Follow
Share

It's become clear to me through posts and PMs that there are some gardeners here just waiting for the chance to discuss gardening!

So, I was thinking... how do you use gardening, or how does it affect you if you need a break, need some respite, need to relax, need inspiration....how do you use it as a therapy tool in caregiving?

What are your activities: Do you go out and pull weeds, read a magazine, design new beds? Look through garden catalogues? Go to garden stores?
And what interests have you added to your gardening? Visit estate or garden displays? Do you go to garden shows?

Does anyone design and plant Knot Gardens? Raised bed planters? Assistive gardens? Pollinator gardens (and have you thought of ways to help the bees and butterflies?)

Are your gardens primarily for pleasure or food, or a mix of both? Do you grow plants for medicinal purposes? Which ones, how do you harvest and process them? Any suggestions?

Do you grow plants that can be used in crafts, such as grapevines for wreaths and lavender for lavender wands? Do you make herbal products such as creams, lotions, chapstick?

What else can you share about gardening and the means in which it nurtures your soul?

Find Care & Housing
1 2 3 4 5
Celcius to Farenheit, either way it is freezing!
Guess your garden will be full with "snow sculptures" ?

Today, there are blooming paperwhite narcissus in a pot in the garden. The one rose bush has multiple blooms after feeding it, and the bougainvillia has been "sacrificed" as the designated eat me plant, giving it no treatment. I feel bad for it.
The two cape honeysuckle have orange blooms all over.

Guess I will be satisfied with that. Amazing how I want to add more 'n more plants, but it is coming on winter! It is all clean and neat, leaves swept up.
We can have coffee out there now. Must make extreme efforts to enjoy some of my life, chill out, not work so hard. I am going to have hot chocolate in my coffee this morning.
(3)
Report

No, celcius CM, if it was minus anything fahrenheit in November I think I'd be on a plane to a warmer climate. They are crocus, various narcissus and one pot of chionodoxa that I plan to plant at the cemetery (it is rather bleak there and I hope they will take over😉).
I've brought them all in and will pop them out again when the weather gets more seasonable, I noticed that a forgotten geranium still looks OK so I think they will be too.
(1)
Report

How big are the pots, CW? And what sort of bulbs?

I wouldn't despair because I've never yet known crocus, snowdrops or ordinary daffodils to succumb. I know Canadian winters are in a different league, but even in the one we had Of Famous Memory -

- ah. You mean Fahrenheit. I forgot.

Phewf. The only idea I have is that you can get low wattage heaters for garden sheds? They're sealed pipes with an element running through them, completely safe. But I'm not sure how much frost they can keep off.
(0)
Report

I found a lot of deeply discounted spring bulbs and have potted them up to force, unfortunately our weather is unseasonably cold (-5°C last night and predicted to go down to -13°C later this week) so they won't be safe out in my garden shed - if they haven't frozen already.
(0)
Report

For sure gotta do the star of Bethlehem. This is my first year attempting a winter garden of some sort, hoping for bulb plants.
Our banana trees are doing well in the greenhouse. Hopeful about them.
(0)
Report

Amaryllis in California.
And, Star of Bethlehem.
(1)
Report

Thanks send. I looked up the paperwhites and the cactus . Pretty, I will add them to my list, along with other nice stuff :)
(1)
Report

Paperwhite narcissists, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and other nice stuff.

Shmeshque, People have supported me about my bougainvillias for three years!
Ask what you want, every season is different!

Turns out, the grasshopper did not do it! CM was right about it being caterpillars ate the plant, and I must spray it. Non-toxic stuff hopefully.
(1)
Report

Anyone know what flowers there are that bloom in winter? Forgive me if this has been asked somewhere on here.

