Oh - I am green with envy. All the fun ya'll had and all the plants you got. Did you get some good deals ? Kenny, Jim and I went to Dan West last Sunday, but they haven't started putting much out yet. We felt like it was a little early here. Now, Lowe's and Home Depot are putting out their stuff - so it is really ramping up over here this week.
Cute pics. Plant friends are the best ! I can't believe Charlotte, you and Marilyn aren't coming over here on Friday for the nursery run in Memphis.
I found my tick - he was on my rib cage. But I have a patch of something on my right hand that I think is poison ivy! Probably got that working in the yard this week as I don't think it would break out overnight. But I wore gloves when I was picking stuff up!!
Who bought the leopard plant ? Terrye got one of those from Rita a couple of years back and hers didn't make it, so I would love to hear how it thrives for you.
Oh my, I hate the ticks are already on the move. I put stuff on Kit already, Charlotte, if your pup got into the poison ivy and you touched the pup, you could have gotten it there.
Now all of you tell which plant you bought that you are the most excited about having, so we can all be even more jealous !
OH yeah, and Marilyn gave me some of my jacob's cline monarda back LOL
and she and I got jewel weed plants, or rather seedlings. Which we've both been wanting.
Once we found out what the seedlings looked like we saw them in all kinds of pots out there, They were an annoyance according to the owner. In fact, I had pulled up a few (along with KIM ) LOL stuck them in a couple of my pots and the owner said. Oh and these are jewel weed seedlings, and started pulling them out of my pot like weeds, I bout died right then and there. LOL I still got quite a few of the jewel weed seedlings. She gave us some of them too. so we werent' really misbehaving LOL
here's some of my jewel weed babies. I really don't care if these things take over. I've been wanting jewel weed for a couple years.
I also found out I already had a couple of those amsonias already in t eh ground here, That's what I get for not keepin up .
They didn't have a bunch of milkweeds that I wanted, and didn't have the himalayan jack in the pulpet either, it rotted on her, she had lost a bunch of plants this past winter from the really cold weather we had.
KathyAnn, by the time you feel the itch from chiggers, the chiggers are already gone. It's like a mosquito bite--the itch is the reaction to the numbing agent from the varmint's saliva. Like mosquitoes, chiggers hit and run. So your focus should be on controlling the itch rather than killing the insect which has already fled. I laugh when I hear about people trying to kill the chigger with nail polish. The little guy has already escaped and now these people are just covered in polka dots. LOL The itching just has to run its course. Benadryl may help or some topical anti-itch cream.
I hate to hear that ticks are already out and about. Guess I better get the pesticide out and cover the perimeter. I hate ticks!
Oh I hate ticks too, they are so bad, usually here, but we put that stuff out in the spring all over the yard that helps keep them down.
I think the one with the yellow spots is the one that Terrye got at Ritas. Those spots are caused by a virus, Rita told us, but it is a desirable virus. She said if it started getting all green leaves, to take the scissors and cut through one of the yellow spots and then rug the scissors on the all green leaves.
WEll, I figured the little varmit was still in my pants when I took a shower changed closed and then went out to work outside, and was still itching, I came back in , changed again and put bleach all over my legs again and now the itch is gone. yay!!
I'm the only one who didn't get one of those spotted plants. I really like it but I had spent enough $$ by the time we got to that last nursery--LOL--one of the other nurseries in Conway has it, too. I can always get myself one the next time I have to go to Conway to the lab to get my blood drawn.
The plants I am most excited about are these in this photo. They are spikenard on the left (isn't it lovely--LOL?) and Blue Star Creeper on the right. The spikenard is a shade-loving plant native to Arkansas. It will get up to 6 feet tall. The owner of the nursery assured me there is a plant in there even if you can't see anything yet. She said if nothing comes up to give her a call and she will refund my money. I am going to plant it behind my storage shed just as soon as I get the junk cleared out from behind the shed. It should be a perfect place for it. That area may get some dappled sun in the early morning but it is shady the rest of the day.
The Blue Star Creeper is a ground-hugging creeper that I am going to plant between the pavers on the garden path that Buddy made. The weeds are having a great time growing in between those pavers even though there is weed block and also white rocks in between the pavers. I thought if I could get the Blue Star Creeper started there that it will choke out any weeds that try to grow there. I spent a good part of today pulling up the weeds. Still have a few more to pull but I'll get them on Monday.
Another plant that I am excited about is Chocolate Mint. Two of the nurseries we visited yesterday actually had some gen-yoo-ine Chocolate Mint. There are a whole bunch of folks here on DG who have been trying to find that stuff for years! Wait till I tell them what I have. I am going to put mine in a pot--don't want it to take over my flower bed. I mainly bought it for fun--plus it smells like chocolate--makes me want a Hershey bar right now! Yum!
