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ImageRedLeopard
Apr 9, 2015 9:39 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL
Alana, yes the Cerinthe 'Yellow Gem' seed were from you. I didn't mention your name as I didn't want it to sound like I was complaining and pointing fingers. They were dated, but I didn't record the date in my database and don't remember. 2010, maybe? At any rate, I appreciate your sending them to me and giving me the opportunity to try.

I got number of nice things from you in the swap. Some that I'm really happy about at the moment are the different colors of Musk Mallow. I have a number of seedlings of the pink, the yellow, and the orange from you, and of the red from another source.

I had the pink and the red quite a number of years ago and really liked them. I especially liked how they had the underground tubers that helped them deal with our sandy soil during our dry season. I don't know how I managed to lose them, but I've wanted them again for a long time now.

I'm especially interested in seeing how the seedlings of the orange turn out, as from your description and the photo you posted, I expect it was a hybrid. Possibly a cross between the pink and the yellow. At any rate, it will be fun to see what the seed produce!

ImageMistirose
Apr 9, 2015 9:45 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Barn Swallows nesting inside our entryway. looks like we will be using the garage a lot till Sept since its illegal to remove them. Blinking
ImageRedLeopard
Apr 10, 2015 3:30 AM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL
Misti, since your normal comings and goings didn't prevent the Barn Swallows from nesting in your entryway, won't they be OK with you using it while they are nesting?

poisondartfrog
Apr 10, 2015 5:28 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
RL, no problem. Sometimes seeds just don't germinate for no perceivable reason but it can be useful to know what challenges they might have because of age, condition, etc. I am going to find these and give them another shot. I should have sowed them a couple of years ago.
ImageRedLeopard
Apr 10, 2015 6:21 AM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL
Good luck with them, Alana! (Fingers crossed.)
ImageMistirose
Apr 10, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Hope so lol went out this morning and they werent there. They were out and about this morning better be earning their rent.
Imagewildflowers
Apr 10, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Misti, we had barn swallows outside our front door last year. They're very boisterous and interesting birds. We would use the other entries too, since they would have a fit and dive bomb us, especially the dogs. They ended up in the house at one point (long story!) But they were gone by some time in June I think. It's too hot for them to lay or nest in the summer. I'll have to go look at last year's notes... they made the diary! Rolling on the floor laughing

Lost a few tomato plants in last nights storms but most things made it.

FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Apr 10, 2015 2:19 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Yep, I checked and it was June when they were all finished, both sets of fledglings were gone.

Here's two posts that I made on ATP last year that pretty much sums up my 'adventures with the swallows' and the Phoebes which had a nest at the back porch. This year the Phoebes are at the front. The swallows must have found another spot but I still see them flying around.

Here's the posts:
http://allthingsplants.com/thread/view_post/607189/

This is the story of the swallows getting in the house:
http://allthingsplants.com/thread/view_post/608005/
FAITH over fear!

ImageArleneB
Apr 10, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I just got a 50 pound bag of dried molasses! It's so funny that you guys mentioned it here on this post and when I went to my gardening club meeting they were talking about building the soil and talked about adding dried molasses
Imagestarlight1153
Apr 10, 2015 4:00 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Arlene How did you make out with the storm? My one shade cloth got to heavy and too wet from the storms and broke down and now I have a whole lot of tomatoes that gonna need bandaids. Looks like a lot have broken stems too. Some hopefully will recover and come on later, but there some that I think are totally goners and just when they was looking real good and would have been ready for market certain ones for next week. Crying Crying Could have worse I guess.

You should have no problem selling your tomatoes. Folks buying them like crazy especially after hardly nobody having any last year.

ImageDanita
Apr 10, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Ella, sorry about your maters but..... root those broken tomato stems before they dry up. Then, if the potted lower part re-sprouts, you'll have 2 plants for every seed you planted. ^_^
ImageArleneB
Apr 10, 2015 5:57 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Smart, Danita! I do that but I would have never thought to tell Ella to do it!

