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Name: bb
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lilylady
Mar 4, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Since I feel like I am rather new here, and you all seem to know each other for ages, I am curious about a few things. One, being your chosen garden name.

I have known Juli (mod) for years, yet it suddenly came up that I didn't realize that her garden was named Shagbark Gardens when she posted on Face Book. Or if I knew, I had forgotten. I am guessing that it might because of Shagbark Hickories growing there? If so, I LOVE them and would love to see pictures of them! I have a grouping on an estate that I work on. Huge old trees. Alas, here, I only have the regular Hickories. And never see any nuts!

I'll start.

Distinctive Garden Designs was not my first garden name.

I once had, for years, an antique business, and it was called 'In An Old Fashioned Way'. So while I was fading out of that and into gardening, my first garden name was 'Gardens In An Old Fashioned Way'. Both appropriate for how I feel for what I do, and where I live. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of the history of where I live, and the history/story that might be behind the antiques that I have collected. So many stories come alive in their history.

But then, it was John Peat that suggested that I should call what I do 'distinctive' in some way. And that idea stuck with me. There are plenty of landscapers around here, but none really 'create/design gardens'. They landscape. So, I came up with the current name.

Would love to hear how you have created your garden name and what the history of it is.

This topic might go well with the new theme that Juli mentioned creating.

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Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
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Ladylovingdove
Mar 4, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Very interesting that someone you know has gardens named Shagbark Gardens, since I live on Shagbark Street and wondered where in the world the name came from. So I would love to see the shagbark trees that you are talking about.

My garden has no formal name.

Dot
Name: bb
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lilylady
Mar 4, 2012 11:39 AM CST
Alas, I have no current pics, Dot. I should get some. The estate has a huge drop in landscape ground. And the Shagbarks there are only seen as the top half of the trees, which makes them wonderfully architectural.

Do you see very rough looking bark on the trees? And then some parts falling off as in White Birch peeling?

Hey, time to name your garden, Dot!
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daylily
Mar 4, 2012 12:23 PM CST
Back when I was selling and had open garden hours, visitors etc - I called the place Shagbark Ridge Daylilies. We had the land, then built a house, and we called the "someplace" Shagbark Ridge. So naturally when I needed a business name, it became Shagbark Ridge Daylilies. I have a fraction under 17 acres. Some fields, some woods. Right in front of my house is a patch of woods that is full of Shagbark Hickory trees. There is one that is HUGE! Someone from an arboretum around here said it is probably 250-300 years old. They do produce LOTS of nuts - they are great to eat, but horrible to crack! So, we don't gather them.

I was to chicken to put my real name on Facebook. Blinking So I put in my first name as Shagbark, my last name as Daylilies. Whistling Green Grin!

This is the large Shagbark.

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This last photo was taken from my bedroom window, after the big ice storm in 2005. We lost 17 hickory trees that were between 1 and 2 feet in diameter. The tops broke, but because Hickory is stringy wood, the tops stayed attached and just hung there. I have had all the trees other than hickories that are tall enough to fall on my house cut down, but the hickories pose no danger because of the way they break and hang. I was SO sad by having all those trees break in the storm.

If you look in this photo, back behind the little woods, there is a row of pines. Look just to the right side of the last pine on the right, and you can see the trunk of the big hickory. All the tree trunks in the little woods are Hickories, except a big old walnut that was dead and they cut it down a couple days later.

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Name: stephanie king
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rebloomnut
Mar 4, 2012 1:45 PM CST
This is so interesting. Love that name and where it came from.

I am still trying to come up with something original to use for my name once I start selling. I thought maybe something with Montana but it is still open. Maybe I should have a contest.
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daylily
Mar 4, 2012 2:17 PM CST
Similar to Fred's name the daylily contest? I agree
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Char
Mar 4, 2012 3:16 PM CST

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Great topic! I've been asked a number of times about the name for the garden here in Vermont - Holdn' Heaven. Before getting into dl's I showed Sheltalnd sheepdogs. The garden is named for Can. Ch. Adair Someday Holdn' Heaven. Angel injured her eye playing in the leaves one fall which ended her show career, she missed her american championship by 1 major. She had an amazing personality, was always the queen of the couch, and never met a stranger she didn't instantly like.

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 4, 2012 3:23 PM CST
I don't do Facebook. And I have never named my garden. I do have the habit of naming some of the gardenbeds here though. Like I have the backyard raised daylily bed I call The Plateau. And the series of terraces built into the hill going up near the kitchen I call The Terraces Garden. I have a square raised bed with Iris I call Tower Square. And a rose section in the front yard I call Floribundaville amoung others.
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philljm
Mar 4, 2012 3:42 PM CST
I haven't named my garden - perhaps someday?. When I farmed, it was called Crooked Tree Simmental - because a tornado had almost leveled the house and barns 20 years before we bought it - and many of the trees were very crooked because of that storm. We had Shagbark Hickorys further back in the woods, which I loved. I grew up with Sycamores, and Oaks - which are three of my absolute favorite trees. (oops, I may be taking this off topic!)

