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Old 02-10-2019, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Because We Love Plants ~ Part 3


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That deck full of mind blowing
gorgeous potted flowers Opivotal, and
is more than enough for me to absolutely
fall in luv with.
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You'll never guess what I did again.

Well.....I picked some more green clover
at Lowes this morning.

I couldn't resist....so we drove to a little
neutral ground away from the store where
we parked, hoped out and grabbed a few
clover roots to bring back home where I
spent the afternoon plugging them in fresh
garden soil and fertilizer.

Tomorrow we are due for rain, so they
should be happy at their new home and
not waiting for some stranger to mow
them all down at Lowes.


Did you know that clover helps your garden?
Here's a link below with some good info.

https://www.americanmeadows.com/gras...ve-soil-health
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Iíve wondered before why farmers sometimes plant fields of crimson clover. I see it roadside a good bit too. Mostly itís the white kind I see in yards around here.

Makes me think of bunnies for some reason.
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^ fields of red clover would likely be grown for seed.
Red clover is a valuable addition to high-quality pasture for livestock and for hay.
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Hello SR Flower Luvers.

Guess what we did today?

How about digging up some more
clover and......these wildflowers as seen
in the link I added here to show you.


https://warcapps.usgs.gov/PlantID/Species/Details/899


We brought a small hand shovel with us when looking
and found a place off the beaten path, pulled over, flashers
on and out the car my husband went to retrieve those
pretty red and yellow wildflowers to bring home with
us.

Now they have a sweet place in our yard to
bring us lots of pretty color and hopefully a
butterfly or new friends to give us joy to
admire. Doing a happy dance now....lol
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I had coreopsis growing in one of my gardens years ago - a very cheery and long-lasting display - keep up with the dead-heading.
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Hey Caramel. Thank you for the tip on how
to take care of my new wildflowers now planted in
my garden. When I spotted those sweet little flowers
yesterday out in the field, the red center really caught
my attention and said, "I have to have them."

I'm glad you experienced these little beauties in
your own garden and was able to share your experience
with them us. Now im sure I got a winners wildflower
pick to enjoy. Yay..!!!

I hope you have a pleasant day garden friend.
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Hi all.

A bit of a gloomy day here, but I have been hearing and watching the sleek cedar waxwings eat berries from my hollies. I managed to snap a (rather poor quality) pic to share. Also, the old fashion paperwhites are blooming away. So thatís cheerful. Anyone know if there is a more proper name for this flower? It is a bit different from the paperwhites often seen in the garden centers. I like the ones in my garden best....perhaps because they came from my grandparentís place.



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^ that looks like Paperwhite Narcissus 'Erlicheer', a nice fancy double one, Mark - I have some myself.
It's good to have plants with special associations with family, isn't it.
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Oh thank you Caramel! Good to know the proper name....now if I can just remember it.

And I couldnít agree more. The connection to special family members via plants, birdwatching etc.. is such a treasure indeed. The good stuff.
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Lovely Bird and Lovely Daffodils Mark.

I've got my bulbs and waiting for pay day so
I can get some garden soil to plant them in
between all the unpredictable weather over
here.

My husband is in the process of moving his
wood carving hobby to an outside shed under
the carport/garage. Sooo while he's enjoying
wood carving during the Summer, I will be playing
in the yard/gardens and pool.


Yesterday I picked up a Black Magic Elephant
Ear bulb, one that I have been looking for since
I spotted that color sometime last yr growing
outside a nursery. The huge dark purplish looking
leaves are quiet stunning from a distance and
am looking forward to having them grow in my
yard.


Because they are huge and they do grow tall, they
will look great under a tree in the corner of our
yard for added color.
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I had a peek at that black magic elephant ear and it looks great Sharon. I hope it performs well for you. Plant names like that can be amusing. When I was in Ireland this past June we had a good walk about in the gardens of Muckross House. It was lots of fun to see the plant varieties. Some familiar and others not at all. There was one called Dinosaur Food and we don’t have anything like it around here, that’s for sure. It must like cooler environments. Seems that it is like a giant cousin of rhubarb. Gunnera is the proper name and impressive it was. I found this pic online to give the scale of it.



Dinosaur food indeed.
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Boy Mark that is one huge leaf. lol It
is pretty interesting tho.

When is all this rain gonna leave?

We took a ride to Home Depot today
for some cinder blocks to make my one
tier bed for my new lily bulbs. While there
I saw tons of new plants filling the garden
center and it looks aaaaamazing…..

It's just a fantastic place to be amongst
al those new colorful plants and flowers.

Hoping all our SR gardeners are doing
well out there.
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Morning SR Gardeners. Hoping this post
finds you well.


Well, for the past 2 days, I unloaded cinder blocks
and bags of garden soil, soil on sale at Home Depot,
small cubic bags for $3.33 to the backyard. Poured
soil in second 2 layered cinder block garden to finish
filling it up before adding the remaining Amaryllis to
it.

We then formed the single layer cinder block
preparing it for soil and Lily bulbs all done with
afternoon sunshine finally.


