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Imagegreene
May 5, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Yesterday I took the dog to Lowe's and Home Depot (they allow well-behaved dogs as the stores share a parking lot with PetSmart), anyway, the good news is that there are several varieties of Veronica/Speedwell for sale right now and they are beauuuuutiful.
ImageLeBug
May 5, 2014 9:39 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Man wish I knew where a Lowes is aroynd here maybe I coyld check Home Depot to ser if they have any really liked my white one Crying
Imagegreene
May 5, 2014 11:21 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
There are three Lowe's about 25 miles from you near Louisville, Indiana.

For Home Depot, search 'Home Depot stores near ...and put your zip code into the search.
The Google Map will give you directions and distances.

poisondartfrog
May 5, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Thanks Arlene. I guess there is nothing I can do about that, then.
I lost a lot of plants, too. Some favorites, and some I kept wishing would die because I did not have the heart to dig them out, lol.
ImageMistirose
May 5, 2014 4:56 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Not sure if its the same type of Iris but the only thing I know about them is about every 7 years or so they need to be dug up and have their rhizomes trimmed back or they may stop blooming.
ImageMistirose
May 5, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
My Allstar Strawberries seem to be petering out, do they do two flushes or something? Site says Ripens in June but I have been picking ripe ones all in April.
ImageArleneB
May 5, 2014 7:22 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I'm not sure, but usually they say June for non everbearing berries. Doesn't really mean June. I think. Shrug! Mine started the end of April and are at their peak now. They are June bearing berries. But see, when I lived in MI, they were June bearing! Whistling

Everbearing will produce slightly all during the summer, or in flushes. I'm not a fan.
Imagerisingcreek
May 5, 2014 8:14 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
my understanding of irises, at the tall bearded ones, is that they only bloom on new growth, once there is a bloom that part of the iris is done, except to send out new plants the next year. I have to divide mine every 2 or 3 years to keep them happy.
poisondartfrog
May 6, 2014 2:51 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Thanks Misti and risingcreek. The early blooms were just really short. I would not have known they were blooming at all if I had not looked down into them. My Iris's are divided every 2-3 years. I try to rotate and not disturb the same ones every year, but I trade Iris's a lot. Hilarious! I'm thinking Arlene nailed my particular issue with the coldness of this winter and spring. The ones that are blooming now look fine.

Misti, I have Allstar Strawberries and Ozark Beauty. Ozark Beauty is an everbearer, but mine just bear their crop in spring. They don't set fruit when it is very hot. In my garden Allstars are ripening now, the OB's are setting fruit but not ripening yet. To me, the Allstars are sweeter and "strawberrier", but do not keep as well as the Ozark's, which are much larger.
Imagechelle
May 6, 2014 5:49 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
greene wrote:Yesterday I took the dog to Lowe's and Home Depot (they allow well-behaved dogs as the stores share a parking lot with PetSmart), anyway, the good news is that there are several varieties of Veronica/Speedwell for sale right now and they are beauuuuutiful.


I got one of these, but now I can't figure out what it is. It's tansy-leaved...whatever it turns out to be. Bloom looks like a veronica, but I'm not finding a leaf match...yet.


Corydalis ochroleuca has won the best overall germination title in my corydalis trials...wow, I think every seed started germinated! Sempervirens was next in line, but with only a few so far it's still way back there.

I started more plants of Mimulus naiandinus because I really, really like it...and now I see that it self-seeded nicely for me, so I think I'll have plenty. Smiling

Magnolia is starting to bloom, but no signs of anything from the weeping cherry yet. I hope it's just being slow, and that we didn't lose it.

ImageLeBug
May 6, 2014 8:02 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Well I have seen one from the expressway but it looks like its so complicated to get there never have the time to find it always in a rush since veronicas are involved l might find some time...
ImageMistirose
May 6, 2014 8:33 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thanks Alana, hmm I hope they aren't sick. They are pretty young maybe that's why I'm not getting a lot of berries now. Some of the ones they had on them stayed small and turned a little brownish. I had them covered with Toole to keep the birds out perhaps they weren't getting enough air circulation.
ImageAndi
May 6, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
My strawberries are languishing in window boxes. We typically have fresh strawberries late June/early July. There is a farm nearby where you can pick your own. they have the strawberries planted along water lines/sprinklers.

I am not sure where to plant them. They take a lot of room and the critters get more than I do. Another problem I had, is the birds planted wild strawberries while eating my berries. At least the wild ones have yellow flowers, so they are easy to separate when they are in bloom. I probably wont get a harvest this year, but can plant them well and hope for next year.

Any suggestions for strawberry planting?
ImageMistirose
May 6, 2014 11:36 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I have mine in a raised bed and I really need to go out and put down a weed barrier type thing so the berries aren't sitting on the ground. The biggest thing is not to plant the crown in the soil.
Imagechelle
May 6, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I planted my veronica...whichever it is. I just made a guess on what conditions it would like. Rolling my eyes.

Good thing I did it today, too. They covered the potted crown with wood chips and the poor baby was rotting already! Anybody who gets plants from BB stores...remember to make sure you shake some of those things off before you plant them.
Imagejoseph
May 6, 2014 5:54 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

The swap before last I got lots of types of Pac Choi. Thanks RickCorey. I planted it a few weeks ago and it has germinated. Hoping to keep it alive this year. The flea bettles can really tear stuff like that up. The year before it succumbed due to drought before our irrigation system became active.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageMistirose
May 6, 2014 7:55 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
looks like my Strawberries are trying to bloom again. Hurray! I need some suggestions though, not sure if this is a good place. I am gonna have a lot of collard greens and kale, how do you store it? what do you like to make with them?
Imagegreene
May 6, 2014 8:28 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
We eat Kale stir-fried with bacon and a few other things thrown in. Here is the basic recipe.

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3082537932/quick-and-simple-stir...
ImageMistirose
May 6, 2014 8:33 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohh that looks wonderful! thank you! I also found this for some of the collards http://www.tasteofsouthern.com/southern-style-collard-greens...
Imagegreene
May 7, 2014 12:02 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Mistrose, that has got to be the most complete recipe I have ever seen - talk about step by step by step. Makes me feel like I was right there in the kitchen with the cook, thanks!

Collards are supposed to taste better after a cold snap in the weather. I'm not sure, (but I've been told) after you harvest the leaves (this being warm weather now) you might fool the collards by chilling them in the fridge or even the freezer just a bit.

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