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    Rock Gardens...what's in yours?

    Iron Bloomers
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 10:09 am Groupie
    Who has one? What do you put in it & how do you maintain it. Thanks to Bergy, I'll be adding mini roses to mine this year--always looking for lots of color as I usually plant some of my herbs in this area. Last year catnip (closely watched), basil,sage, thyme, parsley, dill marigolds & begonias along with the spreading hen & chicks.
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:21 pm
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    I have my herb garden set up as a rock garden too. Last year, my neighbor gave me some "Mexican Poppies" (don't know the *real* name) and they made a wonderful low-growing ground cover, with beautiful bright yellow (personal fave!) flowers all summer long (Zone 5 WI).
    But, boyOboy did they spread. However, they have a very shallow root system, and are easy to pull and/or move to another location.
    Does anyone know what this plant really is? My neighbor is originally from Mexico and she may have brought the seeds back from there (but can't remember).

    Iron Bloomers
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:29 pm Groupie
    Kelly, they sound super. But I haven't a clue--will dig some in my books. Just be greatful they were shallow rooted. Will they come back this year?
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 3:28 pm
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    Yes, Barb, they are perennial. My neighbor just plucks them out by the roots & drops them all over her yard - that's how I first noticed them and asked for a few. Started out late last summer with a 1' square patch, by the fall I had a 6' square patch and spreading - the cold weather was the only thing that stopped it!
    Edit: Jeeez, Barb - I just looked ya up on the map and you are close to Springfield. Well, the aforementioned neighbor and her DH go to the Illinois State Fair every year without fail...isn't that held in Springfield?? If so (and we plan ahead intelligently) I could have her bring you some then. Maybe I'll even tag along!
    Iron Bloomers
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 4:16 pm Groupie
    Sure is Kelly, it's only about 50 miles from where I live. I get there often go to Michaels, Sams Club the Mall, you know big city shopping we make a day of it. My youngest works up there, he lives about 25 miles from me & 25 from Springfield. I knew you were close. Back to your flowers--do they produce seeds? And do you harvest them? Nice to know we are neighbors! Barb icon_wink.gif
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 4:37 pm
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    Yes, I assume they have seeds - but I didn't collect any last year (duh) - I'll go out and look when I get home tonite. The flower is completely poppy-like with delicate petals forming a cup-shaped flower. If I can grab some seeds, I'll let you know. We've got no snow on the ground right now (hope it stays that way!).
    Yes, agree about the major all-day shopping event in the *big* city. We are entirely rural and lovin' every minute of it - although I don't have any chickens (yet).
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 6:38 pm Groupie
    Our rock garden is really a Japanese garden with a small pond and a four tier running water, Pagoda, stone lanterns, a diety statue and lots of mis-shapen evergreens(pruned into interesting shapes) The entire area is covered with rocks varying in size from 6" to about 1". Then through- out the hill that it's on there are pockets for planting color accents. -Tree peonies (2), Japanese Irish, peonies, tulips, flowering quince, something is nearly always in bloom to feast your eyes on. At night it has 1/2 doz spotlights that highlight the shrubs and masonary pieces. I wish I couild take credit for doing all the work but this was totally my friends project and she did a beautiful job.
    Iron Bloomers
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 6:43 pm Groupie
    That sounds fantastic Bergy, please just don't say pond to loudly--DH has been wanting one for awhile & some how the thoughts of a back yard pond & fountain with the chicken yard so close doesn't apeal to me. Too much wild life here any way- I'd wake up to geese in the darn thing! lol
    But really sounds great. Can you post a pic???????? Barb
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 7:39 pm Groupie
    I'll try to do it (post a Pictur) it'll be about three years old I'll look around and then I'll ne instructions on how to do it - not good at some of this fancy stuff, will get back to you tomorrow. By the way when I say pond I mean a wee pond for the waterfall to flow into not one the will attract the local thousands of geese!
    Thu Mar 21, 2002 11:51 am Groupie
    I have a black holly hock, sundrops (type of primrose), foxglove,
    Creeping phlox, forget me knots, lavender, a prickly pear cactus, and 2 pretty ground covers that I forget the same. One has tiny white flowers in like a moss (soapwart maybe) and one has small pink flowers that sort of creeps, oriental poppies, asiatic liilly, day lillies and I put in a clematis last year that crawls up the pole to the hummingbird feedertulips and dafodils for spring, flowering cabbage for winter. It requires really no care. I water new plants the first year then after that only if we have a 2 week dry spell.
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