Sunday Morning Garden Chat: This Year’s Project…


 
… from indefatigable gardener & photographer Ozark Hillbilly:

This year’s main gardening project started last year just before the Eclipse, when I tore up the old worn out flagstone path with a skidloader.

The skidloader had a 6’wide bucket. The new concrete sidewalk being only 3′-6” wide, that left me with 2′-6″ to play with. So I did.


I started the plantings by sowing wildflower seeds in early February (was almost too late for good scarification) — Black Eyed Susans, Indian Blanket, and Mexican Hat.

Then as Daffodils started coming up I added them and Irises (only a couple Irises bloomed and no Daffs did). Also split some Hostas and put them in the shady areas.

I bought Bleeding Hearts, Astilbe and fern roots (none of which bloomed this year but all of which are still breathing) and bought some additional bulbs: Blazing Star (which the bumble bees love), Lillies of the Valley (which I think were a failure), and one or 2 others I can’t remember!

I also bought a wildflower mix on a whim and started some pots of them which then got transplanted into vacant spots. Did the same with some Coleus and Columbine seeds.

All in all it was probably too much and I will be thinning things out next year, but for right now I am reasonably pleased with the results.

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What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?






129 replies
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    Raven says:

    Nice work brah! It rained like hell from “Stockbridge to Boston” and I hope the flight I got here 3 hours early goes off on time!

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    Raven says:

    Well, Attleboro anyways!

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    Platonailedit says:

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe takes off. Go Icarus.

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    JoyceH says:

    “What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?”

    I’m in the process of destruction! My yard has two shrubs that I planted on either side of the front door almost thirty years ago, and they’ve reached the point where there’s no way to prune them back to any sort of attractiveness, so I’m taking them out. I’ve been working on one shrub and almost have it out. The shrub is not only too big and too ungainly, but thorny vines have grown up through the shrub where I can’t get to them, and up the side of the house. So right now, I have one trunk of a shrub still to saw, and then big piles of rubbish to get removed. (I think it’s a testament to my physical therapist that I even considered doing this myself rather than hiring someone to do it.)

    Problem is that I’m watching this British gardening show (Big Dreams, Small Spaces) on Netflix and am now imagining all the exciting things I could do with these plots up against the house. Remind myself that Job One is getting out the old stuff and then I have till next spring to decide what else to do with the space.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    Ozark, that looks really beautiful.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: How’d you do?

    @Debbie(Aussie): These pics were 3 or 4 wks ago. It’s even better now

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    Raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: it was great, a family of about 30 was onboard and they were really fun. I caught a few and gave them to a dude from Gambia who got sick even though it was very calm. The reunion was fun and now the trek home!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Oh and it’s nice to see the blog is back. Many thanx to Mx4 and Alain.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: Nice.

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    ThresherK says:

    Nice work with the camera + garden, O-H.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    rikyrah says:

    Ozark,

    The pictures are beautiful 😄

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Looks great, and you have such a beautiful setting for your house!

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning 🙋!

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    HeleninEire says:

    Morning all. That’s one beautiful bear you’ve got there Ozark.

    Went to the theatre last night to see “Wicked.” Very good. Theatre in Dublin was one of my happy surprises. The Abbey, the National Theatre of Ireland, has a monthly program called “Free first Preview.” All you gotta do is be in line by 6 for a 7:30 show and you’re in for free.

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    satby says:

    Going on in the garden? Today and tomorrow I have to try to get the grass mowed and trim around the shrubs. My two that were inadvertently decimated by the vine removal guys have started to sprout again, my drowned tomatoes recovered but are about a month behind in growth, and if I feel especially ambitious (doubtful) I may start to tackle the weed patch that is the raised bed. Just looking at it depresses me. I probably have to rip everything out and start over completely and I don’t have the energy for that these days.

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    OldDave says:

    @Platonailedit: I missed the second (and successful) launch attempt – too tired from being up at 4 am the night before for attempt the first. I wish JHUAPL the best.

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    Quinerly says:

    💚🌿

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: What a beautiful dog!

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    frosty says:

    Can’t say it’s garden newa but I spent four hours yesterday weeding, cutting out tree-of-heaven and other crap that invaded our lilac and hedges, etc. Without a back spasm this time. Yet, anyway.

