Extreme Gardening #60

By: BriarCraft , 10:38 PM GMT on April 08, 2013

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April 8, 2013:
To Spring or Not to Spring
That is the question.

March gave us less than half the normal amount of rain and a couple of degrees warmer than average. So, on March 31, I rototilled the garden. Of course, it's way too early for warm-weather crops, but I was anticipating some early lettuce and cabbage. Ah, well...

A bit of rain arrived on April 4. That was fine. Give the stiff and sore muscles a chance to recover before the next round of yard and garden activities. The entire month of March, I measured 3.2 inches of rain. April 4-7, there was 3.7 inches, with more rain in the forecast. Ah well, so much for dreams of early lettuce.

Liquid Sunshine? (BriarCraft)
Where I mowed dry grass last week, now there is standing water after receiving 3.7 inches of rain April 4-7.
Liquid Sunshine?
No Gardening Today (BriarCraft)
Last week, I rototilled the garden as western Washington enjoyed perfect spring weather. Now, well, at least the weeds got chopped up, but I won't be planting lettuce any time soon.
No Gardening Today
Wild Cherry Blossoms (BriarCraft)
How I wish I could make this a scratch-and-sniff photo. The sweetness of these wild cherry blossoms fill the air in my yard.
Wild Cherry Blossoms
Dandelion (BriarCraft)
Sometimes even weed flowers are a welcome sign of spring.
Bleeding Heart (BriarCraft)
Bleeding Heart
Paper White Narcissus (BriarCraft)
Paper White Narcissus
time to rototill (BriarCraft)
The soil is dried out enough to till and I've got my work cut out for me!
time to rototill

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100. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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99. BriarCraft
5:45 PM GMT on May 10, 2013
Sandi: Yes, DH will be up on a ladder shortly (gotta get the low stuff first!), but the good news is we now have a 3-legged orchard ladder -- much more stable on uneven ground.

Poppy: I'm happy to say my basil starts in the greenhouse are now about 4 inches tall and I've pinched off the apical bud (top baby pair of leaves) so they will start branching out.

Horticulturalists at Oregon State University have developed a number of cool-season and early-maturing tomatoes over the years, and I have grown some of them. This year, I'm growing their dependable Siletz, along with Early Wonder (new to me), and Jetsetter (my all time favorite).

WTS: Maybe you could hula whilst hula hoeing? That would be sure to entertain the neighbors, especially if you put some Hawaiian music on.

Ylee: I found a Sacramento rice cam, but you might not be able to use it. http://westerncanal.com/wildlife-rice-farming-web cam/

Yardening update: Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, chard, radishes planted. Caught up on mowing. Some flowerbeds are (temporarily) weed free. 4-foot tall bird-planted tree transplanted to a better location. Cane berries spiffed up all pretty. Grass trimmed around orchard trees.
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98. WatchinTheSky
4:04 PM GMT on May 10, 2013
Ruby throated hummers are supposed to be an east coast bird, rare (to not seen) in California. Also, the gorget on Allen's are often long and flair back on each side where Ruby throat's gorget is neat and trim. Most likely an Allen's in Karen's photo, imho ;)

Looks like rain still for your weekend, a refresh for the paddy! New blog on the way??
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97. Ylee
1:33 AM GMT on May 10, 2013
I found a webcam of a rice paddy in Japan(the field sorta looked like my garden, lol), but won't post it here, as it's quite large!

Hope you and DH are getting plenty done!
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96. SBKaren
1:19 AM GMT on May 10, 2013
I'll let you guys discuss this bird. I saw him again the next day and this time I went outside so the picture is NOT through a window, but actually a bit farther away. I was standing in the street and really zoomed in on him. He looks more brown than green like the ruby throated hummingbird.

What do you think?

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95. WatchinTheSky
3:17 PM GMT on May 09, 2013
Yardening! Trademark that fast :)

See, the difference is Sacramento has delta water and I don't :( I need to get out tonight and finish weed control with the hula hoe (almost poetic?) while there is a little moisture left!
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94. sandiquiz
2:26 PM GMT on May 09, 2013
Quoting calpoppy:
Sandi, I was impressed that you ID that hummer correctly!

