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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 11, 2013 10:40 AM CST
After 2 years of neglect, I'm reclaiming my gardens Hurray! The tenacity of plant life has amazed me, it's been a joy to see so many perennials rebound as if they've been babied consistently all along! Here are some pics of the entry garden from May:
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Bulbs Cut Flowers Peonies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Vegetable Grower
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soilsandup
Jul 11, 2013 10:42 AM CST
Looks great, Neal. It is amazing your potted plants stayed so healthy with neglect - or maybe your definition of neglect is what I consider normal care Hilarious!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 11, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Some June shots from the same area:
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 11, 2013 10:59 AM CST
Well, I did lose several plants that come in for winter, but thankfully most were resilient! Several are tender bulbs that at least got set inside for winter and back out for summer, but other than watering, that was about all the care they received.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 11, 2013 11:06 AM CST
Some July shots of the same area:
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 11, 2013 11:43 AM CST
The front yard is where I have my largest beds- the yard is basically just a network of lawn paths around the garden beds. From the house the view of those beds faces west and northwest, and we have a great view of the sunset here, so I call it my "sunset garden". While it's certainly poly chromatic, my color palette is inspired by colors I see in the sunset, especially peach, salmon, and coral shades. May didn't have much to offer in those tones this year, but I have added some peach bearded Irises and a Pink Hawaiian Coral peony to that bed Smiling
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In June it went from pastel to bright!

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 11, 2013 11:52 AM CST
A couple of July shots of the "sunset garden"
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Jul 12, 2013 5:31 AM CST
Wow, Neal!

Everything is just beautiful!!

What is the big Rose climber? It sure looks happy there.

Fabulous combinations everywhere you look!!

Thanks for the fantastic tour! Lovey dubby

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 12, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Thanks Janice! That monster Rose is 'Leontine Gervaise'. Hard to believe it started as a rooted cutting in a 4" pot.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Jul 13, 2013 8:14 PM CST
A 4" pot!!! And how long ago was that, Neal?

It is so impressive!!! Lovey dubby
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 14, 2013 7:23 PM CST
Hmmm...let me think. I've lived here 6 years, and I think it was year 2 I planted 'Leontine Gervais', so pretty sure it's been there 5 years now. By the 3rd year it had totally outgrown the trellis I had there and had sent out long canes throughout the garden like a thorny octopus! It only blooms once a year, but what a show. And I've never given it the first drop of fertilizer, nor has it ever been sprayed. The foliage is still healthy and shiny- no black spot Smiling
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Jul 14, 2013 8:45 PM CST
That is quite a testimonial, Neal! What a fantastic rose! Smiling
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
Region: Indiana Irises Hummingbirder Clematis Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover
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indygardengal
Jul 17, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Hello Neal. I've been away a while too and wishing there were a few more of the original posters on here...I'm wondering about the old dg and cubits members..
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
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
Jul 17, 2013 12:54 PM CST
I think 10 of us are lurking for every person who is posting.

I didn't get ANYthing planted this last spring, and untill recently, weeds ran amok.

Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
Region: Indiana Irises Hummingbirder Clematis Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover
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indygardengal
Jul 17, 2013 2:08 PM CST
Sorry to hear that ,Rick.
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 17, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Hey Veronica! Good to see you're still around!

Rick, I know how you feel- the weeds took over last year and I never did get a handle on it. The good thing is (if your experience is anything like mine), the big weeds pull out easily and seemed to shade and prevent a lot of new seedlings. We have had an extra wet summer, so that has made weeding a lot easier.

I used to beat myself up for neglecting the gardens so terribly, and wouldn't allow myself any new plant purchases, thinking "if I'm not caring for what I have, I have no business bringing another plant home". Now I realize, a new plant inspires me to tidy up it's new home, then when I see the progress, I'm motivated to keep up the momentum. I also kept seeing the weedy beds as a monumental task, and felt overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. Now I've adjusted my attitude- it's not a monumental task, it's just a bunch of little ones Smiling
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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
Jul 17, 2013 6:16 PM CST
>> the big weeds pull out easily and seemed to shade and prevent a lot of new seedlings

YES! My newest omnipresent weed is an undistinguished Snapdragon someone gave me. She said "this is easy to grow, in fact, it will spread without any work".

Well, the work comes when birds drop the seeds in every raised bed you own. These snaps grew fast and thick, and no other weed has a chance to compete. They do pull out easily, and a lot of root comes with them.

Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
Region: Indiana Irises Hummingbirder Clematis Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover
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indygardengal
Jul 17, 2013 6:21 PM CST
I had let my beds get weedy because of no mulching and no Preen..we had a lot of rain earlier and then went on vacation ..oh my I had 2 ft tall poke weed where I would swear there was none when I left home!!! I was so discouraged that I pouted a few days and then went to work..it took a while and especially the last AND biggest one I kept putting it off. Finally got it done and now looking back am really glad I did..It
Did wonders for my moral but was sure hard on my knees and back.
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My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
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
Jul 17, 2013 6:41 PM CST
>> I pouted a few days and then went to work..
>> .It did wonders for my moral but was sure hard on my knees and back.

Veronica, I know JUST how you feel! My legs and back ache for days after a burst of work. I "should" do a smaller amount of work every other day, but this place where I spend 9-6 every week day seem to think they have first call on my time.

Neal said:
>> wouldn't allow myself any new plant purchases, thinking "if I'm not caring for what I have, I have no business bringing another plant home"

For me, it's new raised beds. "If I don't have time to weed and seed the beds I have, how can i make ANOTHER bed??"

Since I have to chop up the ground and make new soil from pure clay for each bed, making a new RB is not exactly an impulsive act. But I have two big new spots aching to be amended and built up. One place was weeded to within an inch of its life, and bushes chopped back. The other site used to be my back deck, but removing the rotted wood left so little that I had it all taken away, and now it wants 6-10" of soil to be created.

Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
Region: Indiana Irises Hummingbirder Clematis Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover
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indygardengal
Jul 18, 2013 6:31 AM CST
We gardener s just don't give up! Last year I decided to downsize and turned a large bed back into lawn and dug out some older plants.. Now I am planning on moving mt hosts bed and getting several new plants for next year..right now I am watering every day..ugh!
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27

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