    I love the look of our brick patio but I hate having to pull the weeds out from between the bricks every two weeks. At least I can do it sitting down.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Very nice, OH. It looks like you have a beautiful “spread”. How big is your property?

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    Heidi Mom says:

    Very handsome dog!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @A Ghost To Most: 12.5 acres of hill and hollers. If I could lay it out flat it would be 23 acres. We like it the way it is. Keeps neighbors far away.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: @Heidi Mom: And the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet.

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    HinTN says:

    @Platonailedit: Go Icarus! One quibble with the BBC verbiage, those “three Delta IV rockets” are actually the configuration that makes that the Delta IV “heavy”. It’s the biggest thing we’ve got ave only gets used once in a while when Titan can’t do the job.

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    HinTN says:

    @satby:

    I have to try to get the grass mowed

    Oh lord, yesterday I slogged through with the super mower what I usually manage with the little machine with the lower cut. Repeatedly stalling and making a real crop of hay. Today is the near abroad with the big machine again.

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    HinTN says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Were your Lilies of the Valley in complete shade ave very acid soil? They really don’t like sunbeams and they can’t stand neutral or basic.

    Also, that’s a beautiful place!

    ETA – and, dammit, not ave

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    Dogs know how to live.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Sweet. An Ozark hideout. Where do you hide the still?

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    Lapassionara says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: looks great. Thanks for sharing. And good morning, everyone.

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    satby says:

    @HinTN: I’m the oldest daughter and used to be the designated “son” in my all girls family, so I always got stuck with the yard work and mowing when I lived with my parents. I hate mowing the lawn even though now it’s a small city lot. So if course I procrastinate until it’s a big hassle. Fortunately, until the recent rain we got, it had gone dormant anyway, but I hate heat, humidity… In fact I kind of hate summer. Which doesn’t help.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @HinTN: Yeah complete shade but probably pretty neutral. Thanx for the tip.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Down in the holler of course.

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    Lapassionara says:

    Also, my shrubbery beds are being taken over by wild violets. I have researched on the web, and it looks like they have the double whammy of seeds and rhizomes. I don’t mind having a few of them, but this year they are big and aggressively moving in to my creeping Jenny. Any ideas? I think every seed in the soil germinated this spring.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @HinTN: I remember that pain. Here, I’m just trying to keep the lawn alive. We haven’t mowed in 2 months. The Great Burning continues.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:
    Heh. Mine would be down Copperhead Road, of course.

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    Elizabelle says:

    The Woofmeister!

    Beautiful work, Ozark. Happy Sunday, jackals.

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    debbie says:

    Beautiful, OH! Don’t thin yet — there’s no such thing as an over-abundant garden!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Hope you are well on the mend.

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    @Elizabelle: I’m good. The only symptom I still have is tiredness. I start cardiac rehab next week.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Ozark, I am so happy to finally see a photo of the woofmeister! (spelling may be wrong, no offense intended)

    I love that he is lying there, just surveying his domain. I see from the amount of space he is taking up across the sidewalk that he has perhaps had years of experience taking as much room as possible in the bed?

    Love the comment from someone upthread, asking where the still is. Too lazy to go back and find the nym,

    Flowers are wonderful, I agree with debbie, don’t think just yet!

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:
    I am glad you are recovering. Don’t mean to be nosy, but I missed the details. Did you have a heart attack?

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    debbie says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Glad to see you posting and hope your rehab restores your energy.

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    @Debbie(Aussie): Yes, quite unexpectedly, I did. I had no risk factors, eat healthy, am thin, never smoked, no family history, and have worked out 3 or 4 times a week for 35 years. And then a little over week ago, I had a day of feeling dizzy and woke up in the night with chest pains. We got to the ER at 4am and by 8:30, I was on the operating table having a stent shoved through from my groin. I’m told that dizziness is often a warning sign for women especially, so this is a PSA.

    The stent is a miracle of modern medicine. I felt better instantly, despite being allergic to the contrast dye they used.

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    debbie says:

    Yesterday, it rained almost three inches in four hours. Less than an hour later, people were out mowing their lawns. Isn’t that bad for the grass?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @WaterGirl:

    I see from the amount of space he is taking up across the sidewalk that he has perhaps had years of experience taking as much room as possible in the bed?

