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Old 03-08-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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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 .

- 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.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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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
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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.
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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 !!
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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. 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 ).
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I know this thread is supposed to help, but now I'm feeling even further behind.
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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.
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- 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.
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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
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This will be my first try with the lupines.

Ever read the "Lupin Lady"? That's my inspiration.
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I ordered a few Lupine plants, rest are from seed
I move the seedlings around now once they start to grow
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Re: Lupines I started 32 seeds and only have around 18 germinations

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.
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Maybe the hens ate the seeds
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





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Jealous. They look GREAT!

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