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05:42 am: Set in stone
We've had amazing summer-like weather for the past week, and my flowers are going crazy. My tree peony is blooming, and even my daylily is producing buds for the first time after two years. I planted out my four largest tomato seedlings, and the rest will follow soon.

Mostly I spent the weekend working on my paving project. I spent Monday morning getting rid of big chunks of old maple roots that were blocking my digging effort. I also took out a sprinkler head that would have protruded through the paved area. In the afternoon, I filled in the hole with gravel an crushed rock. (Judging by the paw prints I found the next morning, all the neighborhood stray cats dropped by to check out the enormous new litterbox I had made for them...)

Tuesday I began filling in the space with flagstones. It's quite a task, since I have to locate random shapes that fit well with each other, and then I have to spend time on each one getting it level. This is difficult, since the surface of each stone is uneven. However, I did make significant progress. I'm hoping it won't take too long to finish.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 25th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love the flagstone so far. Good luck in getting pieces to match!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 25th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 25th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Very impressive progress. Maybe that's why they sold you so much excess stone? Because you need to find the puzzle pieces that fit together? What goes in the cracks when you're done? Sand? Dirt? Teeny tiny rock?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 25th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Maybe that's why they sold you so much excess stone? Because you need to find the puzzle pieces that fit together?

That's a possibility. It helps to have a lot of different pieces to choose the best match.

What goes in the cracks when you're done? Sand? Dirt? Teeny tiny rock?

Sand. (The guy wanted to sell me a cement-like product that would harden and prevent weeds from growing through, but I'd rather allow rain to drain straight down, even if it means pulling a few weeds.)
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From:mvrdrk
Date:April 25th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm in envy! Both at your garden and your productivity! What kind of tree peony is that?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 25th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
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What kind of tree peony is that?

I believe it is Koukamon. It was an impulse buy from my local nursery. (I knew I wanted a tree peony, I just could never decide on a variety.)
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From:youchikara
Date:May 1st, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure if we are talking of the same peony plant but my peony growing rate is amazing! well mine is a bush-type peony and it'd produce red flower! In two or three week I had a 30 cm high plant, starting from a tuberus almost without roots or branches...
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 2nd, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like you might have an herbaceous peony. Those are certainly beautiful, but they need more cold in the winter than I get in my area.
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From:youchikara
Date:May 2nd, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
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After a big search I've managed to find the tag of the bulb, It say I have a Karl Rosenfliel Peony, a herbaceous variety. It's my first peony and I'd just wanted to try this kind of flower so I bought this bulb quite in a rush and for its (so seems) beautiful flowers. We have quite cold winters here (for about two months the temperatures are 5-10 degrees and sometimes we have some frost) so I think it'll be fine but I guess I have to wait the next spring for the its flowers ^^ Karl Rosenflield Peony

Edited at 2012-05-02 05:17 pm (UTC)
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