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shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8401020

Okay, let's try this again! Please don't reply to that other one. I'm gonna try to get it removed if they'll answer the question. I've already tried to write them, it says my email address is invalid.
They might be saying that automatically, it's the same email I've had for years. Sorry I messed up this one, I wish they'd delete this one too! It's March 2011.

Its time for a March thread! In with Spring, out with snow! Boy, am I ever glad to see everything getting buds! This Weeping Japanese Maple has got buds to my delight, that means it came thru the Winter okay in that decorative pot. I was kinda concerned about it's hardiness only being in a pot, and it wasn't cheap! I am also relieved to see my new Lowes 'Red Haven' Peach tree in the backyard have buds, but I bought it as an October special and I have the receipt, so not a huge worry there.
I hope Spring really is coming in like a Lamb this year!
Here is the Weeping Japanese Maple in the photo, I don't know yet which kind of Japanese Maple, I'll run across the receipt or the label someday I am hoping! : )
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8401511

What a way to start March!! Buds are starting to pop and IE went down. At least on my end it did. Grrr... Finally remembered that I had Google Chrome so got on with it.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8402617

I am glad too, I'm glad Winter seemed so short! Now, it'll be freezing rain and snow until May 1st! Hope not! I remember one year, I think it was 1996 maybe, it was 90 something degrees in the middle of the month of May! This is a photo of our Weeping Cherry 'snow fountain', well, something like that, I just went outside to the front yard to see the label I put on the tree and it was gone! It probably blew out in the yard somewhere, I didn't see it, I'll try to get it later, I DO like a label! See the Daffodils popping up in the background?! I don't yet see the Crocuses popping up yet, but I'm sure they'll be in bloom soon, they were in Mar. last year!

Yeah Pepper, Google Chrome works great for me too. I only use Internet Explorer if I have to. I think it's a magnet for hackers and virii because it's used by the majority of everybody, in general I think it's more prone to have problems. I like how Chrome scrolls so fast with the arrow buttons on the keyboard also.
Will

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2011
5:03 PM

Post #8403188

I didn't think Brecks had a good rep? But you guys sound happy with it.
I went to Home Depot downtown and they have a bunch of bags of flowers that are sprouting and not a bad price especially when you have to worry about paying shipping. Anymore that can be a pot full of money.

Iowa has a Menards huh? The first one I ever saw was in Oskosh WI, then they put one in St. Joseph. We go there quite a bit.

I can't seem to get with it and the flowers. I do have orchids blooming, which I love because they bloom forever. Otherwise I am barely keeping the tropicals watered. Stupid spider mites are making me crazy. This is the time of the year i get frustrated and just cut everything off, that gets rid of the spider mites...rofl.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8403228

I haven't seen my crocuses pop up yet. My daffies are barely above the soil line and the tulips are popping up more everyday. I actually just went out and planted some of the ones I got from the garden show this afternoon. They have shoots already so I figured I see if they come up before I start giving some of them away.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2011
8:17 PM

Post #8403620

Hehe.. that'll fix those Spidermites! That sounds like something I'd do too! Yeah, I never really considered Brecks until I saw that deal. It seems like a good deal, I wish they hadn't made such an obvious attempt at recouping they're money with the shipping charges! Well, maybe it's a half-price deal, still not that bad I guess, I'm not writing the Better Business Bureau!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8405207

I don't know if I've ordered thru Brecks or not. I know we did Gurneys and won't again. We wanted the purple plum hedge and every time they sent us dead ones. The pink honeysuckle (better known as bush honeysuckle in disguise) thrived of course. lol

