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Title: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on May 16, 2008, 12:49:05 PM
 This is a spot to discuss our love of plants and gardens!
I am quite the plant-a- holic!
 I love herbs, Water gardening, Antique roses, English roses and my latest passion is Brugmansias! Angel trumpets. The look like trees from a fairy tale!
I have a small raised bed veggie garden. It needs weeding- but I will do that after Scarby!
 
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: knarlyknot on May 16, 2008, 02:22:02 PM
My lovely Queen, I beg a question, I have a Spearmint plant that is looking rather sickly, any ideas?  I have it planted in the same container as Lemon Balm which is doing quite nicely, is it possible that the other plant is sapping all the nutrients?  I'm quite new to gardening, or at least gardening with any success!  I usually kill everything but so far I have 9 plants that are doing well, Huzzah!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: CountessofPhoenix on May 16, 2008, 05:04:57 PM
While not the Queen please answer some questions. Is it turning yellow, that would hint at a lack of iron. Is it wilting, perhaps it is receiving too much water, the other plants may have a different tolerance than the spearmint. How much sun is it getting as I remember mint tolerates sun resonably well. How about feeding it? Miracle grow is truly a wonderful thing. I have revived truly sad looking plants with just an application of it. In fact I have some basil and sage that need alittle on them now. Think I'll go feed the herbs!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: knarlyknot on May 16, 2008, 07:09:37 PM
Thank Thee Countess for your reply,
 It seems that the main stems are fine, a healthy color but the leaves are wilting.  I think it may be from overwatering.  I usually kill my plants from lack of water so I've been really keeping on top of that.  The tag on my spearmint says that it prefers well-drained soil so perhaps I have been overwatering, I was just afraid to cut back now and have them die.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on May 16, 2008, 07:45:29 PM
 Mints love water. I have mine in the pond. That is the only way I can keep mint.
 Many mints just don't do well in the heat. Move it into part shade. Good Luck!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: CountessofPhoenix on May 16, 2008, 08:22:36 PM
When your mint gets big enough try placing sprigs in your drinks, I know that is what most people do, but it truly does make a drink on a hot day more refreshing!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: knarlyknot on May 16, 2008, 09:45:19 PM
Thank Thee Queen Bonnie and Countess,
 I will try moving it and I'll be sure to try it in my drinks once it recovers.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Lady Mikayla of Phoenicia on May 16, 2008, 10:13:05 PM
I was tending to my Spearmint today.  I had originally potted it with 6 marigolds.  I re-allocated the marigolds to surround the lettuce springing up to keep the bunnies away that ate my melon plants.  However today I realized there were aphids all over eating what was my beautiful Spearmint plant.  So back to the nursery, this time I picked up dwarf marigolds and only put 3 in the pot instead of 6.  Within minutes all the aphids were gone.  I like to put a couple big sprigs in the sun tea jar and let it brew outside, yum...pretty tasty tea!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Poco the Pirate on May 18, 2008, 06:56:06 PM
Your Majesty may I please inquire about how to get rid of chives and shasta daisies (I'm not sure on the spelling of that one).  They are taking over our garden and every year I spend hours digging them up and still they keep coming back.  :'( What should I do?
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on May 21, 2008, 07:32:15 PM
 I had the Shasta daisy invasion too. Dig them up. That is all you can do. Same for chives. They are great in Pots.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on May 22, 2008, 12:39:22 AM
I live on six acres of partially wooded land, which I call my grove.Tremayne thinks of it more as a jungle  ;D Though she has helped me hack out a walking trail that leads off the mountain. The wooded area for the most part is Oak and Pine, though I have a bunch more differant types of trees,sugar maple,ceder, dogwood, cherry,persimmon even some Formosa. It is my intention to landscape and garden most of it one day.I am growing some Japanese maples,Paw-paw and oak seedlings in pots, I have had some good luck with a bradford pear I planted.

There is also a wild type grape we call muscidine growing fairly rampent and I have blackberry bushes growing along my drive. I have a blue spruce I planted which seems to not be growing very fast, I have been thinking perhaps I might try some Miracle grow on it.I am thinking that I would like to try some bamboo,wisteria(I need to build a good sturdy structure first though) and fountain grass.I have a quarter acre veggie garden and a place where I had set up a 18ft round above ground pool that I have taken down, that I am thinking would be perfect for a herb garden.

