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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 12, 2011 3:59 PM CST
Aw, you didn't scold me for my corny "so where you gonna plant it" joke. Blinking

For some reason I read right over that link to the home and garden show here in Clarksville. Thank you!! I have not seen it in the paper yet. Yippeee......

Anxious to see your pics. Thumbs up
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Feb 12, 2011 5:18 PM CST
I was kindly overlooking your naughtiness Sticking tongue out ! Truth is, I haven't a clue where that poor plant is going, but I couldn't leave it at Home Depot, could I? (That resolution about having a plan before I drag home plants is NOT working out well. )

Okay, I just finished posting show photos to this thread. I have a whole bag of literature to sort through, and I also need to decipher my scribbled notes. There are tons of plant sales, workshops, etc. to get into the database. By the way, if you ever see a red "yes" on the cubit without any threads changing, it's probably because I'm adding stuff to the database.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Morning,
I have viewed the pictures. How fun!! It all looks so wonderful especially about right now ... but I agree that one needs to come home with some plants!!

The model trains garden is really interesting ... well they all are, of course. One of my faves is the mossy chair and table. Last fall I bought a sun medallion for my garden/yard at Lowe's. It was discounted 70% so I think I paid $6.29 for it and it was originally $25. I hung it on a gate until I can decide where I want to place it ... and it has started to moss-over without any help from me. It's even greener than this now. I love it! Sticking tongue out Thumb of 2011-02-13/SongofJoy/9948d6

58 today!!! ....woohoo...back later.
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Feb 13, 2011 8:46 AM CST
The sun looks fabulous on the gate - maybe the gate IS its permanent home. And every time you look at it, you can enjoy both the view and the amazing bargain you got!

A friend of mine from GA was heavily involved in the model train society. Her back yard contained a HUGE train garden, and all the plants were carefully chosen for appropriate scale. Keeping leaves, needles, etc. off the track was challenging, but she and her husband thoroughly enjoyed having the trains, so it was worth it to them.
Here's another train garden photo for you from the 2005 SEFS.Thumb of 2011-02-13/knoxred/41a6c2
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Oh that is wonderful!! I love the Rock City sign ... it's perfect! Hurray!

Thanks so much for posting all the pictures.

I know you can mix moss in a blender with buttermilk and spray or brush it on things to make them mossy. I think I'll wait a bit now that it isn't so cold and see what develops with my sun. You're right about the current location in that I do enjoy seeing it every time I go out the side door onto the deck. Lovey dubby
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Feb 17, 2011 7:58 AM CST
Just checking in - I've been outside all week! Spring cleanup is well underway. I am both thrilled and a little concerned at all the new growth I'm seeing. Sedums, gaura, roses, buddleias... As much as I'd like to believe we're done with winter, it's only mid-February. All this new growth is going to get zapped if we get another cold snap.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Feb 18, 2011 4:57 AM CST
I hear that!! I have been outside or in and out all week. I feel like a new person! Thumbs up

I spotted our resident groundhog in the yard yesterday for the first time since s/he went into hibernation last Fall.

I also found the third clump of daffodils I planted last Fall from the .50 a pot leftovers at Walmart. They have multiplied! I have some pink pussywillow catkins too. Yay! So far as I can tell, most things came through the winter okay. A few have yet to show themselves, but I'm hopeful.

I'm also hopeful that any further cold weather won't be a problem.

Enjoy the sun, everyone! Hurray!
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Feb 26, 2011 10:45 AM CST
Hope everyone came through the recent storms okay. Confused
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Feb 26, 2011 11:54 AM CST
With the violence of the storm, I expected a lot more debris. Just a couple branches down here. Even the ugly brown leaves on the pin oak survived intact. Confused

I am trying to find something productive to do outside today. Soil is too wet to work, it's too early to do some things, but it would be a shame to pass up a decent, sunny day. How are things there?
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Feb 26, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Thank you for asking, Red. It got kinda hairy here with very strong winds and 6.5 inches of rain in 24 hrs. Thankfully, we didn't have any damage although there were trees blown over and so forth in various places around here. Also some flooding. With the next storm coming soon, I am hoping that we don't have the flooding we had in this part of the state last year. Did you have the flooding last May?

