My garden in Iowa

jimhardySeptember 4, 2009

Is Iowa a Norhtern Garden?

I guess if you live far enough South it is.

I posted some pics last year of my garden and my Castor bean plants and promised to do so again.Unfortunately I have not been able to post the pics directly from Photobucket anymore-I used to point at the html link,it would say copied and that was it.No more for some reason,anyway,here is a link to my garden pics on Photobucket,hope you enjoy-

http://s297.photobucket.com/albums/mm220/orbea641/

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Here is one of the pix

And below is a clickable link to the album

tj

Here is a link that might be useful: jimhardy yard

    Bookmark   September 4, 2009 at 7:22PM
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jimhardy

Thanks tsugajunkie.How did you get the pic to post?I have not been able to get them to post off Photobucket anymore,I used to be able to click next to html code and it said copied and then I could post but for some reason this has stopped working

    Bookmark   September 5, 2009 at 3:10PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I did use the HTML code. Sometimes you have to right click and hit "copy" but just clicking it copied it for me this time.

tj

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 5:28AM
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ditas

Double wow!!! jh & tj as well, for the treat ... ignorance seems to be my expertise ... my Mom collected miniature cacti in tiny pots, eons ago, in the old country (thanks for triggering memories!) I prefered dealing with rose thorns, however (ended up giving up, for all the chemicals needed to maintain them, decently). Living under Iowa skies, didn't think z4b-5a would be OK for them much less all the other exotic huge foliaged goodies you grow!!! Â;)

I love dirt digging & my hubby calls me a *glut for punishment* for all the over-wintering chores, to protect my bloom-tenders. How do you protect your exotic collections? I do pass by a home, growing in one corner of their front yard (perhaps 4'x4'bed)a group of yellow blooming cacti & always wondered about this issue! Remember, I'm ignorant about arid-region plants & tropical looking beauties grown in IOWA ... I'll have to learn more about these group of garden beauties, huh?!!!

Again, thank you both, for sharing! Â;)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 11:49AM
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jimhardy

Another shot

    Bookmark   September 10, 2009 at 10:59PM
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ditas

Wow! once more Jimhardy!!! ... how do you protect them in Winter ... you must be quite south of DSM huh?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2009 at 11:30AM
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jimhardy

I am in Fairfield about 50 miles or less from the Missouri border,southeast Iowa.Here's a few more shots and the answer(in pictures)to your question.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2009 at 6:39PM
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origami_master(5b)

you have a stunning yard!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2009 at 9:17AM
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ditas

Thank you so much for posting! ... now I can show my hubby that I'm not as *glut for punishment* as he paints me to be!!!

AMAZING!!! JimHardy I tip my hat off (so to speak)!!!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2009 at 10:56PM
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jimhardy

Thanks guys/gals (-:

    Bookmark   September 18, 2009 at 9:45PM
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jimhardy

Here's a few more pics I took 9-27-09

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 1:58PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

More awesome pix. Thanks Jim.

tj

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 10:26PM
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orchid24

You have a nice tropical feel in coder climate.
Really enjoyed watching it.But hard to maintain.
Great job.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2010 at 4:05PM
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goodbyekitty(Zone 6 Wa/Sunset 3)

In the first pic what is the big leaf tree on the left?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 10:00AM
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goodbyekitty(Zone 6 Wa/Sunset 3)

bump

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 9:07AM
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goodbyekitty(Zone 6 Wa/Sunset 3)

Anyone?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2010 at 8:29AM
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lila888(Z5 IL)

Wow, fabulous garden!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 10:12PM
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jimhardy

Sorry-
I don't check this particular forum to much but thought I would on a hunch(-:

"The big leaf tree on the left is a Castor bean plant.
One of the leaves grew to 42" last year and the plants topped out at around 12'before the cold finished them.
All this from seed in 5+ months!


