Roll Call

sugarhill(7)May 24, 2007

There are so many new names showing up on the forum that I thought it would be fun to do a roll call of Georgia gardeners. Hope everyone joins in with a few words (or a lot of words) about where you are and what you're doing in the garden or anything else you want to say.

I'm in Sugar Hill, which is just below Lake Lanier. I am a haphazard shade gardener. Right now I'm working on simplifying the front yard and paring it down to just a few simple things. When that's done (if it ever is), it's on to attack the wilderness in my back yard.

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Sure, I'll play:

I'm in Kennesaw, NW of Atlanta.
I like fragrant stuff, but also grow other things. I have been in this house of 11 years, so I've had time to accumulate the following:

An herb garden with: Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary - Tuscan Blue, Basil, Chives, Greek Oregano, Melissa (Lemon Balm), Cilantro, Sage, Spearmint, Black Peppermint and Lavandin Provence.

Roses: Fragrant Cloud and Heritage English

Shrubs: Hardy Star Anise, Osmanthus fragrans, Daphne - pink and white forms, Boxwood, Gardenia August Beauty, Magnolia Jane, Leatherleaf Mahonia, Azalea's galore, Crape Myrtle, Carolina Jessamine, Madison Confederate Jasmin, Camellias, Lauropetalums, Junipers

Fruits: Apples (Espalier), Peaches (Dwarf), Pears (Espalier), Blueberries, Raspberries, Fig, Strawberries, Grapes

Veggies: Various Tomatos and Peppers this year

Perennials/Bulbs/Vines: Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Evening Primrose, Bearded Irises, Daylilies, President Clematis, Columbines, Dianthus, Bleeding Heart, Astilbe, Ivy, Vinca

I also do Bonsai, and grow orchids and houseplants.

Yeah, that gardening bug bit me, and the itch never went away :-)

Like you sugarhill, I have a wild area behind my house (between my house and a lake), but every time I get it partially cleared, I get involved in other things and it grows right back (fortunately there's no Kudzu - just briars, honeysuckle, mimosas and other miscellaneous stuff) - will I ever get the lakeview cleared the way I dream about?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 11:16AM
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Also in Sugar Hill.

Vegetable gardening (tomatos, peppers, squash, cucumber)

Fruits (3 types of grapes, 2 apples, pear, plums, strawberries, blueberry, blackberry)

Flowering shrubs (gardenia, azalea, rhododendran, camelia, indian hawthorne, hydrangia)

Trees( willow oak, magnolia, dogwood, sycamore)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 11:20AM
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I'm in Buford and my big thing is trees, shrubs and grasses.
I enjoy growing things here that aren't supposed to grow here.
Then again my favorite plants are native to the area and while I can't turn back time, I try to put back what was growing on the land before I got here. I volunteer time and trees to plant trees where they are needed and also remove invasives when I can.
I look forward to having a very shady and private yard where I can spend more time.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 12:13PM
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I am the resident "native nut" on this forum (I think). I am an avid member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and I enjoy using natives in the garden. I like to help others learn about the benefits (and beauty) of native plants even in the smaller intown and suburban gardens. A lot of natives are becoming available as dwarf cultivars now. I enjoy spending the extra effort to research and find the right native plant for the spot rather than just buying what everyone else has.

I am particularly fond of trees and shrubs perhaps because I have a large yard and need to use plants that won't get lost! I live in the Hickory Flat area which is between Roswell and Canton.

On the flip side of native plants, I can't help but also try to educate people about non-native invasive plants (plants that escape the garden and spread to other people's yards, roadsides and natural areas).

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 1:06PM
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So nice to "meet" you all. I'm a newbie to the forum...and to gardening. My husband and I bought our first house in Lake Claire (Atlanta) last year. Since then, I've been reading and learning all about gardening, and we've been trying to turn our ugly, weedy, grassy mess of a front yard into something we like to look at. We've replaced the big lawn with a very little lawn, a shade garden, and a sunny "herbaceous border."

We've tried to use lots of natives: Virginia sweetspire, Florida leucothoe, maidenhair ferns, lady ferns, Christmas ferns, wild indigo, heucheras, clethra, and beautyberry...

We also have a bunch of other perennials: creeping phlox, purple homestead verbena, hellebores, columbines, rudbeckia, dianthus, lavender, beebalm, asters, salvia, goldenrod, pink and white mallow...

Several shrubs: Indian hawthorn, firepower nandina (non-berry-producing), red twig dogwoods, August Beauty gardenia (fingers crossed), camellia, various azaleas..

We've also planted: Autumn-flowering cherry tree, a dogwood tree, a couple of Cardinal Rouge clematis, 2 blueberry bushes, 2 blackberry vines, some eggplant, pepper, zuchinni, crookneck squash, 9 different kinds of tomoatoes, and a small herb garden, and a bunch of creeping thyme in a flagstone path...

And finally, on the deck we have a satsuma tree, a mango tree, a fucsia, and a mandevilla, all of which I'm hoping to keep alive with a portable greenhouse and portable heater next winter (though I may end up bringing the trees inside when it's really cold).

Oh yeah, and we got the ten free (flowering) trees through joining the National Arbor Foundation, all of which are, amazingly, so far doing very well in pots.

Phew. It's been a busy year! Now we've just got the weedy mess of a backyard to contend with...

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 2:50PM
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Hi! I'm Sharon from Woodstock and I'm a gardener-a-holic still looking for a 12 step program...ha.

I plant flowers and vegetables.

I love plants with a fragrance and my motto is: buy it and try it. I buy and then determine where it should go based on sun requirements.

I also like to plant plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

In addition to gardening, I have 9 bird feeders, three bird baths, a backyard fountain and a fish pond on the back deck.

My hobby is looking for unusual plants and shrubs. I'm nortorious for trading out or giving away plants/shrubs that don't do well in my yard after a period of time.

I LOVE gardening and I LOVE my yard. Maybe one of these days I'll post pictures.

HAPPY GARDENING to everyone!!!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 5:08PM
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vicki7(z7 N.Ga.)

I'm Vicki from Buford. After working a full time job for 32 years, I FINALLY got to retire a few months ago, so now I can do all the gardening I want. I love just about all plants, except nandina, juniper, and anything invasive. I have quite a few varieties of hostas.. they are my favorite. The drought has really put a crimp in all my planting plans. However, I still managed to get some things planted that I wanted to. This spring, I've planted a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, irises, daylilies, hardy amaryllis, japanese maples, a japanese cherry tree (can't remember varieties, UNLESS it's a hosta!), pansies, annual salvia, annual begonia, dragon-wing begonia, catmint, pineapple sage, rudbeckia, a pink dogwood, azaleas, and I'm sure I've forgotten something. Now that I list it all, I've been busier than I thought. I have a smallish woodsy area behind my house, and I'm in the process of collecting rocks wherever I can find them to border a little winding path through it. When I get it finished, I plan to plant lots of hostas, rhododendron, and azaleas among other shade-lovers. I SO love this website.. it has really been a great help to me. I am enjoying reading about all of you, too!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 6:21PM
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I'm in Kennesaw, too. I'm the daughter of a green thumb & trying to learn. I plant everything! I'm really in to silver/green lambs ears, russian sage, grasses, etc.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 8:07PM
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mcrean1(z8 GA)

I'm in Kathleen, which is slightly south of Warner Robins in central Georgia. My dear wife would say I have more flowers and shrubs than Callaway gardens. Roses, veggies, perrenials shrubs, trees, annuals -- you name it. I have a greenhouse, so I can get my fix year round. I'm also a Georgia Master Gardener, so I make the gardening circles in the area, too.

I have been gardening a long time. I remember Mother Earth News when it really was. I read Organic Gardening Magazine when it had substance and when it was more than an advertising rag. I have a demanding day job, but I've also learned how to garden with spot lights and illumination from the moon if need be.

The only thing I lack in the garden is rain. Please send some my way.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 9:43PM
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I'm in Grant Park (Atlanta), and don't spend as much time gardening as I'd like. Kids, work, and our money-pit house really interfere with my gardening time. I have a small veggie and herb garden and a couple of shade beds (mostly hostas). And plans for more!

