Garden Photos forum: Susan's Garden Part Two 2012-2013

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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Apr 23, 2013 7:42 AM CST
Photos of my city garden part one can be seen at:
The thread "Susan's Garden" in Garden Photos forum

You may notice that there are very few photos from 2012. Last summer I was very busy caring for my mother during the last few months of her life and had litttle time to take photos or post. It was a strange summer. Spring came very early with most everything blooming about a month earlier that normal. From there we moved into a hot, dry summer with drought conditions and water restrictions. I was smart enough to pot up a lot of coleus and other annuals early in the season when I realized that there won't be much blooming from late July onward.. I ended up moving a lot of the pots into the front garden to add a little late season color. The back yard was allowed to go dormant. I've been relieved this year to see that most of the plants are coming back. I did lose a few echinacea, a large aruncus, some columbine and a few other things. Thankfully I grow a lot of very drought tolerate things like daylilies, Iris and lilies.

Here are a few photos from the 2012 season.

A big clump of Little Episode which was divided last fall.

Snowdrop anemones
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One of the front trellis.
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Lilies blooming near the street
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Baltic Sea and Swingtown Iris
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Iris and heurchera
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Vegetables in earthboxes were a new project.
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Potted plants in the front driveway.
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Firetruck, a glowing asiatic lily
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Front of house view with lilies.
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Front garden
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Pots of coleus on front porch.
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Here are some of the many pots of coleus that were moved to the area near the street in Oct. You can see that the plants behind them look rough.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lilies Irises Cat Lover Dog Lover
Heucheras Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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stilldew
Apr 23, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Spring 2013 is still struggling to get here. The temperature is suppose to get down to about 24 tonight and we have had snow a number of times in the last couple weeks. Late for that here in NE. The pansies I potted up a few weeks ago have been snowed on and had ice crystals on the blooms, but look like they will be just fine. Everything else is a good month behind last year
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 23, 2013 8:26 AM CST
I am always amazed and pleased by how tough plants can be in extreme conditions. Looking forward to seeing photos of this year's garden. Lovey dubby
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Apr 23, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Most of my garden is waiting in the kitchen for it to warm up. Here are some of the coleus cutting I took last fall and some annuals I got in a hurry and bought. I'm planning on digging up all 4 of my Jackman clematis that have grown in front for over 20 years. They have gone down hill a lot over the last few years and last years drought was really hard on them. Have 4 Warsaw Nike's waiting inside that will replace them. Don't expect much from them for a couple year, so am going to hang some SunPatients on the trellis for the summer. Am also adding some other new clematis, a couple hibiscus, 2 hydrangea, 2 butterfly bushes and other assorted plants. Unlike some of the planners on here, I won't decide where everything goes until it arrives. I am getting a new fence, so will have a bit more shade and also more places for things to climb in the back yard. I love how a garden is always changing and never complete. Thumb of 2013-04-23/stilldew/3d9e62
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 23, 2013 9:43 AM CST
I do, too, Susan.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Apr 23, 2013 11:46 AM CST
Wow, you have a lovely, lovely garden.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 23, 2013 12:17 PM CST
I agree I agree
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Veronica
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indygardengal
Apr 23, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Good seeing you again Susan. Missed seeing you on here last year. Gardening was hard in 2012 with the widespread drought so hoping for much better luck this year. We are slowly getting warmer here in Southern Indiana..
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 24, 2013 9:44 AM CST
Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Apr 24, 2013 1:23 PM CST
Thanks for sharing your lovely garden! We still have banks of snow and it's been cold at night and not getting out of the 30's lots of days so am glad for all the pictures.Your gardens are beautiful. Thumbs up

Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Apr 26, 2013 12:15 AM CST
Very nice pics Susan,
I wish I had a no-see-dirt garden like yours (sooo many plants and blooms that the ground is hidden from sight) ... I always complain I don't have any room for new plants, but I still feel there's so much to be done.
Great job!
Same thing here last year, and looks like this year. We had lots over lots of rain in early spring and now nothing. And the weather is very hot. Already starting to look like a desert!
I'm looking at months of manual watering :(
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lilies Irises Cat Lover Dog Lover
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stilldew
May 1, 2013 8:03 PM CST
May 1 garden should not look like this!Thumb of 2013-05-02/stilldew/fa2923
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 1, 2013 9:48 PM CST
No, it should NOT! Angry
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 2, 2013 8:36 AM CST
I looked at the picture and immediately had to embiggin because I just could not believe I was seeing SNOW! Crying
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Jewell
May 5, 2013 4:10 PM CST
Susan, I loved viewing your garden. Simply lovely Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
May 8, 2013 12:58 AM CST
Saaad, Susan!
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
May 9, 2013 8:35 AM CST
Guess I might as well post the ugly along with the good on this thread. My back yard had been somewhat negleted over the last couple years due to the amount of time I spent caring for my mother before her death. One huge problem is that a very invasive Dutchman's pipe vine has taken over about 25% of it. I planted it originally to cover and ugly chain link fence and for a couple years it work well. So well in fact that I moved some of it to a different location. Now maybe 18 years later it has taken over. It shoots long roots out 20' and they wind around my lilies and grow under the daylilies. I'm trying to dig as many of the roots out as possible, then when it starts to leaf out, am going to put a 9 month kill all vegetation spray on the leaves. Have a feeling it may take a few years of work to get it all under control..

I also got a new fence to replace the chain link one and am planning on redoing all my borders and paths thei year too. Right now the paths have landscape fabric at the bottom that has been topped with mulch a few times over the years. The mulch has decomposed and is now a nice fertile bed for weeds. I'm going to put all of it into my beds, relay landscape fabric and then hopefully by fall be ready to top it with peagravel and steppping stones much like my front garden. Lots of work, but I really want to get something more permanent done with the paths before I retire.

Here you can see one of the holes I've dug working on getting the vine roots out.
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This area is not only taken over with the vine shoots, but also lots of creeping charlie. I'm going to rescue what plants remain and move them , then kill everything, Hopefully it will stop raining for a few day so I can start to spray.

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This area is the other side of the above fence. Not only lots of vines, but also lots of ditch lilies that are really my neighbors, since the area between the fence and their garage belongs about half to them. I have been digging back the ditch lilies every year to keep them out of my yard, but think they are on the kill list for this too.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 9, 2013 9:20 AM CST
LOVE that fence! Lots of work ahead and I hope the vegetation killer kicks vine butt.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lilies Irises Cat Lover Dog Lover
Heucheras Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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stilldew
May 9, 2013 9:34 AM CST
Thanks. The fence really helps give me the motivation to get the whole area shaped up. It hides a lot of ugly views and gives me just the right amount of privacy without making me jailed in. So much better than the chain link that had had a number of trees fall on it over the years. My little dog is thrilled too since she has never been able to run loose before.
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lilies Irises Cat Lover Dog Lover
Heucheras Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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stilldew
May 10, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Looking at the photo from April 23 above, I can see that things are starting to fill in.

Street strip looking east.
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Steet strip looking west.
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Looking out my front door towards the park. The tree peony is budded out
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From the sidewalk looking towards the house..
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Mother hens in strawberry pots.
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Lots of Standard dwarf iris are blooming.
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