THE BEGINNING

LAST FALL

    Bookmark   March 15, 2010 at 11:01PM
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goodbyekitty(Zone 6 Wa/Sunset 3)

Thank you Jim! So thats a caster bean? But it didn't make it through the cold then. Still, thats a huge plant in just a few short months.

I like the caster bean, but I'm going to try the tetrapanex for my area. It's suppose to be hardy to zone 6. You have an awsome garden Jim.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 9:06AM
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jimhardy

Thanks
Tetrapanex is an awesome plant!
The one I have is called Steroidal Giant,I brought it in this winter to keep it's size.
It has produced 3 babies.
I think for it to survive it will need to grow at least as big as the one picture and will need to be heavily mulched.
The top will most assuredly die and it will resprout from the roots,hence the mulching.

There is a seller on e-bay that sells packs of the Castor bean seeds,these are the variety with the very large leaves-here's the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Castor bean seeds(Beans:-)

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 4:34PM
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coldinmn

I admire your hard work and gardening skills but I can't help but think you're daft. It strikes me as attention-grabbing but terribly unnatural, particularly in winter. If you can't embrace what Iowa has to offer, why not move to a warmer clime?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2010 at 3:36AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Attention grabbing? Aren't all gardens? Unnatural? Aren't all gardens? Once you plant a single flower, it draws attention. Once a shovel hits the turf it becomes unnatural. I look at it as diverse expression.

tj

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 7:01PM
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jimhardy

Some of this years flowers-etc








Thanks tj

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 1:25PM
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jimhardy

Heres a few updated pics from last summer....

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 12:24PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Thanks for the update.
Still amazes me what you have in the ground in Iowa.

tj

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:31PM
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miketropic

I know its a bit of an old thread but those clear plastic tents you had a few years back Jim, where did you get those.. someone has a few palms under them in a yard down the street but I don't remember ever seeing them for sale. also how well did they work?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:07AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Wow...that's very impressive!! I'm sure its a LOT of work protecting them in the winter but it sure has paid off. Great job! Wouldn't think you could do grow them in Iowa, just mind blowing!

Thanks for the update and nice pictures...

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 4:19PM
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kathi_mdgd

Great gardens,and i'll be back later for a closer view.Have to go pick up GS in a ew minutes.BUT,i wanted to tell you all that I als was having problems with photobucket for quite awhile.I couldn't even get one picture posted.

I asked about it on some of the forums that I visit,and no one had an answer.Then sunday I posted on the computer forum her on GW.They told me the problem was with IE,i had IE 7 on my puter.They told me to upgrade to 8 or 10.So this morning while I slept dh came in and cleaned everything up and uploaded IE 10,and it's now working like a charm.I just uploaded a bunch of pictures here to the cactus/succulent forum.

So to make a long story short,for those that are having problems with Pb,try IE 10.
Kathi

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:55PM
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100mphtortoise(5)

That is very cool jimhardy, its nice to see someone else that grows c&s in iowa. I put mine outside in there pots in my front yard when it gets warm enough and don't take them in untill fall or when ever it gets to cold out, thanks for the pics.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:51PM
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100mphtortoise(5)

That is very cool jimhardy, its nice to see someone else that grows c&s in iowa. I put mine outside in there pots in my front yard when it gets warm enough and don't take them in untill fall or when ever it gets to cold out, thanks for the pics.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:52PM
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kathi_mdgd

Do you know the name of that last plant,the bronze colored one ??.I have one of those,but don't know what it's called.
TFS
Kathi

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 5:02PM
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jimhardy

Thanks you guys-

The clear covers or umbrella greenhouses are tough to come by these days.
They work great but I have to use a lot of lights to heat them-so now I make my own
out of the green rubber coated fencing,bubble wrap and trash can lids/covers.

The reddish plant is Cordyline Australis,I planted it about 4 years ago,
it returned from the roots the first 2 years but the top stayed intact last
winter(one of the warmest ever),I believe it is still alive on top this
year as well-I give a little more attention to protecting it now(-:

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:56AM
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