Thanks :)
I have had lots of practise finding unknown birds for my Flickr group members. I have a very active identifying thread that is run by experts birders, so some of their extensive knowledge is beginning to rub off on me!
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93. calpoppy
1:23 PM GMT on May 09, 2013
Sandi, I was impressed that you ID that hummer correctly!

Hi Briar! Good weather makes for successful extreme gardening! We flirted with some cold temps the other day but escaped unscathed.

Made a trip to Trader Joe's tuesday and brought home some of their amazing basil plants and another orchid ;). I didn't start any basil this year and TJ'S basil for 2.99 are huge!

Our black headed grosbeaks are all over the thistle socks. They are the size of an oriole so they look huge next to the diminutive goldfinches and take up most of the sock.

Both WTS and I are growing Viva Italia tomatoes this year, a Roma type that is supposed to be better. I was wondering if you grow the cooler climate tomatoes like Oregon Spring?

Happy gardening!
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92. sandiquiz
7:30 AM GMT on May 09, 2013
Yardening! I like that!

You are up late:) I am about to go out shopping at the start of my day.....I need more compost! Larger pots = more soil needed!! lol

Don't over do it, and tell DH not to fall off the ladder if he is "limbing" up high!
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91. BriarCraft
7:24 AM GMT on May 09, 2013
WTS: Don't you know rice likes heat as well as water? There are vast rice paddies near Sacramento and all summer it's 100º or more.

I'm gradually making progress with the yarden (that's yard and garden), rooting out Johnson grass and creeping buttercup, trying to keep up with (rider) mowing, planting veggies. Meanwhile, DH is (walk-behind) mowing edges, weedwhacking, battling volunteer hawthorne saplings and wild blackberry brambles. Conifers are just starting to add this year's growth, as are wild roses and brambles, so a whole lot of pruning and limbing to be done in our spare time.

My next blog's topic will be Extreme Yardening. Just as soon as I can get my act together. There's a 70% chance of rain for Sunday, so maybe...?
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90. WatchinTheSky
3:13 AM GMT on May 09, 2013
This is excellent! Both BC and Ylee growing rice :) Can't wait to see the paddy art!
After the half inch of rain we just got, I was thinking of planting some rice too! But it will 100 degrees in 3 days so - maybe not..
Good luck on keeping up with the garden ;)
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89. BriarCraft
4:39 PM GMT on May 08, 2013
Ylee: How 'bout Dirty Rice?

Sandi: I'm not familiar with water holding get, but then again, I have a tendency to kill potted plants. On the other hand, maybe I wouldn't if I had some of that gel.

Sorry I haven't been around WUville lately. DH and I have been gardening as fast as we can, still the grass and weeds are growing faster than we can get after them. I haven't fallen off the planet though, so I will be back as soon as I have two wits to rub together.
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88. sandiquiz
12:55 PM GMT on May 08, 2013
We had heavy rain overnight, but by mid morning the pots were dry again! I am going to pop-on some of my plants into bigger pots to see if they survive longer without a drink, and add some of that water holding gel... have you tried it? I will let you know if it works!

Seems I was right about Karen's hummer, as she also had it id'ed in Calpoppy's blog. I feel quite chuffed I was right - having never seen a hummer in my life!! lol
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87. Ylee
2:11 PM GMT on May 07, 2013
I'll have to go find some Uncle Ben's..... :' )
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86. BriarCraft
1:19 AM GMT on May 07, 2013
SP: Nice to see you out and about. Hope life is treating you well!

Karen: Sandi might have it with Allen's. It also bears some resemblance to a Ruby-throated hummer. Both have similarities, but don't appear to be an exact match. It's hard to tell, because the irridescence can change radically depending on angle and light.

BFH: It is fun watching others work. And not nearly as tiring.

