28:53 PM
I pass this each day when I walk Boodie

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nice!
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Post by: anniem on April 13, 2020, 08:26:42 PM
nice!

It has a lovely fragrance too.   :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 18, 2020, 07:21:19 PM
Some March and April color from a West Coast EllGab Garden.

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Not a plant, but a casual observer flying over the garden.
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Post by: anniem on April 18, 2020, 08:35:09 PM
Some March and April color from a West Coast EllGab Garden.
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What are these?
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 18, 2020, 09:52:53 PM
What are these?
vinca?
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Post by: anniem on April 18, 2020, 10:20:54 PM
vinca?

Looks like it! Thank you 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 18, 2020, 10:38:49 PM
Looks like it! Thank you

Yes, Dot is right.  Vincas.  I always call them Periwinkles.   
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 18, 2020, 10:51:37 PM
Yes, Dot is right.  Vincas.  I always call them Periwinkles.   
I think they're in the same family but I always think of Vinca as groundcover. I'm not actually positive on that though. I'd have to look it up.
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 18, 2020, 11:17:26 PM
BTW @Rikki Gins - I love your tulip pictures. One of my early memories is sitting on the front steps of the house and watching the tulips at sunset. They start to slowly close as the sun wanes. I found it absolutely mesmerizing as a kid.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 18, 2020, 11:37:41 PM
BTW @Rikki Gins - I love your tulip pictures. One of my early memories is sitting on the front steps of the house and watching the tulips at sunset. They start to slowly close as the sun wanes. I found it absolutely mesmerizing as a kid.

I'm glad you brought the tulips up, @PolkaDot.  Those tulips have come up every year for the past forty years.  There were more of them last year:  https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg180475#msg180475  Normally kids pick the tulips on their way to school, but not this year, due to the virus.
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 18, 2020, 11:44:37 PM
I'm glad you brought the tulips up, @PolkaDot.  Those tulips have come up every year for the past forty years.  There were more of them last year:  https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg180475#msg180475  Normally kids pick the tulips on their way to school, but not this year, due to the virus.
I hope they gave them to their teachers!  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 18, 2020, 11:49:02 PM
I hope they gave them to their teachers!  :)

I wonder!  lol
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Post by: FISH on April 19, 2020, 08:39:07 AM
Some March and April color from a West Coast EllGab Garden.

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Not a plant, but a casual observer flying over the garden.
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I enjoyed visiting your garden. You have inspired me to go out back and take a hard look at my urban garden. It has been somewhat cold here. With lows into the 30's during the night. I am growing somethings in doors until May 15th.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 19, 2020, 07:03:21 PM
BTW @Rikki Gins - I love your tulip pictures. One of my early memories is sitting on the front steps of the house and watching the tulips at sunset. They start to slowly close as the sun wanes. I found it absolutely mesmerizing as a kid.

What a wonderful memory, Dot.  Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 19, 2020, 07:04:42 PM
I enjoyed visiting your garden. You have inspired me to go out back and take a hard look at my urban garden. It has been somewhat cold here. With lows into the 30's during the night. I am growing somethings in doors until May 15th.

I'm glad, FISH.  Here's to warmer weather coming out your way.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 22, 2020, 01:47:00 PM
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Post by: PolkaDot on April 23, 2020, 01:05:14 PM
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Love this one!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 23, 2020, 01:07:33 PM
Love this one!

Me too!  And fairly topical, too.  I've got a few hyacinths blooming but they don't look anywhere as good as the ones on the label.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on April 30, 2020, 01:47:27 PM
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on May 03, 2020, 01:46:28 PM
Here is a creepy article concerning some giant hornets that were discovered in Washington state and Canada.  What's frightening is that cold weather doesn't seem to stop them.
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tracking-the-Murder-Hornet-A-Deadly-Pest-Has-15242348.php
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Beyond its size, the hornet has a distinctive look, with a cartoonishly fierce face featuring teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly.
 
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Post by: anniem on May 03, 2020, 02:08:16 PM
Here is a creepy article concerning some giant hornets that were discovered in Washington state and Canada.  What's frightening is that cold weather doesn't seem to stop them.
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tracking-the-Murder-Hornet-A-Deadly-Pest-Has-15242348.php

I know! I saw this today

https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=848.msg276837#msg276837
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 03, 2020, 04:17:22 PM
I know! I saw this today

https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=848.msg276837#msg276837

The honeybees in Japan found a way to fight the hornets.  They form themselves into a ball around the hornet then they vibrate and generate enough heat to cook it to death.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/us/murder-hornets-asian-giant-hornet-bees.html
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Post by: anniem on May 03, 2020, 04:34:56 PM
The honeybees in Japan found a way to fight the hornets.  They form themselves into a ball around the hornet then they vibrate and generate enough heat to cook it to death.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/us/murder-hornets-asian-giant-hornet-bees.html

Well I'll be darned. They bumble them to death!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 03, 2020, 04:46:54 PM
Well I'll be darned. They bumble them to death!

LOL!
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 03, 2020, 07:32:01 PM
The honeybees in Japan found a way to fight the hornets.  They form themselves into a ball around the hornet then they vibrate and generate enough heat to cook it to death.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/us/murder-hornets-asian-giant-hornet-bees.html
Wow this is disturbing.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 07, 2020, 08:28:58 PM
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Here is another shot of my periwinkles, or Vinca, as Dot correctly calls them.  Actually this picture goes back a week or so.  The flowers are beginning to dwindle away for the most part, but there were more of them this year compared to 2019.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinca
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Post by: anniem on May 07, 2020, 09:06:17 PM
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Here is another shot of my periwinkles, or Vinca, as Dot correctly calls them.  Actually this picture goes back a week or so.  The flowers are beginning to dwindle away for the most part, but there were more of them this year compared to 2019.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinca

Beautiful!
Thank you for posting them.
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 08, 2020, 09:03:56 AM
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Here is another shot of my periwinkles, or Vinca, as Dot correctly calls them.  Actually this picture goes back a week or so.  The flowers are beginning to dwindle away for the most part, but there were more of them this year compared to 2019.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinca
Oh! They do look very happy!!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 09, 2020, 11:41:11 AM
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The first yellow rose of the season, here at EllGab Garden West.
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 09, 2020, 01:36:28 PM
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The first yellow rose of the season, here at EllGab Garden West.
LOVE it!!!  :)
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Post by: anniem on May 09, 2020, 04:34:43 PM
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The first yellow rose of the season, here at EllGab Garden West.

So pretty!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 09, 2020, 05:55:37 PM
Thanks @PolkaDot and @anniem.  Glad you liked it.  I'm happy you didn't ask if it smells nice because it's a very modern rose with absolutely no scent at all.  Generally I like roses with scents, but I wanted one out by my driveway and picked the yellow one because it was on sale.  It is called Gilded Sun.
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Post by: anniem on May 09, 2020, 06:32:50 PM
Thanks @PolkaDot and @anniem.  Glad you liked it.  I'm happy you didn't ask if it smells nice because it's a very modern rose with absolutely no scent at all.  Generally I like roses with scents, but I wanted one out by my driveway and picked the yellow one because it was on sale.  It is called Gilded Sun.

Hm a rose without a scent. I don't know. I walk past a rose bush when I take the dog out daily, I LIKE the scent!

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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 09, 2020, 06:57:42 PM
Hm a rose without a scent. I don't know. I walk past a rose bush when I take the dog out daily, I LIKE the scent!

Lots of the more modern floribundas have been bred for hardiness and color, but not scent.  Thankfully the older heirloom varieties still have a nice rose scent.  I'm like you, I love the smell of roses.  My bars of soap are usually rose scented.
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Post by: anniem on May 09, 2020, 07:17:28 PM
Lots of the more modern floribundas have been bred for hardiness and color, but not scent.  Thankfully the older heirloom varieties still have a nice rose scent.  I'm like you, I love the smell of roses.  My bars of soap are usually rose scented.

Nice!  I also like the scent of lilacs.
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Post by: ShayP on May 09, 2020, 07:40:54 PM
My bars of soap are usually rose scented.

/reported
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 09, 2020, 09:27:12 PM
Lots of the more modern floribundas have been bred for hardiness and color, but not scent.  Thankfully the older heirloom varieties still have a nice rose scent.  I'm like you, I love the smell of roses.  My bars of soap are usually rose scented.
nice touch! I like to use rose in my hair.  :)
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 09, 2020, 09:27:45 PM
/reported
@ShayP !  :(
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Post by: ShayP on May 10, 2020, 03:15:16 AM
@ShayP !  :(

I kid! I kid!
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Post by: Bart Ell on May 10, 2020, 05:14:45 AM
/reported

Thanks for reporting this.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 10, 2020, 12:51:22 PM
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Last year I purchased a potted Poppy plant that, despite my best efforts, proceeded to dwindle and die.  At least it looked to be dead.  I could sense a small spark of life in it though, so I transplanted it into a spot out back.  Winter came and I forgot about it until this spring when I was surprised by this poppy bloom.  It almost seems grateful that I saved it.  I can see kind of a happy face on it.   
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Post by: anniem on May 10, 2020, 01:41:35 PM
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Last year I purchased a potted Poppy plant that, despite my best efforts, proceeded to dwindle and die.  At least it looked to be dead.  I could sense a small spark of life in it though, so I transplanted it into a spot out back.  Winter came and I forgot about it until this spring when I was surprised by this poppy bloom.  It almost seems grateful that I saved it.  I can see kind of a happy face on it.   

Pretty!
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Post by: juan on May 10, 2020, 02:24:35 PM
I've been neglecting this thread. Here are my Japanese Wasabi Radishes (not real wasabi) from a couple of months ago. Good both raw and fermented.

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Post by: anniem on May 10, 2020, 02:28:04 PM
I've been neglecting this thread. Here are my Japanese Wasabi Radishes (not real wasabi) from a couple of months ago. Good both raw and fermented.

will they be red?
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Post by: GravitySucks on May 10, 2020, 03:02:16 PM
I have a few basil plants and some cilantro growing.

The pots in the back are some of the 6 white oak seedlings I started this year.  I gathered some acorns from the huge trees along a nature trail in Silver Spring, MD in November. I wintered them in the fridge in a ziplock with some moist cotton.  Then I planted the sturdiest looking 6 acorns once they sprouted.  I didn’t have enough dirt in February. I need to repot them soon.

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Post by: juan on May 10, 2020, 03:04:09 PM
will they be red?
No, these are green. I also grew some Spanish black radishes.
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 10, 2020, 04:20:55 PM
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Last year I purchased a potted Poppy plant that, despite my best efforts, proceeded to dwindle and die.  At least it looked to be dead.  I could sense a small spark of life in it though, so I transplanted it into a spot out back.  Winter came and I forgot about it until this spring when I was surprised by this poppy bloom.  It almost seems grateful that I saved it.  I can see kind of a happy face on it.   
Very nice! My Spousal Unit loves oriental poppies...when they're in bloom. Every year at some point when the greens would sprout up he'd think they were weeds and spray them when I wasn't looking. I swear we had that conversation every year for about 5 years.  :( I've decided he only likes them in other people's yards.
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Post by: FISH on May 10, 2020, 04:48:21 PM
I've been neglecting this thread. Here are my Japanese Wasabi Radishes (not real wasabi) from a couple of months ago. Good both raw and fermented.

Radish kimchi?
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Post by: FISH on May 10, 2020, 04:49:38 PM
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Last year I purchased a potted Poppy plant that, despite my best efforts, proceeded to dwindle and die.  At least it looked to be dead.  I could sense a small spark of life in it though, so I transplanted it into a spot out back.  Winter came and I forgot about it until this spring when I was surprised by this poppy bloom.  It almost seems grateful that I saved it.  I can see kind of a happy face on it.   

So far my poppy plants have not returned to visit me in 2020. :'(
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Post by: juan on May 10, 2020, 05:20:02 PM
Radish kimchi?
Exactly. They’re also good raw, sliced, dipped in hummus.
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Post by: anniem on May 10, 2020, 07:49:20 PM
No, these are green. I also grew some Spanish black radishes.

Green and black. More things I had no idea about.    :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 11, 2020, 01:13:57 AM
                     From the Library of Congress.  The Amarillo Daily News, May 11, 1920.

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Post by: anniem on May 11, 2020, 02:36:02 PM
                     From the Library of Congress.  The Amarillo Daily News, May 11, 1920.

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But is it a red, green or black radish?

 :)

@juan
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 13, 2020, 01:15:40 AM
                                 From the Library of Congress.  The Herald, May 13, 1920.

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Post by: juan on May 13, 2020, 03:29:06 AM
I wonder if the Soviet Union symbol was intentional.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 13, 2020, 03:00:49 PM
I wonder if the Soviet Union symbol was intentional.

It could be.  Communism was much in the news back then.  Or the cartoonist might have been hard pressed to find a gardening implement to help form the 'R'.  Guess we'll never know.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 13, 2020, 03:09:33 PM
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The first rose of my White Rose of York plant opened several days ago.


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Since then, the plant has been covered with roses.
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 13, 2020, 03:23:19 PM
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The first rose of my White Rose of York plant opened several days ago.


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Since then, the plant has been covered with roses.
Wow! I’m just starting to get leaves here. But my fruit trees are blooming so it must be Spring!
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Post by: anniem on May 13, 2020, 03:28:50 PM
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The first rose of my White Rose of York plant opened several days ago.


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Since then, the plant has been covered with roses.

So nice!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 14, 2020, 01:56:12 AM
Wow! I’m just starting to get leaves here. But my fruit trees are blooming so it must be Spring!

I'm glad to hear that, Dot.  What kind of fruit trees?  Apples?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 14, 2020, 01:56:46 AM
So nice!

Thanks, Annie!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 14, 2020, 02:02:28 AM
                        From the Library of Congress.  The Graham Guardian, May 14, 1920.

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Post by: PolkaDot on May 14, 2020, 02:24:01 PM
I'm glad to hear that, Dot.  What kind of fruit trees?  Apples?
I've planted quite a few fruit trees - I have 2 kinds of Tart Cherries, 4 kinds of Apples, and 4 kinds of Pears.  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 14, 2020, 02:33:24 PM
I've planted quite a few fruit trees - I have 2 kinds of Tart Cherries, 4 kinds of Apples, and 4 kinds of Pears.  :)

Good for you!  They sound yummy. 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 14, 2020, 02:42:57 PM
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I had a visit from an old friend yesterday.  This guy (or Gal?) seems to stop by once or twice around this time of the year.  Thankfully I had my camera on me at the time.  From what I can ascertain, this is a Western Acorn Woodpecker though the description says that they have red heads and I don't see one on this bird.
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Post by: GravitySucks on May 14, 2020, 05:43:48 PM
I love woodpeckers. I had a pileated woodpecker in my yard the other day. I thought I snapped a picture but can’t find it.

Looked just like this

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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 17, 2020, 02:16:37 PM
I love woodpeckers. I had a pileated woodpecker in my yard the other day. I thought I snapped a picture but can’t find it.

Looked just like this

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You and me both.  I love woodpeckers too.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 17, 2020, 02:18:12 PM
Just had a nice thunder shower and then the sun broke out, so I took some pictures of my mock orange blossoms, glistening with rain drops.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on May 17, 2020, 05:48:33 PM
Just had a nice thunder shower and then the sun broke out, so I took some pictures of my mock orange blossoms, glistening with rain drops.

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LOVE mock orange! I can imagine smelling them from here. Beautiful!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 18, 2020, 02:34:42 PM
LOVE mock orange! I can imagine smelling them from here. Beautiful!

Thanks, Dot.  Glad you liked the pics.
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Post by: anniem on May 18, 2020, 03:42:41 PM
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PRETTY
 :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 21, 2020, 02:52:47 AM
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Post by: anniem on May 21, 2020, 07:38:42 AM


You have these birds at your home?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 21, 2020, 12:56:42 PM
You have these birds at your home?