We're getting ready to replace our cross-tie garden wall (I know, I know) with a little granite wall. Considering the watering ban, that may be all we get done this summer. If I can keep the tomatoes, my big oak and my great grandmother's peony alive, it will be a victory.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 10:36PM
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Hi All! New to gardening & garden web.Lurked quite awhile before posting anything.Living in Dawsonville now , should be moved to new place in Murrayville by next week. Once we are settled want to have veggies, fruit trees,muscadines(sp?)& lots of flowers.Oh and maybe some different kinds of mint.Got some iced mocha latte mint in a trade the other day.It will need some friends! Have recived lots of seeds for SASBE from seed exchange forum. Can't wait to see them bloom!(Need to post my leftover seeds soon)Also have been buying lots of clearanced plants from Wally World & Lowes. So far I have 5 rose bushes,4 clematis & a few iris. My one full price slpurge this year(so far)was a calycanthus floridus 'Athens 'from LeaLani's Gardens.It smells so good!
I would like to do all this as chemical free as possible.Judging from weather lately I might also want to try some rain barrels just in case it ever rains again!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 11:49PM
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Twinkle(7 GA)

I'm from Suwanee/Duluth and have a double lot in an ordinary subdivision. I've been slowly turning my yard into a flower garden. I'm lucky in that I have a wooded area and an open sunny area, so I can grow all kinds of things.

I have lots of roses, hostas of all colors, hollyhocks, huge oriental lilies, annuals, perennials, clematis, gardenias. A little of everything! I used to be a no-vegetable kind of gardener, but I'm trying pole beans and heirloom melons this year.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 8:28AM
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plants4meuc(Ga zone 7)

I'm in Suwanee near Buford Hwy area. I've been a part of Garden web for a while now and been to a few trades. I'm still learning every day. When I get a chance to get out there and really work. I have two small children that keep me super busy.
I basically have full sun plants because our subdivision was new and they had all new small trees. It's been over 5 years Now they are growing up and starting to create shade areas. So now I'm going to have to start dealing with moving things arounds.
I have learned a lot from our veteran gardeners on here.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 11:33AM
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jmzms(z7 Alpharetta, GA)

I'm in Alpharetta, no strike that. I'm in Johns Creek (still can't get used to that!). I've been in the Atlanta area for almost four years, been on this board for about three...though I do admit it comes in spurts as time permits.

I have a 1/2 acre that I'm trying to make into my own private little retreat in the middle of suburbia. I have a 30x30 fenced garden for veggies (tomatoes, corn, squash, cukes, the usual suspects) and herbs (well, what I or mother nature don't kill anyway).

We've torn down a rotted out retaining wall and built a new bigger & better one. We put in an underground drainage system to help prevent the flooding of the backyard (HAH! And now it won't rain). We've cut down invasive overgrown trees, planted new native shrubs and trees, and leveled the yard with tons of dirt and seeded a new lawn. Basically, wiped out everything that was here and started over. Like I said, MY OWN private retreat. :-) And there's still so much to do.

The #1 thing I have to keep reminding myself is to be patient. I want my trees and shrubs to be big & full now!!!!! I don't want to wait years to NOT see the neighbor's weed-infested overgrown mess of a yard!

I'm big on the easy drought tolerant flowering plants, even if they are overplanted (blackeyed susan, coneflower, daylilies, etc.). There's not enough time in the day to keep up with high maintenance. I'm always learning. And somehow always end up with a schedule conflict for the trades. :-(

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 5:30PM
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buford(7 NE GA)

Well you know where I am :0, near the lake, almost in Hall County. We moved here 6 years ago from NY (yes, I'm a Yankee). Ours was one of the first homes in the subdivision, so I started with a few shrubs and the ubiquitous flowering cherry tree.

I never gardened before I moved here, except haphazardly as a child with my mom.

I don't know why, but I started with roses. I now have over 70 rose bushes. Hybrid Teas were first and now lots of English roses, Old Garden and Tea Roses. We we had to have our backyard professionally landscaped to help with drainage issues. We has a pretty bad back yard because the drainage pipes for the street drains run through our yard. We put in a stone stairway down to the back yard. We planted over 30 pine trees which are now up to 25 feet tall and have created an wooded area that I plan to plant rhododendron and other understory plants.

I've also planted4 Japanese Cedars for screening and two japanese maples. My husband has recently caught the bug and has a tomato patch. He's also been giving me constructive criticism on the rose garden :(

Here are some pics I took today:

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 9:04PM
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I lurked on this site drooling over everyone else's gardens for years until we got DSL a few months ago and could join in the fun. Sounds creepy until you hear what I saw out of my own windows until recently.

We have nearly two acres and a hundred year old farmhouse on top of a hill out here in Carrollton. The yard was swept for most of that time and so we don't have any topsoil. The next door neighbor was born here and used to tell us how they would rock on the porch with eagle eyes waiting for something organic to fall on the yard...and then rush out to get it and put it in the trash. Those areas with topsoil had had cotton planted in it for years (again, no topsoil). We had one really green area that I treasured until the neighbor pointed out that it was directly down hill from her yardmans outhouse...I kid you not!

We had bamboo on one side and a sea of privets on the other. We started out with a field containing a few pecans and pines and started planting trees immediately. Now, seventeen years later, we have some shade and can put in the azaleas and camellias that I so loved while growing up. My dream is to transplant a little Druid Hills out here. If its green and not grass I'll try it.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 1:24AM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I live and garden in downtown Atlanta on nearly an acre of property in the 'hood.
I have mainly been a sun gardener, and grow antique roses, a few daylilies, loads of herbs which I use all over the garden, some brugmansias, oodles of rudbeckia, native plants - and I mainly like to grow things from seed. I am addicted to seeds. My main garden is 5 years old now.
Last year I began to grow our own food in earnest, in hopes that we will one day be able to eat almost soley off of our own land. I am working on a 3rd garden area now, a mixed flower and food garden, made up of almost totally recycled elements.
Very soon I am embarking on an edible ornamental landscaping project with several other environmentally conscious gardeners.
Some of my favorite things are unusual plants or plants not thought to grow hardily in our climate, heirloom and ethnic seeds - and garden design.


    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 2:11AM
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pam_3(GA 7b)

I'm Pam and I'm in Lawrenceville. As many of you know we lost our 2 year old son, Evan, to Meningitis the day after Thanksgiving last year. In memory of Evan I have started a part shade garden with native hydrangeas, Turk's cap lily, LA iris, astilbe, daffodils, hosta, and (of course) forget-me-nots. I also found a neat idea on GW suggesting planting things with the cultivar name of your loved one. So, in my new and improved butterfly garden I have Evan Saul Echinacea and Evan Matthew Dahlia (and I'll be getting Duncan's Smiling Eyes Bearded Iris in honor of my surviving son.)

Losing Evan has made me discover many things about myself. It turns out I really like symmetry and kind of an orderly garden. So, I created a new formal herb garden this year to fulfill this desire.

Gardening for me this year has been a lot of hard work and extremely therapeutic. Thanks to all of you who have donated plants and garden art to Evan's garden.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 10:28AM
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Seems I've been dragging plants home all my life, at least since age 5. Mainly sun gardener, antique and older roses being the backbone mixed with perennials and herbs. Vegetables grow in a veggie garden and tucked in here and there. Love heirloom plants or plants that have a "story", especially those that were grown by family or friends.

For several years a friend and I ran a small nursery to support our habit and as an outlet to make and visit with gardening friends. Still a compulsive propagator, I usually have roses on hand to give away or trade. I garden in northwest Bibb County.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 10:57AM
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Nell Jean

Am I the only gardener from 'The Other Georgia' south of the gnat line? I garden between the Chattahoochee and the Flint Rivers just above where they run together to form Lake Seminole. GNPS gave us over to the Florida Native Plant Society because our native flora is different from yours.

I lived for 30 years in the Metro area. I'm familiar with red clay. It's easier, digging in a sandpile. Excellent drainage means I can use many Texas plants. TAMU is my new resource.


Here is a link that might be useful: Foxes Earth

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 11:40AM
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Hi, I'm Kara in Mineral Bluff. We just moved from Colorado last year, and we are the rankest beginners. Really. Put in a whole row of asparagus crowns a couple of months ago. Was weeks before I figured out we'd planted them upside down. :D

We're on 5 acres, but about half the property is wooded. Which is good, since i got overexcited and put in everthing i could think of. We have sunflowersand jerusalem artichokes and cucumbers and 9 kinds of melons and 10 kinds of tomatoes and red lettuce and soybeans and butterbeans and kentucky wonders and corn and pumpkins-by-accident (we didn't clean up the fall display very well)and onions and carrots and marigolds and moonflowers and morning glories and sweet peas and blueberries and garlic and basil and dill and a bunch of dead herbs. Oh, and the asparagus, which actually survived. I felt like giving it a prize.

