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Location: NL Canada, Zone 5b
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Website: http://www.colorfulcanary.com

I have been gardening since 1999. When we purchased our first 50 year old home we spent much of our time renovating the house and the garden. There were big beautiful trees but also being that the house was previously owned by an elderly couple the flower beds resembled grave plots with squares and rectangle mounds of soil in no special order scattered about the lawn.

I spent many summer days collecting old moldy silk flowers from the garden (The lady said they added winter color--haha) and strings of pantyhose embedded into trees and tied onto nails. Speaking of nails, the ground was full, this is where I learned to wear steel shank boots in the garden after my second encounter with a large rusty nail through the soft center of my foot...not a pleasant gardening experience.

After 5 years we decided to move on. I designed a dream home with 26' cathedral ceilings and a prow overlooking conception bay. We hired a contractor and the dream turned into a nightmare.

We spent 3 years in a crammy basement apartment where I started many seedlings of apple and pear trees on a window ledge while I contracted a smaller cottage style home myself.

The garden is ever-changing, and I am always adding new plants and structures...Now it seems 1/2 acre is just not enough so perhaps we will move on to larger land some day.

Being in Newfoundland I have the climate to work with so I am interested in short-season crops. Edible plants, especially perennials and finding new ways to grow more food in our
inclement weather.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3424 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 01-21-2008 09:20 PM

Hi, thought I would reply to your “Christmas Rose” question here … the variety is “Snow Bunting” . There are two others that I would LOVE to get my hands on—“Ivory Prince” and “Gold Finch”

Ivory Prince has burgundy pink buds that open to flowers streaked with rose and chartreuse.

Gold Finch has soft green/yellow spotted flecks all over it’s leaves.

May just have to break down and order these two from the catalog Heronswood; as I have not seen them to buy locally.

Do you grow these?

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

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Dahlitsa

203 posts in 3344 days

posted 02-04-2008 10:26 AM

Dear x: It is still so much a work in progress having only started last spring so I appreciate your kind remarks. Hopefully a lot of my hostas will be looking bigger this year.

-- Dahlitsa

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Robin282

115 posts in 3302 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-17-2008 09:53 AM

In Praise of Judie…

Judie,
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my hear for making a “plant” dream come true. I received the cloudberry today. I cannot tell you how happy I am. I have looking to get this plant for three years, and have been unable to—until you sent it. Thanks for the snowberry too.

If there is anything I have that you would like, please ask. Now is an excellent time to ship from here (warmer) to there (cooler).

Thanks!
Robin

-- Robin282, Zone 7, SE Coast of MA, USA

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IceFlower

156 posts in 2621 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 02-01-2011 03:39 PM

Hi!
What a nightmare you went through just to get settled. Your first experience reminds me of when we first came to place we are now. A group of pines was so vine entangled it took us about 2 weeks to clear it out. When we got to bottom, we found a rusted old twin bedframe with head board and footboard!!!

-- Alynxia**** It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. 'The Buddha'****

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