Open Thread: Sunday Garden Chat

This afternoon we’re planning the annual expedition to Seawright Gardens, where we’ll upgrade our daylily holdings via the highly scientific process of wandering through the rows going “Oooh, I like that one!”. My preferences run to pale peach and near-cream (usually labelled lavender) blooms; the Spousal Unit likes maroons and deep golds. If I look askance, he’ll remind me who picked out the pale-yet-vibrant lemon-colored My My that’s been brightening our doorstep for the last couple weeks.

Afterwards, there will be ice cream at Kimball Farm.

Image: Dahlias, Shelburne Museum, 2008. (This is why you guys should email pics to


So… what’s on everyone’s agenda for a fine summer Sunday?

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    stuckinred says:

    Everything was going fine. Friday morning after our walk I was making breakfast to eat on out screened porch when I noticed one of our garden gates was open. I told my bride and, as she carried her plate out to eat, she looked at the gate instead of where she was going and fell on the step down. Her ankle is badly sprained (at best) and she missed a beautiful of gardening day in the 80’s and who knows how many more? Her sewing projects are all upstairs so it was a struggle for he to get up there so she wouldn’t go stir crazy. The upside is that she broke her leg a couple of years ago so she’s pretty good on the crutches.

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    stuckinred says:

    Here’s a shot of the offending gate!

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    kdaug says:

    Well, seeing as how the German Shepherd pup has taken to jump up on the bed to wake me up at 5 AM (the time the wife usually gets up, but not on weekends), I aim to put on a pot of coffee, make a bagel with smoked ham and cream cheese whipped with Hatch green chilies, and peruse the tubes.

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    stuckinred says:

    Hatch chilies! Damn dawg. The British Open is in full swing.

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    All the best to your mate, stuckinred. A gardening day in the 80s in georgia in july!

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    kdaug says:

    Nothing to get your day started like a dose of Hatch, red.

    We’ll be ~105 here in 8 hours. Might as well get the sweat going early.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Stuckinred, Ooowwww! Best wishes for your wife’s speedy & pain-free recovery…. can she at least enjoy sitting on the porch having an excuse to admire her handiwork and not work, or does that just make her more frustrated?

    Also, are the red & pink-flowering bushes in your pic spireas?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @stuckinred #1:

    So sorry about your wife’s mishap and hope she recovers quickly. (I’ll bet she laughed and laughed when you tossed out the “upside” line.) (Right?)

    Yesterday was just wonderful in Atlanta. We’ve had temps in the 90s it seems since May, so even 10 or 15 degrees lower was incredibly refreshing. Some nice breezes, too.

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    WereBear says:

    I got plenty of sun yesterday; me and a friend tried to sell some crafts at a flea market, which turned out to have very little traffic.

    But I avoided getting sunburned and got out of there without being in the red financially, either.

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    JPL says:

    Stuck, A sprained ankle sucks and I do hope your bride heals quickly. What a wonderful garden.
    The last two days have been wonderful. It was so nice to open the windows and let some fresh air in.

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    Here in Miami, it’s 81F with 82% at 7:30 a.m., so the most I will do today is hose off the patio and fertilize the orchids. The simple act of getting out the hose generates as much sweat as running a mile, it seems. The high is supposed to be 89 and we’ll get the usual afternoon thunderstorms.

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    mem from somerville says:

    Oh, daylilies and Kimbells? That’s a sweet plan. Must remember to tell the housemate about Seawright. I would love to have more lilies along the fence, but in our pseudo-commune we have to discuss this sort of thing first.

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    JPL says:

    SiubhanDuinne, Morning. I sent you a quick note so you should have my email address. I live in Roswell, wahoo, Tom Price’s district and from what I can figure out, you and SIA live south and east of me. Are you near Lenox? We should be able to set up a meeting place that’s convenient for the three of us.

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    Ojo Caliente! Completely off grid for several days. Hope everyone has a great week.

    StuckinRed – so sorry about the spouse’s twisted ankle. Hope she’s up and around soon.

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    Josie says:

    @stuckinred: What a gorgeous yard. Sorry to hear about the ankle. I hope your bride has a quick recovery. It would be a shame to miss many days in such a beautiful garden.

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    Svensker says:

    @ stuckinred

    Dang, that is a BEAUTIFUL garden. Very jealous.

    Sorry about your wife’s ankle.

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    Phyllis says:

    Recovering from a workation of sorts to Gatlinburg. We did have a chance to ride up in the park via the Motor Nature Trail, which was fab. G’burg itself is still as tacky as ever.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @JPL #13:

    No sign of your email yet. If I haven’t responded by noon, please try again to SiubhanDuinne (at)

    I live in Duluth and work in midtown. I think SIA lives closer to Druid Hills or maybe Decatur. Lenox area would probably be convenient for all of us.

    You around, SIA?

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    Good morning, everyone.

    I’m starting to work on a fall container garden. Never did a fall garden before so this will be a learning experience.

    I saw an idea online somewhere about using grocery store reusable bags as containers and am going to try that. They might last only one season but then they only cost 99 cents or so. Has anyone tried that idea?

