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Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Subject:Lemongrass where art thou
Posted by:manawolf.
Time:5:37 pm.
Mood: fuming.
I should rename this community "FUCK LANDLORDS." Because seriously, what.

Over a period of time, my bitty 3" sprigs of lemongrass grew to what were easily 4' tall beasties, with oodles of thick stalks which were powerfully fragrant when brushed. We used them in Thai coconut soup (tom kha) for the most part, not a frequent occurrence, but when we did, it was more than worth it to snip a few and have fresh home-grown lemongrass stalks flavoring the broth.

Well, we were making soup yesterday evening and went out to cut some... and found it gone. Not pruned, not moved, but uprooted like a weed and discarded somewhere unknown like so much crabgrass. Which is pretty special considering how strongly they smelled when bruised. You'd have to be pretty oblivious to continue thinking they were weeds long enough to remove three entire plants of the stuff.

Are y'all territorial about your plants? Because I am.

He tried to give me the runaround when I called him (a couple hours ago now), saying he didn't know I had plants (we've been over this before), that he wasn't responsible (oh yeah? He hired the gardeners!), he hadn't given me permission to plant in the ground (these were plants in pots), he didn't know why the gardeners would have had any reason to touch potted plants (well obviously they DID)...

He said he would look into it. Yes, you do that.

If push comes to shove, it's small claims court, baby. I want those plants replaced, and a lemongrass plant that size runs $30 easy. Multiply by three and you have what I want - cash or grass, so long as it fits the bill. (3" starter plants will NOT do.)

In the meantime, I had to go to the grocery store to get stalks I should have been able to cut (at higher quality) from my own garden. Major suck.
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Posted by:manawolf.
Time:8:07 pm.
Mood: melancholy.
So I am parting with my beloved rose bushes. The Lavender Pinocchio picked up some aphids and powdery mildew, and it'd just break my heart to see it succumb to disease. I know it will if this keeps up; the landlord's sprinklers have been getting the leaves wet (conversely without getting the soil wet enough to do any good) and there really isn't enough good sun for roses under the eaves where I've been forced to put my pots.

So, I've given otana a listing for Freecycle. Also, anyone here who wants a Lavender Pinocchio, Marilyn Monroe, or Lagerfeld rose, plus a Jackmanii clematis, blue sky vine and happy periwinkle, they are up for grabs to good homes. Rosarian or normal gardener, anyone who can give them proper care - after all, I'm parting with them to save them!

I'm in Culver City/Santa Monica, BTW.

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Friday, February 16th, 2007

Subject:Plant Porn
Posted by:manawolf.
Time:8:51 pm.
Well, I'm busy - no posts here for months, and then, bam, two in a week!

A list completely for my own gratuitousness, plants that appeal and plants I want to consider for my garden:

English Butterfly Bush Adonis Blue
English Butterfly Bush Purple Emperor
Darwin's Blue Speedwell
East Friesland Hardy Sage
Blue Glow Globe Thistle
Sunset Hyssop
Provence French Lavender
European Cutleaf Sage
Café Olé (and again)
Distant Drums
Quiet Time
Scented Gereniums (choose just one? Yeah, right)
California Lilac

... Yes, I'm a sucker for purple & blue flowers. And I go for odd-colored roses. I'm also starting to take note of more fragrant roses, since that is what otana likes. :3

I've also noticed that geraniums are growing in cinderblock "containers" (i.e. blocks turned on their sides w/the holes filled in with dirt) with fairly little maintenance. Scented geraniums may be a viable gardening option pour moi.
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Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Subject:A post (gasp)!
Posted by:manawolf.
Time:9:14 pm.
Mood: hungry.
So, the weather this winter did a number on my plants. So did the fact that I went through a lazy-ass stage where I neglected to water them for a few months... a surprising number of plants survived this, including both my rosebushes! I also still have lots of sweet alyssium naturalized in the ground around the pots; I'd have thought the soil far too clay-heavy and dry to support them for long.

Not much is left of my herbs though; the rosemary is hanging on by a thread. I should try planting that in the ground instead of the clay pot, it does well in this climate. The lemongrass is turning out to be more tenacious than I gave it credit for.

Both the clematis are either dead or hibernating. I can never tell. We'll see what comes back this spring.