Most of my plans for planting are on hold for this year as I have launched a barn building project. I am building a barn, log cabin fashion out of 300+ railroad crossties I have stacked up out back near my garden.I picked up several tons of concrete this past weekend I am thinking about laying down as a patio.I am taking pictures of the work and my various yard planting projects I will post in about a week or so, this coming weekend I am off to RenDezvous!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Element of Air on May 23, 2008, 12:50:20 AM
All this talk about gardening is really making me want to start my garden and have herbs and veggies and fruit and flowers growing in my back yard. This season however I was far too late in thinking and remembering that I wanted to make some raised beds. So I shall have to wait till next year or till when I have the money to re-landscape my back yard. I have a beautiful idea already laid out in my head.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on May 27, 2008, 12:57:48 AM
Indeed as with all of us who garden and landscape our dreams and plans often outstrip our abilities and budgets, while we wait for those to catch up to us, or for the proper alignment of stars and planets,we can give vent to those dreams here, as well as encourage and help others.

While out loafing away from my garden and grove this weekend, guess who I was fortunate enough to run across?

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d191/alpha64/DSC_0071.jpg)

We spent some time discussing all manner of wizardly matters, wand construction,the proper education of aspiring wizards and even certain arcane theories concerning the shape of creation, while we shared some meade.This portrait was created by some of Lord Zenok's magic and I hope that he is not to terribly put out by my use of it here.It was quite a thrill for both me and Tremayne, to finally get to meet our good Queen Bonnie.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 03, 2008, 06:28:22 PM
 Twas wonderous for me also to meet you and Tremayne, Alphonse! I do not oft get to discuss wizardly matters.  I only wish we had more time to visit!   
 The gardens here at Meow Manor have a few more weeds since my trip. The House and garden elves have been lax!  I will have to call in the garden gnomes next!  They will subdue those weeds!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on June 04, 2008, 12:31:23 AM
With so many R/Fers in attendance, I was happy that we had as much time as we did. Who knows what the future may bring, perhaps ere long with a little luck, we may be able to come visit you one day at faire in Texas. Until that day comes though, we have at least the fellowship we find here on the boards  ;D
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Element of Air on June 06, 2008, 08:40:37 PM
*pleased sigh* I just spent about an hour and thirty minutes in my front yard playing in the dirt. I made all of my wild out of control grassy like plants line up in a row and I removed all of the leaves that have accumulated in them this past fall. I also loosened all the soil and aerated it. It looks so much better now, it is a rich dark brown flower bed rather than a sickly gray. YAY for plants. Tomorrow if it is not raining i am going to get some flowers and such and plant them in the front flower bed.  ;D :D


Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on June 06, 2008, 11:26:30 PM
I did a good bit of raking this week, myself. Some leaves but mostly pine straw and cones. I still have enough of that to do, for another full days work.The soil is the key to good planting, you may consider adding some amendments to it before you plant it up.Let us know what kind of flowers that you end up choosing for your beds, if you like the way it turns out perhaps consider sharing a picture or two of it with us. Good luck on the weather cooperating with you plans!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Element of Air on June 07, 2008, 12:55:28 AM
Thank you! In me rotating the soil around I found that it already had some of those fertalizer white pellet things in it. So I know there is some food there. I need to study exactly how much sun hits that area and then find some good indigenous plants for zone 3 and pick some up. (I think I am zone 3). Anyone have any good recommendations. I love color. The bed is about 4 feet back to the foundation and 8 feet wide. (guesstimate)

The spot, if I am correct, it partial shady as it has some light tree coverage and is on the south side of my house. So not direct sunlight and not full shade either.

If and when I do get something started in the planter I will DEFINATELY take some pics. Oh I might just take some tomorrow when I get up to have a before and after picture. (should have done that before I did anything  :-\)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on July 02, 2008, 04:32:27 PM
Gosh I need to do SOOOOO much weeding again. Currently my mom and I are landscaping the 18acres we live on. When she bought the land it had very little in the way of decorative plants. Only native pecans(some 200 yrs old) and many oaks. We have added fruit and flowering trees,roses,and many flowers in beds here and there and all up and down the long drive and front entry.

I am a crazy horticulturist with a love of propagating anything.  Mints are easy. They simply LOVE water... I have never killed a mint with too much water but with not enough they will wilt and die. They love to hang over into the pond and grow roots in the fish pond.
I have many types of mint and let it grow out into the grass to make mowing a special olfactory experience!  Currently have Australian Finger Lime cuttings rooting in my kitchen and weeping willow cuttings in the window. 4 raised beds of veggies and a normal garden area with 3 wide rows on which I have planted Austrian Finger Fruit, Stars and Moons Watermelons and Tigger Melons as well as beans.

My front yarden is full of 50+ roses,Crape myrtles in all colours, Ginkos, Artichokes, Pomegranites, blueberries, daylilies and iris as well as herbs and veggies and my water garden as well! I will try to get pictures soon. There is a downside to studying Ornamental Horticulture at College! They seem to follow me home from everywhere! Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on October 06, 2008, 02:54:25 AM
Hmm? seems this topic has fallen into disuse.I suppose that what with it being fall already most folks thoughts have turned to other pursuits besides tending their gardens.I have been so busy working in my grove at building my barn that I haven't had much time for posting lately.

