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Imagetcs1366
Apr 4, 2011 7:24 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Fill us in on the on goings in your garden or greenhouse.... location depending.

we came from here -- > http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/52222/

Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Imagetcs1366
Apr 4, 2011 7:25 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
MJ -- I'm still hoping to attracted the Swallow Tails... I had 1 cat one year, and 1 butterfly -- could have been both in the same year, but i can't recall. I have plenty of food....
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Apr 4, 2011 8:36 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im here! Hurray!
mekos
Apr 4, 2011 9:48 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Marking my spot!Thumb of 2011-04-04/mekos/705a72
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
ImageLeBug
Apr 4, 2011 7:03 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Mekos you are just fluanting those irises lol The lady I work for with the animal rescue her whole back yard is just full of irises I can't wait to see them all in bloom!

mj is fluanting her cats lol I want it to be time for cats! I didn't get my fennel transplanted from the other bed to the side yard and it rained today I bet it will be a foot tall by Wed. it's going to be 53 tomorrow with no sun so doubt if I do it tomorrow.

Chelle you're going to have all kinds of poppies Big Grin

Wanted to mention something I ran across the other day while I was digging weeds, I have the creeping jenny out front and it's really thick well I saw a columbine with distorted leaves on it so I started digging thru it to see what the problem was...all kinds of mealy bugs probably over wintering or breeding one it was nasty looking at first I thought it was white mold then it hit me mealy bugs!!! I sprayed those suckers with straight alcohol! Everywhere I looked under it there they were thousands of them if you have some type of ground cover maybe you should take a look to see what is under it I had mistaken them for mold when I was rushing thru my mini shade garden digging weeds now I need to go back there and start raising that creeping jenny and spraying like crazy!
mekos
Apr 4, 2011 7:41 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Hi Bug, I actually have a red columbine behind the white Iris.Thumb of 2011-04-05/mekos/094621 It kinda looks a little droopy but didn't think about bugs doing something. Hmmmm. I also have much golden creeping Jenny out there.
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ImageLeBug
Apr 4, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
You must be in a warmer zone than me Mekos I have columbines but not even a bud yet Crying At least they are coming up I took a bunch up of the magpye, pink and purple ones all I care about really are the long spurred ones and the only one I have left is the Yellow Star, well I'll always have the magpyes I can't get rid of those! Oh I have a white one that's long spurred just one though if I would quit collecting seeds off of it I could probably have more lol

I just think last year was a fluke with as many butterflies as I had maybe this year will tell, when I had my nectar garden and the host garden I never had as many as I did last year and only had those two Cinderella plants in the side yard. The other side of the yard I have the orange milkweed but the bugs got the seeds but thanks to Terese I have more growing in my jugs they are coming up Big Grin I planted two other milkweeds in the side yard where the orange one is think it was the red prairie I need to get my purple ones planted!!

Terese you have all kinds of zinnias growing looks like those would bring them if nothing else I just don't understand it either! They loved the gaillardias too and I know you have those.
Imagetcs1366
Apr 4, 2011 8:59 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
glad to hear the Orange MW is growing... mine have not, but i think I ws'ed them.

I'm trying to entice butterflies... i get a few here and there. work in progress i guess.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageSteven
Apr 4, 2011 9:34 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Mekos, the orchid would probably do best in part shade in "woodland" conditions or something like it. The look gorgeous once they get going! I used to grow them before we moved, mine was white with a pink blush!


Julianna, Salpiglossis will bloom fairly fast, you could probably start it beginning of May. If I spring sow it in mid April it will flower June/July and I've heard it wil sometimes reseed too.

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ImageLeBug
Apr 4, 2011 9:50 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I WS mine Terese and they started coming up a week or two ago still no first set of leaves though they are taking their sweet time and one by one too, I'm so happy to get them thank you! I have my jugs in the driveway so they are probably warmer there I have a few jugs ready to plant just wish I could get to them I'd plant my purple.


A lovely picture of that orchid Steven!
Imagetcs1366
Apr 5, 2011 5:47 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Lea -- I figured that since they wont bloom first year anyways - it really didnt matter when they germinated, as long as they DO.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Imagestarlight1153
Apr 5, 2011 11:24 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Shew.. I am way .. way behind on reading and catching up. Too much going on here and gotta run out in a minute and check damage from last night. I cna see small leaf branches all over the yard.

Last night was unreal here. beside s all the rain, think we got about 4" and tonado watches and warnings had them 60 mph winds, the lightening was unreal. Never in my life have I seen such a thing. It looked like the ending show of a 4th of July fireworks. Multiple lightening strikes going non stop all at once. I watched for awhile, prayed that my trailer wouldn't be struck again and than went to bed to keep from being so scared. I hope never to see another night like that one again for awhile and now we got temps in the 30's coming in.

Running around today with two sweaters, sweat pants and ski hat on. Some of the tall Zinnias I cna see are all laying down twisted. Not sure if they gonna straighten back out or not.

I got hummers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They was out this morning getting a drink and tryign to get at some of the plants. Also put out a couple of pots of dill and got a couple of cats coming from somewhere I found crawling as fast as their little legs will carry them over to it. Just hope they leave me some to use.

Thanks for the pic and the info on the Stevia. I still waiting for my seeds to come. Got them planted a bit later than I wanted, had seen the bigger plant at the store.

Sorellina... Make sure on them Rudbeckias and especially the Echie's that you keep them crowns up. Buried crowns is the fasted way to lose them. Also with your Echies' some fert good , but not too much. They don't like a whole lot of fertilizer. If you notice Echie's are a pretty drought tolerant plant and grow out in the wild. They not happy with a bunch of fetilizer.

Tcs... A good butterfly plant is the Scabiosa. Mine are up and just starting to get blooms on them. They would do good for you as they are drought tolerant and a no fuss plant.



