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Pianolady's Gardens

Visit to Seed Savers Heritage Farm

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:32 am

We took our yearly jaunt to Decorah, Iowa, and had to stop at the Seed Savers Heritage Farm while we were there.

We only had time to run into the visitor's center, but it is just as well, as rain wasn't far behind us! I did pick up some seed though: [url=]Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate[/url] (Polygonum orientale), Russell Lupine mix (Lupinus polyphyllus), Spider Flower mixture (Cleome Hasslerana), Love-Lies-Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus), Prairie Lupine (Lupinus perennis), and Scarlet Magic Tassel Flower (Emilia coccinea).

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June 23rd This & That

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:27 am

I've spent days picking and pitting cherries, and it feels like I've got many days to go. I pick about 10 pounds per day, and once pitted, end up with about 6 pounds of cherries. Luckily I have a pretty nifty cherry pitter, that works pretty well for the price.

Jackmanii continues to thrive.

Hot Cocoa is now blooming. This rose has survived several winters now. It's a winner.

Front foundation planting.

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June 18 ...cherry picking time & walkaround

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:25 am

It's time to beat the birds and get the cherries picked off the trees. We have two cherry trees that normally ripen about two weeks apart from each other. But, this year they're going to ripen simultaneously with a bumper crop! It's going to be a busy week, but well worth it when I'm baking cherry pies in the middle of winter. We had a late freeze last year that hit the cherry trees hard, so this year's large harvest is quite a treat.

First day's pickings....

Other projects for the day included transplanting everything from the back row of the property next to the ditch. I've decided to go back to mowing that area due to the drainage ditch's flooding and weeds issues. Transplanted all the iris and stonecrop, then weed whacked all the tall grass that had sneaked up from the ditch. Now I have a 3' path between the back garden and the drainage ditch. Dh doesn't like to mow that, but too bad, he gets it back! LOL Daffodils remain, and will come up and bloom long before the grass gets going again in the spring.

A few pics from the day....

Back garden

Large Photo


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Revamped Website & Jackmanii

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:46 pm

I had several hours to occupy today while sitting in a waiting room for a family member (everything's fine/outpatient surgery), so I took my laptop and revamped the 2008 page of the gardening site. After all that work, here's my shameless plug for it.

My Garden Site

OK, enough of that....

I'm having so much fun training all my clematis straight then across the tops of the picket fences. Pretty soon I'll have the entire fence covered, as I ordered a couple more online this week.


I think it's strange how some flowers have 6 petals, and some 4.

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Maple Trees

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:17 am

After spending the past two weeks hoeing, digging, and pulling maple trees from the property front to back, I thought I'd never want to see another maple tree again. The last straw was picking every little maple tree out of the slats of the boardwalk one by one.

Then I went out on the deck to enjoy the shade of the backyard and quickly forgot what a pain it was (literally) to pick those maples. Some things are just worth the work.

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It's a good year for Clematis

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:39 pm

Hagley Hybrid & Multiblue

Hagley Hybrid from the other side of the fence

My vegetable garden is doing well also, with the exception of the beans I tried to grow in a shadier area. One bean in three rows came up! With all the rain, the seeds just sat in the ground and rotted. Luckily, the pole beans next to the trellis did grow. I'll be trying carrots, broccoli, and lettuce in that area next.

Here's my potatoes and strawberries. I realized I planted the potatoes too close together, so I'll have a bunch of baby potatoes, but that's ok. This is my first year growing potatoes.

The corn also came up just fine. If only I had more space in full sun.

I've also planted tomatoes and peppers, all of which are doing well this year.

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Shade Garden

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:04 pm

I finally got the trees eradicated from the shade garden today. This garden has ferns, daylilies, a few roses, peonies (on the edge/gets some direct sun), coneflowers, and others. Now that I've got it all cleaned out of trees, I see some open spots to fill!

Mr. Lincoln

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June 5th Walkaround

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:13 pm

Enough rain already! It's just a mud pit here, so I can't really work in the gardens at the moment. But, the overcast skies were helpful for picture taking. Several new things are blooming today.

Part of front lawn

Probably New Year Rose

Betty Boop

Nelly Moser

Duchess of Edinburgh on the arch

Example of stepping stones that have the sedum ground cover filled in already.

I have no idea what this one is, could be Lowell Thomas as I recall buying one at some point.


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Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:34 pm

Dh got his Nikon out and had some fun....

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June 2 Blooms (graphic heavy)

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:25 am

Good day for first blooms on many plants!

Duchess of Edinburgh

Fourth of July

Another Iris (unknown variety)

Going to be dividing many hosta in the fall, they're getting huge.

Don Juans that I failed to prune, kind of wild this year.

Harlequin Honeysuckle continues to put on a show

All the hostas I divided and transplanted a few years back. I have an idea to plant the entire back garden with these around my roses to help control the weeds. Would be kind of crazy, but would look nice and lighten my work load quite a bit.

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