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ImageRickCorey
Mar 25, 2013 4:46 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
>> Then they would call the dog in to watch the video with them!

I KNEW it! It's not just MY cat!

I've had 4-5 weeks of warm, springlike weather - then two hard frosts and an inch and a half of wet, slushy snow! My crocuses put out big fat purple blooms that TRIED to open up for over week - then frost plus cold rain plush slush decided them to back down and try again next year.

Grape hyacinth were not as far along and seem unhurt. Little grape hyacinth didn't even notice to cold & snow.

Sigh.
ImageLeBug
Mar 25, 2013 5:42 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
We have had all kinds of weather this year too, today it has been snowing all day and they say the wind chill is 20 and it looked like the weather said 67 for Sunday Rolling on the floor laughing

Sorry to hear about your seedlings Jonna if you need some more pasque flower seeds let me know I think I saw some while going thru seeds last week.
Imagetcs1366
Mar 25, 2013 6:07 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Just got my package in the mail today.... have not gone thru it completely yet... but I can tell I got back WAY more than I requested.

Huge Piggy Thanks to all of you .... and Love the surprises!!

I am contemplating NOT participating next season... help out... Yes, but DH and I have a few busy yrs coming up... next winter, along with our vacation - which I'm not fully sure I want to take yet... but our son is getting married in May,, so I have a lot of planning and parties and the sort.

THEN - we will be buying a house in Florida, hopefully before we sell this one in IL, but not sure yet.... but I can tell you... I'm not going to be growing a lot of perennials only to leave them behind.... and the zones are totally different, so I will have to shift gears on seeds. I'm hoping to take some of my favorite perennials with me.... but my yard will be much smaller. So, lots to think about. I will have a lot of seeds to unload or use before winter of 14/15.

OK -- have to sort seeds and get them cataloged.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Mar 25, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
wow you do have a busy year coming up. Hope it goes well Group hug
Imagetcs1366
Mar 26, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I was out back checking out the flower beds this morning, and found that some rodent -- squirrels possibly have uprooted 2 of my penstemons. Both were Violet Dusk..... if I potted them up and watered heavily, do you think they will survive, or are they toast as is?
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Mar 26, 2013 11:13 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I don't know much about them but it would be worth a try. I agree
ImageJonnaSudenius
Mar 26, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
If the roots are still there, they will survive. They may not look very good this year, but they will grow back.
Imagetcs1366
Mar 26, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
thanks Jonna.

~~ I've spent the better part of the day cataloging my seeds... and i'm not done yet... just the Salvias left, and i counted 64 packets. yikes. There are a few duplicates, but I have A LOT.

I'm way past the window of sowing perennials, so I will just concentrate on Annuals this year.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageLeBug
Mar 26, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I've been reading up on penstemons because I lost one of my pink and blue ones that I really loved that bloomed for the first time last year and they were exactly what I was looking for when I got them in the swap I planted them in a wet spot duh! didn't even think about it when I planted them think I still have one left but with the wet winters we have been having it's so hard to find a good spot for them here I lost some that toomanyanimals sent me a few yrs. ago just made me sick! Soo I think I will make a raised bed for my penstemon only! Thank goodness I collected seed from them last year Big Grin

Sorry to hear about yours Terese but if you pot them up or even put them back in the ground and put a small fence around them they should be fine I know a lot about putting fences around plants to keep the squirrels out Rolling on the floor laughing Before we got so many cats around here I had chipmunks and squirrels digging all of my plants up so my yard was full of those little wire fences from big lots Rolling on the floor laughing I used a lot of chicken wire flat on the ground too but that was more of a problem than it was worth when I was putting new plants in.
Imagecritterologist
Mar 26, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I've been planting things like that on mounds for better drainage, even when they're not in a spot that I think is wet... I've been thinking, though, of what I could use (that wouldn't look awful) to make a sort of collar or open-bottom planter, like a miniature raised bed or "pocket garden." I've used rocks in a few places, but I don't have enough rocks (or space) to put them around every agastache, penstemon, etc. I suppose even raised bed "edging" would work, fastened one end to the other to make a circle and pegged into place... It wouldn't need to be high, even a couple inches would help. My "mounds" (without edging) seem to settle into flatness after a year or two.
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Mindy03
Mar 27, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Jill I just took a book back to the library that showed different containers for plants outside. They had some pictures showing lumber used in a square just big enough for the plant. You could paint them and put the plant name and variety on the wood to mark the spot.

Other options were large size cans with bottoms cut out and decorated to compliment the plant.

ImageRickCorey
Mar 27, 2013 3:12 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Strips of vinyl siding bent into a circle?

Buy a roll of 8" wide aluminum flashing and cut lengths to make circles, squares, triangles, hexagons ...

Plastic, corrugated, perforated drainage pipe cut into short lengths and stood on end? The biggest standard diameter might be 4" or 6".

Cat boxes, dishpans, wastebaskets or plastic tubs bought at the Dollar Store or Goodwill, upside down, with their bottoms cut out?

