Maybe we need a 12-step program for gardening. Or a Gardeners-Anonymous group. Or something.
And, thank you so much for posting that. I know now that I am not alone in my passion and addiction. LOL
I would also like to post a link to this entry in my journal, if I may, with your permission.
You are welcome to link to me. Thanks!
Garden catalogs are porn.
I swear, I'm sending the USPS Form 1500 to Lee Valley. Those people just need to goddamn stop sending me that filth. Have they no shame?
2006-03-02 04:31 pm (UTC)
I was disappointed you weren't talking about Ikea catalogs or flyers. My non-porn porn.
Gardening catalogs are my porn too! Will spring ever get here? Sigh!
I have not been that impressed with Ikea, but I have only seen the website. And I don't need furniture - it's here and does not die back over the winter.
*Joins you in Ikea-lust*
I'm always sure if I could just buy the right blitzenkruupermajob, my life would be organized and clutter-free!
I'm actually rather fond of the nightshade that seems to run rampant in Indiana. Considering it's the only damn thing that ends up growing in my "garden."
*CRY* I know!
At least you have some space. I am intending to collapse the apartment balcony this year. I WILL make a garden. I WILL. And...and the catalogues, they call to us, preciousss. They make me ponder if "dwarf" is dwarf enough for my balcony. It inspires maddness, I tell you!
But there will be tomato plants, herbs, a strawberry pot, and some flowers.
Oh yes. There will be.
You can save a remarkable amount of weight in the pots if you use styrofoam packing peanuts in the bottom of the pot. Don't just put them in; mix them with soil so that the water doesn't simply run through them - and roots can utilize the space between them. If you have to use biggish pots for anything (tomatoes, etc.) this will really help.
Oh, that is such a great idea. Thanks!!
Oooh - great idea, Zoethe - thanks!
We brought home rosemary, sage, and thyme in three varieties.
What, no parsley? ;-)
One thing that we've noticed about the "gardeners" and "landscapers" around us: they design and plant for the now. They don't consider what their creation will look like 3, 5, 10 years down the road.
Which is why they all look like jungles.
Guilty. Much trimming is required.
Trimming is fine. I'm thinking of my neighbors who planted a red-tipped photinia* underneath a Japanese cherry tree. Or a weeping willow tree three feet from their foundation. Some of that is the fault of the builder, but some of it is just people impulse buying.
Which isn't to say we are perfect, of course :-)
* red-tipped photinias can grow up to 15 feet tall.
Yeah, not so bright. I haven't been guilty of that, only of wisteria, which is beautiful but invasive if not kept in check.
wisteria, which is beautiful but invasive if not kept in check.
You've got that right. Only invasive plant we have, which is beginning to irritate the Mrs., is leadwort (at least I think that's the name). The damn stuff grows everywhere!
At least you didn't use red trumpet vine or honeysuckle...
And I was wondering abuot the parsley, too.
There didn't have any. ;-)
Umm. The mint. You did do something to keep it from escaping, right? :) I was warned that if I wanted to plant some, I should bury a Rubbermaid dish tub, and plant the mint in that area, or soon I'd have nothing but mint.
Nope. The original plan was this it would escape and fill the entire space. There is much hacking.
Next week is the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.
Need. Bib. To. Catch. Drool.
No, you are quite certainly *not* the only one! /sigh
I have already begun this year's journey to the dark side; pre-planting some of my vegetable seeds in indoor starter crates. All the while knowing that I'll be unable to discard the extra baby plants. Worse, I do so also knowing that I will still make those deliciously evil trips to the greenhouse, bring home even more varieties to stuff into my ever overflowing bed.
Ahhh, the pains of addiction!
Suggestions and a question --
- You might check out the floating alfalfa balls (www.gardensalive.com and/or Gale's Garden Centers) for keeping the pond more clear without chemicals. Also their corn-based weed killer is worth a look, if you want to try it out.
- Mint *is* a weed, but it's one I don't usually mind. Pulls out easily enough, and fills in the unwatched places with pretty flowers and good smells. ::shrug:: :)
The question -- where did you get that two-fer burgundy colored La-Z-Boy? That's exactly what I'm looking for! And being Cleveland-local means yes I'm asking for a specific store recommendation! (And thanks ...)
Nice garden! :) And full agreement on plant porn ... :Dana
It's not La-Z-Boy, it's Lane. I don't like the way La-Z-Boys are stuffed - too much cushion at the neck.
We got them 3 years ago at Levin. We were desperate for furniture, and depressed by the sheer ugliness of furniture that's out there. We fell in love with this and have been utterly happy. The sofa has a recliner at each end, and the loveseat is two independent rocker/recliners. There's even a flip-down table with cup holders in the middle of the sofa. It's great.