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barddas 
Posted: 17-Jun-2004, 01:30 PM
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That sounds like a good idea. I know many gardening catalogs sell helpful insects for the garden.

This is my second summer in my house. The soil is really nice. But, I think it will take a few more years to get my garden mapped out the way I want it.

I guess I need to build a Scarecrow to deter the squirrels. There is only 1/3 left of what I planted. furious.gif I don't plant a lot, just enough for m'wife and I, and some for friends and family. I'm probably one of the few people that can get it to grow in the city..LOL!

This is my first attempt at pumpkins. M'wife really wanted a few. They are the medium white ones.So far so good! They are about 13" tall right now.




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Posted: 17-Jun-2004, 01:34 PM
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Squirrels are the one thing that never get near my garden since my 4 dogs prowl the yard and kill almost anything that gets in it if it isn't fast enough to escape. I did find something that you might be interested in though Barddas McGregor Fence - Repelling squirrels

Hope that helps!!


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Finished planting my cut-garden yesterday. Now its time to get back to my 3-year project of replacing the garden in the front of my house. Got get to work, placed an order to add to my Iris collection, maybe I will get it done this year if the weather is good to me.

Also an trying my hand hybridizing DayLilies this year. Have 30+ young plants grown from seed over this past winter, now I have to wait 3-years to see what turns up. Currently have over 60 varieties DayLilies spread-out the yard.

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Posted: 17-Jun-2004, 07:11 PM
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Jason..
My pry bar is at the ready !
I'd be happy to lend a hand with your pond..


cscunningham a few years ago GARDEN Magizine..
did an article on hand hybreeding day liliies..
It was very interesting.. and had some very good ideas..

I seem to get a lot of help from the Heinden Bees ..
suddenly .. there are a few varietys I can not seem to find to name smile.gif
And some very pretty ones at that..
I started with the Fab Fifty in yellow from White Flower Farms..
and just kept adding to the one bed..
its amazing whats creeping up ( besides ground ivy)
in that bed.. I tried to keep long bloomers in there,
Stella D Oros.. Chicago, Many Happy Returns..
My neighbor has a bed of Roadside.. not my favorite,
but some happy bee or bird, landed on one of my higher yellow days..
and it now has a orange ruffle .. pretty interesting..
never know what I am going to get next smile.gif

Please let all of us know what sort of blooms you come up with !
I'd love to see those !

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Posted: 18-Jun-2004, 09:23 AM
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I forgot to ask.... With the butterfly bush... Should it be pruned at the end of the season...Or just let it grow???????
And When deadheading, since the flowers grow in a cluster of 3.... Should each individual flower shoot be cut back, or the grouping of 3????


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Posted: 18-Jun-2004, 09:53 AM
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RE: Butterfly Bush - I let mine dieback at the end of the season and than cut the dead stock away. I do not dead-head mine, but it one of the few flowering bushes I do not dead-head.
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Posted: 18-Jun-2004, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for the very helpfulinfo everyone!!! beer_mug.gif beer_mug.gif
Here are a few pints in appreciation, and being friday!!!!

Hee is some more info I found atButterfly bushes FAQ's


When and how should I prune my butterfly bush ?

We suggest cutting butterfly bushes back to about 4 feet high for the winter (so that heavy winter snow won't crush the bush to the ground). And don't cut the butterfly bushes back too early; November is our recommendation.
Depending upon the severity of winter, your butterfly bush may appear dead in spring. Don't despair. Even when a butterfly bush doesn't develop leaf buds on the previous year's branches, it will usually sprout new growth from the root system. Be patient though. It might be late May before your butterfly bush shows signs of new growth.
In early June, cut off any branches which died over the winter. This is also a good time to trim the butterfly bush to the shape you'd like it to be.
During its blooming period, usually mid July through September, you might deadhead (remove spend flowers) every two weeks or so. This assures that the bush will put its energy into producing more flowers rather than seed.
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My Asiatic lilies are blooming and they are so pretty. Also, my butterly bushes are starting to bloom, calla lilies, daylilies and echinecia. I have roses that are blooming and smell so good! Do any of you folks have Bells of Ireland? I planted some a few weeks back, I'm hoping they do good.
What's blooming at your house? biggrin.gif

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My wife bought some bells of Ireland seeds several weeks ago. It recommends putting them in the fridge before planting. That is where they have been 'planted' since then. LOL!
we have yellow daylillies in bloom. Various other lillies as well. Orange, deep red, and yellow ones that the blooms or larger than my hand opened spread! Purple coneflowers, foxglove, various roses, pansies.
I think that is everything that is currently blooming. Many more on the way... smile.gif
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Posted: 25-Jun-2004, 06:10 PM
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Sounds lovely, Jason. I think it's wonderful you have a green thumb thumbs_up.gif Nice place for those bell of Ireland seed! biggrin.gif

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Posted: 29-Jun-2004, 08:22 AM
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I love belles of Ireland, but have never tried them..
Please Maggie , let me know how they do..

