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Greetings from a new member. August 27, 2004 12:20 PM

I'm a newbie gardener and find it so rewarding. Because I have my summers off from teaching, I'm already looking forward to next year's garden. Being outdoors is one of my favourite aspects, but all of the benefits, including those for the the environment enrich my spirit too--composting, organic veggies, sharing the crop with family and friends, working together with my boyfriend in the garden, and just watching the plants grow! I also love incorporating flowers into my garden and this year discovered the most precious bush sunflowers--many glorious blooms to short two foot tall plants. Fantastic! What plants do you find most enjoyable?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 August 27, 2004 9:30 PM

Hi Shannon, great post - thank you! My favorite plants are probably my roses. I can't eat them, or give them away, and I don't have enough blooms to make something really luxurious (like rose oil) - nonetheless, I am totally in love with them. I love their smell, their tactile softness, their strength and sensitivity, and there are so many kinds! Miniature, bush, trees, climbing,hybrid, tea! :-) I live about 5 minutes away from Portland's international rose test gardens, which is a big inspiration to me. I don't quite speak the "language" of roses yet, but I'm hoping that in time I"ll be able to grow prolific blooms the way my neighbors do.  [ send green star]
 August 27, 2004 10:09 PM

Hey Shannon, that's a big perk about being a teach - being able to devote time to a garden in the summer! I still am considering going back to school for my licensure, and that's one reason why. Being in Canada, how long is your grow season? Congrats on the newly developing green thumb!  [ send green star]
 August 29, 2004 7:22 AM

Beth, I think I'm in zone 5--we really start to warm up in May (although it's been known to snow then too) and sometimes have all the way into October, if there's an Indian summer. Last year was lovely--warm until Halloween. This year has been very wet in the May-June and very dry the last two months. :( I also have a feeling that it's going to cool down quickly this fall. I haven't tried anything other than wild rose bushes. I love white flowers and my boyfriend bought me a white wild rose bush for our anniversary in July. My mom has pink wild roses and the lot where I want to build my house next door (part of the family farm) has two varieties of heirloom pink wild roses, purple and white lilacs, sumac, three apple trees, some kind of pink flowering tree, an asparagus patch, and I only recently discovered white hydrangeas--I was thrilled--I call it "discovery gardening"! haha Otherwise, I enjoy perennials like lilies, and iris. I'm having some luck with sunflowers this year--they're sweet. This fall we're breaking up and moving our perennials, and hoping to put in some daffodil and tulip bulbs. Mom also wants to get some, um..liatris?? They're purple spiky flowers...haha, pretty technical, eh? Any tips on the roses? I'm also planning on starting herbs indoors over the winter to put out next spring. I want a kitchen herb garden. Have you tried that?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
hey August 29, 2004 10:21 AM

One thing I have been getting into is succulents.I have them all over my garden and there are so many different kinds and they look really good grown together in big clay pots on the patio.I ce plants are very cool...many kinds and beatiful favorite is the bright pink.great ground cover for a dry area. Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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