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My garden's slowly coming along, and the vegetable patch has been bordered out into a raised bed with some soil in it (the gardeners are using the soil from the garden as they've said it's very fertile, so I suspect our only issue with it was the stones. This does mean there's a load of grass in it, but also the possibility of weeds; I'm going to be keeping an eye on how many weeds grow and if there are too many get some weed control matting). I also got a gardening catalogue through and from the advice of other people I've started to look in to companion/cooperative growing methods.

Companion Growing Question )

Overwintering Crops and Seed Sharing )

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] gardening
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Things I know
- it's early spring.
- the flowers start out midblue and fade over time to almost white
- it's probably a bulb or similar, since all my jonquils, snowdrops, daffodils and irises are coming out now too.





Speaking of irises, anyone able to pin down what one in particular I have? It is from a root that looks rather like ginger, not a bulb. The leaves are very flat, point straight up, and are shaped rather like knifeblades.



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Got a new camera recently and it's a bit of a drizzly day so...



A few more behind the cut.

Read more... )
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Further to my previous post, I have another batch of plants that I hope someone will be able to help me identify.

Description follows.
[IMAGE: A plant (no flowers) in a pot with long green leaves. Some of the leaves towards the top are a pale reddish colour, while others are yellowed and dead at the ends. There is moss growing on the stones that have been used to cover the soil in the pot.]

Bonus questions! Should I worry about the reddish leaves? Should I take the yellowing ones off? Are the reddish ones in fact on their way to becoming yellow ones? Should I get rid of the moss, or will the plant happily coexist with it?

More under the cut. )

Does anyone recognise any of these? As previously mentioned, I live in London, UK, if that helps. I would really appreciate any advice!

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[personal profile] kake

I bought a house, and it came with a (well-maintained) garden attached. I don't know what any of the plants are, so I took some photos and am hoping people can help me identify them. (They're all ornamental. I have never grown anything non-edible before, except a geranium which has yet to produce more than one flower.)

Description follows.
[IMAGE: Plant in glazed green ceramic pot with long non-serrated leaves and flowers mostly withered. There's one flower left, white and fuchsia, hiding just under the rim of the pot.]
Five more under the cut. )

Does anyone recognise any of these? I live in London, UK, if that helps.

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Hello all!
 Can someone suggest a solution for the pollination of my citrus blossoms? We're suffering from a dearth of bees (that's hardly news) AND the few I've seen ignore the citrus blossoms: so far, I've seen averages of 2/3 -bees on the thyme, 1-2 apparently in love with the roses (which are decorative, colourful and....nearly odourless) and the odd bumblebee on the melons. Blackberry and apple flowers are being (as far as I see) ignored.

Suggestion, please? é_è
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Hello all! Seeing other people's photos has made me even more impatient for my seeds to sprout and my seedlings to get big enough for transplant. The recent warm weather isn't helping either...

So, I'm in the California Bay Area; USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9a/9b, Sunset Zone 15. The weather this year was really weird - dry over the winter and then several huge rainstorms just when I'd usually start planting (it was so wet my peas - sugar snap and snow - rotted in the ground. That has never happened to me before.) As a result, I feel like I'm behind in getting my garden started.

I mostly grow vegetables at the moment, and I have a rather cottage-garden sensibility when comes to landscaping and flowers. I love roses, but since I'm renting at the moment, I can't really indulge myself there.

Photos thisaway. )
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Does anybody know anything about growing roses from bare starters? Costco is selling rose starters, which look like plain wood roots with nothing green, no blossoms, nothing, but apparently if you plant them, they take root and they grow. They're not high priced and are probably nothing special but the price is such that it's worth the risk to give it a try.

Has anyone ever done this or have basic info about what sorts of soil conditions, temperature concerns, feeding/fertilizing issues and whatnot I'd need to know before jumping into planting one of these starters and calling myself a rose grower?
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When we built this house, of course it was all completely bare. I live in juniper-pinon high desert, so every plant struggles for its survival here, between the drought and the wind and the crazy temperature extremes. So that first year, I ordered a whole bunch of bulbs, a collection, because I just wanted something in the ground. But the company totally flaked out on me and not only didn't send me my plants (they were waiting until all were available, and then were sold out...buh?) but failed to tell me they weren't sending me plants until it was almost too late to plant. Thankfully my friend [personal profile] flea came to the rescue and pointed me at Van Engelen who not only were a reputable bulb dealer but had great volume year end sales. I planted about two hundred muscari (four varieties), daffodils, tulips, and irises.

The muscari were lovely briefly the next spring and then were promptly eaten by the vast numbers of rabbits we have here. The tulips survived. Neither the daffodils nor the irises came up at all.

I was a little disappointed, but planted a new set of bulbs this past fall, crocuses, more muscari, more tulips. Again, rabbits ate everything but the tulips.

But then! This year, the daffodils from two years ago came out in full force. They were gorgeous and full and vibrant and nothing ate them! And just this past week, right after I was bemoaning to a friend that they'd never come up, my irises have also made an appearance! They are so lovely and colorful and also appear to be rabbit immune. So I guess it was just because I got them in the ground so late that first year. I am so thrilled to see them. And I will definitely be investing in more of those varieties for the future, since they seem to do fine with the local wildlife.

I also have onions and garlic doing great. I need to plant more garlic for next year; we really went through it this past year and it was so tasty.
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Hi, hi! It makes me happy to see this comm revving back up.

I live in the high desert in Arizona, about 6000 feet in elevation, so our climate is seriously whack. We generally get about 11" of precip a year, but this year has already been high, so perhaps we're breaking our drought? And because of our elevation, we get true winters (which this year has meant lots of snow) and our growing season is atrociously short. I'm not actually supposed to plant out until June.

So! Being a resourceful sort, we built our house to accommodate and I have a flourishing winter garden in our south-facing sunroom. Given the chance to do it again, I would expand this room significantly, add a tap and a drain, and reduce the overhangs to be more all-season for plants. As is, it's all seasons for humans (and thus cool and shady in the summer, warm and sunny in the winter) but only fall-spring-winter for the plants.

Garden pic and explanatory text. )

We cleared the backyard recently (well, had a friend knock down the construction piles of dirt with his bobcat) and planted grass seed, but I really don't need a lawn, just some sort of groundcover to prevent erosion in our hardcore winds. Something the dog can run over and that I can pull tumbleweeds out of.

Bulbs are coming up in our east side flowerbed, but the rabbits are the only ones happy about this, evidently, as it's really a bit too early for them. And we have an outdoor raised bed, but have not made plans yet for it. I also need to cut down last year's Russian sage growth so this year's can spring forth. I hope to do a butterfly garden on the southwest side, but am not sure if I can manage it or not.

Anyway, yay! Hello, gardeners!

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