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2011
8:21 PM

Post #8405634

Hi Sally, there I go again, overlooking stuff people said!
Eeeek! I just looked up seedrack at Garden Watchdog, not too many happy customers! Last year I ordered 2 things from them and they weren't disappointments. But, this year, I ordered quite a bit more from them, 1 packet of California Fan Palm, 1 packet of Louisiana Palmetto, 1 packet of Black Hollyhock, 1 packet of Sacred Water Lotus and 1 packet of Dwarf Pomegranate. I know the Palms won't live here, but it's okay to dream isn't it?! I'll grow them in a pot for awhile, then I'll give them maybe to my brother and his wife in Dallas, TX. or a friend in Orlando, Fla.
If I get the Dwarf Pomegranate to grow I think I'll keep one in a big pot and give some to an Aunt and Uncle in Arkansas. And the Black Hollyhock? Well, I am just kinda a dark sort! lol Thanks for the suggestion on Garden Watchdog, hope everything turns out alright. I've never ordered from Michigan Bulb, I want they're Banana 'basjoo' bad tho! Oh dear, I am afraid to look up Breck's Lily Tree in the Watchdog, I must have a flowering tree! I might be finding out about Springhill's generous return policy, here is what they say-
"Spring Hill's Lifetime Guarantee
No-Risk Gardening for You
We guarantee all of our plants to be true to name and to reach you in perfect and healthy condition. If, for any reason, you aren't pleased with any plant upon receipt, after planting or once it grows, just contact Spring Hill anytime--no time limit--for as long as you garden. No need to return any plant. We will refund every cent you paid for that plant or send a replacement without charge--whichever you prefer."
One of the 3 P. bissettii Bamboo plants from there is entirely brown, the other 2 have a bit of green. I'll wait a while longer to see if that one is just dead in the foliage or killed to the ground perhaps.
I have a photo of the Bamboos today, that one on the right end is all brown. Those plants aren't cheap, they're like $40 each!
Oh, I know about Honeysuckles! My friend here bought a Hall's Honeysuckle, I think it's a bush Honeysuckle with a label on it! I told her how invasive it is. She says, "No it's not, it's a beautiful plant!" I got my eye on it tho! It's in a pot right now, but we'll see what happens, she wants to put it in the ground!


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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8407184

Will, find a way to accidentally kill that honeysuckle if it's a bush. LOL.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8407289

Haha! I ought to!
Well, on second thought, I think it's a climber, not a bush. I see it's a yellow flowering climbing vine now.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 9, 2011
12:57 PM

Post #8416753

I'm just now getting my internet back after being internetless since Friday night. Turns out my dad put a filter where it wasn't needed and blocked my signal. lol. I'm back now though!! Hating the cold weather today too!!

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 9, 2011
8:10 PM

Post #8417557

I don't know what I'd do without the internet! I'd need the internet before heat I think! Well, maybe not...lol Would anyone be interested in helping me grow some of these California Fan Palm seeds I just got in the mail? It is just too many for me. The California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) seed pack has 50 seeds in it! It says it's cold hardy down to 10°F. http://www.seedrack.com/10.html Scroll down to Washingtonia filifera for the California Fan Palm. You could grow it indoors in the Winter for a few years and then give it to a warm weather friend or family person! Or go on vacation to California or Texas or somewhere warmer and sell it there to finance you're trip!
I am giving you these seeds, if they grow for you great, if they are duds, no harm done.
Pepper, billyp, happ, anybody? Just send me an envelope with a stamp in it and I'll get them to you!

I also test drove a light truck at a car dealer today, and was duly turned down when I offered them too little for it I suppose! Maybe I shouldn't have ran in they're office and yelled, "Did I miss out on anything?! I tried to hurry before it's too late!"! Haha! Just kidding, but you know how they always say that in advertisements? lol
They were only willing to come down $50, who does that? I'm trying to get better than 12 mpg soon!

I finally drilled the hole in that black post (after about 30 minutes and 4 dull drill-bits!) and got that futon frame/trellis up there today, I was so glad to do it I got a photo!
See the Surprise Lilies coming up over on the left in the photo?! I plan to get that area mulched eventually.

