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Discussion in 'The Cat Lounge' started by Norachan, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    The big, huge thing that azaleas have to have, is excellent drainage, and acid soil, and regular water. Former forest, especially pine forest, is great for them.

    Too much sun can be a problem, particularly if the soil is less than ideal.

    But, there's many other pretty plants, too. How about a picture of the spot? We'll be happy to make recommendations, and I'll do my best to be sure it's good for the gardener, too.
     
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  2. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    I think I'm going to pass on the azaleas and stick to perennials that attract butterflies and/or hummingbirds that fit the soil conditions here and can tolerate the sun, especially direct afternoon sun.
     
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  3. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    Drainage is a problem here, because there is only about 6" of topsoil before you hit a hard clay layer, which I have been fighting all along with various amendments each year, but even with the raised beds, that impermeable layer is still there, and it goes down feet, how many I haven't been able to determine. Add to that it is open to the south and west, with nothing much in the way of shade in either direction, so that is what I have to work with.
     
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  4. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    That's your problem. You can get around that, but it's work, no two ways. One way is to make raised beds, but, I've been there, done that, and well, it's a lot of work for a forty year old. Back-breaking for a sixty something.

    Take a picture of the location! Sometimes that can inspire thoughts.
     
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  5. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    What does that make it for someone who has left 70 in the rearview mirror?
     
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  6. DreamerRose

    DreamerRose TCS Member Top Cat

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    I believe that azaleas and camellias are natives of Japan and China, so they should do well. Your forest location with the high canopy of trees is perfect for azaleas.
     

  7. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    Cause to hire (force?) someone to help?
     

  8. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    Why hire someone to do what I can (still) do for myself? Besides, I'm too cheap for that.
     
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  9. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    Bless your heart!

    And if you get bored, and need some exercise, come out to California and help me with my garden! (Six kitties to pet in the bargain, and I'll change the litter . . . . )
     
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  10. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    Ah, but I have 6 kitties to pet right here, and I don't have to go anywhere.
     
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  11. Tobermorey

    Tobermorey TCS Member Top Cat

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    We “planted” our water garden this afternoon. I thought we’d never finish. Must have taken at least 60 seconds. :)
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  12. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    You must be exhausted from all that exertion.
     

  13. Norachan

    Norachan Thread Starter Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I feel kind of silly for saying this, but after my last post I Googled azalea and realised that they grow wild all over the place here. Just as you'd expect from a Japanese pine forest.

    :crazy:

    Known as Tsutsuji, in case you're interested.

    So now they're on my wish list for the next time I go to the garden center.

    That looks really nice @Tobermorey
     
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  14. DreamerRose

    DreamerRose TCS Member Top Cat

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    That is just beautiful! Time for a cup of tea on the bench after all that exhausting labor.
     
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  15. Tobermorey

    Tobermorey TCS Member Top Cat

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    Thank you, all! Yes, after I spent those 60 seconds pointing out to my husband where I wanted the plants, I had to take a break on the bench (that he built last year). :lol: Okay, so I didn’t do much, but I had just gotten back from the sanctuary where I volunteer and where I schlepped bags of goat feed and cat litter up and down the hill. I’m not completely useless. :)
     
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  16. doomsdave

    doomsdave TCS Member Top Cat

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    Or a jug of wine with some friends, and former enemies . . . .
     
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  17. MoochNNoodles

    MoochNNoodles TCS Member Veteran

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    That's the challenging part of my yard as well. In the fall I put potted mums on pavers that flank our rose bushes. I want something potted there in the summer because it's kind of blank without anything. But that afternoon sun is hot and harsh here. We used to have a giant maple tree but it had a big dead spot where a large branch had been cut off at some point so DH had it cut down before it could get dangerous to the house. I really really did not want to lose that shade but if that had fallen it could have been bad. The grass grows much better now at least.
     
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  18. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    There is a large black walnut tree at the southeast corner of our yard, on our neighbor's property. There were 2 large Norway maples to the south and southwest, also on their property, but a windstorm took them down- one on part of my garage roof, and one partially on our house. I cut 2 cords of wood from them, but that eliminated the shade they provided, especially in the afternoon. Now, anything we plant has to be tolerant of that condition.
     
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  19. Norachan

    Norachan Thread Starter Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    A lot of the wild flowers are in bloom now. This yellow one gets bigger and bigger every year.

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    It's very pretty though.
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    We have loads of this purple stuff this year too.
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    The bees love it, so that's a good thing.
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    Delicate little flower.
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    Does this look like an azalea? It's a small plant and only has one flower, but it looks the right colour.
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    Maybe a wild one has moved in without me having to plant anything.

    :yess:
     
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  20. posiepurrs

    posiepurrs TCS Member Top Cat

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    Looks like an azalea to me. It is funny, I worked at an azalea nursery for 15 years as a young person and yet I manage to kill every azalea I buy. I think I must sabotage them! :insertevillaugh:
     
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