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Category: My journey into Gardening | Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:18 pm

Hi guys Its me agian. I"m racking up some blog time this year. First let me say thanks for all your support, and comments.
I got a job working for the Auburn University Horticulture Dept. this summer. I have recieved lots of free plants and have almost completed all the major planting for the yard.
A month or so I got 14 Azaleas that I planted around the deck and along the back fence line. You saw those in the previous blogs. But last week I got 13 loropetalums, that I planted along the left fence line.
This is the before picture. I cleared out the rose of sharon, and the roses, which I replanted in containers. I will blog about them later.

And this is the after picture.I mulched right under them but i'm going to just let the grass grow in until they get bigger and by then the plant will shade out any grass and weeds.

I am trying to talk my husband into getting a soaker hose to run down the length of the fence between the loropetalums to reduce water time and use.

This is a picture of the butterfly bush I planted last year. It is finaly starting to fill out and it has a nice amount of blooms for its size.

Thank you everyone for continuing to follow my journey with me.

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Briar's Art

Category: Just me, myself and I | Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:49 pm

Hi Everybody,
I'm writing about something totally unrelated to plants right now. My oldest daughter, Briar, just finished taking a Visual Art Workshop through out local rec dept. We live in Auburn, AL home of the Auburn Tigers, War Eagle. Needles to say we get very good teachers for the rec Dept.
The following pictures are ones my daughter completed over the last week.
She loves to draw and create so when I sined her up for this class I hoped she would learn about different types of art and broaden her horizons, needless to say what she produced blew my mind. I am so proud of her, and I wanted to share it with you. You have been such a support with my gardening I wanted to share a bit of my life outside the garden.
Aboriginal Art Inspired Painting

Weaving Art

Weaving Art

Primary Colors Paper Cityscape Collage

Landscape Inspired by Impressionist Painting


MIxed Media Letter stamp

Abstract tree

Primary Colors Torn Pater Collage

Thanks for viewing.

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Things are looking up!!!

Category: My journey into Gardening | Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:38 pm

Hi Everyone,
No new pictures this time, but I will tell you that my yard is doing better. My Hydrangeas seem to be much happier along the back side of the deck. They will not do much this year, but the leaves they still have left are perky and healthy. I have a good feeling they will look very nice next year. My limelight Hydrangea is full of blooms.:)
I am hoping to get a bunch of loropetalum that I will plant along my fence in the sun. (see pics below) There are 4 rose of sharon, 3 roses and a golden plum, along that same fence, and I'm wondering if I should completley remove them all (not the plum) and make a nice full row of Loropetalum, or intermingle the loropetalum with the roses and rose of sharon.

Your thoughts about this would be great.*

I have attrached alot more animals to my yard as well. At first I liked the thougth of Chipmunks and rabbits, but they eat the tops off all my flowers and dig them out for their own purpose. We also have some big frogs, they seem to be harmless. I have thought about putting in a water feature. Any ideas about the Chipmunks and Rabbits?* I hate to try and get rid of them but I don't want to constantly come outside and see my caladiums and flowers chewed up.

More pictures after I get my loropetalum.
*Write back about my above questions.

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