It had always been an ambitious plan but has proven even more so being that I have been unable to round up any volunteer help and not been able to hire any either.Presently I am slogging through pouring concrete for the floor of my root cellar.I have managed to get two 8ft X 8ft sections poured.One more good weekend and I should be done with the last one,then I start laying the block.Roughly about 450 if I have figured it properly. The good thing about that part of it is I will be able to work on it most days during the week before going into work,so it should go faster then the floor did as that required most of a days work without any interuptions.

Barns are utilitarian by their very nature, they can serve many purposes. People generally seem to associate them most with the housing of farm animals.It is my aim to use mine more with an eye towards building up my garden,at least initially, maybe latter on it will serve as a home for some horses and hens,possibly even some goats.As soon as I get the roof up over it, I intend to use it to stock up the fencing I will need to put around my vegetable garden to keep the deer out.After that I intend to set up a saw mill inside it and turn some of the pine trees that have a nasty habit of falling over on to my cars and home into some useful lumber.I have built what I call a root cellar under it, but have no intention of raising any large root crops, rather it will likely be used more as a wine cellar.I have no shortage of wild fruits that grow on my land, persimmons, muscides and blackberry, I am planning an orchard too.It is my hope to use my barn as a sort of gardening Headquarters,that is why I thought it appropriate to mention it here.With any luck I will have it finished in time for spring planting next year,then the real magic begins. ;D



Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on October 06, 2008, 12:38:33 PM
 We have had NO rain for so long that my Royal garden is sere and dry. I will find out what the really tough roses really are. China roses are still Ok.
 We might have rain tonight!
 SHHHH! Don't scare it away!
 My pond is looking good.  I have had to add water- and remove excess pond plants. The Royal fish are happy and- I have baby Royal fish.
 Nice to hear what you are doing Alphonse! You have a lot going on! Huzzah to the wine cellar!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: DT_Masters on October 20, 2008, 02:58:00 AM
Living in an apartment, the availability of growing things intentionally is limited. Once, I had two phicus trees in my living room. I had a window planter that I planted some lettice seeds in. I perhaps tried to grow some other things.

The Egypkits made all of it a futile exercise. They would brush against the trees and break them apart and the lettice disappeared, probably due to them. Now all I have are grow lights, wonderful pots, planters, and underneath dishes ...... and lots of dirt!

I may try again someday, to reclaim my living room so there are plants and fish tanks are alive again (the Egypkits were responsible for the death of one tank, accidently of course).....but not right now.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Malkavian on November 04, 2008, 02:07:37 PM
Living in an apartment, the availability of growing things intentionally is limited.

I found this out firsthand this growing season. My sweet peppers and basil (thai and "regular") did alright, but tomatoes on a balcony seem like an exercise in futility.  Also I had the pleasure of starting 3 fig cuttings from stock that's been in my family for 3 generations so far (me being the third)

Besides the figs my pride and joy right now is a Bhut Jolokia pepper plant growing in a window sill. The peppers it bears make dragon's breath seem refreshing :)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on November 12, 2008, 10:56:28 PM
OH I have done a bit of work outside. I need to get a load of mulch in here. I hope this weekend is good so I can afford to do it and also have the fluid in my tranny changed out... I have a leaking seal on the rear of the trans.... UGH! I also have a front Ujoint I am having changed!!! So next week is busy!!!! But while out doing all this I will check the Houston Garden center for trees and such I NEED!!!  I plan to add a few more fruit trees to my orchard areas. I have 4-5 types of plums,4-5 peach and nectarine, figs(too many to count),blueberry,apricots(2), pomagranites, pears, citrus and some wine grapes. Not sure what else to add. Will see what they have!!! Oh yea I also have strawberry guavas.

My peppers are still loaded,red egg plant is producing now and greens of all kinds. Herbs too
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on November 13, 2008, 02:32:52 PM
 Herbs here are good and Brugmansias are blooming a lot. Bougainvillia too. A few china roses are in bloom and a few cannas. The rest just goes crunch around here. We sure need RAIN!-but not on TRF weekends!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: DonaCatalina on November 18, 2008, 02:06:35 PM
My poor azaleas have decided that its spring again.
They are beautiful in bloom, but I worry about what will happen to them when the temps finally drop.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on November 18, 2008, 05:34:15 PM
 There are types of Azaleas that bloom in the fall. They are fairly hardy!
 My poor azaleas are lucky to be alive- with the drought. Thinking of my poor gardens- sere, dry, arid, Crispy, dead, etc. It has been a difficult year. I am finding out which are my toughest roses!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on November 19, 2008, 11:38:06 PM
My yard and garden are covered in leaves, the price one pays when they live in a grove.Tremayne is fond of raking, I need to have her over to lend a hand in persuading them on to the burn pile. We lit a bonfire on All Hollows eve to keep the evil spirits at bay(which seemed to work in the main though Hoodlum kitty maybe possessed, it is hard to tell with him)  ;D anyhow the burn pile has already reached bonfire proportions yet again.I still have a good half dozen dead pines that need to be felled and placed there before they fall over. Looks like there will be fuel enough for bonfires regularly through the winter months. A wizard's work is never done...
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: DT_Masters on November 20, 2008, 05:16:15 AM
Living in an apartment, the availability of growing things intentionally is limited.

