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Imageblown_dry
Jan 10, 2021 11:57 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Spring clean up time this weekend during the break in the rain. Creating big piles of perennial trimmings including the old dahlia stalks. I think all my efforts over the years are paying off. I'm noticing little damage from slugs and snails. I went out tonight for the first time in many months and found barely enough snails to cover the bottom of a 4 inch pot, most all smaller than a pea. I found many of them on the dahlia stalks still standing. I've noticed that they like dahlias dead and alive. Thumbs down
This was mostly triggered by my Annie's Annuals order arriving. No trip for me this year. Maybe not so many slugs and snails, but five!!! had already found one of the native annuals I planted during the day. They LOVE them as much as they love dahlia sprouts. Thumbs down Thumbs down
It is always heartening to give the garden a nice haircut after it has been scruffy for months.
ImageLyla
Jan 11, 2021 8:30 AM CST
Name: Lyla
NC
blown_dry wrote:Spring clean up time this weekend during the break in the rain. Creating big piles of perennial trimmings including the old dahlia stalks. I think all my efforts over the years are paying off. I'm noticing little damage from slugs and snails. I went out tonight for the first time in many months and found barely enough snails to cover the bottom of a 4 inch pot, most all smaller than a pea. I found many of them on the dahlia stalks still standing. I've noticed that they like dahlias dead and alive. Thumbs down
This was mostly triggered by my Annie's Annuals order arriving. No trip for me this year. Maybe not so many slugs and snails, but five!!! had already found one of the native annuals I planted during the day. They LOVE them as much as they love dahlia sprouts. Thumbs down Thumbs down
It is always heartening to give the garden a nice haircut after it has been scruffy for months.


Ugh, slugs and snails are the bane of my existence since moving. On the day we moved in there was a horrid rainstorm, and as we trudged boxes up the steps we saw at least a dozen 5" slugs happily slugging along. Since then I can look out the window and see snails and slugs on plants. I always run outside in a tizzy and smash the little stinkers to smithereens....I may have anger issues I had not noticed until just now. Whistling
@aisle.of.blooms
"If its the most expensive option I probably want it"
ImageIslander
Jan 11, 2021 11:21 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Lyla, is there any chance you could have ducks where you are? I kept ducks in my dahlia patch and they clean up every little sign of slugs as well as other bugs. I learned to pen the ducks seperatley during mating season when the plants were young so they didn't break the tender plants but once they get up about 18" high it is safe to put them back in. YOu will also have far fewer slug eggs ready to hatch next season.
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Imageblown_dry
Jan 11, 2021 11:43 AM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I hear you, Lyla. I periodically go out at night with a headlamp and collect every one I see. If there are a lot, I do it again soon. I stuff a sheet of newspaper in a container so it's easy to empty. I keep a bucket to dump them in. Also use iron phosphate bait. It helps quite a bit.
ImageLyla
Jan 11, 2021 1:34 PM CST
Name: Lyla
NC
I can have ducks if I wish but I do not really want them, there's far too many coyotes here and I know I would just be a constant ball of worry no matter what precautions I set into place. If it weren't for that I would totally get a few and yell 'RELEASE THE QUACKENS!!" every time I let them out each morning. I am easily amused.

I do have a headlamp so I will for sure be hunting at night.
@aisle.of.blooms
"If its the most expensive option I probably want it"
Imageblown_dry
Jan 11, 2021 11:47 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
THE QUACKENS!! I love it. I am also amused by many things. Smiling
ImageIslander
Jan 23, 2021 11:49 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Beware, anyone who sells cut flowers, that the markets are running out of seeds. My daughter was looking for Organic sunflower seeds and Johnny's seeds is sold out of the ones she wanted. She is looking for seeds that (preferably) come from near her in Maine, and from producers who have a "Safe Seeds" pledge. She says she probably has enough left over from last year but I just want to spread the warning....If you haven't ordered your seeds do it immediately! KIngs Mums is also sold out and closed to new orders.
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ImageCosey
Jan 23, 2021 8:56 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
So many seed shortages! If you don't have it now, you probably won't get it.
Imagesylviap
Feb 20, 2021 11:21 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
Got vaccine #1 yesterday! #2 is scheduled for 3 weeks away. So happy. May be able to visit family on east coast this summer.
ImagePaige
Feb 20, 2021 12:07 PM CST
Name: Paige L
Snohomish
Congrats Sylvia!! It feels so freeing when you do get the vaccine😊 I got my first about 2 weeks ago, coming up on the 2nd beginning of March. I’m only 25, but I’m a teacher and the Tulalip tribe that we work with offered to vaccinate every employee in our district (regardless of their job title). Super awesome, we have kiddos coming back now. Feels like the turn of a new corner (hopefully)
Imagesylviap
Feb 20, 2021 1:57 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
Hi Paige - I'm a retired teacher and happy to hear you got your vaccine! Until we get kids back in school, we won't get back to normal. My old district has started a vaccine clinic for district employees and I've heard April 1 is the return to school day. What a long year this has been. I taught in a Title 1 school, and can't imagine how far behind my kids would be after a year of distance learning.
ImageIslander
Feb 20, 2021 6:20 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Congrats to you have gotten your shots! We get our second ones a week from today. I've been dreaming of taking a trip back to Vashon Island where we used to live and visiting my best friends, as well as shopping at the local grocery that had so many wonderful things they don't carry down here! One friend has offered us sleeping room and my son(who has a rare muscle syndrome) has been missing his favorite eating places in Seattle. Once his 2nd shot has time to take effect, with following the masking and washing routines I will feel much better about him doing this and seeing his many friends who will also be careful around him.