Ylee: No rain in sight here. In the space of a week, I've gone from mud to needing to water. I mowed Lake Boda yesterday -- a full month earlier than it was mowable last year. If your garden is turned into a bog, WTS is going to want you to plant rice.
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85. sandiquiz
8:20 PM GMT on May 06, 2013
Karen..... Could your hummer be an Allen's hummingbird?

Hi Briar:-)
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84. Ylee
7:38 PM GMT on May 06, 2013
Hi, Briar! hope you're having a fun adventure, either in the garden,, or out and about somewhere! As for myself, I watched it rain, and saw my garden turn into a bog again! :( I did solace myself by buying a sock feeder, and filling it with thistle seed for the birdies!

Hope you are doing well!
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83. BFH
7:30 PM GMT on May 06, 2013

Geez Briar, If only I'd have known, sooner, I could have
popped over to watch you till. (Work fascinates me, I could watch it all day

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82. SBKaren
12:45 AM GMT on May 05, 2013
OK, I'm going to post these pictures in your blog, CalPoppy and WTS's as you all seem to know the most about birds. I know nada other than they are pretty (or annoying!)

This hummer was sitting on top of a hibiscus bloom. Knowing it's sitting on top of a bloom should give you an idea of size. I took the picture through my window, actually two windows. I had the window open and they are sliders, and I figured it would turn out better through the window rather than the screen. I was vacuuming and I stopped to watch it. I went back and got my camera and surely thought it would be gone. It stayed put for quite a while, but finally flew away when I went out the door to try to capture it without looking out the window!

So, what kind is it?

Looking from the back

Looking from the front.
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81. sp34n119w
8:22 PM GMT on May 04, 2013
Just had to come by and say hi even though I can't stay - HI!!!! Hope all is well up there and Spring is springing for you :)
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80. BriarCraft
7:07 PM GMT on May 04, 2013
WTS: The soil dried out very quickly. As I tilled, about an inch of mud stuck to the bottom of my bog boots. An hour later, the top half-inch of soil was dry. Now, two days later, the soil is just about the perfect dampness to work up beautifully.

Sandi: Yes, I'm really looking forward to the photo shoot. I like the overall scheme of things, for the group to have dinner together and discuss the possibilities for the following day.

For those of you interested in compost and mulch for flowerbeds or gardens, there's a very interesting and informative article to read (or you can just look at the pictures) at http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/articles /mulch-beyond-the-basics.
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79. sandiquiz
11:15 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
How wonderful that you can join the WU photographers at a photo shoot!
I am doing something similar on the 2nd of June. A group of Flickerites from one of the groups I belong to is meeting up "somewhere in the south" of the country. It is only a day meet, but should be fun - as long as it doesn't rain! As yet the venue is not fixed in stone. It could be Oxford, London, Kew Gardens or even Windsor!

The 6' 2" monster has been threatened - if he is caught doing it, he will get no dinner! lol
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78. WatchinTheSky
10:20 PM GMT on May 03, 2013
That soil looks positively dry!! So much for the rice paddy :)

My neighbor and I have talked about going in on a jack hammer to work the soil in our backyards.. Until then, I guess it's the raised veggie garden. Living on 30 feet of compacted DG fill is not so conducive to rich loamy soil, but it IS supplemented with some nice 6-12" boulders ;)

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77. BriarCraft
8:19 PM GMT on May 03, 2013
Sandi: I've used bird netting and floating row covers to keep pesky critters away from tasty young veggies, but I don't think either of those would deter a 6'2" Onion Monster. Good luck with that!

GG: Yep, the old Craftsman products seem to last forever. The only repair to this tiller was a new clutch cable last fall. Other than that, I've only just changed the oil a couple of times and cleaned out the underside each fall. Unfortunately, not the same quality now that Kmart bought Sears.

Tilling is done and the garden soil is looking good. I'm a bit stiff and sore, but not bad. Now I just need to do some raking, set a few stakes and strings, and start planting. We're not past frost danger yet, but I can go ahead with some lettuce, cabbage, carrots, radishes, and sugar snap peas. The warm weather crops won't be planted or transplanted until May 20, give or take.