I found this out firsthand this growing season. My sweet peppers and basil (thai and "regular") did alright, but tomatoes on a balcony seem like an exercise in futility......

I'm afraid it is even worse than that. My apartment doesn't have a balcony or a porch. I might get away with a hanging garden outside my doorway, but in addition to being open to any animal or person who wanted to go after it, it is also against my lease.

Sigh! So many side activities one wants to do, so little time. Well, regardless of space, my biggest problem is to find a way to keep it safe for the EgypKITS ....... and they do know how to climb, mind you.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Yennefer on February 09, 2009, 07:39:31 PM
Your Majesty,

I started a thread asking for advise on gardening in TX and folks had pointed me in your direction..

What climbing roses/vines would you recommend for a person ( me) that had never gardened before? Also, did you happen to try growing alpine strawberries? I am trying to find out if I can sucessfully grow them in Texas before I plant them-  I dont want to watch them die ..

Thank you in advance

Yenn
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on February 10, 2009, 09:57:46 AM
 There is a great vine I have on my fence at Meow Manor called Queen's Wreath or Coral vine. It blooms in the summer with coral flowers that attract bees. drought tolerant and needs little or no care once established.It dies back in the winter.  It is an old fashioned plant. I love Confederate Jasmine for the scent and it is evergreen too.I have it climbing on the fence in my herb garden.
 For climbing roses I like Climbing Pinkie, Reve D' Or and red cascade. Crepuscule is lovely too. I am very fond of yellow roses.  Mutabilis is not a climber but a wonderful rose! I could go on all day. China roses do well in Tx. My Old Blush is in bloom now!
 I have not had any luck with strawberries, but I sure do love them!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Yennefer on February 10, 2009, 04:21:09 PM
Thank you so much for sharing, your majesty..

I will definitely get Jasmine if I can find it. I LOVE the scent of roses and jasmine. I have quite a few shrubs /some sort of plants in my garden already but I have no clue what they are.. I should probably get some sort of plant indentifier.I used to grow China roses in a pot  on my window back in Russia.. They look so delicate and yet seem hardy enough to survive heat and draught.

I am ordering Alpine Starawberries seeds and going to plant them indoor first and then make a raised bed and plant them somewhere under the tree in April.. Wish me luck :)

Also, I would LOVE to  see pictures of your garden if possible. I think there were some on a first page but links no longer seem to work.


Yenn
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on February 10, 2009, 04:38:57 PM
 I did have beautiful pictures of my garden-  taken years ago. Photobucket changed something so my links don't work.  Send me your e-mail in a renn mail and I can send you picture attachments.
 The drought and being alone have taken it's toll on my gardens though. Too much for just me to keep up.  No idea what I will do.I have a big house and a very big yard.
 I love Gardenias for fragrance too. They do Ok here. I grow lots of mini roses in pots! Love those too. Herbs do very well here. Plant rosemary and watch it grow!
 My pond water garden is looking good! I have 4 hardy waterlilies in bloom!
 Good luck with the strawberries!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Yennefer on February 10, 2009, 05:27:43 PM
I tried growing herbs on a patio last year.. Didnt do so well :( I will definitely plant some dill weeds again. Nothing is better with baked potatoes than fresh dill weeds.. and on mashed ones.. and dillweed butter.. yum!

I did message you my e-mail address- Thank you for sharing your garden pictures with me!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on February 10, 2009, 06:38:51 PM
  Cilantro, parsley, basil, chives do well from seed. I grow Fennel, sage, Sweet marjoram ,garlic chives and rosemary in my herb garden. Rosemary does not like much water or fussing. Once it gets established- let it alone.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Yennefer on February 15, 2009, 09:53:39 PM
I planted my roses today :) Don Juan and American Beauty for climbers and 2 " Knock Out" roses which suppose to be extra hardy so we will see.. Keeping my fingers crossed.. I feel inspired after seing pictures of your garden!

Hugs,

Yenn
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on February 16, 2009, 08:21:19 AM
 Those are all great roses!
 I have Pink Knock out! It is a wonderful rose! mine are looking better with the rain we have had.
 My Spinach, chard and lettuces are up! I had 5 waterlilies blooming yesterday! Spring is right around the corner!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on March 16, 2009, 01:18:19 AM
Tremayne and I traveled into town to visit the library and a place called Bennett's nurseries there is a sister business adjacent to it called "Across the Pond" which sells koi, statuary and rock that I am particularly fond of.  We put in a small pond in Tremayne's front yard last weekend and were looking for some plants to go into it.

