Cottage Gardening forum: Footprint or filler plant ideas wanted.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 30, 2012 12:02 PM CST
Its winter and time to work on the garden ideas for 2013.
I am looking for ideas for filler or footprint plants to plant around taller plants to keep weeds down and camouflage the feet of same.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Nov 5, 2012 8:13 PM CST
For-get-me-nots (myositis alpestris)
Siberian wallflower (Erysimium allioni)
Dwarf sweet william (Dianthus barbatus)
Dwarf snap dragon
Whitley's speedwell
Dwarf perennial candytuft
Alyssum saxatile
Some alpines might work?
I am going to try for a living mulch around perennials and shrubs.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 5, 2012 10:10 PM CST
Is it shady? dwarf annuals. Candy tuft.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Nov 6, 2012 3:40 AM CST
I am going to declare this problem solved.
I will plant short campanulas and hardy geraniums plus the perennial snapdragons do appear in this spot.
Thanks to all who left suggestions.
I have a dwarf speedwell I will divide and use also.
"Living mulch" was what I was looking for.The ground covers matt too much.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 3, 2012 7:08 PM CST
Someone gave me some snapdragons (no ID), and those guys have been expanding faster than McDonalds in the 1950s!

They are pretty tall, so I doubtg if they are the same variety that was suggested here. They are either (or all) perennial, re-seed or practice spontaneous generation. They must spread by seed (or teleportation) becuase they jumped from front yard to back yard.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Dec 17, 2012 7:27 AM CST
There used to be a dwarf variety called Magic Carpet which were excellent direct seeders.
Critters are good at redistributing seeds from one place to another.
One of my neighbours gets my Sweet William seeds sprouting in her yard,
--- because the squirrels dance through my flower beds and then across to her yard.
Name: John Dyer
Louisville , Ky
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oldherbacious
Dec 20, 2012 12:54 PM CST
I am working with a similar question. I am doing some volunteer gardening work at the Humane Society. The area under a bird feeder is always bare. I am thinking of planting Cerastium tomentosum under it. .
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Dec 20, 2012 2:51 PM CST
Snow-in-Summer is probably low enough or dense enough that cats can't hide under it. Birds might not go after fallen seed if there is too much cover for cats around the base of a feeder.
Name: John Dyer
Louisville , Ky
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oldherbacious
Dec 20, 2012 6:09 PM CST
This bird feeder is in an enclosed space between two dog runs. The bird feeders purpose is to attract birds so that cats waiting to be adopted can be entertained watching the birds. The cats are in a cage with floor to ceiling window looking out on the bird feeder.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Dec 20, 2012 7:33 PM CST
>> The cats are in a cage with floor to ceiling window looking out on the bird feeder.

That's dramatic. It reminds of when I had two Siamese fighting fish. I kept them in separate aquariums, but sometimes pushed them next to each other. The smae fish woluld always be intimidated and cringe in a corner.

So I put him into a small circular fishbowl that I thought would magnify his image to the other fish. He was still usually the one that wimped out.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 21, 2012 5:19 AM CST
Happy Solstice everyone.
The sun returns
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Name: John Dyer
Louisville , Ky
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oldherbacious
Dec 21, 2012 10:35 AM CST
yep ge we are on our way to spring. I keep ordering seeds that I have no idea what I am going to do with all of them. BTW I loved your crocus and I am going to order some of that type next fall. Do you plant over them after they go dormant or leave the space blank ?

Rick , my DW and I have talked about getting fish but we have no room for them. Good to hear about the Siamese Fighting Fish. I find the same thing with the dogs as I take them out of their runs. Some cringe and get as far away from other dogs as they can . Others are ready to fight and /or play as they pass other dogs.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Dec 21, 2012 11:33 AM CST
John.I planted them under a RiverBirch where they can spread wherever they like.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Dec 21, 2012 5:47 PM CST
John,

>> Others are ready to fight and /or play as they pass other dogs.

With my cat, "fight and/or play" are a lirttle too similar. He used to bite and scratch wjenever in a jolly, affectionate mood. It finally sank in how much we DID NOT like that, so he agreeably changed over to a very charming no-claws boxing and just-very-gentle biting.

Until he gets excited. Then it hurts again. But every time, he seems puzzled that we scold him for being AFFECTIONATE.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Dec 22, 2012 4:15 AM CST
I had a Tortie that only let me pet her just soooo many times then she bit.I take a clue from the cat. If they dont want affection they let you know.
Name: John Dyer
Louisville , Ky
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oldherbacious
Dec 23, 2012 9:59 AM CST
I had a wonderful Persian cat which would lay beside me each morning as I watched the morning show. She unfortunately stayed with my ex .

Now my DW and I are big dog people. At the moment my DW is transporting a rescue dog to Indianapolis. Our dog Daisy was not too happy to see this visitor in our house last night. The rescue dog got a good nights sleep with us and now continues her journey to a shelter in Michigan. This is our first experience with this program. Dogs are transported all over the country by people who are willing to transport them for one hour. This was a wonderful friendly dog that deserves a good home. I hope it gets one.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Dec 23, 2012 11:24 AM CST
That is a great organization.Good work.There is a guy in our neighborhood who trains Aid-dogs.The help the handicapped not the same as guide dogs for the blind tho.
He collects cans and bottles and uses the money for civic organizations,he gave one of his dogs to the local sheriff 2 years ago,last years can collection money went to a veterans common house where they treat PTSD.
Everyone on his daily walk leaves their bags of cans by the curb.
Name: John Dyer
Louisville , Ky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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oldherbacious
Dec 23, 2012 12:52 PM CST
ge1836 said:That is a great organization.Good work.There is a guy in our neighborhood who trains Aid-dogs.The help the handicapped not the same as guide dogs for the blind tho.
He collects cans and bottles and uses the money for civic organizations,he gave one of his dogs to the local sheriff 2 years ago,last years can collection money went to a veterans common house where they treat PTSD.
Everyone on his daily walk leaves their bags of cans by the curb.


Here's to him I tip my hat to you.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Dec 23, 2012 2:26 PM CST
He is a young retiree.

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