In case WU haven't wandered by RenoSoHill's blog lately, you might not know about the West Coast WU Photographer's Gathering. I was intrigued by the idea last year, but wasn't able to go because of recovering hip and a depleted bank account as a result of the hip. This year, I'm going. Gold Beach (and the Rogue River) on the southern Oregon coast is one of my favorite places. Add that to the opportunity to get acquainted with some WU photographers and maybe learn a little something about photography, too. Should be a lot of fun. Maybe you'd care to join us there?
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76. GardenGrrl
3:11 PM GMT on May 03, 2013
LOL ONion MonSter Sandi.

Hi Briar, that is definitely a classic Craftsman Rototiller you have there. I have a huge craftsman electric drill from over 20 years ago that works quite well.
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75. sandiquiz
8:31 AM GMT on May 03, 2013
I love dark, rich coffee too - but draw the line at hairs on my chest!
You certainly have your work cut out with that Rotavator... looks like it means business!
My soil is grey, claggy clay, which is so difficult to dig, so I don't bother! lol

Most of my garden is put down to plants, either summer bedding or perennials and shrubs. I am this year trying to grow a few more "salad" type vegs, although I might have to net them! No, not from the birds, but from a 6'2" monster who keeps pulling up the salad onions to eat even though they are only 2" high! None will make it to maturity unless I can stop him! lol
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74. BriarCraft
1:18 AM GMT on May 03, 2013
We have a nice silty loam soil here, supplemented with a wee bit of volcanic ash from 30 years ago. We also maintain compost bins and DH manages to add a cubic yard or two into the garden every year. Not many rocks here, although I do turn up one every now and then. You ever notice how rocks seem to rise to the surface over time? Strange, huh? Summers here are dry, but
we've got a good well at only 43 feet deep, so I just set a sprinkler in the garden and give it about an inch of water per week on average.

I hope you'll post some photos of your X-garden here or in your own blog. I'd especially love to see your callaloo (your wiki link says there are several sources for the leaves) and breadfruit look like.

The coffee here is dark roast, fresh ground, and strong enough to grow hair on your chest. The beer is generally Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve or Northwest Wheat.
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73. hurricanecrab
12:52 AM GMT on May 03, 2013

Yeah, that would be a somewhat energetic project to raise a 75 X 32 into raised beds, but not impossible. Got rocks? :D I love the look of your soil........ man, what would that be like to sink a shovel into the ground to the hilt? I used to dream about digging. Beautiful stuff. I wish I could come up and do it for you -- two rows of concrete block in a running bond, poured with a 10" bond beam and separated into six sections. Probably wouldn't take more that six years to make your investment back. lol

Yeah, it's X-gardening here. What helps is that I use a lot of cocopeat from our own coconut trees. Great water retention, and coconut husks have a bit of favourable growth hormone in them. I also tend to make the raised beds under existing trees, so the crops get indirect sun. We have a well with good water, and use a 12-volt pump to drizzle water through 1/2" CPVC pipe with lil' holes drilled in it.

We grow squash, tomatoes, callaloo (our "spinach"), cukes, peppers, pumpkins, herbs, melons and have breadfruit, citrus, mango, coconut and a few other fruit trees, all in a sandy loam with a crapload of rocks.

Lemonade and burgers sounds great! Throw in black coffee and a beer or two and we might be able to work something out ;>)

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72. BriarCraft
9:06 PM GMT on May 02, 2013
Puget: Yes, it looks like we're setting up for some east winds through the Columbia Gorge and Toledo is about at the northern edge of Gorge effects. Portland will be hotter, though the WUgurus have backed off a few degrees on the forecast. Thankfully!

Crab: You commented just a bit before I posted the latest photo in my header, so I hope you come back for a look-see. Let me just say, I'd love to have a raised bed, but I haven't yet found anyone willing to raise a 32ft x 75ft patch complete with a rototiller ramp. If you'd care to give it a go, we'd be happy to supply all the lemonade and burgers you can eat.