Isthisreal- what are you planning on growing?
(0)
Report

I have two bougainvillea, both in pots, they spend the majority of the year outdoors and bloom well for probably 9 months or so. But they won’t survive a freeze and we do get several a year in the South that are enough to do them in, hence keeping them in pots. Never had any garden pests bother them, knock on wood. They’re beautiful bloomers.
No frosts of freezes here yet, just planted snapdragons and pansies. They both like the cold and will overwinter easily here. Pansies were my mother’s favorite flower and I always plant them in her memory
(1)
Report

Sand help, I would say that grasshopper did you a favor, we have to cut our bougainvillea back every year. Sometimes it takes a while for it to get big again but they are super hardy and it takes a lot to kill them. Don't give up yet😁

My planting season is just starting, I was so jealous reading about all the beautiful harvests this summer while I watched heat waves radiate off my garden. Now it's my turn for some homegrown yummies. Bragging, yep!😉
(2)
Report

Nasty cold wet November weather arrived here in early October - I have been robbed of those beautiful, sunny, crisp days that make up for Fall being the precursor to Winter. And yet the leaves are holding stubbornly to my trees and I fear I will be out raking for another month, if they don't get buried by an early snow.
Still, the river trail is soft underfoot and looks spectacular dusted with all the fallen maple leaves.
(2)
Report

Good catch, Send!

Unusually for us, we have already had four nights of frost. I am not sorry that they have seen off my courgette (zucchini) vines. I have got very tired of courgettes for dinner, and so have both sets of my next door neighbours.

I feel guilty to be so ungrateful. I also don't know why I don't learn to keep only one or two plants at the most - it's the same every year.

Hm. Not necessarily a grasshopper - have a look at https://www.joyusgarden.com/eating-my-bougainvillea-leaves/

My money would be on a caterpillar, having seen how much of a small tree my adopted pet hawk moth caterpillar* denuded. The other thing about specialist caterpillars is they can be hard to spot because they're good at impersonating leaves.

* A tragic tale. I grew fond of it over some weeks, then one night the silly creature left its tree - in search of more leaves, I expect - and got crunched underfoot when I went to put the trash out in the dark. Very upsetting for us both. Him more than me, I admit.
(2)
Report

Well, maybe I cannot keep my bouganvillia alive. But we can keep this thread alive. Garden Artist had a great idea here, and is an excellent garden hostess. I have not heard from her in quite awhile.

Since after 90 days a thread will be archived and closed to new posts, maybe we can all check in here to see how our gardens are growing through the fall and winter.

The grasshopper ate my plant, and all that remains are scrumbled up and sparse leaves. I could trim it back, and it may struggle through another winter. But somewhere, there is a great big, really big grasshopper.
(2)
Report

CM - Yes, I have to think of her as a garden predator. I've tried written Instructions for other things and they all have been shreded and tossed, so I don't expect it will be different with the fruits. She can no longer put 2 thoughts together and come to a conclusion.

UsedupDIL - 53" of snow? Wow. I can't imagine that much snow. Perhaps it will be a good time for you to travel to a warmer place for the winter.
(1)
Report

I’m finding that keeping up my yard is difficult since my husband passed. I did find a good yard service for the mowing, trimming. I didn’t get motivated to do much the past summer. Maybe next year. Just not looking forward to the winter. Last year we had a record breaking snow storm at Christmas - 53”.
(1)
Report

Oo, Polar.

I used to have hazelnut trees and various currant bushes and gooseberry bushes. The squirrels always beat me to the nuts. I don't know who got the currants but there'd be, like, two left hiding under a leaf. And I told myself that my chickens obviously liked gooseberries a lot more than I did so I would just make it my gift to them.

Can you look on your mother as a garden predator? How much crop can she not reach?

Or... Could you give her a chart of 'fruits in season' - showing pictures of lovely ripe fruit at its best - to take with her and monitor how "her" crop is coming along? Maybe if you can get her to be chanting 'another three days, another week' it'll nudge her back into waiting for it to be really ready.

Or stand a lot of pots and garden furniture in the way.😈
(2)
Report

Perhaps this gripe should go in the gripe/whine thread, but since it has to do with gardening, so here it goes...

I have a lot of fruits in my garden right now that I should be able to enjoy: dragon fruits, jujubes, papayas, yellow lemons, BUT I COULD NOT.

My Alz. mother is determined to pick as many fruits as she can within her reach as soon as SHE thinks they are ready for picking.

The dragon fruits have been picked before they were ready, so now they are pretty much tasteless, no sweetness at all. And those fruits are not easy to grow and are expensive at the market.

Same goes for the jujubes, they taste like styrofoam according to my daughter.

And the papayas were picked green and hard. The yellow lemons also got picked when still green and had no juice or bitter juice.