Marilyn, I did not find the spikenard, that you have, do you have another name ? there are several in the Plant Files
Also found this http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/spikenard.aspx
I thought you might like to read that it was spikenard oil that was in the alabaster box in the Bible
Yes, I knew about the spikenard in the alabaster box. That was one of the reasons I wanted it plus it is a shade loving plant and I need some of those for my new shade garden. This is what is on the label on the pot:
Aralia racemosa: "American spikenard" Zones 3-10, Arkansas native, Shade or morning sun, moist, 3-6'; Butterfllies
I found it on the website for Pine Ridge Nursery. She doesn't haven't photos of her plants so I have no idea what it looks like. I just wanted some of it to try in my shade garden. At $12.00 it was the most expensive plant I bought but it is not readily available at other nurseries so I splurged on it. It better grow!!!!
It is the chocolate basil that Everybody on the herb forum is looking for. Chocolate mint is quite common although I have no idea why mine is such a teeny thing. maybe i need to move it to the back so it can take over like the rest of them LOL
I just planted all the forsythia that Debra gave Charlotte to give me. It's suppose to get cold tonight but not freezing so I went ahead and planted them and I had rooted apot full of them last fall and divided them also and planted them, Got 17 forsythias planted, Filled the area of which I needed to fill. I'm thrilled, hope they do well
I had a question for all those azaleas though, do they like part shade? I was thinking of scattering them through out the back, side and front yard, and also putting a few inside the actual beds. Do they get huge?
Ya'll made a great haul this weekend! Nice looking plants and I know you all had fun.
I took Friday off to take my DGD shopping...they were off on Spring Break last week and I had promised to spend some $$ on her. She didn't hurt me too bad and we had a great time.
Saturday wore us out. I planted 4 small seeding trees (they were free), 2 Japanese Maples, 3 shrubs (2 acubas and 1 Rheingold arbovitae), 2 peonies and dug up 3 more shrubs for transplanting elsewhere. Fortunately I heeled those in as it's 35 degrees here today. Brrrrr!!! Come back sunshine and Spring!!
Kathy Ann azaleas will take some sun but they do best in part shade. The ones that I have in the front get lots of sun. More than they used to when they were planted but they are still doing fine. As to how big they will get depends on the variety. As you have seen I have some that are 8 or 9 feet tall or more. But if you don't want them to get real tall you can always prune them back some every year. I have some in the back that would be a lot taller but I keep them pruned. Several of those you got from Debra had a tag on them. They looked like they might be the smaller variety. I would look them up.
Congrats on getting those forsythia and azaleas planted, KA!
I spent about 5 hours outside yesterday getting more weeding done. I had let the bermuda grass get away from me in the flower beds up against the patio on either side of the garden path. I pulled up as much of the grass as I could and then I pulled up the weed barrier cloth too. It looks a lot better. I have one little corner left to do underneath the Velvet Toreador rose today and then I will finish weeding the hummingbird/butterfly bed. I still have about a 6' x 6' area to do in that bed. Then I will have to start weeding the beds in the front. They don't have as many weeds as the beds in back did so it shouldn't take me as long to weed those. Then I will begin planting the stuff I came with last Friday! Whew! Getting ready for spring is hard work but the results will be worth it!
Charlotte and Kathy Ann, will you two please email me your photos from last Friday or upload them to picasa and post the link here so I can download them? thanks!
Here's the "after" photo of what I did yesterday. This is just one-half of the bed. This photo is looking toward my neighbor's yard. Their back yard is full of weeds which are slowly but surely making their way into my yard. :o((
This part of the flower bed has 3 Torch Lilies in it with a Peach Belle rose at the very end.
edited to say: That's Friday's chain in the photo. He "helped" me with the weeding--LOL
That looks great Marilyn, a little round up goes along way too LOL bermuda is hard to pull up. i'll email those photos of mine to you
i'm a little sore from yesterday LOL
I think it was the wrong shoes when I went walking though cause I was in tip top shape when I left to go walking and when I got home, my left leg and foot was numb and back was hurting, i'm still sore. I had no trouble from working in th e yard yesterday though.
Girls are talking about doing 5 miles, one of them's husband is suppose to take the truck and clock out 2 l/2 miles for us it takes us up the other side of the valley we walking, going down isn't bad, but coming back up we're all almost dead when we reach the top of the straight up l/8th mile hill although some say it's l/4 mile. it's like the pink bunny, it keeps going and going, and the other side is just as bad.
We met a new walker last night, and she was not friendly by no means, I think Wanda wants to see if we can do the 5 miles since that lady said that's what she does. Good grief!! I think i've turned them all into monsters LOL not sure if we'll start the 5 miles tonight or not. one of us ladies, isn't sure she can do this walk this summer. (not me) someone else. The hill is severe!
