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Started by Kris AZ. Last reply by Douglas Plotkin Aug 16, 2010.
Beautiful, Deborah, beautiful! Great job on making it happy enough to re-bloom! Thanks for taking the time/effort to share it with us. Happy gardening all!
I have been nursing an unknown variety amaryllis bulb for 3 years, finally a bloom! It was more of a rescue than a gift, until now. I thought you might like to see it.
Thanks for the nice comments on the pics, I appreciate them. This weekend's weather has been amazing! Looks like we're all in for a windy start to the week. I hate wind, LOL. Happy gardening!
Cactus blooms beautiful Grant! Still a little breezy here in North Peoria. Didn't realize how windy it usually is living next to Westwing mountain. I guess residents living near the other Phoenix mountains experience the same. Another lovely weekend in AZ.
Your photos are inspiring, Grant. Thank you!
How wonderful is the weather this weekend? Very! LOL. I hope everyone is getting outside and enjoying it! Here are a few quick pics from the garden, including three Matucana madisoniorum cacti which bloom many, MANY times a year, another iris/nasturtium pic, a red Hippeastrum johnsonii bloom, and our native purple four o'clock, Mirabilis multiflora. Happy gardening all!
The winds are so strong here in Gilbert, the pool water has white caps! Yesterday and early this morning before the winds kicked up, I staked as many tall plants as I could. One tomato plant I staked and tied with twine actually broke, so I removed the ties. The tomatoes plants settled down and seem to be doing better against the wind. Even some of my onions, particularly the Bulgarian onions are having a difficult time.
Is anyone else experiencing wind damage? What ideas might you offer to help those of us who are having problems?
I agree Deborah, your memorial garden is a wonderful tribute to your friend. Thanks for sharing the pictures too. It looks like you had great helpers clearing and putting it together. I like the post construction for shade - I may "borrow" it. I've always used brickwall ladder mesh, hooped over my beds & covered w/burlap blankets held w/ clothespins. As Grant said, "professional looking;" and I need something more permenant. How tall are they from the soil level or trough lip?
Stump removal is a bear! Wished I had a piano mover when we moved our troughs. Mine are 2' X 8' & it took both of us lumbering to move it w/o soil! Can't wait to see how yours are doing this season. Your memorial garden will have the true spirit gardening and friendship.
I need to have my husband help me take pix of my vegetable troughs to post and share.
Grant, again your garden pictures inspire me! That bearded iris is beautiful, the blue color incredible! I've had some yellow irises in my past garden given to me. Hmm...gave me another future idea, I'd forgotten how nice the folliage is after they bloom.
Did you plant the Shirley Poppies from seed? I planted some basic Icelandic Poppies from Home Depot this Spring in pots on my front porch w/ some violas. I love their delicate petals .
Thanks to a previous post Grant, last weekend we traveled to the Phx Botanical Garden. The beautiful desert is in bloom there...lots of lovely color and the weather was great! Wrapped up the afternoon with lunch on Mill Ave.
Thanks for all your pix. You've both helped me with desert gardening here in Phoenix, which is a bit different from desert gardening in southern AZ.
Soak up this super weather while we can!
Wonderful pics, Deborah, thanks for taking the time and effort to share them. It's lovely to see so many friends and family working together to make a nice memorial garden like this. I'm sure Karen is looking down smiling. Removing that stump looks like a big job! The end garden is really lovely and quite professional looking! Thanks for sharing this with us.
Thanks too for the nice comments on the 'Batik' iris. Bearded iris are just so easy here I've gone a bit overboard (so expect pics, hah!). No, this garden has never had Bermuda grass, no has my other garden here in Scottsdale. I've heard it's a real BEAR to get rid of once it's present.
Okay, time to get back out in to the garden for a bit more weekend fun. Happy gardening all--I'll leave you for now with a quick pic of one of several Shirley poppies blooming in the garden. Another easy spring blooming annual. All the best!
Karen's Memorial Garden event went off without a hitch yesterday. Here are some snapshots of the effort and the wonderful people who made it all possible. We all loved Karen so much and miss her joy filled laugh. She seemed to be with us, perhaps laughing playfully at our sweaty brows.
Karen's Memorial Trough Garden preparation began with removing a mesquite stump. Reed and Terry worked with pick, ax and shovel for hours, were victorious and free of injury except for sore muscles and a few blisters.
Reed, Terry and Karen's husband, Steve, loading the semi-filled trough onto a piano mover.
Blake, Reed, Terry and Steve hoisted the troughs onto the bed of Blake's pick-up truck. All went well for the 1/4 mile drive. Now time to set, fill and plant the garden.
Here is the beginning stage of developing the garden. We want the grass to grow, and there are some decorations to be added. A dedication is still in the planning stages as is a seating area.
Bill and Jeannie brought a tomato plant for the garden, as you can see, it is happy in it's new home.
After the work was done, we had a picnic lunch near the garden. Good company, good thoughts and Karen remembered.
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