Yes! Go people! (Yeah, it's an unpopular viewpoint, but the
alternative is far worse, IMNSHO).
BTW, are you the man whom I used to discuss J. maples with? if
so, how have you evolved as far as they go?
Yes I am the same guy. Changed handle from Bill to Bill who putters.
Still into growing Japanese Maples with one noticeable change . We now
try to give 15 to 20 away each year as big is getting hard to dig.
Frees up more space for new interesting Japanese Maples. Just
discovered a full moon Japanese maple light green tinge of yellow about
30 inches high. Seems a few years may be needed for personality to show.
Now the issue is where to plant it and should it give it more sun then
our small vegetable bed gets?
Anyway made a list the other day of plants we try to grow. Forgot to
mention laurels .
Here it is.
Asters Died out
Anemones White and Purple
Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Bleeding hearts Red and White
Coneflowers many colors
Inpatients Double and single a annual
Flowering Almond Bush
Hosta about 10 varieties
Kousa Dogwood Trees
Weeping Crabapple Tree
Sugar Maple Tree
Red & White Oaks
Sweet Woodruff small 2² high ground cover edible flowers May Wine
Phlox Many colors
Some grass lawn and not smokeable
Japanese Pine Tree
Monastery Pine Tree
Kerria Japonica Double Yellow Single Yellow and a Single White
Hops Ajuga both weeds
Caladiums bulbs treated as annuals
Daffodils many types
Here in the Boston area, mine died this past winter.
I have some and will transplant them.
I was admiring those today.
I saw some TINY ones today.
Those have been recommended in this area.
I have two here.
I have one. Any idea why its babies have never flowered? It
doesn't seem to make sense to bring any of the babies to the new
I have two tortured ones at the new house. I am thinking I will
put fruiting cherry trees near them, and then possibly remove the
others when the new ones are bigger.
I think there are two crab apples at the new house, and I have a
dwarf here in a pot.
I have some sort of maple, apparently not a norway maple, in front
of the house. I haven't explored the wooded and hilly areas yet.
Love 'em. I wodner whether any of mine have survived in my
Have some here--and there.
Am planning to get some of those.
Ooops, I have bad memories of that.
I love moss!
Grass, ugh. Unfortunately, I probably am expected to have some
lawn and am thinking of the slow-growing stuff. Better if other
low green things take over...
Nice. I think the realtor ruined the one at the new
house--cutting every single branch. It looks very sad. She did
that to many of the plants in the front yard.
I have one here. No babies, alas.
I may get a small one. I like them a lot.
I have them here and there--plus one I grew from a baby in a pot.
I want those.
I am debating about taking some ajuga with me.
Some here, some there.
Those are nice in the spring.
Need to remember to take my black grass.
I have one that needs to be planted. Hmm. I could have taken it
over today. There is a kind-of defunct vine, and I am thinking
this could grow right up it.
Those I want.
Wow! I asked about the J. maples because I am now somewhat
conflicted about the them. I still love them, but I feel I should
be planting native things that benefit critters. How does one
handle such a thought?
At the same time, as I look toward moving, I am sad to leave some
of my favorite (large) J. maples. Of course, those favorites
(e.g., the moonfire, which keeps its dark red color all summer)
have not had any babies. Others I may very well replant at the
new abode--the sango kaku, which is very near the front walk and
will probably be ruined when I move, and the two little J. maples
near it (which I hope still have their tags on them); the
shishigashira, which has never thrived here--probably rootbound;
possibly the crimson queen. I also have four J. maples that have
been in pots for at least three years, plus a full moon maple,
which has been sitting in a pile of mulch for at least that long.
I am thinking those will go in the front yard, and the
critter-friendly things will go in the back. The north side will
be the moss and fern area. Maybe some of my lilies of the valley,
which have spread nicely this year, will also go there.
The link http://safelawns.org/articles/Banned_in_Canada.cfm from
your URL describes the pesticide ban in Canada - but that only
applies to local government managers of green spaces - so while
our roadside grass is covered in dandelions we homeowners try
to stop it spreading into our gardens. Surely someone can find a
dandelion killer that doesn't harm the environment? Personally I
have a tool to dig deep and remove them from my lawns - you just
have to make sure that you start early in the season, else your
grass will be replaced by dandelions!
For those that want a chemical free lawn and an almost dandelion free
lawn can do these things. In the spring, mow the yard short with a
bagger. Mow the the yard before the dandelions go to seed. Hot compost
the grass. When the grass itself goes to seed let it grow tall then cut,
no bagging. In the fall reapply the compost to the yard. Just a thought
Dandelions are typically the first flowers to pollinate and provides
food for the hungry bees. So I prefer a few dandelions in the yard. Also
have you ever seen a yard loaded with dandelions and no grass?
A sea of yellow colors that just looks beautiful for a short while.
I live about 8 miles from Vineland NJ the Dandelion capitol of the
world. By this they cultivate acres of the dreaded weed. Guess with
the large Italian folks nearby and wild greens like Broccoli Rabe about
and wild mushrooms it is a marriage made heaven. Fiddle ferns just
showing but I'm ignorant on distinguishing them.
Sort of nice to forage about for some of natures gifts and are not
they all gifts?
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