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I live in garner, about 10 mins south of raleigh. I have a very patient hubby, who although he isn�t a gardener, has helped out lots when asked. Luckily, he really appreciates the garden and its goodies. 2 kids- a boy & girl, 15 & 12. They help out some, too- sometimes more willingly than others. I�m trying to encourage the gardening gene without quashing it with too much drudge work. Weeding is a punishment for bad behavior, though- nothing that can be done to make it happy, so it may as well be useful! Strangely, i enjoy weeding to a degree- it allow the mind to wander.

Playing in my garden is my sanity. In the 16 yrs we�ve been at our house, i�ve crammed it pretty full, but am always looking for new things. I start a lot of seeds and cuttings- a large portion of the garden was from these methods. I would love to swap for unusual things! I especially enjoy working in edible goodies- the more unusual, the better.

My garden is very whimsical and i enjoy photographing the nuances. My husband is a welder and is always making some new fun thing to add to its charm. I never have less than 5 projects i want him to do for me! As an artist, i come up with some pretty creative stuff, too. I love being able to garden yr round(am from a northern clime, so i really appreciate it!).

We put in 2 small ponds connected with a stream a few yrs back, and have enjoyed exploring that niche. We�d like to do another in the backyard. Inside, we have a planted 55 gal fish tank, a couple of turtles, and 3 parrots as well. Pretty much anything without fur is fair game. We feed the birds outside and really enjoy watching their antics. I have always had an interest in butterflies- raising them as a child, and so incorporate lots of plants they like. I�d love to be successful in starting a monarch colony, but so far haven�t had any takers on my asclepias patch.

I also really enjoy houseplants. I have a small collection of orchids. I have had reasonable luck in getting them to bloom for me.

I live in: United States

My zone is: z8a NC

My favorite forum 1 is Carolina Gardening.

My favorite forum 2 is Garden Junk.

First registered on February 04, 2003 .