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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 26, 2021 5:29 PM CST
Good luck out there on the west coast with the rain and mudslides. Thinking of you and praying for your safety.

Today I cleaned up 2 Iris raised beds. Tomorrow morning I am hoping to plant a few Iris in raised beds, small pots and all. I think they would do better over winter if I left them in their pots in the ground. Then I can deal with them next spring if they survive.
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 26, 2021 8:24 PM CST
Jeanne ~ Thank you!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 26, 2021 11:42 PM CST
Polymerous said:Now for a PSA:

Joy Creek nursery is closing up shop (time to retire), so I just ordered some plants, including a replacement I. japonica APHRODITE. (Eventually I'll get the growing conditions right.) The plants aren't on sale, but I mention this because they do have a wide variety of plants, some of which I have not seen for sale elsewhere. (I'd love to buy more, but mobility issues, gophers, tree roots, etc. etc. Glare )

Update: Because of record ordering as people scramble to buy before they close, their last day for online orders is November 15.


Marilyn ~ Thank you! I have been ordering from Joy Creek for many years now, and I am sorry/happy that they are retiring. Certainly well-deserved for having such a well-run mail-order nursery. I'm sure I could order something from them.

I would rather have them sit here in fall waiting to be planted than any time in spring. I already lost orders from Annie's and Bluestone due to the evacuation from the fire. It was so hot, so I potted them up, hoping to plant them out when it cooled off. Nothing survived. Well, most of the irises did, except for the ones that I replanted after sharing...
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Oct 27, 2021 1:56 PM CST
@polymerous

sorry i haven't replied in a few days; busy knitting holiday gifts.

yes, i have 2 eureka. 1 yuzu, 1 satsuma, 1 kaffir, 1 berass in pots. i would guess they're about 15 gal. plastic pots from costco. one of my eurekas has been living in it's pot for about 12+ years, and i've done nothing to prune its root structure, as bonsai growers do. ( and that i'm supposed to do for the health and longevity of said plant.) it's not at its peak as it should be, but right now it's gotten too large and unwieldy for me to handle and i haven't been able to contact the guy, that helps me. i grew this one from seed, and it still produces about 15-30 lemons a season. the tree is only about 5' tall.

i replaced the second eureka lemon, after large swallowtail caterpillars, drought restrictions, and other insect invaders contributed contributed to its demise. the new tree is an amazing producer, as it supplies our household and many of our neighbors with lemons. (i freeze the juice in ice cube trays and store them in bpa free baggies for use throughout the year)
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the trees are all tied to the fencing because of the fierce 40-50 mph winds we experience during the stormy times.

i've noticed i have more problems with ants than i did with my citrus growing in the ground. they seem to "farm" a hard brown scale and white fuzzy mealy bugs. https://robinsonloveplants.com....

https://101gardentips.com/wp-c...

that look like photos.

my trees are fairly easy to deal with marilyn, because i don't let them get more than 7' tall.

hope the info. helps?

one aside, while visiting a home on a garden tour in palo alto, i remember a garden tour of 10 - 15' tall topiaries of fruit ladened navel and lemon trees. they were gorgeous, but too formal a structure for my garden. however, that's what gave me the idea, that i could grow my citrus trees in pots because i didn't have enough ground space.

good luck on your journey forward.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 27, 2021 2:35 PM CST
I thought that yesterday's rain had demolishe mymums, but today they are even more glorious.
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-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Oct 27, 2021 4:11 PM CST
I have my order in.

The thymes are a nod towards drought tolerance... let's see how well they tolerate the clay soil, and (for 2 of them) tree roots. Rolling my eyes.


Thymus polytrichus 'Minus' (no picture... this is a ground cover, to go in between stepping stones)


Dithering over where is the best place for this...maybe on the outskirts of the Moon Garden, near the red maple?


I have just the place for this, near some purple Berberis


Three, to go into the ground in a shady area in the Near 40


Two, to go into white pots for the front doorstep (hopefully they will be big enough for the seasonal display)


Yes, I know, I'm self serving... Rolling my eyes. This will go into a pot, as that seems to be the only way to keep hosta alive here Glare


Replacing it yet again...Maybe the third time is a charm? Crossing Fingers! Another potter, at least for the first year


I'd get more plants, but I'm gimping around the garden as it is.
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Oct 27, 2021 4:14 PM CST
Thanks for the info, Daphne. Ants are a real problem here (one of many), so especially thanks for the heads-up on that.