Oh, and Colorado Potato beetles (no relation). And dry. We have a lot of dry. I really hope something besides the lettuce lives. The lettuce is unstoppable, which I find very, very encouraging.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 11:51AM
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Kathy Bochonko

I am another transplanted Yankee. I have been here for about 4.5 years now. I have a 6.5 year old daughter and am a big animal lover. In fact, I have had my yard certified as backyard habitat. I love the birds, squirrels and even those blasted chipmunks are pretty cute. I am slowly feeling like I have a real garden. I am fairly obsessed and seldom content with anything so it is always evolving. I find myself walking around the yard and thinking "ooh this is going to look really good next year" but I have been saying that for 4 years now. Most peopel tell me it does look good, I just always seem to focus on the potential not yet realized. Many of my plants have come from gardeners on this forum. It is one of my greatest sources of joy. When someone compliments me on something and I tell them that it came in a little cup from GGG 2 years ago, or that westender started that lady banks as a cutting just 3 years ago well those are the plants that have the most meaning to me. Just today I was thinking how special I felt that I have "Henrietta's rose" and it is fabulous. Vroomp's sedum is spreading across my entire subdivision now as I pass it along. It seems I don't have as much time to garden this year since I am trying to do other things and when I get in my yard I can't come in, so I don't dare go out there as many days as I used to, but I still have managed to extend a couple more beds. I have so many plans for the future. Oh I am sure the yard will be glorious "next year."

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 8:48PM
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Well...I'm in Alabama, but the only thing separating me from Georgia is the Chattahoochee River. ;) We're in Lee County, Alabama which is just across the river from Columbus, Georgia.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 9:16PM
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I'm in Acworth/Paulding County 45 minutes north of Atlanta and 45 minutes south of Chattanooga. I've lived in my house for 6 years. Its in a tightly restricted PUD.(which means they are forever unhappy with my constant yard renovations! I'm a weekend gardener, not out of desire, out of time constraints. 5 kids and a business don't leave much time for hobbies. I love plants though!

I've been expanding my landscaping a little year by year and I've finally gotten all of the foundation plants in the front that I wanted and have started filling in with perennials. I'm hoping to fill in a good bit more this year and then start working on the back yard.

I love hostas, gardenias, clematis, and anything with purple leaves. I also like decorative barks like on my River Birch.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 11:07PM
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Greetings all newcomers and old friends. My name is Brad, for those of you that didn't already know that, and I live in East Cobb County by Sprayberry High School. I grow a variety of perennials and like to experiment with marginal tropicals. I have a small greenhouse and like growing annuals from seeds and starting new plants from cuttings I receive from friends and native plants I find in the wild.

I am a remodeling contractor and also delve a bit into impact landscaping, erosion control, and watershed issues. I happily give advice on these subjects although I am by no means an expert. Some of my projects have been featured in The Atlanta Journal and on HGTV's Ground Breakers show.
[Toot Toot] (That's my horn going off.)

I enjoy trading plants and meeting the other members that post on Garden Web. I have been a member at Garden Web for about 5 years. My garden, like most, is a work in progress and is only about six years old. I hate grass and am trying my best to eliminate it completely from my yard. Only a samll patch remains in the rear of my home and hopefully the drought will kill whats left out front this year.

I have a couple of stone paths leading to patios, greenhouse, and swimming pool. I am currently looking for lots of sticks about an inch in diameter to complete low woven fences (like wattle) around all the pathways. I like posting pictures of some of my favorite plants as well as good performers to encourage others to try them also. While I try to post informative reponses to questions, I am guilty of occasionally inserting a bit of sarcasm or humor into my posts, so don't take it too personally please.

Enjoy your gardens and welcome all you 'Newbies'.

By the way, I won't tell anyone if you are watering more than you should this summer.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 9:04AM
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Ilikemud aka Ann here.
I live in almost Sugar Hill.
We moved her from the Northeast almost 7 years ago when Georgia was experiencing a drought that had been going on 5 years I think. So my gardening here has been geared to that.
I had never gardened on hilly land before so my big hillside in the back was my first. I sought design help of my sister, and she, my husband, our then almost 2 year old and I planted 165 perennials and shrubs over a 3 day weekend.
The garden looks beautiful and is more happy now than ever.

I also love Hydrangeas, Japanese Maples and shade gardening.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2007 at 4:19PM
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efam(z7b GA)

My name is Liz and I live in Loganville, just a few minutes from the Grower's Outlet.
I started gardening after my husband and I purchased our first home. His grandmother, who is in a nursing home, was an avid gardener and her some of her plants have been passed on to me to grow in my yard, which I love.
I'm fairly young, so whenever I'm at gardening functions, people always ask me if my mother dragged me here. Something about growing beautiful things is so fulfilling to me...I adore anything with a flower.

My current craze is Dahlias. I started last year when I saw a picture of a ball dahlia in a magazine and I had to have one. In the past 2 years, I've gone to the Georgia Dahlia Society auction and purchased all different types of Dahlias. There is nothing more amazing that growing 12" blooms!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2007 at 1:52PM
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I currently live in west-central Florida (St. Petersburg) and have for almost 50 years. Our youngest daughter is thinking of moving to the area north of Atlanta and my hubby and I are planning to retire in a couple of years so we're thinking of moving up there also. After covering our windows with plywood 4 times in one summer (2004)we've decided we're too old to deal with these hurricanes and the insurance and taxes are becoming so unaffordable that we've decided it's time to move on.

I am one of those fanatic gardeners so I have been lurking trying to learn what will be different up there. I grow mostly tropicals, orchids, begonias, bananas, some palms, angel trumpets and a large variety of others. The last couple of years I've been involved with hybridizing tropical hibiscus, as a matter of fact I had a first bloom on a new seedling yesterday! I guess I'll have to have a greenhouse but I also like some of the plants up there that I can't grow here like hydrangeas, tuberous begonias, peonys and several others. I know I'll have some learning to do but it looks like this list will be very helpful.

Anyone have any ideas on what areas would be best to check out for purchasing a home? I know that's probably hard to answer but I'm not that famailiar with Atlanta so any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2007 at 3:50PM
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Just built in Pine Mt last year, work in West Point. Still no grass. We planted the house on the back side of 54ac facing the creek/spring fed pond. Got goats, ducks and dogs. The goats stripped my camelia sinensis (sp) plants then the late freeze got em too, so I'm trying to nurse them back. I fenced off a place for a small tomato garden. I planted them in old hay and wood chips with some chicken litter spread here and there. They're doing terrible. Maybe those wood chip rows will do better next year after they rot some.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2007 at 4:29PM
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WestEnder(z7 Atlanta GA)

I'm Debbie, gardening in the Historic West End of Atlanta in my very tiny yard and also in a small community garden we started this past winter in the field behind my house. I'm a hopeless plant collector, and my yard and driveway are a jungle of potted plants all competing for the little bit of sun that comes down between the enormous oak trees my yard is graced with. Thus, the community garden. I'm just crazy about climbing plants, and especially love climbing lima beans, but will also be growing a climbing Italian zucchini this year, tromboncino, which was a big hit last year and is very delicious and prolific. I've also got some lovely little butternut squash plants coming up. I'm harvesting two different varieties of cabbage now and have some beautiful beets and (thanks to GGG) bulbous fennel that will soon find their way to my dining room table. Also growing Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions, parsnips, lots of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, sorrel, lettuce, and kale. Not to mention blueberries, blackberries, and figs. I garden organically and would like to produce more of my own food; I also enjoy giving fresh and safe food to neighbors and co-workers.