Seriously though, I do wish you well with your raised-bed project. Between rocks, salt-rain, and hurricane winds (and dare I say beastly hot-humid summers?) I'm not sure what veggies could stand up to that. You certainly qualify as an EXTREME GARDENER.
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71. hurricanecrab
8:23 PM GMT on May 02, 2013
Hiya Briar ;o)

I absolutely love your macro flower photos! Good stuff!

I wonder........... it would be a bit of work, depending upon materials available to you... I wonder if you might benefit from making your garden into a series of raised beds.

Where I live, rocks grow better than anything else. If I could even develop a market for rocks, I could retire early. With hurricanes, what kills our gardens more than the wind is the salt rain (very close to the sea). I've embarked upon a wacky project: Über-raised beds. I've made an inside and outside form, and I'm using rock and concrete to make raised beds that have a 4' X 4' footprint, and are 40" tall, with an angled top. Tops are screened to keep out wild chickens and soldier crabs, and I've made plywood shutters.

I don't know if that will keep plants safe during tropical cyclones, but I do know that what I've done in the past didn't.

Raised beds for you might keep your garden from flooding, plus allow you to plant some things closer together, creating an improved harvest.

Related: Organic Farming Blog here at WU
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70. PugetSoundPost
3:23 PM GMT on May 02, 2013
Sure a beautiful flower series you have posted! Great macro photography! Flowers are so beautiful no matter which one they are. Thanks for brightening up spring!

It looks like you are planning to get a lot hotter than we are, but we are going in the right direction, finally! We are forecast to maybe just hit 80 by Sunday, while you may get even hotter. I think your directions usually is hotter when the nice weather does hit. As for gardening, my son has a lot of little starts going now, but nothing is in the ground yet, and all of gardening may be stunted for us this year. We are about to start a deck re-build project that will have the yard in disarray and our attention too. But I hope to get a few flowers planted before too long in the front yard and in a few pots, and hopefully our garden plots will fill up eventually. Sure enjoying the newfound sunshine for now!
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69. BriarCraft
6:20 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
Ylee: Yes, Andromeda, aka Pieris japonica, is sometimes called Lily of the Valley bush, but is not to be confused with Lily of the Valley flowers, Convallaria majalis, which grow from rhizome (like iris, canna, and asparagus). My garden still is too muddy to till, but prospects are real good.

Sandi: Here's to fairer skies in May than we had in April!

Pros: Happy May, to you, too!

WTS: I think we're going to skip the rest of spring and move straight into summer here.

Local forecast for Toledo, WA, is real interesting:
Yesterday: 56/36
Today: 68/28
Thursday: 72/41
Friday: 77/45
Saturday: 86/48
Sunday: 88/48
Monday: 86/46
Tuesday: 77/43

After shivering with this morning's low of 28º, temps are going to soar to the high 80s within three days. That is certain to dry out the mud in the garden plot. It's also certain to shock many of the cool weather spring flowers still in bloom. It's definitely going to shock me, as well.

Turn of the heat! Dust off the air conditioner!!!

You can bet your sweet bippy some extreme gardening is going to be happening in the coming daze... er, days.
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68. WatchinTheSky
3:51 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
White Squirrels, White Squirrels, White Squirrels!
Happy May Day!
NWS says Thurs, Fri 90, 91 - WU says 93,97 Yay! Spring is here??
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67. Proserpina
2:39 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
 photo May_zps0cae00ff.jpg
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66. sandiquiz
10:58 AM GMT on May 01, 2013

Here we are into the fifth month of the year...I can't get over how this year is flying by!

I wish you a very happy, healthy and gardening safe May! :)
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65. Ylee
9:46 AM GMT on May 01, 2013
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits, Briar! Sorry to see DH was wounded in the line of duty! Body hair and bandaids definitely do not mix!

What you call an Andromeda, the nursery calls a "lily of the valley". Are they the same thing? Pretty plant!

I attempted to start on the garden yesterday, but I was only able to get a small patch tilled, as the bigger patch was still too muddy! Maybe I'll try before coming to work today!

