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Love my Garden
« on: April 28, 2012, 06:06:33 PM »
Here's a special thread for those of us who love to work in our gardens.  We can talk about what we plant: our triumphs and tragedies!

My small backyard with its flagstone patio is completely fenced in.  And as long as I remember to close the high garden gate, the deer, which wander freely through my front yard, cannot enter the backyard.


Snowball Tree  Viburnum opulus

My snowball tree is blooming, and I just trimmed it back and have the cut branches in a tall vase in my dining room.  One branch had a spider nest, and about 100 spiders were emerging, so I left them in peace in my garden, where they can take care of some of the pests.

This beautiful Passion Flower fine hosts a number of caterpillars.  They turn into the most beautiful orange butterflies.  There are still plenty of flowers for me to enjoy.


Passion Flower Passiflora caerulea

I met my new backyard neighbor next door this morning.  On the roof of her garage she has several honeybee hives.   I'm very excited about them!  

I use only organic fertilizer and no pesticides in both my front and back gardens.
Jean, California

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 06:31:24 PM »
This is a good idea Faerie and beans.  :nod2

Faerie has a beautiful post why she proposed this topic.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=98.msg106697#msg106697
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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2012, 06:33:16 PM »
Here is the butterfly that loves my Passiflora:



If you don't want caterpillars, you can pick them off the plant.  But remember,  no caterpillars:  no butterflies.  These caterpillars are also beneficial to certain birds.  So I leave them alone and look forward to the beautiful butterflies joyfully floating around my garden. 
Jean, California

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012, 06:34:16 PM »
Do you have a picture of the caterpillars, Jean?
Some caterpillar or cut worm invades my rose leaves, but I don't know what the adult form would be.
beth
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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2012, 06:35:48 PM »
I don't...  they were almost the color of the butterfly.
Jean, California

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2012, 06:36:43 PM »
The color of the butterfly, or color of the leaves?
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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 06:42:25 PM »
The caterpillars were orange, not quite as brilliant as the butterflies they became.
Jean, California

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2012, 09:17:47 PM »
Interesting. Most I see blend into their background. We even have one that matches the boysenberries.
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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2012, 09:55:02 PM »
Thank you, Beans!  I love the name of this thread!                     Nice butterfly - so unusual!
Here's a little favorite flower of mine that I only recently found out I'd misidentified. It blooms early in the Spring in my garden here in the upper Midwest (zone 5). I thought it was a tiny Iris, but with the help of a Seattle friend I visited recently, I discovered it's really a crocus! Makes sense, given the time of blooming and the leaves. You can see another set of the leaves just behind it on the left - one that had not bloomed yet.  Some years when we have a warm spell in the Fall, these guys emerge but don't bloom, and then they don't bloom the following Spring.

                                     


Some of them are yellow and some are white, but this is my favorite color. It is not fragrant.
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2012, 10:13:41 PM »
For anyone who is contemplating what to plant in a shady spot, I found a nice perennial last year that was such a pleasant surprise. It's a Spiderwort called "Sweet Kate". Here it is (on the right) in my shade garden in a wooded area:

                                   

It puts on a nice show in a dark, shady spot all year because its foliage is chartreuse, but the best part, (the blue blossoms), is only there until early Summer (June here). Once the ferns and other wildflowers get growing they kind of cover it up. You can see here how it stands out among all those ferns:

                                   

I hope it will continue to spread out in the years to come. One more view:

                                   
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2012, 10:14:52 PM »
Wonderful new thread!  We'll have many things to see and enjoy here, with some welcome learning mixed in.   :thumbup:
Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world". ~John Muir

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2012, 10:20:54 PM »
One other shade solution is Sweet Woodruff. I think that every little girl who visits my garden has fallen in love with this plant, which I have planted all over the woods. Here it's planted under a stand of Basswooods, mixed in with some Vinca (which will soon have a purple flower) and a Porcelain Berry vine (can be too invasive for some gardeners), which shows up midsummer:

                         
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon

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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2012, 11:03:19 PM »
Some of us big girls would love to visit your garden, too, Faerie Gardener!   :heart
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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2012, 01:16:32 AM »
It does look lush and inviting. And you always find some treasure to photograph and share.  :eclove
beth
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Re: Love my Garden
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2012, 06:37:36 AM »
Please do come on over ~ (Bring a Hat and a trowel!)

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"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon