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Old April 26, 2013   #46
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I am trying to understand what the difficulty is. I have found gardenias easy to propogate and easy to grow. The variety I have isn't one of the fancier ones, but it is quite smelly and grows very large.
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Old April 26, 2013   #47
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I can't plant in the ground, HOA rules.
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Old April 26, 2013   #48
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And I thought my HOA was strict for banning chickens!

I have successfully sent at least six gardenias to the grave. After I gave up on the last one, it looked ridiculously bad (down to brown leafy sticks) for months.

Now, everything around it is wilty and crispy, and it looks like it's flourishing. I'm going to continue ignoring it.


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Old April 26, 2013   #49
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Sorry Deb!

I have two different types of gardenias in pots waiting to go in the ground this year. I have lots of mostly shaded places. Infact, the beds infront of my house are North facing.
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I finally dragged mine to a shadier location last weekend. The edges of the leaves were crisping and browning, and you know what that means--the Beginning of The End. So I am prolonging its life a bit but I'm not hopeful. You read articles locally here that gardenias are actually sun-loving plants. I gave it a shot, or two, or ten...different locations. I have the pot on wheels, the only one in my garden, so I can cart it around.
I DID ignore this one, all winter long. It was reasonably healthy looking whenever it caught my eye. But I couldn't stand it anymore. Next time I write here, it will be to announce it's passing.
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Amazingly, as I watched the trash trucks drive it away, all I thought was, "Good riddance!"
From now on I'll enjoy the fragrance in the nursery, but they are never coming home with me again.
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We get Clara Clipboard if we sneak and hose off our cars. Can you believe that the rule is that water cannot run down gutters???
I swear one day I'll see her mopping the rain up. Crazy.
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What do you mean you can't plant in the ground? Like.. anything? I don't even...
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We get Clara Clipboard if we sneak and hose off our cars. Can you believe that the rule is that water cannot run down gutters???
I swear one day I'll see her mopping the rain up. Crazy.
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Old April 27, 2013   #55
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The plantings are all ugly standard type shrubbery and messy heavenly bamboo. Pebbles, no lawn.
My garden is a container garden on the large back patio. AND, get this, if a plant bears fruit or vegetables it must be hidden from view in the back of the house.
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Old April 27, 2013   #56
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I love the idea of edible landscaping, but it would be considered a heinous crime here.
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I was just on a thread about HOA banning vegtable gardens on another forum. A lot of these HOAs are staffed by a bunch of busy bodies who have no legal or real estate backgrounds. They just seem to make it up as they go along. To be fair, many are volunteer positions. Still, there must be a legal limit to the amount of property rights an HOA can simply take away for "the greater good."

Growing your own food these days is very "in" as well as needed for many, given the economy. I would love to see these types of rules challenged and overturned.
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We get Clara Clipboard if we sneak and hose off our cars. Can you believe that the rule is that water cannot run down gutters???
I swear one day I'll see her mopping the rain up. Crazy.
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The Mallards from their ugly little man made lake poop all over but that's A-OK.
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I actually agree on the hosing of your car thing. I won't bore you with the scientific details though

If they care so much about water not going into the gutter though, they should encourage rain gardens.

Btw, nandina has some medicinal uses.. you should look into it.

I've working on an edible/medicinal/useful garden. Slowly replacing my gosh darnoodley pittosporums with blueberries!
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