I didn't use Round-up because the bed was literally covered with Bermuda and I was afraid I would kill the plants along with the grass. Besides, it is still a little cool to be spraying Round-up. Those torch lilies were just about the first plants to bloom for me last spring and they did really well. I had 27 blooms at the same time on one of those lilies! I do use Round-up in the summer along the outside edge of my flower beds to keep the bermuda from getting into my flower beds but I didn't use it around the bed in the photo last year--I won't make that mistake again! LOL
Kathy Ann, you be careful on your walks and don't overdo! You hear?
Your beds are looking good Marilyn! I don't have weeds in my beds in the backyard. Not real sure why I don't, but I'm sure not complaining. In those beds I keep pulling vinca out. It's the regular vinca but I just don't want it in there. The main weed problem I have in the front are wild violets! I know some folks like them and leave them alone, but they drive me crazy. I have one bed in particular that I am forever trying to pull those things up.
Marilyn that looks awesome! I hate Bermuda grass! I found that ivy that grows up the trees (not poisonous) growing in the middle of one of my irises! I clipped it but I can't pull it, it'll pull up an iris and I don't want to do that right now.
It's hard to determine if you're hurting when your walking, until after the fact. Be careful KA, we don't want you down!
Marilyn you got it going girl. I have 1/2 of a tiny bed done. The birds keep getting in my eyes and off I go skipping through the weeds to watch them instead of work. LOL I am very easily distracted when it comes
to work. Do you think I have ADGD [ attention deficit gardening disorder]? I'm sure I do. Is there a pill for an easy fix? Don't want to put too much effort into it since I've got more important things to do. [ Like picking flowers and listening for the birds with my 3 year old granddaughter Ella.
She spent the night last night. Her mother called and told me Ella needs to bring a flower to nursery school tomorrow. I told her that Ella and I spent the afternoon picking just about every jonquil, daff, or anything else brave enough to lift it's head around here. Hopefully something will hold up until tomorrow. You know what a bouquet looks like after a 3 year old has clutched it tightly in their little hands for a hour. LOL
KA I hope that 5 miles is doable for you. You have come a long way. Are you still walking in the sketchers?
I bought some new pots yesterday at Hobby Lobby on half price. I have been trying to save money for a new lens for my camera and my money keeping falling right through my fingers for pots or something. Oh well as Scarlett said " Tomorrow is another day".
Cindy I know what you mean about ADGD! I have it bad and also ADCD! (Attention Deficient Cleaning Disorder) I am on a tear this week! I have company coming and I've got to get this place in some kind of order. That's one of the reason's I agreed to folks coming. Get's me in gear. I'm working on the house today! About 6 years ago we replaced all the windows in this old house with the new energy efficient windows and I still forget how easy they are to clean. Just pop them down and into the house and clean! I have cleaned the living room, dining room and kitchen windows and the difference is amazing!!!! Makes me feel better even!! My problem is when I clean - I clean!!!! Then I run across something I haven't seen in years and get involved with it or decide to redo something entirely! I have all week to get this place cleaned up! Surely I can do it!!
Oh good KA, that's probably a good idea, a 3 mile walk sounds much nicer, not that you're doing a 3 mile walk, I just love 3 mile walks.
LOL Cindy, how cute!!
Thank you Charlotte, and Wow!! You do much better and faster than I'd do. I have what everyone else has and can't focus very long on one project, so I'll start one, then start another, then another, and pretty soon I have 5 projects going and can't get any of them done because I don't know what to do next, then I'm overwhelmed and don't care anymore LOL! Your house is so beautiful anyway...
I would have just posted the pictures, but it takes too long to be doing at work and the computer here at home is just way too slow, so the link is easier then everyone can look when they have time at their own leisure, and if you need the link posted again it's easy to do.
Well I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow and a few days to come, my dad and his girlfriend will be visiting from tomorrow evening til sometime Sunday, they live in Joplin, MO. I haven't seen my dad in about a year and a half, so I can't wait!!! We are going to have such a good time!
Just to clarify...NO I was not working in 35 degree weather. We didn't get that until Sunday evening. Saturday was really beautiful. Yesterday was 75 when I left work so I was back in the yard until 6:30 planting some stuff I ordered. I am working (or rather re-working) my shade bed a little. I planted 3 Heucherella 'Alabama Sunrise' and 3 sprigs of Japanese Forest Grass. Wanted to get a few things in the ground before today's rain.
Ya'll are so funny...I don't think I've ever had ADCD but I've sure had ADGD!!
I'm trying to get some of yard stuff done today. We keep having short little showers. So it keeps giving me little breaks. I ordered a bunch of caladium bulbs this year and I've decided to plant them in pots. I got them all planted this morning and put the pots in DH workshop as it too early to put them out. But I thought maybe by planting them and keeping them inside for a few weeks that I would maybe get a head start. Also found spider mites on several of my brugs I have in the workshop, so I took them on the porch and sprayed them down good with water and I'm letting them air out for a few hours. Got my pots of amaryllis out of the garage and watered and put on the patio. Back to the clean up!!