The verbena has developed some burn spots on its leaves... I'm not certain if this is due to the neighbor's dogs peeing in the area (I've told her to keep them away from my pots, but she isn't always watching where they go) or something else.

Said neighbor was watering dustmeat's hibiscus during my afore-mentioned lapse (dog-owning neighbor isn't all bad), but all of a sudden it wilted and dropped all its leaves! I took it back to my side of the walk and gave it a good pruning. There were several buds starting and nothing seemed genuinely dead, so all is not lost for the bush with the eye-melting pink flowers.

All my succulents are happy, of course. Sometimes I think I should give up and go all-succulent, as they put up with random periods of neglect better than roses, passionflower, herbs and sky vine. Water-wise gardening, etc. But I love my flowers, especially the kind that grow on water-loving perennials

The overhang of the roof of my apartment complex prevents the plants from taking benefit of too much rain, but they did get a good dousing last night.

What's the state of your plants after this rough season?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Posted by:manawolf.
Time:11:39 am.
Mood: naughty.
Hey, anyone know where I can get some kudzu seeds to plant on my way out from this apartment complex?


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Monday, February 27th, 2006

Subject:Garden Follow-up
Posted by:manawolf.
Time:4:43 pm.
Mood: infuriated.
I just had a donkey contest with the landlord. Unfortunately he is the one with the upper hand and this is something we both know. I hate lawns.Collapse )
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Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Subject:Ah the joys of apartment living.
Posted by:manawolf.
Time:9:30 am.
Mood: pissed off.
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Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Subject:is it too late?
Posted by:alternakittyn.
Time:2:41 pm.
I've decided that I'm going to stay in my current apartment for awhile so I'm thinking I'll start a container garden. Is it too late for a planting? If so, what would you suggest planting? I'm not sure what's best for the colder months. I'd like to plant some veggies and herbs primarily, though some flowers would be nice to pretty up the balcony.
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Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Subject:Community Gardens...
Posted by:goddess_with_me.
Time:4:31 pm.
I've seen a lot of posts about community gardens recently. I did some research and now I'm looking for one close to me. I can't seem to find one that isn't a hour or more away. Does anyone know if there is a community garden near the Burbank, Ca area?

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Posted by:vandaman.
Time:12:02 am.
i want to know what will ensure my aloe plant large and healthy, any suggestions of anything helpful? it's fairly big now, i'm just curious as to what will make it even bigger, faster.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Subject:Peas and Beans...
Posted by:goddess_with_me.
Time:8:17 pm.
I planted beans and peas this year in my garden and it looks like both are bearing "fruit" The pea plants are flowering and a few little pods are forming. Same with my beans. My question is how will I know when they are ready to be harvested? This is my first time with peas ans beans.

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Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Subject:Weather damage
Posted by:manawolf.
Time:8:25 pm.
Mood: shocked.
The SoCal/LA area isn't one that tends to incur serious weather damage. As long as you protect your plants from dehydration (And those of you growing natives such as cacti and hardy plants like succulents), you don't need to worry about it that much.

Well, a little while back, we had about two weeks' worth of straight rain. I've never really seen anything like it, and I've been here my whole life. Unfortunately, some of my coelus rotted off at the base. I couldn't believe it. They literally rotted through! It's not like the pots had inadequate drainage or anything either, it's just that the plants literally could not try off for two weeks straight.

My roses liked it tho.... so did one of my clematis, which had died back to the roots and took this as a sign to re-sprout.

Last night we had hail. I kid you not. Freakin' hail. I come out and the tip of the tender young clematis has snapped off, there are holes in the leaves of my thumbergia sky vines, and don't get me started on the poor hyacinths which were just starting to flower!

