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Re: 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 there.

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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