Also, you are talking to a family that calls their vacation place "The Cottage" even though it is now an old dingy trailer.....~Jan
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Newyorkrita
Mar 4, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Hey, The Cottage sounds much better than The Old Dingy Trailer! Rolling on the floor laughing
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fiwit
Mar 4, 2012 3:49 PM CST
Floribundaville -- I like that.

Char - that photo is stunning!

I don't name things either, Rita, but have long thought that if I ever did something that needed a name, whether it be buying a share in a racing greyhound or hybridizing a day-lily, I'd call it Fiwit's Folly. Hilarious!
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Newyorkrita
Mar 4, 2012 3:51 PM CST
Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
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lovemyhouse
Mar 4, 2012 4:24 PM CST
Yard is really small, but I do sorta have names for the beds, like the Baseball Bed and the Egg Bed, both because of their shapes (baseball park and an egg); and the Rose Fence Bed, which is two large decorative fence segments on the west side of my front yard which has my favorite roses. The entire east side yard will be the Green Amber Gardens project bed, but given some health hiccups the last two months, it looks like it will be awhile before I can get that infrastructure in place.

Love Florabundiville and Fitwit's Folly. Big Grin
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Shannon
Mar 4, 2012 5:54 PM CST
LOL I name Everything Green Grin! My gardens/houses name is Tar Na nOG its a Irish legend of a land were the leaves never fall off the trees and the flowers bloom all year round. And you are always young and healty Angel

Being Irish I like all fables and folklore. I even have a Dragon " Draco" on my roof peak. He keeps our home safe Lovey dubby

Beautiful Shelty Char.

OOOPps forget the Why...My BF Paul has alot of medical issues and I though that was the Best name for our home. Maybe
the Irish fairies will help him a little Smiling
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spunky1
Mar 5, 2012 6:34 AM CST
The name of our garden is Daylily Place but the original name was M & M Daylilies back in the mid to late 90s. We had a huge 4x8 sign on the main highway thru Lillian with the name and directions on how to find us. The sign had been there for a several years and had drawn a lot of traffic for our small daylily business. One morning as I was going to work, I pulled up to the stop sign at the main highway and directly across the intersection from our sign was a brand new sign that read M & M Adult Videos. To make it short, they would not change there name so we changed ours after talking to a lawyer about legal fees and court battles. Today we do not have a sign as we no longer care to sell to walk in traffic, it's much easier to use the daylily auction. We still have visitors and we have been an AHS Display Garden for many years.
Name: bb
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lilylady
Mar 5, 2012 7:42 AM CST
Loved seeing your big shagbark Jules!
Love your dog, Char!
Rita, ah, naming each garden? gonna do. And Floribundaville would work for the daylily beds, right? all floriforous!
Steph and Dot - it's time! Wow, Mt would be mighty cold for daylily growing, so something like Shivers.... might work! Gotta know more about your gardens Dot...
Jan, we had a 'cottage' too!
Mary, 'Fiwit's Folly' would work!
Deb, 'Green Amber Gardens' is an idea!
Shannon, what an enchanting name and folk lore Tir na nOg is. Great name for a daylily as well!
Fred, Oh My! Now for an explanation of 'spunky'!!! I have all sorts of visions!

Name: Mary
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fiwit
Mar 5, 2012 8:14 AM CST
Shannon, can you give us a phonetic pronunciation of Tir na nOg?

I'm saying teer naw nawg in my head.
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Hemlady
Mar 5, 2012 9:48 AM CST
My garden is named Lighthouse Gardens. I actually got the idea from my two daughters. I have always like lighthouses and they started me a collection of them many years ago. It was only fitting that I should name it Lighthouse Gardens. I once was asked by a person online if I lived in a lighthouse. I had to laugh at that one. I did have a solar lighthouse in the garden but even with taking care of it with water proofing year after year, it finally succumbed to the weather and I had to toss it out. Sure would like another one, maybe made of stone or something more durable.
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Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
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Ladylovingdove
Mar 5, 2012 10:06 AM CST
Well my name is Parker and Parker Gardens is good enough for me. I don't really have that many gardens. I have raised iris gardens and have had them for many years. There was really no room for more gardens, when I started growing daylilies. So my daylilies just grow in big pots all over the place. I am presently planning to put my new ones in the middle of the grass in the back yard, because it is the only sunny place left out there. I refuse to grow my expensive daylilies out front, too easy to steal when they are in pots. The front yard has cheaper ones out there. I have a city lot.

I do have a couple of pictures of my irises that say Parker Gardens on them.

Thanks so much for posting the pictures of the shagbark trees.

Dot


Parker iris garden
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Part of the long raised iris garden, it is 40 feet long
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Daylilies in the front bed, you can't see the pots behind the liriope
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A place for pots, an old tree stump, I sure miss my bald cypress that was there.
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Daylilies in the front bed.
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Name: stephanie king
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rebloomnut
Mar 5, 2012 11:49 AM CST
OK BB I am going to do it. I will start a thread for the Name my Garden Contest. Y'all come now. Big Grin

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