August 2009 Blog Posts (112)

Water will always take the form of its container

Added by buckbuchan Z5/6 KCMO on August 27, 2009 at 7:07am — No Comments

Frog Going For a Swim

The other morning I came outside with Roofus and in the pool I see something swimming , well here it is , it was a frog it was cool to watch him swimming around, I did get him out and put him in the backgarden, well away from the pool, I didnt want him to get pulled into the skimmer!

Added by judi comisky on August 26, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments

A Day at the Pool

One of my favorite things is to have a pool day! Have to pack a bag and a cooler full of snacks and drinks, just to go to my backyard. Get out there turn on the ipod and get lost in the day. With everything coming in and out of bloom there are many things to admire, the conflowers are really huge this year, the monarda is in bloom, the Larkspur that I planted from seed is in bloom, the morning glories are blooming, the tall phlox is reblooming.… Continue

Added by judi comisky on August 26, 2009 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

August 26, 2009

Well hey ya'll! Just checking things out and sending out friend request.....I LOVE THIS SITE! I sent my crazy brother an invite yesterday and he actually joined! He's so funny (what a little doo-doo-head). No really, he's the greatest brother (sigh*). He's coming up to stay for a few days; and by "coming up", I mean from Florida. He and his wife, Amy (aka....my SIL) live in Tallahassee, FL. They are a lot of fun to be around and I enjoy when we are blessed to have time together. He has a… Continue

Added by Mary Mullinax on August 26, 2009 at 6:14am — No Comments

Screech Owls Preening in my Garden!

Imagine my suprise coming out into my garden early in the morning and finding feathers up in my old maple, in my bridal wreath spirea and all over my driveway and garden mulch. I found preened screech owl feathers all around! I am thinking those screech owls must have spent quite a long time in my gardens that night. Normally they are solitary creatures, but there… Continue

Added by Dana Anderson on August 25, 2009 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

Houston Landscaping Legend Dies

(Houston, Texas) Houston lost a great friend of the garden yesterday. Teas Nursery is still a fixture among plant lovers. Learn more here John Teas

Added by JB Zone 9a TX on August 25, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Figs

Do Fig trees or bushes have to have any special care in the winter time? I have two we just bought and they are already
putting out figs so put them in my back yard, have two in front but aren't doing that well....anyone have an experience
with them? Any suggestions will help...thanks!

Added by Carolyn on August 24, 2009 at 2:08pm — 2 Comments

Zucchini Relish

As Rachel Ray would say "Yummo"

I found this relish reciepe from Cooks.com. Made a few jars in the begininng now I am going crazy and making as much as I can.



Zuccini Relish



10 c. Zuccini squash ( I use both my green and yellow squash combined)

4 c. onions ( walla walla sweets from my garden)

5 tbsp. salt

3-4 or more red and green pepper ( I also used some yellow and orange peppers)



Chop vegetables ( my method) or put in coarse grater. Put in… Continue

Added by Lisa Tremper on August 24, 2009 at 11:42am — No Comments

Create a Herptile Haven for Pest Control in Your Garden!

Read this article from Gardening How-to Magazine. Why not let nature take care of nature? Welcome amphibians and reptiles into your garden and watch the pests get gobbled up, you may no longer see a need for those organic pesticides! Here’s another great benefit: Creating various types of natural habitats is a great way to teach your children about nature and… Continue

Added by Dana Anderson on August 23, 2009 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Fun with Screech Owls in my Gardens!

There has been an amazing increase in the number of Screech Owls that have been visiting my gardens this season. I have been having fun whistling to them and having them return my whistles. In the evenings I can usually get a few to come closer, I assume out of pure curiosity! On some nights I can hear them whistle calling all night long. However, when they decide to do the "SCREECH", that is enough to wake you out of a sound sleep! That is one call I… Continue

Added by Dana Anderson on August 23, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Awesome Photo Shoot with a Katydid in my Hosta Bed



I always like finding Katydids in my gardens. They are one of my favorite visitors. When I found… Continue

Added by Dana Anderson on August 23, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Goldfinch Love Catnip

I have a patch in my gardens where I grow canip, not catmint like others confuse it with, but CATNIP, you know, the kind that drives kitty cats nuts! I grow it for my cats and anyone else who wants it. Well, if you thought that Cosmos, Zinnias and Coneflowers were the best lure for Goldfinches, think again! Those little golden sweeties absolutely love the seeds on our catnip flowers!!! Every time I go by that patch of catnip, there are a few Goldfinch in there happily nipping away at the catnip… Continue

Added by Dana Anderson on August 23, 2009 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Conflict Resolution for the Urban Gardener

Living in an urban or suburban area can be convenient, but if you have a passion for gardening, it can also be a bit of a challenge, right? How to manage a garden and all that comes with it in limited space? Making sure all of your neighbors are happy with what you have decided to do with your yard can often be a source of conflict. Master Gardeners all agree that using compost in your gardens is very beneficial. All gardeners, and many non-gardening homeowners, can all agree that recycling… Continue

Added by Dana Anderson on August 23, 2009 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Plant growth rhyme, it just takes time.

First Year Sleep,
Second Year Creep,
Third Year Leap.

Added by buckbuchan Z5/6 KCMO on August 23, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Identifing Trees

I have two trees that I do not know what they are. The second picture is just the leaves, but it gets beautiful a long thin cluster of red blooms Can anyone help me with what type they… Continue

Added by Lisa Dent on August 22, 2009 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Pictures

I've posted some pictures from the Oregon Coast and a couple of my yard. More to come as I find them and as I can find some more recent ones. Amazing how many are from when I had the large evergreen in the backyard!

Added by Kimberly Judson on August 21, 2009 at 3:29pm — No Comments

hummingbird feeder and bees

Hello All,
I need some help. I been feeding the hummingbirds all season now the honey bees are taken over, the feeders are cover with these bees and WILL not let the birds feed. what do I do. sisi9481@yahoo.com or here. blessing to all

Added by glena allyn scott zone 5 on August 21, 2009 at 1:02pm — 5 Comments

Fried garden, Fried gardener

I've been working in the yard all week trying to spruce it up for a party this weekend. Of course the temps have been in the 90s all week, along with the humidity. It's been simply dreadful. I just keep running in and out of the air conditioning and eating fruit pops. Even so, it's still so gratifying to be a part of nature, noting the changes of the seasons, and viewing the cycle of life.



In the herb garden, the parsley is covered with swallowtail caterpillars wearing their green… Continue

Added by Cheryl Davis Z 8 VA on August 20, 2009 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Zucchini Zucchini Zucchini

Man what a great summer her in the Pacific Nortwest! My garden is sooooo prolific everything is just bursting. Just finished making 36 jars of Zucchini relish. It is the best reciepe I have tasted! Now it is time to start dehydrating my millions of tomatoes!!

Added by Lisa Tremper on August 20, 2009 at 6:15pm — 4 Comments

Water

Water is one of the Five Elements, others being Metal, Wood, Fire and Earth.

A Garden without water is a blind garden.
Water takes the shape of its container.
A regular shaped pool is mechanical and strangles the water it contains.

Water: The generator of life, the mirage of reality, the eye of the garden.

MOBOT Library book on Japanese Gardens (?)

Added by buckbuchan Z5/6 KCMO on August 20, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

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