I have really enjoyed reading everyone's posts in this roll call. Thanks, Sugarhill, for thinking of this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rose Circle Community Garden

    Bookmark   May 31, 2007 at 4:40PM
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heavenscent(7b Atlanta)

My name is mandy and I live in Kirkwood. I don't post here very often but enjoy reading all the info on the site. I am growing all sorts of things. I plan some and others are spur of the moment buys!
I love scented flowers and plants, lime foilage, magenta and purple flowered plants, and I am a big lover of foilage.I have too many plants to name but some of my favorites are;
Purple Coneflower
Limemound Spirea
Muhley Grass
Florida Anise
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Any lavander I can get my hands on that looks decent for at least the spring/summer
Lemon Balm


    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 12:48PM
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susanjane(z7 NW GA)

I am in Rome GA where the drought has really hit hard. I am taking sink water out for my pots and hoping to get throught this. I really enjoyed reading this thread.
I have a deep shade yard with a couple of small areas of sun where I have my roses. I also love herbs. I have mostly old garden roses, a lot in containers. I am trying to grow some tomatoes this season, they are also in containers.
The roses that do the best here are Perle' d Or, Maggie, Caldwell Pink, Belinda's Dream, and Excellenz von Schubert, and Buff Beauty. These are virtually care free for me. I have several others too, but these are the top performers.
Susan in Rome.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 2:51PM
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rosie(Deep South, USA 7A/B)

I'm Rosie, and we have a little four-acre hill for me to play on near the north end of Lake Lanier. Due to various delays, I've been just "beginning" my current garden for the past couple of years but it's actually on its way now, shovelful by shovelful. Although I love flowers, with a special fondness for roses and fragrance, my dream is especially of lush green foliage gardens full of wonderful green shrubs and trees, green mosses and ferns, green meadow grasses, and green woods--this rotten drought notwithstanding.

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buford(7 NE GA)

mauree, I think you will find plenty to choose from in the way of housing up here. The house market is saturated and there is also a lot of new building. I think the prices here would be less than Florida, depending on where you are in Florida.

The one drawback here is traffic. It can be brutal. I would guess that your daughter would move close to her work or with a doable commute and you would want to be near her. Most of the northern suburbs of Atlanta are very nice.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 6:23PM
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Thanks for the response. We plan to come up this summer and check out the area (and the nurseries!) After checking out it looks as though comparable houses here in Pinellas County cost about twice as much as up there. Anyway, sorry to be off topic, I promise I'll stick to gardening.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 8:45PM
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yomamanem(7B Georgia)

I live in Carrollton (West Georgia). I have a 12-year-old ever-changing garden. My husband has just retired and we are going to build a smaller house next door. I have the opportunity and pleasure of creating a brand new garden from scratch. It will be quite different from my current garden.
I look forward to this new venture. As always, I advise friends to have professional help designing a garden unless they are very talented. As a Master Gardener, I know plants, but I am not a landscape architect. I can spend years "coloring between the lines." Here are some photos that I took this morning in my garden (copy and paste link into browser and choose slide show option):

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 11:03AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I'm right over the border near Clemson SC, but I still relate to this forum more than the Carolinas one.

I like just about everything except cactus. I prefer flowering plants that smell good.
I've been seriously gardening for about 10 years and learn new things all the time.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 5:07PM
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I just joined this forum and am looking forward to learning and sharing with other gardners. I live about 25 miles east of Atlanta. We have a large vegatable and flower garden. I have just started to try my luck at rooting some hydrangeas, rosemary, and petunias. I heard you can root gardenias in water, so I plan to put some in and see if it will work for me.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 2:44PM
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Well, I've been lurking on this thread, wondering if anyone else lives where I do. I guess not. LOL! My faily and I moved to Cartersville, in Bartow County, from UCLA...Upper Corner of Lower Alabama...about three years ago. We love it here!

I was raised with my parents having a huge vegetable garden every year, so when I moved here and inherited a lot with a neglected garden plot, I thought I would know what I needed to in order to have a vegetable garden. Apparently, I forgot more than I remembered. :) I've had to call my parents on several occasions to ask how and what to do, as well as come here to ask and have answered questions. People have been very gracious to me. This is my second year to have a vegetable garden and this year, I expanded it by four feet. It is now a 16'x16' plot. I didn't get my garden tilled and planted until the first of June last year and didn't see as many rewards as I think I'll see this year, but even though it was planted late I did get an abundance of okra, green beans, and chili peppers. (Habanera's produced so prolifically that I thought I'd scream!)

I am growing six different varieties of tomatoes, two of which are supposed to be bred for drought tolerance...thankfully since we are in the middle of this drought. I'm growing three straight-neck squash plants...grew them last year with no fruit production, so I'm hoping I get some this year. I have three canteloupe plants, again I harvested only one from mine last year. I've planted okra again, but have come to regret having that 16' row since my husband is on a diet that prohibits fried food and that is the only way I'll even touch okra! I have 2 rows of green beans again and they are looking beautiful. My bean seeds have been passed down from my great-grandmother and no one in the family even knows what kind they are. We call them black pole beans. They are not Kentucky Wonders, but are a darker purple/black than that. I have planted strawberries this year and am praying I do them right since I've never had strawberries. I also (or should I say my son) planted 7 pepper plants again. This year we chose not to plant Habanera since they were so hot we cried every time we ate any, and my salsa was so hot it gave my husband hiccups. :)

I've always had flowers before moving here, but our lot was beautifully landscaped by the original owner. We have a lot of azaleas that have suffered from the drought. I'm afraid we'll have to replace several. We have hydrangea, both oak leaf and lacecap. I planted a Lady in Red lacecap last year and it is doing well. I have also planted five rhododendren that seems to be doing well. We have daylilies, iris', mahonia leatherleaf, all kinds of trees, flowering cherry, bradford pears, a weeping willow which I adore, and maples. I have added a lot of hosta and fern to some shaded areas and I always plant impatiens wherever I can. This year I've tried to cut back on all the impatiens and planted three perennial beds, two of which look kind of pitiful, but hopefully they will come about.

Well now...sorry for the long introduction! Thanks for all the advice you guys give me.


    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 10:35AM
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Annette Holbrook

I live in Alpharetta,no wait, the city of Milton. My husband and I own and run a dog training park. We bought the 12 acres about 10 years ago, built the house about 9 years ago and I finally started on my garden about 2 years ago. Right now I'm mostly working on the area around the house. I started with some roses and adding trees. I have slowly been adding shrubs and perennials. I recently started a hosta bed where I finally had some shade. My husband has blueberries, apples, blackberries, pears, cherries and figs.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 10:43AM
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I live in Marietta very near Kennesaw Mountain. I love to read about plants, shop for plants, dig holes and amend soil for plants using my mini tiller. I don't like moving plants once they are in the ground. I love free flowing type plants as opposed to formal plants. I don't really seem to like symetry very much either for that matter. I tend to work in groups of 3's or 5's. My yard was landscaped 10 years ago when I didn't know much about natives. I have quite a bit of the types of plants that a lot of people on these boards urge us not to plant. I wish I had known! I have surrounded them with natives over the past few years, and other plants that are hardy and hopefully not typical in suburban yards. For example, Joe-Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, Akebia Vine, Bee Balm, lots of assorted herbs, Mahonia, Florida Anise, Peony, assorted other perennials and shrubs, etc.,... I tend to like plants that I remember from childhood in my parents or grandparents yards. I am a new avid birder with a hodge podge of bird attractions in my back yard and having fun with the binoculars and trying to identify birds and their calls and songs. I love to identify bugs as well.

I have been around on the forum for a few years, but have never been much of a poster. My kids are growing up and moving on, so I have more time now.

I guess that's it.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 5:19PM
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esther in Ashford Park, Atlanta here. I'm working on a huge new bed that spans moist and dry shade, rediscovering how pretty chartreuse and purple heuchera look next to each other, finally planting out the hostas I grew from seed, trying out ostrich ferns- having a fabulous time, in other words! And dragging my two babies out into the garden with me every morning :)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 5:53PM
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WestEnder(z7 Atlanta GA)


my ears/eyes sure did perk up when I read what you had written: "My bean seeds have been passed down from my great-grandmother and no one in the family even knows what kind they are. We call them black pole beans. They are not Kentucky Wonders, but are a darker purple/black than that."

For the last couple of years I've been attending the annual Old-Timey Southern Seed Swap in Crawford, Georgia (east of Athens) and your seeds sound like something that the Southern Seed Legacy and all those who love old heirloom vegetable seeds would love to hear about and possibly share in saving.

The seed swap is held in April. I hope you'll think about saving some extra seeds this year and bringing them to the seed swap. It's a lot of fun.

Here is a link that might be useful: Old Timey Seed Swap

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 7:26PM
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I lived in Alpharetta. My yard is jam packed with my plant collections and I'm often out of space for planting. We're selling our house and looking for a new one with more space and room to garden. My favorite plants are Brugmansia, Dahlias, Daylily, Foxglove, Hardy Geranium, Iris, Peony, Lilies, Roses. OK Ok I'm addicted to gardening :-)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 11:06PM
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lzygrdner(7 sndy sprngs)

Wow, this is a great thread. So many people, so close, with the same passions as me. I garden on 3/4 acre in dunwoody/sandy springs. I love edibles and am currently currently growing a lot of culinary herbs, veggies, blueberries, figs, hazelnuts, pine nuts, a lot of different berries. I also love antique roses, and old fashioned plants. My garden can best be described as a cottage garden, and a work in progress.

