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Old 05-02-2009, 07:20 PM   #21
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You frequently hear me grousing about being just south of the Arctic Circle and being out in the middle of East Nowhere, NY, etc etc...
As an alternative, I would like to present the local antidote to the winter.
Enjoy!

Feel free to add any pics of your own.
You asked for it.

I think of you as a southern belle, especially after seeing the pics of 43N. Having been to and past the real circle you have a long way to go.

Here are some pics from N 52-10.

Note we have similar taste in cars, although in the true frozen north a convertible is nice for a few months only (and when I bought mine Ford hadn't brought out a rag-top yet).

Here's our yard today.
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Backyard view - woods behind my property are home to turkeys and deer galore. And coy dogs...
Sugar maple showing her stuff
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I'm going to be in the market for a home in a couple of months - in the Tampa, FL area. Although we have nothing like this scene in Tampa, it reminds me how important a nice peaceful view/surroundings will be when picking out a home-
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A couple of pics in my back yard at 41.328828 N.



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Ronstar, I love the deer photo! Very tender and sweet.
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I was admiring that in the photo before I noticed your captions.

You're such a nuke...

Here's "before" and "after" from our old FuturaStone/painted lanai to new stamped concrete:
I will consider being called a "nuke" as a compliment of the very highest order.
Beautiful concrete job!
Aha! I see BBQ equipment.
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I'm going to be in the market for a home in a couple of months - in the Tampa, FL area. Although we have nothing like this scene in Tampa, it reminds me how important a nice peaceful view/surroundings will be when picking out a home-
The long yard and woods behind it, which can never be developed (due to springs which feed the local reservoirs and wetland protection), was one of the biggest selling points of this property. Across the street is open farmland which could be developed one day, but hasn't since 1984. It is used for clover production for dairy cow feed. Farmers do not usually sell their open acreage around here. It is passed on to their heirs.
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Ronstar, I love the deer photo! Very tender and sweet.
They're fun to watch, but it would be great if they didn't eat my plants
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Gardening and Yardening: Blood based deer repellent works
I have 2 dogs, so deer do not generally come into my yard. I have seen hoofprints a few times inside my back fence. My garden is also fenced (4' chain link). I use a scarecrow and plastic ribbons tied to the top of the fence. I've never seen proof of them jumping inside. So far...
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Gardening and Yardening: Blood based deer repellent works
I have 2 dogs, so deer do not generally come into my yard. I have seen hoofprints a few times inside my back fence. My garden is also fenced (4' chain link). I use a scarecrow and plastic ribbons tied to the top of the fence. I've never seen proof of them jumping inside. So far...
Thanks for the fishing line tip! I'll give it a try. I've tried almost everything else, and nothing seems to work. I think I even tried the blood based stuff, but that type of stuff is defeated by constant rains. Motion sensor lighting 5' away doesn't even work. Maybe I need a couple of dogs!

I just moved some sedum away from the house about 10' - hopefully I can get the fishing line up before they're chomped to the ground.
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I heard something about April showers bringing...um...what was it again?
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Hostas with attitude and an update on Miss Maple...
Rocket Dog, even so at age 10, is to the left in front of the building.
Still too cold to put a hanging basket on the green hanger in the foreground.
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Your lilac is superb! Lilac is my favorite flower. I love the smell and it reminds me of my grand-mother (she had an enormous lilac tree in her yard and she used to have large bouquets of lilac on her kitchen table).
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The one thing I miss about the north is the flowers especially lilacs and lilly of the valley .
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Your lilac is superb! Lilac is my favorite flower. I love the smell and it reminds me of my grand-mother (she had an enormous lilac tree in her yard and she used to have large bouquets of lilac on her kitchen table).
The lilacs said TY.
There are 6 of them all in a row along a wooden fence bordering my yard. The colors are purple (in several hues), white and pink. Bottom pic in prev post is pink.
There is also a red French lilac that blooms later than the rest. I'll post a pic when it comes out.
The white lilac tree is older than the rest and is very full. This year, after they bloom, they all will be
topped at one height so they bush out. Long term plan is to have a "hedge" of them.
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I used to have some lilly of the valley in my yard when I lived in NC, but I have been unable to find any to plant in my yard here in AL... I have a nice shade garden and I think they would look great sprinkled among hostas, ferns and bleeding hearts but the nurseries around here don't think they would do well in the area... Where I grew up we used to go in the woods and gather sprigs of wild lilly of the valley on May 1st and the tradition was to give a sprig to each of your loved ones for good luck...
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I used to have some lilly of the valley in my yard when I lived in NC, but I have been unable to find any to plant in my yard here in AL... I have a nice shade garden and I think they would look great sprinkled among hostas, ferns and bleeding hearts but the nurseries around here don't think they would do well in the area... Where I grew up we used to go in the woods and gather sprigs of wild lilly of the valley on May 1st and the tradition was to give a sprig to each of your loved ones for good luck...
According to this write-up, Lily of the Valley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, it is highly poisonous.
If ferns and hostas will grow, LOTV should too, unless there is a soil pH extreme locally.
They will clone rapidly and will take over any area they are in. I had to remove a crop from next to my front curved steps because they were overcrowding each other and then all the leaves dried out in early summer. Looked like h*ll and was becoming a maintenance problem. They continue to grow wild in the woods behind my house where I threw the roots.
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In freakin' May?!? Yikes.
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In freakin' May?!? Yikes.
I do not dare plant my tomatoes and peppers until the first week of June. When the jetstream is just so, we get infusions of cold air from Canada. We've had frost and freeze warnings last week and for tonight.
I am just south of a high altitude plateau that sees an average of 200 inches of snow per year. My area gets 100 inches average. We actually got 140 something inches this year.
See why I have to be so tough now?
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