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  1. ok_nurse
    06-13-2008 08:51 AM - permalink
    ok_nurse
    Just wanted to let you know I got some pink hydrangea to try again (at your suggestion) and it is doing lovely. Thank you so much for the tip. I guessI just had sme bad luck the first time I tried!
    -donna
  2. ok_nurse
    05-29-2008 02:25 PM - permalink
    ok_nurse
    I usually place a cut piece of PVC pipe in the hole of a new tree so I can soak the roots regularly until it gets established. I put pea pebble in the PVC pipe or it will "wash out" with the watering because the current will cause a big hole but the pebble slows the current. I've grown nice trees with PVC pipes- they establish real quick.
    I hate grass in Oklahoma. Its not soft and has runners that grow into my flowerbeds. Next year my hubby wants to try fescue. Its such a chore to get rid of all this crappy grass in order to fill in with the better stuff.
    I'm just trying the hyacinth bean vine this summer. Got some in a swap earlier this spring and my plants are about three inches now. They are by my little pond and I'm hoping they will hang and crawl down the wall of the pond. We'll see. After hearing from you I'm glad I got them in. Maybe they will add some color to the area.
    Do you start your geraniums indoors by seed? I love the geranium hanging baskets. I started growing sweet william in baskets because they come back each year. I have lots of garden hooks and the sweet william (dianthus) is one of the first flowers to start blooming in the baskets as soon as the ground thaws. I leave the roots right in the baskets and they grow back each spring.
    The drought killed my grape vines last fall. I hate it when things like that happen but there is no way to keep them alive when there is an outside watering restriction.
    I'll have to try the hydrangea again. I killed mine last year. I think it may be that our soil is too alkalinic. Maybe I can find a way to change the ph. I agree with you that they are beautiful. I've seen some in the neighborhood so I know it can be done here-just not sure what the trick is.
    Thanks for the info-happy planting!
    -Donna
  3. ok_nurse
    05-21-2008 09:26 AM - permalink
    ok_nurse
    I too am zone 7. Do you have any particularly pretty plants that you could recommend for our zone? Do you have droughts in NC? I moved here from Michigan and discovered that the perennial hibiscus is lovely. I just thought you might have some particular favorites that you might direct me to.
    -Donna
  4. cheezyrat
    05-13-2008 08:24 PM - permalink
    cheezyrat
    Hey. I started a gardening book exchange thread. So far there are only three of us signed up. Thought you might be interested.

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    I've gardened for many years but for some reason, the bug has really "bit" me just over the last year or so. We moved into a beautiful new house in March '07 and I've been busy planting like crazy ever since!

    I love to try new plants, just to see if I'm up to the challenge of getting them to thrive.

    I have tons of ideas and plans and pictures in my head of what I want my gardens to look like. I think it'll take me years and years to get things the way I want them. But that's fine with me! The more time I can spend outside, the better!

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