Nope, no thrushes.  But at the start of the recording a mourning dove can be heard and I've got lots of those.  (I can hear one right now as I'm typing out your reply.)    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourning_dove
I have always enjoyed the music of Paul Winter.  He has played his flute inside the great pyramid, has performed for whales and wolves.  Fun music to listen to.
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Post by: KSM on May 23, 2020, 12:07:42 AM
FINALLY something green can live up here!

Got a start on herbs just outside the back door. Might be a covid thing but there was absolutely no THYME (my favorite) to be found, anywhere!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on May 23, 2020, 12:17:04 AM
..as well as some strawberry plants in the back corner.

It looks like a rainy day but truth is, I just took a wildman piss and Vera thinks it's rain! Hahahaha 

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Post by: StarrMountain on May 23, 2020, 12:24:28 AM
FINALLY something green can live up here!

Got a start on herbs just outside the back door. Might be a covid thing but there was absolutely no THYME (my favorite) to be found, anywhere!

+1
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 23, 2020, 12:48:19 AM
..as well as some strawberry plants in the back corner.

It looks like a rainy day but truth is, I just took a wildman piss and Vera thinks it's rain! Hahahaha

I really like your fence, KSM.
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Post by: GravitySucks on May 23, 2020, 01:59:07 AM
..as well as some strawberry plants in the back corner.

It looks like a rainy day but truth is, I just took a wildman piss and Vera thinks it's rain! Hahahaha

Don’t try bringing those pussy assed painted rocks with you if you decide to move here.
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Post by: KSM on May 23, 2020, 09:21:34 AM
Don’t try bringing those pussy assed painted rocks with you if you decide to move here.
LOL

HEY! A very special little girl spent an afternoon painting those for us. she'd kick you in the shins for that!

I really like your fence, KSM.
Thanks Rikki. In total I had to put up 72 of those panels all in need of a re-stain next month.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 25, 2020, 01:05:14 PM
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Just like the earlier rose that I talked about, this Doctor rosebush has exploded into roses.  So much so that the entire plant is leaning way over into the yard.  I'll be doing some serious pruning after the roses have faded away.


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I call it the Doctor rose because it was named after some doctor.  Trouble is, I can't remember the doctor's last name, so I simply call it the Doctor rosebush.


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The roses have a light, spicy scent.  Almost like pepper.
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 25, 2020, 03:42:56 PM
..as well as some strawberry plants in the back corner.

It looks like a rainy day but truth is, I just took a wildman piss and Vera thinks it's rain! Hahahaha
I like the idea of hanging strawberries! I might have to do that this year.  :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on May 25, 2020, 03:44:50 PM
Happy garden visitor.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 25, 2020, 04:27:57 PM
Happy garden visitor.

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Oh Dot, that is a very nice picture!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on May 26, 2020, 11:05:50 AM
Kentucky Wonder beans, marigold bloom, rat-tail radishes, and a pitcher plant in an artificial bog trying to protect my plants from bugs.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 26, 2020, 12:02:43 PM
Kentucky Wonder beans, marigold bloom, rat-tail radishes, and a pitcher plant in an artificial bog trying to protect my plants from bugs.

Nice, juan.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 26, 2020, 12:17:35 PM
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Some flowering quince from last April.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaenomeles
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 26, 2020, 08:12:31 PM
Kentucky Wonder beans, marigold bloom, rat-tail radishes, and a pitcher plant in an artificial bog trying to protect my plants from bugs.
Rat-tailed radishes? Those are crazy looking!!! Very cool, Juan!
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 26, 2020, 08:14:11 PM
@Rikki Gins - yesterday I picked up a Meyer Lemon Tree- I was inspired by our discussion a while back and I've decided to give it a go!  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 27, 2020, 02:03:44 PM
@Rikki Gins - yesterday I picked up a Meyer Lemon Tree- I was inspired by our discussion a while back and I've decided to give it a go!  :)

Wow!  That is so nice to know, @PolkaDot.  I am very interested in it.  Please, by all means, keep us posted on it's progress.  I just planted some tomato seeds from an outfit that @juan mentioned last year.    https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.135
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 27, 2020, 07:07:51 PM
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One of my favorite flowers, though some would likely consider it to be a weed.  The wild mustard flower.  I would love to see some of these pop up around my driveway and alley but they never do because they like to grow in fields and orchards.  The one in the picture was growing right alongside an irrigation ditch that I occasionally walk by.  I haven't been out much to check but I think that the plants are mostly done flowering by now.
https://www.garden.eco/mustard-flower
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on May 28, 2020, 01:33:57 PM
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I came across this perfectly uniform dandelion while walking in EllGab Woods.  It was big.  Three or four times larger than those dandelions that pop up in everyone's lawns.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 28, 2020, 03:53:13 PM
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I came across this perfectly uniform dandelion while walking in EllGab Woods.  It was big.  Three or four times larger than those dandelions that pop up in everyone's lawns.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum
Cool shot!
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Post by: KSM on May 28, 2020, 04:06:55 PM
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I came across this perfectly uniform dandelion while walking in EllGab Woods.  It was big.  Three or four times larger than those dandelions that pop up in everyone's lawns.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum
Rikki that is a spectacular picture. It almost looks like a beautiful alien lifeform that turns out to kill us all when we remove it from its home planet. Thank God we know better.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 28, 2020, 05:20:41 PM
Cool shot!

Thanks, Dot.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on May 28, 2020, 05:22:45 PM
Rikki that is a spectacular picture. It almost looks like a beautiful alien lifeform that turns out to kill us all when we remove it from its home planet. Thank God we know better.

Nice description KSM, thank you.  I looked all over that darn thing and couldn't find a single 'floaty' that had come off it yet.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on May 28, 2020, 06:28:10 PM
My owner wife makes this wonderous 'Garden' Focaccia Bread. Somehow this seems like an appropriate thread to post this.  ?

This is just before going into the oven..

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on May 28, 2020, 06:30:27 PM
My owner wife makes this wonderous 'Garden' Focaccia Bread. Somehow this seems like an appropriate thread to post this.  ?

This is just before going into the oven..

DON'T GO IN THE OVEN, YOU'LL GET A BURN!!!!

(fake panic)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on May 28, 2020, 06:32:58 PM
owner wife

Crossed out the wrong word.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on May 28, 2020, 06:34:26 PM
DON'T GO IN THE OVEN, YOU'LL GET A BURN!!!!

(fake panic)

How bout this:

Two weeks ago I built my new outdoor bag platform right behind/in front? of this Lilac bush that now blooms and smells incredible. Cloudy day here but you get the idea. I love our lilac bushes. They don't bloom long though.. :-\

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on May 28, 2020, 07:16:01 PM
How bout this:

Two weeks ago I built my new outdoor bag platform right behind/in front? of this Lilac bush that now blooms and smells incredible. Cloudy day here but you get the idea. I love our lilac bushes. They don't bloom long though.. :-\

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Ours bloomed already, very brief and very few. I think a short false warming got them.  :(
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 28, 2020, 10:08:30 PM
My owner wife makes this wonderous 'Garden' Focaccia Bread. Somehow this seems like an appropriate thread to post this.  ?

This is just before going into the oven..

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That just screams summer. Yum
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on May 29, 2020, 08:13:23 PM
OK...anyone have any experience with Staghorn Ferns? I've had my eye on these for a couple of years but have never found a potting/display option that I liked. You usually see them mounted on walls and that's great for an outdoor patio or greenhouse but I wasn't really digging it for indoors. Today I was, ahem, shopping online.......shhhh don't tell the husband.....and came across this image from Arhaus (you may need to scroll right to see what I'm talking about):
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And that's it! I've fallen in love with everything about how the two Staghorn's are presented. I want! But I'm not finding anyone describing mounting these guys as elegantly as shown here...What do you all think? Are these fake? How would I do this?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 30, 2020, 02:49:54 PM
OK...anyone have any experience with Staghorn Ferns? I've had my eye on these for a couple of years but have never found a potting/display option that I liked. You usually see them mounted on walls and that's great for an outdoor patio or greenhouse but I wasn't really digging it for indoors. Today I was, ahem, shopping online.......shhhh don't tell the husband.....and came across this image from Arhaus (you may need to scroll right to see what I'm talking about):
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And that's it! I've fallen in love with everything about how the two Staghorn's are presented. I want! But I'm not finding anyone describing mounting these guys as elegantly as shown here...What do you all think? Are these fake? How would I do this?

I wish I could help you Dot, but I wouldn't know how those plants are mounted.  Fascinating ferns, and I have never heard of them before.  They almost look like a species of air plant.  I would hazard a guess that they are real plants, as they seem to have been placed to catch the morning, or afternoon sun.  Did you order the ferns or were you just browsing?     
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Post by: Rikki Gins on May 30, 2020, 03:03:57 PM
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Some ducks, water and greenery at EllGab Woods.
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Post by: anniem on May 30, 2020, 04:01:57 PM
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Some ducks, water and greenery at EllGab Woods.

Nice!
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Post by: PolkaDot on May 30, 2020, 07:53:10 PM
I wish I could help you Dot, but I wouldn't know how those plants are mounted.  Fascinating ferns, and I have never heard of them before.  They almost look like a species of air plant.  I would hazard a guess that they are real plants, as they seem to have been placed to catch the morning, or afternoon sun.  Did you order the ferns or were you just browsing?   
They don't have the ferns! That's why I need to figure out a good way of doing this. And yes, you're right @Rikki Gins they are epiphytes.  :)
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 02, 2020, 01:54:10 PM
My first Cherry tree to set fruit! Yay!!!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 03, 2020, 06:39:37 PM
My first Cherry tree to set fruit! Yay!!!

Nice.  Congrats, Dot!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 03, 2020, 06:46:36 PM
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I put some mixed flower seed in a pot and got these yellow flowers later on.  I thought they were done but they continued to grow into
a more open flower with a dark center, as shown below.

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They are about gone now, but there are some other plants in the pot that are a lot taller than these yellow flowers.  They haven't bloomed yet, though.
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Post by: juan on June 04, 2020, 12:36:32 PM
Zinnias and a bee - this is a photo experiment using a modern DSLR with a 100-year old lens from a French pair of binoculars.


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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 04, 2020, 01:22:11 PM
Zinnias and a bee - this is a photo experiment using a modern DSLR with a 100-year old lens from a French pair of binoculars.

It kind of gives a dreamlike quality to the picture.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on June 06, 2020, 01:09:01 PM
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I was in the Ellgab Garden, looking at the full moon and clouds and saw a pretty good tyrannosaurus rex up there but by the time I got my camera the scene had changed.  It kind of looks like some wild hog or a wild dog.  Something with a snout.
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Post by: anniem on June 06, 2020, 02:16:22 PM
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I was in the Ellgab Garden, looking at the full moon and clouds and saw a pretty good tyrannosaurus rex up there but by the time I got my camera the scene had changed.  It kind of looks like some wild hog or a wild dog.  Something with a snout.

I shall borrow it. I collect memes from facebook everyday and post them to the google hangouts I have going with my mother and brothers. I decided that I'd like to make my brother laugh every day before he passes away. It has been about a year now. But after the funny ones, I post one beautiful scenery one so he can enjoy that too, and know I am finished.
Thank you RG!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 06, 2020, 03:38:58 PM
I shall borrow it. I collect memes from facebook everyday and post them to the google hangouts I have going with my mother and brothers. I decided that I'd like to make my brother laugh every day before he passes away. It has been about a year now. But after the funny ones, I post one beautiful scenery one so he can enjoy that too, and know I am finished.
Thank you RG!

You are most welcome, Annie.  I am very happy that you liked it. 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 08, 2020, 01:16:31 PM
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Sunshine as seen through a web brightly.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 10, 2020, 02:06:46 PM
Some EllGab Garden West color, as taken earlier today.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on June 10, 2020, 02:39:46 PM
@Rikki Gins  What are these?

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Post by: anniem on June 10, 2020, 03:02:05 PM
@Rikki Gins  What are these?

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I like them
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 10, 2020, 05:59:45 PM
@ShayP & @anniem.  Those my good friends, are Sweet Williams.  They are a perennial type of flower so that means they come back every year.  I can't recall seeing them last year so they might be the result of some mixed flower seeds that were scattered in a pot earlier this spring.  Hopefully they will come back and bloom again next year.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_barbatus  Here are some better shots of them.

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Post by: anniem on June 10, 2020, 06:09:56 PM
@ShayP & @anniem.  Those my good friends, are Sweet Williams.  They are a perennial type of flower so that means they come back every year.  I can't recall seeing them last year so they might be the result of some mixed flower seeds that were scattered in a pot earlier this spring.  Hopefully they will come back and bloom again next year.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_barbatus  Here are some better shots of them.

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Very very pretty! Thanks Rikki
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 10, 2020, 11:23:27 PM
@Rikki Gins  What are these?

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Dianthus...looks great!!!
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Post by: ShayP on June 11, 2020, 04:55:51 AM
@ShayP & @anniem.  Those my good friends, are Sweet Williams.  They are a perennial type of flower so that means they come back every year.  I can't recall seeing them last year so they might be the result of some mixed flower seeds that were scattered in a pot earlier this spring.  Hopefully they will come back and bloom again next year.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_barbatus  Here are some better shots of them.

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Thank you! @Rikki Gins  I love them.  Looks like I'll be getting some of those for the yard.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 11, 2020, 04:58:16 AM
Very very pretty! Thanks Rikki

You are very welcome, Annie.  Glad you like the pics!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 11, 2020, 05:16:42 AM
Thank you! @Rikki Gins  I love them.  Looks like I'll be getting some of those for the yard.

Great, @ShayP!  I noticed that the descriptions for Dianthus (thanks @PolkaDot) or Sweet Williams have a spicy, clove like scent.  I smelled the flowers but could only discern an extremely mild, sweet kind of scent.  Sad to say, my many years spent at a variety of industrial jobs with attendant (or shall I say extreme) odors like formaldehyde have dulled my olfactory senses to a great degree.  Still, some flowers and roses can give me a so called 'glimpse' of a pleasant aroma, and that makes my hobby of maintaining an EllGab garden all the more worthwhile.  Cheers!   
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 11, 2020, 02:05:06 PM
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I was in the Ellgab Garden the other evening when a humongous mother ship went sailing by.
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Post by: anniem on June 11, 2020, 06:08:44 PM
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I was in the Ellgab Garden the other evening when a humongous mother ship went sailing by.

Did they wave?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 11, 2020, 07:45:06 PM
Did they wave?

Nope.  That long, pink 'window' must have been a racing stripe.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 12, 2020, 12:01:40 PM
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The honeysuckle plant is now in full bloom mode.

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Post by: anniem on June 12, 2020, 12:15:47 PM
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The honeysuckle plant is now in full bloom mode.

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Fragrant?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 12, 2020, 02:32:47 PM
Fragrant?

Yes, they have kind of a sweet smell.  If you pull the flower head off and suck the end of it, there is a very slight taste of honey.  I guess that's how they got their name, come to think of it.
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Post by: anniem on June 12, 2020, 02:38:45 PM
Yes, they have kind of a sweet smell.  If you pull the flower head off and suck the end of it, there is a very slight taste of honey.  I guess that's how they got their name, come to think of it.

A TASTE OF HONEY (a taste of honey)
TASTING MUCH SWEETER THAN WINE...

 ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on June 14, 2020, 01:55:49 AM
A TASTE OF HONEY (a taste of honey)
TASTING MUCH SWEETER THAN WINE...

 ;D

@anniem, I watched a movie called Double Indemnity last night and saw the following scene.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on June 14, 2020, 07:02:42 AM
@anniem, I watched a movie called Double Indemnity last night and saw the following scene.


I'll be darned! It doesn't come up all that often, yet there it is!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on June 14, 2020, 07:08:59 AM
Honeysuckle

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Post by: anniem on June 14, 2020, 07:19:24 AM
Honeysuckle



I didn't know there was such a thing as honeysuckle rose.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on June 14, 2020, 07:25:51 PM
I didn't know there was such a thing as honeysuckle rose.

