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Blog entry by GrandmaT posted 07-19-2011 01:12 PM 9771 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So it begins!! (MsDeb, notice my “bench”!! Hubby made me one to bring to AZ!)


Trying to figure out where I want stuff and before I layered the paper and top soil


What the plants will look like once mature

I’m doing a Happy Dance!!!!! Walking around my son’s yard; I found 5 rather discarded clay pots. So checked them out to see if they were cracked or damaged and to my delight the answer was NO!!!

So then the next issue was where oh where was I gonna put these delightful pots???!!!! So finally decided on the long narrow bed the runs along side the front walk way actually forming a small “L” into the driveway. It was full of weeds and some sort of tall “grass” or what looked like grass and rock hard “dirt”.

Headed up to Home Depot having no idea what I might find plant wise; so was quite excited. Got up there and what is the first plant I see!!!!! Yup …. the Yubi Summer Joy Rose (Mock Rose Family)!!! It was the first plant I planted in the old blue stock pot that I decoupaged three summers ago and fell in love with. It is difficult to find in MI; so needless to say …. YEAH!!!!!!! Bought ten plants in various colors; two LARGE bags of top soil and headed back to the house. THEN as I pulled into the driveway realized I forgot to purchase gardening gloves and a small hand hoe …. had my son unload the car and back to HD I went. And as I entered HD of course I stumbled across this very cool iron “Welcome Heart” Plant Holder that I had to have which in turn now needed a basket to put in it. Does the fun never stop … hahaha!!!! Soooooo new items in hand … and yes I did buy my gloves …. I headed home once again.

Thankfully the area I am going to work in is now shaded somewhat as the temp is 113. With lots of water to drink on hand, I get to pulling out the various weeds and cleaning the bed. Had to stop several times due to the heat and head into the air conditioning …. but I remained diligent and got the bed in shape.

I layered paper all through the bed covering the rest of the weeds that I could not pull out and then put a layer of top soil (Lasagna Gardening) giving the small bed a nice, clean look. Then after several attempts settled on the arrangement of the clay pots and medium sized rocks beside/in-between them. Had my son pour the dirt into all the pots for me and began planting.

I cannot wait for the coming weeks as the plants begin to really bloom and spread. With the growing season here quite long they should be spectacular. And of course I am very anxious to see how they “winter” here (annuals in MI). I will post more photos in the coming weeks as they mature …

And a side note: Thanks goes out to my wonderful Hubby who most willing contributed to the “GrandaT AZ Garden”. And very excited about purchasing the first item for our future AZ yard (Iron Welcome Planter). :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --



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Eklectic

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posted 07-19-2011 02:56 PM

As usual you managed to use discarded object and turn them in a real piece of art! :-)

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-19-2011 03:03 PM

thank you …. really didn’t think of it like that; but true!!! And yah, I do enjoy finding “junk” and repurposing it. Although these pots were not quite “junk” ... although in my son’s eyes, maybe … LOL!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Bon

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posted 07-19-2011 05:10 PM

Nice job GramaT.So nice to hear your gardening again.Bet it feels great.I like your new heart planter.Cute.I bet you could even get a tomato plant to gow in one of those bigger pots. (big grin)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 07-19-2011 05:13 PM

They are lookin’ great, GrandmaT. You’ve still got your magic touch. ... as if it would ever disappear. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 07-19-2011 11:52 PM

GrandmaT Nice bench and good flowers. This is just the beginning. Soon there will be beautiful blooms. Pl send more photos as your garden progresses.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 07-20-2011 12:36 AM

Thanks everyone ….. it did feel wonderful to be playing “in the dirt” .... and with a few days under “their belts” the plants seem to be tolerating the heat and sun very well. It is just a small start … experiment really, beginning to see what grows out here. But I am taking it and running with it.

Jroot … you tickle me!!!! :-)

Sharad; thank you for the compliment on the bench. Hubby made that for me to bring to AZ and I will for sure post more photos as the plants begin to really bloom and grow.