I just had to post a picture of my last bonsai (I got 1 a month for 4 months)...it is an Indian Hawthorne. When I got it the buds where just beginning to show...The picture does not do it justice but still pretty!
You all are just too funny what with the ADCD and ADGD! ROFLOL!
Cindy, that is so sweet about Ella and the bouquet of flowers. It reminds me of Samantha when she was that age (she's now 16 1/2). I had a bunch of daffodils that I had naturalized. She loved them and called them daffa-dee-dils! :o)) We always had to pick a bouquet to bring into the house. I forgot to say that I have a 3 yr. old great-granddaughter named Ella. She and I have a special bond even though I only see her about 4 times a year. She is my daughter's step-daughter's child.
Yep, Crissy, that is bee balm. Do you know what kind it is? Looks like you are going to have a good crop of it! I'm going to go look at your photos now.
Remind me KA to give you some of my rubber gloves. They gave them to me at work.
Kim, I didn't know you were into bonsai's. That is so pretty. Lee, Kenny & Jim's friend does bonsai. He's the one I had trim a few of my Jap. Maples for me last year. It is quite an art. You know there is a bonsai farm close to Dabneys ;-)
Bonnie you need to meet me one day at that Bonsai place when we can spend some time there. Not that we would buy anything, but it is interesting and to see them and the prices on some will blow you away.
Marilyn your daffodil is nice. I walked the place today looking at my blooms. They are always one of my favorites.
I have never had them until this year. SIL gave me a bonsai of the month membership for Christmas. I got 4...camellia, juniper, azalea and Hawthorne. Unfortunately, the camellia arrived frozen :o( I did not realize that I could call and get a new one until last month. So, I need to find a fairly small one this spring and plant it. SIL will never know. The juniper is growing very well. The azalea was doing very well until Mom got sick and I forgot all about my plants! The hawthorne has not been here long, we will see how well I do with it.
Thanks for the compliment on the daffodil, Kenny, I have about a dozen of those blooming now plus about the same number of a smaller daff called "Intrigue". Pretty photo of the pear tree beside the pond!
Someone asked the name of Camellia which was pictured on the last thread. Well, I just now found tag. It is a Kramer's Supreme. I need to take a picture of it in full bloom...of course they may take forever, too ;o)
Hi everyone! I am wore out but thought I'd stop by and tell everyone I made it through the weekend, actually looking forward to going to work tomorrow so I can get some rest! LOL Dad and his girlfriend had a great time, they're calling Hot Springs 'their town.' lol!
Marilyn I love that Daff, that's one of my favorites too! Kim that bonzai tree looks awesome! I never had a bonsai bloom before. We have a Juniper here and Dave's trying to shape it, don't know if it's going to work or kill it, but we'll see I suppose.
Hi, I am new to this site and read people are looking for chocolate mint. I have a good patch of it, in fact it is getting weedy. I sure do love the smell when I have to whack it back. I live up in Brighton if anyone is interested in it.
Hello everyone! Trying to catch up after being gone all last week - and then trying to find my desk upon returning to work. Been having computer problems at home - moving at a SNAIL's pace! I am pretty sure we have a virus but I don't know which exe files to delete and which to keep! Guess I will have to take it to the shop!
Our trip started out last Saturday with us driving across Oklahoma in all the ice and snow - it was terrifying and I am sure I will be completely white headed now! Once we finally made it to Amarillo the rest was clear sailing... but I have never seen so many cars, trucks, semis etc on the side of the roads and in the median... and we witnessed a vehicle wreck immediately in front of us!! NOT GOOD! But, the weather in Colorado was gorgeous and the kids had a great time - and we were even all on good speaking terms when we arrived home! They got a foot of new snow two nights before we left and they closed I-70 to everyone who didn't have chains... thankfully, by the next morning when we were set to leave it was clear again and we were able to come home - right inbetween snow storms! I messed up my knee on the first day of skiing, but I had lots of fun anyway taking pictures of the kids. Had to go to the knee doc yesterday - but he thinks it is just cartilage around the knee cap torn - no ligaments - so that is good news! But it sure puts a damper on working in my flower beds. I did some weeding on Saturday and it was really difficult.
I love that Gentle Giant daffodil - beautiful! I will have to add some of those! I love my Fortune's that are in full bloom right now too. Those plants ya'll bought in London sure look interesting... although I have no clue what most of them are...
Good to be back and trying to catch up with everyone!
Whew!! Genna glad you made the trip safely, and had a good time, sorry about your knee though. There is no way I would have driven in that, I'm way too scared. When me and Dave moved from CA we were behind a very cold storm with another warm storm on our heals. We stayed between the two of them, stayed a couple of days in OKC at my mom's to avoid catching it, the one behind us caught up with the one in front of us, then when it got to AR the front(s) stalled and we got rained on the whole way from Ft. Smith to Malvern, and it flat out poured. At least it was just rain, LOL
Welcome, westtngal! Actually, we found some chocolate mint at two different nurseries here a couple of weeks ago. Charlotte and I each bought a plug and then we realized that it is the Chocolate Basil that eveyone is looking for. LOL Chocolate mint can be quite invasive so Charlotte and I are both going to put ours in pots. I can't believe actually bought that mint because a couple of summers ago I got a rash from a different kind of mint similar to poison ivy! Shame on me.