I think my Bamboo plants in the kitty litter trench is gonna be sprouting pretty soon!
I don't think the all-brown Bamboo plant is dead after-all, I think just all of the leaves are burned and brown but the stalks are still greenish, so I have my fingers crossed!
Will

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not2simple
Kansas City, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 9, 2011
9:00 PM

Post #8417595

pepper23, welcome back!
I am so ready for decent weather...just to get outside and clean up the winter yuck will be awesomely wonderful! Only one more day and if the wind is not frigid, I just might be out there anyway. But lookout for Friday! Time to get out there to clean and trim and think of more projects. Last summer we worked on expanding the beds (hoping to get a hoop house built), rehabed an old playhouse, and built what was supposed to be a potting/nursery area (ended up as the popular place to hang out). Everything is still a work in progress!
@ shortleaf, we have been fighting bird-dropped honeysuckle for a couple of years. It is so invasive...really do not like it!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 10, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8419107

Tomorrow I plan on enjoying the weather also and trimming back what mums I didn't do this past fall and a few other plants that I left alone. I'm still waiting on my deutzia to turn green and start budding so I know if they are still alive. I have one that might be dead and need to replace it soon if it is.

Will, I have no place to put that palm otherwise I would try it out. I would leave it outside with plenty of mulch in a protected location and I bet it would thrive.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 12, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8422458

Beautiful day for a day on the weekend. I spent raking. Do you uncover your mums already? They are usually my last to be uncovered cause I have lost so many in the past.

I am amazed how much stuff made it thru the winter, with all these lows we had. I just about didn't make it and I had heat!

Hey shortleaf, I am game on the palms, dmail me your addr and I will stick it in the mail monday if I don't forget...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8423034

I don't cover my mums. I sometimes leave the dead stalks on them thru winter but mine all make it thru winter with no trouble. I'm down in a holler so the temps don't always get as bad nor does the wind.

Went shopping today after work with my mom and nephew. My nephew all of a sudden had a sugar high and just went bonkers while in the store. Man alive that boy about drove us nuts!!! LOL. Mainly he was tired because he refuses to nap with us and was fighting to stay awake. lol

I'm not sure what stuff of mine survived. I'm seeing mums and sedums pop up. I have a bulb or two with a starburst shape coming up but not sure what they are. It appears both my deutzias survived but I won't know for sure til the buds are bigger.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8423209

Ok happ, its a deal! Whenever you can get to that is fine, don't sweat it, those seeds aren't going anywhere, anybody else want any?
I dunno Pepper, you're missing out! Just think, a Palm tree in you're yard, you'd be the envy of everybody there! lol
I'll send you several seeds, happ. Happ, can I suggest you plant one outside just for grins, to see if it'll survive the Winter in a sheltered spot and mulched, and another indoors? I think I'm gonna try something like that with the seeds, they didn't cost much, I just want to be sure a few grow okay, so I can take them to Texas or somewhere.
I was wrong about Brecks, I thought they were trying to recoup they're big (generous) discount on the shipping charges, the shipping charges are included in the free $25. My order after shipping of the Purple Prince Lily tree was $27.94, after the Breck's free $25, I got the 3 bulbs for $2.94! That trellis thing up there might be supporting 2 climbers! It just occurred to me, "why have just one"..lol
You can see the one already down there, it's a honeysuckle of some kind. I accidently "reduced" it way down in size a couple years ago, when I took down an old rotted fence there. My house-mate here and her mother really liked that Honeysuckle vine. I unintentionally raised they're ire good when I cut it down. "It'll be back" I say, but I'm sure they know it'll be a few years before it's back to it's former glory, to my dismay! lol
Happ, I am entertaining putting that dark red climbing Rose from you next to it, can I still have that?
Oh, I got photos, not2simple, of all the Honeysuckle in the yard, it had taken over. My friend here and her mother let it grow everywhere, it was 5 feet high in many places. There was no grass, just Honeysuckle. It wasn't a good kind, it was that awful invasive bush Honeysuckle, my friend here had it ripped out 3 years ago but little sprouts of it still come up everywhere.
Here is a photo of some little brass troughs we had in storage taking up space. I polished 4 of them up with BrassoŠ cleaner, (they shine like a new dime!), I am putting together a terrarium out of an old unused 10 gallon aquarium. Those troughs are going to house 2 Hens and Chicks in each one! I plan to mix up some sand and some composted Cotton Burs together for the Hens and Chicks to sit in. I'd like to make that a desert terrarium and I think the Hens and Chicks are near perfect to kick off my desert terrarium. I'll try to find some little cacti for a dollar or 2 when I see them in the store to go in my terrarium. I've already picked out some of the little limestone rocks I collected last year to go in the terrarium. Any ideas on stuff to go in my terrarium?
Thats Bo the cat in the photo, she likes to lay there.
Oh, the labor outside never stops, I too was raking and using my electric chainsaw just yesterday.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8423251