We spent a lovely hour or so walking around the grounds admiring the plants and statuary. The pond plants will not be available for about a month yet, but we did see some trees and some of the "knock out" rose that you have been talking about.

The people who own the "Across the Pond" place are bird lovers too. They have an aviary set up and a number of parakeets in it. They had a young male cockateil sitting out on top of his cage as well. I got to spend some time visiting with him. I had always heard that the males were most vocal and I got him to say "pretty bird" for me. That was the first time I have ever heard a tiel talk, he did the wolf whistle as well and I got him to give me birdie kisses as well. I think what surprised Tremayne the most out of that, was when he put his beak up to my cheek he actually made little kissy sounds,lol! The thing that surprises me most about birds is how they can spot someone who is a bird lover and will interact with me so readily as soon as they spot that.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on March 23, 2009, 08:34:52 PM
OHHH I got some more tomatoe plants today. Cherokee purple,Lemon Boy,Orange German and a chocolate bell pepper! I also added a Bartlett pear tree. So maybe I will get them planted tomorrow! As for herbs I have 4-5 kinds of basil coming up from seeds last season and 3 kinds of parsely. I also have oregano(2 kinds),rosemaries,garlic chives,sages,garlic,shalott,tarragon and bay tree....oh and 4 or 5 kinds of mint.  Bonnie, I got a new flowering bush you need... an Almond Verbena bush... HEAVENLY scent! I am planning to root many cuttings!  I also bought a real crabapple tree seedling. It will make the BIG crabapples! I love them spiced! Well back to it!  Hope to get up to visit... Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on March 24, 2009, 09:17:46 AM
 Wow!  I wish I had your energy Cat! I would LOVE it if you could visit! Yes! I Love cuttings! Almond verbena sounds lovely!  I have been sharing Mexican Honeysuckle( also called orange shrimp plant) with all gardeners who visit! The bees and butterflies love it! Hummers too!A friend gave me a start of it ages ago. I love Pass along plants!
 I need to plant more herbs!I still have a bit of garden space left.  More rain is expected here- so hoping that will help. We are still in the exceptional drought.
 I planted a German red strawberry tomato and Black Krim and several odd kinds of heirloom tomatoes.I hope I don't have to share the fruits with the mocking birds this year! I told Batman to patrol the garden! 
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Lady Ashly on March 26, 2009, 09:42:51 AM
Well after much planting I have come with news from the Royal Garden!

We have many new hibiscus plants, a beautiful Nun's Orchid, all the orchid trees are blooming wonderful shades of lavender and white. The garden is full of strawberries, pineapple sage, basil, purple basil, rosemary, dill, cilantro, lavender, lime mint, stevia, lobelia, bee balm, and wonderful gerber daises as a colorful centerpiece. One I get my magick picture box back from it's current borrower I will take some photos for you!!

   
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on March 26, 2009, 12:52:29 PM
 Wow! You have been busy lady Ashlyn!!
 It sounds wonderous! I love all that you have planted!  Not familiar with Nun's orchid?
 I want to find more pachoulli to plant. I love Eucalyptus too.
 This rain sure is helping the gardens!
 I ran out before the rain and planted more basil and parsley.
 My waterlilies are going crazy! I counted 25 blossoms the other day. Mostly Colorado and a few Joey Tomocheck- pink and yellow hardy lilies. The fish are happy with the rain. 
 my Honey locust tree is in bloom and smells so sweet.  The lemon andlime trees are also in bloom- and the gardenias have buds!
 I love this time of year!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Poco the Pirate on April 04, 2009, 12:56:49 PM
I'm jealous of your weather. It was in the 60's here a couple weeks ago so I started to plant all my gardens but now its been snowing and freezing rain for the last twi weeks and I'm afraid not many will survive :(
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on April 05, 2009, 10:05:25 PM
Bonnie,
5 of the 7 rose cuttings you brought rooted and have now been transplanted to gallon pots! YIPEE! Now to wait to see who they are and what space they require! I bought seeds today. Dragonstongue beans, peach sunflower,watermelon radish and long white radish oh yeah and orange Watermelon. Got the 2 colours of Asparagus bean seed planted, scarlet runner bean and white cukes that I started in pots. I also have so many tomatoe plants if half produce well I should eat well this year.... going to be canning A LOT! Bonnie I can't wait for you to see all the new plants! The fruit trees have set so much fruit this year I should have many different things canned for fall! Told Mike we have to clear the porch and get my summer kitchen put in!!! Looks like the onion crop will be great this year! I have red broomcorn peaking out of the ground!YIPPEEEE! I added a Bartlet pear to the backyard as planned and all the orange trees are LOADED with fruit and flower!  I will try to get pics of many of the flowers when I have time.... but I fear that is the least avalible thing here! Well back to dirt!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on April 06, 2009, 01:54:15 PM
 So happy the roses rooted! I will have more to share!I can't wait to see your gardens again Cat!
 Wow! You will be eating well!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on April 07, 2009, 10:24:55 PM
I hope to be sharing it with you in the fall!!! I see the artichoke is ready to be harvested again! Looks like 2 this time. They are so much better fresh! Well gotta run for now...morning comes early! Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on April 08, 2009, 03:36:46 PM
 OOOH! Fresh artichokes! Envy!
 I am hoping for fall too!
 Right now I can't plan too far ahead!
 Love, Bonnie
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on April 21, 2009, 10:27:58 PM
The corn and beans are up! We replanted the areas that did not come up... the weather has been a challenge this year! I have so many veggies up and growing... can't wait to have food! The roses are beyond gorgeous... this year they are just fabulous! That hard manic rain knocked a lot of my fruit off the trees...GRRRRR! Seems not to have hurt the citrus though! AHHH Well we needed the water!!! Well back to it!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on April 22, 2009, 01:39:17 PM
 I have a heron visiting my water garden and eating my fish. I just put down bird netting- but the hardware store did not have quite enough. drat. I hope it and the bb gun helps discourage the heron from visiting my pond. The city pond is nearby and full of boring fish and bigger. It could go there instead of eating my koi and fancy goldfish that are my pets!
 My corn and cukes are up and roses are looking great. The Confederate jasmine is blooming and the gardenias have lots of buds! My  citrus trees are blooming and looking good. Mulberries are ripening- and I need to check on my Dewberries! Busy time here too!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Lady Ashly on April 22, 2009, 02:27:01 PM
I brought pictures for you my Queen!