Imagetcs1366
Apr 5, 2011 1:09 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
>>Tcs... A good butterfly plant is the Scabiosa

Ella -- one year i had the Alba version of Scabiosa... did fabulously, even reseeded and THOSE bloomed that year. since then - i've tried various colors, blue, berries, pinks - etc. zippo on germination. what gives??

i got some pinks&purples in the swap... they are on a heat mat right now.
if no germination this year, i'll give up on them.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

mekos
Apr 5, 2011 1:18 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
What is with the smileys? If you click one, it changes the post, doesn't add the smiley either.
ImageSorellina
Apr 5, 2011 3:57 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao all-

Wow, Ella, thanks for the warning on the Echinaceas and Rudbeckias. Something just said to me "don't bury my crown please" because the cotyledons were flush with the soil line. I don't see that with vegetables. What a learning experience it has been with these flowers and I'm not really growing that many. I don't want to get overwhelmed and I DO have that tendency. Rolling my eyes.

We got some PVC fittings and plastic for making a cover for the whisky barrel where the struggling ornamental kale is and also a hoop house/cold frame type cover for the Asian Greens bed. I've had the Asian Greens outside over the past several days - since Friday and they're doing really well, but what a buzz kill today has been - cold, windy, and then snow flurries in the middle of the afternoon. Grumbling Not good. I didn't take them out of the garage. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better and then better from there, so I can get them into the ground on Thursday and then covered if necessary. I STILL have not planted the garlic or peas, it's just been too flippin COLD. This spring is making me mental so far!

I did spot another Crocus about to open, so that does make me happy and so does seeing the Bleeding Hearts and Rhubarb starting to come up, but the weather itself is driving me nuts.

Duane was able to take the entire day off yesterday so we ran errands and he got almost all of his peppers potted up except for a couple really small ones that don't have their first set of leaves yet. I got most of my eggplants potted up as well. I had to re-sow some, but that was expected as my seed is from 2004.

The main thing I got done today was find all of my tomato seeds for sowing this coming weekend and get them organized into my 2011 binder. I need more supplies like label tape and cups, but otherwise, I'm ready to go. I should maybe start thinking about potting up the basils. They all look fantastic. And taking photos for you all to see what's going on downstairs. There's more variety in my grow-op this year than ever! I'll be more excited once I can hang out outside for more than a few minutes at a time! Angry
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageLeBug
Apr 6, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I keep trying to grow the butterfly blue Scabiosa because I have one plant here and it doesn't reseed never has but from seeds? I gave up on trying to get that one to germinate I've tried every which way and no luck!

Just wanted to let you all know Perenniallyme/Sharon's mother passed around the last of March something about her bloodsugar being too high I think...she got to spend about a week with her before she passed but she didn't recognize her after the first day or two after her being there.

Julianna, I get overwhelmed a lot with all of these seedlings downstairs and trying to divide perennials outside I just have to step back for a few days and get it together it puts me behind but I just have to take a breath.

Yep Terese it kills me when I have first year milkweeds they only get about a foot high and just dwendle to nothing but usually come back the next spring in full force if they do get any bigger or try too the cats eat them to nothing it's a no wind situation their firt year that's if you WS them now if I start them under lights earlier like I did the Cinderella last year they got big and bloomed boy did they get big! Two plants took a space of about four feet square had no idea they were going to be that big but at least they had enough foliage on them to feed the cats I found on my others that I had WS last year I kept transfering them to the Cinderellas and never ran out they were so big.

Ella Hurray! You have hummers I can't wait till they get here! I have all kinds of spring bloomers blooming here but haven't heard the buzzing of those little wings yet that's how I know they are here I'll be working out in the beds and hear that beautiful sound Big Grin I'm surprised with all of this wind you are having they can even stay up in the air!
ImageSorellina
Apr 6, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao all-

Prayers going out to perenniallyme and her family at this difficult time.

I've got about a thousand flowers to start today and not enough space or experience with them. Should I start the Amberboas and Nicandra today, zone 5 people? Should I nick/soak and/or cold strat the Butterfly Pea Vine? When should I start the Everlastings? Is there a way to get Woodruff to germinate without direct-sowing? Do the seeds need light? Freezing temps? After this year and zero success, I'm giving up on the idea of ever getting Pink Fairy Lupine or Bells of Ireland to germinate for me. It's just too frustrating.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
mekos
Apr 6, 2011 10:49 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Perennial, I am so sorry about your loss. Prayers for you dear.
ImageLeBug
Apr 6, 2011 7:28 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Julianna, I just pitched my Bells of Ireland about two weeks ago being in z5 I bet you could do the same I'm in 6, think they need cold to germinate I always WS mine in the past but trying to germinate them underlights doesn't work for me.

Here's germination instructions the need 55 degrees and they reseed so it should be alright to pitch them or however you want to do them and you still have time Big Grin

http://www.chestnut-sw.com/seeds/flowseed/bellsird.htm

Amberboa muricata seeds
Full sun, Sowing Time: April to June, Sowing Depth: ½”
Sowing: Sow April to June thinly, ½” deep in drills 12” apart in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Water ground reg., esp. in dry periods. Germ. Usually takes 7-21 days. Same if you are planting them under lights.

Is this the Nicandra you were talking about I've never grown this one before:

http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week239.shtml

Got my seed trays ready to start my annuals I usually start them about a month earlier but when I do I never get them in the ground till late anyway so I'm hoping to do better planting them later this year Rolling on the floor laughing Now watch I'll have my beds ready earlier and wish I had planted them earlier it never ends Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageMistirose
Apr 6, 2011 8:54 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I just realized I missed a vital veggie Blinking I have the celery spice but no celery veggie anyone have any seed?

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