    You have the spelling right and yes, I have been kicked out of my bed. Like all large dogs, he has a talent for plopping himself right in the middle of everything and refuses to move figuring you’ll find a way around him.

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    debbie says:

    @Wag:

    That’s an impressive haul from that little tree!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    despite being allergic to the contrast dye they used.

    Ouch. A dermatitis reaction?

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    @OzarkHillbilly: Hives. Difficulty breathing. I already knew that from an IVP 30 years ago. The dyes are milder now and because I knew, they shot me full of Benadryl ahead of time.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:
    I am so glad that you got to the ER in time. I have an uncle who had a similar experience. He too mentioned feeling better almost immediately after the stent was placed. Please take care of yourself, and thank you for the PSA. 🙂

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    I’m off to bed. Have a great day Juicers.
    Hope all goes well with the Washington marches.

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    Raven says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Lots of folks like you have ticker issues. Jim Fixx and Pete Maravich come to mind. Your move probably helped move it along.

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    Raven says:

    @debbie: bad for the glass (Chinatown). I just landed in the Atl and my bag is soaked. The drive from Rhode Island to Logan at 2:30am was exciting!

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    @Raven: Yeah, I was definitely under stress. We moved and still haven’t sold our house. We changed realtors yesterday. I hope that helps.

    ETA: I’m glad we made the move though. Someone comes and cleans my apartment as part of my rent, frex. There’s a restaurant in this building. IOW, we’re getting some help as I recover.

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    randy khan says:

    We just had the stone delivered for a project we’ve been planning for way too long – we’ve got an inverted corner at one side of our house, and we’re going to turn the sloping ground into two tiered flat quarter-circle beds. Today’s part of the project is to move at least some of the stone from the driveway to the back where the actual work will be done.

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    Wag says:

    @debbie:
    We only planted it last summer. I can’t wait for another couple of years…

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    WaterGirl says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Clearly he has one job to do, and he does it well! Besides being what I would call your doggie soulmate, that is.

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    Aleta says:

    I’m glad you’re OK. Thanks for the PSA about dizziness. I hope the stressful period ends real soon.

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    Raven says:

    I got on and early shuttle, I just looked up and she’s Ben going in the wrong direction. We are now 2 hrs from home and we started out 1.5!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: Sucks to be you!

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    debbie says:

    @Raven:

    Yeah, nothing more exciting than an April monsoon in August! Glad you survived.

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    pat says:

    @Lapassionara:

    “ground cover”

    I have the same problem. We treat our lawn but the neighbor doesn’t, and his lawn is 50% violets. They are starting to creep into our grass. Some of our planting beds are completely overrun. Some of the blackeyed susans manage to grow through them. I’m beginning to see the whole mess as a kind of “wildflower prairie.”

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    Raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Yea and she gave me a break letting me on this one!

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    @Raven: Is it making a loop or what?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: Sounds like there might be some kind of karma at work here, like in a previous life you made other people late to where ever they were going.

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    Raven says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: getting out of Hartsfield can be tricky. I only did this because I figured it was a better option after being nuts the last two days. I’m in the back and I wasn’t paying attention BECAUSE I’m not driving. When I saw the highway sign I knew immediately and then she says “why didn’t you tell me”!!!!

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    Raven says:

    The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down,
    You can’t let go and you can’t hold on,
    You can’t go back and you can’t stand still,
    If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Handsome dog in the first pic.

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    Immanentize says:

    Hey All,

    OZARK: What a great home/retreat. Made me want to visit you which is probably the reverse effect you were shooting for.

    RAVEN: Glad you had fun in R.I. — the storm is all around New York. They are diverting flights, but if you have the first flight out, you should be OK.

    The Immp and I woke up in Austin but we will put our heads down in Irvine CA. this evening. The trip is going well which means only a few conflicted moments between teenager and Pop. We have been taking electric scooters around Austin (and in San Antonio yesterday). Man, they are so useful and fun. You find one, unlock it with your app., and drive it to where you need to go and close it and lock it with the app. 1.00 per ride plus .15 per minute. We took one about two miles to dinner Friday and it cost each of us about 6 bucks — and pretty much no hassle, no traffic to fight, no parking issues. The only problem was our restaurant was in a scooter desert and we had to walk a bit to find two — but we needed the walk after the Tex-Mex plates.