Congrats on the AC!
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64. BriarCraft
8:40 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
Sandi: If the birds didn't freely plant hawthorne seeds everywhere, I would definitely plant a hedge of them around my garden to keep deer and dogs out. The big mystery is how do these trees with 3-inch trunks just suddenly appear???

I am curious about those fabric pots; thanks for contributing to the interesting discussion there.

GG: One cannot be faint of heart or short of will to rule over the tiny kingdoms of turf and flower bed. How true! I couldn't have said it better. Sometimes I think the tiny kingdoms are out to get me. Paranoid? Na!

Poppy: Since DH has rather hairy arms, he is as fearful of band-aids as he is of thorns. I get out the band-aids and he runs the other way!
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63. calpoppy
6:16 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
Hi Briar!  Pierris are beautiful shrubs!  I used to sell them when I worked a nursery in the mountains.  The Forest Flame is an exceptional one! 

I hope you have plenty of band-aids handy for your extreme gardening!!
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62. GardenGrrl
9:49 AM GMT on April 30, 2013
You got an AC! Cool. That one definitely belongs there.

LOL Extreme Gardening! One cannot be faint of heart or short of will to rule over the tiny kingdoms of turf and flower bed.
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61. sandiquiz
8:42 AM GMT on April 30, 2013
DH is currently plotting the demise of a certain hawthorne tree.
I do not blame him, they are lethal thorns, best used, according to the local police, as hedges around a boundary to keep the unwanted out... including your rugosa plants and pyracantha.
I planted a pyracantha next to my wooden shed. It grew really well, until one day I decided to clean out the shed and found the dratted thing had forced its way, thorns and all, through the shed roof! It got the chop!

I posted a comment in Calpoppy's blog, in answer to your query about the fabric pots on decking, and how I use them:)
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60. BriarCraft
7:21 AM GMT on April 30, 2013
Reno: I missed Google Nose. Not surprising since I usually search with DuckDuckGo.com for privacy purposes. I learned about that over at GG's place last year.

GG: That was my favorite, too, and I made it the Series Cover. Then the Approver changed it to the AC photo, not that I'm complaining.

Our recent, current, and on-going flower bed exploit is turning into a Days of Our Lives saga.

Last year, a rather disappointing flowerbed got overwhelmed with Johnson Grass and Creeping Buttercup to the point that, when I was finally able to get back to weeding in August, I threw up my hands in disgust and focused my efforts on other flowerbeds. Also, a prized Andromeda bush bit the dust, literally, because I didn't get out to water it in May and June when it was thirsty.

Ever the optimistic and determined gardener, I went to my favorite garden store in Longview a couple of weeks ago and purchased a large Andromeda Forest Flame in a 5-gallon pot.

When we got some nice weather last week and I found the soil dry enough to work in said overgrown flowerbed, I summoned my chi and got started. It didn't take long to realize my Jubilee Rugosa Rose had sent out runners and multiplied, so I pruned them back and then drafted DH to transplant the four new rose plants.

But that required a place to be prepared. Which required clean-up of overgrown native Nootka Roses. While DH was attacking the Nootka Roses, a sneaky hawthorne tree jumped out and bit him, decorating his arms with blood from encounters with the tree's 2-inch thorns. Meanwhile, I worked on weeding around the rugosas and helping with disposal of DH's pruning pile. Finally the rugosas got transplanted this afternoon.

DH and I find ourselves wondering just when we will finish that 15-minute project of planting the new Andromeda we started last week. I'm betting we can stretch this out for at least another 3-4 days. And that's not even counting the rehab of the remainder of that flowerbed. DH is currently plotting the demise of a certain hawthorne tree.
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59. GardenGrrl
9:44 AM GMT on April 29, 2013
Hey that's some nice flower macros. Like the whole branch of bleeding hearts the best.
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58. RenoSoHill
3:23 AM GMT on April 29, 2013
Quoting BriarCraft:
So now that there are touch-screens, when is someone going to add a scratch-and-sniff feature? Oughta be some tech wizard out there somewhere who could do it.