I also plan to take a video of getting on the ferry boat, the 10 minutes trip to the Island and getting off the boat for my little grandson who loves the wooden ferry boat we gave him but doesn't really understand what it is for. He is 18 months old now. His family won't be able to get their shots until they get to the 30-40 years olds...
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ImageIslander
Feb 27, 2021 11:16 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Off to get that shot #2 in about half an hour!I'm hearing some pretty bad side effect stories from friends who have gotten shot 2 (Moderna). I hope the next couple of days aren't too bad...just keep saying.."Its way better then going through Covid 19"...
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ImageIslander
Mar 1, 2021 6:55 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
2 days post shot...my son and I got really sore arms. My husband didn't. Zach and I are both feeling pretty good today but our arms are still a bit painful if bumped into. We don't mind...Its good to know we have an immune response at work.

ON the other hand, and totally off topic from the last sentence...
I winter sowed my New Zealand Dowdswell Delphinium seeds. All that deep snow and cold made them really happy. #3 o the 5 jugs have germinated outside in the cold. Delphiniums really like being winter-sowed. They are a cool weather plant. I have 3 colors of the miniature delphies that grow about 12-18" tall for cut flowers. (It is not easy making casual bouquets with 30" of delphinium stalk in bloom!) The others will be tall and dramatic and more to enjoy in the landscape. Delphiniums were my mothers favorite flower and they mean a lot to me.
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ImageIslander
Apr 22, 2021 5:06 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Plugging away at the roses...Getting the roses of my heart actually into the hard clay soil! Husband says he can dig two rose holes per session. These are all tall healthy roses with beautiful fragrances, or they were in my Vashon Island Garden. IT will be interesting to see how they do here. At Joy Creek Nursery they explained how to deal with planting in the clay soil here...Dig out a good sized hole, then fill it with a mix of equal parts of the soil you dug out, compost and fine gravel, and mix it into the area around where the roots will be growing. I would have thought that that might turn the rose hole into a soup pot during the rainy season but if it works for Joy Creek it should work for me. We also got the pink jasmine from our old home up and over the gate. Can you tell I love fragrance in the garden? Rolling on the floor laughing We have a piece of the old honeysuckle to go over the other gate and that fragrance should waft far and wide. My neighbors kitty corner across the intersection at my Island house followed their noses over trying to identify what smelled so good and they weren't the only ones...I'm hoping it brings more birds and bees and butterflies into the garden, as well as getting to enjoy it myself. The vine I had seemed to be quite resistant to aphids and diseases so I hope that holds true here.
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ImageIslander
Apr 26, 2021 6:02 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
And the topic for today is Garden Injuries.

Especially those ones where you don't know what you did or when but when you get up something hurts like crazy and is swelling up.

On Day 3 of this one. Probably nothing a Dr would identify or medicate. Started in the hip then the next morning my knee was all swollen. (I already have artificial knees) I over-did limping around to show off my gardens to a visiting cousin and yesterday could barely hobble (and only with gritted teeth). Today I can get out to the garage and sit and work but only for a limited time. Knee is less swollen today. Once I am seated in my work area I can work fine as long as I don't have to chase after something I dropped.

At least messing around with my plants was something I wanted to do...otherwise I would be pretty depressed. I do think the pain is a bit better today so hopefully it was just a muscle that got stretched in a way it didn't like.
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Imageteddahlia
Apr 26, 2021 8:14 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Which body part will wear out when? If you are young person you may want to skip over these moans and groans from the older gardeners:
Expected : Knees get a lot of stress and heal slowly .Mine went out for about a year each. Now they are fine. Never did see the doctor.
Unexpected: Plantar fasciitis; painful and you limp a lot and takes months to heal. First one foot then the other.
Expected: back pain. Treat your back very well as they do not do back transplants
Unexpected: frozen shoulders that turns out to be genetic and my siblings got it too. A couple of months of pain when you forget it is going to hurt if you move it too fast or too far. Once per lifetime per shoulder.
Expected: Sore hips and so far only one and so far not all that bad
Unexpected: dry skin especially on my hands. Potting soil is now almost toxic and cracked skin is what I get when exposed too much. Super glue takes care of many of those painful cracks.
Expected: Energy levels are not what they used to be. Reduced number of hours per day doing hard work
Unexpected: Body stiffness as all the joints seem to operate less efficiently.
I will stop here but the list could go on for several more things.
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Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Apr 26, 2021 8:25 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Well, I guess it still beats coal mining Rolling on the floor laughing
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SteveM
Apr 27, 2021 9:47 AM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
unexpected: My hand-eye coordination has obviously degraded to the point where I can no longer add tubers to online shopping carts before someone beats me to it. Smiling
ImageIslander
Apr 27, 2021 10:11 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Oh the ignomimy of aging!
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