Genna: glad you and the family had a good spring break! Sorry about you hurting your knee, though--hope it isn't the ligament.
Crissy: your gardens are looking great! You and Dave are doing a good job. I think your flowers are a few days ahead of ours--it's the difference in you being a little further south. My gardens are ahead of Kathy Ann's and she is only 40 miles north of me. I noticed yesterday that my two Hot Lips salvia are just starting to get leaves on them. The warm weather this week should definitely bring the plants out even more!
Marilyn it is amazing how just a few miles can make a difference! I don't see any buds on my iris yet.
Christine your garden and the other stuff is really looking good! You are going to have some good eating this summer! That purple iris you have looks like the ones I brought to RU in both May and Oct.
Genna glad you all had a good time and a safe trip there and back!! Sounds like a scary drive out - but part of memory making!!! LOL
I have lots of daffs blooming, and even my purple homestead verbena is already blooming - I was shocked! and I have an amsonia ??? that I got at the last swap at Debras that is lime green colored - can't remember if I got it from Janie or who... but it is covered in blooms and has been for over 2 weeks. I didn't even know the thing was supposed to bloom! ^_^
My iris are just coming up good, but I have seen a few scattered in other places that are blooming already. Guess it depends on if they are sheltered or not.
My tulip Magnolias are blooming and are really pretty and I had a FEW blooms on my yellow forsythia that Debra gave me. I lost one of the forsythia - and one is not looking too good but is still alive. The third one is blooming a little...
I have some behind the garden along the fence that haven't started budding yet, Dave dug those from an elderly ladies home in Malvern after they finished blooming, so I don't know what they're going to be. Dave said she had a whole bunch of different colors and they hadn't been thinned in a long time. I told him he should have gotten more, I think she's passed away by now but will have to have him take a look.
I kept some of those purple irises and moved them to a different location so they would not get mixed in with the new ones that I'm trying to keep labeled. Just went out and looked at them and they are also budding! They are not as far along as yours Christine but they have flower stalks and buds!! None of my other irises do, so these must be very early bloomers!
Crissy that thing you think is a plant is a weed, i've been digging them up all over the place. I can't believe you have iris budding already, my plants are only about 4 inches tall right now LOL no stalks for buds at all . And NOTHING in the veggie gardden, we planted potatoes ( yukon gold) yesterday,
Why is everything at Crissy's house up and blooming before ours???? ughhhh. I have been out there fertilizing and weeding and talking to my iris' - and still nothing. My amsonia's - nothing yet either.
However, Sandra, wasn't my amsonia blooming last year when ya'll were at my house ? If so, it would be about 3 weeks early for me then and I don't think many of my iris' were even blooming then. They were just cranking up. You know - if that iris of hers is a IB - they may bloom earlier than the TB ?
IB and TB===translate please! LOL My iris aren't budding yet either but the leaves are about 10 inches tall or more on some of them.
Sandra, those Yellow Flag DL's you gave me are coming up. I put them in the ditch with the steep bank beside the road that I hate to mow. Hopefully, they will spread and take over that area and I won't have to mow over there anymore. :o))
Yes, it is--I gave up on trying to learn all the different kinds, my favorite are the Japanese, which are also called Ensata, and they are in the beardless category.
The Siberian are also in the beardless variety.
Sandra I found the perfect place to plant the yellow flag. It made it through the winter just sitting in a big bowl of water!!! I remembered a fairly large galvanized oval container I had and planted them in there the other day. There is not any drainage in the container, so I thought they would stay nice and wet. Obviously they like water and are tough since they survived the extra cold winter in a container of ice!!!
If any of you are still up please say a prayer for my grandson Luke. They are taking him to surgery with a suspected ruptured appendix. His temp is 104. They have been ate the hospital since around six. He is seven years old. thanks Cindy
Riverland - sending up a prayer for your grandson - my youngest son had appendicitis when he was three - what a scary thing - seven is a prime age for appendicitis. Three was supposedly the youngest they'd ever treated at Children's Hospital here at the time. They thought his had ruptured as well but it had not and of course now he's a strapping 24 year old but it is scary. I never knew until our little event that you don't run a high fever until the appendix actually ruptures. He had a very high temp as well but it hadn't ruptured yet. I felt really guilty for letting him go 5 days without taking him to the doctor but honestly 3 year olds get sick and vomit all the time so who knew - they took one look at him in the dr's office and they knew exactly what it was. Let us know how your grandson does
And here's a picture of a double daffodil that bloomed today. I was just admiring them at my parents on Saturday - according to my mom they don't always bloom well - apparently they are finicky but they liked something this year because they look great! I had no idea they were even out there and then wow there they were. I'm going to have to take a picture of my parents daffodils. My dad planted them years ago around their circle drive and they are a sight to see! But for now here's that double daff.
