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RE: Toadsong

Your "Everblooming" sounds very much like Jesse's 'Immortality' which she
was kind enough to share.  It too has a most memorable and divine fragrance.
Mine have finished their spring bloom, but will bloom again this fall as
well.  Your spirit garden sounds absolutely lovely!  I hope you were able to
get some good pictures!

I just checked the yard and various garden beds and was surprised to see so
much blooming there, too.  Right now I have coreopsis (3 varieties),
miniature red roses, blue Canterbury Bells (campanula,) buttercups
(ranunculus,) Penstemon 'Red Rocks,' a few dwarf red lilies, the end of the
bloom for my anchusa azura, a pink Holly Hock loaded with blooms, Penstemon
'Husker's Red,' an apricot daylily with a red throat, two varieties of
lavender cotton, Big Betony, the end bloom of my orange poppy, lambs ear,
the end of my columbines, purple and blue salvias, a sky blue delphinium,
the end of the bloom for dwarf pink and blue beard tongues, Knautia pastels,
Heuchera 'Viking Ship' with it's wonderful coral colored blooms, a pale
white dwarf yarrow, a pale yellow fox glove, Mexican sage, golden thyme, a
medium blue iris (name unknown,) rue, knautia macedonica, an old red rose,
another green and silver heuchera with green blooms (name unknown,) a purple
verbena, purple spiderwort, Tiarella 'pink pearl,' lamium 'beacon silver', a
nice red astilbe, Heuchera 'silver scrolls,' Aruncus dioicus, and the end of
my Centrathus Ruber 'alba.'    It's a good time to take a nice walk.

And yes, I too have a bed that seems to be taken over with wild violets but
also honeysuckle that I have to get in and start fighting before I lose the
entire battle!  Still no toads or frogs yet this year. :(  I miss them.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Taborri
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 11:36 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Toadsong

Hi Bonnie,
Well, I'm a tad behind in reading this group so pardon my tardiness.  I had
to sift through over 500 messages.  Thank heavens for computer auto-sorting.

My Iris are white, same as everything which was deliberately planted in my
garden.  It's a spirit garden, a moon garden, a female garden, dedicated to
purity and spirituality.  It has had some errant seeds crop up in it, like
some Gallardia last year.  I quit anally obsessing over it and left it

This is the 3rd year for the Iris, called Everblooming.  Yes they rebloomed
last year.  We'll see how they do this year.  The stalks fell over in a
recent rain so I rushed to their aide and put up a low wire fence around
them to keep them from falling over.  Of course, the broken stalks make
their way into the house in vases.  For the last week, when I encountered a
sensually, spiritually sweet smell in the house, I had to remind myself it
was the Iris I brought in.  Other white flowering plants in my garden are
Spirea, Buddleia, Iris, Columbine, Alyssum, Mum, Primula, Rhodedendron,
Lilac (which did not bloom this year), Bleeding Hearts, and a fancy fringed
Spectabilis, with lots of Hosta and Ostrich ferns.  Errant wild Violets are
taking over.  This is also a rock garden with two small water features.  And
it's walled, behind fence, nice and private.  :>

As far as my toads, the way they return annually, I'd have to say that they
consider me Toad Goddess, LOL.

Sue, Upstate NY, Zone 6

Finger Lakes Choral Festival

Saturday, 8 July 2006, 8:00 PM, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,
Beethoven's 9th Symphony, "Choral,"  Grand Re-Opening of Finger Lakes
Performing Arts Center at Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua.
Thursday, 27 July 2006, 8:00 PM, Mozart's Grand Masse in C Minor, Hochstein
Music School Performance Hall Saturday, 29 July 2006, 8:00 PM, Mozart's
Grand Masse in C Minor under Maestro Uriel Segel and the Chautauqua Symphony
Orchestra, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY Hochstein performance
tickets $15 or if purchased directly from a choir member
(me) $10
email me at taborri@rochester.rr.com for more information.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Monday, May 29, 2006 08:59
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Toadsong

What a beautiful word picture you painted, Sue!  I could close my eyes and
see your garden.    Is your everlasting iris the same  as a re-blooming
iris?  What color is it?  I've really learned to love iris.  My bleeding
heart (also white) has finished its bloom cycle and with this heat will
disappear very soon until next spring.  We had some frogs last year in our
little pond, but none this year as yet.  I enjoyed them as well.

I'll have to check out that yoga book, Sue!  Thanks for the tip.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Taborri
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2006 11:17 PM
To: Garden Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Toadsong

My garden is heavy laden with expectant bloom, pregnant, as it were.  My
white Rhododendron is in full bloom and my white Everlasting Iris have just
today bloomed its first bloom.  My white Clematis are large and heavy with
blossoms to bloom soon.  I've never seen my white Bleeding Heart so large.
My toads have returned, laid eggs in the "large" pond (4x6) which have
turned to tadpoles and many have moved on.  Nighttime brings toadsong which
my daughter and I love to hear.  One must be careful when walking lest you
step on a large toad, as I almost did last night when I kicked one.  I spent
a few hours today on my hands and knees picking up Maple seedling

We spoke briefly awhile back about soreness in the spring with the onset of
garden chores.  This month's Yoga Journal, June 2006, has an brief article
entitled "Garden Grace" on page 22 which shows some simple easy Yoga poses
(asanas) to prepare one's body for garden duties.  The article is mentions
that the asanas are from a new book entitled Gardner's Yoga by Victoria

Our weather today has been glorious and I'm looking forward to a day NOT
occupied carting the kids here and there, but instead relaxing in my chaise
on patio basking in the sun, reading, and listening to my gurgling

Upstate NY, Zone 6

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