I went out earlier and finally chopped up the rose prunings that have been laying in the driveway for a week. I got a bee in my bonnet and pruned all of them at one time. Thus cutting them into smaller pieces for disposal was a beeeg (not to mention somewhat prickly) chore ... but it is done now and we can traverse the driveway again. :hurray:

I'm sure you will come up with something to do outside today. Whistling
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Feb 27, 2011 1:36 PM CST
Holy cow! 6.5" ? That's some serious rain. Our property is at the top of a hill, so even when we gets tons of rain, we're not really at risk. Parts of town had problems with streets being unpassable, but no widespread flooding of homes, etc. like you got last year.

We're getting constant rain here this weekend, sometimes drizzle, sometimes pouring. We need it, but I'm not in the mood for it. My daphne is blooming the best it ever has, and I can't enjoy the amazing scent because of all the rain. I'm also done with the overcast gray skies. I NEED some warm dry weather and my hands in the soil.

My tomatoes finally got started, and I did a couple more WS containers of annuals yesterday.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Feb 27, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Our back yard and lot slopes down so we have never had flooding. Occasionally it gets a little "damp" in the garage which is below grade but a small dehumidifier takes care of that nicely. It has been raining slightly off and on all day and the ground is already saturated so I am prayerful for no hard straight-line winds or tornadoes. Even though most of the trees in the woods behind us have no leaves yet, they can occasionally go down anyway if the winds are strong enough.

I agree ... I'm ready for that warm, dry weather. I'm ready to get out and really go at it. So far, it has been in fits and starts. Blinking

My ditch lillies are poking through the ground and so many of the perenniels have buds and new growth. There's no turning back now!! Big Grin

Stay safe over there. They say tonight and tomorrow morning are our chances for the stormiest weather here. It's always something!! Thumbs down

Thumbs up
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Feb 28, 2011 3:59 PM CST
How quickly things change weather-wise. Check out the first picture in this story. It was taken on the west side of Knoxville today. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2...
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Mar 1, 2011 6:26 AM CST
5 more inches of rain here yesterday, very strong straight-line winds, a little hail, flooding. It went from 65/70 degrees to 32 and below last night. Glare

And March has come in like a lamb today. You know what they say about that. Sad
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Name: Sarge
Hills Of Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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RetSgt
Mar 1, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Wow , what a storm we have had lined up over the last few days one right after another . over 8 inches here of rain.

we have had water standing for quite some time due to the heavy rains . However, it does go into the ground rather fast after the rain stops in a few hours so that tells me the soil is good draining it still stays wet so that provides good moisture for any plants .

Sarge
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Mar 1, 2011 1:26 PM CST
Always good to see you Sarge. It'd be nice if the rains would be spaced out a little. One of these days we'll be complaining about needing it.

I'm going to do some more tidying up today since it's too wet to dig. Some of the overwintered plants are coming out of the garage today, too, although it might be temporary if frost returns. It feels so good to finally get going after waiting so long!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Mar 1, 2011 2:20 PM CST
I took some of my plants out of the garage today too. Just couldn't wait any longer. We'll see what happens with the weather.

So many things are coming up now! Exciting!! Big Grin
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Mar 2, 2011 6:08 AM CST
I even have hostas coming up!
Ok, I cheated. I brought some potted hosta into the garage a couple weeks ago to give them an early warm up. Big Grin
No sign of hostas yet in the yard. I did see slugs already. Thumbs down
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Mar 2, 2011 7:50 AM CST
Hey, that kind of cheating is allowed! Most definitely. I call it "primary advanced plant encouragement and support". Thumbs up That makes it sound more official.

We had a hard frost yesterday morning and have a lighter one this morning, but I put things under protection. I think they'll be okay as long as it doesn't freeze. :blinking:
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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Mar 3, 2011 7:53 AM CST
I love watching the plants all leaf out in spring. It's still a little early to tell if some things are coming back, but it's very easy to spot the dead heucheras. Crying Some of the lavenders are looking past their prime as well. On the bright side, I'll have some space to try new things, right?

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