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Re: Re: Happy Birthday

Auralie, I love joe pye weed as well. Mine gets so tall it bends over, but I love all the bees and butterflies it attracts. 

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> On Aug 7, 2014, at 1:38 PM, 5bef58771@rewrite.hort.net wrote:
> It's good to hear about another gardener who doesn't like bare space.  
> My front bed is a solid mass of foliage, and I love it that way.  From  
> season
> to season different things are blooming, but there is always a cover of 
> different foliage patterns and textures.  Mainly several kinds of  hardy
> geranium, which bloom beautifully in the spring, several colors of  
> epimedium,
> also spring blooming, Pulmonairas, several ferns, including several  shades
> of the Japanese painted fern, a low=-growing Spirea rosea that has  just
> finished its bloom, three different Hellebores which were grand in early 
> spring and make nice green accents now, several mounds of Ruta  graveolens
> which I mainly grow for the beautiful foliage, but which are making a  brave
> stand of bright yellow flowers right now. and various other bits and pieces 
> of
> stuff.  You get the idea.  It all flows together and I love it  that way  
> But:  My daughter-in-law who is a licensed petroleum engineer and  makes
> a six-figure salary for working four days a week so she can take long  
> weekends
> to go skiing or whatever, looked at my garden, shook her head and  said
> "Gee, you sure need some help to get this mess straightened out."
> I guess it's just another case of beauty being in the eye of the  beholder.
> I will add that I'm glad she can't see the prize in my garden this week -  a
> spectacular Joe-Pye Weed bush about six feet tall and with many  stems,
> full of bees and butterflies.  She'd say it's a weed and get rid of  it;
> Auralie
> In a message dated 8/7/2014 1:00:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
> 1f73664e1@rewrite.hort.net writes:
> From:  "Judy Browning" <59a63b9e1@rewrite.hort.net> 
> To: gardenchat@hort.net  
> Sent: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:50:00 PM 
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re:  Happy Birthday 
> I planted a mix of evergreen and deciduous where I  wanted trees. There 
> were 
> 13 walnuts in the back yard in 1976. We've  removed all but 3. The clump 
> birches I planted died but the seedlings have  grown up nearby. The tallrr 
> trees are underplanted with dogwoods nest  spruce cottoneaster phlox 
> candytuft hosta and aquilegia. Everything is  close and grown together. In 
> the sunny beds iris daylilies roses etc all  fight for sun. I keep them out 
> of a few areas so my creeping thyme can  grow. On the front walk the mauve 
> thyme has crept onto the concrete walk  since the poppies and daylilies 
> overshadow their roots. Not much bare  space. 
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