I have been in this house the longer than any of previous homes - 4 whole years! So this year everything is filling in and looking pretty good. My goal is to have no lawn, I am getting close, but it will be a few years. The question is, will my subdivision be ready?

I am also a certified wildlife habitat, or something like that from the audobon society. I love seeing the baby birds this time of year. They are swarming at the feeders and bird baths. I think it helps my kids to see all of this.

I try to be organic as i can, let's say 99 %. I do turn to round up from time to time with poison ivy, etc. but being natural is so much more important than being perfect. I don't use any chemical pesticides or herbicides in my grass or gardens (except aforementioned poison ivy) and in the end, I have even gotten complements on my green grass.

Happy gardenning, Harriet

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 11:21PM
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i'm about to start gardening, the bug bit me before i planted my first seed:)

i'm catherine, a new mommy, about to move to lumpkin county, near the end of GA400. it's going to be the first house we've ever owned, and of course, i've got grandiose plans for my vegetable garden. i'm not as concerned about the yard...ha! i think my motivation is having fresh food out of the garden, like we did when i was growing up in illinois. i should have known this was going to happen, since my favorite pastime as a very small girl in anchorage was raiding my neighbor's raspberry patch.

i'm going to post some questions about starting a garden, since it appears this is a fairly active board.

yay for dirt!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 7:08AM
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kingturtle(Zone 7 GA)

I've been lurking here fighting the urge to join another forum, but I can't resist, plus I need to be with other fellow Georgians suffering through this drought.

I live in the mountains of NW Georgia just north of Rome where I have 10 acres of mostly wooded uplands and a little cabin backed up against a wildlife management area. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, and viewing wildlife and native plants. I do some container gardening off my deck and am thinking about adding some terrace growing areas on my south facing but steep ridge slope in front of my deck. Still pondering how to do that. Advantages are ease in using rainfall and greywater trickle irrigation - the challenge is figuring out how to carve out planting areas on such a steep slope.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 10:59AM
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Athens, Ga. here. I'm a History/Horticulture major at U.G.A, and I have been gardening since I moved into my home (about 4 years ago). I've been on gardenweb almost two years now. I like to garden with perennials and fruits (I love the idea of edible landscaping)... oh, and organics. Right now, I'm trying to increase the presence of living creatures in my backyard. From bees to bats, ladybugs to Lacewings - I'm trying to make my yard ecofriendly. It helps being in the Hort. department though. Glad to know there are so many of us willing to help eachother.

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kingturtle(Zone 7 GA)

Ariesf5, that's an interesting combination of subject areas. Are you interested in historical horticulture? Do you know of some good reading material?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 11:29AM
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mpk1969(z7 GA)

Howdy neighbors! I'm a newbie here and to gardening. I'm in Henry county where my garden just got pounded by quarter sized hail tues. night. Hope it recovers...look forward to learning alot on this forum as I have already from lurking the past month

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 12:23PM
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Hey....Im in Mableton, Cobb County....been here for 2 years! Im slowly transforming my entire landscaping....will post pics soon....still have a long way to go!!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 3:26PM
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I'm sorry I haven't responded to your post sooner; I just now saw it. I think the Old Timey Seed Swap would be wonderful! I'll try to remember it and see if I can get over that way. Please post on here to remind me or anyone else about April...I do good to remember what I had for breakfast, much less remember something that is going to happen several months from now! HA! :)


    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 7:11PM
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I havn't found any "wonderful" book on historical hort as of yet. I just went with the Hort. Dept. at UGA to Europe to visit the Gardens there (Ireland, England and Scotland). I did find a few books in England on historical gardening. They are, however, garden specific. For example, I got the "Apothecaries' Garden" which is the history of the Chelsea Physic Garden. I'm hoping to maybe go into historical hort, and UGA is probably the best place to do it.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 10:30PM
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stsimonsislandkaren(z8 GA)

My husband and I moved to SSI 3 years ago from our 4 acre homesite in Montgomery County, just to the west of Vidalia, GA. My family is in the Atlanta area, and we all swap plants. I often smile when my mom or sister's contributions come in pots of Georgia red clay (with amendments of course), as they must do when I give them pots of sandy sandy soil. We don't have the clay here, but other soil issues.

Our scaled-down garden here includes tomatoes, peppers, squash, roses, hydrangeas, lots of hibiscus, as well as some tropicals. We are hoping to move most of the azaleas along the foundation of the house to the back yard along the shaded banks of the creek, but that is a work in progress. The few we have moved were beautiful this spring under the trees along the creek. Our front yard is primarily sunny, while our back yard is part sun/shade. I have become more and more intrigued with Georgia native plants. We are blessed to have several gorgeous old live oaks which provide much needed shade. I can't take my eyes off of the beautiful oaks.

I have lurked on this site for several years, and I am constantly picking up ideas and advice from all of you. Thanks to you all.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2007 at 6:16AM
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Hi, I'm Mike. I teach. When school's in session, school & family take up so much time, there's only a little left over for gardening and practically none for keeping up with this forum. We also take a long vacation in the summer which limits gardening time, too.

About 4.5 years ago we moved from a new subdivision in Rockdale Co. to a 1950's subdivision in Newton Co. The previous owner had been an avid gardener, but had been sick the last decade or so of his life. We inherited a wonderfully structured garden that had gone to ruin.

In the back, underneath very scary-tall pine trees: A huge bed of hydrangeas (40' x 25') that is still stunning, even though I'm not that fond of hydrangeas. Lots of azaleas, some of which have/had died; if you wanted to see an azalea over 12' high, I'm afraid it's too late -- it died in last summer's drought while we were away. Lots of camelias 10'-15' high. A 50' row of forsythia I only discovered last year, when it bloomed finally. A long border of hostas. Several mature flowering fruit tree, some showing signs of stress. All covered with a blanket of English Ivy, punctuated with lots of privet, eleagnus, etc.

In the front: The pine trees had been taken down sometime after his wife died. The stumps are still caving in. Some roses had been planted too close to a leyland cypress screen. They now grow under the cypress and produce half a dozen beautiful blooms each year. There's also a group of roses with clusters of small white flowers than has tip rooted and taken over 12' x 12' triangle. In the spring, it's covered with around 50,000 blossoms!

The first year or so was devoted the interior of the house: new floors (wood/tile), redid the kitchen -- by yours truly, with help from family from time to time. We planted a tree (gingko) for my daughter in the front by the road. Also observing the garden.

The next year and a half was spent taking out privet, ivy, etc. Still a lot of ivy left. Since we avoid pesticides, it's meant pulling and digging. I started an herb garden in one corner in the front.

Last year, I started a native-plant garden (part sun/shade) in the spring. Some antique roses, lots of bulbs, and some daylilies in the fall.

More natives this spring. Built a low 35' retaining wall in the front to frame a sun garden between the wall and the house. Plan to put in more antique rose, natives, and bulbs this fall.

Elements of my gardening style: I have no confidence with large-scale design. I prefer putting in a plants little by little and see how they do. Roots are the most important part of the plant: I put a lot of effort into soil prep & drainage. In a drought, plants should survive, not necessarily look pretty. Swelling buds in spring are among my favorite things. Also the change in the "attitude" of a new plant when its roots take hold in a new hole.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2007 at 12:54PM
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Hey, y'all. I grew up across the Chattahoochee, in Lee Co., AL. I lurk around the GA forum a lot - there's not a KY forum, and I seem to have more in common with most of y'all than I do most of the folks over at the AL forum - and those TN folks, forget it!
I'm in Hopkinsville, KY - just over the TN border, north of Nashville.
Have an obsession for nut trees and other edibles - I play around with pecans/hickories/walnuts/persimmons/mulberries, and have a large and constantly growing collection of Southern pears, most selected for fireblight resistance. I'm one heck of a propagator, but a really poor caretaker.

Wanna give a shout out to my old friends esh_ga and eddie(greenthingie).

    Bookmark   June 16, 2007 at 8:31AM
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Lucky P...I'm wondering if I know ya since you're from Lee County AL. I grew up in Pnenix City, but now live in Lee County...kind of between Phenix City and Smiths.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2007 at 10:44PM
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whichhazel(Atlanta 7b)

Hi Everyone,

I haven't posted in ages, but I'm popping back in to say hello. I also live in the Atlanta neighborhood of Lake Claire, right near hat_trick and heavenscent!

