Front Porch Garden Remodel Part 3

Today I started another segment of my Front Garden remodel. If you recall from my previous posts on this particular garden I wasn't pleased with the builder's special hollies and the crabapple I had there. The crabapple was free tree from Arbor Day that I planted in a completely wrong spot. I do that sometimes I get a plant going then just stick it in somewhere only to have to move it somewhere else later. My plant was to attempt to save the hollies and move them elsewhere in the yard. I also wanted to see if I could move the crabapple. Unfortunately the crabapple turned into an exercise in futility. I had so much trouble digging around the base of the tree due to the clay and gravel leftover from construction that I kept finding everywhere. I also kept running into daffodil bulbs that I didn't want to damage…

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Making More Salvias!

Even though the fall is upon us I'm still propagating my perennials. It's an addiction. One of my favorite genus of perennials is salvia. Trust me, you can never have too much salvia! The advantage I have this year is a usable frost free place to house them over the winter - (insert trumpet sound here) THE GARDEN SHED! That is once I get a plant shelf built. Yet another thing on my fall to do chore list. Today I was able to pot up 11 new 'Caradonna' salvias and 5 new 'Blue Bedder' salvias. Both have been great performers in my garden. I have this crazy notion in my head of a slope garden covered in a swath of blue and purple colored salvias, combined with a backdrop of Russian sage and purple irises. I'll talk more about that later but aside from mulching the slope area prior to…

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The September Arbor

Arbor and Moonflower One thing I really like about garden structures: no matter how much rain, how hot, or how dry they always look good! Fortunately our arbor also has the added benefit of a nice annual vine plant (moonflower) wrapping around it. Here is the arbor from the side yard looking toward the front yard. The homemade stepping stones are cured, solid, and very walkable now. Please ignore the cinder block on the left - it's leftover from installing a rain barrel I recently purchased. I've been meaning to tell you about it but haven't yet but I'm very pleased with its performance so far (It's this one from Fiskars)! The plantings on the left are coleus, iris, a Japanese maple (which is just outside of the picture) and a crape myrtle. A few hostas are also mixed into the garden. On the right is the self-sowing garden which…

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Over the Weekend

This weekend was a busy one and not even really in the garden. The garden chores that need attention are significant but sometimes I actually have to get out of the garden to do other things! Hard to believe but it's true! This weekend had me shopping for materials on Friday night until 9:00 at the local home improvement store followed by a closet organization remodel (with custom built shelves) in my daughters' room on Saturday. I do have to admit that the garden was not completely neglected, I did manage to buy two Camellia x 'Winter Snowman' plants while shopping for supplies! 'Winter Snowman' is a camellia that is a hybrid of Camellia sasanqua and Camellia oleifera. It's a cold tolerant camellia that is supposed to be hardy in zone 6 and flowers in November or December. After a hard day of measuring, cutting, sanding, painting, screwing, and sweating…

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The First Colors of Fall – The Fall Color Project 2010

Maybe it hasn't quite reached you yet. Maybe the temperatures are still hanging in the 90's like they are here in Tennessee and the only leaf drop is due to dryness, but let me assure you fall is here! I have evidence, and it exists within the blogs below. Journey with me to see the first colors of fall as the Fall Color Project begins for 2010. While we watch the colors gradually transform across the countryside into a painters portrait Mr. McGregor's Daughter had the first entry into the Fall Color Project for 2010! Originally posted last Friday her post highlights some of the early changes happening in her garden! Do you like Oak Leaf Hydrangeas? How about dogwoods? You've come to the right place! At an Obsessive Neurotic Gardener's blog you will find more of fall's beginning color transformation. Goldenrod, itea, and 'Prairie Fire' crabapple are some of…

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Why They Call It Beautyberry!

If you every wondered exactly why the beautyberry is called a beautyberry I'll give you two words: "Beauty" and "berry!" These beautiful purple clusters of purple berries are well worth the wait each year for the autumn display. I've added several new beautyberries from cuttings to my garden this year and can't wait until their display matches the first one I planted. If you haven't planted this one - you're missing out!

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Wildflowers Blooming in September

Welcome to my bone dry September garden for Wildflower Wednesday! We have an assortment of fall blooming flower pictures to share. You really don't need a reason other than their beauty to plant wildflowers but the fact that so many of them require little to no care during our current weather conditions is a great bonus. To have something that looks good in drought is absolutely necessary here in TN! In the front garden: Gaillardia. This gaillardia is a self sown offspring of my 'Oranges and Lemons' gaillardia. The flowers appear red and yellow and continue blooming even without dead heading although definitely at a reduced rate. The Self Sowing Garden: White Snakeroot - a true wildflower that happens to thrive all around us. It's billowy white flowers blend nicely with others. I'll be pulling these plants soon after the blooms have faded to prevent them form taking over the…

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More Free Plants!

Free Plants! The best possible price you can find right? Last week I was struck by a post at everyone's favorite ranting website. The post discussed the "lies" of gardening and one of those supposed lies was that you don't have to spend money to get plants. The author implied that to get good plants you have to spend good money. To me...well...that's just ridiculous. The author cited several ways to get free plants and how they just weren't quality plants of any account. She completely left out propagating plants. You can get almost any plant to root in some way shape or form. How do you think they amass so many kinds of plants of the same variety in the stores? All those fancy echinaceas won't come true from seed so they do root cuttings. Those beautiful shrubs you see are propagated through stem cuttings. Sure they take time…

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A Garden Filter Review

Have you ever wondered if the chlorine in your garden water harms the beneficial microbes in your garden soil? Chlorine, as you probably know, is a chemical  that is added to our water to kill off the harmful bacterias that might be present in our water supply. Unfortunately chlorine will kill the good things too. Recently I was sent a product to try out from AllFilters.com a company that specializes in all kinds of filters for various household needs. What they sent me was a garden de-chlorinating filter that attaches to my garden hose. According to the Rainshow'r Gard'n Gro overview from their webpage it: Enhances plant growth Protects beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings Promotes healthy plant nutrition Returns soil to its natural balance I can't think of any one of those things that sounds bad to me! This weekend I hooked it up to my irrigation system…

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Garden Blogger Posts of the Week Vol.5

What posts stood out to me this week? Read on! I was struck by the beautiful setting in Rob's post at Our French Garden in the Beautiful Dordogne. The rest of the post is great too but you know what they say about first impressions! This week was Carol's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day which is always worth a look at all the wonderful blooms each month that people submit through their own postings. Also you really should take a look at Hayefield's post which is written by Nancy Ondra and great garden author. She always has something fantastic took look at! If you liked the caryopteris I showed you earlier in the week pay attention to her Summer Sunshine caryopteris! And for the first entry to the Fall Color Project go visit Mr. McGregor's Daughter. The colors are just beginning! Her post will have the top spot in next Friday's…

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