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emve

From Haugesund. With 3 children and a husband who's seemingly constantly away on business, I garden like it could save my life - and it probably does!

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2019
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emve

This looks like it is preparing to flower. As far as I know, this is its first time, so perhaps it is confused? Or is this, in fact, the right time of year if you are a mahonia?

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ulrikagustafsson

My mahonia was about to flower in November last year, I guess due to the warm weather last year. It didn’t since it became colder just before the flowers turned out. That has never happened before and in the end it flowered in May as usual.

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gjones

It's a nice looking plant. Sorry I know nothing about mahonia😊 You must have had a busy summer as you haven't been on GT'S much!

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emve

@ulrikagustafsson, did the November almost-flowers die and then it produced new ones in May? Everything looks so good now, especially when we get a few moments of sun as well, it is almost hard to imagine how bare and gray everything will become once winter eventually hits.

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emve

@gjones, no more than the regular busy-ness of normal life, but I've been struggling a bit with the device-driven mentality most of us get caught up in so easily. I don't like what it does to the quality of social interactions in my family and elsewhere, and I feel conflicted about what part I want to play in the whole thing. Haven't found The Answer yet, but as with so many things, I guess balance and a mindful approach can bring out the best of both worlds.

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gjones

I understand completely😊

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ulrikagustafsson

Yes, they died, and I didn’t think they could produce new flowers so fast but they did. I’m beginning to dread the months ahead, today has been windy and it’s not that hard to imagine the grey we’re heading into. For me it gets worse by every year coping with the grey and cold months.

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jacaranda

Hi Mona, great to see your posts again. I agree with your comments about devices, but used sensibly they can be a wonderful tool, especially GTags. I love the way it allows us to interact with likeminded people all over the world, providing friendships that would otherwise not be possible. My mahonia is also preparing to flower so I think you can safely say that it’s the right time for them! 😀

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emve

@ulrikagustafsson, winters here in my area are relatively mild compared to many other places, but I still complain😜 I too find it harder and harder, and I really miss the green - which is probably why I feel such joy in hunting for the first signs of spring.

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emve

Hi @jacaranda, it is great to be back! I guess I needed the time-out, but I've missed the GT community. So great to connect with people who (probably?) don't think I am crazy for enjoying gardening the way I do😜

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jacaranda

All gardeners are a little crazy, so you’re not alone! Keep at it and have a lovey day 😍

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ulrikagustafsson

Yes, it’s the same here, relatively mild. I could not possibly live in the north where the lakes are frozen until the beginning of June. There’s nothing like the first signs of spring! 🌿🙂

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  • Season Icon Late AutumnLate Autumn 2018
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anges

Great photo 📷

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emve

Thanks @anges, I thought it looked very christmassy all of a sudden - time to start decorating big time!!!

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ShelleySnyder

I agree! Great photo!💘😍

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gjones

That looks so pretty frosted! Great photo!

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  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2018
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emve

#foliagefriday

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gjones

Beautiful colour changes!

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matewe

Wonderful pic 💚❣️

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emve

I love it when the garden takes me by surprise like that. I don't remember such a color contrast from last year @gjones

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2017
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emve

Had to give my rescued Mahonia a drastic haircut. Hope it will forgive me and thrive in its new home!

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