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My sorry front flower bed...

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truly, nothing else in or around my house is in such bad shape... even the flower box in the alley looks better!

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The wires are installed, and two Honeysuckle planted, one on the north side of the post and one on the south. Do I need to buy some that green gardener's tape to "train" the Honeysuckle, or do I just "tuck" the vines under the wire? Your vines look so neat I am thinking they must have been helped along with some tape. Also, yours appear to be "spiraling" around the post; is that correct?

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I will buy wire and L-brackets and set up my post for the climbing vine - maybe today, since the weather is perfect! Your pictures are a big help!

As soon as I can get to Holes I will get the Honeysuckle...should I just buy one or do you think I need to buy two?

I am really ecited about getting a vine started on that post in my flower bed. I have been looking at it for 4 years thinking about vines, but you have really given me some impetus.

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I thought I had arranged my hair so it would not be visible...

"Nice orbs"... I hear that all the time when I walk down the street, especially when I am passing construction sites.

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What beautiful orbs you have. By the way you didn't totally crop the picture to erase your anonymity. I see the horn on the left side of your head peeking through the shrubbery. Hehehe!!!

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Here is a picture of the glass balls I hung from the little maple in my back yard... I had to crop the picture so as to retain my anonymity, but I hope you get the idea.

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I can find my way to Canadian Tire, and hopefully a few other places (Wellington's, Holes, maybe Ellerslie) this weekend. I have not yet bought the shrub book, or my "garden journal" but I will do that this evening. Then I can carefully transcribe every pearl of wisdom that flows from your keyboard to my unworthy self!

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I am going to move my two Japanese peony from the front bed this weekend, before they get too big and are hard to move. I might move the Irises as well, though I believe it is better to wait until they bloom...if they will!

I also plan to look for a copper birdbath. I would like something very austere to go with my 70s house. As much as I love the romantic romanesque and grecian things you have in your yard, I am convinced they would look wrong near my house. The other option, I think, is a glazed clay birdbath in brown. I like the blue, but I have all those brown glazed pots and everything else is brown and tan and copper...Maybe you will keep your eyes open for something for me while you are at the garden shops? I should send a plea for help to Firsthomegirl and Designguy too, maybe.

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You are right about Holes... it is the greatest. I go to other garden centres, but am usually happiest with what I get from Holes. I usually buy all my annuals there. I can tell you miss it!

I have two of Lois Hole's books... on Perennials and Annuals. I study them endlessly... but have turned this flower bed over to Artsy. I am willing to defer to her and see what she comes up with and give it a try. My own efforts have not been very successful... can't seem to organize such a big space, for one thing. I have narrow beds around my yard, which are no problem. I have a big bed in the back with a huge scuplture and a big maple... also not such a problem. This bed, however, is my nemesis.

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I only posted 2 pictures. You have seen it all!

Last summer I splurged on pots at Hole's - I bought six, three low round ones, in graduated sizes and three taller ones in graduated sizes - all in a nice brown glaze. They will go on the front step with "something" in them... I don't know what. I am fond of white Bacopa, though.

The bed is very dry and gets sun most of the afternoon and until sundown... the flower bed on the other side of my front step is the shady damp bed... I have some hostas and ferns and rayflowers and and lamium and astilbe (I hope!) in that flower bed. The perennial mix I added was 65% organic matter...peat moss I am sure. I mixed it with the existing soil in the parts of the flower bed where I had removed some dead Pinks.

Whenever you have time, my dear.

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A copper birdbath would be beautiful. I agree Lee valley is a great store. We have bought quite a few things from them and have never been disappointed. Very good quality for the price.

I don't know if you have it but Lois Hole's Perrenial Favorites is a really good book. I refer to it all the time.

Good luck with your garden. Don't forget that we expect to see pics when you get it all finished!

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that is beautiful! I do like the look of many different types of foliage. I have a bird bath in the back but not in the front... I hadn't thought of it. I would want copper for the front, I think but should check Lee Valley soon in any case, don't they have the greatest stuff?

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The attached pic is my inspiration pic for my garden but I realized it might work for your garden as well. There are hosta,grasses, campanula, and white delphinums. You could add in others or take away what you aren't interested in. I think the birdbath really adds a friendly look mixed in with all the heavy plantings. Lee Vallley has a bright blue glazed bird bath if you are interested..

I just thought this photo might inspire you as well!

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rarely visible as there are no windows, it is blocked from view from the street by big trees and is only ever seen by me on my way around the house to work on the flower bed which is around the corner. I am satisfied with it as it is.

I am uncertain what type of look would best suit me... perhaps a cottagy look but with more foliage of interest as opposed to strictly flowers? I would like to see as little dirt as possible! In any case, I don't think I am capable of maintaining a rigid, formal garden. I do love flowers, though. Generally, I prefer orange and blue and white flowers...but I am pretty easy going in this regard. Red probably "goes better" with my house. I leave it in your hands.

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OK, I was a little off. From the porch to the north edge of the bed it is 12 feet. From the west edge of the bed to the house it is 10 feet. The west boundary runs parallel to the house for 7 1/2 feet, then it angles in toward the house. The pillar is actually 6 feet from the northwest corner, and the carregana is between that corner and the pillar, about 4 feet from the corner. The Potentilla is the visual edge of this bed as is is just at the edge of the house and separates this big bed from the narrower bed that runs along the north side of the house. The Potentilla can go too.

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I did start turning the dirt and yanking things out this afternoon. I am going to read the labels on the "perennial mix" I bought to see what it contains.

Money is not an object, really, unless you are going to suggest I fill the bed with $200.00 yellow peonies.

The other bed refers to the one to the left in the second picture. The continuation of the problem bed is pretty nice except for the most visible plant, the wacky potentila, and the far east corner, where there is a small triangular bed (separated by more 4x4s) which has a dead shrub that needs replacing.

Everything but the carregana can be moved around this bed or elsewhere. I have many flower beds.

Boss away, by all means. I have the great good sense to know when I should defer totally to the expert.

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the other bed in the picture is my shady bed... it gets very little light as the neighbour's house casts a big shadow for most of the day. It is not as bad as it looks as the hostas and ferns are slow to come up... but I know they will be there!

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of the same sorry mess.

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