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03-06-2010, 03:35 PM
It's now in the 60's here & I have stuff popping up everywhere! daylilies, lamb's ear, iris, horsetail reed, sedum, roses have leaf buds, clematis have leaf buds ... all kinds of stuff!! My pond plants are getting some height too! :carrot:

Cannot WAIT for my hosta eyes to start showing!! They are usually last to wake, which is fine by me incase we get a cold snap. ;)

What's coming in your neck of the woods?

These are louisiana iris in the pond last spring. Hope they look that good this year!!

03-06-2010, 03:50 PM
Oh all the sedums are popping up. I had butterfly bush leafing out in JANUARY but it's been covered in ice since then. :)

I'm going for a walk in a bit, I'll check out my outside.

I've been starting tomatoes and peppers inside...

03-06-2010, 04:37 PM
ohhh cool!! maybe I need to check out my bb bush too!! Forgot the species but it's blooms are pink. Have to dig out my folder at some point to remember the name. All my labels have been washed from the rain.

I have seedling envy of people that can do them. A few years ago I had 22 trays going of hosta, moonvine all kinds of stuff & the cats wouldn't stay out of them. I tried moving them & putting books on them, everything & they still would not leave them alone. Fuzzies won :rollpin:

Hubby did do the upside down bucket thing in the spring. We got lots of maters from that. :)

what kind of peppers are you starting?

03-06-2010, 05:40 PM
mine is blue (the BB bush). It looks like it kinda survived but looks pretty weak.

The yarrow is coming out, and another perennial I don't remember the name of. And the sedums (the one that looks like pink broccoli, stonecrop is it called?)...and I can't remember whether it's a shasta daisy or coneflower there but it looks like those leaves...

Also the marjoram and oregano and sage are coming back. I din't go out front to check out the bulbs...

03-06-2010, 05:54 PM
:p I am jealous! We have snow, snow, and more snow... about 3 feet in our 25 x 55 foot plot. I will be doing inventory this weekend on seeds and setting up to get the seedlings going.

Last year we planted our first veggie garden, it was great, if you like lots of squash. (i hated most of the varieties we had tho!) They just went crazy!

A learning experience, I had never done a veggie garden before.

03-06-2010, 05:56 PM
canfield, this is the perfect time to start wintersowing, get together some plastic jugs, fill em with dirt, put your flower seeds in 'em, and stick em in the snow! google "wintersowing" for more details. :)

03-06-2010, 06:13 PM
Just today I was walking around my yard here in Maine and saw my crocuses were up, my chives are up, one lonely daffodil has appeared, and I have one pansy about to bloom. Other than that it's still frozen ground and snow. I am jealous of all you are seeing in Tennesee, but I know those 60's will make there way north soon! I too have got lupins, impatiens, basil, and cilantro going on the shelf in the kitchen. My plan is to start tomatoes tomorrow. The only way I have been able to keep my cats out of stuff is to build the shelf high and absolutely stuff it so they would have no place to land if they jumped. They are curious buggers!

I love spring!!:flow1:

03-06-2010, 06:38 PM
weebles - yes that sedum is stonecrop AKS: 'Autumn Joy'. I have a few of those also. They are very nice in bloom! Puffy & pink :D

I bet that blue BB bush is beautiful!! I had a hard time finding one at all last year. I went to several gardens & they all had the same thing species. They are pretty, I just like to be different lol

onanoterquest .... my cats are insane. They will climb on anything at any height lol I may just try to do them outdoors next time. To heck with cat battles lol

canfield .... I am not a squash fan but my neighbor can cook them to where I like them lol She grew them in her garden too. I wish I could grow veggies, but I don't have that kind of space.

03-06-2010, 07:03 PM
My bulbs are all coming up.

I have daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths.

I love this time of year. It's been gorgeous here today.

03-06-2010, 08:08 PM
awesome Clydegirl!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE hyacinths! I refrigerate mine every year & put them out early last month under a big clematis. They are big blues (forgot the species) - one of my few blue plants. Only other blues I have are hosta which are still snug in bed.

