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Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:18 pm

My sister was visiting from Wyoming and left a few lily bulbs. This was the result. I plan on adding to this thread from time to time. Everyone else can add their own if d they wish, :)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby owlice » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:05 pm

What a beautiful lily, Orin! I like lilies a lot, but have only common day lilies in my yard.

Hmmm... I should do something to change that, shouldn't I?
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:12 pm

owlice wrote:What a beautiful lily, Orin! I like lilies a lot, but have only common day lilies in my yard.

Hmmm... I should do something to change that, shouldn't I?


I use day lilies as a water shed along the west end of the basement. They really grow thick and their roots keep the basement nice and dry; A bonus is that they are really pretty! 8-) I do have to watch them as they try to grow into my regular flower bed. :?
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Ann » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:21 pm

Your lily isn't blue, Orin, but it's really very lovely! :ssmile: 8-)

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:00 am

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Ann, i don't have any pictures of blue flowers, but how about some blue sky? It goes with everything. :lol:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Ann » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:23 am

That's the best color of the sky, isn't it? 8-) Except when you want to observe some stars! :mrgreen:

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:56 am

I didn't think I was starting a blue thread! :wink: Ann: it ain't blue; but most lilies aren't! :? I don't think I ever seen a blue lily. :shock: Will a yellow one do? 8-)
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Postby orin stepanek » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:37 pm

from wiki! :) Especially for Ann! :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Ann » Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:13 pm

Awwww, thanks, Orin! :D :D :D :D :D

Both your lilies are lovely, but if I have to choose, you know which one I'd pick... :wink:

Sorry I haven't replied before. My vacation has started, and yesterday was a national holiday, our Midummer. (You don't have to tell me that the summer solstice is on June 21, but Swedish authorities have decided that we are to celebrate Midsummer Eve on a Friday and Midsummer's Day on a Saturday, so that we don't have to stay home from work to celebrate.) So yesterday was Midsummer Eve, when Swedes eat, drink, dance, raise a Maypole and sing about the little frogs:



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The lyrics of the "Små grodorna" song go like this:

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se ---------The little frogs, the little frogs are fun to see
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar have de. -------------------No ears, no ears, no tails have they.
Koack-ak-ak, koack-ak-ak...------------------------------Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.

I actually didn't dance yesterday, and I didn't sing "Små grodorna", and I drank very little, but I ate a lot. Strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries, and a lot of "sill" - Swedish pickled herring - and a lot of tender new potatoes. And I got to bed very late. So earlier today I got very tired and lay down on the couch, where I fell asleep, without getting off line from Starship Asterisk. So that's why I haven't replied before!

Again, thank you very much for your lovely lilies, Orin!

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:15 pm

And to think that most of the world thinks americans are strange. :lol:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby owlice » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:29 pm

I currently have black-eyed susans blooming in the backyard. These are volunteers; no need to plant them, as they pop up in various places. They are the state flower of Maryland, the colors (black and gold) the same as that of the Calvert family coat of arms, which is represented (along with the Crossland coat of arms) on the state flag.

(The Maryland state sport is jousting, which I think is pretty cool, though it doesn't make up for our vile state song. The snicker-worthy third verse is what gets sung when one must sing this wretched song.)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:33 pm

owlice wrote:I currently have black-eyed susans blooming in the backyard.

Owlice; I'll gladly trade you my wild violets for you Black-eyed Susans! :wink: The darn things are taking over my lawn and Weed-be-gone don't seem to affect them. :? Any way here is my Hollyhock. 8-)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby owlice » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:48 pm

Orin, I'd be happy to send the heads of these to you after they've gone to seed. They pop up everywhere and are very hardy.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:18 pm

Are they as hard to control as dandelions? :shock:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby owlice » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:25 pm

No; if they grow in the yard, mowing keeping them from flowering. I don't treat my lawn with anything (hence the reason these things pop up everywhere), but any systemic broadleaf control chemical would likely keep them from growing in the lawn entirely. Also, they are much easier to uproot than dandelions, should you feel the need to do so; they don't have a deep taproot. They are polite enough to be invited into gardens.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Chris Peterson » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:32 pm

orin stepanek wrote:Are they as hard to control as dandelions?

You control dandelions? We call them wildflowers, and enjoy them (and occasionally eat them as well!)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:57 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
orin stepanek wrote:Are they as hard to control as dandelions?

You control dandelions? We call them wildflowers, and enjoy them (and occasionally eat them as well!)

Personally I like dandelions; but none of the neighbors do; so I spray them once a year! Out here they are considered a weed. I still get my share of them as they are very hardy. I don't know why they are so disliked. Besides they only bloom in the early spring and fall!
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Postby Chris Peterson » Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:05 pm

orin stepanek wrote:Personally I like dandelions; but none of the neighbors do; so I spray them once a year! Out here they are considered a weed. I still get my share of them as they are very hardy. I don't know why they are so disliked. Besides they only bloom in the early spring and fall!

Up here they bloom continuously from May through October (pretty much nothing blooms outside that range). I think my neighbors are okay with dandelions, but since the nearest neighbors are 1/4 mile away, what grows around my house doesn't much affect them.
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Chris Peterson wrote:
orin stepanek wrote:
Are they as hard to control as dandelions?

You control dandelions? We call them wildflowers,
and enjoy them (and occasionally eat them as well!)

http://www.soilman.net/tag/leeks/ wrote:
Flowering vegetables: Leek flowers

This is one of summer’s prettiest sights.
And yet it’s just a boring old leek.

Quite a lot of vegetables have lovely flowers.
Potatoes, for example, can be gorgeous on a bright summer day.
French beans have tiny, perfect little flowers.>>
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Postby orin stepanek » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:50 pm

Art; thanks, I never seen a leek bloom before. I had some wild onions in my flower bed last year. I didn't know what they were until I pulled then out and saw the small onions. They smelled like onions anyway.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:52 pm

My wife likes this one: 8-)
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Postby orin stepanek » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:09 pm

You gotta have Petunias 8-)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:43 am

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who says ya gotta have Petunias? I don't have any and i get along quite nicely :!:
As for lillies, the only ones i have are orange Day lillies.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:51 am

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I do have different Iris' though. Here's one that seems to me to be really photogenic. It's just so nice to look at on my 24" monitor.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:22 pm

Beyond wrote:who says ya gotta have Petunias? I don't have any and i get along quite nicely :!:
As for lillies, the only ones i have are orange Day lillies.

Beyond wrote:I do have different Iris' though. Here's one that seems to me to be really photogenic. It's just so nice to look at on my 24" monitor.

Hey Beyond! :) My daylilies aren't blooming yet and my Irises are done blooming. the Iris is a most beautiful flower. 8-) I do have a tiger lily in bloom though. :) My mom just loved tiger Lillie's.
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