I've never met a perennial that I didn't like--which has gotten to be a problem. For a while there my garden was a really wild looking cottage garden/mishmash. For the past year I've been working on taming it some and paring down the colors in the garden. I decided I wanted it to be HOT: yellow, orange, red, white, with splashes of dark purple/black. I don't know when the daylily bug bit me, but I've been obsessed with them lately also. My other little obsession is mums. I absolutely love fall color, and somehow I've amassed a collection of HUGE-flowering garden mums.

I'm also working on a shady section that never really got much attention. I've been slowly collecting hostas, hellebores, and other shade lovers to fill in that area.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 8:56AM
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Hi..I'm bobby, pretty much new to gardening so I dont know much but sure am having alot of fun.I just buy alot of things and stick them in someplace. If it doesnt work I move it.Because of that I would love to find someone near Suwanee who would like to take my extras.divisions , cuttings etc. That way I learn also.For example I have a clump of Geranium Ingwersens Variety thats getting to big and dont really have another place to put some i would like to give that kind of stuff to someone close by. Let me know if anyone is close to Suwanee

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 12:22PM
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buford(7 NE GA)

There was a plant swap not long ago. Usually in fall people do plant swaps when they dig up and divide perennials.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 1:19PM
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Bamateacha and Lucky P...

Wow...I'm having flashbacks of Russell and Lee County, Alabama! We lived in Phenix City for eight years and my husband taught in Lee County the last two of those eight, thoroughly enjoying those two years. Been in NW Georgia for almost three and have never been happier. The first year here we were at a football game and saw someone walk by with a Smith's Station cushion.

Funny how you run into people like that, isn't it?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 6:10PM
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I'm in NW Georgia, Polk Co. to be specific. I like growing all kinds of flowers, especially antique roses and lilies. I attended one of the swaps last year (hated missing the last one) and got some great plants from others members. I grew up in the farming region of south GA and always like to grow a few vegetables too. We have several acres that is mostly wooded but the yard and garden area seems to be ever expanding. I also grow a few blueberries which aren't doing too well this year with the late freeze and drought. You south GA folks should be thankful each time you need to dig a hole. My husband has been know to use a pickax to dig around here when the soil is dry. And then there's the rocks....

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 7:12AM
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nyc_sod(z7 Marietta)

A NYC transplant in Marietta after spending 6 months ITP. Enjoy green lawns, vegetable gardening, composting, peonies, dahlias, and homebrewing!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 1:54PM
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botanicalboi(Zone 7 Georgia)

We are Michael and Jeff. We are new home owners in Carrollton, Ga. which is in West Georgia. I (Michael) am the garden-a-holic in the family but I'm slowly working Jeff into the habbit also ;-)

I love all types of canna (can't get enough), tomatoes, peppers, and my pride is my 8ft tall Texas Star Hibiscus. I also like gardening with seeds. The more exotic the better. We are also trying fruit trees this year which has been fun. I can only think of one thing that I depise and that would be our never ending battle with wisteria.

Anyone else in our area?

Here is a link that might be useful: My Myspace page

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 8:51PM
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cathys1951(z8 GA)

Hi, Im Cathy from Ellabell, GA. just west of Savannah. I have what I call a wonder-where-it-is yard. My husband and I have 6 acres in the countrrrrry, and I have 1 acre in plants, There is no rhyme or reason for my planting, I just get a plant and firgure out where an empty spot is. I have a small greenhouse that I hope to have up real good next year.
I do have lots of gallon pots, if someone is interested in them there are probably several hundred and I wont need that many. Maybe someone close will do a nice trade for some pots.
I do enjoy GW...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 10:38PM
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Looks like I'm a little late to this forum. Everyone seems to have left in June. I'm new to the website and to Blue Ridge. As is almost everyone else in these mountains, I'm from Florida.

I'm still feeling my way around in the zone 7 garden. Had a pretty good-sized vegetable garden with mediocre results. Love flowers and shrubs and am pleased that there were many already on the property ...peonies, lilies, etc.

I'm reading as much as I can about zone 7 gardening.

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I just found this thread so I hope others will, too. My name is Virginia and I live in Douglasville. I lived in Atlanta and Decatur for 30+ years and grew roses. When I retired, I bought a farm and grew everything! We even started a vegetable growers co-op there. I became addicted to growing from seed and my husband built a greenhouse for me. When It became time to move back to civilization, I decided on Douglasville. I have been here 2 years. The first thing I did qwas to renovate a badly overgrown flowerbed, removing 3 trees. I replanted in roses. I have about 16, I think.I also planted lots of containers in my courtyard. I have 2 tomato plants in barrels in my courtyard, too.My backyard isbelongs to my dogs, completely. Last fall, I was diagnosed with cancer and I have not been well since. My roses are suffering but still blooming. That's the beauty of roses; they can be completely defoliated from blackspot but they will survive and be beautiful again. Hope that works for me, too.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 3:16PM
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I'm Elisabeth, and I live in the tiny city of Pine Lake, just west of Stone Mountain. I have a lot of older and shrub roses, heucheras, a wonderful, if misplaced tea olive, and the usual hydrangeas (esp oakleaf), hostas, ferns and hellebores in the shady back. It's a no-grass front yard, which is reasonably well accepted in Pine Lake, which is a pretty offbeat place. However, I am useless at planning, so plants just get put wherever. However, I do have an idea for re-organizing the front yard this fall. I've been around the GW forums since about 2000, and show up here occasionally.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2007 at 4:41PM
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Hello. Just joining your forum I live on Lake Seminole. Which is in the very SW corner of the state. Looking forward to chatting to you all about any secrets you may want to share in raised bed gardening. This will be my first year for this. Always have done the typical row gardening. My husband has built my beds 4'x 12' and we are filling them with mushroom compost and tilling this into the existing dirt. We have a mixture of loomy soil and clay. He also plans to bury a soker hose about 6 inches down for irrigation, as the weather down here in the summer months can be very hot. Thanks for any pointers!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 10:44AM
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Hello, I'm Diana from Lakewood, southeast Atlanta near Grant Park and Cabbagetown.

I am new to starting from seed and seed saving this year. It's very exciting stuff!

I just pruchase my first named rose - it's Golden Celebration, a David Austin Tea Rose with a honey fragrance. I'm very excited about it.

Feel free to check out my member page for more information about me.

Enjoy beautiful and tasty gardens!

Here is a link that might be useful: My Member Page

    Bookmark   March 15, 2008 at 5:22PM
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I'm a new member here. I've gardened since childhood in Northern Michigan. No matter where I've lived or what's been going on I've always had something growing. Now I'm living in Dahlonega, Georgia on a few acres planting a mini orchard and growing vegetables in raised beds. Now if I can just get the voles out of the raised beds there just might be peace here at Sow It Grows Farm.

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Hello folks! Just readjusting my life after losing my right leg to diabeates in May of 2007. My garden will become a thing of the past now, but thanks to Al and many like him and you members here on the Garden Web, I am starting to garden once again, using 7 brand new homemade self watering Container EBs I have just finished building. Got some of them planted already and, Yes, Tomatos were the first to go into the first one. BTW, I'm in a little town called Harlem, just 30 miles West of Augusta. I have gardened almost all of my life and 30+ years here in this little town and I'm now 68 yrs old...Kiee

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thecaretaker(z7b S. Cobb,GA)

Did I wake up late for roll call?

I've got an acre in decrepit suburban Austell, and love it very much. 2 kids and 2 jobs have driven me into longtime lurking on this forum. New wisteria arbor plans this year! The 'Amethyst Falls' variety is trying to bloom and I just planted sprigs last winter. Awesome.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 11:54AM
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For those who don't know, Sugar Hill, the person who started this thread, died about a month later in June, 2007. It is a loss to Garden Web.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 3:40PM
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..........but so wonderful that this thread keeps going. SugarHill would have loved that.

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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I just read through this again and hope we keep it going for a longtime. The GA forum has been slow for awhile and we need new posters!