Jason and I have about the same things in bloom...
My FoxGlove is just about spent...
the clematis is too ..
Stella d Orros are happy and blooming
Dames Rocket is in bloom...
a hysteria of Yellow Loose Strife...
the coriopsis is just getting started,,
Spider Wort is just busting out ..
about three differnt sages are going strong,,
the cone flowers just a few are open..
Roses are happy ...
few differnt kinds of Daisys..
The Moomflowers and Morning Glory,, are climbing around the back porch ..
In Waiting are the two kinds of blackeyed Susans..
the Lupine..
a few later Day Lillies..
Chicago and Baby Tears havent even sent up stems yet..
I have never seen hosta so big !
Mine are bigger than the central air unit !
I have ferns over there , that are doing wonderfully too !
and columbine.. that is still going..
Thats about it for here !!

I will get some pics up this week,,
Jason, if I can not get them posted,,
would you post some for me ??

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Thank ya Maggie!!!!
Paula, nice to see you!!!!! HUG

My clematis is about spent too.
My sunflowers are growing what seems like inches everyday. I am growing the Velvet Queen variety. The have large heads with maroon petals. I am getting ready to plant some more of the for late autumn. I figure they should grow quickly since that side of the house is showered in sunlight this time of year!
Maybe one day I will get to posting photos..LOL!

We just recieved a catalog for autumn bulbs!!!!! Looks like there are more going into the ground!!! tongue.gif



Maybe some of us should try a bit of seed trading????

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ALLWAYS a pleasure to see you as well Jason !
* warm hugs back *

Today my Asters bloomed , poor wee confussed things...
No rain this week end,, so its me and the bugs tonight !!

Then I look at the 100 feet of perfectly GOOD soaker hose ...
why o why did'nt I weave it thru when I could have ????

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My red correopsis bloomed this morning, along with a black/red rose we planted early this spring. VERT PRETTY!!!!
Jody has narrowed down her rose selections from David Austin. Thanks for sharing that, Cat! wink.gif

Ok, I have a question.
As you know we had our plauge of cicadeas this spring. In which we had to cover all young trees in a netting, or cheese cloth to prevent damage from the females laying eggs in the limbs of the small trees. After taking the netting off, I noticed what appears to be a grey powdery fungus, or mold, ( Sorrta like mildew) on some of the leaves. I bought a 'disease' spray for it but have yet to apply it. Do you think I should put it in a sprayer and run it through mixed with water??? Or just use the spray bottle and hit the affected areas?????

It's a white dogwood Btw....

M'apple tree made out better
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If it was me I would spray the whole tree. The fungus might spread on the entire tree.

I planted yellow coreospis last year and not one come up this year. sad.gif They are perrinials aren't they?

Your black/red rose sounds beautiful, Jason.
I had to spray my rose bushes for leaf spot. I'm hoping I sprayed them in time so it won't affect the whole bush. I always have a problem with those dreaded Japanese bettles. For some reason my white rose bush attracts them more than any of the others. They get in the middle of the flower and eat away. Makes the blooms so ugly, I pinch what's left of the flower off. Anyone have any suggestions how to get rid of them. Usually hubby or me handpicks them off and drops them in a bucket of water, they can't escape and eventually drown!

My Bee Balm is blooming, Butterfly bushes are beautiful and Jason, they do smellllll so good. Your nose wasn't lying to ya'. biggrin.gif I have a lily that is just now blooming. Asiatic lily has a few blooms left. My Echinecia 'purple cone flowers' are thriving. I started them last year and they have really multiplied. Gold Flame Honeysuckle is blooming for the second time this season. I planted it to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Red Weigela is blooming, Pink Weigela is spent,
Clematis still has a few blooms. Astibles blooming, Coral Bells have spiked.
Does any one grow Artemisia 'silver mound'? It is a beautiful ground cover with a silver gray color and feels so soft. I planted two last year and they are looking beautiful.
Happy gardening! biggrin.gif

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