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Re: Hum..Now tours

I haven't had time to get into any of the interesting discussions here for
the last few weeks but I do want to follow up on Kitty's tour comments. In
the last few weeks I have been on 3 garden tours and my garden was included
in one of the tours.  All 3 tours were on days that it rained, not a
sprinkle but continuous rain. I found that most gardens were really nice,
some were actually fantastic, but there were a few that needed serious
weeding or cleanup. I would have been ashamed to show those but all in all,
the majority was worth seeing. At one inner-city garden, the outside wall of
their garage that faced the garden was completely covered with a mosaic of
colored glass pieces, metal springs and ceramic figurines set in mortar. The
homeowner/creator said it was a continuation of the garden and represented a
field of flowers. Although I couldn't see the field or flowers, it was kind
of neat but not something I would want. Then there was the garden that had
horseradish planted in 55 gallon steel drums. The owner wasn't around so I
couldn't ask the obvious question.

I try to go on all tours looking for ideas and new plants.  In one garden I
found a beautiful double Geranium (not a Pelargonium) with fully double
lavender flowers. Very eye-catching. It was labeled G. pratense 'Summer
Skies'. I can't find it in the local nurseries and it is probably too late
to mail order it now so I'll put it on my list for next year.

Dan zone 6 PA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty Morrissy" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>; "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2003 10:16 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Hum.......

> I went on a garden tour today called Inside the Garden Gate.  Interesting
> to see what other people do.  What really surprised me was at least half
> the 7 gardens grew Purple Loosestrife quite proudly.  And Chameleon Plant
> and almost every one. Yikes!  Another odd thing I noticed at one home was
> she had about 10 of those stone benches around the property and not one
> could sit on.  She used the to put pots on.  Hidden wat in the back ( I
> like to see work areas) by the compost heap was a broken down skinny piece
> of wood shaped into a bench.  The only place to sit. odd.
> Kitty
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 6/21/2003 9:55:08 AM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Hum.......
> >
> > So what is everyone doing this weekend.... figuring since it is so
> > quiet, everyone must be having great weather and busy in the garden....
> > or something...
> >
> > I have a meeting in a few minutes, then out of here myself. May hit a
> > few nurseries on the way home. I have a few holes in the garden that
> > need something, well that's my excuse for shopping for more plants and I
> > am sticking to it!:)
> >
> > Donna
> >
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