Gallon jugs or 3 liter bottles or Metamucil jars with tops & bottoms cut off?

Cracked nursery pots or plastic buckets upside-down and bottoms cut out?

Auto or truck tires?

Outer shells of discarded appliances rescued from a dump?

The rotating drum of a cloths-dryer or basket of a washing machine? (Cut the bottom off with an angle grinder.)
Imagecritterologist
Mar 27, 2013 6:33 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
*whew!* Rick, I'm all tuckered out just imagining all those possibilities! Thanks for brainstorming for me. I especially like the idea of different sizes of drainage pipes... like using chimney flu liners, but more durable (if less attractive). Bet Southern States would have something bigger than 6", too.

Even a 6 inch diameter "collar" for a raised center around the main part of the plant would probably work... I bet it's when the whole crown gets soggy that there's real trouble.

I probably should have cut the bottom out of the nursery pots I was growing them in (trade gallon size) and shoved them into the ground!
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Imagecritterologist
Mar 27, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I like the idea of using painted wood frames, too.

I bet if I shoved whatever I was using a few inches into the ground also, it might help protect a big against voles & the like.
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Mindy03
Mar 27, 2013 7:02 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
You might be able to paint the drainage pipes too? I don't know anything about them so I haven't a clue if you can or not.
Imagecritterologist
Mar 27, 2013 7:54 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
The Krylon paints for plastic are supposed to be pretty good... I can picture a bunch of blue rings out in the garden, whether plastic or wood... I think it would be a nice accent, and probably end up mostly hidden by plants or mulch. This approach could also give me an easy way to keep irises slightly elevated and out of the surrounding mulch (they don't much like their rhizomes mulched).
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Imagebitbit
Mar 30, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
How are everyone's gardens growing?

It's feeling springish here today. We've been getting late frosts (for here, I know you northerners are still in the thick of it), and there are a couple nights in the 30s on tap for next week, so my plants are still inside (and I'm regretting not wintersowing). But they're growing nicely, and I just potted the herbs that will stay with me in NC into some mixed planters... they'll stay inside to recover from the transplant shock and get a bit bigger while the weather warms up, and hopefully be able to make their way outside in a week or two. Cilantro, dill, savory, garlic chives, marigolds (not an herb, but they were rootbound and needed to go somewhere Shrug! ), chamomile, and lots of arugula... and I kept a few seedlings of everything behind to bring up to VA for my husband. I went with tiny 3-gallon pots, because I still can't lift heavy things with my bad knee and want to be able to move them, so I had to really limit the number of plants in a container.

He's been working on perennials - blueberries and goji berries are in now, and the grapes are waiting for me to come to town to help build a trellis. He's been filling our little hatchback with bags of mulch every weekend, but I think I've finally convinced him to just have someone deliver a truckload for the rest of the project. I can't wait to see how it all looks, because I know he's been putting in a lot of work Lovey dubby

I have a few seedlings I'm especially excited about. Two new asparagus babies (I started two last year... at this rate, I'll have a productive patch in a decade Whistling ), one pineapple sage and quite a few culantro, both of which I failed at germinating last year. I'm really anticipating a cheerful garden this year with a rainbow of columbines, poppies, daisies, and echinaceas to tuck in around my fruit bushes.

I have lots of piggy seedlings to get my shade garden in VA started too. The hostas have germinated like crazy. So far, they're all solid green, but I know it can take some time for them to show their adult forms. I planned to cull some that are really "boring", but honestly even a plain green plant will make me happy if it thrives in the deep shade where so little will grow. The mimulus are adorable tiny things - lots of germination but no real growth yet... this whole endeavor will be a multi-year project, so I don't mind if they're slow to start. The four o'clocks and nasturtiums have gotten quite large, and will probably go straight into the ground next weekend when I visit up there, or maybe the weekend after, depending when I have time to harden them off.

I'm so happy to have plants again after a dreary winter without my usual winter veggie garden. Thank you to all my piggy buddies who helped make it possible Group hug
ImageMistirose
Mar 30, 2013 8:40 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yep springtime here too Bit. Glad you got some babies going! Hurray! Question why are my seedlings so slow growing?
ImageLeBug
Mar 31, 2013 11:30 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Great going on your seedlings Bit Hurray! You just reminded me I need to get my mimulus going guess I should do that today they do grow slow to begin with but I usually have blooms before I begin to harden them off just seems like forever until our last frost date yet everything seems to be growing slow for me too but guess that's the anticipation of what is to come Big Grin

At this other cat lady's house I have been looking at these old drainage pipes that look like pottery that look like they have been sitting around for years but don't dare to ask for them but I did score the top to an old crock that ice broke the bottom off of from Inez she was going to pitch it and I said oh no! Rolling on the floor laughing

No WS seedlings in my containers yet Rolling my eyes. I think I'm watching them too much ever hear that old saying "a watched pot never boils"...
Imagerisingcreek
Mar 31, 2013 11:40 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
HAPPY EASTER

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