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Imagechelle
Mar 31, 2013 2:16 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
The only new sprouts I've seen here lately are in the container I had yellow mimulus growing in last year...but there's a lot of them! Hurray!
They are definitely one of my favorite shade plants now. Lovey dubby


Bit, you rock!
You've got a lot started with so much else going on. Thumbs up
ImageLeBug
Apr 4, 2013 8:06 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
That's the reseeders Chelle from last year? I never see mine till a lot later like maybe the first of summer maybe? Yiu are further north than I am.

I had some that reseeded at the edge of my mini shade garden but they didn't come back last year I really missed them!
poisondartfrog
Apr 5, 2013 7:17 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I have scores of happy piggy seedlings, thanks to all the porky little enablers around here.
Jonna, thank you again for the Cytisus Boskoop Ruby seeds. Scalding the seeds with boiling water did the trick and I have germination. Smiling

ImageMistirose
Apr 5, 2013 8:39 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Hey Jonna, any tips on germinating Bay leaf Tree seeds and Camellia sinensis seeds?
ImageJonnaSudenius
Apr 5, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Alana, happy to hear the Cytisus seeds germinated. Hope you will get the same plant as I got, but - as said before- the plant crossed with the usual Cytisus scoparius, so these seeds can give another color.

Misti, I'm not experienced in germinating seeds of plants/trees, that only grow in warmer regions. I'm in zone 6, so I only have experience with cold tolerate plants and trees.
I found an article for the Bay leaf tree that might help you. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1011875725469?LI=...
and also one for the Camellia sinensis http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/scm-17.pdf

We have the coldest and longest winter ever. We are a month behind. We had no white Christmas, but we had a white Easter Thumbs down
Some seeds started to germinate, but it's hard to keep them alive indoors, because the nights are very cold and we can't provide enough warmth during the night.
I like Heliotropum, but these seeds must be sown very early indoors here. I lost them all, germinated new ones, but I doubt I will have mature plants this summer. My tomato seeds didn't grow for more as 1 inch in 3 weeks Sad
And the winter sowed seedlings that germinated early March had a hard time. They got heavy frost after their germination and I lost quite a few.
Next week the weather will be better and the seeds that germinated last week will survive.
But I stay positive, I think I will have a lot of new plants this year, not as much as I wanted, but still a lot, because I sowed a lot of very cold hardy plants.



ImageMistirose
Apr 5, 2013 2:19 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
thank you much Jonna I tip my hat to you.
Imagechelle
Apr 5, 2013 2:50 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
LeBug wrote:That's the reseeders Chelle from last year? I never see mine till a lot later like maybe the first of summer maybe? Yiu are further north than I am.

I had some that reseeded at the edge of my mini shade garden but they didn't come back last year I really missed them!


Yeah, Leah. Reseeders from last year's plants. I set the pot in the cold GH last fall and it's still there, that's probably why they sprouted earlier.


ImageMistirose
Apr 7, 2013 5:44 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
We really have to keep these seeds going http://www.motherearthnews.com/sustainable-farming/seed-dive...
Imagerisingcreek
Apr 7, 2013 6:09 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I totally agree. Monsanto has a strangle hold on farming and are singlehandlely gobbling up as many seed companies as they can.
SCbuttercup
Apr 7, 2013 8:11 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Just transplanted my tomato seedlings from little plugs to 4 inch pots. Last year we had a late frost april12 so nothing tender goes out. Well, at least nothing except some cantaloupe seedlings and eggplant seedlings. I do push the zone a bit by keeping an eagle eye on overnight weather forecast. Probably no more frost but if it happens I'll cover the tender stuff and cross my fingers, I never lose to frost and I've been pushing it for years. Spent the entire day out in the garden and several hours yesterday. Did some weeding, mulching and pruned my fig trees justin the nick of time, they are just about to burst into leaf and baby figs. So tired but hate that work will keep me out of the yard most of the week. Love this time of year. And love living in zone 8.
Imagebitbit
Apr 8, 2013 1:14 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'm surprised you get frosts so late, Judy. My "average" date is mid-March, which has been pretty accurate the last few winters, though this year we had them until the end of the month. Mid-April would be a bit of a shock, and I'm really close to the zone 7/8 border.

Busy weekend in VA. Helped my husband put in nine new blueberry bushes behind our retaining wall. Hopefully in a few years, they'll grow into a hedge. I brought up a bunch of plants that I started in NC from seed, so herbs, onions, leeks, and greens are hardening off under his supervision, and tomatoes and peppers are hanging out in the sunroom until it warms up a bit more. I decided that building beds in the shade garden is a bit too ambitious for the tiny seedlings I have now, so they're growing up in 18-gallon tubs, maybe for the whole season, and will find their permanent homes when they're hardier. There was lots of lugging of bags of soil and manure, due to the unpleasant discovery that both my cart and wheelbarrow had developed flat tires over winter.

And weeded. Oh, I weeded so much. This time of year, it seems like I could weed every day and not make a dent. Weeding is one task that my husband doesn't tolerate, and it had been nearly a month since I was home, so it was a jungle. I unburied my garlic plants, which were only half as tall as the surrounding henbit. Also "found" my fava bean plants which had been smothered by chickweed and a few things I can't identify. They didn't gain much height over winter (only about a foot tall), but are strong, stocky things, and absolutely covered with flowers! This is my first time growing them, but the little black-and-white blossoms are absolutely gorgeous - I have a real soft spot for edibles that are pretty as well. On schedule for next weekend (undoubtedly after more weeding) is a generous application of mulch, so things should be under better control after that.