Will, TropicMan I think it is, grows that palm outside year round in 6a. That's why I suggested at least 1 going outside. lol.

Go ahead and send me seeds then. lol. Don't know where I will put it but I will see if I can even get it to sprout.

I still have plenty of work to do outside too but waiting for a nonbusy off day that is also really nice. I need to hack my grass back though I'd rather burn that thing back. lol. It's too tall for that for me to do it safely so will just use my pruners. Grass loves to be burned every now and then. It's good for them. Need to clean up some beds and eventually check my roses to see if they need any trimming.

Oh, I have a hollyhock coming up that I planted last year!! I also got some more this year too. Need to get them planted soon so they can bloom this year hopefully.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8423324

Great Pepper! Thats encouraging that they grow in 6a, we can't be far off that with the heat island effect here in suburban KC maybe!
Oh, I bet they sprout for you! I have been storing the seeds outside,
so they don't dry out and die indoors at this room temperature. I don't think it is getting cold enuff out there to harm the seeds.
Glad to hear about you're hollyhocks, I'll send you a couple of my new Black Hollyhock seeds too, I know Hollyhocks have a lot of seeds and they are easy to grow from seed, maybe someday they'll be a ton of those seeds to share! : )
Here is the 4 brass troughs after I cleaned them up with BrassoŠ.

Hi friends, don't forget to set you're clocks up an hour tonite!

Will

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2011
1:22 PM

Post #8424583

Short funny you asked about the rose because I was just looking at it yesterday, thinking I need to dig it and get it in a bucket before it starts growing. There are lots of green branches so it has survived so far. Since I will be bringing you the rose then just wait on the seeds and we will swap then. I am sure in the next couple of weeks I will be coming to the city to see my sisters and I will bring the rose.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8424808

Ok, that'll work, see ya then happ, I'll get the seeds bagged up and ready. Thanks for the Rose, I can't wait to get it! My friend here is excited to have it too. Only, this time I'll get to plant it where I want! If it was up to her she'd plant it in the shade where it wouldn't bloom as much! I listen to her and everything, but we don't always think alike when it comes to where to plant stuff! I dug up a Butterfly Bush, two Hydrangea bushes and a big, expensive Weeping Cherry Tree 'Snow Fountains' and relocated them last year because they were simply dying or not doing they're best where she put them with no sun!

You guys will love the Black Hollyhock! Pepper, don't sweat mailing an envelope, I owe you from the envelope of Mother of Millions you sent me a few years ago, I forgot to reimburse you for that. I'm getting your's in the mail this week.
I have you're addy in Dmail from the Hibs you sent me last year.

