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valpal59 
Posted: 18-Nov-2003, 12:23 AM
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Annabelle, I am so glad your plant is doing better. I have been thinking about some cactus. What kinds are the easiest to keep ALIVE? I really need to check on my plants that I put in the shed. ( old garage apartment) I have been awful and neglected them lately.


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Posted: 18-Nov-2003, 01:09 AM
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Hi Valpal, now I'm not good with plants remember....but every
Christmas or Thanksgiving I buy one of those blooming Cactuses at Walmart type stores....I keep expecting them to die over the years but they seem to survive me...
This year I'm going to take some apart and see if they survive after they finish blooming...then put all of the 4 different colors in one ppot for next year. I think it will be prettier that way...well different is good...well to me it is, but what do I know...

Hope you are having a good week...let me hear from you..
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Posted: 23-Nov-2003, 03:26 AM
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Going to try to put some garden pics up here...

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Posted: 23-Nov-2003, 03:26 AM
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Ok that was one, lets try another...

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Posted: 23-Nov-2003, 03:31 AM
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Posted: 23-Nov-2003, 11:23 PM
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Arianrhod your yard is beautiful...you must spend alot of time working of those flower beds.

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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 02:43 AM
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Thank you Annabelle!
But , I do rely on a lot of perennials.. and LOTS and LOTS of mulch......
it really cuts the work down...

The yard looks so different fenced... I am going to post a pic of it the year before the fencing went up..


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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 12:38 PM
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QUOTE (Arianrhod @ Nov 23 2003, 04:26 AM)
Ok that was one, lets try another...

Very Nice Garden Arianhrod. thumbs_up.gif
That looks like a Starfire Sword... Am I correct in that assumtion????HHHHMmmmmmm???LOL!


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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 12:57 PM
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How do you decide what goes where? I'm not artistic with plants as I've mentioned...seems I kill everything I touch.
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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 01:01 PM
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I've got one cactus that is as large as a tire diameter...now can anyone how do I seperate it? How do you start baby cactuses? Help!

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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 01:04 PM
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Valpal, the table is full of blooms from all of these cactuses...I only water once every two weeks cause cactus don't like much water and during the summer I still only water every 2 week...at first when I started with them I over watered and they rotted at the bottoms...now all I can grow are peace lily's, african violets and these cactuses...everyone needs to mail me their mailing address and I'll send you one...I've got enoug to supply everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Christmas! Getting a head start!

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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 06:19 PM
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Jason ,
Are you teasing me ? it is a Starfire.. I have to get a pic of the double headed axe we got from them this summer..
I am glad you like my garden...

Annabelle..
I will tell you how I plan my flower beds.. First I go thru magazines.. and flower catalongs.. and circle everything I like...
Then I take these things into concideration.. my zone.. the amount of sun the bed gets a day.. the soil.. is it light and loamy ? heavy with clay ? and the maintaince the plant requires.. that thins the pack a bit ..
Then I cut out what will work in that location.. seperate it by height, then look at what blooms when , you you don't get too many dead spots..
From there you plant on paper, so to speak,, try the pictures you have cut out in different arrangments, till one is pleasing to your eye .. with the tall stuff in the back, and stepping down towards the front...
It is simple I know, but so am I ! and it works, you save time, money and some back breaking labor..

The thing I love best about gardening.. is the sharing of plants.. thats what makes perennials such a pleasure, they come back ( one hopes) and they multiply, so if they get too big for a spot, dig some out, and pass them on..
If something does not work out, take it out and try something else..
Everything has a right to be happy where its planted smile.gif
I get a lot of plants at the flea markets too, some dug right out of the sellers back yard, they are in my zone, and the plants are healty and happy here !
The price is right too.. and you learn from talking to the grower ..

Gah sorry I really blathered on here..
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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 10:18 PM
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Annabelle, The cactus sound beautiful. I'll have to check them out. Sounds like something I wouldn't kill. LOL Actually I am getting better. My house is starting to look like a jungle after bringing the plants in from outside. So far everthing is still alive. wink.gif I hope you are feeling better. Happy Thanksgiving
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Posted: 24-Nov-2003, 10:36 PM
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QUOTE (Arianrhod @ Nov 24 2003, 05:19 PM)


Annabelle..
I will tell you how I plan my flower beds.. First I go thru magazines.. and flower catalongs.. and circle everything I like...
Then I take these things into concideration.. my zone.. the amount of sun the bed gets a day.. the soil.. is it light and loamy ? heavy with clay ? and the maintaince the plant requires.. that thins the pack a bit ..
Then I cut out what will work in that location.. seperate it by height, then look at what blooms when , you you don't get too many dead spots..
From there you plant on paper, so to speak,, try the pictures you have cut out in different arrangments, till one is pleasing to your eye .. with the tall stuff in the back, and stepping down towards the front...
It is simple I know, but so am I ! and it works, you save time, money and some back breaking labor..

Arianrhod, Your backyard is wonderful. I am starting my first "planned" flower bed this spring. I've started researching plants. I loved your idea of "planting on paper". notworthy.gif I am going to go with mostly perennials. I don't have alot of time, so I need to make it as easy as possible. sad.gif I really enjoy gardening. It has been good for me. smile.gif Happy Thanksgiving
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Boy! Do I ever remember in the late winter on the old Wisconsin farm going through the seed catalogs (as many as I could get!) and planning that year's kitchen garden. Choosing the varieties, plotting the garden out on graph paper.....a great way to spend a harsh winter's day.

I had a neighbor whose wife would actually get out all her gardening tools: rakes, hoes, trowels, etc. and clean, sharpen and oil them.....at least a month in advance of the last hard freeze.

Nowdays it's container gardening for me......same principles, just less space....and less yield. Since I live in an agricultural part of California's central coast I am within a few miles of some nice fields of produce: the strawberries are to die for....but not as good as the 2 acres of them that I raised back there in Wisconsin.

I remember how it smelled when the berries would start to flower..the whole farm yard would be covered with yellow strawberryy pollen and the air was just thick with the strawberry smell....like living next to a Strawberry Jell-o factory.

I do miss that! It was worth those harsh winters!

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