We've had so many gloomy dreary rainy days
without sun that when it finally popped out yesterday
we were totally amazed because it wasn't calling for
sun at all.

Just taking it a day at a time and getting a little
something done in between rain showers the
best we can. You know what I mean?
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Wow you two are busy Sharon. I hope your new block gardens bring you lots of enjoyment.

After being slammed at work for some time now, I’m very pleased to have today off. A bit of a break from the rain at the moment, but I better make best of it as it’s not supposed to last. I’m going to get my hollyhock and dahlia bulbs in the ground in this little spot I’m trying my luck at a wee English garden nook. This evening I will revisit the orders I want to make for the milkweed and monarchs project. Also I need to replace a couple of lavender plants.

I hope the northern gardeners will soon see signs of spring.

Well the prolific spring rains have yielded a proliferation of spring blooms.....

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Mark..!!!! Is that a field of Clover? A field
of dreams????


You know....as i'm thinking, we see clover. We grew
up with clover. We looked for 4 leaf clovers as children
or as an adult. Then we mow them down because
we think of them as weeds. Then, we eventually realize
that they have been around for ages and are here for
a reason or purpose.

When I saw my neighbor spray her yard to kill all
her clover last yr, I got mad. because I wanted
some and needed some. Not sure why we dont have clover
in our yrd. Maybe because I use to spread fertilizer
each yr to keep the grass healthy and weed free not
thinking about clover at the time.

Anyway.....

That picture is an absolute dream and if it belongs
to you then im definitely envious.
BUT.....I do have clover now that we drove
all over town looking for and dug up and now
is planted in the backyard growing nicely
with all the rain we have been having.

Rock on Clover.


I'm glad you have the day off from your busy
week and can spend time and attention to your
own yard and flowers.

Here we are in the 2nd to last week of the
month and the nurseries are full of everything
you can dream of.

I had spotted a gorgeous exotic deep dark
red Hibiscus plant several or so weeks back
that caught my eye and haven't forgotten about
it. Sooooooo…..

My husband took me to Home Depot this
morning to get it. Yay..!!!!! And a few more
bags of garden soil to fill my last cinder box
before adding my Lily bulbs. Whew..!!!!


While at Lowes I was walking out front just
admiring all their beautiful small plants,
the SnapDragons caught my eye because
there was a pretty little, well not little, lol
but a cute bumble bee getting some sweet
nectar from them.


I had to get out of the nursery quickly because
I wanted ALL the snap dragons they had out
there along with the bumble bee.....lol


Well, I can tell you what.....they have been
added to my list to buy on our next trip ….
Hope I can sleep tonight thinking about all
I saw today and wanted.....
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Snapdragon is something that appeals to me very much in the garden centers, but Iíve not had any luck with it at all. The best it ever looks is when I bring it home and itís down hill from there!

Thatís a property behind my house Sharon. Ten years ago I wanted it so badly and it wasnít for sale. Now it is for sale but Iím in a different chapter of life so am having a bit of difficulty deciding if it would be a wise purchase.

Well it is a surprisingly sunny afternoon so back outside I go!
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I understand Mark. We all go thru changes
in life. We grow, mature, values change,
priorities change. All in a good healthy way
for many.

It's like we live by chapters in our life. So
where ever you are right now, that chapter
is being lived and written in time.

Never in my wildest dream would I have
imagined where I am today. All I could do
thru the yrs was live it one day at a time
and over time in sobriety for the past 28
yrs, ive gone thru many changes and today
I feel truly blessed.

When I place my trust in my Higher Power,
guiding me with each decision, challenge,
then whatever happens has to be what is
meant to be without question.

Just knowing I dont have to go thru anything
in life alone or by myself and is protected,
guided, cared for unconditionally is absolutely
comforting to me.

Okay back to plants....

I did get out earlier to gather up old
pine needles and leaves fallen around
plants so that I can see snakes where
they are. As long as they dont have anything
to crawl under or hide behind then im good.

If we, them and I have to share the yard
then Ive gotta be able to keep an eye out
for them.

Just as long as they are ribbon snakes
and not too big. Anything more, then....
Im outta here.....lol


As far as Snapdragons.....I see them out front
in many of the coffee shops or businesses thinking
they all plant the same things for each season.

Dont remember if they worked in my
garden or not. Im thinking if they did
then they would return yr after yr. or
maybe not. All I know is, I dont have any
right now in my yard. SooooooÖ..I may
give them a try and see what happens.


Well, im in for the day fresh and clean
watching me some golf and chillin till
tomorrow.
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Itís wonderful that you feel such security and guidance Sharon. A nice anchor Iím sure.

Snakes! I loath them. Itís time to really keep an eye out as spring is when I generally have the most encounters. Iím not kidding at all when I say that one of my reasons for taking as much of my hiking as I can overseas is because there are a few wonderful places with no serpents. Ah bliss.

Around here the most common one to bite people is copperhead. Yikes I donít even like typing it.

Uh oh, here comes the rain.
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