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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 25, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Weeding marathon going on right now, so today I like the BIG and TALL plants the best. Whistling You know, the giants that are like 8' tall by 4.5' wide? They can wait till last to be done, as so much more of them show above the weeds! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 26, 2014 7:06 AM CST
I have some WEEDS nearly that big right now, in my perennial garden... everything got quite neglected last year, due to a combination of circumstances, and it was all I could do to (marginally) take care of the veg garden, so now I'm paying the price!! I'm taking one area at a time and getting everything back in shape -- the perennials will have their turn next week if all goes well. Then there will just be one more spot to rejuvenate, an area with lilacs and daffodils out near the road... I'm actually starting to feel hopeful that I'll have everything back to being at least recognizable as garden areas by the end of the summer Big Grin
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jul 26, 2014 12:05 PM CST
Same here, Sandy. I missed the window of opportunity to get the outlying shadier areas cleaned up properly this spring, and it's been an epic battle with the mosquitoes ever since. Sunny areas are looking pretty good though, and that's totally reversed from the past few years, when the shadier areas received the most attention.

Here's one of those mid-height beds...the weeds are definitely taller! Hilarious!

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I worked in it today; right alongside the hummingbirds. Lovey dubby They didn't seem to mind its weediness a bit. Big Grin

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jul 26, 2014 12:34 PM CST

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Even your weeds are attractive in that photo, Chelle. Smiling
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 26, 2014 1:23 PM CST
zuzu said:Even your weeds are attractive in that photo, Chelle. Smiling


That's what I though too! Hilarious!

Right now I don't have 'beds,' I have rows. It finally rained enough and I finally have time so my flower rows are getting weeded. We had to mow the aisles, the grass was knee high. I'm fighting tall clover that cannot be pulled. I have to cut it down. But I've been making some headway. I thought I could condense into two rows but I forgot about the row of peonies and a row of glads so I guess it will have to be four rows. I really need to cut back!

And there are strawberries in here! I did get this weeded, then my son suggested we just get new plugs for fall! (they don't like the variety I have. Too tart for them.)


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You can see the grass in the aisle on the left. Somehow while weeding I lost one of my cobraheads! I have walked the area four or five times and cannot find it and I have a bright pink plastic ribbon tied to the handle!


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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 26, 2014 6:15 PM CST
Well, at least we know we aren't alone in the "buried in weeds" category! Hilarious!

Arlene, I can certainly imagine losing a weeder in my mess -- or, like, my refrigerator if it somehow got out there...
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 26, 2014 8:28 PM CST
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I'm still looking for pruning sheers I lost about a month ago...in the weeds, somewhere...
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 26, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Our stuff could all be part of an archeological dig at some point in time! Whistling
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Name: Catherine
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jerseyridgearts
Jul 27, 2014 6:02 AM CST
I'm on my way this morning to weed at the church...dew point is still in the uncomfortable range. Poor DH is shaking his head about my intentions...there are PLENTY of weeds right here in our gardens....

Have been using the serrated knife method recommended on ATP - nothing like low tech to get the job done!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jul 27, 2014 9:27 AM CST
I think those yellow blooms might be Canada Lettuce, but I'm not sure. I usually try to get them before they bloom, but not this year. Heaven forbid they ever set seed; I can't get rid of the ones I have now! Hilarious! I have stopped obsessing over them though, which is a very good thing. One of these days I'll end up getting enough of the other plants moved out of there that I can mow that area like lawn, but in the meantime I've learned acceptance. I did get most of them pulled (temporarily) yesterday, so that should get me through another year's bloom cycle. Thumbs up



A definite departure from what's usually shown...but here's a few pictures of those bigger, taller areas that somehow seem to look okay; even when they're past due for cleanup. Smiling
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jul 27, 2014 9:34 AM CST
jerseyridgearts said:I'm on my way this morning to weed at the church...dew point is still in the uncomfortable range. Poor DH is shaking his head about my intentions...there are PLENTY of weeds right here in our gardens....

Have been using the serrated knife method recommended on ATP - nothing like low tech to get the job done!



I really appreciate those church gardens! Catherine, you're a brave and caring soul to work those gardens today. I tip my hat to you. to you! I was going to say that with today's miserable-feeling weather, containers would be the ones I like the best (no weeds and quick to care for Sticking tongue out ), but your perseverance may get me out and doing after all. Thumbs up

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 27, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Even the weeds give you beautiful flowers, Chelle! Big Grin
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jul 27, 2014 10:04 AM CST
It's difficult to tell the difference here, Sandy, I know, but the tall yellow and purple-blue flowers in the last set of pictures are actually my preferred plants! Rolling on the floor laughing Maybe that's part of my planting and viewing strategy, eh? A naturalistic look that defies being categorized! One is never entirely sure if what's being viewed is supposed to be there! Whistling Hilarious!
I'm glad that you saw them as pretty flowers, because that's how I see them, too. Big Grin
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 27, 2014 2:31 PM CST
All the beds look great to me Chelle!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jul 27, 2014 3:30 PM CST
Thanks! Big Grin
Now, y'all are going to aid and abet my slacking off if you're not careful! Hilarious!

We all just came in from the screened porch, soaking wet, where we were experiencing a major storm system as it blew through...fun stuff! My boy and I really like these summer furies. We might have some minor hail damage, but the rain is very welcome. The big and tall Inula helenium is listing a bit at the moment, but I think it'll be just fine.

Today I like the raindrops the best! Hurray!


Arlene, I lost my best pruners this year, too. Sticking tongue out I'm really hoping that both of ours are just mislaid, and not laying out somewhere in the weeds and weather!


Anyone else have garden areas or types of plants that you're especially fond of, regardless of the situation? Share them with us, if you will... it's good therapy! Whistling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 27, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Chelle, I know my pruners are out in the weather because I was using them and then I couldn't find them. I need to find a tool belt that holds a pair of pruners!!! I'm probably going to have to come up with something myself that involves velcro! Like a velcro strap that hooks between the handles from the belt to the pocket.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Jul 27, 2014 6:58 PM CST
A deep-pocket (cloth) waist apron might work for you, Arlene. I've used them before and found them to be handy but these days I usually just have a few moments here and there to prune, so I usually don't bother. When I used to use them it was nice to be able to remove it, fold it over and wrap the ties around it, and my hand tools stayed nestled safely inside. I'd just grab the bundle and go. Smiling I kept an oiled rag in there, too. I'm a bit obsessive about re-oiling my tools. *Blush*

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 27, 2014 7:55 PM CST
I used to have a bag I carried but the straps broke, for the second time so I started using a carpenter's belt but the pruners kept working their way out when I was bending over so much. After I lost them I started keeping my grasshopper with me and putting the second pruner inside the seat but it's a pain. I admit I have a bad habit of just setting them down on the ground/weeds as I work but I have been trying to be super careful. The oiled rag is a great idea. I always think I'm going to put sand and oil in a 5 gallon bucket to clean/oil my shovel, fork, whatever, but I still haven't done it.
Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Jul 27, 2014 8:01 PM CST
Chelle. My avatar is a distant view of my big garden 'cuz I haven't gotten it all cleaned out this whole summer. Weather and terrible biting bugs, that are very prolific because of all the rain, and life seem to have put a crimp in gardening. I've still got hopes for catching up though! Well maybe not this year. Hilarious!
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abhege
Jul 27, 2014 8:05 PM CST
I don't see any weeds Susie! It's a beautiful garden!

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