Gorgeous here today too. 62 & getting warmer all this week into the 70's next week! COME ON SPRING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aunty Jam
03-06-2010, 10:14 PM
:( We also have snow still but it's looking to be an early spring for us. We usually get a few spring snowfalls and usually one is that really heavy wet snow that breaks tree branches. Up here we don't plant gardens until the long weekend in May. Last year we had snow in the begining of June! That is NOT common.

My Mom gave me a book which details what blooms month by month in our area... I think I'm going to try have continual blooms all summer :) Flowers make me happy.

03-06-2010, 10:59 PM
weebleswobble---thanks for that tip, I looked it up. Very interesting ideas!

Thinking we might try to do the upside down pots for our tomatos this year (found instructions for homemade pots and stands! I love the internet!!). It was such a pain to try to cover all our plants when frost was threatening us by the middle to end of Sept last year. Was just a cold icky summer all together! The peppers were stubborn too.

As for flowers, I have bulbs for gladiolius. Planted those for the first time last summer but the stalks got thrashed by a couple storms so I might have to rethink location for them. I dug them up, I wasn't sure if they would survive the winter. And we have shasta daisies. The morning glories I planted didn't go to seed, so need to buy more seeds.

We have only lived in this house for a year so we are still working out the kinks. :dizzy: We have lots of land to work with but don't want anything too permanant cause we are only renting.

03-10-2010, 01:27 PM
OMG!!!!! Saw Hosta eyes emerging this morning!! WHOO HOO!!!!! :woohoo:
Come on babies!!! you can do it!!! cannot WAIT to see who has multiplied!!

03-10-2010, 01:51 PM
Woot! Fiance helped the neighbor plant onions and radishes over the weekend! Can't wait for tomatoes!!

03-10-2010, 02:42 PM
Onions & radishes? You must have a lot of room?? Tomotoes are easy for me since we use upside buckets. I don't have any land or anything ... just a city lot. BLAH!! I just hang them on the fence or something. lol

So who likes roses? Here are a few of my last year blooms. They should be bigger & better this year. They were just fed bone meal the other day so they will be off to a good start!! :crossed:

#1 Old English ~ Abraham Darby
#2 English ~ Fair Bianca
#3 Hybrid Tea ~ Pink Traviata
#4 Groundcover ~ Peach Drift

03-10-2010, 05:35 PM
Yes, SpinQueen, fiance lives on a 10 acre plot in the country. He has just lived there a little over a year, so we are learning the veg gardening from his little old neighbor. He helps him out with all aspects... tilling, planting, etc. We hope to put our own garden in in the next few years. Otherwise, I just do container tomatoes and rosemary at my house.

03-11-2010, 04:27 PM
10 acres!!! OH! I would LOVE that!! Of course I would want all decorative gardens & a horse & those don't mix lol That is awesome to be about to do that & he has someone helping him learn the ropes of veggie gardening. I'm a firm believer in fresh stuff. That is about as fresh as he will ever get! lol What a great hobby too. Sounds fun to me!!

So I found a cool new plant today! :carrot: It's called Caribbean Jewel Scilla. It's a mounding perennial. I like it because it's just different!

03-11-2010, 07:02 PM
Hey y'all!

My garden is kind of scraggely now -- caught between two seasons.

I've got some tomatoes and hot peppers that I overwintered, and are coming back.

Lettuce, onions, garlic, swiss chard, fennel, and radishes in various stages and sizes.

Just coming up - basil, more tomatoes, and tepary beans -- but not very well. Germination rate is about 25% :(

I also just remembered that I haven't see any sign of the tomatillos either. Hmmm.

Of the herb variety, I have: thyme, tarragon, dill, lemon balm, catnip, and an old woody basil plant.

Flower-wise, due to the recent rains, the nasturtiums have grown MONSTROUS, and needed to be tamed, new growth on the roses is about 1-2', and I have a couple lavender plants.