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Kathy Bochonko

It was quite a shock to see Sugarhill as author of a post. I was just thinking of her today as the irises she gave me in the fall of 06 finally bloomed. I have several pass-alongs from dear Nancy. I actuallly was considering taking some divisions of her forget me nots and passing them along to the nice folks who now have her dog Molly. Would that be wierd?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 11:18PM
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pam_3(GA 7b)

I think it would be sweet. I just recently planted some cyclamen in her memory in Evan's garden. She had planned to give me some of her's for there, but we never had the chance to get together.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 8:29AM
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jmzms(z7 Alpharetta, GA)

Kathy, I think it's a wonderful idea!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 1:10PM
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Kathy, that sounds like a great idea. The last time we spoke, you had just picked up Molly. I really thought that you would keep her, and that's why I kind of kept out of the picture. I'm sure that she has a wonderful new home.

I, too, have several plants that Sugarhill gave to me. Everytime i see one coming up in the spring I think of her and they all seem to bloom profusely, which makes me think of her and smile!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 3:38PM
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Kathy Bochonko

Molly is with a family whose dog had died. I think they needed her as much as she needed them. With the pets I already have I really did not have the time to give Molly that she needed and she is very spoiled now. I sure loved having her though.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 5:03PM
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I'm new to the forum just joined but have been here behind the scenes. I am from South Georgia, a place called Hinesville in Liberty County, near Ft. Stewart (Home of the 3rd ID). I am a native from this area. I see that not too many are from the Southern area of the state but that's ok I still enjoy reading the posts anyway. I have been gardening about 30 years as a "backyard gardener". Love it.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 7:08PM
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I'm in Macon. I had mostly been a lurker, just reading and enjoying the great information, 'til I posted "scandalous" rock garden in front yard a few weeks ago! LOL Everyone was so nice and gave me so many good ideas, that I figured it was my responsibility not to lurk anymore. :) And, if you're IN Macon, and you SEE my "scandalous rock garden in the front yard," you are more than welcome to laugh or enjoy or pick up a shovel and help! :)

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 7:15AM
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I am also from south Ga. around the Valdosta area. Also mostly been a lurker. We moved to the country two years ago. So we are starting from scratch with yard and garden.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 4:06PM
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I live in Bethlehem, GA about 15 minutes south west of Athens. I love to garden. I have clay soil and lots of shade. I grow elephant ears, hostas, daylillies, iris, gardenia and variety of other plants. Currently, I am putting in a square foot vegtable garden.
I love to trade plants, share supplies and ideas with my neighbors.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 12:31AM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

I'm jumping on the bandwagon too!

In metro Atlanta area, ~5 blocks away from the Zoo.

I grew up with plants everywhere, and I can remember helping tend to my grandfather's farm in northeast Louisiana as a kid, tilling, planting, harvesting, splitting beans, etc. so I guess the grower/sower gene runs in the family. I always loved outdoors and hope that - someday - I can have my own little outdoor oasis buried in the middle of the metro 'concrete jungle'.

Bought our house (new construction) in May '05 and it came with the most hideous contractor landscaping ever, consisting of ~ a dozen box elders and three variegated ligustrums for the entire yard. It absolutely had to go (none of it was killed, just moved elsewhere). In the process, I've learned way more than I want to about plants and it keeps getting worse and worse every day (in a good way). I have had excessive experience with killing non-native invasives, which has left me with the inclination to always use native plants over non-natives when possible/feasible.

My DW and I have an end goal to have a more symbiotic relationship with our yard; for our yard to produce for us - via edible landscaping and vegetable gardens - and for much of the plantings to be as water tolerant as possible to prevent excessive maintenance on our part. We're really trying to make our yard an extension of the house, as if it were simply an additional room to walk into.

This year has started with the enlarging of our front beds, a couple of fruit trees we've planted, an additional stackstone garden bed for our tomatoes, and a rather large hardscape installation (faux stackstone retaining wall). We plan on filling the retaining wall area with blueberry and cranberry shrubs, along with montmorency cherry and a pair of plum trees (no idea the variety yet), with several (possibly edible) fill-in plantings.

Here's a link to the landscape album I'm working on currently: My Landscape Album

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 2:44PM
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leighreagan(Z 7b)

Hey there,
I'm Leigh and I live in Ormewood Park in Atlanta. My husband and I bought an 85+yr old house here in the "hood" as our neighbors and I call it. Our house has been a cosmetic fixer upper inside and out and I have finally had enough of the inside so I have been spending more time outside in the dirt!I have planted my first vegetable garden in raised beds and I grew all of my plants from seed. I have amused my family with my new found love of gardening since I am the child who hated the heat(still do!)and changed clothes 50 times a day because I hated to be dirty. Oh well, I guess the gardener genes finally kicked in! Thanks for the great advise and I look forward to more words of wisdom!
Stay cool and keep doing the rain dance!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 7:22PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

Natalie is here. I am in Roswell. We have been in this house for 10 years, and I really started gardening about 4 years ago. This yard is about three quarters of an acre, and cottage garden style is my favorite. This spring I planted close to 100 new roses, lots of lilies of all kinds, hydrangeas, foxgloves, glads, hostas.
Grow some fruit trees and berries. Planted eggplant this year, many heirloom tomatoes, cucs, bell peppers, herbs.
Love birdhouses, birdbaths, arbors, curvy garden paths, and other cottage garden elements.
Love to garden, love sharing plants, experiences, love the smell of the soil.
Nice to meet you all like-minded people on this Forum!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 7:55PM
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I'm Clara and I live in Candler Park (Atlanta). I just moved here last year and I am now struggling to grow container veggies in my mostly shaded yard. My last garden was on a third floor south facing balcony with NO shade so this has been quite the transition. The good thing is that I don't have to cart water from my bathroom to the porch 2-3 times per day, the bad thing is that my poor plants wish for more sun. This year I'm attempting blueberries, peppers, bush beans, cucumbers, strawberries, an eggplant and some herbs (cilantro, basil, mints, lavender, rosemary). I've been mostly lurking on gardenweb all spring and I'm glad I've found this place.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 8:47AM
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aunt-tootie anybody out there?............

I see the last post was 2008. I hope that doesn't mean that Georgia gardeners have been raptured because I'm still here fighting the stink bugs.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 3:32PM
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There are plenty of new posts on this forum since then - just not on this particular thread.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 4:09PM
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Hello esh ga,
I'm new to Garden Web....actually I'm new to posting (or is it called blogging?) I didn't grow up with computers, so I'm still learning the terminology. I'm interested in organic gardening for SW GA (Lee Co), if that is possible. My summer garden was a disaster (squash bugs, flea beetles, stink bugs, you-name-it bugs; early tomato blight, septoria leaf spot,tomato spotted wilt virus, you-name-it fungus). I want to be as environmentally responsible as possible, but I still want to produce enough vegetables to make the investment of time and energy worthwhile. Can you suggest a forum for me? Thanks.....and may your garden be blessed.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 4:31PM
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Nice to make your acquaintance, Aunt-Tootie. Surely there are other new folks who have joined GW since this thread started and who need to stand up and be counted LOL. I found GW a couple of months ago and have been lurking ever since, mostly on the Cottage Garden Forum, since the Georgia Forum didn't seem to be active. I am new to gardening and to gardening forums (joined Dave's Garden too) but have found much inspiration and guidance from reading the many informative threads. I dealt with hardscaping issues first (turned a tract house into a country cottage) and now want to start adding loads of flowers and shrubs. I have two "in front of the porch" small beds that I want to dig up and start over with. Had Knockout roses (too much shade), Mexican Primrose (invasive and too short a bloom time), dianthus (too much shade) and azaleas (beats me why they won't grow ... conditions should be ideal). I know little to nothing and am getting a very late start (just turned 70 and other issues) but am determined to do this. My inspiration is my younger sister who has been gardening for many years and who has the prettiest garden in Pike County (Hollonville). I have pictures of her garden and my meager efforts on Facebook, if those will work here. I am up the road a piece in Newnan ... actually closer to Sharpsburg. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about all the Georgia gardeners and hope to meet many more. Looking forward to learning a lot.

Judy ... in Newnan

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 6:13PM
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Well, hey there aunt tootie - I didn't realize you were new to it all. I don't do any vegetable gardening so I can't offer any advice, but there are several regulars on here that do. You could start a new message (also called "a thread") on the Georgia forum with your SW GA vegetable questions.

To start a new message, just scroll down a bit to the bottom of this forum (get out this message first) and you'll see: Post a Message to the Forum.

Fill it in and hit "preview" and then submit when you are ready. It will show at the top of the forum. Let us know if you need help with the mechanics. This isn't "blogging", by the way.

