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May 8, 2014 3:31 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Just had to get into the stairway for a Tornado warning. Im so glad I work two isles over from my hubby. I was able to grab him and of course my bag of seeds Im logging (got to get the important stuff) and went into the stairway. I dont think we had one here but it was headed towards my house. i hope my babies will be ok Sad
May 8, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Oh my, Misti! I hope everything is okay.
May 8, 2014 4:22 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
me too! hubby and I are safe now gotta go home here in about 40 min and see if the house and garden are ok Group hug
May 8, 2014 5:25 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Oh dear, misti, you are having a tough year. Hope the tornado dissipates before touching down.
May 8, 2014 7:49 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
thank you Andi, I believe it did. The house is here and the garden is fine. Infact I think the lettuce rather enjoyed it lol so all are safe and sound here. Thank you for the well wishes! Group hug
May 8, 2014 9:29 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
so glad you were unharmed. tornadoes terrify me, will take our earthquakes anytime over being sucked up and sent to kansas with toto
May 9, 2014 5:09 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
So glad to hear that you're okay, Misti!
May 9, 2014 5:18 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Question on Devil'sClaw/Double Claw.

Has anyone pinched buds off of these plants? Mine is trying to bloom in its seed pot. I'm wondering if I should pinch these first buds off now to end up with a better/bigger plant later, or if I should leave well enough alone. I don't want to put it outdoors full time yet; we're forecast to have low 40's again next week and that might be a little cool for it.
May 9, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thanks everyone! Rolling on the floor laughing Kacee! you are funny! hmm Chelle I am not for sure on that specific plant but I would think it would allow it to put more energy into roots and leaves.
May 9, 2014 11:34 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Chelle - I have been looking at information for Devil's claw because it is an interesting plant and some of the types have medicinal value, some can be made into arts/crafts, but whoa, there are so many plants with the common name of Devil's claw!

Martynia annua - Devil's claw, Tiger's claw
Proboscidea louisianica - purple flowers - Devil's claw, Ram's horn, Unicorn plant
Ibicella lutea - yellow flowers- Devil's claw, Unicorn plant, Ram's horn
Proboscidea parviflora also Martynia parviflora - Devils claw, Red devil's claw, Double claw
Harpagophytum procumbens - Devil's claw, Wood spider, Grappe plant, Harpago

I'm sure there must be more, but my head started to hurt so I stopped. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
May 9, 2014 1:04 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
The common names get confusing. People in this area call regular orange "ditch" day lilies "tiger lilies". I call the spotted Lilium lancifolium var. splendens lilies tiger lilies. I hope at least a couple survived the move. It looks like I may have a couple of baby ones starting in pots. It would be hard to have a "tiger garden" without my tiger lilies. Now, I have to get black hollyhock seeds to germinate. I haven't had luck winter sowing or direct sowing hollyhocks.

Hope everyone is weathering the latest batch of storms. We will have severe thunderstorms Saturday, but then some warmer weather. guess I'll see how the power is during storms in the new place.

Bella the cat has taken over the spare room (fiberarts studio in my case). She has been hanging out on top of some stacked bolts of felt. She even has a window view.

Hopefully life and the weather will cooperate so that I can get some plants in the ground soon.
May 9, 2014 1:14 PM CST
Name: Alana
I'm behind on the thread and have not read the posts from the last few days, but:

If it is seeds Chelle got from me a couple of years ago it is Proboscidea parviflora var. hohokamiana. I have grown all of those, but that one and Ibicella lutea are the most recent. I would not have called Ibicella lutea Devil's Claw. As to pinching back-I've never done it. I have had them bloom when held in the pot too long, but I just let them go and don't recall any ill effects.
If you do that Chelle, let me know how it works out. I might want to try it.

Misti, I'm glad you dodged that tornado. Spooky.

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Danita (or anyone), do you know if interspecific crosses of Cuphea lanceolata and Cuphea llaeva are likely in the garden? "No they are not" is my preferred answer, but I will take what I get.
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May 9, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Good to see everyone is doing okay!

Joseph, don't know if I said already but CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment! Thumbs up

Ella, sorry for the sad news! Hats off to your for helping those affected by the tornado, so devastating. I know what you mean about sitting there crying, I remember doing that several times as a storm adjuster, going into areas hit by hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., nothing can prepare you for that! So sad. On an up note, I had a laugh about that guinny making all that racket but it's true that they are known for eating up those pesty bugs and keeping snakes away!!

Chelle, I've grown Devil's Claw before and they stayed pretty small; maybe I should have pinched them back - I think it's a good idea.

Andi, glad you and those critters are settled in your new place.

Hope I didn't miss anything else... if I did it was by accident.

Today I pinched back the Lime Basil.... wow, it smells wonderful, (Like basil and lime! lol) can't wait for it to get big enough to use in the kitchen!!
FAITH over fear!