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looks like a violet?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 21, 2020, 01:07:34 AM
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From the book, Bird Lore.  Photo taken on June 21, 1920.
Public Domain
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 21, 2020, 01:23:39 PM
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An interesting fruit crate label showing some blooming agave plants.  I was going to order one and put it in a pot but apparently they are only available for fall shipment.
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Post by: anniem on June 21, 2020, 01:38:44 PM
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An interesting fruit crate label showing some blooming agave plants.  I was going to order one and put it in a pot but apparently they are only available for fall shipment.

This is a new one? They look old to me.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 21, 2020, 01:49:21 PM
This is a new one? They look old to me.

I think it's an old label.  Probably from the 1930s.  Why they show a desert plant and not a fruit is beyond me.  But I have always wanted an agave plant.  I think I'll order one come fall.
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Post by: anniem on June 21, 2020, 01:53:10 PM
I think it's an old label.  Probably from the 1930s.  Why they show a desert plant and not a fruit is beyond me.  But I have always wanted an agave plant.  I think I'll order one come fall.

Don't they use that in cooking?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on June 21, 2020, 03:46:22 PM
Don't they use that in cooking?

Yes.  Used as a sweetener and for the production of tequila plus many other uses.  But I'm glad you asked, Annie because I'm always mixing up agave plants with yucca plants.  My mistake.  The plant on the crate label is a yucca plant.  The base of the plants are similar but there is a distinct difference in flowers, though they both produce a leathery stalk that the flowers appear on top of.  It is the yucca plant that I am interested in growing.  I should have looked up this earlier entry in the EllGab garden thread.
https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg167863#msg167863  Some parts of the yuca plant can be eaten while other parts can be made into soap.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca         
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on June 21, 2020, 03:59:03 PM
Yes.  Used as a sweetener and for the production of tequila plus many other uses.  But I'm glad you asked, Annie because I'm always mixing up agave plants with yucca plants.  My mistake.  The plant on the crate label is a yucca plant.  The base of the plants are similar but there is a distinct difference in flowers, though they both produce a leathery stalk that the flowers appear on top of.  It is the yucca plant that I am interested in growing.  I should have looked up this earlier entry in the EllGab garden thread.
https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg167863#msg167863  Some parts of the yuca plant can be eaten while other parts can be made into soap.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca       

SOAP! I'll be darned.
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Post by: PolkaDot on June 21, 2020, 06:02:20 PM
Yes.  Used as a sweetener and for the production of tequila plus many other uses.  But I'm glad you asked, Annie because I'm always mixing up agave plants with yucca plants.  My mistake.  The plant on the crate label is a yucca plant.  The base of the plants are similar but there is a distinct difference in flowers, though they both produce a leathery stalk that the flowers appear on top of.  It is the yucca plant that I am interested in growing.  I should have looked up this earlier entry in the EllGab garden thread.
https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg167863#msg167863  Some parts of the yuca plant can be eaten while other parts can be made into soap.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca       

Truth! Natives used it as a cleanser and to make string. Ethnobotany is the best.  :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on June 29, 2020, 08:48:23 PM
My Oenethera/Evening Primrose is blooming like crazy! All the hummingbird moths are out.  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on July 11, 2020, 09:40:37 PM
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The full moon with Jupiter to the left of it, as seen from my particular EllGab garden.  A dimmer Saturn was to the left of Jupiter but I didn't get it in the shot.  Those two planets have been hanging out together for the last couple months.
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Post by: anniem on July 12, 2020, 06:22:43 AM
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The full moon with Jupiter to the left of it, as seen from my particular EllGab garden.  A dimmer Saturn was to the left of Jupiter but I didn't get it in the shot.  Those two planets have been hanging out together for the last couple months.

We were out looking at stars the other night, just lovely. The area was without streetlights, a bit far from the town.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on July 13, 2020, 07:36:42 PM
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All of the roses above belong to the same bush.  I counted well over 100 roses.  I was walking through a cemetery a number of years back and was taken by some white roses with a nice, spicy scent.  On a whim, I took my knife out and sliced a small twig off the bush.  After I got home, I put it in a jar of wet sand and low and behold, the thing started to grow.  (This was the only time I had success with starting a cutting.)  From the jar, it went out back where it has remained to this day. 

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The roses look kind of big in the photo, but they are rather small.  Not even half the size of a regular rose.  The branches are very thin and quite thorny.  Most likely it is a climbing type rose bush, though it hasn't anywhere to climb.  I'm always cutting it back after it blooms.       

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Here is the actual cemetery where I acquired the rose cutting.  The actual bush itself was way over to the left by a fence.  This cemetery is haunted.  Notice the ghost rising up in front of the tall tree to the right?
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Post by: anniem on July 14, 2020, 06:45:05 AM
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All of the roses above belong to the same bush.  I counted well over 100 roses.  I was walking through a cemetery a number of years back and was taken by some white roses with a nice, spicy scent.  On a whim, I took my knife out and sliced a small twig off the bush.  After I got home, I put it in a jar of wet sand and low and behold, the thing started to grow.  (This was the only time I had success with starting a cutting.)  From the jar, it went out back where it has remained to this day. 

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The roses look kind of big in the photo, but they are rather small.  Not even half the size of a regular rose.  The branches are very thin and quite thorny.  Most likely it is a climbing type rose bush, though it hasn't anywhere to climb.  I'm always cutting it back after it blooms.       

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Here is the actual cemetery where I acquired the rose cutting.  The actual bush itself was way over to the left by a fence.  This cemetery is haunted.  Notice the ghost rising up in front of the tall tree to the right?

Pretty flowers.  :)
Excellent woo too
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Post by: Rikki Gins on July 23, 2020, 02:17:52 PM
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One of my hummingbird feeders during a recent rain storm.  There is a roof covering over it but the wind was blowing the rain in at an angle.
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Post by: ShayP on July 23, 2020, 02:24:24 PM
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One of my hummingbird feeders during a recent rain storm.  There is a roof covering over it but the wind was blowing the rain in at an angle.

I'm glad I saw this.  There is something like this in the back yard, close to the house, that is somewhat old and I didn't know what to do with it.  I suspected it was feeder of some sort, but it just seemed an odd one to me.  No roof on it either. 

Had no idea it's intended for hummingbirds.  I guess I'll keep it and find a roof.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on July 23, 2020, 07:01:07 PM
I'm glad I saw this.  There is something like this in the back yard, close to the house, that is somewhat old and I didn't know what to do with it.  I suspected it was feeder of some sort, but it just seemed an odd one to me.  No roof on it either. 

Had no idea it's intended for hummingbirds.  I guess I'll keep it and find a roof.

If you can't find a top for it,  clean it up real good and fill it with fresh water.  Hank it somewhere and regular birds will stop by and drink out of it.
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Post by: PolkaDot on July 23, 2020, 08:31:40 PM
Happy flowers

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on July 23, 2020, 09:31:17 PM
Oh Dot, I've got some very similar yellow flowers.

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Here are what the flower buds looked like.

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And then after the flowers opened up.  They have overwhelmed the pot they are in and have fallen over.

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Post by: PolkaDot on July 24, 2020, 07:41:05 AM
Oh Dot, I've got some very similar yellow flowers.

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Here are what the flower buds looked like.

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And then after the flowers opened up.  They have overwhelmed the pot they are in and have fallen over.
Rudbeckia!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on July 24, 2020, 01:28:56 PM
Rudbeckia!

Thanks, Dot!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 04, 2020, 08:32:34 PM
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I took a picture of Jupiter and Saturn as they passed by my EllGab garden.  The two planets have been sharing a similer orbit these past couple of months and they can be seen in the southern part of the sky.  Bright Jupiter is on the right while dimmer Saturn is on the left.  Saturn is dimmer because it is lots further away than Jupiter.
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Post by: anniem on August 04, 2020, 08:41:09 PM
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I took a picture of Jupiter and Saturn as they passed by my EllGab garden.  The two planets have been sharing a similer orbit these past couple of months and they can be seen in the southern part of the sky.  Bright Jupiter is on the right while dimmer Saturn is on the left.  Saturn is dimmer because it is lots further away than Jupiter.

LIKE
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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 07, 2020, 01:36:20 PM
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There is a patch of wildlands in my back lot and it is interesting to see what type of blooming weed or wildflower comes up there.

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In this case, some extremely bright yellow flowering weeds that grow about a foot high.  The stems appear smooth until you touch them and find out that they are covered with tiny, sticker bristles.

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I consulted my handy, 441 page book, Weeds of the Pacific Northwest and found that they are called Bristly Hawksbeards.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 14, 2020, 04:15:13 PM
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Some more travelers peering down at EllGab Garden Central.  I enlarged this photo and thought it said US Navy on the fuselage, but I'm not certain. 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 15, 2020, 05:37:02 PM
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I was going through some old pictures when I came across this one that showed my butterfly house.  It was made out of wood and I had it hanging on the fence for many a year.  Never once did I see a butterfly go inside of it, much less see one land on the thing.  It gradually fell apart over the years.  As did that nice cedar fence.   
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Post by: anniem on August 15, 2020, 05:56:41 PM
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I was going through some old pictures when I came across this one that showed my butterfly house.  It was made out of wood and I had it hanging on the fence for many a year.  Never once did I see a butterfly go inside of it, much less see one land on the thing.  It gradually fell apart over the years.  As did that nice cedar fence.   

Well I never heard of a butterfly house! 
Or....a butterflyless house.
 ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 16, 2020, 08:05:17 AM
This summer, I have taken 2 zoom classes.
1- "Beer and Bonsai."I am growing "Portulacaria afra" as a tree in a tray.

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2-"Picturing Death: Post-Mortem Imagery in the 19th Century." They speaker noted that in the 1860's it was popular to lay chinaberry stems by the departed.

Did you ever heard of the  chinaberry tree?

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Post by: Ciardelo on August 16, 2020, 08:17:24 AM
This summer, I have taken 2 zoom classes.
1- "Beer and Bonsai."I am growing "Portulacaria afra" as a tree in a tray.

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2-"Picturing Death: Post-Mortem Imagery in the 19th Century." They speaker noted that in the 1860's it was popular to lay chinaberry stems by the departed.

Did you ever heard of the  chinaberry tree?

I have not. What does it look like?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 16, 2020, 08:25:16 AM
I have not. What does it look like?
I never knew that this tree lives.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melia_azedarach
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Post by: anniem on August 16, 2020, 08:43:25 AM
This summer, I have taken 2 zoom classes.
1- "Beer and Bonsai."I am growing "Portulacaria afra" as a tree in a tray.
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Is beer required?

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2-"Picturing Death: Post-Mortem Imagery in the 19th Century." They speaker noted that in the 1860's it was popular to lay chinaberry stems by the departed.
Did you ever heard of the  chinaberry tree?

I have not. I only just heard of the zoom classes. I shall look into them.
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Post by: Ciardelo on August 16, 2020, 09:43:48 AM
I never knew that this tree lives.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melia_azedarach

Oh Em Gee

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Melia azedarach, commonly known as the chinaberry tree...is a species of deciduous tree in the mahogany family, Meliaceae, that is native to Indomalaya and Australasia.

This tree's fruit is poisonous to humans. Once the fruit is ingested in quantity (so a few to many of this tree's berries) depending on its toxicity the person eating it may die after about 24 hours of ingesting the fruits. "The flowers are followed by yellow clusters of fruit which are poisonous if eaten by humans and animals although many birds seem partial to them and are not affected. Its flowers are a respiratory irritant and its leaves, bark, flowers and sometimes fruit are poisonous."

Indomalaya and Australasia? Are those real places? Those sound like made up places, like Narnia. They aren't like Narnia are they?

As poisonous as these sound...wow...no wonder we don't see many of them. heh
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 16, 2020, 01:05:06 PM
As poisonous as these sound...wow...no wonder we don't see many of them. heh

Totally poisonous to humans and animals, though birds can eat them without ill effect.  I want it!  No, just kidding.  A very oddly written article.  The fact that the tree is poisonous was repeated several times in the opening paragraph.  But that's Wikipedia for you.  Anyone is free to add information on any given subject.  This article reads like it was written by somebody in a foreign country.  There is a good command of English present but the sentence structure is awkward.  Almost hard to read.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on August 17, 2020, 09:38:10 PM
This summer, I have taken 2 zoom classes.
1- "Beer and Bonsai."I am growing "Portulacaria afra" as a tree in a tray.

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2-"Picturing Death: Post-Mortem Imagery in the 19th Century." They speaker noted that in the 1860's it was popular to lay chinaberry stems by the departed.

Did you ever heard of the  chinaberry tree?
Fun! I love it @FISH !!
I've never heard of chinaberry...
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 18, 2020, 01:44:09 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, August 18, 1920.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: FISH on August 18, 2020, 05:34:03 AM
Fun! I love it @FISH !!
I've never heard of chinaberry...
Howdy @PolkaDot .
Good to see your return.
photo of one of my Canna 'Cannova Yellow' (Canna Lily).

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Post by: anniem on August 18, 2020, 06:25:58 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, August 18, 1920.

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If someone tried to run on MY strawberries OR my bed, I'd be pretty peeved.

 ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 18, 2020, 05:37:45 PM
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Here is a nursery that I created for my Sims character, Vincent.  Plants and furniture were sold there, along with some statuary.  I figured kids could play in those Mayan ruins while their parents shopped for stuff in the nursery.
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Post by: anniem on August 18, 2020, 06:21:05 PM
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Here is a nursery that I created for my Sims character, Vincent.  Plants and furniture were sold there, along with some statuary.  I figured kids could play in those Mayan ruins while their parents shopped for stuff in the nursery.

Is that Vincent standing there? Can he wave?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 18, 2020, 09:32:16 PM
Is that Vincent standing there? Can he wave?

@anniem  Yes, that is Vincent standing there.  I think he was getting ready to open up the place.  Yes, Sims characters can wave at you, but not in greeting.  They will wave their hands about to get your attention.  Usually if they haven't eaten or gone to the bathroom for awhile.  I haven't played the game for years now, but I recall that the nursery was called Vincent's Valhalla Hall.           

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Here is another screenshot of the nursery, showing Vincent walking along in the foreground.  It's dark, so I'm pretty sure he's walking the grounds and telling customers that the place is closing.  Sims characters do lots of things that humans do.  Vincent even got married and had a little Vincent.
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Post by: anniem on August 18, 2020, 09:37:55 PM
@anniem  Yes, that is Vincent standing there.  I think he was getting ready to open up the place.  Yes, Sims characters can wave at you, but not in greeting.  They will wave their hands about to get your attention.  Usually if they haven't eaten or gone to the bathroom for awhile.  I haven't played the game for years now, but I recall that the nursery was called Vincent's Valhalla Hall.           

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Here is another screenshot of the nursery, showing Vincent walking along in the foreground.  It's dark, so I'm pretty sure he's walking the grounds and telling customers that the place is closing.  Sims characters do lots of things that humans do.  Vincent even got married and had a little Vincent.

Fun! Well if you haven't played in years he must have been a bit peeved at the lack of bathroom and also a bit hungry!
 ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 18, 2020, 09:44:05 PM
Fun! Well if you haven't played in years he must have been a bit peeved at the lack of bathroom and also a bit hungry!
 ;D

Ha, for sure.  The game would on occasion, get buggy and I would have to start all over in building stuff.  I'm really not sure if the nursery is still there.  Guess I'll have to play it sometime and see where I left off.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on August 19, 2020, 12:53:31 PM
Ha, for sure.  The game would on occasion, get buggy and I would have to start all over in building stuff.  I'm really not sure if the nursery is still there.  Guess I'll have to play it sometime and see where I left off.

He might be Vincent The Mummy by now!

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Post by: Rikki Gins on August 19, 2020, 01:43:32 PM
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I used to walk by this Wisteria plant many years ago.  I believe that the building is still there but not sure about the plant.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisteria
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on August 19, 2020, 02:49:52 PM
Howdy @PolkaDot .
Good to see your return.
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Ohhh, she's beautiful! Yellow is such a happy color.  :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on August 19, 2020, 02:50:58 PM
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I used to walk by this Wisteria plant many years ago.  I believe that the building is still there but not sure about the plant.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisteria
I love Wisteria- so beautiful. It requires quite the planning and investment.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on August 19, 2020, 06:22:59 PM
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I used to walk by this Wisteria plant many years ago.  I believe that the building is still there but not sure about the plant.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisteria

Beautiful!!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kidnostad on August 19, 2020, 10:16:20 PM
Hey, look what fell out of my guacamole tree today!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on August 20, 2020, 07:46:04 AM
Hey, look what fell out of my guacamole tree today!

