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Gardening 101

Can we talk about plans, plants, favourite flowers, success stories, funny failures. Let's get our hands dirty and have some good clean fun.

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Comment by laura52 on October 2, 2012 at 8:48am

I have used mothballs to keep the coons away, but never knew it would work for the squirrels.

Comment by alexander Mollison on October 2, 2012 at 8:36am

MOTHBALLS!!

Comment by laura52 on October 2, 2012 at 8:26am

Annette, maybe you are going to have to use a trap to release it elsewhere if nothing else works.

 

 They really can be funny to watch, but infuriating when it comes to trying to grow bulbs or feed birds. I know they don't like safflower seeds, but most birds do.

Comment by Annette Tilden on October 2, 2012 at 7:54am

I have a favourite computer game called Garden Rescue in which you place vegetables strategically to ward off invading bugs and slugs.  Yesterday I finally cracked the last Challenge level.  It shows no defenses against squirrels though, and already they have been into the tulips I just planted.  I used a lot of the recommended tricks - planted the bulbs deeply, with Fritillaria and covered with blood meal.  I have to admire this smart little squirrel though.  I've watched him in action and he does appear to be very clever.  I guess I will just have to be more so.

Comment by Ishbel McKinlay-Wilkie on September 30, 2012 at 12:07pm

Sorry you lost one Annette. Mine have not grown much either and the are protected. We drove past our old home in Stouffville and when my sister was visiting us from New Zealand she bought me 2 Bridal Spirea. I could not believe the size of them in 10 years. Way past the height of the fence. They are so very beautiful when they bloom in may. I must get some for my back yard!!

 

Comment by Annette Tilden on September 30, 2012 at 12:01pm

Ishbel, I just got my two Rhodos this summer and I don't think one survived the drought.  The other seems to be doing quite well but hasn't increased in size much.  Anywhere I've seen them growing they have been very large trees, sort of like lilacs.  I understand they like acidic soil and the one I still have is protected by cedar trees.

Comment by Ishbel McKinlay-Wilkie on September 30, 2012 at 11:02am

Can anyone tell me how big rhodedendroms (wrong Spelling) grow one season. I bought 2 this year to put near  our fence in the back yard.

Annette, I know you are a lover of them!!

 

Have a good Sunday everyone!!

Comment by Annette Tilden on September 30, 2012 at 10:57am

I'm hoping the two Clematis I planted this year will survive.  The drought has killed one other.  My cousin has one that was in full bloom last week covered with white flowers.  She said it is a native plant, so I'll be on the lookout for that.  

Comment by barbara craven on September 30, 2012 at 10:13am

Here's that last clematis, taken from my new phone of which I'm very impressed.  Poor flower is very bug eaten, but it it  the end of September

Comment by barbara craven on September 29, 2012 at 8:02am

Welcome Aubrey.

Linda, I'm trying t remember what was there.,  I've been moving things around . 
Right now there is a purple sandcherry and an osier dogwood, with hostas as ground cover and in the corner by the door there is a pink spirea and a ping clematis.

Oh speaking of clematis' I have one out in bloom now at the corner of the house.  I didn't think it was going to bloom because I moved it so late and it has been in the shade and went into full sun.  But  I guess it's okay.

 

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