Didn't have much of a winter garden this year, but there were a couple of rows of Brassicas that managed to compete with the weeds, so I harvested just enough broccoli for my dinner (husband didn't get any *Blush* ). Had some strange new bugs on one of the cabbages, and saw my first cabbage white of the year (they're a major pest here)... hopefully I'll be able to get some more harvest before it all goes to the bugs.

Pruned my rosemary bush. I'm amazed at how big it has gotten in just a few years, and its ability to keep growing straight through winter. But, it had a bunch of dead branches that needed to come out to make room for the new growth - I filled a wheelbarrow (yeah, the one with the flat tire Rolling my eyes. ), and the bush didn't really look any different.

Also tore out most of a huge (over 6' tall and wide and about 10' long) rhododendron bush that's been slowly dying over the last couple years. The branches near the ground had healthy new growth on the tips, so I left them, but the crowns of the plants (hard to tell how many there were initially, definitely more than one, but there have been many offshoots) seemed pretty rotten, so I'm not sure any of it will survive. Sad, because it was a really beautiful plant - one of the first things I noticed when we moved in, as it was in full bloom then. All the wood I took out was definitely dead and brittle, and most was rotten at the base. It was a lot of work - most of the stems were as thick as my wrist, and there were dozens of them tightly packed together which made getting the saw in there difficult. But I discovered an azalea that had been shaded behind it and I never knew I had, so at least there's something pretty that can grow to fill in the gap.

Now I'm back to "real life" in NC. But it's a short week for me, and I'll get to see my garden again on Thursday night Thumbs up
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Imagecritterologist
Apr 8, 2013 3:29 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
ooh, timely nudge... a visiting gardener last fall mentioned that I should prune my fig back by nearly half, and now is the time yes indeed! *adds to list*

BTW, one of the best investments I ever made in garden maintenance was last summer when I bought tires for my wheelbarrow that never go flat! I had one that just wouldn't stay fixed... seemed like it was flat every time I needed it, so either I'd do without or project would come to a halt while I wrestled with it.
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ImageLeBug
Apr 8, 2013 8:34 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Thanks Chelle I usually have the mimulus at the edge of my shade garden with morning sun with some dark coral bells I think they go pretty well together that's probably how they got started there I used to grow them in pots and put them around there never expected them to reseed in the pots or just forgot I had them in there and planted other things I can't remember what I have in pots from year to year.

I made a nice discovery today I thought I lost all of my pasque flowers from last year cause I never got them in the ground and I have three I'm soo happy! From what I understand pasque flowers have long tap roots so that's probably why some of them died that and the darn hot summer and me missing watering them.

I've already lost two seed trays of coleus and my red messa salvias Grumbling thank goodness I have more of both but I only had five plants transplanted of the messa salvias and wanted more so I had a better chance of having a red one like last year in case my one doesn't come back but five is better than none Rolling my eyes.

I've been volunteering for two cat ladies for a bit so I'm doing a split shift this one lady had an operation and isn't able to take care of her barn cats so I'm not getting much done around here and itching to get outside I guess a couple hrs. a day is better than none but this darn chicory and weedy skullcap (I think it is) has really gone wild this year! I've got to get both out before they reseed!
Imagecritterologist
Apr 9, 2013 10:05 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Hmm, skullcap, maybe that's the thing with yellow flowers popping up everywhere this year. We kinda like it, but maybe I should deadhead it. Or make Joyanna deadhead it, since she's the one whose passionate protests kept me from digging one up yesterday LOL.

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Imagechelle
Apr 11, 2013 6:01 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Noted over a dozen new varieties up in jugs recently, but the weather's turning cold, cloudy and wet again so I'll be germinating more seeds indoors for the next few days.

Lots of different penstemons, snapdragons, lupines and Velvet-N-Lace Dianthus showing now. Lovey dubby
ImageLeBug
Apr 12, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I'm not really sure that the wild weed is skullcap that is what Inez calls it it's in all of the corn fields this year besides my yard and all you can see in the corn fields is purple from the flower yours may be yellow Critter living in a different state than I do I know I'm having a hell of a time trying to get it all out before it reseeds we had rain yesterday and I had to take off from Inez's yesterday and today because of my back so I won't be digging it today either Sad I still have a big patch in my mini shade garden!

I tried to Google it with no luck so it may have another name.

Still haven't had anything germinate in my WS containers yet had to set them in the garage with all the sun we have been getting lately.

Hurray! Good for you Chelle! I'm hoping to see my pink & blue penstemons germinating here real soon they are in the vermiculite out in the garage.
Imagetcs1366
Apr 12, 2013 5:38 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I transplanted my tomatoes today.... I'm hoping it just 'shock' as now most of the leaves are curled under.
I've "spritzed" them with a bit of diluted superThrive, which I've used before for transplant shock.

I have 13 seedlings.

that was all I did this year... though after I cleaned my flower beds, I went out and sprinkled [willy nilly] various annuals .... will just have to see what comes up this year. I know I did them way too early, but I did not have a choice. Plus we've had 5 days of rain since i spread the seeds.... now we just need some warm weather.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageDayjillymo
Apr 12, 2013 8:33 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Terese, your annuals will be a lot of fun to watch develop and grow. I'm afraid I would weed them out before I recognized them, but they will be fun if they make it!

Smiling
Imagetcs1366
Apr 13, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Jill -- I did tell myself NOT to pull any weeds until I know 'what is what'... as I have done that before.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Apr 13, 2013 10:30 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I did the same thing in my veggie patch lol. Trying to attract pollinators I sprinkled some Zinnia, Cosmos and Marigold seeds out. So I am under the same rules. Whistling

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