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Re: African Violets



KathyS wrote:
Linda,

This is just a thought - Maybe this teacher's plants wanted to let you know they could survive, no matter how harsh the treatment - and showing the softer side of herself, she couldn't allow herself to show you in the classroom.

Kathy S.





You could be right! It takes all kinds to make this world, doesn't it?
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Re: Books!

Okay, now that there are a few more people here -- although only a few are talking -- I thought it might be a good time to bring up the topic of BOOKS again. There are so many great gardening books out there. Some are just fun to read, others have gorgeous pictures, and still others are really packed with useful information.

Have you come across any new gardening books that you'd like to recommend? What are your favorites, or the ones you find yourself looking things up in? Let's talk gardening books for a bit!
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Re: Books!

Well....other than my Sunset Western Garden book...my bible for the garden, I have their book on How to Grow Herbs, which I manage to kill half the time. I need to get it out and read it AGAIN! I have a book called A Weekend Project Book...Garden Projects You Can Build. I'm, as you've noticed, big on building things...or at least I used to be. I've retired my post hole digger!

I also have Sunset's Western Lanscaping. This book has been really helpful to me when I'm trying to decide on what to do with all of these small and large areas I have around my house. It gives you a blow by blow description of the materials to use, and how to plot your areas out and all of the plants to use for your particular needs. I highly recommend this one to either the novice, or the advanced gardener. Other than the Western Garden Book, which is newly published periodically, I have no idea if these other books are still in publication.

I recently received a promotional magazine in the mail, called, Backyard Living. Just thumbing through it, it looks like it's full of ideas, right up my alley! "101 homegrown ideas and tips"! It's just a small magazine, published 6 times a year, but what I like about it is, besides all the ideas, it isn't full of advertisments, which is what I hate in most magazines these days. Long story short, I decided to subscribe to it.
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Re: Books!

For professional use, my "Bible" would have to be Michael Dirr's books, but I also like Barbara Damrosch's Garden Primer for gardening friends who just want advice.
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A Garden In The Rain

I just remembered a song...I have sheet music coming out my ears! I'm sure no one has heard it before, it goes back to 1928! No, I'm not that old! Words by James Dyrenforth, music by Carroll Gibbons: "A Garden In The Rain"

I recall a summer's day,
when you and I had strolled away
And suddenly a storm drew nigh

Seeking shelter from the rain,
we hurried down a little lane.
And found a lovely spot near by---

['Twas just A Garden In the Rain,
Close to a little leafy lane,
A touch of color 'neath skies of grey--

The rain drops kissed the flower beds,
The blossoms raised their thristy heads.
A perfumed "thank you" they seemed to say.

Surely here was charm beyond compare to view!
Maybe it was just that I was there with you.
'Twas just A Garden In The Rain,

but then the sun came out again---
And sent us happily on our way.]

I recall our sudden gasp
Of pure delight and then the clasp
Of hands that said "Do you see, too?"

With a clasp a story starts,
For then it first dawned in our hearts--
That you loved me and I loved you.
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Re: A Garden In The Rain

I don't remember this song -- my mom collects old sheet music, I'll ask her if she is familiar with it.
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Re: A Garden In The Rain

Kathy - now that we are in May, I was just thinking I should have posted the lyrics to "April Showers," one of my old favorites. My mom used to sing it to us when we were kids. I'd have to really think about it to remember all the words, but I liked the part that went "Because it isn't raining rain you know, it's raining violets. . ." One of those sweet, old fashioned songs like the one you posted.
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Re: A Garden In The Rain



becke_davis wrote:
Kathy - now that we are in May, I was just thinking I should have posted the lyrics to "April Showers," one of my old favorites. My mom used to sing it to us when we were kids. I'd have to really think about it to remember all the words, but I liked the part that went "Because it isn't raining rain you know, it's raining violets. . ." One of those sweet, old fashioned songs like the one you posted.




That old Al Jolson song is one of my favorites too! You didn't take the hint, when I posted...'April in Calif, Looking for that bluebird' :-)
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The blog is back!

For those of you who had been reading my blog, I apologize for the long period where the blog was "dormant." I've started to update it again. I have a lot more to add, but it's a start! Go to my profile for the blog address, if you are interested.
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Re: The blog is back!

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Thanks Becke, for the update, I haven't been around recently. I'll check it out! http://the-garden-muse.blogspot.com/

Kathy S. - Happy 4th!

becke_davis wrote:
For those of you who had been reading my blog, I apologize for the long period where the blog was "dormant." I've started to update it again. I have a lot more to add, but it's a start! Go to my profile for the blog address, if you are interested.