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Versatile. A formidable weapon OR a tasty snack. Or BOTH!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 22, 2020, 02:06:36 PM
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Some friends flying over EllGab Garden West.
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Post by: anniem on August 22, 2020, 09:03:09 PM
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Some friends flying over EllGab Garden West.

QUACK!  (means LIKE in duck language)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 24, 2020, 08:21:13 PM
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Though the EllGab Garden West is quite a ways away from the wildfires in California, the smoke is starting to drift in, as seen from the coloration of the sunlight.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on August 24, 2020, 09:05:49 PM
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Though the EllGab Garden West is quite a ways away from the wildfires in California, the smoke is starting to drift in, as seen from the coloration of the sunlight.

Smoke sure travels.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 25, 2020, 04:53:15 PM
The wagon petunias have had a rough go these past two weeks with nighttime temperatures dropping lower than is normal for August. Bleak looking stuff to say the least :(

However, the really strange thing is that there are a few Purples from last year that have all the sudden made an appearance. :o  We had ripped everything out of the soil last October and then suffered a brutal winter with -40 or colder Centigrade.

PS  the purples are not growing out of this summers flowers. They are rooted separately.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on August 25, 2020, 09:48:06 PM
The wagon petunias have had a rough go these past two weeks with nighttime temperatures dropping lower than is normal for August. Bleak looking stuff to say the least :(

However, the really strange thing is that there are a few Purples from last year that have all the sudden made an appearance. :o  We had ripped everything out of the soil last October and then suffered a brutal winter with -40 or colder Centigrade.

PS  the purples are not growing out of this summers flowers. They are rooted separately.

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Pretty!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on August 25, 2020, 09:55:43 PM
Pretty!
Annie, it's not pretty. They're all frost bitten. That wagon is usually bountiful and lusting after light and life!

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on August 25, 2020, 09:57:52 PM
Annie, it's not pretty. They're all frost bitten. That wagon is usually bountiful and lusting after light and life!

What is there is pretty. Look at that purple color, and the red! Lovely.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on August 28, 2020, 04:55:26 PM
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I had good luck with this pot of flowers.  It sits at the furthest reaches of my backyard and I was forgetting to water it.  The plants almost dried up completely but once I started watering them, they bounced back.  That plant container is bigger than it looks in the photo.  In fact, it is kind of an optical illusion.  Which is longer, the width across the top or the length from top to bottom?  The top of the container is one foot wide.  The length of the container, from top to bottom, is one foot.     
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on August 28, 2020, 11:33:15 PM
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I had good luck with this pot of flowers.  It sits at the furthest reaches of my backyard and I was forgetting to water it.  The plants almost dried up completely but once I started watering them, they bounced back.  That plant container is bigger than it looks in the photo.  In fact, it is kind of an optical illusion.  Which is longer, the width across the top or the length from top to bottom?  The top of the container is one foot wide.  The length of the container, from top to bottom, is one foot.   


LIKE
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 02, 2020, 07:59:46 PM
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Don't step on this critter barefooted or you will regret it.  This is the all too common star thistle and I found this one growing alongside the EllGab Garden alleyway.  I learned as a kid not to step on the sticker with bare feet but even so, brushing against them will still sting the ankles, even with socks on. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 03, 2020, 08:19:34 PM
My plums are finally ripe and ready to be picked. 1st crop!  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 03, 2020, 08:31:54 PM
My plums are finally ripe and ready to be picked. 1st crop!  :)

Oh yum, Dot.  I love plums.  I have a plum tree in a pot.  I ate a plum from a neighbor's tree and put the pit in the pot and the darn thing actually grew.  The neighbor's tree has plums that are kind of reddish, purple, very sweet and juicy.  Do you know what variety of plums you have?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 03, 2020, 08:37:45 PM
Oh yum, Dot.  I love plums.  I have a plum tree in a pot.  I ate a plum from a neighbor's tree and put the pit in the pot and the darn thing actually grew.  The neighbor's tree has plums that are kind of reddish, purple, very sweet and juicy.  Do you know what variety of plums you have?

Stanley  :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 03, 2020, 08:38:31 PM
Oh yum, Dot.  I love plums.  I have a plum tree in a pot.  I ate a plum from a neighbor's tree and put the pit in the pot and the darn thing actually grew.  The neighbor's tree has plums that are kind of reddish, purple, very sweet and juicy.  Do you know what variety of plums you have?
Oh wow! I love the that it grew. Nicely done!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 03, 2020, 10:00:04 PM
Stanley  :)

No, that was Rikki

 ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 05, 2020, 08:09:01 PM
Oh wow! I love the that it grew. Nicely done!

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Thanks, Dot.  Here is a pic of the plum tree.  Pretty good growth for two years.  I named it after you.  lol 
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Post by: PolkaDot on September 07, 2020, 09:18:09 PM
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Thanks, Dot.  Here is a pic of the plum tree.  Pretty good growth for two years.  I named it after you.  lol
Ahhh! NICE!!
Here's my harvest from today - it's snowing tonight and we'll get our first freeze in the AM so everything had to be picked.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 07, 2020, 11:21:57 PM
Ahhh! NICE!!
Here's my harvest from today - it's snowing tonight and we'll get our first freeze in the AM so everything had to be picked.

Oh, those look gooood!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 08, 2020, 02:24:24 PM
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I stepped outside a few nights ago and saw the moon and Mars above the EllGab Garden.  Interestingly, it is like they have changed places.  The moon looks more like a planet and Mars resembles a moon that is orbiting the planet..
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 08, 2020, 02:38:05 PM
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I stepped outside a few nights ago and saw the moon and Mars above the EllGab Garden.  Interestingly, it is like they have changed places.  The moon looks more like a planet and Mars resembles a moon that is orbiting the planet..

The moon was up into the late morning today.
It seems sneaky changing places and hanging around late. I'm not sure we can trust the moon anymore.
 ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 08, 2020, 03:19:44 PM
The moon was up into the late morning today.
It seems sneaky changing places and hanging around late. I'm not sure we can trust the moon anymore.
 ;)

Lol!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 08, 2020, 07:05:34 PM
My plums are finally ripe and ready to be picked.

Sounds like an Amish pickup line.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 09, 2020, 11:11:10 AM
Sounds like an Amish pickup line.
:-[
When you put it that way.

I give you permission to use it as you see fit.  ::)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 09, 2020, 11:51:56 AM
I'm going to give this Plum Cake a go today: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/late-summer-plum-cake.html (https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/late-summer-plum-cake.html)
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Who's bringing the ice cream? Also, why don't we have a food thread? We should have a food thread!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 09, 2020, 12:10:54 PM
Also, why don't we have a food thread? We should have a food thread!

1. I think there is one around here somewhere.
2. Anyone can start a thread, stop being a lazy lazyhead.


You know who loved plum cake? HITLER!

Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 09, 2020, 12:34:12 PM
ShayP started a sandwichs thread: https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=831.0
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 09, 2020, 09:39:37 PM
You know who loved plum cake? HITLER!
They can’t all be peaches @Bart Ell  :(
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 10, 2020, 05:02:37 AM
They can’t all be peaches @Bart Ell  :(

They can be.
The final solution.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on September 10, 2020, 08:14:08 PM
ShayP started a sandwichs thread: https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=831.0
*Awkward*   :-\


...Um..      yes he did

....at my behest..   ...  don't want this to be a thing...  but......   just sayin'     @ShayP ...                   .... just saying thought it was a ................................great idea

   .............of MiNe...


meh..       sort of..............................................my



sandwich ... thread..



ok   then
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: JayGab on September 11, 2020, 12:16:14 AM
I'm going to give this Plum Cake a go today: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/late-summer-plum-cake.html (https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/late-summer-plum-cake.html)
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Who's bringing the ice cream? Also, why don't we have a food thread? We should have a food thread!
@PolkaDot  yer stupid!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 11, 2020, 07:37:02 AM
@PolkaDot  yer stupid!
@JayGab -Random. I don't like that you were thinking of me in the middle of the night you distasteful ghoul. Please return to the underside of your rock tout de suite.
Ug, now I need a shower.
Also, -1 Bitch.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 11, 2020, 03:32:39 PM
@JayGab -Random. I don't like that you were thinking of me in the middle of the night you distasteful ghoul. Please return to the underside of your rock tout de suite.
Ug, now I need a shower.
Also, -1 Bitch.

Good for you, Dot! @PolkaDot
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 12, 2020, 04:44:18 PM
@JayGab -Random. I don't like that you were thinking of me in the middle of the night you distasteful ghoul. Please return to the underside of your rock tout de suite.
Ug, now I need a shower.
Also, -1 Bitch.

WOO HOO YOU TELL HIM!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 13, 2020, 02:39:54 PM
Off topic.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 13, 2020, 07:43:44 PM
With EllGab Garden Central being located on the west coast, it was really no surprise to have a wildfire rage through the area last Tuesday.  I walked about three blocks out from the garden to take this shot of the approaching fire.

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I found some burnt leaves and a clump of solid ash on the backyard the next morning.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 14, 2020, 02:46:21 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Bemidji Daily Pioneer.  September 14, 1920.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 14, 2020, 04:45:27 AM
*Awkward*   :-\


...Um..      yes he did

....at my behest..   ...  don't want this to be a thing...  but......   just sayin'     @ShayP ...                   .... just saying thought it was a ................................great idea

   .............of MiNe...


meh..       sort of..............................................my



sandwich ... thread..



ok   then

I did it in your honor.  @KSM32   Your idea was so splendid that I had to act quickly...as you said, "at your behest."  ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 14, 2020, 04:46:47 AM
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I found some burnt leaves and a clump of solid ash on the backyard the next morning.

Well that's not good.  @Rikki Gins
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 14, 2020, 05:48:01 AM

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I found some burnt leaves and a clump of solid ash on the backyard the next morning.

The garden needs a moat!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 14, 2020, 05:49:53 AM
Well that's not good.  @Rikki Gins

@ShayP  No.  I was up all that night listening to the fire and police scanner plus waiting for an automated phone call to evacuate.  But the fire rolled over some hills to the east and beyond.  Lots of houses and businesses destroyed in neighboring towns.  I was up all night last night because winds were supposed to crop up and fan more fires, but there was no wind.  Still lots of smoke out there.  Everyone is crying climate change.  I can't speak for all the fires but the ones around EllGab Garden West were started by arsonists. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 14, 2020, 05:56:51 AM
The garden needs a moat!

That would be nice.  And a castle to go with it.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 14, 2020, 06:16:00 AM
@ShayP  No.  I was up all that night listening to the fire and police scanner plus waiting for an automated phone call to evacuate.  But the fire rolled over some hills to the east and beyond.  Lots of houses and businesses destroyed in neighboring towns.  I was up all night last night because winds were supposed to crop up and fan more fires, but there was no wind.  Still lots of smoke out there.  Everyone is crying climate change.  I can't speak for all the fires but the ones around EllGab Garden West were started by arsonists.

I hope this passes soon and your mind can be at ease.  @Rikki Gins  The whole thing is horrible.  I saw stuff about people claiming climate change caused the fires. Some of the fires were set by people and that should be their current focus.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 14, 2020, 06:16:32 AM
That would be nice.  And a castle to go with it.

LOL
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 14, 2020, 08:48:13 AM
That would be nice.  And a castle to go with it.

Don't forget the alligators for the moat.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 14, 2020, 08:49:30 AM
Stay safe Rikki!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 14, 2020, 09:40:53 AM
@ShayP  No.  I was up all that night listening to the fire and police scanner plus waiting for an automated phone call to evacuate.  But the fire rolled over some hills to the east and beyond.  Lots of houses and businesses destroyed in neighboring towns.  I was up all night last night because winds were supposed to crop up and fan more fires, but there was no wind.  Still lots of smoke out there.  Everyone is crying climate change.  I can't speak for all the fires but the ones around EllGab Garden West were started by arsonists.

You stay safe, RG. There was a fire on labor day a mile from here, but it was accidental. People have these huge propane tanks next to their homes. One poor soul lit his gas grill and stepped away. When he returned, it was on fire. It got to the tank and blew up. He lost his home and a vacant lot next to him was also burned, but he got away safely with his dog. Fire department did an outstanding job. Arsonists have started a number of other fires. 
BASTARDS!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on September 14, 2020, 09:45:12 AM
I did it in your honor.  @KSM32   Your idea was so splendid that I had to act quickly...as you said, "at your behest."  ;)
@ShayP and I'd bet real money that you could make a killer sandwich. Me, not so much. All about the ratios and I can't get it right.










All my tomatoes are frost burnt and my peppers never really had a chance this year.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 14, 2020, 10:49:51 AM
@ShayP and I'd bet real money that you could make a killer sandwich. Me, not so much. All about the ratios and I can't get it right.

All my tomatoes are frost burnt and my peppers never really had a chance this year.

Thanks man.  I'd like to think so, especially since working with food was my job for nearly 30 years.  @KSM32  But I burned out a while ago and have looked for other opportunities.  I do get inspired though.  Holiday's, catering events, etc.  Anyway...sorry about the tomatoes and peppers.  At least you give it a go.  Sadly I do not have a green thumb and have failed at every garden I ever attempted.  It wasn't even the weather's fault either.

Oh, I bet you can build a great sandwich.  You seem to have good taste and know what your doing so don't bullshit a bullshitter.  ;) ;D  I'd bet real money you'd be killer in a professional kitchen.  Just sayin.'

CHEERS!  8)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on September 14, 2020, 11:45:28 AM
Thanks man.  I'd like to think so, especially since working with food was my job for nearly 30 years.  @KSM32  But I burned out a while ago and have looked for other opportunities.  I do get inspired though.  Holiday's, catering events, etc.  Anyway...sorry about the tomatoes and peppers.  At least you give it a go.  Sadly I do not have a green thumb and have failed at every garden I ever attempted.  It wasn't even the weather's fault either.

Oh, I bet you can build a great sandwich.  You seem to have good taste and know what your doing so don't bullshit a bullshitter.  ;) ;D  I'd bet real money you'd be killer in a professional kitchen.  Just sayin.'

CHEERS!  8)

Oh @ShayP, I bet it was climate change that did your gardens in. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 14, 2020, 12:35:54 PM
Oh @ShayP, I bet it was climate change that did your gardens in.

LOL! @Ciardelo  That, along with my divorce, my libido, my IBS, poor gas mileage in a finely tuned (apparently not so much) car, my disdain for Limburger cheese, etc.  I should've saw it coming..  Climate change has ruined my life!   ;) ;D

But seriously, I feel I can cast my hand over someone's garden and it would die.  No green thumb for me.  Black thumb I guess.  :-\
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kidnostad on September 15, 2020, 08:53:27 AM
This popped up on its own in the grass under our mango tree.   It's been 2-3 weeks since we potted it and it remains viable.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 15, 2020, 12:41:44 PM
This popped up on its own in the grass under our mango tree.   It's been 2-3 weeks since we potted it and it remains viable.

What type of grass is that, Kid?  It looks almost succulent in nature.  Most likely indigenous to your area?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 16, 2020, 05:17:52 PM
Took some pics of my autumn garden. 

This first one is a “Pea Eggplant”.  There are other names for it here in the states.  It has a weird flavor that seems to go really well with Panang curry.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 16, 2020, 05:21:54 PM
I decided to try some fall tomatoes. The summer ones didn’t do that well but they were planted where they didn’t really get enough sun.  Companion planting with marigolds to try and keep the bugs away.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 16, 2020, 05:23:15 PM
I planted lemongrass in pots so it wouldn’t spread too much. Going to harvest some soon.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 16, 2020, 05:30:45 PM
I believe I could be a successful basil rancher.  I have been harvesting basil all summer. I’ve supplied cloned plants to everyone that would take them.  I have 5 different types of basil growing now.  I planted a bunch of Thai bird chilies but they are taking their time. Hope I get some.  I have had one plant that I bought in June that is in the pot. Just picked all the peppers that were on it but it has a bunch of new flowers. 