Bon, I know a tomato plant would not tolerate the heat that planter gets … it gets a morning sun and then late afternoon sun … two “hits” for the money … LOL!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 07-20-2011 08:02 AM

Aw that’s too bad.I wonder if you used a wooden planter lined with styrofoam if it would be cooler and hold the moisture better.Just pondering. (lol)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

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posted 07-20-2011 10:09 AM

This is going to be so pretty! Nice choice of flowers, GranT. I can well imagine how good it felt to get your hands dirty again. :D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-20-2011 11:04 AM

I sure hope so Bon … at least in my head it is gonna be gorgeous; hopefully the plants will be “mind readers” ... LOL!!!

And Bon, yes, I would most definitely need another type of container to grow tomatoes. Clay is actually my least favorite medium to be growing anything in; to be honest. But free is good for now! :-) And I think to grow tomatoes here is gonna be quite the challenge. No one I have spoken to has been successful at it. Hubby and I have talked about a raised bed with some sort of protection that I can remove at certain times of the day/night for a vegetable garden when we get a home of our own. But for now …. well we will see how these flowers do …. it is such a different climate here; an example … I got slightly “red” while planting these flowers and I was in the shade!!!! LOL!!!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 07-20-2011 01:01 PM

she’s BA-ACK!!! :)

great bench!! Your best gardening tool, I’m sure.

I laughed at the “oops” that just happened to take you BACK to the store where you just HAPPENED to find something else to purchase!!

End result: beautiful!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-20-2011 02:15 PM

yah, well sometimes the “oops in life” bring some of the best results … hahaha!!! And yes, that bench (and the previous one) are my most needed and used garden tools!!! Thanks … as I said above, cannot wait to see all the pots in the coming weeks!!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 07-21-2011 09:02 AM

Deb: I don’t know if Arizona will be ready for the newest GT transplant-you. I am glad that you are back in the dirt again. Have lots of fun. I am sooooo excited for your new gardening adventures! Will you grow a cactus bed?

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-22-2011 02:47 AM

thanks Cynthia … no cactus bed for me; never liked them much … LOL!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 07-22-2011 08:27 AM

Maybe if there was a nice, soft, huggable cactus that blooms more than half the year, then we could name GranT!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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posted 07-22-2011 09:43 AM

What a GT plants is no indication of their personality! GranT is a real sweetie! I have some cacti that stay out all year here in London. And they survive our winters! They have yellow flowers that are quite beautiful. Even with their thorns, cacti and roses are beautiful! I would love to grow a Saguaro cactus! These are the kind that you see on all the movies that have desert scenes. And birds build nests in them…

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-22-2011 11:55 AM

Eklectic you are a funny lady!!!! :-) and yes, I have seen some very interesting cactus here; again just never been a fan of them. But one never knows what the future holds and what I might try my hand in growing out here … LOL!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 12-30-2012 01:11 PM

I’m new to this site – usually go to Garden Web. Your plant and planter look beautiful. Not sure I could grow it successfully here unless we get a warm sunny summer like we did this past summer. These flowers close during cloudy weather, don’t they? maxyck

-- maxyck. Newfoundland

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GrandmaT

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posted 01-02-2013 06:54 AM

Hi Max …. thank you for the comments! The experiment at my son’s home went quite well that summer and it was a good experiment with the heat. Found the Yubi Summer Roses quit blooming during the 3 months of extreme heat here, but continued to spread and grow. Once it began to cool down just a bit (out of the mid 100’s) they began to bloom beautifully. I grew these in Michigan, so I see no reason why you could not try them. They like sunshine (and yes close at night). They are also a perinneal (spelling, where is my coffee this morning!) here in AZ …. :-) Welcome to Garden Tenders by the way …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 01-02-2013 11:40 AM

(and nice to hear from you GramT!!!)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-02-2013 04:33 PM

Glad to see you are okay, GrandmaT. I’ve been wondering about you since we haven’t hear from you for a LONG time. How was your gardening venture in the sunny south? Are you growing anything other than the roses?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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