I test drove another car today, a 1995 Honda Del Sol. I sure would like to have it. Altho, it's only a 2 seater. The gas mileage would be great, a 4 cylinder with a 5 speed transmission. I'm not too sure about sealing the deal though, they seem pretty adamant on the price and it's $700 above the Blue Book value already, so we'll see tomorrow. They'll prolly sell it to someone else, my luck isn't too good! About 3 days ago, I was going to go see a light truck for sale and an hour before I was to meet him to see the truck, he called to say he had sold it, I told him, "thats ok, I'd do the same thing". Thats the way it should be, "first come, first serve" and cash talks, if you hold something for somebody on Craigslist that'd be a mistake likely.
Economical vehicles are in demand now. A car dealer rejected my offer on something a few days ago and it had rust-holes for Petes sake! Car dealers are proud of they're cars and they don't budge except a little, very little..lol
On Craigslist I bet 19 of every 20 cars is a dealer car, if it says "dealer" I usually don't even look at it!
Well, enuff ranting and raving I suppose!
I too cannot wait for Spring, so much to do, and I look forward to it!
Will
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
6:10 PM

Post #8425095

Ok, who's sending the snow down here? We don't want it!! LOL

Will, looking forwards to the seeds. Thanks!!

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8425329

You're welcome. I can't believe it, it is snowing! I'm certain it won't stay long, but it's white coming down! Well, weather.com says it's going down to 29°F tonite and tomorrow nite, I guess thats cold enuff!

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8426494

Once again, I was wrong! lol It did indeed stay on the ground alot! And I got Palm seeds in the mail! Well, the Palms are supposed to be hardy to 10°F, so I hope that includes the seeds!
When it rains it pours! If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!
Here is the snow a few minutes ago with 2 squirrels having some lunch. I think one was having pumpkin seeds and the other took something (likely an acorn) to the top of a light.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8427195

Don't worry, tomorrow it should all disappear. LOL

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
7:44 PM

Post #8427552

I'm looking forward to the warm-up. I haven't looked to see if they changed the forecast for this week. I don't think I want to! They were saying 70° Thursday.
That would be nice, altho, I think they said rain. I'll wait and see I guess!
Will
not2simple
Kansas City, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 14, 2011
9:35 PM

Post #8427713

I definitely am thru with winter! If my raised beds are dry enough, I am going to be out there tomorrow putting on manure, compost dirt, and laying out a 3'by3' bed for my winter onions. These poor things have lived in pots for two years. I think I might clean up the spirea early this year. I will do most anything outside as long as the evil, cold wind isn't blowing
Debbie
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
6:09 AM

Post #8428017

Debbie, I am like you, as long as the north wind can't get me I don't mind being out. Course problem is I am on top of a hill in the country and it is always windy EXCEPT when it is 100 degrees and I need the wind...LOL I have winter onions my DFIL gave me and I gave some to a friend who dropped a couple in their gravel driveway (in the country), those things rooted..rofl.

Beautiful sunshine morning!

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8428536

Oh, I hope it doesn't get quite that hot! But, even 100°F is better than snow!
Here is a squirrel having an acorn on the ramp. They get one and then jump up somewhere to eat it. There is this stray cat out there always pestering them, trying to catch them, it never does.


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shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8428537

Here is that cat after it charged a bunch of squirrels. See that squirrel up there on the left of the tree, up high just looking down at that cat? It too just ran from the white cat, about 3 squirrels did this time. If you look closely you might see more, I wasn't really on time with the photo. I don't know how many times it has chased squirrels, it never catches any! Its entertaining watching it all, all the squirrels go up the tree at the same time! One time, it chased 6 squirrels up the tree! I think the cat better stay with field mice, we have seen it with mice.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8428540

Oops, here is the photo of the squirrel eating an acorn.

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shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
2:58 PM

Post #8428821

Here come the Crocuses!