When will the insanity end!??!? Anyone else have trouble this past month with weather damage?
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Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Subject:Rubber tree plant
Posted by:ianna_loncar.
Time:8:29 am.
Mood: calm.
Hi All,
I received a rubber tree plant as a gift yesterday, for my office. Its small, maybe 6 inches tall. I have no windows in y office but lots of florescent lighting as well as my door is open, and I look out onto a small corridor and a huge courtyard. So I can see outside- but I am not sure the rubber plant will get enough sunlight. Novice question: When a plant description says medium to low light- I assume that means sunlight? In my office there is a ton of light, but it is not natural. Any suggestions on how to jeep this little guy alive as long as possible in the office, or should I take him home this afternoon where he can live near at window?
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Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

Posted by:ianna_loncar.
Time:12:46 pm.
Well, yesterday I got my little red leaf maple tree seedling in the mail. He looks like crap. But i also realie he'
s dormant, so its not supposed to look like much. I need to get some non-soil potting mix- so says the sheet/directions that came with it, i'm thinking sand or small rocks for good drainiage....
I'm not sure what to do with the seedling though- its been super rainy, and I know that maple sliek to be treated like you would- not direct sun, not too cold, not too wet, so for now i'll put it in the window in door and wait for spring...
I wonder how often i should water it- its only 3 inches tall anyway.
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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Subject:new member
Posted by:ianna_loncar.
Time:9:05 am.
Greetings to All,
I have been a novice gardener all my life. Though my fiance and I live in an apartment e have a small yard and also a friend with a huge hill and spacious yard that we three garden in every year. Just last night my fiance and I planted our first seeds of the season. Romaine lettuce, Chives, Snap peas, butter lettuce, and later on in thr month we will plant roma tomatoes, sweet pea flowers, bell peppers, and cerrano peppers, cucumbers...
In doors I have a few orchids, a fern, and i sent away for a red leaf maple seedling from japense-mple.com. I was inspired by a friend who has a 3 tiered wooden plant stand that japanese. I have one as well, but do not use it becuase i have no plants to fill it up and no space. but I hope to remedy that as my friends just looked so awesome in his apaprtment entry way covered in happy little green seedlings.
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Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Subject:Pineapples and hearts
Posted by:goddess_with_me.
Time:10:52 pm.
I received a small pineapple plant this evening that has a small pineapple growing from a short stock. The little pineapple looks like it might have a little bit of rot on the fruit it self but the top is still bright green and happy. I was wondering if it was okay to leave the fruit intact on the stock and allow the top to continue as long as it is green? OR prune it and try growing a second plant from the fruit top? Any advice?

Second, I also received a plant known as "string of hearts". I don't know anything about this plant. Any info would be great! Thank you all!

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Friday, January 21st, 2005

Posted by:goddess_with_me.
Time:11:41 am.
I have a small container vegetable garden and have noticed my plants are being eaten! I found out what has been munching on my vegetable plants this morning! I have slugs! I really don't want to spray or pour lots of toxic chemicals on my garden but I don't want the bugs either! Does anyone know of something I can put on my plants to keep the slugs at bay? Something that won't toxify my vegetables. The more natural the better.

Thanks in advance!
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Thursday, July 29th, 2004

Subject:Hello all!! 8)
Posted by:shaska.
Time:10:34 am.
Mood: hopeful.
I'm new to this community. What a wonderful place! I still want to poke around and look at people's pictures cuz they're SO inspiring!! 8)

I have a couple questions I hope someone can give advice on..
We have some 5gal rose bushes that my mom just kinda stuck in larger plastic containers, but never actually planted them. They really need a permanent home though so I want to plant them in nice containers.

Do the big clay pots do anything special like keep the soil temperature lower and allow aeration?? And if clay pots are the way to go, is there anywhere that they sell those fairly big (10gal?) ones at good prices?

Plumeria question:
I just got a 5gal baby Plumeria tree. Would it grow & bloom okay in a big pot too, or would it do better in the ground???

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Sunday, March 28th, 2004

Subject:Fuchsia Baskets
Posted by:indigo_garden.
Time:3:39 pm.
Mood: curious.
I'm getting my fuchsias slowly into hanging baskets this spring. I have two of them completed as of today and have a third to transplant into a new basket. I'm pairing up my fuchsias with bopoca. I have regular white flowering, blue flowering and I'm looking into one with white flowers and varigated leaves. I have a nice set of hooks along a fence where they stay out of the blazing sun and I can view them from my kitchen window as I pour my coffee in the morning.

I was wondering what other southern california container gardeners are putting into their baskets this spring? I have one more basket to fill. I will probably put in another fuchsia, but I'm wondering if there might be another companion plant that might be fun to try this year to plant with it.
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