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by AmatureGardener on January 28, 2004 02:59 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, my catalogs are starting to roll in....lots of early bird specials...but one problem...I am still not sure what I want to do yet. Does anyone have any suggestions about software to design? What perennials are good starters for a rookie? I am in zone 6 (I think) I have some perennials in already but I don't know what they are. Is there a way for me to move them around? When is the best time to do that? [dunno]

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by weezie13 on January 28, 2004 04:52 PM
Hey AmatureGardener,
Just out of curiousity, do you like Annuals?
Pots or container gardening???

If you are semi~undecided as to which
way to go, I'd go with planting annuals
where you have some beds,
And get some pots, containers, etc.
Go to the dollar store, and grab some pots,
and get your planting frenzy in there..
and when you get to know perennial's a little better and feel more comfortable with them.
Then go with them in the next growing season....

The containers and annuals would help surfice the
planting urge and more reading of those catalogs, getting the feel of the annuals, the work involved in, mixing dirt, choosing colors, learning little things along the way...........

Would that have any appeal to you????

I was pregnant the first year I moved in to our house, and the season had started and I knew with a new baby and all (and ended up a C~section) and wanting to have flowers but the containers really let me garden and I had alot of fun but not the work of the building new beds and not tooooooo much knowledge of plants. I had time to read with the little one and got a better knowledge of gardening and that's when I let it rip the next year!!

Just a thought!!!

I know one of our member's, Rue makes her own
containers, you might try that..... to keep you busy and involved in plants, and great containers for your annuals??????Rue's hypertufa trough

You asked;
quote:
I have some perennials in already but I don't know what they are. Is there a way for me to move them around? When is the best time to do that?
Each perennial should be moved or even not really moved, at certain times of the year.............
The ones that would bloom in the spring, might be moved just as it emerges from the dirt, or wait 'til after or in fall......
Can you go to the Mystery Plant section and give us pictures or description...???

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by AmatureGardener on January 28, 2004 05:35 PM
Weezie- I would rather spend my money on perennials. Annuals are nice, but not what I am looking to do. I buy a couple of hanging plants for my front porch. I may do some container planting but want to concentrate on perennials...need to get my yard in shape!

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by Barb H. on January 29, 2004 01:10 AM
Barb,

Hi! I'm a newbie too and want to start adding perrenials to my garden.

How big is the area you want to work on? Are there several areas you want to work with? Are they shady, partial shade, sunny?

I have a LONG way to go because I spent last spring/summer trying to create a blank slate and still have more ivy pullin' and pachysandra pluckin'!

Have you been ordering the free gardening catalogs? I have been ordering them for years...even when I only had a two foot by five foot plot!

And most important..what colors do you love? What theme do you want to portray? What sort of home do you have..and what do you think will look good? I think plants can create a mood, like a romantic cottage garden. Maybe you want to go elegant...maybe an all white garden with lovely lush greenery.

Well, it's all so exciting to me....the fun is in the planning and then seeing it all come together! I am going to finally be able to garden to my hearts content! Yahoo!

Barb H.

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by Bestofour on January 29, 2004 01:11 AM
I'm not sure what will grow in Michigan. I'd go to a nursery and ask one of the people who work there. When we bought this house, I took a bunch of pictures of the yard. Then I went to a nursery that I know has beauitful plants. I went very early so it wouldn't be crowded. I asked for help. A lady, Jeannie, sat down with me, took a pencil and paper and drew out my areas with names of plants that would work. Of course, I bought them there. Then I added some things I wanted to try. It has turned out beautifully. You need to know how much sun each area gets.

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by Barb H. on January 29, 2004 07:25 PM
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Originally posted by Bestofour:
I'm not sure what will grow in Michigan. I'd go to a nursery and ask one of the people who work there. When we bought this house, I took a bunch of pictures of the yard. Then I went to a nursery that I know has beauitful plants. I went very early so it wouldn't be crowded. I asked for help. A lady, Jeannie, sat down with me, took a pencil and paper and drew out my areas with names of plants that would work. Of course, I bought them there. Then I added some things I wanted to try. It has turned out beautifully. You need to know how much sun each area gets.
Bestofour,

That was a great suggestion!! I think I will do something like that myself. I think it is all a matter of going to the right place...some places, like the big chain stores won't give you the time of day.

Barbara

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by barleychown on January 29, 2004 07:34 PM
I greatly prefer to buy my perrinials, and odd plants, from a nursery, rather than the 'chain stores'...I have had FAR better luck with them. [thumb]

As for my annuals, as long as they look good, I'll buy them from anywhere! [Big Grin]

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by AmatureGardener on January 30, 2004 02:43 PM
Thanks for all of the suggestions. The areas vary from partial shade to full shade to sunny. We need to find an area for our garden without taking up the whole back yard! I think that this will be the summer of deciding what to do and I will move perennials around in the fall. I have some peonies I need to move from my moms that were her great grandmothers.I don't want to do things half-assed so I guess I will contain my enthusiasm and do it right with the help of you guys. [thumb]

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