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  •  gah... (6+ / 0-)

    got nothing done AGAIN today.  Yesterday I was putzing around.  Got some weeding done, but no planting.

    Today I was running around in the morning (yay, the farmer's market back open for the season!) went to the gym to get knees back in order, then ran to the garden center to look at trellis arbors (thanks a lot estreya! lol).

    Didn't see anything, so will probably rig something with bamboo as planned.  I did buy some 8 foot bamboo stakes - 4.  And will make something simple with some wire fencing stretched between for vines to take hold.  I didn't want anything big!  And only want a narrow thruway.  And I didn't want anything with a big depth either!  Gah.  I gotta get the bamboo outta the car before I go to work tomorrow!

    Anywho - so I did pick up some pentas (been waiting for these with bated breath.  the butterflies love them so!!!) and also I finally found some black and blue salvia (one of my favorites.  Supposed to winter over in my zone, but I've only been lucky one year).

    Soooo...as I was weeding, contemplating the placement of new plants (WHICH, I did not plant yet!!!) I found that the black and blue from last year seems to have self-seeded??  I have some sprouts and the leaves were really looking familiar.  I did let them grow and today can confirm for sure they are baby plants coming up. :)

    It's okay - I needed to get more since I can only count 4 baby sprouts of the plant... and hopefully a slug won't come by and wipe them out in the night.

    Now I came in because thunder has started.  We're supposed to get t-storms and tomorrow rain like crazy.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 02:11:52 PM PDT

    •  ps... (4+ / 0-)
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      I'm soooo happy with the perennials I planted last year!!  With the exception of a couple of penstemon (the blue ones), it seems all have made it.  I was even able to transplant a couple of various perennials early this spring to a different location and they're doing great.  the echinacea and salvia are really doing well... bees are loving the flowers!

      I was worried about the hardy hibiscus... but they're now growing quickly... even one that I thought was dead and I set aside in it's huge rootball.  I saw at one point, some roots that actually looked viable... so figured, okay, let's see what happens.

      As it is - it sent up a couple of shoots, so I planted it.  It's now growing nicely.

      After having such luck with moonflowers last year, they all look like shit this year!!  It's just been too cool at night... and too many wet cool days (before these past few days of extraordinary heat for this time of year).

      winds picking up... thunder in far distance.  We do need rain with all this hot weather.  And I didn't water today knowing it's supposed to rain.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 02:19:36 PM PDT

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    •  WTF? (6+ / 0-)

      I expected to see pics of a revised garden layout that you whipped together in the middle of the night and constructed under the glare of portable floodlights much to the consternation of your sleepy neighbors and confused pooties...

      I didn't realize you were looking for black and blue sage. They sell it everywhere down here; even Home Depot and Lowe's carry it. The roots are really hardy and tough so they may be coming back on their own. I've ripped quite a bit of mine out and gave it to my neighbor who let the roots sit around awhile in the middle of the summer before she got around to planting them. So far they're doing great in their new home. And I still have it popping up where I don't want it; that stuff is tenacious as hell.

      •  Gah... (5+ / 0-)
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        In my head everything is done! Lol

        I love black and blue sage! It's my favorite "annual".  It is becoming more available, but the first time I got it I couldn't find it the following year.  I just love the dark dark bracts and stems vs the deep blue.  The leaves are pretty, too.

        I have to do the trellis next weekend for sure!

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 08:50:20 PM PDT

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    •  Your "nothing" is full of somethings! (4+ / 0-)
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      Is there also chocolate in your peanut butter? :)

      •  By the way, i've been tossing around ... (4+ / 0-)
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        ... the notion of bamboo and fishing wire as a "temporary" solution myself.  With copper pipe, i figured i could just bang one of those long metal bars used to set concrete really deep into the ground, and then slip the pipe on top.  It seems to me that would be very secure, even for a flat trellis.  Bamboo, being a pipe of sorts, would allow me to do that same thing.  So i might try that.

        We shall see!

        I'd love to see photographs of what you end up making.  Just remember that imitation is the highest form of flattery ... :)

        •  It's planned as very simple... (4+ / 0-)
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          Two pieces of bamboo each side, two lashed at top.  Fencing at the base between the two pieces.  So it's square at top.

          Opening just enough to walk through, like 30 inches. Depth narrow, like no more than a foot. I might think of shorter bamboo between solely as decorative, the fencing being what supports the vine.

          I don't want anything to block the view into the garden and so you can still see the pond.

           That's it!

          :-)

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 08:57:06 PM PDT

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    •  I got a really nice wood cedar trellis at Lowe's. (5+ / 0-)
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      on Saturday..I have rigged it on the summer kitchen between the floor and ceiling for succulents. Replaces a cedar and bamboo one the hubs made a couple of years ago..only this one should last longer...I have a spot  of 50ft bamboo if you need tall sides for your trellis.

      •  Lol... (5+ / 0-)
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        Now how does one ship a 50 foot piece of bamboo?? Lol

        How would one get it into the ground?? :-D

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 08:51:35 PM PDT

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