I keep telling her not to pick'em but that is a waste of my breath because she forgets it 5 seconds later. Grrrrr.........
(5)
Report

MM- yes papaya plants can grow in containers, most likely will have flowers, but probably won't become fruits, unless the containers are BIG to accomodate the deep roots. I have over a dozen papaya plants in the ground, Mexican and Hawaiian varieties. Most of them have both male and female floweres, but a few only have male flowers.

The plants are vere pretty, like palm tree, but with delicious fruits. If you live in a cold area where temps dip below 40 or so, the plants might die or won't grow well.

You can grow papapa plants from seeds. Just buy a good size papaya from the store, save the seeds to grow new plants.
(2)
Report

I would like some papaya trees, not that I'm crazy about papaya but think they are cute - wonder if they'll grow in a container?
(0)
Report

We have been blessed to obtain some banana trees. Technically banana trees are not trees at all but plants. But, we were given 4 of them. Planted them in the greenhouse for winter, the biggest one has some baby bananas growing on it, looking forward to harvesting them when time comes.
Anyway am just going bananas over the banana trees and wanted to share :)
(9)
Report

Is weeding therapy too? Went to my new house today to pull some goatheads. Sure don't want that mess in the spring. Nasty weeds! Probably pulled thirty or so of them, Each plant can extend vines up to six feet. In that six feet, each vine can have probably 10 or more of the dang seed pods. Each pod has four sections in each section, 4-5 seeds that will grow a whole new goathead plant. So, feeling somewhat accomplished, though there are many more to pull before the pod browns, then disperses it contents. UGH!
(1)
Report

I have six gorgeous huge red california wonder peppers in my fridge, a variety that has never let me down, the other kind I bought (can't remember what they were, red shephard maybe?) haven't produced anything. I also picked a small basket of assorted tomatoes today: grapes, romas and a yellow variety that I started from saved seed. The big surprise is my scarlet runner beans are starting to produce, I planted them way back in June and they had all but died until heavy rains a few weeks ago revived them, yeah!
(2)
Report

I just came in from working on my parents yard! YAYE!

I love to weed, feed, trim, rake - anything to touch nature to help ground me while making my final resting place (the ground)! LOL - more beautiful!

I always say - I worship the ground that awaits me! LOL

What makes me really frustrated is areas around rock gardens - as a kid - if there were leaves or sticks in the recesses of our gardens, I felt sorry for that part of the yard. The flowers got all the glory and fanfare - what about making sure even recesses had attention and detail as well? Such a weird thing I have always had - always haunted me.

I like dividing up hostas and replanting them...the plant itself is hard to dig up to divide.
(1)
Report

First off, GA wherever you are, miss you here and wish you sunny days and beautiful blooms!
My garden is definitely sulking, too many hades hot days. The mailbox mandevilla has choked after blooming beautifully since April. The lambs ear is floppy over. The hydrangea is spent. Only the annual vincas and lantanas are happy. I did receive a new Japanese maple tree, terrible time of year to plant a tree, but in the spirit of not looking a gift horse in the mouth it’s planted with hope that it’ll be fine.
Wishing for cooler days....
(5)
Report

It must still be the dog days of summer out west, because my garden appears like a dog dug up the dirt, which was to become landscaping with rocks to level it out. Try that out in 107 degrees Farenheit. So, it is out there, waiting.

Still, there are surviving cape honeysuckle vines, and various struggling plants in pots. The rosemary plant just keeps going on and on, needs trimming.

We need rain.

I still need breakfast!!
(1)
Report

Are the tomatoes ripe yet,?
(0)
Report

They might be talking about the dog days of summer but for me fall is definitely in the air, the garden has reached that point where everything looks ratty and it's all down hill from here. The little new garden I tried beside my deck has been a bust - even with a few bags of new soil the plants just don't want to grow there, the morning glory is a spindly 5' vine with one or two (gorgeous) blooms per day, the zucchini and pumpkin have mildew, animals (squirrels?) broke down my ornamental corn stalks and all but 2 of the the beans just disappeared. On the plus side my container plants are producing tomatoes and peppers but they have reached a size not easy to keep watered and fertilized - I need bigger pots.
(1)
Report

Good grief.

Is "poor individual" social media speak for FOMO fathead?
(1)
Report

Unfortunately eating a live slug was another of those idiotic internet dares that caused some nasty consequences to some poor individual (I can't remember exactly because I didn't read beyond the headline).
(0)
Report

1 2 3 4 5
Subscribe to
Our Newsletter