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A somewhat mosquito ridden paradise

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I think "easy to grow" probably means "assuming you have real dirt and not some hellish clay conglomerate." In which case, it may well be quite easy to grow, but most of us will never know it.

Living near Chicago, one thing I really like about this area is how dark and rich the soil is. Thousands of years of prairie fires will do that.

Maybe you could order green chilis off of amazon? There is nothing better than the smell of those peppers roasting in great big metal barrels outside of a grocery store, I can see how you'd miss those.

In my experience "easy to grow" means "invasive as the common cold" so I tend to avoid those.

I do think that the transplant-settling in time is longer for many plants than the nurseries let on. I had some andromeda doing bupkis for years and in the past two they have turned into real shrubs, doubling their size.

Do you have Solomon's Seal in your area?

Yes! And False Solomon's Seal, and presumably there's a difference, though I can't swear to it. I've planted it like three times, in various places, and it is never sure if it wants to survive or peter out. I expect one of these springs I'll turn around and find I've got a six-foot-wide clump of it that came up apparently out of nowhere, but it hasn't happened yet.

Imaging two customers arguing over a Solomon's Seal at the nursery, with the solution being to divide it and give each half.

!!!!! Niiiiiiiiiiiice.....

It seems to favor a deep leaf mulch, in my experience; it's happiest when oak leaves are dropping on it and never removed. (Which makes sense. As a North American native, it evolved without earthworms chomping stuff down into soil.)

The variegated variety is a very elegant, graceful plant.

I don't know about growing them, but I can tell the difference - Solomon's Seal flowers are like little bells hanging down below the leaves. False Solomon's Seal has a big fluffy sort of flower at the end of the stalk. The leaves are different too, but you really have to be looking for it.

In my best botanical-plate herbal I have a pretty, curving stalk of European King Solomon's Seal pressed and dried from when I picked it at a castle ruin in Southern Germany where it grew in the woods around the broken walls. That was over 25 years ago, but I still have it; that book is *stuffed* with flattened herbs that I picked over there: Meadowsweet, Aaron's Rod, Cranefoot, Silver-root, Fumitory, Nun's Sorrel, Coltsfoot, Sweet Woodruff, Water Mint, German Chamomile, Angelica, Yarrow, Tansey..... Castle ruins in that country are paradise if you like hunting herbs.

A world with no chiles is no paradise .. haha but yours really looks close to it =)
I uderstand how you feel about chile, I'm mexican and I've been abroad and when there is no spiciness in the food, I don't feel it as food... a Pain indeed~

As for gardening.. no idea.. I can't grow anything... hahaha

Once I went to NM and in Albuquerque there is this restaurant you can buy 5lbs of frozen green chiles in a tub. So I did, and I brought it home in checked luggage. It was worth it. I think it would be worth it as a carryon, too. Dunno if TSA would let it through. But it's not a liquid? Hm.

Ahh, but WHICH type of green chilies? Anaheims, nasty urky jalapenos, serranos (my favorite), those really nice smoked pasillas, poblanos, what?

Green house and grow your own chillies perhaps?

I keep seeing kits for growing chilli peppers and bell peppers here, in the UK.. one of these days I might get one that actually does grow. At least I wouldn't have to worry about the cats eating it. [or at least, not twice.]

I guess I have to move to america. Here in germany somebody would have complained about all the trees obstructing his view and there would be some law against so many trees in a garden to begin with.
It's very beautiful.

The US has about 300 million hectares of forested land.

I should take a picture out the front at our wetlands. (There is, in fact, a law about messing with the wetlands. We can pull out dead trees that fall over, but that's about it -- AND I LOVE IT THAT WAY.)

Mind, I'm in New England, in a part where it goes "trees, trees, you are totally far from civilization, trees, OH HAI A TINY TOWN'S MAIN STREET!"

That sounds great. I'm really jealous.

I'm trying to build a house at the moment and not only are there rules for everything (how high your fence can be, what kind of slope your roof has to have, how the outside of the house has to look), when I mentioned to my mother that I wanted a garden in which I don't have to mow the lawn, the first thing she said was: "But the neighbours will complain about seeds beiing blown into their gardens!"

Sounds like a home-owner's association from heck. O:(

Dig a moat at night, fill it with alligators, and build a castle.

In the last two weeks, the leaves on the trees in the back yard (a respectable sized maple and a young yellowwood) have gone from "eh, maybe" to "LEAVES! SUN!", the sweetshrub has yelled 'mwahahaha' and continues its takeover of the yard, and my fairly small townhouse back yard has gone from baking sun to feeling like a sheltered, cool, hidden bit of shade. It's amazing to me how different it feels when it decides to green and soft rather than brown and stick thin. In a few more weeks things will start deciding if they want to drop off and give up in the sun, but right now, it's remarkably magical and private.

I'm a HUGE fan of the chicken; does she have a name?

That is a lovely photo of Paradise, admittedly you can't see the midges and mosquitos that undoubtedly hover in the green shady goodness just waiting to drain the innocent passersby.

Easy to grow = please buy them suckers I'm trying to get rid of them.

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"More than one species of hummingbird". I would be absolutely enthralled and delighted to have even one. Unfortunately, I am an ocean away. Count yourself lucky to have one.

I too live in paradise - but a different paradise. You cannot cram everything into one box.

So have you made tea from the New Jersey Tea plant?

Lady Bird Johnson's web site about native wildflowers says that was done during the American revolution. How much cheaper can Kevin and Ursula eat than to graze (or guzzle in this case) their own shrubbery?

Of course this is coming from the person who, while sitting around with friends, commented that those perfectly good coals in the chiminea/fire pit/huge modern brazier thing were going to waste and I had a strong urge to bury a potato in them. Too many years of reading westerns, historical adventures, etc. plus an overly strong link to my pioneer ancestors, I guess. Also? Playing with fire a bonus. Luckily my friends indulged me and my mad start. Which is why Firepit Friday is a weekly thing now - weather permitting.

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