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Re: Fiction books about gardening

I'm posting a response so this thread will be highlighted again.  If the rest of you have other books to add to this list, I'd love to hear about them.
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Re: Seriously? From Grandma's Gardens

I am really very green at the gardening thing, although I do like nature.  I need all the HELP I can get. Due to a family circumstance, I had to purchase a house.  It wasn't what I wanted per say but it is a roof over my head.  It has a large back yard (wish I was computer savvy to send pics et al) and I have a 144 sq ft box in a sloping to the center part of the yard.  Ideally I want flowers to have cut, fresh flowers & vegetables & a fruit or two.  Because it is in a small, old housing edition, with this "grass" that sends out "runners" (?) it is not like the soft friendly grass of Massaschusetts or NY.  I am go green I didn't even know I had to did the grass up then start w/the dirt. 

 

Anyway, I got a small tiller, 3 weeks later got it to turn on (I am doing this all by myself) and discovered because my hand is so small, I can't work the "throttle" & "ignite button!  I am going into all this detail because you all seem so knowledgeable, what help can you give a newbie?  Like in my sq. where do I plant all the different vegetable seeds I have?  Do the rows of plants go North & South or East to West?  The veggie garden square is in the "back yard" so it gets sun after 8am but with OK we have HOT weather  (which can change in 15 minutes) but its hot here a lot.

 

Also, since I have missed my growing cycle (I tried seeds twice & they demised both times for different reasons although I did get a 1/2 tomatoe on a potted tomato plant) right now I am just thinking of tilling the dirt in the square to try to get rid of the grass, putting all my leaves, grass clippings & food scraps in there and covering it w/that white plastic to help it heat up.  From reading and talking that is what I am getting that I can do now.  In the mean time, I have 95 pks of seeds & 50 flower pk seeds.  I guess I would like to know where and when to I place them in the garden.  Any ideas?  In my browsing I have not come across any good books that tell me location in the garden.   If anyone is interested, I will tell you all the seeds I have and would like to have someone help me w/location & maybe time.

 

Since I just figured out how to get to this website, I like what I have seen & it will probably take awhile for me to figure out how to use it all.  But keep writing and I will keep reading.

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Antitra wrote:

I am really very green at the gardening thing, although I do like nature.  I need all the HELP I can get. Due to a family circumstance, I had to purchase a house.  It wasn't what I wanted per say but it is a roof over my head.  It has a large back yard (wish I was computer savvy to send pics et al) and I have a 144 sq ft box in a sloping to the center part of the yard.  Ideally I want flowers to have cut, fresh flowers & vegetables & a fruit or two.  Because it is in a small, old housing edition, with this "grass" that sends out "runners" (?) it is not like the soft friendly grass of Massaschusetts or NY.  I am go green I didn't even know I had to did the grass up then start w/the dirt. 

 

Anyway, I got a small tiller, 3 weeks later got it to turn on (I am doing this all by myself) and discovered because my hand is so small, I can't work the "throttle" & "ignite button!  I am going into all this detail because you all seem so knowledgeable, what help can you give a newbie?  Like in my sq. where do I plant all the different vegetable seeds I have?  Do the rows of plants go North & South or East to West?  The veggie garden square is in the "back yard" so it gets sun after 8am but with OK we have HOT weather  (which can change in 15 minutes) but its hot here a lot.

 

Also, since I have missed my growing cycle (I tried seeds twice & they demised both times for different reasons although I did get a 1/2 tomatoe on a potted tomato plant) right now I am just thinking of tilling the dirt in the square to try to get rid of the grass, putting all my leaves, grass clippings & food scraps in there and covering it w/that white plastic to help it heat up.  From reading and talking that is what I am getting that I can do now.  In the mean time, I have 95 pks of seeds & 50 flower pk seeds.  I guess I would like to know where and when to I place them in the garden.  Any ideas?  In my browsing I have not come across any good books that tell me location in the garden.   If anyone is interested, I will tell you all the seeds I have and would like to have someone help me w/location & maybe time.

 

Since I just figured out how to get to this website, I like what I have seen & it will probably take awhile for me to figure out how to use it all.  But keep writing and I will keep reading.


Yikes!  You've taken on a big job!  First of all, where are you?  Not NY or MA, I take it?  The part of the country you're in will make a big difference here.  Assuming you are somewhere that has all four seasons, you probably don't want to plant seeds this late in the season.  Bulbs, yes, but only in areas where you don't plan to dig or till.  
 Since you have had some trouble with the tiller, you may want to consider "no till" gardening, or "lasagna" gardening.  There are books on both subjects that explain how to do this in more detail than I can go into here.
 
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Lasagna-Gardening/Patricia-Lanza/e/9780875969626/?itm=1&bnit=H&bnre...
 
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Lasagna-Gardening-for-Small-Spaces/Patricia-Lanza/e/9780875968865/?...
 
