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What a disappointment this year - nasturtium (last year's seeds) sunflowers (ditto) hardy gloxinia(x 4 bulbs) and convolvulus (seed) all did lousy. I have more seed packets in the garage that I never planted... I'll write more when I have time.
The glox died in the containers - after potting it rained and rained and although the containers had dozens of holes for drainage (and big rocks at the bottom to help) all 4 roots turned to mush. The conv. are 'blooming' - if you can call one single teeny blossom a 'bloom'. I divided the conv. into a few containers a month ago and only one is successfully producing anything (the bloom).
I forgot to keep the nasturtium seeds separate - the red from the orange. And all 3 pots are barely growing. 2 pots are from from the seeds I collected and the 3rd in the rooster pot is 3 years old - I bring it in every winter and cut it back. It grows (spindly) and blooms (1 or 2) but always gets bigger and better and blooms nicely when I put it out for the season and this summer it's barely hanging on. The gerbera daisies were really slow to come back this spring. I kept them cut back for the most part over the winter and gave them just enough water to keep them alive. When I first put them out the fresh green leaves that had sprouted withered and died - no blooms. I had to cut them both back. Right now the leaves are bright green and huge and both have finally bloomed.
I took out the dwarf spruce on either side of the back door. It looked good for 10 minutes this season and went right back to being 1/2 brown. I replaced them with hollyhock, larkspur and melampodium. Much better!
I gave Lee half a hosta - I split it x3 for her and split the other half x3 for me - it was HUGE - and stuck it on the end of the new bed. I also gave her white and blue salvia, a whole cransebill (Rozanne, and now I'm down to 2 and they look like ASS), a zebra grass (the one that was sitting at the end of the fence waiting to be put somewhere - and put the other 1/2 in a new bed) and campanula which didn't survive.
I moved and then divided the daylilies in the garage bed and put 3 in the new bed and 2 in the new bed outside the fence. I added a hosta from Judy's yard (don't know what it is, lovely chartreuse color though). I also took a couple cuttings of lenten rose and put 1 in the garage bed (too much sun) and 2 in the kitchen bed. None of them doing well at all. It's always wait until next year.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The lawn did perk up a little bit and is actually filling in. I used the Brill all summer and raked up some of the clippings when there was just too much of it. Because I didn't have to fence off the garage bed to keep Stormy out of it, it was much easier to work in all season. I 'mulched' the beardtongue with cut zebra grass and a healthy dose of the neighbor's oak leaves that landed in the bed all fall. I hope they come back. Could that be why the hollyhock didn't? Not enough mulch through the winter? Plenty of snow last winter - over 6'. Should have been well-protected from the bitter temps.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The dogs are ruining the entire backyard lawn!! Today removed most of the worst of the thatch in the lawn. I put up a small fence dividing the yard to keep the dogs off the side at the garage entirely and out of my 2 flower beds over there. Stormy likes to poo on the mulch (and my flowers) all winter. WHY??!! This severely restricts their ability to run the yard, but Colby is having paw problems anyway and Stormy runs in place most of the time so he can still accomplish some exercise. Of course that means the 'inner' lawn is looking like crap (literally and figuratively) and Colby is digging to China via the gigantic holes he continues to work on - is he trying to escape? Hopefully - but why can't he just call a cab? I seeded the garage lawn, dumped some top soil and humus on top the low, really bare spots, then mowed using the Brill and raked the mulched clippings over the bare spots. I really don't want to work too hard at this, I'm pretty sure this is the lazy's man's (woman's) way, but I'm optimistic I'll see progress and green within the next couple weeks... fingers crossed.