May 9, 2014 7:38 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks for all of the info!

Yes, this plant is the Proboscidea parviflora var. hohokamiana from Alana. I only had one seed germinate, so I'm probably over-thinking strategy; however, I'd like a fuller plant and there's still plenty of growing season, I think I'll try dis-budding it.
Cross your fingers! Sticking tongue out

I grew that Lime Basil last year...and loved it! I haven't even started basils's just been too cool all-around. I usually start it too early though, so it's probably for the best.
May 10, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Picked up a few six packs at the store - of plants - petunias, impatiens, begonia and a cute little dahlia. I usually start annuals from seed, but I need something to cheer up the place (and me). Guess who has to take a walk before it starts raining.....
May 12, 2014 7:18 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Sure hope everybody made it through all the tornadoes and storms ok. We had such a wicked winter and now it seems spring and summer can't make up it's mind if it is going to stay or not.

Cold and miserable one day and blistering heat and high humidity the next. Do ya plant or wait? Do ya leave out or move to shelter? Do ya cover or uncover? Heck a body spending so much time just trying to keep alive what now popped up who has time to sow more seeds.

It is going to be an interesting year for sure. I know I have nevr planted seeds this late in the season before. Just hope evrything grows and does well and at least produces or blooms by the fall.

You California , especially and Texas folks. I hope you get some rain soon. Saw on Tv more and more of Calif. ground all dried up and cracking and fields already starting to die. Hope you have access to some water somewhere.

Joesph... Are you under snow again? Saw on the news all them states to include Utah that has snow out of the blue again. Hope your babies doing ok.

Thanks all for the well wishes of Katie. Her funeral was Sat.

How cool!!!!! Well, I guess I will just get me a pair of earplugs than if them guniees is a snake chaser. Sure need all the help I can get in that area.

Had a weird experience yesterday. Was sitting on porch trying to get cool. No air in trailer and when it 90 outside it 115 inside. Was sitting there drinking my coffee and out from under the porch came a baby toad. I watched it hop around and disappear over into an upturned pot of soil and than I saw another one and another one. Had a total of ten come hopping out from under my trailer. I need to get under there and see what is going on, but almost afraid too. Have no idea as to how many different sets of eyes will be looking back at me.

I think the baby woodpecker I been watching since it was conceived has finally left the nest. (sigh) Sure enjoyed watching it everyday while I sat on porch.

If anybody happens to see somebody or someplace selling Thunbergia grandiflora, would ya holler out. I really, really need to get one of those plants again. Even a small plug or rooted cutting will do.

Chelle... Think it was you. Where did you find those Giant strawberries at. They seed or roots?

Time to get outside and get something done. It already 75 and humid.

Has anybody ever grown beans in a pot before? Do I need a one gallon or a two gallon do ya think? Still too much flooding here on days we not in drought mode to put things in the ground. I'm determined to have veggies this year and pot production is the only way to go it seems. Flowers and shrubs I know, some of the veggies, giving it a try for the first time this year.

I have no idea if some of these beans are pole or bush. Any suggestions on pole ones with pot production how to stake em good?

May 12, 2014 12:42 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Around here it typically snows until Decoration Day at the end of May. I'll put my tomatoes out a week or two after that to be safe. The last two years we've had frost on the first day of summer (June 20th). About half of the tomatoes succumbed. I loved it!!! That allows me to screen for cold/frost tolerance. If everything dies then there is no screening. If nothing dies then there is no screening. If half die that is the most perfect screening that I can imagine. I have already planted tomatoes into the ground, and have a flat of them outside for the frost to take if she will. These are only for plant breeding purposes. No big deal if they perish: They are the proverbial expendable crew members.

Yesterday I got the tomatoes transplanted for the first time:

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
May 12, 2014 5:50 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I will have to adjust my thinking, Joseph. I get upset when plants/seedlings don't make it. I'll just have to look at it as a test for hardiness!
May 13, 2014 3:52 AM CST
Name: Alana
Finally had time to back up a bit. Ella, Ozark Beauty Strawberry are like the ones you get at the grocery, at least in my garden. They are as big as a child's fist, hold up well and for strawberries, are slow to rot. The down side is they can be tough and have thick pithy chambers sometimes.
I have one plant of a new to me strawberry, Gurney's Whopper, that I got in a recent plant trade. I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs.
Apologies if I missed anything else; eventful couple of weeks.

May 13, 2014 6:23 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I guess I listeria thread. Posted this on old one last month:
All I needed was time, ALL my wintersown rudbeckia and coneflower germinated! Thank you, much of it was from different folks here. I also had some seeds from a DG trade that I forgot about over a year ago: yellow coneflower and confederate rose. Only thing that didn't is clematis and I've heard that can take two years. I'll find a place for it and keep it watered til next winter.
I am totally converted to winter sowing for perennials. It works!

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