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By discordia (Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 02:36:53 PM EST) lol, flowers (all tags)
Really.


So I've got a plot of dirt roughly 40 square feet, of the 2'x20' variety.  My world-domination plan goes thusly:
  1. Plant tulips relatively deep in the bed.  So far I have about 6-8 varieties in the fridge.  Tulips will bloom late spring, early summer.
  2. Plant narcissus relatively shallow in the bed.  Narcissus will bloom early spring.
  3. Delayed planting of various poppies (california, flanders, iceland).  Poppies to bloom mid to late summer.  This will mean planting poppies around mid-December to early January.
Question: How to work dahlias into this mix?

Question: What perennials should I put in the bed as well to provide year-round interest?

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as per ana's suggestion: by discordia (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 04:06:17 PM EST
this would be done in a relatively dry part of the sf peninsula.  wtfever 'zone' that corresponds to, I don't know.

Recommendation: by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 04:20:44 PM EST
Morning glories. They're relatively drought-hardy, so they don't need a lot of water, and they do best in direct sun. If you have something they can climb, all the better, but mine have done extremely well in the patch of earth between the sidewalk and the street. Lots of blooms from mid-summer on.
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IAWTP by discordia (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 03:04:47 PM EST
only problem; they're toxic and i have a very curious 3yo

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I dunno, it's never to early to start lysergic by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 03:21:54 PM EST
acids, plant some flying suaucers.


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LSA <<< LSD by discordia (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 04:22:18 PM EST
also, I don't like nausea

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Ah. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 04:12:16 PM EST
Didn't realize they were toxic -- so yeah, I can understand not wanting to have them around a toddler. I remember when I was a kid, we had them growing wild in the field behind our house. My brothers and I would pick the blossoms and inhale into them, sucking them to our noses. We'd have contests to see who could keep them stuck the longest. We were old enough not to eat them at that point, though.
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Whatever you do by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 07:04:09 AM EST

don't bother with a Black Dwarf Fern. Despite the fairly awesome name, it's way too thirsty to live in this climate (you and I are neighbors, after all).

Also keep in mind just how many dead hookers would fill a plot 2 feet wide by 20 feet long. And, with winter coming up, so, too, is hooker season.


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neighbors by discordia (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 03:06:26 PM EST
no shit?  so when I have, uh, disposal problems you'll have a plot pre-dug?

awesome.

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well, by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 12:17:16 PM EST
i can tell you what plants i like to use, but i don't know how it's going to work for you because we have this thing called winter that kills a lot of stuff.

first question would be, how much sun does this thing get? full, partial, shade?
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full by discordia (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 03:05:55 PM EST
although that varies somewhat based on the angle of the sun, but in spring/summer, full.

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i'm sorta partial by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 07:41:51 PM EST
to mums, since with dead-heading they'll bloom for a long time, hollyhocks if you want something taller, or a clematis if you want to trellis.
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what zone is that? by misslake (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Oct 21, 2007 at 06:57:31 AM EST
as for your poppy collection, you really need some oriental poppies. they're perennial! YAYS!

and you need some shrubs to hold up that garden during the floral lulls.
pieris or daphne maybe. any of the broad leafed evergreens, rhodos or azaleas maybe. i love laurels, the small of them is amazing and i think you're gonna have the right soil and climate for them.

and off the top of my head: creeping thyme, iris.
are you looking for something that doesn't requre a lot of water? something low maintenence? something that is tough? something that is showstoppingly awesome or awe inspiring?

dahlias are planted early spring. you might have to lift them in the late autumn, and then store and replant in spring again.
cannas might be good too, if you are a bulb and tuber kinda gardener. giant leaves, flowers in late summer early autumn.

for climbers i reccomend scarlet runner beans. tasty green beans and lots of hummingbirds.

Tulips suck by debacle (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 05:04:38 AM EST
Seriously. They're the biggest waste of garden space ever.

Gerberas are where it's at.


IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

wow, you're right by discordia (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 06:21:58 PM EST
I'm planting me some of these post haste

wait, you mean the flowers, don't you

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Dude, she's 15 [nt] by debacle (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 04:05:45 AM EST


IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

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TELL US DEBACLE, HOW DO -YOU- KNOW by discordia (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 01:33:38 PM EST
AND DO YOU KNOW IN THE BIBLICAL SENSE

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My goodness knows no bounds [nt] by debacle (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 02:26:03 PM EST


IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

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