Glorious mums, Daisy... I'm jealous!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Oct 27, 2021 5:55 PM CST
Evelyn - I am sorry to hear that your region is now dealing with mud and landslide problems Sad .

Your mums look beautifull Daisy Lovey dubby
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 27, 2021 10:52 PM CST
Thanks, Robin and Marilyn.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 27, 2021 10:54 PM CST
Thanks for the acorn, Jan!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 28, 2021 11:21 PM CST
DaisyDo said:I thought that yesterday's rain had demolished my mums, but today they are even more glorious.
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Daisy ~ Glorious, is right! Lovey dubby

I have never seen mums look so good. My mother grew them, but they never looked as good as yours!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 29, 2021 12:02 AM CST
Thanks, Evelyn. I used to try to pinch them back three times a season, but now I've decided I like them a bit wild and crazy, exuberant, and overflowing.

I think that tomorrow I need to tie on some labels marked with fade- proof ink telling which colors are which so that next spring I can make some transplants into the back gardens. They take longer to establish there because the ground hogs nibble on them. But several I transplanted there a few years ago are starting to take hold. It just takes longer.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 29, 2021 12:08 AM CST
Thanks for the acorn, Evelyn! Thank You!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 29, 2021 12:09 AM CST
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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Oct 29, 2021 3:35 AM CST
Daisy, which fade proof markers do you use and where do you purchase them?
Name: Wheezy
Cincinnati (Zone 6a)
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MamaFan
Oct 29, 2021 11:31 AM CST
Rain rain rain and I went and let leaf spot get out of hand. 😬😬

I've got to get in there this weekend with comet or some antifungal. Notwithstanding Halloween. 🎃
The Allergic Gardener salutes all of you wheezing on your hands and knees in the garden for love of your flowers.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Oct 29, 2021 11:38 AM CST
I haven't really put this marker to the test yet, but unlike the other "permanent" Sharpies I've used ( which faded within 6 months) this one is the "Sharpie Extreme Fade Resistant permanent marker". It's available on Amazon.

I certainly hope it works better than its predecessor.

I use an electric hedge trimmer to cut back the mums to the ground in March, so I can't use metal garden markers for them. I'll just put string labels showing colors on the ones that I want to propagate by clump division in the spring. Then after that I can easily cut them all back without worrying that I'll ruin my electric hedge trimmers on a metal plant marker. This time the ink really needs to last for just 5 months.

For permanent garden markers for my iris I use a Brother P-Touch label maker, which takes the newer laminated Tze tape, which does not fade. If you are going to buy a new labelmaker, be aware that some of the old P-Touch models are still being sold, and they do not take this new Tze fade- proof tape. So make sure that the one you are buying does take the Tze tape.

Once my tape labels have been printed out, I apply them to the garden markers shown here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BHMFSQB/
I have tried a lot of garden markers in the past that turned out to be very flimsy. These are STURDY and give ample room for even two label strips. And they come in different colors. I like the black, because it's not as obtrusive in the garden. I may even switch to the black label tape with white print.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Wheezy
Cincinnati (Zone 6a)
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MamaFan
Oct 29, 2021 11:54 AM CST
creativeclover said:Daisy, which fade proof markers do you use and where do you purchase them?


I am not Daisy, but to chime in I bought the DP Industries "Garden Marker" from amz, and used the Bosmere Wren tags-- which are so great.

I wanted to warn folks away from copper tags I bought from amz.
Unreadable after 1 year, and fell completely to pieces in year 2.
Literally into pieces.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d...

The Allergic Gardener salutes all of you wheezing on your hands and knees in the garden for love of your flowers.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 29, 2021 3:13 PM CST
The only thing I have used that lasts for a few years are paint markers. Now I use a Brothers printer and UV resistant tapes.
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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Oct 29, 2021 4:23 PM CST
I'm looking for a new way to do labels that will last more then a few weeks to a few months. The extremes in temps here can be brutal. It was upwards of 122 and last winter down to the upper 20's along with the hi winds.
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