And while I'm at it I might as well post my favorite picture of the day which is one of the white creeping phlox - the plant doesn't look all that great this year but this close-up of the blooms turned out really good. I love the way the blooms look in this picture
Well I took off this afternoon and worked in the yard - what a gorgeous day it was. I'm so sore I can hardly walk - I am working on resetting all the wall paver things that go around my front and side flower beds. I probably made these beds 10-12 years ago and back then I'd never seen anyone use these blocks so of course I didn't set them level (they have a little ridge along the bottom that holds them together and I didn't get them level so they just look awful and they fall over - really messes with my ocd issues. So I'm working on that project - looks great when they are level and done correctly but ohhhhh it is killing my back. Course it wouldn't be a day in the garden if I hadn't uncovered at least one snake. I hate those things and it was already almost dark so it really did scare me to death!!!! I gotta bathe and go nighty nite or Janie P will have my hide if I am late to work in the morning!!
Night all - and one more prayer for Riverland's grandson!!
Dave's not working and I don't want to spend any money if I don't have to. I have plenty of plants, all those I got from ya'll at your RU Kim are still in pots, planning on planting them this weekend if I don't tire myself out doing other things first. I want one of those Weeping Cherry Trees, I didn't read the tag but looking at the picture it looked like they get kind of big.
slcdms wrote:Karen, I did not realize you and Janie worked together, isn't it Pella where you work?
I know Janie would really be bad and chop your head right off !!
Yes we work at Pella - lately it has seemed more like working in the mines south of purgatory but as they say this too shall pass:) And Mrs. Poindexter would definitely have my hide for being late since we are training one new employee and still have one position that they haven't filled (which is the phone answerer) and I'm gonna be off FOUR days next week to go to the Masters with my DH, so I HAVE to behave:) We're so busy we haven't even had time to talk about flowers and that tells you everything you need to know - when oh when are we too busy to talk flowers? And now here I am up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. CRAZY!!!
Well, you tell Mrs. Poindexter to pop in and tell us hi every once in a while !!
It is a shame that people have to work when it is spring time, I think everything should let people have a spring break when spring fever attacks !!!
I have a potted paw paw tree, bought for the butterflies, does that need to go in to full sun? anybody know?
I also have a daylily siloam jandee I think I'm diggging up the front bed across the front yard cause I can't keep it clean and all the timber is rotting, going to plant a row of crepe myrtles there I think, and have a few daylilies out there i'm not keeping. Just dug that one but will dig the others today too and pot them up if anybody wants them, there are I think 3 diff ones,
I also have that variegated male kiwi vine to give away. anybody want these things?
I looked at my tulip magnolia to see if I could find a seed pod. I had to get a grabber and pull a limb down. This is a big tree. I found the seed on the end and picked several but sure didn't look like anything that would do anything.
I spent most of the day in the yard. I changed my walkway around and I really like the way it turned out and it didn't cost me anything but my labor which is even better. I had a brick walkway between Richards workshop and the flower bed and then I had put down stone to connect it to the stone patio. When I did it the stones I had left for the walkway were small and thin and they have never quite suited me. So I decided to extend the brick walkway to the stone patio. I had enough brick by taking up the ones outlining the flower beds. Then in place of the brick around the beds, I used the stone I took up and then just took some from other places in the yard. My other beds I have dry stacked stone and I just shortened some of the stacks. I didn't stack around the back beds but just used one layer of stone. Anyway, here is how it turned out.
Ms Charlotte looks like you have been very busy.. Your walk way looks nice.. I have been working in my flower beds and I think of you all so often when I see all the things you have shared with me growing..So many things starting to sprout up , every day I find something new pushings its way thru the mulch.. Makes me a proud plant Parent..If Caleb has to come to LR next week, I may take you up on one of those redbud tree seedlings...I will know by Tuesday if he has to go to ACH this week,depends on how hand is doing. I hope you all have a great Easter...
Sandra, I believe you and Terrye took some cuttings from different coleus at the RU last fall. I was wondering if they made it through the winter without bugs...are they even alive ;o) Y'all may have tossed them out the window on the way home, deciding it was tooooo much trouble. lol
Here are the pictures of my parents daffodils I promised earlier. When I was growing up there was a fence here where you see this line of daffs on the side of the house. Apparently my grandparents had planted these daffodils along that fence line.
Then probably 20 years ago when they extended the road and my parents driveway became somewhat of a circle rather than the end of the road itself my dad planted the daffodils that were misplaced by that work around the whole circle. You can see the top of my sisters house here and I live back the other direction. But the daffodils are quite spectacular every spring!
