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Garden Brag

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Welcome to an almost daily feature during this growing season (whenever we have brags.) If you don't have your own garden, although pots count and they can go on stairs, tiny porches and window sills, please feel free to recount your adventures in others' gardens, grocery stores, food stands, or from the past.

I'll start.

This morning, early to preserve their freshness, I picked a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my garden for the dining room table. There were old fashioned pink sweet peas, white baby's breath, shining yellow buttercups, white yarrow and white Oxford daisies.
I could not pick the white foxglove with its subtle pink blush or the white peony with its splashes of red or any of the clusters of single white roses because they are not in full bloom yet.
In the small vegetable and herb section, the basil, still short, smells great.

What's in your garden?

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Submitted by lambert on

in front of the house have been very successful.

My snapdragons and hasta are doing great, and this year I planted lots of pansies, grouped together by colors (so there's a patch of blue, then a patch of yellow, and so on).

People have complimented me, but this area is also a bonus, because the area is totally infested with the roots of my evil Norway Maple, and I didn't expect there to be any nutrients in the soil at all.

On another note, my beans are now coming along, the squash have sprouted, and the tomatos are doing well. Nothing has mildewed!

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

Nice image--and that is the way to do it, making impact by standing together...

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Submitted by caseyOR on

Here in Portland we had about 36 hours of sunshine in May, at which time the garden went in. This short burst of sun and warmth was followed by weeks of unseasonably cold and rainy weather. The upshot? Well, the tomatoes appear to have survived, but the beans and cukes and other stuff planted by seed must be replanted. The seeds mostly rotted. Harvest will be a little late this year.

On the upside, Hood strawberries, the best strawberries in the world, are in. I don't grow them myself. They are grown in the Willamette Valley and just appeared at my local organic grocer yesterday. The season is only 2-3 weeks long, so I will be gorging myself. The taste is so sweet and so intensely strawberry that Hoods have spoiled me for any other strawberry.

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Submitted by bringiton on

So not going to go there, even though there is a lot to go to and I am sorely tempted.

Figure out your camera, eh? All these stories need photos, cry for photos, demand photos. Not that I'm giving assignments or anything.

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

it's a nice idea for those who can...I mean the pictures not the pansies but both are good.
Links welcome.


Submitted by hipparchia on

last april, i decided to plant petunias, only to find a family of feral kittens living in my pile of stored-away flowerpots. by may, the flowers were all out of their flats and into pots and windowboxes. by june, they were all fried. but that's ok, because in july, i got yet another batch of kittens!

this year, having spent all my discretionary income on cat food, with none left over for camera batteries, i borrowed a photo for the 'before' picture, and again the plants all made it to mid-june. that's ok, i still have more cats than you have flowers, though at least i didn't add to the collection this year.

so i dunno if it's true or not that babies are found in cabbage patches, but i now have first-hand knowledge of this: kittens come from flowerpots.

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

kitten stories and pictures...beautiful petunias too.

Have you tried using heat-loving plants or moving the plants into shade when it's hot, and using mulch? You might have plants longer--of course, there's always the fall.

Submitted by hipparchia on

none here, and i refuse to put up one of those outdoor shade thingies. it's just another thing to worry about during hurricane season. all sun, all the time.

heat-loving plants, tried them too. i'd do rock gardens with all those cute little cacti, but one cute little cactus plant costs as much two whole flats of petunias [the petunias have been my favorite so far].

i've got my seeds for this fall already [of course, that's the worst part of hurricane season :)]

i'm resigned to being the vicarious gardener. please do keep bragging on yours!

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

is still on the table--or in the ground, wherever they will grow.
Keep planting.
Overplant in fact--crowd out those weeds.