The rest of this planter is filled with different types of flowering plants.  I usually get one when I see something I like and have been adding them one at a time to reduce the urge to plant more basil. 

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 16, 2020, 05:59:52 PM
I was introduced to the Native American Church tipi ceremonies beginning in August 2018. Some of the traditional plants (non-psychoactive) used in the ceremonies are hard to find here, so I bought a bunch of seeds from ebay. 

During the next 4 years it is my intention to hold tipi ceremonies on the land that I have up in Central Texas and I wish to have these plants available up there to use in the ceremonies.

I don’t have pictures yet because I just planted the first batch of seeds today.  These include Sweetgrass, White Sage and Incense Cedar.  I planted 60 of the Sage seeds and 50 of the Sweetgrass seeds in some seed starter containers. They traditionally have low germination rates so I over planted.  If they take root, I will post pictures of their progress.

The incense cedar seeds require more steps.  They have to be soaked in water and then placed in the refrigerator in moist medium for at least 60 days to scarify them.  I began soaking the 20 seeds I bought tonight and will pop them into the fridge tomorrow.

This is the same process I had to use on the acorns I collected last November in Maryland.  Most of the oak trees that started growing this spring are still hanging in there, but just barely.  I think I burned them with fertilizer I used. Seems like fertilizer that is good for basil is not necessarily good for oak trees.  I hope they make it. I have dreams about having majestic white oaks to plant among the 4 or 5 different varieties of oaks that I already have in my woods. 

The other batch of seeds I bought were an impulse buy.  It was 10 seeds for Dwarf Red Japanese Lacy Maples.  I really liked the color in the pictures that I saw.  These seeds need to soak and winter like the cedar seeds so I started them today.  I have to be careful where I plant these in my woods.  They can’t really tolerate the full day Texas sun.  Morning sun then shade is perfect so I will be scouting out locations. 

I’ve tried cloning other species that I have here to be able to plant some up in my woods.  We had a Bottlebrush tree lose a limb in a storm back in July. I took some cuttings and it looks like 7 out of 10 of them might actually make it.

I have other cuttings in sand right now. Some seem to be doing ok. Esperanza leaves are all still green and vibrant. My two different crepe myrtles don’t seem happy. My two different oleander batches are pretty much a goner.  I might try again in the spring when they have new growth. 

I have some other seeds that haven’t been delivered yet. A really big blackberry that I am going to try, a thornless variety of the pea eggplant and two different types of basil.  I might have to order more seed starter packs.  I bought an LED indoor plant light because our windows block most of the UV rays.  I may have to buy a second one now or a bigger one with a timer. 

I hope we have a mild winter down here but since this is 2020, my gut tells me we will have snow before the end of November.  The first cold front that came through last week dropped the temperature from the mid 90’s down to 57 over night.

I love the smell of basil.  We have cuttings in small vases in several rooms of the house. The different colors from the different types of flowers are really nice. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 16, 2020, 10:25:38 PM
@ShayP  No.  I was up all that night listening to the fire and police scanner plus waiting for an automated phone call to evacuate.  But the fire rolled over some hills to the east and beyond.  Lots of houses and businesses destroyed in neighboring towns.  I was up all night last night because winds were supposed to crop up and fan more fires, but there was no wind.  Still lots of smoke out there.  Everyone is crying climate change.  I can't speak for all the fires but the ones around EllGab Garden West were started by arsonists.
I hope you stay safe Rikki.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 16, 2020, 10:30:45 PM
I believe I could be a successful basil rancher.  I have been harvesting basil all summer. I’ve supplied cloned plants to everyone that would take them.  I have 5 different types of basil growing now.  I planted a bunch of Thai bird chilies but they are taking their time. Hope I get some.  I have had one plant that I bought in June that is in the pot. Just picked all the peppers that were on it but it has a bunch of new flowers. 

The rest of this planter is filled with different types of flowering plants.  I usually get one when I see something I like and have been adding them one at a time to reduce the urge to plant more basil. 

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 16, 2020, 10:35:47 PM
I was introduced to the Native American Church tipi ceremonies beginning in August 2018. Some of the traditional plants (non-psychoactive) used in the ceremonies are hard to find here, so I bought a bunch of seeds from ebay. 

During the next 4 years it is my intention to hold tipi ceremonies on the land that I have up in Central Texas and I wish to have these plants available up there to use in the ceremonies.

I don’t have pictures yet because I just planted the first batch of seeds today.  These include Sweetgrass, White Sage and Incense Cedar.  I planted 60 of the Sage seeds and 50 of the Sweetgrass seeds in some seed starter containers. They traditionally have low germination rates so I over planted.  If they take root, I will post pictures of their progress.

The incense cedar seeds require more steps.  They have to be soaked in water and then placed in the refrigerator in moist medium for at least 60 days to scarify them.  I began soaking the 20 seeds I bought tonight and will pop them into the fridge tomorrow.

This is the same process I had to use on the acorns I collected last November in Maryland.  Most of the oak trees that started growing this spring are still hanging in there, but just barely.  I think I burned them with fertilizer I used. Seems like fertilizer that is good for basil is not necessarily good for oak trees.  I hope they make it. I have dreams about having majestic white oaks to plant among the 4 or 5 different varieties of oaks that I already have in my woods. 

The other batch of seeds I bought were an impulse buy.  It was 10 seeds for Dwarf Red Japanese Lacy Maples.  I really liked the color in the pictures that I saw.  These seeds need to soak and winter like the cedar seeds so I started them today.  I have to be careful where I plant these in my woods.  They can’t really tolerate the full day Texas sun.  Morning sun then shade is perfect so I will be scouting out locations. 

I’ve tried cloning other species that I have here to be able to plant some up in my woods.  We had a Bottlebrush tree lose a limb in a storm back in July. I took some cuttings and it looks like 7 out of 10 of them might actually make it.

I have other cuttings in sand right now. Some seem to be doing ok. Esperanza leaves are all still green and vibrant. My two different crepe myrtles don’t seem happy. My two different oleander batches are pretty much a goner.  I might try again in the spring when they have new growth. 

I have some other seeds that haven’t been delivered yet. A really big blackberry that I am going to try, a thornless variety of the pea eggplant and two different types of basil.  I might have to order more seed starter packs.  I bought an LED indoor plant light because our windows block most of the UV rays.  I may have to buy a second one now or a bigger one with a timer. 

I hope we have a mild winter down here but since this is 2020, my gut tells me we will have snow before the end of November.  The first cold front that came through last week dropped the temperature from the mid 90’s down to 57 over night.

I love the smell of basil.  We have cuttings in small vases in several rooms of the house. The different colors from the different types of flowers are really nice.
I LOVE the Japanese Lace leafed Maples. So beautiful! Good luck!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 16, 2020, 11:06:28 PM
I hope you stay safe Rikki.


Thanks, Dot.  Everything has settled down nicely fire wise but still smoky out there causing the air to be very unhealthy. 

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The air is slowly getting better.  It was all the way up to the 300 mark earlier this week.  It is supposed to get even better by Friday.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 17, 2020, 05:33:06 AM
I planted lemongrass in pots so it wouldn’t spread too much. Going to harvest some soon.

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Grow American stuff!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on September 17, 2020, 06:32:30 AM
Grow American stuff!
Boo.  I just planted a bed of Japanese Turnips.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 17, 2020, 06:38:20 AM
Boo.  I just planted a bed of Japanese Turnips.

THAT'S RACIST!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 17, 2020, 10:06:37 AM
Grow American stuff!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 17, 2020, 12:37:03 PM


Nice, Dot!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 17, 2020, 02:05:49 PM
What's a really good plant for hanging out on an inside window ledge?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 17, 2020, 06:30:11 PM
My Thai friend saw my picture of my pea eggplant and told me I should prune it. I removed several of the lower leaves and discovered the beginnings of flowers which will eventually turn in to pea eggplants.  I am so excited.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kidnostad on September 17, 2020, 09:34:24 PM
What type of grass is that, Kid?  It looks almost succulent in nature.  Most likely indigenous to your area?

I don't know what it's called as it came with the house but its common here in SW Florida.  It's some kind of hybrid developed for the sandy soil and weather conditions here.  its very hardy and tends to develop leafy vines that cling to the ground and spread.  I've used a Scott's "regionalized" seed to fill in a few bare spots that produced grass that is indistinguishable from the rest of the lawn so it must be pretty much the same stuff. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 17, 2020, 09:47:00 PM
What type of grass is that, Kid?  It looks almost succulent in nature.  Most likely indigenous to your area?

St Augustine. It is rather stiff. Not very comfortable to walk on bare foot and definitely not like laying on nice, cool Kentucky bluegrass like up north.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 17, 2020, 09:48:53 PM
Grow American stuff!

I have a pot with a couple of regular maples in it that I am going to transplant in the spring. In your honor.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kidnostad on September 17, 2020, 10:13:20 PM
St Augustine. It is rather stiff. Not very comfortable to walk on bare foot and definitely not like laying on nice, cool Kentucky bluegrass like up north.

That pretty much describes it.  Now I'll know the next time someone asks. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on September 18, 2020, 04:26:55 AM
St Augustine. It is rather stiff. Not very comfortable to walk on bare foot and definitely not like laying on nice, cool Kentucky bluegrass like up north.
One of the few grasses that will grow in the shade and still handle the sun.

@GravitySucks - where do you get the pea eggplant?  That might grow here.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Bart Ell on September 18, 2020, 04:34:03 AM
I have a pot with a couple of regular maples in it that I am going to transplant in the spring. In your honor.

Just don't make any of that horrific syrup.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 18, 2020, 08:27:03 AM
What's a really good plant for hanging out on an inside window ledge?
@SpookPumpkin Houseplant? Will it get cold in the winter? What kind of sun/exposure? You want something upright or hanging?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 18, 2020, 09:21:10 AM
One of the few grasses that will grow in the shade and still handle the sun.

@GravitySucks - where do you get the pea eggplant?  That might grow here.

@juan

I got the first plants from my Thai friend.  I just ordered a package of seeds from ebay that says “thornless” variety.  My plants have some wickedly sharp needle like thorns on the stalks near each leaf. Look for “turkey berry”.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kidnostad on September 18, 2020, 12:02:36 PM
I planted this lemon tree about two weeks ago and it seems to like it here. 

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 18, 2020, 01:54:35 PM
I planted this lemon tree about two weeks ago and it seems to like it here.

I envy you...and Grav...and juan.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 18, 2020, 02:18:47 PM
I envy you...and Grav...and juan.

You don’t have to look at the NOAA website everyday. Another tropical storm is headed my way. TS Beta
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 18, 2020, 02:40:23 PM
You don’t have to look at the NOAA website everyday. Another tropical storm is headed my way. TS Beta

I love storms of all types.  Bring 'em on.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 18, 2020, 02:51:52 PM
I love storms of all types.  Bring 'em on.

I just hate the 2-3 days of having to pick everything up that is within 3 feet of terra firma, and then power washing the mud away after the floods.  That latest storm that went near Pensacola caused a minor storm surge here. Another 6” and it would have flooded the pool again.  Living on the water has it’s advantages. Until it doesn’t.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Kidnostad on September 18, 2020, 03:12:55 PM
I just hate the 2-3 days of having to pick everything up that is within 3 feet of terra firma, and then power washing the mud away after the floods.  That latest storm that went near Pensacola caused a minor storm surge here. Another 6” and it would have flooded the pool again.  Living on the water has it’s advantages. Until it doesn’t.

Yeah, sometimes living in "paradise" is a bitch.  Was at actual ground zero for Charlie and got hit by two more hurricanes within the next two weeks. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 18, 2020, 03:30:11 PM
Sorry boys, but if I were to win the Riddle House in a contest, I would drop everything and spend my remaining days there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riddle_House
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 19, 2020, 02:15:09 PM
I noticed a single Chicory plant growing in the EllGab Garden Central alley.  I guess you can make substitute coffee out of the plant, among other uses.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicory

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 19, 2020, 02:28:17 PM
I noticed a single Chicory plant growing in the EllGab Garden Central alley.  I guess you can make substitute coffee out of the plant, among other uses.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicory

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Flower - pretty
Giant bee - terrifying
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 21, 2020, 01:15:01 AM
Flower - pretty
Giant bee - terrifying

Lol, anniem.  Actually my camera zoomed in a little too close.  That bee wasn't even half the size of a regular honeybee.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 21, 2020, 01:25:18 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, September 21, 1920.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 21, 2020, 08:34:40 AM
Lol, anniem.  Actually my camera zoomed in a little too close.  That bee wasn't even half the size of a regular honeybee.

Oh, ok. Nevertheless, beware the Giant Bee!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Jayzelady on September 21, 2020, 11:29:43 AM
Oh, ok. Nevertheless, beware the Giant Bee!

Reminds me of Jedimiller’s “Oh, shit, a bee!” last year. LOLOLOLOL
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 21, 2020, 12:06:19 PM
Reminds me of Jedimiller’s “Oh, shit, a bee!” last year. LOLOLOLOL

That was very funny.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 21, 2020, 07:53:04 PM
I noticed a single Chicory plant growing in the EllGab Garden Central alley.  I guess you can make substitute coffee out of the plant, among other uses.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicory

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Yum! I LOVE Chicory coffee.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 23, 2020, 01:15:38 PM
@SpookPumpkin Houseplant? Will it get cold in the winter? What kind of sun/exposure? You want something upright or hanging?

@PolkaDot

Houseplant
Most likely cold in winter, but not enough for me to freeze indoors with central heating. 
Sun comes through the side mostly in the evenings.
Upright would be preferable. I have good wide window ledge.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 23, 2020, 01:18:01 PM
Flower - pretty
Giant bee - terrifying

But bees are so cute! and helpful to the environment!

Look at the little fuzzy bumble butts!

*not my picture

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 23, 2020, 04:00:28 PM
But bees are so cute! and helpful to the environment!

Look at the little fuzzy bumble butts!

*not my picture

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Then there is this:

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 24, 2020, 09:30:16 AM
Was finally able to get back to the hacienda.  Some water is still in the road but got in.

My fall garden really took a hit after being inundated with saltwater for 3 days. 

I watered really heavy when I left Sunday trying to keep the plants from being thirsty. Looks like some didn’t do very well.

#feelingkindasad

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 24, 2020, 12:38:34 PM
Was finally able to get back to the hacienda.  Some water is still in the road but got in.

My fall garden really took a hit after being inundated with saltwater for 3 days. 

I watered really heavy when I left Sunday trying to keep the plants from being thirsty. Looks like some didn’t do very well.

#feelingkindasad

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Yes, they look beat, Grav, but still showing a healthy green shade of color.  Would a nice infusion of fresh water bring them back to a healthy state?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 24, 2020, 04:33:16 PM
Yes, they look beat, Grav, but still showing a healthy green shade of color.  Would a nice infusion of fresh water bring them back to a healthy state?

Gave it a good dousing especially on the leaves and pruned away all the dead leaves. Pruned the basil way back. I think the basil will be ok but I am pretty sure I lost my 6 thai chilies. Their leaves were totally shot.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 24, 2020, 09:26:22 PM
Gave it a good dousing especially on the leaves and pruned away all the dead leaves. Pruned the basil way back. I think the basil will be ok but I am pretty sure I lost my 6 thai chilies. Their leaves were totally shot.

Aw. Good luck with it.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 25, 2020, 12:25:03 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, September 25, 1920.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 25, 2020, 04:38:21 PM
@PolkaDot

Houseplant
Most likely cold in winter, but not enough for me to freeze indoors with central heating. 
Sun comes through the side mostly in the evenings.
Upright would be preferable. I have good wide window ledge.
Hmmm...OK. I'll think on this @SpookPumpkin . Your window is like a northwest exposure? The first couple of things that come to mind is the Dracenas. They are pretty plants that aren't too picky about light and can take a window that gets cold at night. It would get big eventually but you would have a good 3-5 years before it outgrew a window ledge. I really like the red edged dracena- the latin is Draceana marginatas. But there are others too.
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The Northfolk Island Pine is pretty and fun too. Sometimes it's called the Star Pine. Again, this one will get very large one day but you have a long time before you'd have to worry about that.
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Also, many of the figs would do well. Stay away from the Benjamin as they're finicky. I really like the Rubber Trees. They're beautiful and also come in variegated varieties that can be very striking. The Latin is Ficus elastica
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 25, 2020, 04:40:25 PM
But bees are so cute! and helpful to the environment!

Look at the little fuzzy bumble butts!

*not my picture

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I love the bumbles too!  :) :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 25, 2020, 04:41:36 PM
Gave it a good dousing especially on the leaves and pruned away all the dead leaves. Pruned the basil way back. I think the basil will be ok but I am pretty sure I lost my 6 thai chilies. Their leaves were totally shot.
Such a bummer.  :(
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on September 25, 2020, 04:45:00 PM
My pea eggplant/turkey berry seeds arrived today.  They’ll go into the ground/bucket tomorrow.  Thanks @GravitySucks.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 25, 2020, 06:25:27 PM
My pea eggplant/turkey berry seeds arrived today.  They’ll go into the ground/bucket tomorrow.  Thanks @GravitySucks.

Mine showed up today as well. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on September 25, 2020, 06:49:15 PM
I have a Swedish Ivy potted plant that a friend gave me. When it was delivered from him, one of the vines had got broken riding in the car. I snipped it off and put it in a glass of water. It's now got a bunch of roots growing out. Do I just need to stick in some dirt now? I'm assuming to get some good quality potting soil. How big of pot should it go into?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 25, 2020, 07:17:28 PM
I have a Swedish Ivy potted plant that a friend gave me. When it was delivered from him, one of the vines had got broken riding in the car. I snipped it off and put it in a glass of water. It's now got a bunch of roots growing out. Do I just need to stick in some dirt now? I'm assuming to get some good quality potting soil. How big of pot should it go into?

Any good potting soil would work. Something with peat moss or vermiculite is fine. I would start out with just a 4-6” pot. Anything more will just get the plant trying to produce more roots instead of ivy.  I don’t use a fertilizer soil like miracle gro when first rooting.  Too hard on new roots.  I do mix a little bit of none meal. 

Be careful watering. Don’t let the soil dry out. But don’t keep it too wet either. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on September 25, 2020, 07:29:43 PM
Any good potting soil would work. Something with peat moss or vermiculite is fine. I would start out with just a 4-6” pot. Anything more will just get the plant trying to produce more roots instead of ivy.  I don’t use a fertilizer soil like miracle gro when first rooting.  Too hard on new roots.  I do mix a little bit of none meal. 

Be careful watering. Don’t let the soil dry out. But don’t keep it too wet either.

You mean bone meal?  :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on September 25, 2020, 08:45:06 PM
You mean bone meal?  :)

Oops. Yep. I use fish bone meal.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2020, 01:43:42 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Evening Star, September 26, 1920.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on September 26, 2020, 09:02:38 AM
Oops. Yep. I use fish bone meal.

Thank you @GravitySucks I'll go get a pot, bone meal, and some soil later today.  :)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 26, 2020, 09:06:50 AM
You mean bone meal?  :)

Truth be told I was going to Google 'none meal' because I usually trust what @GravitySucks is talking about.  I thought about bone meal, but no.  I figured he knew something none of us knew about.  ;)  Plus I'm a shitty gardener and I'm trying to get tips from all of you.   >:(  ;D

#nosuchthingasnonemeal
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on September 26, 2020, 09:22:01 AM
Truth be told I was going to Google 'none meal' because I usually trust what @GravitySucks is talking about.  I thought about bone meal, but no.  I figured he knew something none of us knew about.  ;)  Plus I'm a shitty gardener and I'm trying to get tips from all of you.   >:(  ;D

#nosuchthingasnonemeal

Ha ha!  ;D I'll admit to some trepidation @ShayP in questioning @GravitySucks about that post. But then I finally decided to risk the possible public garden humiliation in not knowing what "none meal" was. LOL
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 26, 2020, 10:13:51 AM
I have a Swedish Ivy potted plant that a friend gave me. When it was delivered from him, one of the vines had got broken riding in the car. I snipped it off and put it in a glass of water. It's now got a bunch of roots growing out. Do I just need to stick in some dirt now? I'm assuming to get some good quality potting soil. How big of pot should it go into?
Oh nice! Is it the variegated or pink varietal @Ciardelo ? Those two are the prettiest IMO. I would keep it in a small pot, nice and tidy. It'll appreciate being comfy and not having too much room. Remember not to pack the soil- it's everyones inclination to do so but let it settle naturally and maybe add more soil later. Enjoy!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 26, 2020, 10:23:06 AM
@SpookPumpkin - I woke up this morning and thought I need to offer her something that has some color that stays tidy. So here's the other houseplants I thought of:
The little boy plants are fun. They're not really called that of course they're actually Anthuriums. The blooms last a long time and they have a very waxy appearance which makes them very striking. They'll stay small and have great color.
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Likewise, the Peace Lilly is similiar- not as hardy or as striking but pretty resilient. Though your cat may try and eat it.  :(
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Kalonchoes are a fun and hardy ones too. You can find them in LOTS of colors. My mom used to dump her left over coffee into the one on her desk everyday and that plant still bloomed. I wouldn't recommend doing that btw!
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on September 26, 2020, 11:13:18 AM
Ha ha!  ;D I'll admit to some trepidation @ShayP in questioning @GravitySucks about that post. But then I finally decided to risk the possible public garden humiliation in not knowing what "none meal" was. LOL

Glad I wasn't alone in my mindset @Ciardelo  ;D
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Post by: Ciardelo on September 26, 2020, 11:13:37 AM
Oh nice! Is it the variegated or pink varietal @Ciardelo ? Those two are the prettiest IMO. I would keep it in a small pot, nice and tidy. It'll appreciate being comfy and not having too much room. Remember not to pack the soil- it's everyones inclination to do so but let it settle naturally and maybe add more soil later. Enjoy!

I don't know what those words mean @PolkaDot  :) It's green, lol

Here's the mama:

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And here's the newly planted offspring:

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The nice lady at the garden & landscape center where I bought the little pot gave me the dirt for it, since they didn't have small bags of soil. I don't know if it has any bone meal in it @GravitySucks.  :-[ Probably it has some of that none meal. HAHAHA
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 26, 2020, 12:34:40 PM
@SpookPumpkin - I woke up this morning and thought I need to offer her something that has some color that stays tidy. So here's the other houseplants I thought of:
The little boy plants are fun. They're not really called that of course they're actually Anthuriums. The blooms last a long time and they have a very waxy appearance which makes them very striking. They'll stay small and have great color.
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Likewise, the Peace Lilly is similiar- not as hardy or as striking but pretty resilient. Though your cat may try and eat it.  :(
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Kalonchoes are a fun and hardy ones too. You can find them in LOTS of colors. My mom used to dump her left over coffee into the one on her desk everyday and that plant still bloomed. I wouldn't recommend doing that btw!
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Yeah. No lilies. Not good for my kitty.

Btw, I got a new cat.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2020, 12:36:59 PM
Ha ha!  ;D I'll admit to some trepidation @ShayP in questioning @GravitySucks about that post. But then I finally decided to risk the possible public garden humiliation in not knowing what "none meal" was. LOL

Believe it or not, none meal does exist.  It's bone meal after the bone is removed. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 26, 2020, 12:45:18 PM
@SpookPumpkin, I had really good luck growing these spider plants.  That is, if you have an indoor, occasionally sunny spot to hang it in.  It's a fun plant.  It makes babies.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophytum_comosum
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on September 26, 2020, 01:47:44 PM
@SpookPumpkin, I had really good luck growing these spider plants.  That is, if you have an indoor, occasionally sunny spot to hang it in.  It's a fun plant.  It makes babies.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophytum_comosum

It makes babies? That's terrifying!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 27, 2020, 10:12:41 PM
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I saw this large gathering of crows yesterday.  They all spiraled upwards and took off in a northerly direction.  I was somewhat surprised because I thought they would be heading south. 
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Post by: PolkaDot on September 28, 2020, 07:37:30 AM
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I saw this large gathering of crows yesterday.  They all spiraled upwards and took off in a northerly direction.  I was somewhat surprised because I thought they would be heading south.
It’s a murder!!!  :o
 ;D Crows don’t migrate but Ravens do.   ;)
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Post by: anniem on September 28, 2020, 08:17:29 AM
It’s a murder!!!  :o
 ;D Crows don’t migrate but Ravens do.   ;)

Goodness! Was there a corpse and clues and whatnot??   ;)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on September 28, 2020, 12:56:39 PM
It’s a murder!!!  :o
 ;D Crows don’t migrate but Ravens do.   ;)

Ravens.  Thanks, Dot!  I always get the two mixed up.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 28, 2020, 01:00:12 PM
Goodness! Was there a corpse and clues and whatnot??   ;)

I seem to recall that as kids, we would lie in a field and act like we were dead so that buzzards would come down close to us, but it never worked.  The birds could tell that we were faking it.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on September 29, 2020, 12:13:17 PM
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Here is a picture of the top of one of my wind chimes.  It is a test picture.  I recently purchased a spotting scope because I wanted to get a closer look at birds who visit EllGab Garden Central.  This was taken from quite a distance away, so I think the scope will work good for closeup pix of birds.
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Post by: anniem on September 29, 2020, 02:01:04 PM
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Here is a picture of the top of one of my wind chimes.  It is a test picture.  I recently purchased a spotting scope because I wanted to get a closer look at birds who visit EllGab Garden Central.  This was taken from quite a distance away, so I think the scope will work good for closeup pix of birds.

That must be nice.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on September 29, 2020, 02:42:14 PM
...closeup pix of birds... riiiiight. ;)
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 29, 2020, 03:24:32 PM
Goodness! Was there a corpse and clues and whatnot??   ;)

oooohhhh! I hope so!!!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 29, 2020, 03:27:46 PM
I seem to recall that as kids, we would lie in a field and act like we were dead so that buzzards would come down close to us, but it never worked.  The birds could tell that we were faking it.

Buzzards are one of my favorite birds! They stomp their feet to get your attention and if you persist on getting too up close and personal they'll regurgitate to scare you off. It's hilarious! We had one we couldn't return to the wild and used him as an educational ambassador. His name was Chuck (short for UpChuck). He would steel keys from your pockets and loved to play ball. Such a great bird!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on September 29, 2020, 03:28:25 PM
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Here is a picture of the top of one of my wind chimes.  It is a test picture.  I recently purchased a spotting scope because I wanted to get a closer look at birds who visit EllGab Garden Central.  This was taken from quite a distance away, so I think the scope will work good for closeup pix of birds.
Nice!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on September 29, 2020, 05:41:14 PM
Buzzards are one of my favorite birds! They stomp their feet to get your attention and if you persist on getting too up close and personal they'll regurgitate to scare you off. It's hilarious! We had one we couldn't return to the wild and used him as an educational ambassador. His name was Chuck (short for UpChuck). He would steel keys from your pockets and loved to play ball. Such a great bird!

That is a great story!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 03, 2020, 06:17:32 PM
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I went for a quiet stroll through one of my favorite cemeteries yesterday.  There are lots of Ponderosa Pine trees growing there.  I have one just like this growing in the back yard.  Mine will be as tall as this one in about another eighty or ninety years.  I can't wait.

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    A bird carving on one of the headstones.
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Post by: anniem on October 03, 2020, 06:19:18 PM
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I went for a quiet stroll through one of my favorite cemeteries yesterday.  There are lots of Ponderosa Pine trees growing there.  I have one just like this growing in the back yard.  Mine will be as tall as this one in about another eighty or ninety years.  I can't wait.

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    A bird carving on one of the headstones.

Like!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 03, 2020, 06:23:58 PM
Like!

Glad you liked it, Annie.
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on October 03, 2020, 06:24:14 PM
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    A bird carving on one of the headstones.

Morg?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 03, 2020, 06:33:37 PM
Morg?

Very possibly, especially if Morg was a member of the Woodmen of the World fraternal organization.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 07, 2020, 01:44:04 PM
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The flower pot that keeps on giving.  This is the same pot that had the Rudbeckias growing in it last July. 
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: TigerLily on October 07, 2020, 11:43:06 PM
This morning's guava harvest. The last two days it was a couple each morning. In a day or two it wil be a vegetable bag full. Then ...

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on October 09, 2020, 12:06:22 PM
Beware the sexy onions
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Spookcat on October 09, 2020, 01:05:03 PM
Has anyone tried this?

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on October 09, 2020, 01:18:50 PM
I’ve read a lot about it.  It has mixed reviews. 
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Post by: ShayP on October 09, 2020, 02:21:35 PM
Beware the sexy onions
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Please tell me this is a joke!  :-\
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 09, 2020, 04:56:25 PM
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Here are a couple of visitors to EllGab Garden Central.  From what I can ascertain through research, I believe they are pale goldfinches.  This is a very small bird, perhaps smaller than a typical sparrow.  It is migratory in nature but there is a pack of them that have lived here at the garden for a couple of months.  I took these pictures through my new spotting scope. 

 
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Post by: PolkaDot on October 09, 2020, 10:59:43 PM
Please tell me this is a joke!  :-\
Nope. These onions were tooo.....well, I'm not really sure. Round? Hmm. Algorithms are terrible at sexy.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 11, 2020, 12:14:49 PM
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The pale goldfinches are still hanging out at the feeder.  A typical house sparrow can be seen at the bottom of the last picture.
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Post by: anniem on October 11, 2020, 01:56:45 PM
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The pale goldfinches are still hanging out at the feeder.  A typical house sparrow can be seen at the bottom of the last picture.

Nice! We have blue birds flying around. Yesterday I was sitting in a chair on the deck and a hummingbird flew up to the right side of my head, about a foot away. He spun and looked back and forth at my husband and I, then zipped away.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 11, 2020, 02:30:03 PM
Nice! We have blue birds flying around. Yesterday I was sitting in a chair on the deck and a hummingbird flew up to the right side of my head, about a foot away. He spun and looked back and forth at my husband and I, then zipped away.

Hummingbirds are so fun to watch!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on October 13, 2020, 10:20:26 PM
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The pale goldfinches are still hanging out at the feeder.  A typical house sparrow can be seen at the bottom of the last picture.
These are great!!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 14, 2020, 01:41:01 AM
These are great!!

Thanks, Dot!  I'm very happy you liked them.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 17, 2020, 01:31:29 PM
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It isn't all that often when you see a nicely defined hole in a cloud, but there it was, right over EllGab Garden West.  The overall shape of the cloud kind of looks like a dog's head, the hole being its eye.
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Post by: anniem on October 17, 2020, 01:59:03 PM
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It isn't all that often when you see a nicely defined hole in a cloud, but there it was, right over EllGab Garden West.  The overall shape of the cloud kind of looks like a dog's head, the hole being its eye.

Like!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on October 17, 2020, 02:29:57 PM
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It isn't all that often when you see a nicely defined hole in a cloud, but there it was, right over EllGab Garden West.  The overall shape of the cloud kind of looks like a dog's head, the hole being its eye.

I think it looks more like a moose @Rikki Gins
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 17, 2020, 02:35:12 PM
I think it looks more like a moose @Rikki Gins

@Ciardelo  Ha, now that you mention it.  Yes!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on October 17, 2020, 02:59:58 PM
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It isn't all that often when you see a nicely defined hole in a cloud, but there it was, right over EllGab Garden West.  The overall shape of the cloud kind of looks like a dog's head, the hole being its eye.

The cloud is great but I'm more impressed by the beautiful blue sky.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 17, 2020, 03:25:37 PM
The cloud is great but I'm more impressed by the beautiful blue sky.