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shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8428830

I still like this one from last year, but I like the one above better, heck, it might be the same one!
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8429112

I need to check on my crocuses now that I know what the foilage looks like. lol

Got the seeds today Will. My mom was super excited over the palm seeds. LOL. I need to find pics for her to look at so she knows what the whole thing will look like. I need to get the hollyhock seeds out. Just gotta figure out where! lol

Still calling for high 70s Thur. Rain I think starts Fri.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8429236

Glad they got there okay. 1 day in USPS, not bad. Glad to hear you're Mom is excited about a Palm tree in MO. It's kind of a rarity around here, that would be neat if they do okay there too. From what I read, cold and wetness isn't tolerated much by W. filifera. I found Wikipedia to be okay I think - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washingtonia
Maybe if plastic is put down and mulch is used heavily. I read it gets more hardy with age. I think just getting it to that stage of maturity might be the challenge to look forward to! I'm just thinking out loud, that would be so neat to have a Palm tree! Now I'm even more excited to plant mine. The Wikipedia site talks about W. robusta alot too, but it sounds like W. filifera is more cold hardy than W. robusta. I might keep some as potted plants until they get bigger, maybe I'll try both, some inside and some outside. Yeah, unbelievable temperatures coming up soon!

Here is my 'Bruce' semi-dwarf Plum, it was only half price off that Lowes label, it was a "late October special" last year, still glad to see it coming to life.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8429274

I'm gonna do the same. Some inside, some outside. Once I find a spot for it, it will be alot of potting soil in the hole, newspaper around the base and mulch on top. Trick is finding the right sheltered spot. I have to watch out for my dad running over it. LOL
not2simple
Kansas City, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2011
10:30 PM

Post #8429682

LOL happgarden about the onions, they are tough and if they can get a hold they grow! Today was wonderful, got some work done...almost have the raised beds ready to start planting! I even got DH helping when he got home.
Debbie
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8429833

I am taking vacation tomorrow and Friday...yeah! Suppose to be beautiful so I need to drag the tropicals out of the garden room and solar room long enough to clean them really good. Hope the wind isn't blowing 1000mph. Way too early to leave them out. Well with a palm tree (hardy) and a hardy banana, I will look like a tropical paradise or tropical weed patch...rofl.

Short, I will dig the rose and put it in a bucket, then try to get to Indep. next week.

Went by the iris farm last night to get some stuff and they burn their fields, which kills any iris borers that might want to take hold. He said since they have been doing that they have been able to stop spraying, which makes sense. Course you all in the city would get in big trouble if you tried that, but I have a couple of iris patches away from the house and I think I will do it and see what happens. I hate spraying but I have gotten iris borers last year so I am on the war path for them.

Need to get my concrete blocks so I can get my raised beds started. Looking forward to that project, which is the only new project I am starting this year (I hope).

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8431258

Winds will be gusting up to 30+ mph tomorrow. Hold on to your hats people!! lol. Will reach 80 too!! That's too hot for this time of the year. Ugh!!

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2011
9:40 PM

Post #8431706

Here is some pots of seeds. Like the miniblind labels?! lol One old busted up miniblind made about 300 labels!
Will

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2011
9:40 PM

Post #8431707

My onions are growing reliably since 2007. The Walking Onions, I think from tetleytuna at the 2007 Spring RU, are still growing fine onions, we eat them every year! One of the aides here said they are twice as big as the ones in the store! In the photo you can see them pretty good, they have "walked" over to the left and the right side of the raised bed, they started in the back! Wow 80° F tomorrow?! I'll be doing even more outside tomorrow! Today, I got a bunch of seeds planted and I even filled a yard waste sack full of sticks!