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Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on April 22, 2009, 03:26:37 PM
 OOOH! I LOVE the pictures! Well done Lady Ashlyn! What is the  yellow rose? All are so beautiful! Your garden is awesome!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on April 23, 2009, 10:39:52 PM
The rose looks like it may be a Granada...or it could be Bengal Tiger.... I have a bunch of roses that are coloured like that.... LOVELY! I also love the Albutalon in the one pic! GORGEOUS! I need to take pic of my gardens for you Bonnie! But here is a pic of the Artichoke Violleta. Enjoy!
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/MDFaduly/Artichokeplant.jpg)

Anyway! Got in a dozen bearded Iris rhizomes today... Now I just have to wait for them to take off and grow!!!! Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on April 24, 2009, 07:17:03 AM
 Great looking artichoke! I had one for supper last PM. Yummy! Yours is doing great!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on May 24, 2009, 10:14:31 PM
OHHH I got the first red and yellow tomatoes a few days ago. The brandywines and the other heirlooms are loaded as are the "normal" plants. I got the first Japanese Eggplant today! YUMMMMMMY. I have been waiting for the food to come in! Hope this nice weather lasts... it was cool and we had small rain storms off and on all day! Means I don't have to water!!! Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on May 26, 2009, 03:55:08 PM
 My cherry tomatoes are ripe and yummy and the heirlooms are getting there.
 I had my neighbor help me in my side garden. We cut tree limbs that shaded too much and hung over the driveway. it is looking great.
 I uncovered the stepping stones buried in mulch and transplanted Brugmansias and datura and Paraguay nightshade. All poisonous plants- but I like them.
 Now that faire is over I will have more time in the garden.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 26, 2009, 09:08:16 PM
My Mom brought me some Sweet Potatoes at the beginning of May, when they were passing through on their Spring migration from south Texas to Minnesota.

We ate a couple, and one sat on my counter until it began sprouting.  Sometime last week, I cut off the end that was sprouting and planted it in a flower pot on the front porch of my apartment.  Some of the sprouts already have leaves.  The vine(s) should grow across the porch railing, but the pot isn't very big --- so I'm not expecting a big harvest.   ;)

After it grows a bit more, I'll post some pictures.

Take Care,
David Baldock
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Poco the Pirate on May 28, 2009, 10:45:18 AM
I'm moving from Minnesota to Colorado next week and my mom is letting me try my hand at transplanting some of her garden on CO.  I'm not quite sure what will all grow but does anyone know if rhubarb grows out there?
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 28, 2009, 10:51:27 AM
It probably will ... I know we had it growing around a lake house in western Idaho during the 1960's.  That area got 3 or 4 feet of snow during the Winters, so it survives in cold weather.  ;)

Take Care,
David Baldock
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Poco the Pirate on May 28, 2009, 02:42:22 PM
thanks  :)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on May 29, 2009, 12:02:26 AM
Well the corn is tasseling...and we are getting peppers now! Still need to plant the trees and shrubs that are ready! UGGHH never get done!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 29, 2009, 07:04:28 AM
This is the Sweet Potato that I planted last week.  When I planted it, all but one of the shoots were about the height of the second or third leaf from the bottom, and the other shoot was an inch or two longer - and no leaves on any of them.  It's amazing how fast this has grown!