Sandra, you know I am shy-lol. I get my daily dose of the midsouth chatter and prayer threads. Just dont post often.
I am enjoying the fruits of all you guys labor. Hyacinths, daffodils, kierra, pink azalea, beauty bush, pentstemon, fairy rose, sweet autumn clematis, shamrocks, "pink" clematis , mexican hydrangea-are all blooming or budding. Unknown irises,lilies & daylilies have foliage. Have some Hollyhocks seedlings from reunion sleeds. Cant wait til see what else comes up. They are looking mighty good among all my weeds. Going to mow those weeds tomorrow.
Since Karen is deserting me for four days, I am taking tomorrow off. Karen needs some time away. She is training someone on a job she (Karen) is learning as she trains. Long story, but think this one is going to stay (4th one since Feb 1). The 2nd position -that is being filled tomorrow- can be trained on at a much slower pace.
If they made it through the winter, when will new growith show for elephant ears, gingers, & mexican petunias?
If I did it right, the picture is of the only lenten rose I have. This is the 3rd spring for it, I had about given up.
Janie, you are SOOO shy, LOL--good to see you posting, keep it up !!
Hey, Cindy, is that wisteria the one on the fence of the daylily bed ? If so I want my credit for whacking on it--LOL
I know you enjoyed the Christening, Where was Ella ? The kids and the babies look so pretty, that must be Ashley's family in the picture.
A beautiful sunset picture too, I love that !
Those daffs are great, I know you all look forward to that show every spring.
Cindy I just saw the news about Luke. I hope eveything went good and he is better. It is so scary when they are little! It's scary anytime!
I haven't been on the internet at all for the last 5 days. We had a yard sale two days, a fish fry one day, I family dinner, two days of yard work and one night time egg hunt and supper for the kids! Needless to say I have been busy. Paid for it yesterday and I'm back at work today.
Sounds like you guys have been busy too. I'm seeing all those lists for Rita's starting... lol
Janie love your daffodil pictures!!
Cindy I'm so jealous of your wisteria!!! It is a very fond childhood memory of mine and I have too much shade for it to bloom! I have tried!!!! Our farm in LA had wisteria in the front yard. It grew up through the trees and finally was growing up pine trees in a hugh area. When it bloomed it was a site to behold!!! I do have a small picture my aunt took for me. My dad spent years trying to kill it, he cut it, put chemicals on it and never succeeded!!!
Karen: don't you just love daffodils? Whenever I drive by a place where there are daffodils blooming but no sign of a house, I know that at one time there was a house there and a woman made it a home by planting daffodils! I know you and your family enjoy those daffodils all the more because your grandparents started them and your parents continued the tradition. :o))
Janie, good to see you posting. The Mexican Petunias won't come back till about the middle of May so don't give up on them. I think the elephant ears are late, also--mine aren't showing any sign of reappearing yet. I don't know about the ginger--never had one before now.
I'm playing catch-up today--my internet service has been down pretty much all week-end. they (Suddenlink) finally got it restored today! I have tried twice over the week-end to post this photo for
Sandra of Gunny's rose and each time the internet would go down again. Hopefully the third time will be the charm.
Here's Gunny's rose looking good and I am eager for the first blooms:
Yes Sandra that is Ashley's two sisters and hubs. They were the Godparents. I am sorry I didn't give you credit for trimming the wisteria.
KA it came from Lowes. They usually carry them every year. It does have a beautiful bloom.
Charlotte yesterday on the drive to my son's we saw wisteria in bloom everywhere that it had escaped into the wild. It is one plant you really have to stay on top of to keep it under control. I don't think anything will kill it.
Marilyn, none of my salvias are back yet either but that same one you have . I do have some blue saphire poking through the ground now. that omaha gold is zone 7 I didn't realize it, it may not come back for me.
Wow - just trying to catch up with everyone again... our internet service has been down more than it has been operating and that makes life frustrating!
Cindy, sorry to hear about your scare with your grandson -but thankful to hear that it turned out ok. The homestead purple verbena that you gave me at Kim's is blooming up a storm already!
Sandra - I am the one who posted about what I THOUGHT was amsonia...but i finally found the tag and it was limelight salvia which I guess explains WHY it was blooming so early!
Does anyone on here have any suggestions for rooting lilac?? I took some cuttings and some blooms from a bush I found yesterday, but I had no idea if I could get it to root or not. It is so beautiful...
Charlotte, I would love to have some redbud seedlings if you happen upon any more.
Anyone know what that tree is that is blooming currently that looks alot like a redbud from a distance but the bloom is more burgandy or red??? Could it possibly be a red or purple plum???? I had hoped to get to a decent nursery over the weekend so maybe I could find one blooming but I didn't make it. Need to find a pink or red dogwood too ... the one I bought last year that was supposed to be red is WHITE!!
OOPS--wrong again Genna--limelight salvia does not bloom until almost fall !!
