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Gardens Gardens Gardens! :D
PostPosted: Sun 19 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

It's Springtime! In the northern hemisphere, at least!

I have become fascinated lately with the growing of plants, especially vegetable gardens, although I have had little hands-on experience with it throughout my life! The growing of plants has been the backbone of humanity ever since time immemorial. It is necessary for our survival, health, and is wonderful for recreation. Unlike having to resort to slaughtering animals for food, plants willingly give forth their fruit with their hearts wide open, and the consumption of their fruits by animals often helps plants, for it carries their seeds to new places.

If you garden flowers, that is nice too,

but this year I'm concerned with creating gardens with beans, carrots, corn, and even one bell pepper plant! I bought the bell pepper plant already growing, for everything else I bought seed packets.

Originally I really wanted to grow beans, because even as a kid, I used to take beans from a bag in our kitchen drawer and try to grow them, and I some success on one occasion!

But when I was looking at seed packets, I saw one of a sweet red corn hybrid that looked absolutely fascinating to me, much more fascinating than white and yellow corn! I am now eager to grow a garden of red corn someplace in my backyard; I have plenty of room, a decent sized plot should be no big deal!

Is anyone else around here a gardener? grin Anyone want to share tips, experiences, or just wanna talk about gardening?


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

i remember in grade one we grew some bean plants

and mine was one of the best

they awarded me as a green thumb

i started to think on it, that one time i saw a green aura around me while working with my house-plants ,

they are very satisfying to work with

i like growing a house plant, making a cutting, sprouting roots in it, then putting it in a new pot and growing it again !

the coleus plants are very beautiful
it would be great to flood my backyard as a jungle full of them! they have such vivid flowers!

sage plants are lovely too! and cactuses !


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

A jungle of coleus would be such an awesome backyard! :D

Yes, working with plants is very satisfying, that's why I can't wait! grin

Last year my mom bought these angel trumpets,

three were in the backyard and one was in the front,

and while the three in the back were growing normally, the one in the front was little and yellow, maybe from having too much sun in the front yard? but I took it to the backyard and sat with it, and sent it meditative love on a regular basis, and within weeks it was totally transformed! it went from being yellow and dinky to having these huge deep green leaves, they were soooo healthy looking, and much larger and of a much deeper shade of green than any of the others, and it grew so fast, nearly reaching the size that the others have been spending all summer to achieve in just a matter of weeks!

it was astounding, and I wanted to do the same with other plants.


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

It's not much, but I just bought a little cactus for my room yesterday. I like it, a lot. It's very pretty. :D

EDIT: Found a picture :D :D :D

http://cactiguide.com/graphics/m_lemairei_600.jpg


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PostPosted: Wed 22 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Thanks to you know who for notifying me of this topic. ive been going alot of plant work. growing of rare cacti, ethnobotanical plants, and naturalism/botany study all over my local area. all plants are grown for collection purposes only.

here are some garden shots

Notocactus vanvlietii



http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7320/img1984z.jpg

Mammillaria deuwii

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/1829/img1991gfs.jpg

Calea zacatechichi



Chamaecyparis obtusa "Dwarf Hinoki"

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/2381/img2001r.jpg

Cynara cardunculus - Artichoke plant

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6191/img0745w.jpg

Salvia spp.

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/5967/img1575iyj.jpg

Calendula spp. - Marigold

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2989/img0758n.jpg

Chrysanthemum, Aptenia cordifola, Petunia, Lobularia maritima

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/2315/img0765t.jpg

Coryphantha spp.



Echinocactus rapa

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9739/img1581z.jpg

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2110/img0576k.jpg

Thelocactus bicolor





Ariocarpus retusus

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4893/img0348q.jpg

Trichocereus pachanoi

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2241/img0604v.jpg

Trichocereus bridgesii



Trichocereus peruvianus "variegata" - this is a genetic mutation that only occurs in about every one out of 500 seedlings. extremely rare, and priceless IMO.

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/6034/img1586i.jpg

Pelargonium cordifolium

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/5783/img0762p.jpg

Cucurbita spp. - Pumpkin, about 2 feet across

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4913/img0759twj.jpg

Brugmansia spp.

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/9210/img1603o.jpg




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PostPosted: Wed 22 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Wow. You have many a pretty cactus there. I rage in silent jealousy.

A question, if memory serves me right, the Echinocactus rapa is a succulent, not a cactus, correct?


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PostPosted: Wed 22 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

it is a succulent...but its a cactus

all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Oh, thanks for the clarification smile

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Ive allways wanted to have a Zen garden with plants, and flowers, and a rock garden in the middle of it. I want to have a fountain, and lots of windchimes. I love the sound of windchimes. If I ever can afford to do it it would be the ultmate place for my meditation.

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Hey Daylight, thanks for the garden photos. See, we had brugmansias last year that my mother ordered, same color variation as you have, but she didn't like them because ours didn't produce too many flowers, plus the flowers were too discrete at the time for her taste. I liked them regardless.

And Kava, your goal sounds excellent! That reminds me to get some windchimes for my house, I've always loved them. I don't recall our family ever getting some. Maybe this year I'll change that. :D What an excellent atmosphere they create, especially for meditation.

Today I sowwed some beans in my garden with me mam. I also transplanted my bell pepper plant.


I've read that carrot seeds can take a while to germinate, and like cooler tempuratures, so I just put some seeds in a moist paper towel and in a ziplock bag a few minutes ago. Ahh, if only I'd done that earlier! Oh well!

I'll be moving on to corn tomorrow. smile


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

I drew out my planes for my Zen garden, Im going to have a spiral formation with the plants, and flowers, and in the middle Ill have the rock garden, and two fountains on each side, or statues of religious figures. Im allso going to have a stereo playing Zen music, and about 30 windchimes through out. I hope to have it done in two years. Ill try to post my planes when I get a scanner so you can see it.

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Excellent Kava!

Wind-chimes are constantly giving their blessing, and imparting serenity,


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PostPosted: Fri 24 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

see if you can get wind chimes that are all in the same key as the music you are playing

that would be sweet


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PostPosted: Fri 24 Apr, 2009  Reply with quote

Cool smile I've been a bit more interested in this lately. Actually I have NO experience with gardening, but... I don't know. Just looking for myself.

Anyway, I was thinking of doing WWOOF! www.wwoof.org it sounds really neat. ^^


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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jun, 2009  Reply with quote

A picture i took today out in the garden - so many flowers! the delosperma has created a massive purple carpet, both mammilaria cacti are in bloom and my thelocactus loydii opened the bud yesterday that has been slowly growing for the past month. these are orchid flowers.

Epidendrum ibaguense



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