Take Care,
David Baldock

(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m122/dbaldock/Sweet_Potato_1-week.jpg)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 29, 2009, 07:06:17 AM
Well the corn is tasseling...and we are getting peppers now! Still need to plant the trees and shrubs that are ready! UGGHH never get done!

Just have to put your corps of gardeners to work.  ;D
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 30, 2009, 01:55:06 PM
So, from Friday morning before work until Saturday at 1:20PM, my Sweet Potato grew quite a bit:
(Note: I did rotate the pot, so the shoots would grow straight up.)

(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m122/dbaldock/Sweet_Potato-800x_090530.jpg)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on May 30, 2009, 03:27:01 PM
 Great Sweet potato David!
 Try a piece of ginger root next!
 My Scareheron seems to be working.
 My fishies are acting more normal. I think the heron got 4 of my koi. I have 2 left that I have seen. Very sad.
 My Cherokee purple tomatoes are ripening. Very strange looking.
 The yard and gardens are looking good here.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on May 30, 2009, 10:19:50 PM
David,
Sweet potatoes are a vine... so they will not grow straight. If allowed they will take over a yard.... seriously! I planted one shoot 3 yrs ago and harvested 20+ lbs of potatoes! Ginger is great and easy in a pot... that said make sure you use a BIG pot that is wider than deep as they will spread and break through a tall narrow pot in a year if happy!

I have tomatoes of all kinds and colours that are now 6" across... wish they would ripen...NOW!  Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 30, 2009, 11:42:29 PM
David,
Sweet potatoes are a vine... so they will not grow straight. If allowed they will take over a yard.... seriously! I planted one shoot 3 yrs ago and harvested 20+ lbs of potatoes! Ginger is great and easy in a pot... that said make sure you use a BIG pot that is wider than deep as they will spread and break through a tall narrow pot in a year if happy!

I have tomatoes of all kinds and colours that are now 6" across... wish they would ripen...NOW!  Cat

I'm just trying to grow the shoots straight up for a foot or two, and then I'm going to train them grow across the railing on my apartment porch.  After Church tomorrow, I think I'm going to buy a bigger pot to move the Sweet Potato into before it grows much more.

As far as Ginger goes, do you buy it at the grocery store and plant it, or do you get it at a Garden Center?  Does it flower?

Take Care,
David Baldock
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on May 31, 2009, 02:51:00 PM
Here's the Sweet Potato after repotting it this afternoon.  This planter should allow enough space for several potatoes to grow.

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And, here's the rest of my outdoor garden - including the Cactus plants growing up the window and wall.  Too bad none of the Cacti are blooming right now

(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m122/dbaldock/Cactus_Plants_on_Porch-800x_090531.jpg)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on May 31, 2009, 10:12:39 PM
Buy it at the grocery store.... look for a root with a bit of greening shoot on it... then just pot it up and wait. Yes they usually bloom a white or off white flower! Good thing about it is break off a piece when you need it for stir fry! Cat
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on May 31, 2009, 11:21:43 PM
Springtime in a wizard's garden

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Dogwood in bloom

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Bartlett pear in bloom

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detail of the flower bed under the pear tree

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Valentine's day gifts for a wizard with an eye on his blood sugar levels

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new border to replace the landscaping timbers around the azalea bed in front of the porch
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on June 03, 2009, 07:33:07 AM
The last photos of the Sweet Potato were on Sunday afternoon, 31-May-09.  By Monday afternoon, the vines had already started wrapping around the porch railing on their own - I didn't have to do anything but put the planter near the railing.

These shots are from Tuesday afternoon, 2-Jun-09  (It's amazing how fast these vines have taken off!  :o ):

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Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on June 11, 2009, 11:05:48 AM
It's been more than a week since the last photo I posted.

This picture was taken on Tuesday afternoon, 9-Jun-09, and the vine has quite a few more leaves and is beginning to spread out on the porch railing.

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Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 15, 2009, 12:29:19 PM
 It does look happy and healthy David!  What do you feed it with? I love Hastagro. Pinch the tip if you want it to bush out a bit!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on June 15, 2009, 12:50:31 PM
There was Miracle Grow potting soil in the original green pot that I put the sprouting Sweet Potato in at first.  I had some more of that soil that I added to the larger terra-cotta colored pot, along with some plain potting soil.  I haven't added any other plant food or fertilizer yet.  Is Hastagrow something I'd find at Home Depot, Lowes, or Wal Mart?  Is it a granular or liquid fertilizer?

I want it to cover the railing a bit more before I encourage it to bush out.

