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ImageMitchF
May 6, 2011 8:53 AM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
What do we have blooming now?

I have Iris, Sweet Williams, Roses, Day Star, Cleome, FrogFruit, Columbines, and then bought flowers that I am starting to fill in with...

What is blooming in your garden today?
Mitch Fitzgerald
Frillylily
May 6, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Missouri
iris, iris, iris, columbines and sweet williams, some creeping phlox just finishing up and dianthus.
I think that's about it. Some kind of little white flowers, I don't know what they are.
I do have tons of tad poles in my fish ponds... they are neat to watch.
ImageMitchF
May 9, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
I would love to have tad poles... so far not even the sounds of frogs yet...

Oh well..

I have some Goats Beards blooming today! Yea!!
Mitch Fitzgerald
Frillylily
May 9, 2011 8:28 PM CST
Missouri
ok that is strange, the frogs and toads mate here usually in April.
They come out pretty early while it is still cool out. They only mate at night, so you don't see them or hardly hear them much during the day.
The toad eggs are laid in a long string. The frogs are laid in a glob, sort of a mass. Fish will eat frog eggs I understand, but they do not eat toad eggs. I have never had frog eggs, just lots of toads.

What is Goats Beard?

Do iris grow well there? I have a lot of iris and I am worried it will be so hot in the spring, they may not bloom?

ImageMitchF
May 10, 2011 1:28 PM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
Goats Beards look like HUGE Dandelions... they stand 2-3 foot tall and are a native but I love them! Tragopogon dubius


Iris go nuts here - they spread like crazy! They claim that June is the best time to move them but I have moved them year round - even when in full bloom with them doing great here in OK... so you never know!.
Mitch Fitzgerald
Frillylily
May 10, 2011 2:40 PM CST
Missouri
oh! I am so excited to hear that!

I will have to visit and see the goats beard thingie when I get down there. sounds cool. I move iris any time here too and have never had any trouble doing that. I prefer to move them as early as I can, not wait til Aug like the nurseries do. I find they don't have time to root deeply before winter and then they heave more. So I try to move them right after they bloom. That way I also know what they are since I don't mark mine very well and they tend to grow into each other.
Do you grow herbs much? I like to grow cilantro, but it likes cool weather, not sure how it will do there. I think mint would do ok, but it is very invasive.
ImageMitchF
May 10, 2011 2:44 PM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
Dill, Chives, garlic, rosemary, fennel,,,, and native herbs all grow here with mint.. yes mint is growing everywhere but I still love my mint. I am letting it grow all over the grass right now - makes it WONDERFUL to mow!

I tend now to grow any herb that needs the cool weather... we just dont have the much cool weather here for them.
Mitch Fitzgerald
Frillylily
May 10, 2011 9:10 PM CST
Missouri
well that stinks cause I do love cilantro.
I never thought of a mint lawn ! would smell nice

seems we are the only okies, and I'm only a half okie right now anyway lol

ImageMitchF
May 11, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Oklahoma
Sad is it not? Makes me wonder about the admins... Looks like rain here today - just moved a truck load of Iris, Daylilies and natives from a abandoned property in the OKC area to the house yesterday and got to say we need it to rain today!

You might be able to grow it here with no problem... in the garden I tend to take the path of least resistance.
Mitch Fitzgerald

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