There are plenty of pictures, but not six to conform to a single topic. Only half here are horticulturally oriented. The other half are merely relevant to dysfunctional wildlife of the landscapes. Lily of the Nile was not such a major project as the removal of the carpet roses that occupied the site previously. We wanted to relocate them prior to spring, but that did not go as planned.

1. Lily of the Nile is rad! I have been digging and splitting it since the seventh grade. I do not care if it is cheap and common. This replaces carpet roses that should not have been at the walk.

2. Angel’s trumpet needed to be removed from another landscape, so was relocated here. It is now in the process of replacing the foliage that it shed in the process. It is happier than it looks.

3. Angel’s trumpet wastes no time getting ready to bloom as quickly as it generates new foliage. The flowers are double white, and very fragrant. This particular specimen has a lot of history.

4. Godzilla hitched a ride in the work pickup on Friday afternoon. Well actually, it merely tried to, but got nowhere with me. I do not know how it got in, but I do know how it ‘safely’ got out.

5. King Kong was here earlier in the week. He (or she) fled long before Godzilla arrived. He also got a bit of help on his way, since I do not want him in the garden, or the trash, or anywhere!

6. King Kong does not look so scary in this coon trap. He did not get relocated so far away that he cannot return if he wants to; but if he does, will likely avoid the area where he was trapped.

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21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Godzilla vs. Kong!

  1. I like seeing all the critters. Your lizard is more colorful than mine. My Lily of the Nile froze, but it is trying to come back. It will probably take the rest of the year. I chopped down my big Angel Trumpet that froze. I’ll wait and see if it sends anything up from the roots.

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    1. We put the lily of the Nile along the walkway as much for the foliage as for the bloom. There is a playground in the background, which is why the carpet roses needed to be removed. Because there are so many children in the area, most of the floral buds will likely get knocked off. (I remember how much fun it was to knock them off with a stick when I was a kid.) The foliage is nice throughout the year though, and very resilient. I am so pleased that the roses are gone! They reached out into the walkway, with their nasty thorns. They went to a new home on the roadside across the road, where they can not reach onto the walkway.
      I hope that the angel’s trumpet does not freeze where it is located. It is sheltered under redwoods, and is next to a building. I suppose I will see what happens next winter. It may freeze every few years or so, but the main trunks and big limbs should survive, even if the foliage and small stems get killed. I do not mind that so much. It keeps it vigorous and blooming well.

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    1. Oh, I seriously dislike raccoons, but also feel badly about excluding them from certain areas. Because no one else lives here, I should just accept them as neighbors. However, I worry about Rhody and Darla Kitty. Rhody does not go out after dark, but sometimes tries to follow me next door where the refrigerator is located. I do not want him to step outside when there happens to be a coon out there. Besides, I do not like how they make a mess of the garden. I do not mind sharing, but they cause more damage than I want to accommodate. For example, rather than taking one or just a few zucchini, they take bites out of several.

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    1. Carpet roses are low growing mounding roses that bloom profusely while the weather is warm. They are no good for cutting, but have potential to be colorful. I am none too keen on them, even in the right situation. They are too cheap and common, and there are so many better things to grow instead that require less maintenance and are not thorny. When I was working, I could not get the gardeners to prune them properly. They just shear them like everything else, and then keep shearing them so regularly through the year that they never get to bloom. So, they are nasty thorny shrubs deprived of their redeeming bloom. Ours got to bloom somewhat only because they did not get shorn. However, because they were right on the walkway, the blooming canes reached into the walkway and grabbed pedestrians with their nasty thorn! They had to go.

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    1. Do you think that carpet roses look cheap and common? I think my disdain for them originated from the lack of concern for them by the so-called ‘gardeners’ who are supposed to ‘maintain’ them. I know that they can be quite colorful, but I only see it in neglected landscapes, where no one shears all the bloom off. Even in color, I am not impressed. There are plenty of other colorful plants that are not so unpleasant to work with. To me, roses are utilitarian plants that should make flowers for cutting. They are not ‘landscape’ plants.

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      1. Knockout roses are one of the reasons that Proven Winners no longer sends me samples. I was a bit too honest about them. (They want only favorable reviews.) When I was a kid, I learned about hybrid tea roses, which are still the best roses for cutting. I still enjoy them, but have no use for others. David Austin roses are not as good for cutting, but have become a fad that I could do without.

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      2. Can you imagine oleanders getting all the hype that new cultivars of carpet roses get? Well, eventually, the same growers will come out with new and wimpier cultivars of oleander.

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      3. That is actually a good one. ‘Petite Salmon’ does not get big enough for much, and actually is wimpy. Besides, the color is weird. The red one seems to be wimpy too, but I am not very familiar with it.


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