@ShayP  To be honest, nice blue skies are as rare as hen's teeth here at the garden.  Awhile back it was totally overcast, and yet there were some clouds that formed, and they appeared to glow.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 19, 2020, 03:07:40 PM
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I didn't get to take any pictures of county fair plants this year.  Here is one from a couple of years back, showing someone's ornamental pepper plants.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 23, 2020, 04:11:55 PM
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Another picture showing the smoke from the September wildfire.
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Post by: anniem on October 23, 2020, 05:49:03 PM
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Another picture showing the smoke from the September wildfire.

That photo is really nice despite that smoke sucks.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on October 23, 2020, 06:51:57 PM
That photo is really nice despite that smoke sucks.

Ha, yes the smoke sucked, though oddly enough, I didn't smell it until the next day.  Then it kind of hung around for several weeks after.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 24, 2020, 02:00:53 PM
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The leaves are turning red.
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Post by: anniem on October 24, 2020, 07:46:21 PM
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The leaves are turning red.

Blueberries?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on October 24, 2020, 10:43:47 PM
Blueberries?
Virginia Creeper
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 24, 2020, 10:52:20 PM
Virginia Creeper

Thanks, Dot.  I was wondering what those were myself.  I came across the plants in a neighboring alley.  I think they were covering an entire fence.
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Post by: PolkaDot on October 24, 2020, 10:55:17 PM
Thanks, Dot.  I was wondering what those were myself.  I came across the plants in a neighboring alley.  I think they were covering an entire fence.
Yes, it can be rather aggressive.  :) Pretty though!
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Post by: ShayP on October 25, 2020, 03:54:03 AM
Virginia Creeper

That was my nickname when I lived there.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on October 25, 2020, 07:25:41 AM
That was my nickname when I lived there.

LOL!!!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 27, 2020, 01:04:02 PM
If I walk about a mile away from the EllGab Garden West, I will arrive at a place that I call The Wasteland.  It is a big lot and, for the most part, it is a pretty desolate place. 

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There are some critters living there too.  Snakes? Gophers?

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Surprisingly, there are some wildflowers there also.  For instance I came across this colony of Queen Anne's Lace.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on October 29, 2020, 12:35:44 PM
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It's a beautiful day in Mr. EllGab Garden's neighborhood.
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Post by: anniem on October 29, 2020, 08:48:22 PM
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It's a beautiful day in Mr. EllGab Garden's neighborhood.

How do you do anything but stare at the stars.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 01, 2020, 01:00:48 PM
How do you do anything but stare at the stars.

My town has lots of streetlights so all I can see are the moon and the brighter stars and planets.  Still, I like to look up there whenever it isn't cloudy.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 01, 2020, 01:01:13 PM
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I was enjoying a cup of coffee outside when a friend stopped by to visit.  It's not the least bit camera shy.  It allowed me to take numerous close ups without scurrying away.  Or hopping away, I should say, as it is a member of the jumping spider family.
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Post by: PolkaDot on November 01, 2020, 02:32:06 PM
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I was enjoying a cup of coffee outside when a friend stopped by to visit.  It's not the least bit camera shy.  It allowed me to take numerous close ups without scurrying away.  Or hopping away, I should say, as it is a member of the jumping spider family.
Nice!!! I love that you can see his eyes!  :D
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Post by: juan on November 01, 2020, 02:34:34 PM
I picked three turnips, a bag of mustard greens, and some little salad peppers this morning.  I’m disappointed they haven’t cooked themselves yet.
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Post by: anniem on November 01, 2020, 03:56:35 PM
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I was enjoying a cup of coffee outside when a friend stopped by to visit.  It's not the least bit camera shy.  It allowed me to take numerous close ups without scurrying away.  Or hopping away, I should say, as it is a member of the jumping spider family.

Not a bitey one I hope!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 03, 2020, 01:14:34 PM
Not a bitey one I hope!

@anniem: I think that most spiders would bite if they were threatened in some way.  I've let spiders walk on the back of my hands and have never been bit.  A while back though, I went to pick a small chunk of toast out of the kitchen sink and I wasn't wearing my glasses.  Turns out it wasn't a piece of crust, it was a spider and he bit me on the thumb.  One of his fangs broke off and I had to use tweezers to remove it.  I took him outside and put him in a potted plant and he was happy.  How do I know he was happy?  Because monitors can communicate with insects and other forms of animal life.  Take the fellow in the picture for instance.  He was wondering if I might have some honey in my cup.  I had to tell him that I was drinking coffee, not tea.
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Post by: anniem on November 03, 2020, 07:10:20 PM
@anniem: I think that most spiders would bite if they were threatened in some way.  I've let spiders walk on the back of my hands and have never been bit.  A while back though, I went to pick a small chunk of toast out of the kitchen sink and I wasn't wearing my glasses.  Turns out it wasn't a piece of crust, it was a spider and he bit me on the thumb.  One of his fangs broke off and I had to use tweezers to remove it.  I took him outside and put him in a potted plant and he was happy.  How do I know he was happy?  Because monitors can communicate with insects and other forms of animal life.  Take the fellow in the picture for instance.  He was wondering if I might have some honey in my cup.  I had to tell him that I was drinking coffee, not tea.

I put bugs outside when I can. I've got cats, sometimes they deal with bugs before I know a bug is about.
When I was in my early teens I was walking home from the library. It was just a half a block away. I was cutting through the grass when I felt a pain on my foot. I looked down and saw a spider, running in a circle on my foot stinging me! Awful!
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Post by: Ciardelo on November 03, 2020, 07:36:41 PM
I put creepy crawly bugs outside too!

Right after I smash them with Kleenex and put them in the trash.
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Post by: juan on November 04, 2020, 02:38:03 AM
I made a deal with the bugs.  If they stay outside I leave them alone.  If they come inside, they’re sprayed with soapy water.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 04, 2020, 11:55:29 AM
Some more plants from that wasteland area.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 05, 2020, 12:25:16 PM
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Here is an early day Sims picture showing my very first flower bed.  I remember planting lots of hedges around the place.  Shown are Tillie and Vincent.  They both had Criminal Mastermind jobs.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 08, 2020, 02:25:56 PM
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Some Fall color as seen with my camera.  There are red leaves here, but I can't see them all that much due to my color blindness. 

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But when I put my EnChroma glasses on, I can see all of the red leaves.  I put my glasses over the camera lens for this shot.  It probably looks overly red to people without color blindness, but for me it balances out the red color just right, while I am wearing the glasses.
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Post by: PolkaDot on November 08, 2020, 02:29:14 PM
Some more plants from that wasteland area.
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Nice! I really love the California Poppies. They're such happy flowers! And the Bachelor Buttons are nice too.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 08, 2020, 02:42:47 PM
Nice! I really love the California Poppies. They're such happy flowers! And the Bachelor Buttons are nice too.

I walked out to the wasteland just the other day and the entire place was mowed down to the ground.  No more plants, but there's always Spring to look forward to, as long as they don't start building houses on the lot.

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There are still some nice trees out there, though.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 09, 2020, 01:12:43 PM
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Had some pretty clouds over the garden yesterday but they didn't keep the first killer frost of the season from happening last night.
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Post by: Ciardelo on November 09, 2020, 02:54:33 PM
Was it MURDER FROST @Rikki Gins?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 10, 2020, 01:39:50 AM
Was it MURDER FROST @Rikki Gins?

@Ciardelo  Murder or killer.  Both will suffice.  lol
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 10, 2020, 01:42:50 AM
From the Library of Congress.  The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, November 10, 1920.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 10, 2020, 01:07:59 PM
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Some oak branches growing through a fence.
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Post by: PolkaDot on November 11, 2020, 08:50:28 AM
Burpee 2021 Spring Catalog....
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 12, 2020, 12:43:11 PM
Burpee 2021 Spring Catalog....
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Nice!  I received an actual catalogue in the mail from Gurney's.  The first one in I don't know how many years.  I think they sent it to me because I bought a golden fig tree from them earlier this year.  I get e-mail promos from them though, almost on a daily basis.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 12, 2020, 12:46:23 PM
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I took this picture many years ago at a combined garden - rock fair.  Except for the silver and glassware, everything else is made out of rock.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 13, 2020, 03:22:30 PM
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An especially tall evergreen tree out at the cemetery.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 16, 2020, 01:26:12 PM
Some final bits of color before last week's bitter frost.
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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on November 16, 2020, 02:13:29 PM
Some final bits of color before last week's bitter frost.
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I like the purple color.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 16, 2020, 03:19:56 PM
I like the purple color.

Good, Annie.  That flower came up late in the pot that sits at the far end of the backyard.
https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg297952#msg297952
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on November 16, 2020, 08:19:13 PM
Good, Annie.  That flower came up late in the pot that sits at the far end of the backyard.
https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg297952#msg297952

I've been warned that I could have flowers here, but the deer would eat them.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 19, 2020, 02:00:30 PM
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I managed to pick the last cherry tomatoes shortly before the big frost.  They have ripened up nicely by the light of the lamp.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on November 19, 2020, 02:46:57 PM
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I managed to pick the last cherry tomatoes shortly before the big frost.  They have ripened up nicely by the light of the lamp.

LOL!  I'm laughing at myself.  Initially I didn't realize that was a microwave.  I thought it was some weird remote control leaning against a mirror.  I need help.  ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 19, 2020, 04:22:20 PM
LOL!  I'm laughing at myself.  Initially I didn't realize that was a microwave.  I thought it was some weird remote control leaning against a mirror.  I need help.  ;D

Ha, @ShayP!  That is a totally unused microwave oven.  Once I get my fuse boxes replaced with circuit breakers I'll be able to use it on occasion.  I'll still be cooking with my electric range, though.  The food tastes better.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on November 19, 2020, 09:49:40 PM
Some final bits of color before last week's bitter frost.
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@Rikki Gins is that a clematis?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on November 19, 2020, 09:51:20 PM
LOL!  I'm laughing at myself.  Initially I didn't realize that was a microwave.  I thought it was some weird remote control leaning against a mirror.  I need help.  ;D
😆 ummm, I was completely confused as to what was happening there. I didn’t realize it was a microwave until I read Shay’s comment! Lol
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on November 20, 2020, 03:41:09 AM
@GravitySucks - have you planted your pea eggplant? I planted three seeds in one bucket, and one sprouted and is growing.  With these days of highs in the low 70s and nights in the high 50s , the thing is blooming.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on November 20, 2020, 08:55:49 PM
@GravitySucks - have you planted your pea eggplant? I planted three seeds in one bucket, and one sprouted and is growing.  With these days of highs in the low 70s and nights in the high 50s , the thing is blooming.

@juan Not the new seeds I bought. Holding off until I start them in pots in January. Not much recovered from the last flood. The one I had was harmed a little but hopefully it will make it.

I’ve been hanging out on the gulf beaches in Florida.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on November 20, 2020, 09:16:50 PM
@juan Not the new seeds I bought. Holding off until I start them in pots in January. Not much recovered from the last flood. The one I had was harmed a little but hopefully it will make it.

I’ve been hanging out on the gulf beaches in Florida.

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NICE!
Good for you, lovely photo
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 23, 2020, 12:20:42 PM
@Rikki Gins is that a clematis?

@PolkaDot  I'm not sure but I think it is too small to be a clematis.  The flowers aren't much bigger than a violet in size, plus the sprig was only about six or seven inches long.  It might come back next summer, at which time I'll observe it more thoroughly.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 23, 2020, 12:37:29 PM
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I noticed these plants while taking a walk.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on November 23, 2020, 08:46:08 PM
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I noticed these plants while taking a walk.

I like the first and last best.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 23, 2020, 09:11:01 PM
I like the first and last best.

Good, Annie.  I know right where the plants in the bottom two pictures are and I will try to get a picture of it next summer.  It should have quite a few blooms on it.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on November 23, 2020, 09:14:29 PM
Good, Annie.  I know right where the plants in the bottom two pictures are and I will try to get a picture of it next summer.  It should have quite a few blooms on it.

Thanks!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 28, 2020, 05:31:19 PM
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I don't know.  There was just something about this cloud that I liked.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on November 29, 2020, 01:55:08 PM
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A nice, white barked aspen tree that I came across while conducting some business in an adjoining town.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on December 03, 2020, 12:10:52 PM
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I enjoyed a nice stroll through my favorite cemetery back on Thanksgiving Day.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on December 03, 2020, 04:08:19 PM
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I enjoyed a nice stroll through my favorite cemetery back on Thanksgiving Day.

I remember visiting my grandparents, they had a house a short walk from a very old cemetery. We enjoyed wandering around in there with them. I also remember walking into a cemetery in Penn, to find someone with my first name who was born on the same day as I...I've fared better.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on December 21, 2020, 04:42:45 PM
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Some burnt trees from last September's wildfire.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on December 21, 2020, 06:49:55 PM
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Some burnt trees from last September's wildfire.

Grey house ruined in the fire?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on December 21, 2020, 07:07:09 PM
Grey house ruined in the fire?

I think that house was boarded up before the fire.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 02, 2021, 02:22:16 PM
Some more damage from the September wildfire.  A barbershop that I never got around to having a haircut in.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 04, 2021, 02:19:23 PM
Some more damage from the September wildfire.  A tavern that I never got around to having a beer and some flavor crisp broasted chicken in.

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Here is a Google Earth Pro pic showing the tavern before the fire.  Also the barbershop to the left.





 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on January 04, 2021, 03:25:16 PM
Some more damage from the September wildfire.  A tavern that I never got around to having a beer and some flavor crisp broasted chicken in.
...

Mmm, broasted chicken. I don't think I've ever had broasted chicken.

Was the whole neighborhood burned? How did the houses back there behind fare?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 04, 2021, 05:11:34 PM
Mmm, broasted chicken. I don't think I've ever had broasted chicken.

Was the whole neighborhood burned? How did the houses back there behind fare?

Broasted chicken tastes great but the last time I had it was at another place and I was just a kid.  Needless to say I waited too long to have some more of it at that tavern.  That fire was weird because it kind of picked and chose which building to burn.  Most of the houses in the town were spared but I did come across one that was half burned.  The places I took pictures of were pretty much small potatoes when compared to some other structures that got burnt.  There was a big Harley Davidson dealership that got wiped out, plus a bank, an animal hospital, some large mobile home courts that were totally destroyed, plus many other buildings, mostly businesses.  It was a big, fast moving fire and it roared through several towns.  Everything's being cleaned up though, as I speak.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 07, 2021, 02:19:09 PM
Some more damage from the September wildfire.  A doughnut shop that I never got around to purchasing some doughnuts from.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 10, 2021, 02:27:39 PM
Some more damage from the September wildfire.  A Judo academy that I never got around to taking lessons at.

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Some glass window blocks that were melted from the heat.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on January 10, 2021, 02:29:30 PM
Some more damage from the September wildfire.  A Judo academy that I never got around to taking lessons at.

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Some glass window blocks that were melted from the heat.

Roof burned away?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 10, 2021, 02:35:13 PM
Roof burned away?

Most likely.  The place was being cleaned up, so the roof remains were probably picked up first.  I noticed the tavern and barbershop roofs were completely burned away as well.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on January 10, 2021, 03:08:42 PM
Most likely.  The place was being cleaned up, so the roof remains were probably picked up first.  I noticed the tavern and barbershop roofs were completely burned away as well.

We don't need no steenkin' roof for Judo! Right @KSM?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on January 10, 2021, 05:31:28 PM
@juan I got a mini harvest of my pea eggplant. It got really stressed in the flood when it had blossoms so I wasn’t sure if it would produce. Made a batch of Panang curry. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures. The plant looks healthy right now so maybe I will get another crop this summer. Unless we get a hard freeze. Most of Texas is getting snow right now. It’s just raining and cold here. My basil never recovered. About time to start some new seeds. Somehow my cilantro must have seeded itself before the flood. Have several plants waiting to be cut.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on January 10, 2021, 06:04:29 PM
We don't need no steenkin' roof for Judo! Right @KSM?
Unless we're Judoing on the roof we do not need no steenkin' roof, no.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on January 10, 2021, 06:20:13 PM
Unless we're Judoing on the roof we do not need no steenkin' roof, no.
@KSM and @Ciardelo Please do not wrestle in the garden, you'll trample the flowers.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on January 10, 2021, 06:25:28 PM
@KSM and @Ciardelo Please do not wrestle in the garden, you'll trample the flowers.
I just had dinner. Too full to throw down.  Stop it!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on January 10, 2021, 06:38:10 PM
I blame @KSM and @Ciardelo for this clickacy...
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: KSM on January 10, 2021, 06:56:05 PM
I blame @KSM and @Ciardelo for this clickacy...
Why are you ruining the garden thread by bringing me into it?  Sorry @Rikki Gins she know not what she do. COZ SHE'S A STUPIDHEAD! @PolkaDot
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on January 10, 2021, 06:58:44 PM
I blame @KSM and @Ciardelo for this clickacy...

