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Old June 28th, 2009, 09:42 PM
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The Pack's backyard garden

Just random shots of the flowers...cuz madame hazel thinks flowers are pretty and forced me to post some pics!



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Old June 28th, 2009, 09:47 PM
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a very popular patch of Chives

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Old June 28th, 2009, 09:56 PM
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Pansies
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Sweet William (last year the only plant that bloomed was hot pink...go figure )
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Spiderwort (one of madame hazel's favoritest native plants )
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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:04 PM
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Hey Hazel---I'll trade you some magenta pink peonies for some of your white ones? I LOVE the white ones and your's are absolutely STUNNING!

NOM...NOM...Chives--I keep having to divide mine and give them to friends but they sure do have pretty purple flowers.

Beautiful flowers Hazel! and you thought you didn't have it in you!
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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:06 PM
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more Spiderworts...just cuz madame hazel thinks they're so lovely

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Beautiful flowers, Hazel... those Peonies are real showstoppers!!
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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:12 PM
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and finally, last but definitely not least, some exotics in and around the garden:

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Grace in the garden

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Lil Belle using the garden wall to keep her feet dry She's such a wooss about wet paws!

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We finally got the garden setter-proofed this year. Cass was checkin' out the fence...

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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:18 PM
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Hey Hazel---I'll trade you some magenta pink peonies for some of your white ones? I LOVE the white ones and your's are absolutely STUNNING!

If you can figure out a way to transport them without killing them, you're on!

Beautiful flowers Hazel! and you thought you didn't have it in you!
I don't--these flowers pretty much take care of themselves. I just give them water when it doesn't rain.

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Beautiful flowers, Hazel... those Peonies are real showstoppers!!
They were beautiful...and then the Peony Raids started. Setters evidently have a craving for peony blossoms... I'd have beautiful blooms in the morning and they'd all be shredded by afternoon. *sigh* We finally bowed to necessity and fenced the garden in last week...
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Old June 28th, 2009, 11:59 PM
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Love the Pansies & Sweet William, the Spiderwort is pretty too

But I especially love the exotics in your garden
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Old June 29th, 2009, 12:12 AM
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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:22 AM
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Hazel love your gardens!

I was going to ask u how u kept the pups from running thru the tulips and ummm transplanting everything...then I saw the fence!

I have taught all our dogs not to run thru Mommy's gardens, but I have only had one at a time to teach, not ummm...how many do u have now? 20?

Love those peonies! Do they have a nice smell?

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Old June 29th, 2009, 02:27 AM
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The peonies smell heavenly!! I forget how good they smell each year until they bloom--then it's hard to pull hazel away.

That fence just went up last week--in prior years everything was protected by tomato cages (not very setter-proof as it turns out ) and there was only the very short black fence that you can see in front of Grace...also obviously not setter-proof.

After this year's Peony Raids, we put up the green fencing. Although Sheriff Cole bounced off it trying to get to a mouse in the garden the day after we put it up, so far it's thwarted the attempts of various Pack members to chase Villainous Varmints through the garden.

They aren't happy about it.

There's a news item about it here if you want to read more
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This fall yank up the peony roots and slice apart with a clean knife and share/replant! Just as long as each piece has some of the pink knobby bits for next year's shoots.

The Spiderwort is so lovely! And blue! Good blue flowers so hard to get in a garden.

You have a such a great eye for photography Hazel.
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Hazel,beautiful flowers,for a non-gardener you are doing great

I have a whole bunch of Spiderworts(did not know the name before),I am not to fond of them,although the flowers are really pretty,it's a plant you just could not kill
The Peonies are stunning,WOW!!
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I don't--these flowers pretty much take care of themselves. I just give them water when it doesn't rain.
now thats my kind of garden just add water and poof instant garden lol lol
works for me..
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This fall yank up the peony roots and slice apart with a clean knife and share/replant! Just as long as each piece has some of the pink knobby bits for next year's shoots.
Thanks, Ceara! So if I wanted to ship them, any idea how would I do it? And will they get stopped at the border? Hmmmm....are peonies on a 'forbidden' list somewhere?

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I have a whole bunch of Spiderworts(did not know the name before),I am not to fond of them,although the flowers are really pretty,it's a plant you just could not kill
The Peonies are stunning,WOW!!
Turns out you can't kill these peonies, either! If you could, I'm sure they'd be dead by now As you say, the spiderwort is rediculously easy to grow...it spreads, too. So far, it's not been a problem cuz I've hemmed them in with coneflowers that are also spreading like wildfire. But if they're willing to grow, I'm willing to let them do their thing.

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now thats my kind of garden just add water and poof instant garden lol lol
works for me..
Mine, too! It's the only way hazel can garden.
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I love spiderwort too. I wish the flowers lasted longer. Mine tend to fall over a little. Guess I need to look after my beds better.
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Thanks, Ceara! So if I wanted to ship them, any idea how would I do it? And will they get stopped at the border? Hmmmm....are peonies on a 'forbidden' list somewhere?
Well I dunno about customs, but you can slip it in a parcel with other stuff and they probably wouldn't even check.

When I got mine from Veseys Seeds a couple of years ago they were in some peat moss in a plastic bag.

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To divide a peony root, dig the plant up in early September, wash off the soil, and let it rest in the shade for a couple of hours so that the roots will be less brittle and easier to cut. Cut the roots into pieces with a shovel blade or sharp knife. Each piece should have at least three and not more than a dozen eyes visible; bigger is not better in this case, since for some cultivars a larger division will grow more slowly and bloom less profusely. Replant as soon as possible so that the roots donít dry out. Store divisions in slightly damp peat moss if you canít plant them right away.

Peony root divisions should be replanted in the fall so that they can establish a network of feeder roots before the onset of winter.
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Hmmm...that doesn't sound too hard. I'm gonna have to work up the nerve to do it, though, cuz usually if I touch something too often or give it some attention (unles it's a weed ), it dies. Think the roots would survive 2 - 4 weeks in damp moss if I shipped them somewhere?

I do know that when we put the porch on the shed and made it into a dog run, we had to hack up the peonies and then replanted them too deep. Except that they poked their heads up a little later in spring, they did fine...but we didn't break up the root ball, just moved it a few feet over. Still, they seem to be pretty tough or they wouldn't survive hazel's touch at all!
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Hazel I'm glad u built a anti bumble bee garden fence. Those bumble bees can be so rough on things.

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Hazel,all I ever do is water if it has not rained and dead-head the flowers,no fertelizer or anything like that.
We do add fresh top-soil about every second year.
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Oh, yeah, those darn bumblebees can be so destructive!





chico--that's sort of how I do it, too...only unintentionally. We add top soil because the garden is raised and the soil slowly subsides in certain spots...so we add soil to level it out. I never even thought about it being nutritious for the plants. I believe hazel practices 'accidental gardening'
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