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    satby says:

    @Raven: delays when you’re almost home are worse than when you’re far away, for me anyway. I can be pretty Zen right up until I’m almost home, then I just want to get there and quit hauling my luggage around. And I travel very light. But by then I’m just DONE.

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    Raven says:

    @satby: Yea, this is pretty helpless, no amount of being pissed will get me Home faster. Tiger doesn’t tee off til 2:30 anyway!

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    Raven says:

    And she just chose a route that is 10 minutes slower!!!!

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    waratah says:

    Ozark, your footpath is lovely and very good craftsmanship. I like you threw the kitchen sink try to find what plants did well. I did the same on a brick planter on my daughters front porch that faces west, shade most of the morning and hot sun later.
    Looks like a peaceful place that I would enjoy.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Liverpool had a successful season opener today. An easy 4-0 win over West Ham United. One for Salah, two for Mane, and one for Daniel Sturridge 24 seconds after coming on for Salah. Top of the table after the first week, unless Arsenal-Manchester City is decided by a more than four-goal margin..

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    Neldob says:

    Lovely garden O-H. It’s delivering (virtual) flowers to D-W, and all of us. Thanks!
    On a slightly grimmer note, how does one find out what groups in Maine and Iowa are organizing against Kavanaugh? I would like to send them some dollars.

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    satby says:

    Can I ask everyone to send some good thoughts to long-time lurker /very infrequent commentor Constance’s beloved rescue kitty Oscar?

    He will be having an eye removed for melanoma this week and moral support would be appreciated.
    (She doesn’t know I’m asking on her behalf. Though she’s going to find out😏)

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    @satby: Best Wishes to Oscar and a speedy recovery! I sincerely hope the little guy’s eye surgery goes great, and he gets right back to chasing cat toys with a little pirate patch.

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    Mary G says:

    @satby: Good luck, Oscar. Get better soon. Hang in there, Constance.

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    scav says:

    And Huzzah for the chickens in photo one — are they enjoying the new environment as much as the furry beast? Would seem to be lots more hidey holes and shade for new bugs in there. Hope my stone soup approach (any plant people contribute or I can uproot from unattended roadsides) works as well on my stretch of pasture edge. So far I’ve got some native iris, Rudbeckia, crocosmia, calendula, promises of sedum and bachelor button seeds as well as all sorts of various poppies, but I’m still hoping for some native yarrow and chicory. Areas going to be tough and need to be drought tolerant and self-sustaining so I’m essentially looking for a better class of weed.

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    Aleta says:

    @satby: Heal fast Oscar. Sending live love. (Give some treats and purrs to your Constance.)

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    Immanentize says:

    @satby: Here is to Oscar and his quick recovery! I hope Constance is hanging in there too. Good wishes to both.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I had a one-eyed cat. We named him Nelson (natch). He got along fine except for the fact that his depth perception was off. It was only a problem when he was jumping from point A to point B (ie., from the floor to the bookcase where the cat food was kept to keep it away from the dogs). He would screw his rear end into the ground and then leap and completely miss, a great clattering of cat food, cat food holder etc. would ensue and he would walk away with that “Of course I MEANT to do that, obviously” look about him. There was a much safer way to get to the cat food but he never stopped trying the other way just in case it worked this time. I still miss him.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I had a one-eyed cat. We named him Nelson (natch).

    that took me a minute, actually…. ETA: My American mind first thought “Willie”

    (I try to keep politics out of the gardening threads, but Sarah Kendzior just raised the specter of kompromat wrt Lindsey Graham, who called for a special counsel to investigate the trump investigation this morning– she didn’t mention his personal life, or lack thereof, but were Jonathan Capeheart and her co-panelist smirking knowingly while she talked?)

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    debbie says:

    I hope some gardeners are still around. Can anyone tell me what this plant is? It’s behind a neighbor’s garage and when it’s fully grown, it will be almost 6 feet tall.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    I am delighted with your “free range” chickens, they remind me of my past life, the earth mother years, as does the whole soul soothing setting 😊
    Its def time to retire and go back to my roots.
    Happy Sunday 🐾

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    @debbie:
    I believe it is a canna lily: my MIL used to have them.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @satby: of course. Best wishes to Oscar and his human.

