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Yup, I Garden... I thought someone started a thread about all the seasons of are year-round gardens that lead us to the Fall harvest...& other seasons harvest...If not Yay! If so, I'm stupid... Whats new?!.. Boot to the Head? OW!

Post Here then, I'll do it... Pics please & Info & help!
 

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Gardens are a nice place to get away and think. Cool weather plants are about ready to harvest and the summer plants are starting to grow. Gardens are also great places to get rid of evidence.
 

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Bamb! Twards the end, I was getting 10+ Lbs of Tonmaters every 2-3 DAYS!!! from 6 plants!!!WOW!

I trained them to attack humans as well....:eek::D
 

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Zurgh you beat me to the garden thread! Anyway you did a great job with your tomato garden last year, it was very impressive. I am planting a tomato garden this year but still waiting for my plants to grow from the seed. I'm also growing a corn garden basically for the stalks for Halloween. I am posting some pics of one of my flower gardens in front of my house, but I will post more pics in the future. I hope we have more people that will post pictures, ask question (especially me because I can always use advice) and give advice about vegetable gardens and flowers. We have so many talented people in this forum that can make Halloween props that I know they have talent in Gardening!
So anyway here is two pics of my flower garden in front of my house:



 

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YAY!!! A gardening thread!! I love gardening, about as much as I love Halloween! I actually tie the two togther very often, especially in the front yard, where I do all my landscaping to suit my haunt and vice versa. I"m on here right now taking a little break from yard work, when I get something done, I'll post some pics. Great work Zurgh and Joisey, love your gardens!
 

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Here are a couple shots from our butterfly garden -

Skellimingos and friends - the blue flowering plant is a Jacob's ladder. Right behind the flamingos is a butterfly bush that will reach about 8-10 in height and width. It gets cut back every winter since flowers appear on new growth:

DSCF2839 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

The guardian gargoyle who moves to the front walk every Halloween. The azalea behind him was past peak flowering, so not overly impressive in this picture:

DSCF2837 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
 

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Roxy the Jacob's ladder is so pretty. I really like the butterfly bush also. The statues really give it a nice touch, especially the dragon. Your garden is very nice! It seems like you know the names of a lot of these plants, so I will take a picture tomorrow of this tree I bought last year for 70 percent off. It didn't have the name of it and it just started to get leaves. Anyway hopefully someone on the forum can tell me what it is so I can look it up and see how big it will get.
 

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Ok I was worried about the frost last night killing my tomato and corn seeds that I just planted. I was told to water them in the morning before the sun came up because the water will crystallize the area and warm it from the sun. It didn't seem like it was as cold as the weather predicted, but they say it will remain cold the next few days. If anyone has a better idea to protect my seeds from frost than please help! Also I wanted to upload a picture of the discounted tree I bought last year. I planted it in the fall and the leaves didn't show up on the tree until two weeks after all my other plants had leaves. When I bought it the plant/tree didn't have a name on it. Anyway can anyone give me the name of this tree so I can see if I planted in the right area. I don't want to plant it in the area it is in if it gets too wide. Thanks!

 

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Joisey, if we could get a closer shot of the leaves on a small branch, that might help us get started on an ID. It looks a bit like a golden raintree or one of the many types of oak tree, but seeing the leaves and their placement opposite one another would help.

Here's a link from the Arbor Day site that can help people identify an unknown tree:

http://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/WhatTree.cfm?ItemID=E6A
 

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Oak trees come in an amazing variety of leaf shapes, which is why I'm inclined to think it's a type of oak.
 

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Thanks Spooky and Roxy. :) So now I should be prepared for this tree to get very tall and wide. I have a Dogwood about 5 feet from it, so I better replant it. I will take a shot of my other side of my garden after I mow the grass. I love the set up, but after it starts growing I think some of my plants and trees will over run it.
 

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I was concerned with the frost warnng last night also. I can't remember when we had a frost warning after mother's day. We planted a lot of our veggie garden Sunday. I checked this morning and plants looked ok and didn't look affected. The ones I hadn't planted yet that were still in the trays I brought them in last night.
 

