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Old 05-17-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Im new to Zinnias and I wish they grew back every year or I learn how to make them do so. (annuals or perennials I always get the two mix up).

I saw these on sale at Lowes and I had to have them after reading their plant card.
They are a North Carolina plant meant to be. (I think they originated in Mexico).
They can handle the summer heat and only require weekly watering.
Im sure if I dug last year's up and put them in house pots that they might have survive for another year.
I like how they attract butterflies and bees.

Im glad you guys are on the photo wagon now but I still have not figure how you guys do thumbnails I only know copy and paste from photobucket and insert image at the top of the post.

I love your roses since I am jinx when it comes to them. Some disease usually wins on them so I gave up on them.
Sunny, some roses are disease resistant.

disease resistant roses

You do have to check the description to make sure that they are repeat bloomers.
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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Southbound - meant to thank you for the links! I hope that encouraged TAD a bit about gardening here . . . I know you aren't here, but post some pix, anyway!!! I would think you are growing many of the same things we are growing here . . .

Thanx again!!!
You're welcome, Ani.

LOL,when we moved to South Jersey from Miichigan, my parents used to dig up clay & marl & throw it away in the trash untl finally somebody told them what they were supposed to be doing. I ended up digging in the topsoil that they had been using to replace the clay.

I really understand people's confusion over what to do with the clay.

I have some pictures that I would upload, but I've tried & I don't think it's working. Should I see it in preview? You're right, Ani, I grow exactly the same plants that all of you grow.
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:13 PM
 
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Oops! I think a post took that I thought failed.
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:52 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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This is from a couple of years ago, as a test. I think it's working this time. It's a butterfly on my mimosa.
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:22 AM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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Here are a couple of pics from a unique azalea in my yard. I am guessing that it was grafted. I'm not sure though, maybe you plant experts can offer an explanation as to how it got this way.



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Old 05-18-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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SOUTHBOUND: Thank you for the lovely butterfly and mimosa! I have never successfully grown mimosa; however, my g/mother had several of them on her property in Iredell Co. - and they were mature by the time I was born. So obviously they grow here.

CRock: Your azaleas are fascinating. And wow - lush, too. I personally have no clue if they would be the product of grafting. Having learned what I know about plants from reading and listening to other gardeners, I am no expert, but I bet we do have experts out there who could enlighten us and even use the right terminology, Hee Hee.

I love gardening and identifying plants but I am a novice stumbling along - have been learning since a child - and find there is still so much to learn. That is why I so enjoy seeing what has worked for others - why reinvent the wheel - just find out what others grow and get some - that is my gardening philosophy!
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Old 05-18-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Sunny, if it says "annual" on the card/packet, that means - plant them fresh every year.

If it says "perenniai," then that means the plant will "come back" the next year - it reseeds, or the roots spread . . . it will be there year after year unless something happens like a frost that kills it or a disease or bug. For ex, a chrysanthemum is a perennial - and will come back and even spread (at least, some of mine have spread). The more hardy the plant, the better luck you will have w/ them spreading and returning the next year.

As for roses, the main thing to remember is to get them in a sunny spot; have some rose powder on hand for fungus and black spot (this is common and can easily be controlled); and choose something that is hardy and disease resistant. Then you do need to cut them back - some people say don't cut them back til around Feb here - others cut back in the Fall and just mulch well. The fun things about roses is you can get all sorts of colors, but also - scents. Yes, the japanese beetles descend on mine - sadly, some of my neighbors don't seem to know about "grubworms," and it also seems that they come from long distances to find my roses - as none of my neighbors grow roses. So all the beetles in the world seem to descend on mine. But that lasts only a matter of weeks and then my roses will come back and bloom for quite a while after "beetle season" is over.

Don't be afraid of roses - get one at Lowes that is hardy and disease resistant. If you want more like bushes that spread - I can recommend "Iceberg." If you like to cut your roses and you like pink, my Queen Elizabeths seem to do well. I used to have a whole bed of Peace roses - they are beautiful - but that was in KS and I have not started a bed of those here. If you like red, I have been growing Mr. Lincolns for over 30 years - a nice deep rose that seems to be hardy (for me, anyway). Mr. Lincoln was my first rose plant. So any of those have done well for me in the past.

Jump in and try a rose!!! I like messing w/ them - it seems interactive, LOL, as they do respond to the attention (pruning, deadheading, powdering as necessary, etc).
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Old 05-18-2008, 09:58 AM
 
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Looking at all of your beautiful flowers is making me get excited about starting my new garden in my new house. We won't be moving in until late August, early September. Any ideas where to start. I will be starting from scratch.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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Looking at all of your beautiful flowers is making me get excited about starting my new garden in my new house. We won't be moving in until late August, early September. Any ideas where to start. I will be starting from scratch.
My suggestion is to get some foundation plants after you move in. Don't know how much your builder will be doing, but in Sept you can successfully plant various shrubs and trees if you need to add those (just know you have to water so depending on that situation . . . ) I am a big "mark down" scrounger, LOL, so in Sept around Labor Day, I have found that many times, the big box stores have "mark downs" on various plants and shrubs . . . so you might even consider getting some of those - some rhododendron, perhaps . . . forsythia - as those will add some color the next year. And bulbs - you can set out bulbs for the next Spring.

I am sure others will have good suggestions . . . and you know you can post here again when the time comes, and I bet many will jump in and give you ideas . . . plus you can look around your new neighborhood and see what seems to be doing well at other people's homes . . . I get a lot of ideas that way - just driving around and seeing other people's landscaping.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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After I was done cutting the grass this morning, I figured I'd take a shot of the roses and daylilies, since they're currently going to town.
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