Take Care,
David Baldock
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 16, 2009, 11:05:26 AM
 I have even found Hastagro at HEB in their garden section.  I like miracle grow too!
 I have a few of the ornamental sweet potato vines. They grow fast.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Lady Ashly on June 18, 2009, 10:36:29 AM
Oh Alphonse, I am most envious of your Dogwood trees. They are just beautiful! Maybe you could swing by and plant one in our Royal Garden.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on June 22, 2009, 12:44:15 PM
I am unsure when next I will be in Texas but should I find my way out there again, I will be sure to bring a few dogwoods with me! ;D
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 22, 2009, 04:05:57 PM
 Oh! It would be wonderful if you could come to Tx Alphonse!
 The poor dogwoods would probably burn up in this heat- but they sure are beautiful!
 
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on June 22, 2009, 11:39:39 PM
I am hoping to one day make it there to faire,hopefully soon. Dogwoods come in two varieties pink and white, you'll have to tell me which you prefer, if I can get them past homeland security and on the plane,lol!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 23, 2009, 07:22:19 AM
 OOOH! I love pink dogwood It would be wonderous to have you at a Texas faire!  Never enough wizards here!
 It is SO hot and dry here- supposed to be 102 today. Kind of like putting my plants on an oven set on broil!
 Trying to keep a few things alive.!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on June 24, 2009, 12:29:29 AM
Yep the heat of summer is already upon us here, I have been out watering most every day, myself.I must confess that I do not do well in the heat, If I make it out that way for a faire it would likely have to be in winter in Texas. Do they have faire there in winter?
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 24, 2009, 04:06:01 AM
 TRF ends in November- Thanksgiving weekend. It has been cold for the past 2 years.
 It is sometimes cold for Scarby opening in April2 years ago it snowed!!!.
 There is a new faire 20 minutes from me in Paige TX that opens next year the end of Feb- the first weekend in April! That should be cool.I am performing there!
 Right not the temps have been in the 90's or worse for weeks! No rain. It is hard keeping plants alive. I water every AM and usually have to in the evening too.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on June 24, 2009, 09:45:53 AM
Indeed then, that being the case a visit maybe in order. I have a sister who lives in Irving that has been on me for years about visiting out that way. We will have to see what fortune brings my way, but I would like to visit some of the Texas faires as well you my friend. Faires are always more fun when one has the company of a wizard to enjoy it with  ;D
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 24, 2009, 01:32:38 PM
 I agree! you are more than welcome here my friend!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on June 24, 2009, 10:07:39 PM
Man hot just does not do it justice. We have cracks forming you can lose a cat in! I want rain... a hurricane would actually be a good thing!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on June 25, 2009, 02:36:50 PM
 I bring in veggies from the garden- already cooked! LOL! Stewed tomatoes anyone? When will it end?
 I want rain- or even an end to this awful heat would be nice. Even the weeds are croaking!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: C Dragonworks on July 06, 2009, 12:46:28 PM
Yeah I understand the stewed tomatoes problem well! That and the darned cotton rats taking bites out of them!>>>GRRRR
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on July 06, 2009, 02:02:06 PM
 With no rain and temps over 100 degrees here- I have fried tomatoes. And the plants are fried too. Sad to see! The trees are losing leaves. It looks like fall. Garden club tomorrow. I guess we will all be commiserating about this heat and drought.
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on July 08, 2009, 06:03:05 PM
I've got a question about my Sweet Potato Vine.  Some of the leaves have turned a bit brown, and I'm not sure if it's too much or too little water.  What do you think?

Thanks,
David Baldock

(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m122/dbaldock/Sweet_Potato-1_x800_090708.jpg)
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on July 09, 2009, 09:03:26 AM
 They like water. It could be the heat- too much sun and check for spider mites too! Wow! It has grown!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: indigocenter on July 10, 2009, 09:34:43 AM
Hmmm...I have one starting upon my countertop!  No water...lol
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: dbaldock on July 10, 2009, 10:05:24 AM
Mine started on the kitchen countertop --- and then I cut off the end that was sprouting, and planted it around Memorial Day.  It's been growing pretty well since then.

Take Care,
David Baldock
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: indigocenter on July 10, 2009, 11:39:43 AM
My tomatoe plants grew big and bushy but had few fruits emerge.. :'(
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Queen Bonnie on July 11, 2009, 12:00:45 PM
 I had great tomatoes for a while. Alas, my plants are fried now! Trying to keep a few things alive is a challenge!
Title: Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
Post by: Alphonse on August 14, 2009, 03:16:12 AM
We put in two gardens in Tremayne's front yard, a water garden and a veggie patch. We have been eating peppers, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers thus far, water mellon and punkins are looking promicing. The water garden keeps getting vandalized by the neighborhood kids, we are considering moving it to my grove to avoid future incidents. It has produced a nice crop of frogs ;D