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    debbie says:

    @Immanentize: @MagdaInBlack:

    Thanks to you both! That’s it! Going by the leaves, I thought it was some kind of hosta, hence Google fail.

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    scav says:

    @debbie: A google suggests it’s a Canna ‘Pretoria’ — look right to you?

    ETA, so yes, there are apparently tons of gardeners here and one’s that know their lilies without resort to digital!

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @debbie: Canna.

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    JWL says:

    I tend to think I would have added to the pavers, rather than pour the concrete, but it looks great. It really pops, and it is definitely the borders along the new walk that make it.

    Beautiful little house, too. Houses like that abound in my neck of the redwoods (in San Francisco’s north bay area). I know because I bought one a few years ago, not long after the 2008 economic meltdown. Today the same properties are being sold at prices undreamt of at that time- or ever before, as a matter of fact. The prices being fetched for housing are absolutely insane. The area is in the same process of gentrification that has plagued California’s entire real estate market, especially (I think) in the Bay Area.. Those that have roofs and can feed and clothe themselves are the lucky ones. The rest are increasingly shit out of luck.

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    debbie says:

    @scav:

    I never would have figured that out. The only lilies I’ve ever seen were the ones Kathryn Hepburn carried in Stage Door.

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    satby says:

    @Immanentize:thanks, safe travels to you and Imm jr (as a pending college student, he’s too old to be called Imp).

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    scav says:

    @debbie: I didn’t even know there was lilies in that movie! I just honed in on the distinctive striped leaves and did a google image search!

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    Doug R says:

    @Raven:

    getting out of Hartsfield can be tricky. I only did this because I figured it was a better option after being nuts the last two days. I’m in the back and I wasn’t paying attention BECAUSE I’m not driving. When I saw the highway sign I knew immediately and then she says “why didn’t you tell me”!!!!

    Sounds like you’re getting the grand tour of the Lost City of Atlanta
    Longer version here.

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    GregMulka says:

    Looks good, Ozark.

    We bought our seeds from the Missouri Botanical Garden this past spring and we will always do so going forward. Three jalapeno plants have produced 40 peppers that we’ve picked so far and I count at least 30 more. The green beans are on their 4th crop. The tomatoes keep coming and the tomatillos are bigger and juicer than any I’ve ever bought in a store.

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    debbie says:

    @JWL:

    Less to trip over when it’s concrete.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Great garden, great dog!
    I’m still working out what to plant in the foundation area in front of my house. I’ve got as far as deciding that I will plant a couple of small azaleas around the weeping cherry and relocate a goldthread cypress to that general area. That still leaves me with an area of about 10 feet of partial to deep shade to figure out. I’m not great at this planning business. I usually just spot plants I like and then find them a place but the shade factor makes me hesitant.
    Later this month there will be the great dividing of the Siberian irises and daylilies. My neighbors on each side will get the excess. Also a couple of rooted sections of variegated dogwood.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    In the last match of the English Premier League’s first weekend, Arsenal are 2-0 down at home to defending champions Manchester City. The Gunners are a team in transition but on this form they still don’t look like contenders for a Champions League place let alons the League title.

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    We could definitely use a thread about the Omarosa tape.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @satby:

    Good thoughts sent to Oscar!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: seconded– or just open

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @satby:
    Sending good thoiughts to Oscar and all his humans.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: My gosh, that looks like such an Ozark house I’d almost expect to be related to you. Nice garden, nice doggy, nice new path.

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    sukabi says:

    @Platonailedit: too bad Space Force forgot it’s leader. Think his bone spurs are healed by now.

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    sukabi says:

    @jeffreyw: is that a hummingbird moth?

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    Another Scott says:

    Afternoon, everyone. Ellie and I are just back from our “morning” walk.

    It doesn’t look like much is happening yet at the anti-NAZI rally in DC yet – Reuters livestream of the ANSWER stage.

    Fingers crossed that the various protests against the monsters are well attended, peaceful, and get more press than monsters do.

