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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Top Gardens on the Internet

I'm creating a topsites list for the top gardens on the Internet. If anyone reading this has a gardening web site and it has pictures of your gardens on it, I hope you'll consider joining Top Gardens. My hope is that eventually it will have a long list of the top gardens on the Internet!

Adding your link to Top Gardens is FREE! Only gardening-related web sites will be added to the list though, you must have at least one easy-to-find picture of your garden on your site, and you must link back to "Top Gardens". When you join, you will be given the vote code to add to your site.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Gardening Season is Almost Over

I accomplished quite a bit today. We had a very heavy frost last night, so I spent most of the day outdoors, cutting back the dead growth on many of my perennials. Now my arms and legs hurt, and my right hand & wrist hurt even more (from using the pruners), but it's a good hurt. It's the type of hurt that says, "I worked in the garden today!".

According to the Weather Channel, "A powerful storm system will create havoc across the Northeast this weekend." Hmmm. I don't like the sounds of that!

Our local weatherman says it should start raining here shortly after midnight tonight and all day tomorrow we'll have heavy rain, and possible flooding. We're also going to be under a high wind advisory all day tomorrow and downed trees and power lines are expected. Sunday, colder air is supposed to come in and the rain will change to snow. I think the gardening season is almost over!

On the bright side of things, this week-end is the Fall Cyber Crop at Memory Book Inspirations! Hopefully, I'll get some pages done for my Garden Album!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

What Not to Plant

I was just reading "Scourge of the garden" over at Happy Hobby Habit and it got me to wondering, what plant is more invasive than Aegopodium?

My vote goes for the herb Comfrey (Symphytum). Although it appears innocent enough when it's planted in a permanent location, never try moving it. Every little piece of root you leave behind will develop into a new plant and heaven help you if you rototill the plot where it once grew! When a friend gave me a division from her Comfrey plant (she swears by the external use of comfrey leaves for bruises, sprains and arthritis), I unsuspectingly planted it in a temporary location. Years later, I'm still digging baby Comfrey plants out of that garden, and each time I do, the roots I leave behind from them create NEW baby Comfrey plants!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Thoughts of Spring

I love daffodils! They're hardy, they're easy to plant, once planted they require little to no care and, after a long northern winter, they shout "Spring!". Perhaps best of all though, rodents and deer (both of which are major pests in my gardens), don't eat daffodils! :)

A couple of years ago, we had a section of our rocky woodland bulldozed and graded. Part of the resulting landscape is a large slope that can be viewed from all the back windows of our house. Last fall I planted a couple of hundred daffodils on that slope, and today I planted some more. My plan is to continue planting daffodils on that slope every fall, until the entire hill is covered.

It may have been a chilly and cloudy fall day today, but my thoughts were of a bright & sunny spring!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Welcome to My Gardening Blog!

Welcome to my gardening blog! I'll be posting most of my garden photos, as well as some gardening information, on the web site My Adirondack Gardens. However, I've decided to also keep this gardening blog, as an informal online garden journal. What you'll find in here will probably be a mixture of boring garden notes and complaints about the weather. :)