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Do you do that with more of your plants? Keep them over winter? You know, I have found that if you take cuttings from coleus and start new plants going into winter that you have nicer plants the next summer. Have any of you tried that? I wonder if that would work for some of the plants like you have in your containers.
Wow! Nice! Yes, I also take cuttings and/or dig some of my container plants. Haven't had too much luck in the greenhouse for coleus as I don't keep it warm enough. ($$$$) Will try that in the house this year. The fibrous begonias start nicely as well as the geraniums and impatiens. Have had some luck with the calibrochia and even some of the petunias. The tuberous begonias I just leave in the pots and let them dry out over the winter in the greenhouse that is part of the barn---they don't need light when they go dormant, just dry and not freezing. They will also start from a cutting if you so desire...
Yes, I have had fairly good luck with begonia cuttings but haven't tried anything else you named. Petunias are so easy from seed I have been doing that. But, getting tired of starting a lot of seeds in my kitchen. They do good with the heat mat and lights, but most people start them without and have just as good a plants. Just takes longer without the heat and lights.
You don't have the cold that we have over here. I hear our winter isn't going to start until the end of November. Wonder if it is going to end in June. LOL, might as well as cold as our Junes have been the last couple of years.
Jen, I want that shrub NOW. I Googled it and it will grow here and I could have it in my containers in my semi shaded courtyard. Looks like it is sold in Portland, Seattle and your area. I am so into variegated. I could not find it for sale on line.
LOL, Sharon, you have got to be kidding!! There is no way I would ever find a plant like that now. Possibly next May or June. I sent you an email with a web site where you might be able to get it in California. Do you know how big that gets? But, I suppose if you put it in containers that would keep it small. A lot of plants are like that.
I'm near Seattle, and I just saw one at a local nursery's 50 percent sale. I was considering it, but I wasn't sure if it would make it through the winter planted this late. I got a red leaved barberry with a golden edge instead.
My son lives in Spokane. I will have him go to the nursery there and see if they have one. They can send it to me for Christmas.
Jen, I was not expecting you to get it for me. I was just stating my obsession and I knew you would understand because you know I am crazy and will go the end of the earth to find "The Special Plant" of the day. LOL. Sharon
Rick, I don't know if you are aware there was a bunch of upheaval between these sites a few years ago. I'm not sure if it is okay to advertise the other site here. I enjoy your contributions, and wouldn't want you to step into a conflict unawares. For myself, this site has been an internet home for me for a while, and I'm not sure I want to move to a new place.
I look at both sites but I spend the majority of my time on DG. The majority of subjects I am interested in have very few posts. But I do think Admin would give you a bad time for posting a link to ATP. That is why I said Ditto.
Probably a good point. I thought the issues had been resolved, but I don 't want to be scolded by Admins.
For the record, I have NOT yet been scolded, at least not for that. I think that was knuckle-rapped once or twice for thread drift, which certainly IS something I repeatedly commit.. Maybe, once, politics?
Rick, think we all get knocked for "thread drift" from time to time. But, most of the ones who start the thread don't care. Some are adamant about it tho. Stick to the subject!! There is only so much you can say about most subjects tho 'till you start repeating.
I have connected with a couple of former DGers on Facebook, only to find they are rabid in the political department. So, I do appreciate the 'no politics' stance of this and other gardening sites. Keeps folks civil.
I agree that it might not be a bad notion. I've found most gardeners to be polite and courteous, exchanging ideas in a civilized fashion would be a bit refreshing. It would likely need a good moderator to keep things in bound. No name calling or personal attacks, etc.
Monsanto was mentioned in one thread, and that got a little heated. Political motivations and biases colored the discussion, but it wasn't "about" politics, just about seeds and farming issues with political consequences.
A moderator stepped in eventujally and said in effect "we're watching", but commented that it was a civil and respectful disc ussion, so it wouldn't be closed.
There was a clear hint that it should STAY civil if people wanted it to stay open.
I've been in discussions of compost and soil amendment that became passionate. Some of the participants stomped away in anger "because you can't argue with mules". I would have thought those were about the very LAST topics in the world where anyone would think "there's only ONE right way", or especially "it is OBVIOUS that there is only one right way".
I got into an argument with someone once about how toxic silica gel is (amorphous silica gel such as flowers are dried with). I don't think we really disagreed very MUCH (it's much safer than asprin, and substancially safer than sand), and yet we sure argued about SOMEthing for a long time and with some passion. It seems silly now!
I once commented to my son how refreshing it is to discuss things on DG because topics generally remain civil even when folks differ, and he responded that 'of course, you're all gardeners' which I think says a lot.
I really like that, on DG, I can get away from distressing stuff & learn something new about gardening. Sometimes, when something really awful is going on in the world & nobody can stop talking about it, it is a relief for me to log on here ... blessed silence.
The only sand we have here is blow sand. That is what I started with 12 years ago. Pale, light tan blow sand. Now it is black and beautiful. Thanks to leaves, scraps, alfalfa pellets, coffee grounds and my beloved earth worms. But I also have about 20 containers with their own little environments.
>> Rick, you wanna argue about sand with me? That would probably mark a new low. I'm very pro-sand. Passionate about it, in fact. LOVE sand.
That depends! I also love very coarse sand, say 1-2 mm. Or grit: 2-4 mm.
However, adding medium sand or fine sand (1/8 - 1/2 mm) to clay doesn't do very much to help drainage and aeration. Since drainage and aeration are what I desperately need, that determines how I feel about fine sand.
I THINK medium & fine sand help friability, if you started out with nasty clay, so that you can break it up and mix in other things.
The main reason I got "down on sand" is that any bag I can buy in Home Depot (even "coarse" sand) is half or more VERY fine and dusty sand. I don't even call it "sand" when it puffs up into my face as I pour it from the bag. That's dust.
>> That would probably mark a new low.
You're probably right. Arguing about how to compost is one thing: there are many ways, and some reflect people's personality and philosophy. Most people would think sand is "just sand".
But we know better!
(Perhaps arguing about ARGUING ABOUT sand would be even lower.)
Or, as one character on Babylon 5 said: "Let's talk socks!"
Have been absent from the forums for almost a year... slackard
My garden shows the lack of interest too. As I get older, plants in pots
makes a lot more sense. They are protected more from Deer too which is
a huge problem here on Haida Gwaii. NW B.C.
Thanks for the `pot`post!