Phloxx

Front Deck Landsape - Added some mulch to assist in keeping the mositure in the ground as we're now getting dry weather finally in Minnesota.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
June 24, 2008 12:57am CST
Well I did more gardening as usual. Surprised? HAH! Just joking. Anyhow now that the dry weather is upon us I had to add some mulch to various areas to assist in keeping the mopisture in the ground so the plants etc do not dry too quickly. I still have a lot of areas to add mulch but I shall se if I add more to them or not. Do you use colored wood chips for mulch and or decorations? Doesn't it add a lot to the appearance of the area? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I have never used mulch chips but everyone does here in Ohio. The young man who mowed my yard-and disappeared, much to my disappointment, when I advanced him $10-turned the mulch over a month ago and I didn't know this needed to be done. I can see that it does the plants good and need to add it to my little flower bed out back. I would prefer a natural color, though.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Yeah mulch does and shopuld be tossed around a bit as it can rot from water penetration. As long as I don't water too heavily it doesn't do this. When I do weed I turn the mulch around a bit though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I just left my sprinkler on all night lol. I did but it was cause i turned it on and fell asleep opps. So they got plenty of water.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Well the water bill will reflect your sleepiness won't it? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM DADDY !!~
• United States
24 Jun 08
What bill youre actually supposed to pay those things?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I don't know. I do not do any of the financial aspects of gardening other than buying a few things when I have the cash and not wait on your mother. HAHAHAHA!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM DADDY !!~
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
24 Jun 08
it is now winter here grandpa bob and it is getting really cold here... you have such a nice picture of the phloxx plant... as i always say, it is too bad that i don't have such a green hand like you and i don't know much about gardening... so my backyard is really abandoned and i don't plant anything there... it is such a waste... may be you can teach me some useful tips in gardening for beginners??? :-) take care and have a nice day...
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
All that I know I have learned just recently myself. I just have the green thumb luck it seems. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
24 Jun 08
We have the normal brown mulch in our flower bed. I do think the colors do add a lot when it can be seen, some people have things around their flowers or trees and you can barely see anything.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
They have a new one that;s made from rtecycled plastic etc. It comes in various colors. One that really stands out and looks cool is black. It is very exspensive but lasts a few years. the stuff I buy needs to be replaced each year as it does fade and dries out too much. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I use brown mulch because most of my plants are "colorful" or varigated and the brown makes them seem so much brighter. My son uses "red" mulch because his house is grey and seems so dull. The color really makes a statement! (A positive one, of course. LOL) When you mentioned "dry weather", I laughed. We haven't reached that point yet in the mountains of Virginia! Send some my way! Please!!! Too much rain here!!!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Well it's going to be dry for the rest of the month here in Minnesota. Dry, hot, and of course humid. Ugghh! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
24 Jun 08
singapore has strange weather now. warm humid days... and some nights are humid as well, some nights refreshingly cool. so i think my plant is going haywire. when i water it regularly, it shows signs of root rot. when i don't the leaves start looking dry and burnt. my hubby asked me why i have a plant if it's one more thing to worry about. i said i bought it cos it was supposed to be one more thing that brightens up my day! anyway, to answer your question, i don't use coloured wood chips for mulch but they do look pretty.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Lay some type of mulch around the base of the plants/flowers. This helps maintain moisture and doesn't allow the water to sit on the roots etc causing problems. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Hi Grandpa. Interesting that you showed the phloxx plants. Until this year, I only knew about the phloxx plant that is a creeping ground cover. Hubby and I were at a local nursery and discovered the phlox plant like you show in your picture. I was so excited! I am wondering how big it will get. We planted it in a small area beside the garage door. We first had to take out a HUGE bush that the previous owner had put there. We attempted to prune it back but it was scalped and ugly after that. The info on the plant stick in the plant stated that the phloxx would bloom until September. I sure hope so as it is beautiful! It is a deep rosy-purple color. We too have had to make a mulch run. We had to mulch the garden plants that we planted and a lot of our bedding plants. (and of course the phloxx!) We brought quite a few plants from our previous home and put them in the ground here. Those need lots of water for sure being as how they are in shock from being moved! Your landscaping around your deck is beautiful!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Mine get to be about 3 feet or so tall. They have small flowers in clusters as well. A very nice ground cover even though they are tasll. They look good all spring even without the flowers on them. they bloom usually early July most times here in Minnesota. I think mine have pink flowers. I forget. HAHAHA! But they are beautiful when in full bloom. And they do spread as well. Thanks bunches. I work hard to make all the areas of my gardens look nice to passer bys. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
Well I am glad to hear about your gardening. I don't use decorations on my garden since it is just a very small area on the front of my house. It is rainy season here so no luck in planting something new. Good luck with your gardening gramps. Take care.
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• United States
24 Jun 08
No I do not add mulch to my area because when it dries out the pool will call to it and it will come. If you call it it will come well the mulch cannot resist the call of the pool. Like most of the neighbors leaves, bushes and dirt my pool calls to them and they obey and I have to clean it out. My pool even begs my gardner to use the leaf blower to blow all the crap from the yard and everybody else's yard into my pool. I swear.