    Burpee says the first half of July is a good time for someone in my growth zone to start a fall garden. Well, I just wasn’t ready then. Now, I think I’ll try to plant the seeds on the 21st, which was my mother’s birthday [long gone]. Why not?

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    jo6pac says:

    Schones and some Blue Mountain coffee then put drip lines on the corn I planted yesterday. Then check on all the lady bugs I put out a hour ago

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    stuckinred says:

    Anne Laurie

    They are crape myrtles. Thanks for all the good wishes.

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    ooo, too bad you just missed the tranquil lake open house. 2500 varieties of daylilies; largest grower in the northeast! it’s a truly inspiring sight. already 85 here in southeastern ct, but lovely and dry (for us) at 52% humidity. and it’s my birthday. i decided to be 38 again this year.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Linda Featheringill #19:

    I think planting seeds on your late mom’s birthday is a great idea and lovely way to honor her memory. You just know she’ll be right there next to you!

    My mother’s birthday was August 25. I’m no gardener — heck, I don’t even know what zone I’m in (yeah, yeah, the O-zone, ha ha) — but just out of curiosity, if I ever were to plant anything that late in the summer, in Georgia, what would I plant?

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    Violet says:

    Stuckinred, so sorry about your wife’s ankle. Has she been using ice, ice, ice, ice and more ice? (Ice, ice, baby!) It helps keep the inflammation down and helps everything heal faster/better. A few anti-inflammatories (if she can handle them) wouldn’t hurt either.

    Your garden is gorgeous.

    It’s a zillion degrees here and since we’ve had a tiny bit of rain on and off (yay for the drought being not quite so severe!), it feels like a sauna. If I’m not done gardening by 9:00 a.m., it has to wait until after 7:00 p.m. Schedule doesn’t allow that today, so I won’t be able to get into the garden. C’est la vie.

    I do need to think about getting the fall tomatoes in, though. And I think that means I’ve got to build another bed. Not really looking forward to that in this heat. Perhaps that will be a weeknight activity, say, post-dinner.

    I really detest summer.

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    WereBear says:

    @stuckinred: So sorry about the ankle. Impatience will make the convalescence longer!

    Then check on all the lady bugs I put out a hour ago

    The first time I got ladybugs to put on the roses, I got distracted after I took them from the fridge, and there was enough of a delay for them to wake up. I opened the bag and they poured out like a horror movie; all over me.

    I did get them shaken out all over the garden… but not in the way I had planned.

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    Kristine says:

    Mid-90s expected in NE Illinois today and for pretty much the balance of the week. No lake cooling due to wind direction, at least for today. Only quarter after 9 in the morning, and it feels like mid-80s out there and sticky to boot.

    I think the heat will help the peppers. May give the container tomatoes a chance to dry out–I was out of town for almost a week and set up the spritzy-seeper hose on a timer. The raised bed stuff looked great, but containers may have been over-watered. Each plant had a number of yellowed leaves.

    Good news is that 5 of 7 tomato plants have greenies. The Siberian is living up to its billing as an early producer by showing the most and biggest fruits, but it’s bred for cooler climes and I don’t know how the heat will affect it. Guess I’ll find out.

    Hope your lady feels better soon, stuckinred.

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    Kristine says:

    @werebear I opened the bag and they poured out like a horror movie; all over me.

    Ohhhh…visions of all those scarab beetle scenes from The Mummy….

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    stuckinred says:


    Yea, being an ex-hooper I’ve dealt with blown ankles for years. I’ve actually got her to put immerse it in a cooler of ice water at the appropriate intervals.

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    tkogrumpy says:

    Picked a mess of peas this morning and hope to sail Blue Hill bay this afternoon.

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    Violet says:

    Sounds good. I hope she recovers quickly.

    Forgot to mention I’m picking long beans now. We finally got a bit of rain and they just took off. Probably not the haul of years past, but we’ll take what we can get. We don’t harvest much this time of year, so it’s nice to have some stuff coming in.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Via memeorandum, Cordray to be announced as head of CFPB. The Columbus Dispatch story has a supportive quote from Warren and everything.

    I have to start getting going or there won’t be a seat at the bar for the World Cup game.

    And it is already 90 degrees out.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    More condolences for Ms. stuckinred’s ankle.

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    Much sympathy for Ms. stuckinred’s ankle. Been there, done that, except I went the whole boat and broke mine in Feb 1989. The story was either I was doing the giant slalom at Vail or I slipped on ice in my driveway in Longmont, Colorado. Which one do you believe?

    I had to have surgery to reduce the fracture; three screws that I still carry, and an occasional reminder when the weather changes.

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    gelfling545 says:

    The salad for today’s dinner will be all fresh from our garden. This is exciting because it took so long for the veg plants to take off this year.
    One of my favorite plant combinations is in bloom. The Shasta Daisies are growing up through the yellow Hyperion Daylily with a couple of tall stalks of purple Veronica.
    Best wishes to she of the sprained ankle. Sprains are a misery.

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    Anne Laurie (& mem) – if I may be gauche for a moment, I’d like to suggest my parents’ farm some 20 min. or so west of Concord, Golden Skep Farm. They’re also just down the road from Tower Hill Botanic Garden… but I am unaware of any truly great ice cream options afterward (it’s been some 20 years since I lived there).

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