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July 2008

Digging takes to the airwaves!

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Many of you may know that I am a co-host on a gardening talk show which airs every Sunday in the Boston/Providence area.  The show can be heard live Sunday mornings from six to ten a.m. at www.garden-guys.com and there are podcasts available if you click on the gray letters 'Click here for radio show info' and then scroll down and click on the ipod.  This past Sunday we had a very special guest caller, Pam Penick from Digging.  Pam  had listened to past shows via the podcasts and mentioned it in a comment line so I suggested she give us a call.  That she did, and she shared her thoughts on gardening and we discussed some of the plants which grow as well in Austin, TX as in New England.  Given the distance and climate differences, not to mention soil etc., I always find it amazing that we seem to have more plants in common than one would expect.  It was a great disappointment to me to have had my travel plans thwarted in mid stream while trying to get to Austin those few months ago.  I really was looking forward to meeting all of the bloggers who attended the 'Spring Fling' in Austin, TX so it was a great thrill to speak with Pam on the radio.  She is as eloquent in person as she is with her writing.  Should you wish to hear our conversation, just choose the June 29th, third hour podcast.  Her interview is about an inch across the scale.   Gardening is a regional activity and answering questions on air is great fun and often a challenge.  The Garden Guys, Sam and Jim, are both very knowledgeable in all phases of gardening in this region and they are a joy to work beside.  Sam and I trade off weekends while Jim is on every weekend.    The radio show is a call in show with a variety of questions from the listeners and I find it a great way to share the joy of gardening.  If you can't be in the garden, you can be talking about the garden!  We do try to provide interesting information as well as an entertaining format and it is definitely a regional show but should you wish to share your thoughts on gardening it would be an honor to hear from any of you.  You can contact me by email which is on my 'About' page if you are interested in calling the show and telling us in New England what is going on in your garden. 

Layanee

Green is serene

High  Too early to tell 
Low  63 F

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Green is always a good topic for conversation in the garden blog world and Emma, over at IndyBlogs, has suggested green for a post.  In the midst of the July borders, where color is the highlight, green is the  soothing backdrop.  It is interesting to note how many heart shaped leaves there are in the garden.  Dsc_0238 The Dutchman's Pipe, a vine which seems to be taking over the fence and border (don't plant it!), has a flat, dull surface but it is now a green wall providing privacy on the wire fence in the corner of the pool garden.Dsc_0231_2 I believe that this is Aristolochia tomentosa and, be forewarned, it travels everywhere.  If it were not for its' invasive nature, I would  be a bit more of a fan! Dsc_0227 The vegetable garden has is predominantly green right now with bits of bright calendula adding contrast.   Who doesn't love the promising green of tomatoesDsc_0228 growing lushly in their wire cages?  Zeus is looking quite 'manly' with his crown of sempervivum sporting a tumescent flower stalk which is predominantly green. Dsc_0230 I didn't actually think of this effect when I planted him but it makes me chuckle every time I see him.    The evergreens such as thisDsc_0239 Pinus strobus 'Soft Touch' and theDsc_0241 Larix decidua 'Pendula' are sporting their new shades of green of the emerging new growth.  Dsc_0243 The hostas are a wealth of green shades and I never tire of the streaks and stripesDsc_0242 on their leaves. Forsythia are a welcome sight in springtime but their yellow glory fades as the season progresses.  This forsythia,Dsc_0240 however, Forsythia 'Fiesta', is one well worth having in the mixed border for its' cheerful variegation, cherry red stems,  and demur habit.  The bleeding hearts have long faded but their foliage still remains and Dsc_0247 holds the dew drops nicely.  The gold leaf Catalpa tree which is cut back to the main trunk every spring generates a sumptuously tropical looking green/gold leaf. Dsc_0248 It is a punctuation in the back border where green predominates.  On the first of July, the borders are reaching a peak of color but green, green can be subtly exciting  don't you think?      

Layanee