I did see some green on my ansomia coming up today. You are going to have to show us a picture of what you have so maybe someone can identify it.
I've been lurking and reading but haven't been posting much lately. Just posted a few pics on Joyce's thread of spring blooms. I posted this one already but thought I'd put it here. You iris experts can help me out. Does anyone know anything about this iris variety? My DD and I dug a bunch of iris from an abandoned house near the UAH nursing building. The houses are being moved and everything was abandoned. The iris probably hadn't been divided in years (or tended). So we got a bunch of good free stuff. They have lots of blooms.
I've been so busy it's like someone else said...it's overwhelming. We jumped from Winter to Summer it seems and all that stuff I normally spread out over March-Apr needs to be done NOW!!! Mulching, digging, moving, fertilizing, weeding...Aaaarrrgghhh!!! Oh well, it will be worth it, right girls?? I've probably moved 7-8 shrubs in the last couple of weeks.
cindy - if you see one of he black dragon and the white wisteria on the rack at lowe's get me one of each , too ...please!!!!! I will pay you back for them
I am like Kathy Ann, I go to all the lowe's within a 100 mile radius of here regular and I have never seen those 2 either
Genna- Could that tree be a forest pansy redbud... it's blooms are dark purplish red ?? Google that one or Avondale redbud and see if either of those look right . most Lowe's have the forest pansy redbud , you would have to look around more for an avondale
Elaine - it is a japanese iris ...I know the cultivar, but the name escapes me at the moment
Genna - could it be crab apple trees ? I have 2 of them blooming right now. Also cherry trees are blooming.
Elaine - what a find ! beautiful.
Karen - I absolutely love what your family has done with the buttercups. Quite impressive.
Cindy - for alot of your stuff to have been damaged from the floods - you still have a ton to show ! Love your snowball bush, and do love the wisteria - but you can keep it. I can't deal with anything that is so strong minded ! I have enough weeds(creeping charlie and much others) that are causing me much heartache right now.
...and Sharon - do you think you can teach me the difference between La, Sib's & Jap. iris' ? Hope you are coming to my house on 23rd for that teaching class. lol. I have had to start labeling mine what they are so I'd know.
Terrye - love your Sango ! You just can't beat those JM when they are coming out - one of the best times to photo them !!! I have some baby JM's I bought (1 &2 yr/o graphs) and have them in pots - and the Otake put off the same looking blooms as your Sango did. I was pretty impressed - so in the ground he went. lol.
Sorry Sandra... I will have to take a pic because I don't have CLUE (obviously!!) what I have !! It has finished blooming - but is putting on a lot of new growth.
Cindy - meant to tell you that I am TOTALLY jealous of your snowball bush! I just love them and have such trouble getting them to grow. Was so excited because my two new ones i planted last Spring survived the summer then the DEER found them this winter. They completely destroyed one of them and the other one is so tiny that IF it makes it, it surely won't have any blooms on it for several years! I wish I could purchase one about 5 ' tall and then put wire around it... these were only a couple of feet tall and it looks like the deer just trampled them!!
Crissy looks like everything is doing great at your house! Such lovely blooms!
My daffs and tulip magnolias are finishing up so I don't have much exciting going on in the yard currently... other than trying to plan a foundation planting and prepare the area. IF ya'll have any suggestions on plants for that I have a separate thread started...
Everything in the yard is yellow though from all the pollen ^_^
Sharon, Thanks so much for your ID on the iris. It takes me a while to think up names anymore either. Even if it has no ID, I'm just thrilled to have them blooming in my garden.
Crissy, your gardens are really coming up nicely. It's still a bit early to plant anything here; our date is April 15, and wouldn't you know they are saying we might have frost tomorrow or Thursday night! Yikes! I'm glad I don't have any tender stuff in the ground yet, but it's sitting there waiting.
Our dogwood are opening up more and more each day. Tulips are close, but mine don't have too many buds on them this year. May be time for a move. Oh yeah, and I left work yesterday to find a dusting of pollen on my car. Ugh!!
Crissy, the plant that you are wondering if it is a weed...to me it is. lol Looks like wild violet and I pull and pitch as much as I can. However, many people pay for these invasive plants. You will have to decide.
Genna, the same painter has been here ;o) Everything is yellow-green.
I am really enjoying y'alls lovely garden pictures!
Love the pictures - everything is blooming away - wish I was home working outside but here I am sitting in the car driving all the way to Augusta Georgia for the Masters Golf Tournament. DH is sooooo excited as apparently this is a once in a lifetime chance. We will only get to see the tournament on Thursday but still this is something on his bucket list. I am definitely NOT a golf fan but it'll be fun to experience it with him and when we are old and gray in a few years we can sit around in our rockers and talk about way back when we went to Augusta.
Karen - soooo jeolous, but only because I heard it is worth going to at least once in your lifetime ... just to see the gardens !! lol... not the golfing pros. There is no way I could walk that course...but wishing you both a fun time.