You missed it? Google came out with "Google Nose" claiming 20,000 smells through the computer.....

(of course it was on April 1st)
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57. BriarCraft
8:34 PM GMT on April 28, 2013
Sandi: Showers and sun breaks for me this weekend. It seems strange to me that, while my garden is too wet to rototil, the flowerbeds around the house are dry. Between showers this afternoon, I'll go out and do some watering. That would sound crazy to anyone but you, who is watering her flower pots. Ah, April!
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56. sandiquiz
1:03 PM GMT on April 27, 2013
Hi Briar - just thought I would wish you a happy Saturday, whatever you are doing!

We have had rain all morning, but it was needed. The constant wind we have had for weeks and weeks, added to the much warmer temperatures, has meant all pots are drying out rapidly. It is so unusual to have to water pots in April... surely we should have been having "April Showers"!!

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55. BriarCraft
2:50 AM GMT on April 26, 2013
Karen: No pool in my childhood, but I was always outside running or biking or skateboarding. And we never heard about sunscreen.

Poppy: There are two young wild cherry trees here on the property, growing at the edge of the woods, and they are about 20 feet tall. The farm where I grew up in Oregon had a giant old one, with a 3-foot diameter trunk and it was 40-50 feet tall. An apple seed will not breed true. Maybe it's the same with cherries?
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54. calpoppy
10:47 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
Hi Briar, could your wild cherries be Nanking cherries which is a shrub or are they trees?
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53. SBKaren
11:42 PM GMT on April 24, 2013
Hi Briar -

Wow that's a nifty X-ray. I wonder what my mom's looks like???!!! I never thought to take a gander. So glad to read that you are given the A-OK, go ahead. Woohoo!

I also see a dermatologist at least once a year, and always get something frozen off. I have very light blue eyes (I wear sunglasses on a gloomy day), and not pale skin, but not olive complexion either. But I'm quite tan now (for me). That's only because I'm in the pool so frequently.

I'm paying the old age spot price for being out in the sun so much when I was a child. We had a pool in our backyard and my brothers and I were all water babies. We spent hours upon hours in the pool. I sure don't remember any sunblock back then.

Oh well, maybe if I ever get enough age spots, I'll just look tanner! LOL
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52. BriarCraft
11:09 PM GMT on April 24, 2013
GG: Since getting the okay, I've been working on toe-touches, getting in shape for planting all those seeds. I much prefer the new dull ache to the old sharp stab-and-twist of the dagger.

WTS: I didn't know desert tortoises could drool. But as soon as Ylee and Poppy work out the truckload exchange of water for sand, I'll borrow that truck and send you a load of dandelions, okay?

Quoting WatchinTheSky's photo comment:
I know what you mean, I wish my orange tree would bloom year 'round. Mmmmm..
Are the cherries people usable?

The wild cherries are edible, but they're way smaller than pie cherries -- just a little bit of really sour cherry around each pit, but the birds love 'em.

So now that there are touch-screens, when is someone going to add a scratch-and-sniff feature? Oughta be some tech wizard out there somewhere who could do it.
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51. WatchinTheSky
5:06 PM GMT on April 24, 2013
You are making my desert tortoises drool with that nice photo of dandelion!
Foot tall grass, that's the problem with almost constant rain, can't mow when it's too wet - Down the Rabbit Hole :)
All these years and no scratch n sniff computers- what have we been doing??
Addendum (after noticing I had mail ;) -

The new Lion Exhibit is very viewer friendly! Tigers, not so much - but The Park is just breaking ground on a new Tiger Exhibit - probably as viewer friendly as the Lions.

The orioles - I didn't notice the female oriole in the B o Paradise until after I posted them on other blog - she's even more camouflaged.
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50. GardenGrrl
4:50 PM GMT on April 24, 2013
Looking at the x-rays, ouch I can see how painful the right hip had to have been.
So look out weeds, the Gardener has been set free.
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