HAHAHA! It's true though. This isn't the movies where you talk your opponent to death. lol
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 11, 2021, 12:05:27 AM
Why are you ruining the garden thread by bringing me into it?  Sorry @Rikki Gins she know not what she do. COZ SHE'S A STUPIDHEAD! @PolkaDot

You don't ruin the thread @KSM.  Always a pleasure having you here.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on January 11, 2021, 02:35:53 AM
@GravitySucks - out of five seeds, two pea eggplant sprouted, but a very unusual freezing night killed them.  I’ll plant more in a few weeks.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on January 11, 2021, 09:09:15 AM
You don't ruin the thread @KSM.  Always a pleasure having you here.
A pleasure?  ??? No reason to overstate the case @Rikki Gins .  ;)
Calm down @KSM - I'm mostly kidding.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 11, 2021, 01:13:39 PM
A pleasure?  ??? No reason to overstate the case @Rikki Gins .  ;)
Calm down @KSM - I'm mostly kidding.

I tend to use that word a lot, especially when meeting people for the first time.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 12, 2021, 01:59:50 PM
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Some more damage from the September wildfire.  At first glance I thought this house was spared by the fire.

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But sadly, the other half suffered some serious damage.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on January 12, 2021, 03:01:46 PM
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Some more damage from the September wildfire.  At first glance I thought this house was spared by the fire.

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But sadly, the other half suffered some serious damage.

A mess
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 12, 2021, 05:19:23 PM
A mess

Yes, at least on the right hand side.  As a matter of fact, none of the houses to the left were burnt so it kind of looks like the fire was actually stopped (in that particular sector) as it was burning into the house.  Most likely fireman stopped it because there was no soapy fire retardant sludge left over from a forest fire plane.  Aerial retardant drops were few and far between because of the unusually dense smoke.  I hadn't realized it at first, but there were a string of houses that were destroyed to the right of the white house.  In fact there was a small house with a double garage right next to it.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on January 12, 2021, 07:04:54 PM
Yes, at least on the right hand side.  As a matter of fact, none of the houses to the left were burnt so it kind of looks like the fire was actually stopped (in that particular sector) as it was burning into the house.  Most likely fireman stopped it because there was no soapy fire retardant sludge left over from a forest fire plane.  Aerial retardant drops were few and far between because of the unusually dense smoke.  I hadn't realized it at first, but there were a string of houses that were destroyed to the right of the white house.  In fact there was a small house with a double garage right next to it.

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It looks like it takes a very long time to get things rebuilt, huh?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 14, 2021, 02:08:11 PM
It looks like it takes a very long time to get things rebuilt, huh?

I believe that federal funding to help with the clean up efforts will begin later this month.  This is a rather small city that I drive to in order to take one of my EllGab Garden walks in.  For years, I have walked by all of these burn sites, not thinking that they would someday be destroyed by fire.  (I was pleased to see that my favorite cemetery escaped the blaze.) There was another small town to the south that received just as much damage but I don't take walks there and thus, no pictures.  Here are some shots that were taken next to that white house that can be seen in the previous pictures.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on January 14, 2021, 02:23:31 PM
I believe that federal funding to help with the clean up efforts will begin later this month.  This is a rather small city that I drive to in order to take one of my EllGab Garden walks in.  For years, I have walked by all of these burn sites, not thinking that they would someday be destroyed by fire.  (I was pleased to see that my favorite cemetery escaped the blaze.) There was another small town to the south that received just as much damage but I don't take walks there and thus, no pictures.  Here are some shots that were taken next to that white house that can be seen in the previous pictures.

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Sad. And it sure takes a long time to get things fixed, huh
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: juan on January 14, 2021, 03:08:39 PM
The fire really hated Volkswagens.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 14, 2021, 03:21:54 PM
The fire really hated Volkswagens.

I believe you can see the back of one of them in the Google Earth picture above.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: PolkaDot on January 15, 2021, 10:46:20 AM
The fire really hated Volkswagens.
LOL I was thinking those people sure loved their classic VWs!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: ShayP on January 15, 2021, 03:35:47 PM
Why has The EllGab Garden turned into images of tragedy?  :'(
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 15, 2021, 04:09:28 PM
Why has The EllGab Garden turned into images of tragedy?  :'(

Good question.  These images reflect the devastation of a wildfire that occurred in September and show the power of nature, in this case, fire.  Nature is a principal subject of the thread so I've been documenting it's power.  Likewise, I like to take pictures of storms.  But not to worry, I'm taking pics of clouds and plants, as we speak.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on January 15, 2021, 04:12:16 PM
Good question.  These images reflect the devastation of a wildfire that occurred in September and show the power of nature, in this case, fire.  Nature is a principal subject of the thread so I've been documenting it's power.  Likewise, I like to take pictures of storms.  But not to worry, I'm taking pics of clouds and plants, as we speak.

Oh good! I'll alert @Exile immediately! Thanks!

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 15, 2021, 04:16:10 PM
Oh good! I'll alert @Exile immediately! Thanks!
Lol!
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 16, 2021, 09:21:02 PM
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An early day Sims house.  As you can see I planted lots of palm trees.  It was a nice house and my Sims characters could wander through all the rooms, but after awhile it became corrupt and the game kept crashing.  I finally had to bulldoze the entire lot. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Exile on January 17, 2021, 07:54:14 AM
Oh good! I'll alert @Exile immediately! Thanks!

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Lol!

You people!!

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 18, 2021, 02:20:56 PM
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Cloud picture of the day.
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Post by: anniem on January 18, 2021, 02:34:13 PM
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Cloud picture of the day.

What is the building?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 18, 2021, 03:31:56 PM
What is the building?

That used to be my old high school but I think it's a middle school now.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 20, 2021, 12:44:09 PM
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 Cloud picture of the day.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 21, 2021, 02:15:57 PM
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Here is another screen shot of my early day Sims house, before it went corrupt and I had to demolish it.  This was the back pool area and it shows a nice tree to the right and some hedges to the left.  Those hedge plants would actually grow jagged tendrils of plant growth and you would have to get your Sims characters to trim them back. 
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on January 21, 2021, 03:24:29 PM
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Here is another screen shot of my early day Sims house, before it went corrupt and I had to demolish it.  This was the back pool area and it shows a nice tree to the right and some hedges to the left.  Those hedge plants would actually grow jagged tendrils of plant growth and you would have to get your Sims characters to trim them back.

Pretty neat! Did she leap off the roof or was it the board?
 ;D
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 21, 2021, 04:49:41 PM
Pretty neat! Did she leap off the roof or was it the board?
 ;D
That's Tillie and she was springing off the board.  I don't think that you can command a Sim to walk or jump off the top of a building.  In this case, Tillie was just standing at poolside, waiting for a command to 'get into the pool' via the diving board.  You can also tell your Sim to get into the water by clicking onto those built in ladders.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 22, 2021, 03:32:01 PM
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EllGab Garden walk of the day.  Crossing a rain swollen river.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 23, 2021, 04:59:18 PM
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The Everyone In Town Got Wiped Out And I'm The Only One Left Alive picture of the day.
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Post by: anniem on January 23, 2021, 06:17:10 PM
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The Everyone In Town Got Wiped Out And I'm The Only One Left Alive picture of the day.

The little town up here was deserted except for the animal hospital. Which was good, Boodie's chip was rejected/infected and she had to be seen.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 23, 2021, 07:51:45 PM
The little town up here was deserted except for the animal hospital. Which was good, Boodie's chip was rejected/infected and she had to be seen.

That's good.  My vet is open half a day on Saturday.  Probably yours too, annie?  Did he give Boodie some pills?
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Post by: anniem on January 23, 2021, 08:03:09 PM
That's good.  My vet is open half a day on Saturday.  Probably yours too, annie?  Did he give Boodie some pills?

A lady. We had cleanser wipes and an antibiotic spray for the site. Also a course of antibiotic pills. She healed fine.
We are not sure though about re-chipping her. Is she allergic to the coating on these things? We have no idea. They gave us the chip back, it was still working. I sewed it into her collar.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 26, 2021, 01:28:22 PM
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Rather stormy out during an EllGab Garden neighborhood walk, so I ducked into Monitor Headquarters West to escape some precipitation.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 28, 2021, 03:39:42 PM
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Clouds (and trees) picture of the day.
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Post by: anniem on January 28, 2021, 04:20:04 PM
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Clouds (and trees) picture of the day.

Lovely
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: GravitySucks on January 28, 2021, 09:33:19 PM
I have been making a clearing in my woods to be able to set up a tipi.

While the earth is disturbed, I decided to purchase and plant some different types of wildflowers in certain areas that won’t get much traffic, but now should receive ample sunlight.

Wish me luck.

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The trees I cut down won’t be going to waste. In addition to getting about 5 cords of firewood cut up from the tops and the branches, I hauled most of the cedar logs to a sawmill near me to have lumber cut for shelves, a farmhouse table, benches and a deck. This is what the wood looks like once it has been rough sawn. I had this first load cut into slabs 2.125” thick.

Looks like bacon but smells like cedar.

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Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on January 28, 2021, 10:50:44 PM
I have been making a clearing in my woods to be able to set up a tipi.

While the earth is disturbed, I decided to purchase and plant some different types of wildflowers in certain areas that won’t get much traffic, but now should receive ample sunlight.

Wish me luck.

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The trees I cut down won’t be going to waste. In addition to getting about 5 cords of firewood cut up from the tops and the branches, I hauled most of the cedar logs to a sawmill near me to have lumber cut for shelves, a farmhouse table, benches and a deck. This is what the wood looks like once it has been rough sawn. I had this first load cut into slabs 2.125” thick.

Looks like bacon but smells like cedar.

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Beautiful. Giant bursts of energy?
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 29, 2021, 02:01:15 AM
Beautiful. Giant bursts of energy?

I can almost smell the cedar.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Ciardelo on January 29, 2021, 05:18:46 AM
Beautiful. Giant bursts of energy?

mmm bacon.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: Rikki Gins on January 29, 2021, 02:52:31 PM
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Out on an EllGab Garden walk and passed by the Monitor Headquarters building.  Looks like someone tried to shoot through a basement window.
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Post by: anniem on January 29, 2021, 04:59:59 PM
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Out on an EllGab Garden walk and passed by the Monitor Headquarters building.  Looks like someone tried to shoot through a basement window.

Be careful!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 30, 2021, 01:57:24 PM
Be careful!

Thanks Annie, I will. 
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 30, 2021, 01:59:47 PM
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Some geese-on-the-roof-of-a-building picture of the day.
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Post by: Ciardelo on January 31, 2021, 05:35:56 AM
*of-the-day. ;)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on January 31, 2021, 02:23:34 PM
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 Cloud picture of the day.
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Post by: anniem on January 31, 2021, 03:47:35 PM
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 Cloud picture of the day.

Pretty! Like.
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Post by: Ciardelo on January 31, 2021, 03:49:46 PM
THOSE DURN CLOUDS ARE TOO WISPY! WHY CAN'T YOU MAKE A PROPER CLOUD, SKY??

:shakes fist:
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 01, 2021, 02:00:50 PM
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Came across this boarded up doorway while taking an EllGab Garden walk.  Hope nobody was behind there when they did it.
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Post by: anniem on February 01, 2021, 02:10:37 PM
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Came across this boarded up doorway while taking an EllGab Garden walk.  Hope nobody was behind there when they did it.

How suspicious!  We need to see.
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Post by: PolkaDot on February 01, 2021, 03:36:12 PM
How suspicious!  We need to see.
I'm with Annie on this one.
Title: Re: The EllGab Garden
Post by: anniem on February 01, 2021, 04:15:42 PM
I'm with Annie on this one.

Yeah, we will NOT be tricked or fooled, I tell you.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 02, 2021, 01:14:40 PM
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EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.  A close look at some pond water showing green sprouts of plant growth.  Also, I believe those bubbles are tiny eggs of some type.  Possibly newts.
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Post by: anniem on February 02, 2021, 02:42:42 PM
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EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.  A close look at some pond water showing green sprouts of plant growth.  Also, I believe those bubbles are tiny eggs of some type.  Possibly newts.

Newts! New newts.  :)
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 03, 2021, 02:03:46 PM
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EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.
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Post by: Ciardelo on February 03, 2021, 02:05:49 PM
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EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.

This post rocks!

(that joke never gets old)

 ;D
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Post by: anniem on February 03, 2021, 02:47:58 PM
This post rocks!

(that joke never gets old)

 ;D

 ;D ;D
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 04, 2021, 01:54:41 PM
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EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.
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Post by: anniem on February 04, 2021, 04:40:23 PM
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EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.

Like!
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Post by: GravitySucks on February 05, 2021, 04:39:13 PM
I think this picture looks pretty cool or pretty creepy depending on your perception.

I burned my brushpile of cedar slash.

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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 05, 2021, 05:47:34 PM
I think this picture looks pretty cool or pretty creepy depending on your perception.

I burned my brushpile of cedar slash.

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Grand!
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Post by: anniem on February 05, 2021, 07:13:36 PM
I think this picture looks pretty cool or pretty creepy depending on your perception.

I burned my brushpile of cedar slash.

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Like!
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Post by: juan on February 06, 2021, 05:02:22 AM
Global warming, carbon, particulate, racist for good measure.
Well done.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 06, 2021, 02:57:44 PM
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 EllGab Garden Walk picture of the day.
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Post by: PolkaDot on February 06, 2021, 04:53:53 PM
My lemons 🍋 are almost ready!!! This is the plant @Rikki Gins inspired me to purchase as a house/deck plant this spring.  :)
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Post by: anniem on February 06, 2021, 06:10:49 PM
My lemons 🍋 are almost ready!!! This is the plant @Rikki Gins inspired me to purchase as a house/deck plant this spring.  :)

First crop?
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 06, 2021, 10:17:02 PM
My lemons 🍋 are almost ready!!! This is the plant @Rikki Gins inspired me to purchase as a house/deck plant this spring.  :)

Wow, Dot!  I was wondering how the tree was coming along.  Those lemons looks so nice and juicy.
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Post by: ShayP on February 07, 2021, 08:33:17 AM
My lemons 🍋 are almost ready!!! This is the plant @Rikki Gins inspired me to purchase as a house/deck plant this spring.  :)
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@Rikki Gins does have a natural ability to inspire.  I'm starting to get sick of it. 

I kid!  I kid!   ;)

Plus @PolkaDot  I never saw a lemon tree grow sideways before.   ??? ;D
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Post by: PolkaDot on February 07, 2021, 08:44:35 AM
@Rikki Gins does have a natural ability to inspire.  I'm starting to get sick of it. 

I kid!  I kid!   ;)

Plus @PolkaDot  I never saw a lemon tree grow sideways before.   ??? ;D
Feats of nature!  ;D
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Post by: PolkaDot on February 07, 2021, 08:45:58 AM
Wow, Dot!  I was wondering how the tree was coming along.  Those lemons looks so nice and juicy.

A took a couple off before they got too big - I was worried a little tree couldn’t support much more! I can’t wait to try them. :)
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Post by: PolkaDot on February 07, 2021, 08:46:42 AM
First crop?
It is!!
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Post by: Rikki Gins on February 07, 2021, 01:50:59 PM
@Rikki Gins does have a natural ability to inspire.  I'm starting to get sick of it. 

Lol!  You are a tough nut to crack, @ShayP!  Though I do remember the time when I almost got you to purchase a bag of ladybugs.
https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg189260#msg189260
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