Thursday, May 29, 2014

Around the Garden and a Giveaway!

I've been missing from my blog for over a week, and I didn't even find the time to join the ladies for tea on Tuesday. I've been busy gardening and will share a few of the plants that have made it all worth while.
The last of the daffodils as they fade away until next spring.
The leopards bane on the left and euphorbia on the right continue to glow.
The yellow variegated iris scents the air with a grape crush scent. It's fabulous with just the foliage.
The flowering crabapple has been filling the air with its intoxicating fragrance.
That's 'Flush of White' verbascum on the left and the flowerhead of white baneberry on the right. 
I've also been coordinating community vegetable gardens on the country property of an historic one room school house. A local fellow built the frames and we filled them with compost and duck manure. Below is the bed my friend Marilyn and I planted on the weekend. The red plastic is to help the tomato plants produce better fruits by reflecting far-red wavelengths.
And above is what lies ahead for me to do! The 2014 trial annuals from Proven Winners arrived today with some that will be 2015 plant introductions.
I've heard of'Pegasus' begonia and it is going in a big pot in the shade. Photo from PW.
Now, the giveaway. On my previous post here I wrote about a new product called WaterDots.  I've had such good results with my planters that I asked the owners of the company if they would supply a bag to a reader for a giveaway. 
They generously agreed and will ship a bag of WaterDots to one lucky winner in Canada or the US. The product can be washed off and refused the following year so if you want to win the giveaway, just say in your comment that you want the WaterDots.  It's simple, "I want the WaterDots" and your name will be entered. I'll draw the lucky name for the giveaway next Thursday, June 5. Please make sure your comment links to a place that contains an email address.

29 comments:

  1. Love your flowers, and that tree is gorgeous! I never heard of using red plastic for tomatoes. What a lot of lovely raised beds! and, I'd like the water dots :) thanks Judith!

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  2. Gorgeous blooms around your place. The variegated iris leaves are really unique.
    Schools here have the garden beds, too and I love seeing the plants come up. Sadly, by the end of the summer the beds look unkempt and neglected. I'm always tempted to get in there and weed a little.
    I'd like the water dots.
    Thanks!

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  3. Judith, your plants and flowers are so beautiful already. How fun to 'test' new plants for the market next year. You are a very busy woman! I want the Water Dots! Please. :) Have a wonderful weekend and happy gardening.

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  4. Lovely blooms Judith. You have a lot happening up there now. Never heard of that red thing for tomatoes.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. I'd love to try the WaterDots!
    And how beautiful your blooms. My lavender iris are the last to unfold. I can't wait.

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  6. The community gardens looks fantastic, hope lots of folks take advantage of them. That is interesting with the red plastic under the tomato plants. That is a great selection of test annuals for your garden. I want the water dots ... looks like a fantastic idea for planters.

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  7. You have been working hard. That is an amazing photo of the purple iris! Your garden plots look promising!

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  8. You've been a busy lady, as all gardeners are this time of year. I am so far behind, with all the cool rainy weather we've had. Just getting my beds top-dressed now... not much in bloom yet...I'd love to try the Water Dots, please count me in.

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  9. I hope that someone who needs those waterdots wins them...I have been telling my parched friends about them.

    My! Your garden does look beautiful with many things in bloom. I had no idea that there was an iris that smelled like Grape Crush...hmmmm!

    Don't worry about blogging. Summertime brings higher callings like Community Gardens and such!

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  10. I like the idea of growing a test garden. Do you get the plants free? Is it stressful? I not so confident in my gardening ability to put myself out there. I want water dots. Have a great week end.

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  11. Judith, you have some lovely plants. The iris is stunning! Since I'm not a gardener, I won't submit my name for the water dots. I would rather have someone who gardens to win them.
    Missed you at tea this week but it's that time of year when we're all getting very busy. Hope you have a lovely weekend. We are finally getting some warm weather here; bliss!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. I have been thinking of you. I understand how you are busy gardening!I am so impressed to see the vegetable gardens.Sounds it needs a lot of work to grow plants, but I believe that harvest time must be special!

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  13. Count me IN!!! I'd love the WaterDots- such a GREAT product and idea.

    Your flowers are stunning and the community garden beds are so hopeful. Praying it all goes super well.

    You are a fabulous gardener - sure wish we were closer, I could use your expertise. Hugs.

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  14. Beautiful Judith!
    I love all your blooms..
    never heard of the red plastic that is a new one for me...
    Have a blessed day.

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  15. You have been one very busy gardening, tea drinking lady! I love your beautiful photos! What a great giveaway!

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  16. I would like the water dots; thank you for the giveaway! What fun for you to trial new plants, exciting!

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  17. Thank you for the bouquet of flower photos! I can see that things are really popping out in your corner of the world, so I know you're busy! And YES, I would like to be included in the drawing for the WaterDots. I haven't seen them around here and would love to try them for our containers. It sure would reduce my watering chores!

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  18. so glad to hear you are out gardening Judith and such gorgeous flowers....I would love the water dots....this is a wonderful giveaway!!

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  19. Hi Judith, welcome back! I've missed your posts. Loved all your beautiful blooms!

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  20. I want the WaterDots!

    :)
    Love the community garden beds, how fun!!

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  21. Judith I honestly don't know where your ever find the time to create your wonderful posts. You have been busy. Your photos are just lovely. We are getting ready for our garden festival tomorrow. I'm helping with the 'grunt work. The talk tonight was by Dan Cooper about his book Gardening from a Hammock. Entertaining guy.

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  22. I would love the WaterDots ....
    Your flower shots are magnificent!

    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  23. You've got some really beautiful flowers growing in your garden and boy you are busy helping out with those planters. The water dots would be fun to win, count me in.

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  24. You've been busy, Judith! How nice that you're setting up plots in the community garden. I'd love to receive the water dots. I have never heard of them until I read your article. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  25. Just found your post about Water Dots - what a great product. I would love to have some for my herbs on deck railing. They always dry out so quickly!!

    Thanks!

    Therese
    www.tmalakart.blogspot.ca

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  26. I love all your gorgeous flower photos, and am most intrigued about the tomatoes! And wow, you get to try some new plants before the general public ... what an honor. Oh, and yes, please enter me for the WaterDots! Thanks!

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  27. I'd love to try the WaterDots! My Christmas present this year was a raised garden bed.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  28. Your flowers are beautiful, Judith. Love your iris, white baneberry, and verbascum. Sorry to say goodbye to the daffodils, but more blooms are coming!
    Hugs, Beth

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