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Here is a list of some appropriately-named-for-Halloween plants from this website:

http://plantsbulbs.suite101.com/article.cfm/halloween_themed_garden_plants

Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost', 'Red Spider', 'Bloodgood' and 'Sister Ghost' - Zones 5-8. These Japanese maples all have unusual names that are more than suitable for a Halloween themed garden. As an added bonus, all Japanese maples have brilliant fall color.

Aralia (Fatsia japonica) 'Spider's Web' - Zones 6-9. This fall-blooming plant is a large shrub or can be pruned into a small tree and has unique variegated foliage all season.

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) 'Kobold (Goblin)' and 'Gold Goblin' - 'Goblin' and 'Gold Goblin' are both long-blooming perennial plants with bright flowers and drought tolerance.

Canna 'Lucifer' - A dwarf canna only 3-4' tall with bright red-orange flowers that contrast against the broad green leaves.

Dianthus 'Bewitched' - Zones 3-8. A low-growing dianthus great for edging and containers, this dianthus has fringed, pink flowers with bright purple-red centers.

Eggplant 'Casper' - An unusual variety of eggplant, this plant produces fruit that is pale white instead of bright purple.

Elderberry (Sambucus *****) 'Witches Broom' - Zones 5-8. A great year-round shrub with ornamental winter berries, 'Witches Broom' features a dwarf stature of only 8" perfect for small borders.

Firethorn (Pyracantha angustifolia) 'Gnome' - Zones 5-9. Firethorn is a compact, deciduous shrub bright orange winter berries.

Geranium 'Tiny Monster' - Zone 4-8. Despite the name, this cranesbill isn't horrific in anyway, but the prolific pink flowers with magenta veining are beautiful additions to any garden.

Hosta 'Red October' - This hosta has medium green, lance-shaped leaves with bright red stems.

Hyssop (Agastache) 'Black Adder' - Zone 6-9. Dark purple flowers all summer and into fall are a favorite of butterflies.

Japanese Bitter Orange (Poncirus trifoliata) 'Flying Dragon' - Hardy to zone 5. Twisted branches and spiny stems make this ornamental tree an unusual addition to the Halloween themed garden and provide a unique winter silhouette.

Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium nipponicum) 'Ghost' and 'Ursula's Red' - Zones 3-8. Great for part to deep shade with consistently moist soil. Japanese ferns naturalize well.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 'Graves' - Zones 5-11. The 'Graves' lavender makes a nice addition for a Halloween themed garden because of its name, but makes a great plant for any bed or border because the flowers of this herb are lighter purple than other lavender cultivars.

Oriental Lily (Lilium) 'Alchemy' - This trumpet lily is perfect for brewing up a Halloween themed garden with its large, creamy-orange colored flowers.

Pumpkin 'Casper' - Another white fruiting plant for the garden, this pumpkin has huge white pumpkins that are perfect for the Halloween themed garden.

Rosa 'Banshee' - An old garden rose with fabulous scented pink flowers.

Heath, Spring Heath (Erica darleyen) 'Ghost Hills' - Light silvery-green foliage with cream-colored tipped foliage in the spring.

Tiarella 'Crow Feather', 'Skeleton Key' and 'Jeepers Creepers' - Zones 4-9. 'Crow Feather' has bright green foliage with dark red, almost black markings along the veins that resemble feathers. 'Jeepers Creepers' has bold winter foliage contrast with green, orange or reddish colored leaves and 'Skeleton Key', while less colorful, has fine cut foliage that is unusual for tiarella plants.
 

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Joiseygal, if the seeds have not broken the surface, frost will not hurt them. Also, if frost is going to be a problem you can always cover them with a sheet. I dont know about the crystalizing theory, but orange and strawberry farmers wil water before a frost so the energy from the freezing process protects the palnts. I'm not a scientist but I can back it up with the Discovery Channel. LOL
 
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