There is also the Vegetable Gardening forum, but that will have folks from all over on it. I'm sure you can get some good advice there too though. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Vegetables forum

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 6:27PM
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I am laughing so hard at "Aunt Tootie." That is what my nephews call me. (I won't say why.)
I had a wonderful time skimming these posts -- and felt so sad to read about the death of Sugar Hill and Pam 3's little boy.
It was fun to read that Teleigh and I are sort of neighbors. (Are you still out there?)
I will add my information to the long list of gardeners....
I am an Illinois transplant -- I really miss that black soil. My Dad still drives 12 hours and brings pass-along plants -- along with buckets and bags of dirt. Very funny!!!!!!
I live on a 1/2 acre near Marietta Square. I love our neighborhood with its many old trees -- love the wildlife -- but I'm currently battling the squirrels who have developed a taste for my heirloom tomatoes!
I'm working on the front yard right now -- removing lots of bermuda grass from the front slope and replacing with groundcover. I'm thinking of using a combo of ornamental raspberry, ivy, and phlox -- underplanted with bulbs.
My landscaping dream is a BIG, natural looking pond. (Long way away - no money right now.)
Next big project is to finish off the dry creek I dug two years ago. With a shovel, all by myself - almost the entire length of our lot - easily over 200 feet! (I was sooooo in shape that year! Now I'm back to flab.) We need to get stone and plants to make it look attractive and natural. Right now it is a red clay ditch/path, filling in with weeds -- but it is serving the purpose successfully! Again --need some money to buy the stone!
I'm loving my raised veggie beds - growing zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. (Squirrels loving it too.)
I'm good at the growing part, but lacking in the design skill. I have some beds that are doing well, but need tweaking -- too many plants that are same height and leaf shape, etc. (Who can recommend some good books on this? Plant combos, etc.?)
Love reading all your info!!!!!!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 7:22AM
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Nice to meet everyone!
Thanks for sharing your gardening info. I enjoy reading about your gardens.

I've always grown some sort of plants, herb gardening, butterfly gardening, depending on where I lived at the time. I now live in a subdivision which was once a pecan (pronounced "Pee-can" down here)orchard with my husband and six dogs (my mother says I'm overcompensating for not having children). The soil is pretty depleted and I worry about all the chemicals that were sprayed on the pecan trees. I'm new to vegetable Dad had a vegetable garden every year and grew fruit trees and blueberry bushes. He passed four years ago and I miss his "country gardening wisdom".....he believed in planting, cultivating and fishing "by the signs". He had a truly green thumb! Judy, azalias didn't do well for me, either. My soil is too sandy, dry and I don't have enough shade in my yard. I became interested in daffodils several years ago and have a bed interplanted with your typical butterfly loving plants.....lantana, butterfly weed, coneflower, salvia, black-eyed-Susan, shasta daisy (tend to go dormant in July and August-too hot), scabiosa, yarrow, false foxglove, and some recent pass-along plants from my husband's aunt. I joined the Florida Daffodil Society since my climate is closer to Tallahassee's than to middle or north Georgia. My backyard is planted in trees and large shrubs as well as a fenced-in vegetable garden (20' by 24')that we put in this Spring. I tried flower beds in the backyard, but the doggies weren't having it! I also have a small herb garden in a bed on one side of my house close to the kitchen. I have several compost bins in the backyard which are Yogi's (my golden retriever) favorite new toys. It's never too late to try anything, Judy! I find that gardening is healing, and it's never too late to experience that.

esh ga,
Thanks for the info and the link! I will start a new "thread" for vegetable gardening in SW GA.

I won't reveal why my niece and nephews call me Aunt Tootie, either.....The only landscaping book I have is "Home Landscaping: Southeast Region" by Roger Holmes and Rita Buchanan. It's part of the Creative Homeowner series. I think I purchaced it at Lowe's. It has some good designs and plant combinations for sun and shade gardens. The Better Homes and Garden website has garden designs and provides a list of alternate plants depending on your zone.

Happy gardening everyone!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2009 at 10:59AM
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Sherri Lawson Brown

Hello, everyone. I live in Buford, near Harmony Elementary. I'm fairly new to gardening, very new to this forum; having tried sporadically over the nearly 20 years DH and I have been married. In the last few years I've been researching landscape designs and plantings that should do well in the areas where I want to plant. I use the books, "Creative Homeowner Complete Home Landscaping," Readers Digest Perennials: Designing, Choosing, and Maintaining Easy-care Plantings," "Guide to Georgia Vegetable Gardening," and "Georgia Gardening" Magazine for reference as well as whatever I can find online when looking for more info on specific plants.

One of the biggest problems I face (besides the expense of all this landscape gloriousness) is FINDING the plants I'm most interested in. I don't find that I greatly enjoy the "big box" store offerings because they're just so common. WHERE does everyone get these plants?? Internet orders? These books & magazines are filled with beautiful plants and they are HARD.TO.FIND.

Secondly, I am a bargain shopper and have a REALLY hard time forking over $7 and much more PER PLANT when I do find the kinds I like in a nursery or wherever. It really pains me to go to any store and pay "full retail price" for ANYTHING. I have been able to purchase discounted less-than-happy looking plants and nursed them back to life at times, and been thrilled with those results but don't always happen on the deeply discounted items so that's sketchy, not a dependable way to find plants, and not always stuff I'm really interested in.

Several years ago I ripped out everything around our house, in all the landscape beds: 6 HUUUUUGELY overgrown horrid pampas grass monstrosities (death to pampas grass, I tell you, death), lots of juniper (snakes love juniper and I hate snakes so bye-bye juniper), some shrubs that were far too large to have been planted so close to the house, and so on. Great. All cleaned out. Installed a retaining wall and then in a large sloped bed I put in landscape mix soil, some plantings (three crape myrtles- I know, I know they're common but I like them anyway and they were free), a few azaleas, spike plants, and a couple Rainbow Leucothoe I think. Erosion cloth where needed, then landscape cloth and mulch. This year I added some Blue Boy Phlox to the bed and a few more rocks, then several coleus for a little more color. Everything in that bed seems to be happy and I have VERY little maintenance there, which is good because it's large and quite steep.

My most perplexing area is a TEENY space between our driveway and one of the front walls of our house. It faces the street and looks just awful. It is almost 20' long but there is only 18-24" width between driveway concrete and the wall in this area and I haven't a CLUE what to put in there! The area gets full on, brutal sun all morning and until well into afternoon. I need a few somethings to go in there with a little height (up to 3'), but then need some small things to fill in (thrill, fill, spill?). There is a garden hose on that wall, also, so it tends to be a little more moist than other areas when I'm out watering.

I am focusing primarily on perennials right now, "investing" in the longer-term plantings, and then I can add little bits of annuals here & there later. I like flowering shrubs and prefer some evergreens when possible (but not holly or anything prickly), but as I said, I haven't a CLUE what to do with this long and extremely narrow, nicely mulched emptiness. My preferred colors are in the red family- reds, oranges, and pinks, and for foliage I stick mostly to chartreuse mixed with a little bit of very deep greens. I would welcome any suggestions. Sorry this is so long!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 6:49PM
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I see lawsonbrown posted on this old thread recently, so I will too! I used to follow gardenWeb and then about 10 years rushed by! Back in different gardens-in sandy springs-just a few miles from our former Dunwoody home. This house has less sun-so I also volunteered to garden our cul de sac-which is sunny-I put a bench, gravel path, some roses,and easy, sun perennials around the hydrangeas that were there (after removing-with help-lots of prickly hollies and weeds). I have a veggie garden in our backyard, perennials and roses in front, and lots of ferns and a mix of native and non native shrubs, trees and bushes in a woodsy area.

I had a few knee surgeries and have been away from most gardening for about a year and am excited to get back to it. I am going to try to add more ferns the rest of this summer and discourage the ivy that keeps coming back. I just ordered 25 Christmas ferns from Classy Groundcovers-so I'm excited to add a new patch. Budget restrains me from covering the remainder of the area as quickly as I'd like...but eventually.....

I don't use any pesticides, use my homegrown compost (worm compost and "regular" compost heap) and organic fertilizers. Would love to become more knowledgable about native plants. Looking forward to trading ideas and advice on this forum!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 1:36AM
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Anyone with specific questions - it would better to start a specific thread for each question so that they can be more easily answered.

There have been threads on where to find plants before. For the lowest cost, I think Grower's Outlet in Loganville is a favorite for a lot of people. Just google it. Looks like it is closed now for the summer, reopening Aug 21st (not a good time to plant anyway).

Welcome to all newcomers and those coming back!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:56AM
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