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Leah Frances 03-08-2010 07:58 PM

2010 St. Aubins Garden
The gardening season has started for the year!
- Crocuses starting to come up. Daffodils well on their way. Tulips just broken through the turf.

- Pruned the roses and re-set trellis for the climbers. The mulch must be full of bugs because the chickens were going crazy today digging through the mulch. So, I guess roses were also fertilized today :wink:.

- Cut down some of my neighbors bamboo that broke over onto our property - so now I have a new trellis for my clematis and one for my honeysuckle.

- Cut a scrub tree out of my quince that is making a real effort this year after last spring's heavy pruning.

- Cut dead scrub out of perennial garden. Pruned butterfly bushes back hard.

On the plate for next week - starting lettuce and other spring greens in cold frame. And a resolution that I am going to get sunflowers in on time this year so I can have a 'fence' of them.

Scuba_Dave 03-08-2010 08:00 PM

My 1st 2 crocus bloomed today
Only a couple thousand more to go
Cleaned out the front garden of leaves & junk just in time

I still have a LOT of gardens to clean out
I wait until Spring to clean out the leaves...protects the flowers etc thru the Winter

Leah Frances 03-14-2010 08:45 PM

Finished cleaning up flower gardens this week. Veggie gardens next week.

My quince is setting all kinds of fat buds - exciting considering it had only three blooms last year. Not bad for a 50 year old shrub. Think I'll prune it hard again after the blossoms are done.

Scuba_Dave 03-14-2010 08:52 PM

I think I tried planting 2 flowering quince...not sure now if they made it
I just looked at a pic online.....maybe one did
I'll have to wait & see what flowers

Pouring rain past 2 days, rain 2 days before then, more tomorrow
Then some sunny warm weather !!

Leah Frances 03-14-2010 09:09 PM

I have one sweet almond that didn't make it through the winter :( But everything else is coming up dandy.

Saw the short bus for the local old folks home stop by to admire the crocuses on friday :) :proud: My first daffodil opened today. :thumbup: So I think they'll be back.

SO happy to see my sod from last year made it through the snows (and DH's plowing :laughing:).

downunder 03-20-2010 01:48 PM

I know this thread is supposed to help, but now I'm feeling even further behind. :thumbup:

Leah Frances 03-21-2010 12:02 AM

DUnder - don't fret. It's supposed to be about accountability for me and a record of what I did when. I am always trying to remember: when did I prune that bush? when did I mulch? when did I plant the peas.....

So, in that vein:
- weeded around front steps - creeping phlox on mailbox side has come back this year!
- only two glory of the snow up
- picked every single effin emerald ash shoot out of front bed
- Abby (my neighbor's daughter) picked up sticks for 1 hour.

Leah Frances 03-31-2010 07:39 PM

- way more glory of the snow up than can be counted.
- phlox growing and blooming
- first of the big hostas are peeking through the mulch.
- Big oak out front has bloomed early this year.
- all the azeleas survived the snow.
- but the rosemary did not :(
- Planted seeds 3-22 inside for lupines, sweet peas, cypress vine, chives and salad mix. Salad mix needs to go into the ground ASAP.
- Grass is sprouting all around
- Ditch lilies are taking off in the front and back by the garage!
- Red tulips are up and survived most of the punishing rain.
- Primroses are turning into MONSTERS - seriously, must remember to take some pics.

Scuba_Dave 03-31-2010 07:49 PM

My Lupines reseed from leaving the seeds on the ground thru the winter
I've moved a lot of stuff to the greenhouse already
Daffodils may start blooming this weekend
Rhubard in the Gardens is coming up....we never eat it
Sunflower & Marigold seeds are sprouting in the greenhouse

Spring is almost here fer real

Leah Frances 03-31-2010 07:51 PM

This will be my first try with the lupines.

Ever read the "Lupin Lady"? That's my inspiration.

Scuba_Dave 03-31-2010 07:58 PM

I ordered a few Lupine plants, rest are from seed
I move the seedlings around now once they start to grow

Leah Frances 04-02-2010 08:40 PM

Re: Lupines I started 32 seeds and only have around 18 germinations :furious:

My hens have been enjoying the spring:
Don't take a dust bath in my rose garden must not translate into chicken....
My Polish Crested, Camilla, and her shadow.

Scuba_Dave 04-02-2010 08:51 PM

Maybe the hens ate the seeds :laughing:
I have probably over 100 Lupine seedlings coming up
I just moved one plant of the sandy part of the old driveway
It was a decent size, I actually moved one from there last year
Must not have dug up all the roots & it regrew
Once some of them get bigger I'm going to transplant some to the new side garden

I have pink, purple & blue
I tried to order some red Lupine plants & they sent me a different color...2x
When I told them I already had those, they gave them to me for free

Leah Frances 04-02-2010 08:52 PM

Jealous. They look GREAT!

I'm not sure where my seedlings are going in the yard just yet.....

Scuba_Dave 04-02-2010 08:57 PM

Did you plant a certain color......or a color mix ?
Last year we had aphids pretty bad
But if you want some seeds this year let me know

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