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I’m interested in easily sustainable gardening, and classic design, (i.e. cottage and/or English style gardening). I absolutely love perennials, (favorites are daylilies, hosta, natives.... and others.....). I also love bulbs, ( favorites are, daffodils, jonquils, hyacinths, tuberose etc....) fragrant roses, other fragrant flowers and much, much more..... My favorite vegetables are tomatos and watermelons, my favorite herbs are basil, fennel, and all mints. I also love plants with pretty foliage and flowers...... I also love plants that double as useful AND pretty in the garden..... i.e. a beautiful herb......Some of my favorite shrubs are azaleas and lilacs. I start most of my plants from seed..... I’m constantly looking for methods for lower labor and organic gardening.......
Thought: "If you’d have a mind at peace,
A heart that cannot harden,
Go find a door that opens wide,
Upon a lovely garden."

Here are some other nice quotes:
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."
Iris Murdoch

"Half the interest of a garden
is in the constant exercise of
the imagination."

-Mrs. C. W. Earle, 1897

"Mother nature is so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest." ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty

"gardens are for sharing"

"Although an old man, I am but a young gardener."
Thomas Jefferson

"No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden." ~Hugh Johnso

How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise. ~Michael P. Garafalo, gardendigest.com

"Should you go looking for the face of God I’ll tell you some places where you’re likely to find it: in the eyes of newborns, in the eyes of dying men and women, in the eyes of the best dog, during sex and in the garden." Georgia Stern

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~Author Unknown

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Slayer of the winter, art thou here again?
O welcome, thou that’s bring’st the summer nigh!
The bitter wind makes not thy victory vain,
Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.
Welcome, O March! whose kindly days and dry
Make April ready for the throstle’s song,
Thou first redresser of the winter’s wrong!
- William Morris, March
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Although good care and knowledge and some love are the best things for a garden.... remember that.....
angelica is the ’patron" plant of gardens.... plant it to protect other plants
priapus is the god of gardens
pomona is the goddess of gardens (both roman)
Saint fiacre is the patron saint of gardens
saint francis of assis is also a patron saint of gardens
There are also various buddhist and other eastern as well as hindu and non secular protectors of the garden..... :)

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Factoids:
The largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi, weighs 7kg. It’s petals grow to 1/2 meter long and 2.5 cm thick.
Amorphophallus titanum is the worst smelling stinkiest flower in the world
The smallest flower in the world is the duckweed and can only be seen with a microscope.
Roses and jasmines are likely the most celebrated fragrant flowers on earth

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Here are some links:
Flowers and other plants and their meanings:
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/flowerlanguage.html

Funny garden lore for children:
http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/E/EwingJulianaHoratia/prose/marysmeadow/gardenlore.html

Other garden lore???? : :)

Flowers and other for the states:
http://www.50states.com/flower.htm
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmnh/buginfo/statebugs.htm
http://www.audubon.org/statebirds/
http://www.state-tree.com/

Sites that I use often or prove helpful:

www.gardenweb.com (of course!)

www.davesgarden.com

Paghat’s garden:
http://www.paghat.com/

Glenn’s garden:
http://www.em.ca/garden/home.html

Good perennials search engine:
http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/adv_search_mod.html

Missouri garden: nice site:
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Alpha.asp

Good perennial search engine:
http://www.perennials.com/search.html

A nice weed gallery:
http://www.rce.rutgers.edu/weeds/default.asp

Good list of plants with sowing instructions:
http://www.gardenmakers.com/seedindx.htm

A nice search engine for various plants:
http://www.floridata.com/

Seed germination database : note that I have a quibble with some of these instructions but most are right:
http://www.backyardgardener.com/tm1.html

Nice site with info on classic roses:
http://www.rdrop.com/~paul/main.html

Good list of herbs and sowing instructions:
http://www.horizonherbs.com/

Nice website with tons of info on lots of roses:
http://www.netwrite-publish.com/color6.htm

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My favorite fragrants are
lilacs
chinese daffodil
jonquil
lilium
lily of the valley
acidanthera
sweet alyssum
hyacinth
jasmine
tuberose
peruvian daffodil
sweet soapwort
scented hostas
fragrant roses

Here’s my funny little blog or webpage.... as you can see I needed an easy one I know nothing about html or how to build a webpageb :)
http://flowersandthingsgarden.blogspot.com/

I live in: United States

My zone is: MidAtlantic 6/7

My favorite forum 1 is Perennials.

My favorite forum 2 is Fragrant Plants.

First registered on September 27, 2003 .