Sorry about your tomatoes Ella! We just got rain here. I put my tomatoes in the GH at the farm just in case! We didn't get much rain here, just enough to water things nicely.

Truck is loaded with tomato plants. Just pick up canopy and tables and bagged lettuce in the morning!
ImageMistirose
Apr 10, 2015 7:10 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Hope so lol went out this morning and they werent there. They were out and about this morning better be earning their rent.
Imagejoseph
Apr 10, 2015 9:48 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Ha!!!!

In the 2013 swap I shared hazelnut seeds. 14 months ago I planted a couple hundred seeds in my garden. Five plants sprouted and survived the 2014 growing season and are currently leafing out.

Today when I was weeding the hazelnut row I noticed many hazelnuts germinating... I counted at least 15 seedlings that are just sprouting... So if you planted them and nothing came up, there is still hope....

I dug up one of the nuts and tasted it... It was still perfectly edible.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
Apr 11, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I've been keeping an eye on the hazelnuts. No sprouts yet. I had to plant them in a pot. Years ago I tried growing hazelnuts but the squirrels got them before they could grow.
FAITH over fear!

Weedwhacker
Apr 11, 2015 9:13 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Lots of posts to catch up on -- just got back yesterday from a little vacation to Las Vegas! Learned that we are apparently not quite as young as we were 10 or so years ago when we went out there the last time... I feel like I walked about 100 miles between Sunday and Thursday Rolling my eyes. Also learned that everything there is a lot more expensive than we remembered -- $7-$8 for a beer is over twice what we pay here, although I know there are plenty of places where that would be pretty normal. Stopped at one outside bar while we were walking around that had frozen "slushie" type drinks, Margaritas, Rum Runners, etc., and each got a "medium" size (probably 16 oz.). That was nearly $40... Blinking (but they were really good!!) Highlight of the trip was having great seats for "Jersey Boys," the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; music we grew up on. Flew back to Green Bay on Thursday, with delayed flights due to all the bad storms going through the area. Stayed there overnight and then drove back home on Friday. Fun trip, but SO glad to be back to our natural habitat!!

The pepper seeds that I planted a couple of days before leaving are just starting to pop up, and my onions are looking great and will be able to go out to the greenhouse soon, once I get the heater set up since we're still getting lows below freezing pretty often. Our highs are in the 50s for the coming week, and most of the snow is gone (despite having another 3 inches of it while we were gone). Rhubarb and the "Allium giganteum" are popping up, willow and poplar trees are starting to leaf out, and the sandhill cranes are back! Hurray! Time for me to get serious about seed starting now...

You all have some really interesting things growing already... I hope everyone has more successes than disappointments this year!! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagerisingcreek
Apr 11, 2015 2:34 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
Does anyone know what this is? I only have the one bush on the entire property, it vaguely resembles calif buckwheat but the flowers and leaves are more delicate, the flowers have a lavender pinkish tinge to them? takes no water whatsoever and blooms for months. it is about 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall and at about 4 feet across. I am stumped and going crosseyed looking on the calflora site thank you, any help greatly appreciated




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ImageMistirose
Apr 11, 2015 6:21 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Looks like Babys breath to me.
poisondartfrog
Apr 12, 2015 4:19 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
There are a lot of Eriogonum species so maybe it is a relative of California Buckwheat. Eriogonum parvifolium has a more skeletal frame like yours appears to have.
Imagetcs1366
Apr 12, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
A few of the plants I grew from seed this winter -- i started at end of Jan into early Feb. .... are blooming.

Those Dwarf Morning Glories, are light blue like "Heavenly" - just small blooms
I received seeds for "Salvia Coccinea 5-7'" - it bloomed this morning.
Red 4-O'Clocks getting lots of buds, 1 flower opened
and most if not all of the Zinnias; Oklahoma, Giant cactus [though they are not tall] and Red Spider... all blooming.

Oh and very excited to see my Caladiums have finally poked thru the ground... i always forget how long those take ... think it's been a good 3 weeks.
Still waiting on my Elephant Ears.

Tomorrow is "landscape waste day" so we have some trimming to do.

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

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