03-11-2010, 07:27 PM
And here I was so happy to see daffodils, hyacinths and daylilies finally coming back. A lot of my bulbs were planted just last fall, so they're a little late, but the ones planted the years before are coming back well. We're out in the country, so our garden always comes back later than those in town. We've had a lot of rain this week, so if it warms up next week, a lot of the plants should start growing fast. I love English roses and am hoping to plant many more this year! We planted multiple new trees we won at auction last fall, so I'm dying to see how many have made it through the winter. One of them is at least 20 feet tall and we had to use a backhoe to plant it. They should do pretty well since we got plenty of snow this winter.

We're going to try a vegetable garden again this year. We gave up the last 3 years. I could never keep up with it when the kiddos were little.

03-12-2010, 11:26 PM
kuchick - planting bulbs late is normally ok. I don't know what kind of climate you have but here when I forget & do things late (as usual) they are just fine.

Question about daffodils .... do they deter squirrels at your place?? I have read that they do, but haven't really heard anyone come out and say that. Just wondering b/c I have squirrels dig up bulbs & stuff all the time ... they just don't leave my stuff alone! I have a feeling I may end up using cages next year to keep them from digging.

03-13-2010, 09:32 AM
Not much action up here yet with lots of snow hanging around. USZ4. I do have snowdrops in bloom and some spinach plants wintered over in my new raised bed. It's still frozen or I'd bung in some pea seeds - maybe tomorrow if today's rain thaws it.

Squirrels leave daffodils alone but sure love freshly planted tulip and crocus bulbs!

Tomatillos! Just remembered I have seeds from last year. I'll try to start them this weekend.

Cross your fingers for me. We usually get a big storm the last week of March.

03-13-2010, 10:19 PM
Snow is melting here! :carrot: But now everyone is freaking about flooding :(

We haven't had sun in over a week, it's been misty and foggy. Can't remember when we have ever seen this much fog. We did get seedlings going and trying the winter sowing thing, I haven't gotten any flower seed yet tho. Tomorrow we go into town for shopping! Getting excited for spring!!!

03-13-2010, 10:29 PM
Daffs are poisonous and taste horrible. Nothing should eat them. Tulips, on the other hand, are tasty to deer and squirrels.

03-14-2010, 12:06 AM
YIKES!! Guess that is why I never have tulips!! :chin:
I have planted them twice now & nothing. I had some cool solid black ones too! :rolleyes: We will see if I have any pop up this year. Daffs are blooming in this area now, but no tulips as of yet. I have something coming up now looks like possible tulips or hyacinth .. not sure yet ... just seeing green spikes at this point, but the top of the leaves are pointy & thick coming out of the ground.

Found some of my tiny miniature hosta roots dug up today!! HOPE they will make it! Some of those were very expensive & pretty rare. More terrible squirrel destruction! grrrrrrrrr :club: The crowns don't appear to be damaged, but who knows how long they have been dug up. I just saw them today. They are soaking at the moment & hope to get them potted tomorrow.

Glad the snow is melting for you guys! It's been very rainy & dreary here the past couple of days as well. Sure am missing that warm sunshine already!! Supposed to be sunny & 61 here tomorrow. Our 6th wedding anniversary is Monday ... crossing our fingers for a beautiful day!! :yes:

04-22-2010, 12:25 AM
Thanks again weebleswobble for that tip!!! We got seedlings rearing to go! :carrot:

Did learn that duct tape sucks :mad: masking tape works much better to close up the milk jugs.

The hubby got the veggie garden tilled up, I just need to finish weeding out the roots and rocks. Got another tip from a neighbor of ours, he recommended working some peet moss into the soil. Our root vegetables didn't do very well, assumed it was cuz it was our first year planting and didn't get a chance to till very well (got a late start, was too wet last spring).

As for flowers, found that only one of our Shasta Daisies made it thru the winter :( Going to try getting some started from seed this time since I have more room in the house. And my niece and nephew got me a bunch of annual seed packets for my bday. Moon flowers to go with my morning glories, forget-me-nots (cause my nephew liked the name:D), bonfire Salvia and a variety packet of what seems to be wild flowers. Should be interesting!