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Name: Sandy
Tennessee (Zone 6b)
Region: Tennessee Birds Annuals Garden Photography
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Lakeside
Nov 4, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Hello all! I just signed up here at the site and found this forum while wandering around, so thought I'd say hello and introduce myself.

I live in the Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, which is in the eastern part of the state, north of Knoxville. I moved here about six years ago from the nice, flat, sandy-loamy Eastern Shore of Virginia. It's taken me a while to get used to slopes, rocks, and clay, but I think I'm getting the hang of it! My property is mainly wooded but I have a few nice big sunny spots. My first projects involved thinning out some of the understory in the woods and getting some woodland planting areas going. Lots of rhododendrons and ferns and such planted - their success is yet to be determined. This year I started focusing on those sunny spots, including a large area on a south facing slope suddenely made clear by the power company spaying a bunch of herbicide (ugh). I've converted the flattest part if that to lawn, have a couple good-sized areas in reseeding annuals, and used the rocks that are everywhere to create a series of terraced beds in the steepest areas - I'm looking for mainly perennials in those.

I tired some vegetables in a raised bed and some pots without much luck. The areas near the house, where water is readily available are either too shady or too steep. Plus, there are critter issues. Last year a deer ate all the jalapeƱos off my pepper plant! And chipmunks shimmy up my cherry tomato vines and run off with the fruits, lol. I have a friend who grows lots of wonderful veggies and likes to share, so I'll stick to flowers from now on.

Also, I've become an avid bird watcher since I moved here and I try hard to make my property inviting to as many species as possible. I've managed to spot and photograph over 80 species here, but since there is so little cleared area, I rarely see things like robins or mockingbirds. The new sunny lawn is an effort to create a spot they might enjoy. I'm trying to add plants with berries too. The only time I see robins is in late summer when they visit a big cherry tree near the house.

I'm looking foreword to getting to know people here and learning and all the things I'm sure I'll learn from you all. Going to go look at the seeds I saved this summer and see if there's enough to participate in a seed swap ...
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." ~ Iris Murdoch
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 4, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Welcome!
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Indiana (Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
Nov 4, 2017 4:30 PM CST
Welcome! and hope you have a nice experience here!

Have you ever grown daylilies?
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Nov 4, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 4, 2017 6:14 PM CST

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Welcome, Sandy. Tennessee is a beautiful state.

Karen
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Nov 4, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Welcome Sandy! I spend lots of time in the forums just reading them and learning tons of new stuff about all kinds of plants and gardening. Best thing since sliced bread! Hilarious!
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2017 1:59 PM CST
Hi Lakeside Sandy, Welcome! from me too!

You live in one of my favorite parts of the country, I love East Tennessee! I know you will enjoy this site where we learn so much from each other! Look forward to seeing photos of your pretty gardens, sounds like my kind of property with woodlands, rocks, birds, etc. ... not so much the clay though! Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Sandy
Tennessee (Zone 6b)
Region: Tennessee Birds Annuals Garden Photography
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Lakeside
Nov 5, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Thanks for all the warm welcomes!

I have tried daylilies, TsFlowers. They've done okay here but not great. I'm going to prepare a spot with better soil and more sun for them next year. We have a daylily Farm here, Oakes daylilies. I visit every year, and every year it makes want to do better with day lilies.

And, actually, Plantladylin, the clay isn't as bad as I thought it would be. There are some plants, like hostas and painted ferns, that seem to really thrive in it.

"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." ~ Iris Murdoch
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Nov 5, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Hi Lakeside- you sound like a great addition to this group!
I can't wait to see photos of your yard and birds once you figure out how to upload them.
Not too late to sign up for the "Not From The Seed Rack Seed Swap", which starts next Saturday. However it's a bit of a chore, learning how to do it so if you don't have time we'll see you in some other swap later! Don't worry if you don't have many seeds, in fact it may make the first try much easier if you just list a few packets of one or two things. It's a very welcoming group for "Newbies", and you do not have to feel pressured to list lots of kind of seeds.
Name: Sandy
Tennessee (Zone 6b)
Region: Tennessee Birds Annuals Garden Photography
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Lakeside
Nov 5, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Thanks, Pistil Smiling I've already signed up for the swap and entered some trades! It's been a rainy couple days here, so working on the swap seemed like a good way to stay dry and still get some gardening done.

I don't have a whole lot to offer, but I do have some extra seed packets, and I had saved some seeds from the garden this year, so I included some of those too. Nothing too unusual, although I do have some nice white rose campion seeds. I like the white better than the bright pink, and these are from seeds given to me from a friend many years ago, so it feels good to keep passing them on.
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." ~ Iris Murdoch
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Smiling We have members who are very happy customers of Oakes Daylilies and have written reviews for them here: Oakes Daylilies
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Sandy
Tennessee (Zone 6b)
Region: Tennessee Birds Annuals Garden Photography
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Lakeside
Nov 5, 2017 5:13 PM CST
If you ever find yourself in eastern TN around the end of June, beginning of July, Oakes has an annual ope house festival at their display gardens. So may pretty flowers!
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"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." ~ Iris Murdoch
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Nov 6, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Oh my ... what a beautiful setting there at Oakes!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


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