    Best wishes to Constance and Oscar, too.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    JWL says:

    @debbie: That’s very true. No one will ever steal the concrete, either. Not that many paver thefts are ever reported to police, I imagine. Aesthetically speaking, I prefer stone walks to concrete, is all. That said, it would have been a toss-up decision with me, but like I said, that concrete walk pops. I’d of more than happy with the result had I chosen to pour it.

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    Immanentize says:

    @satby: And really too tall (6’5″ now? Maybe more, I’m in denial) to be “Little I’mma” but I like it when Rikyrah calls him that….

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    debbie says:

    @JWL:

    Oh, I’m with you on the aesthetics. Flagstone’s beautiful, but having tripped and fallen more than a few times, I’m always looking for the smoothest surfaces to get to where I’m going.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @scav: Not sure where you live but the rudbeckia will probably take over and spread. A few things in my garden are tough enough to resist it, but I’ve lost all my coreopsis and purple coneflowers, and I blame it for crowding them out. It could just as well be the soil or the weather that did them in, but I want to blame them.

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    pat says:

    @jeffreyw:

    Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis, also known as “bumblebee moth.”
    A small sphinx moth that mimics a bumblebee.

    (Butterflies of the North Woods, by Larry Weber)

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    sukabi says:

    Ozark, nice garden and path.☺

    In other inspirational news…on building up American values.

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    Immanentize says:

    I just applied for “Inner Space Force.” -+ They promise psychadelics

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    Tim C. says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: Seems to be breaking that Omarosa has released a tape of Kelly firing her. The bigger issue seems to be she is claiming the recording was made in the Situation room. If true, and keep in mind anyone in Trump’s orbit should be assumed a liar as a baseline, but if true this is a major major big deal in terms of a security breach. No recording devices allowed in the situation room, no phones, nada. Not that I expect any cognitive dissonance from the “But her E-mails” brigade, but Hillary basically jaywalked and this would be like armed robbery.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @opiejeanne: I find that giving the rudebeckia some shade makes it better mannered. Though I like it in combination with my dark purple daylily “Bela Lugosi” which needs sun, so I just cut it back ruthlessly in that area.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @JWL: In 1992 we moved from Riverside, one of Southern California’s best bargain cities, to the Bay Area and thought we were going to end up living in a garage in Oakland. We finally found a place we could barely afford in Castro Valley, but all the way out to Livermore the house prices were ridiculous, and there were only five floor plans. I’m talking houses built between the 50s and 70s. Ours was a 1956 tract house with a view of the San Mateo bridge, but the double-paned windows had leaked so you really couldn’t see much of the view until we replaced them. It must have been the bomb when it was built, but it was the smaller of the two floorplans at the time.
    We drive through Redmond on the 202 past similar houses and point at them and say: Castro Valley.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Gelfling 545: We dig them up every other year, divide them, and try to get them to colonize other parts of the yard that could use the help, and we give them away to our unsuspecting friends and family. Or used to when they had houses. My niece is the most recent victim but if it fills in that bed where she planted it she will be happy and it will be nice.
    We started with five plants 8 years ago. We had 50 the second year and have hundreds now.

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    randy khan says:

    @randy khan:

    Somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of the stone is now where it needs to be, more or less sorted by size. I think an hour of that is enough for one warm day.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @sukabi: Yes, it is. One of the clearwings.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @JWL, @debbie:

    I always wonder about those “presses” you can use to put a stone-like pattern on the surface of wet cement. Never seen a patio or walkway done that way in person, but it looks like an interesting idea on the shelter shows.

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    scav says:

    @opiejeanne: Mmmm, well then it might be in the lap of the gods. The area really is the along-road edge to a pasture and was abandoned to pasture grass, scotch broom and a few blackberries before it was bulldozed out. Abandoned common area. I was hoping a few more would take hold (the crocosmia is a solid contender for superweed here), but a wall of rudbeckia wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if it could take care of itself.

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    satby says:

    @Immanentize: my oldest is 6’5″ too. I’m stretching to reach 5’1″ so he looms over me.

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    debbie says:

    @Steeplejack:

    I’ve seen a couple around here. Some are nicer than others, like they’ll go to the trouble of stamping in color variations too. But real is better, visually speaking.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @debbie:

    I don’t think it would make anybody think it’s “real.” Just looks like it might be a pleasant, inexpensive upgrade to a flat slab of bare concrete.

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