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Lasagna-Gardening-with-Herbs/Patricia-Lanza/e/9780875968971/?itm=3&...
 
These books may also be useful for you:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Veggie-Gardeners-Answer-Book/Barbara-W-Ellis/e/9781603420242/?i... 
 
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Square-Foot-Gardening/Mel-Bartholomew/e/9781579548568/?itm=2&bnit=H... 
 
Let me know what part of the country you're in and I'll help as much as I can.  You do have one local resource you should take advantage of, though -- your county extension service.  All the state universities offer horticultural and agricultural extension experts who have up-to-date information on the type of soil in your region as well as the weather conditions that will affect the plants you can grow.  They can test your soil, advise you on planting, pests, and just about anything else you can think of.  There is a small fee for soil tests but you can call and ask for help and advice for free.  
 I'll look forward to hearing back from you.  This will be quite an adventure for you! 

 

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Re: The geography of gardening.

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Antitra wrote: 

Do the rows of plants go North & South or East to West?  The veggie garden square is in the "back yard" so it gets sun after 8am 

 

 

In the UK it is considered that a garden facing west has the best aspect but I think this advice might change from country to country, depending upon the amount of sun you get.

 

In Feng Shui gardening the entrace, or gate, should face south. Here is a nice little video about Feng Shui gardening (skip the advert).

 

Gardening by the phases of the moon is also recommended by some and this website gives some tips.

 

 
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Great to hear from you, Choisya!  We used to have our very own Feng Shui specialist on board with us, Zenpony.  She was sick for awhile but we're still in touch -- now she's busy with two darling grandkids.

 

She actually taught a Feng Shui class for BN.com -- if any of you have Feng Shui questions, I'll see if she can come back and do a Q&A or advise you about Feng Shui issues.

 

Thanks for the idea, Choisya! 

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Thanks Becke, that sounds interesting.

 

My garden is in repose for the winter and I am relying upon winter violas and pansies to give me colour, together with a number of evergreen yellow-leaved shrubs.  My favourite is, of course, Choisya Sundance:smileyhappy:.  I also have Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia and  Escallonia Gold Brian, all of which shine like gold doubloons when the sun is upon them.  The bamboo Arundinaria murieliae, which has yellow stems, is also a good winter subject but as it is invasive I recommend planting it in (pierced) pond liner fabric, which creates the boglike conditions it likes and stops it from spreading.

 


becke_davis wrote:

Great to hear from you, Choisya!  We used to have our very own Feng Shui specialist on board with us, Zenpony.  She was sick for awhile but we're still in touch -- now she's busy with two darling grandkids.

 

She actually taught a Feng Shui class for BN.com -- if any of you have Feng Shui questions, I'll see if she can come back and do a Q&A or advise you about Feng Shui issues.

 

Thanks for the idea, Choisya! 


 

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Re: The geography of gardening.

You're in England, aren't you?  I think you can grow things that, in the U.S., would grow in the Pacific Northwest and possibly other regions.  Here in the Midwest, we're limited on the plants that will survive our sometimes frigid winters.

 

In the Midwest, winter interest in the landscape comes down to hardscapes (everything from paths, walls and patios to pergolas, arbors, gazebos, decks and more), trees and shrubs with ornamental bark (coralbark maple, 'Heritage' river birch, oakleaf hydrangea), woody plants with architectural interest ('Winter King' hawthorn, Pagoda dogwood, the hardier Japanese maples, some ornamental grasses), colorful and/or persistent fruits (certain crabapples, winterberry, cotoneaster) and conifers (so many great ones -- look for color, form, unusual needles, attractive cones).

 

As you can see, we can still keep the garden/landscape looking great, but broadleaf evergreens and other winter-flowering plants can be very iffy here. 

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Hi Becke and gardening friends. I just stumbled upon this page and thought I would add a book I am reading now: "Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World" by Wendy Johnson. It's a beautiful read, part Spiritual, all organic, practical, a gift of experience from a master gardener. A wonderful manual for those with farms or just some pots on a patio.

 

Michael Dirr's books are on my husband's reference shelf for all his design installation projects and Becke's books are on my shelf for ideas and inspirations.

 

Logging off now to go pick parsley and herbs to add to a fresh, organic chicken soup I have started on the stove.

 

Love to all,

Nancy/ aka Zenpony from the old days 

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Nancy! So great to see you here! Those of you who recall the days of B&N's online university will probably remember Zenpony, who was a regular AND she taught a class on Feng Shui! If Nancy/Zenpony recommends a book, you can bet it will be good. 

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy - was this written by someone you know? If so, tell her to stop by! I hope you'll come back and visit with us, too, when you have time. Love to the grandkids!