Thanks happ, looking forward to a dark red Rose vine!
Ack!! Windy?! I got lots of hats! lol
Can I ask what kind of hardy Palm you have happ?
Where is that billyp?!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 17, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8433197

Supposed to be even windier tomorrow.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 17, 2011
6:55 PM

Post #8433381

Eeeee!! Windier than today?! I might have to use the tie-strings on my hat! I like "Swamp People" on the History channel but not for much longer prolly, not a big fan of the theme of the show, killing Alligators.
Well, on a non-televised note, it was downright warm today!!
I worked on my home-made trellis thing today, I added the top part, (one-third of it). That thing is like 8 feet tall now! I'm gonna have the Honeysuckle vine on the West side, (or left in the photo), and maybe happ's Rose on the other side. I used nuts and bolts going thru everything, that thing is sturdy and constructed to last hopefully for many years, long enuff to see mature vines!
Hehe, yes we'd get in big trouble for burning in the city, but we do it anyway! Well, I don't now because we have neighbors..lol Where I lived for 20 years before, it was kinda rural, even though it was East Independence, MO. I remember years ago this one neighbor had a big brush-fire burning in his driveway and it got out of hand, it turned into a big fire, (it coulda burned his house down AND the neighbor's house). I remember going down the road and the fire dep't was putting it out, he prolly got a nice $500 ticket for his open-burning trouble..lol
Will

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 18, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8435573

Well, I broke off another seed order! If some of these grow, I better be shopping takers from other states..lol I now also have Windmill Palm,
Joshua Tree, Italian Cypress, Venus Flytrap, White Hot Habaneros and Japanese Black Pine. My brother and his wife in Dallas don't know it yet, but they have some additions to the yard coming!
I might try to learn Bonsai and Japanese Black Pine is supposed to be good for Bonsai too. A couple of them are kinda like novelties, the Venus Flytrap and the White Hot Habanero.
How neat would it be to have a potted Venus Flytrap and the White Hot Habanero is supposed to be VERY hot (410,000 Scoville Units), 13 times hotter than the Tabasco Pepper!
My brother-in-law will get a kick out of those! The others are all zone 7ish plants, it shouldn't be too bad finding homes for them hopefully. I'll send some to an Aunt and Uncle in Arkansas. I got them all here - http://www.seedrack.com/01.html Seedrack doesn't really have good reviews in The Garden Watchdog but they are doing okay for me so far.

I was weeding my raised bed today and I was pleasantly surprised at how the walking onions have multiplied. They had "walked" out of the raised bed, I dug them up and put them back in with the others! I took a photo of them outside the bed, it's funny looking! Does anybody want any Walking Onions? They are cold hardy and they grow and multiply easy!
Where is everybody?! I'm talking to myself here! There is an echo in here! If there is anybody out there clap twice, then post!
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8436953

The flytraps can be finicky. I had one for a little while and killed it. lol

The habanero is hot anyways. lol. I have an uncle who would probably love to try it. He also lives in Texas. He loves hot stuff!!

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2011
7:34 PM

Post #8437321

I can swat flies for the flytrap maybe that'll help it a little!
I am skeptical of over half of the entries in Garden Watchdog on seedrack. Many of them came to DG specifically to make the review it seems, they're sign-up dates are the same in many cases as they're review of Seedrack. Its almost as if they came here to defame them.
Oh well! It's funny, one reviewer even says the White Habaneros are small!
Great, I'll mail you some for him to try first, Pepper!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8439087

I just realized I was posting over in Feburary's thread!! LOL. Here's my post transfered.

Crocuses up here but not blooming. Unless they are alliums. lol. I need to check PlantFiles on them. I also have tulips and daffs doing good. A few more weeks and tulips should be blooming if not sooner.

I also finally got another blueberry bush as a pollinator to the one I've had a couple years. Hope I get blueberries this year. It's the smaller size I was looking for, 4x4. Funny part was it's Walmart that had it. lol. Lowes and Home Depot all had bigger ones. Got it cheap too for 10 bucks for a gallon size I think it is

Cybrczch

Cybrczch
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 20, 2011
8:37 PM

Post #8439636

Hello from up north.

The early crocus are blooming here, along with some of the first narcissus. The greenhouse a couple of blocks away have bigger narcissus
blooming on the east side but they are always early there. Saw my first herbaceous peony shoot, and the tree peony and the clematis are all starting new growth.

