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Apr 16, 2015 6:57 PM CST
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Name: Jason
Connecticut (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Echinacea
I discovered the magic of seed starting kits (72 cell trays/dome/heatmat) and went a bit crazy starting seeds indoors this winter. Lots of coneflowers: cheyene spirit, sunset, firebird, sandy yellow, wild berry pow wow and a whole bunch of other stuff like scarlet sage, bergamot, various butterfly weeds, red lychnis, statice, sweet marjoram, red drummond phlox, hollyhock charters double mix, ne aster, red & white yarrow, mexican torch sunflower, a whole bunch of different zinnias and more, plus herbs for the butterflies like rue, fennel, parsley, etc.
I'm a big diy'er when it comes to home improvement, granted I couldn't afford to have professional help with my house in the first place so if anything is getting done its diy, but I take alot of pride in fixing up my house and I know its getting done properly, usually over-done! But back to plants, I take that same sort of pride with plants as I do with my house, its very rewarding to start from seed and see them grow and blossom and have butterflies enjoying them. I garden for butterflies and hummingbirds. So heres some of my seedlings, wintersown containers, garden areas, etc...
This is my "project property" or "future house" that I bought a few years ago to fix up and eventually live in with my family, hope to move in this fall, working on ulilities now, the back half addition also needs siding which i'll probably finish once we're living in it, hard to pay rent at another house and have extra money to put into this house. So when I get sick of working inside or I have no money for what I need to do inside, I do some gardening/landscaping, heres a shot of the house as well....

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in the top right corner is Sundance Bicolor Gaillardia, a very cool looking flower imo

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Hollyhocks
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A new bed to help accommodate some of my new seedlings, ya things look pretty sad still here in CT, a few plants are starting to pop up but not much quite yet...I also used some crappy free mulch from my local dump for most of the gardens, once we're living here I will replace with good stuff, I know there's some eye sores around the property, my goal has just been to get some plants established so we have a fuller looking garden once we're full time residents!
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seed grown dahlias from saved seeds (got the seeds from a gardener with a huge dahlia bed, I took home a plastic grocery bag full of seed heads two years ago.) I like the suspense and surprise of seeing what types & colors of flowers i'm given, I will have two beds of 20 plants each for these then others scattered around the property, I think I have around 50 dahlia seedlings at the moment
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Apr 16, 2015 9:45 PM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
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Wishing you good luck with all the projects you are in the process of getting done. When you get it all done your will have a nice place for your family to live. Thumbs up
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
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Apr 17, 2015 11:29 AM CST
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Butterflies Irises Region: Indiana
Hummingbirder Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies Cut Flowers Clematis
Keep the pictures coming.. Going to be beautiful!
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Apr 27, 2015 6:23 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
wow your house is going to be nice! We bought a fixer upper too, so ours looks pretty much like yours right now!
Your raised beds look good too!
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May 27, 2015 5:41 PM CST
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Name: Jason
Connecticut (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Echinacea
my 3 yr old lupines grown from seed looking extremely happy this year...

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malva I grow every year from seed already flowering a month after planting, love starting stuff early!

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some iris

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Agastache I started from seed early this winter....

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Iris, Peony, Malva and more bed, I do annuals on each side of this bed, mexican sunflower torch & zinnias....

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May 27, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader
Looks good. Lupines look great. Malva is one of my favorite flowers.
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and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

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May 28, 2015 6:05 PM CST

Beautifu! Hurray! It will be so gorgeous once all the plants have grown. I also went a little crazy this winter with seeds. It's so much fun though once you see a little green thing coming out of the pot and then knowing you will plant it in your garden. I love your iris. I have some iris too but I'm just beginning to find out all the different kinds there are and I can't wait to purchase some new ones to add to my good old purple ones. : nodding :
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May 28, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Jason
Connecticut (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Echinacea
LILINEWCAS said:Beautifu! Hurray! It will be so gorgeous once all the plants have grown. I also went a little crazy this winter with seeds. It's so much fun though once you see a little green thing coming out of the pot and then knowing you will plant it in your garden. I love your iris. I have some iris too but I'm just beginning to find out all the different kinds there are and I can't wait to purchase some new ones to add to my good old purple ones. : nodding :


Yes I can't wait until the garden gets more established, but its a fun process, growing from seed is very rewarding, its great knowing you created a plant from scratch, makes me appreciate and enjoy my gardens all the more. Most Iris i've had for years and moved from my old house, I picked up a few nice iris on ebay, there were a few big sellers last time I looked with some very nice plants and great prices. I had a short lived strong interest in iris but now i'm all about gardening for the butterflies, trying to create a butterfly paradise and draw in as many as possible.
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May 30, 2015 2:38 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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WOW What a great project. Its going to be wonderful.
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