I had to replace the pump on my little pond, and while doing that broke the supply tube to the waterfall - it just snapped off. Drained the pond to work on that, pulled out the waterlilies and have them soaking in tubs (already showing sprouts) while I work on the pond. Since I don't want to dig out all the buried tubing I am going to snake a tube through what's left of the old.

Planted peas, spinach and lettuce this weekend. Garlic is all up now and throwing compost onto the vegetable beds for tilling in. Onions, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi all outside while its nice. Peppers and tomatoes inside under lights.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8440302

Cyb, you are a busy person...rofl.

All my plants seem to jump a 1/2 foot with this warm weather...hate to worry but we still have 5 weeks to go before it is really "safe" around my neck of the woods anyway.

I need to clean the pond...yuck I hate doing that. Course cold and wet are not my favorite combination. I didn't clean my pond last year but figured out if I wrapped my pump in pillow batting, incased the whole thing in netting, then lowered it into the pond I had the cleanest water ever and got rid of the algae. In the beginning I had to replace the batting ALOT until the pond was clean.

Later.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 21, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8441535

My crocuses are finally blooming here today!! Peony shoots coming up, some bushes putting on green and tulips really shooting up the leaves now. Irises are starting to perk up and daffs are working on it. I have one hollyhock that has popped and I planted some roots I got from Walmart a few weeks ago. Next month I will get Will's seeds planted. As soon as I find them. LOL

Greenhouse at work was supposed to go up this week but has been postponed til next week. The guy who ordered the flowers over ordered so they had to redo the order and it won't come in til next week. I had everything ready to go in my truck too. Guess my hose will stay inside my truck another week now. lol
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2011
1:20 PM

Post #8445536

talking snow on MOnday, course it is a little early for them to be predicting but that they will probably get right...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8445722

I heard that about the snow. Even the weather channel said snow. Yuck!!
Justgrowin
Adrian, MO

March 29, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8459416

Hey, it's been fun reading through here and seeing what everyone is doing. My hyancinths and daffs are up. I cut a lot of the daffs before we got this rain and light snow. Figured I might as well enjoy them in the house as outside. Hubby has been fighting the flu since Friday; I'm beginning to think it might be food poisoning as he got sick the same day he ate some chicken at work. has not been pleasant. I've sold some plants over the internet and got them mailed out, mostly trees and ornamental grass. It's time consuming pulling and packing by yourself, then the stupid computer will act up always at the wrong time. But I'm grateful for the opportunity and I'm sure as time goes on I will get more efficient with it.
Cyb sounds like you've been busy to have all that in your garden. I've always wanted to have a little pond, but I live in the country and worry about snakes enjoying it more than I would!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 30, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8461389

I'm the same way! Love ponds but always worry about snakes. lol
Justgrowin
Adrian, MO

March 30, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8461454

Has anyone tried the Earthgro Organic potting soil from Walmart? A friend of mine mentioned it to me and said it looked really friable and black. One time I bought some Walmart soil and it had too much clay because it got hard as a rock. If this Earthgro is good stuff it would save me a lot of money. I could use it to make up my own mix.

shortleaf

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

March 30, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8461523

Not me. Potting soil is just too high for too little. A week ago though, I got 15 bags of Miracle Gro Garden soil for $4.98 each. Then, of course, my truck broke down on the way home and I got cussed because I broke down in somebody's way..lol Oh, Grandpa wants to play Chess everyday! I'm always nice to him, I just say "I can't make it today".
Anyway, that Garden soil works for me on price and quantity. The 80 lb bags go pretty far. Actually, I think they are only 60 lbs., but they're always soaked, even if it hasn't rained lately, they stay soaked and heavy! lol I'm just guessing on the weight, I don't think the bag says, I couldn't find a weight. They go by liters I think. When I loaded them in my truck they used a forklift to help.
Will
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8465054

New April thread!!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1169226/

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