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Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

I'm fairly new to growing trees and shrubs from seed ...only about 3 years now.


I am happy to report the following shrub/trees are sprouting:

red osier dogwood
native dogwood
buttonbush
smoke tree
amur maple
styrax americana

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

Way to go!!! How many of each did you sow?

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

apx 36-72 or more for some that I harvest seeds from my trees and shrubs.

P

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

wow - where are you going to plant them?

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

oh...and I forgot....my parsely hawthorne is sprouting.


I was going to use them for city woodland walk project but city beautification committee put the project on the back burner in favor of gouging old downtown's merchants for more money for flags they(committee)ordered....but that's a whole 'nother rant and needless to say...I will withdraw any assistance I offered for woodland walk....whoops....I'm ranting....LOL

P

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

wow, thanks for sharing about your germintaion. :)

Susan

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

I've learned over the few years of growing shrubs and trees not to try to skip any of the pre-chilling,stratifications or any steps for germination so I have frig full of seeds in vermucilte in baggies and a boxfull above my light bench for the ones that need a warm spell first,w/ all info writen on the baggies as to when they went in when they need to be switched to warm strat and when to be planted out. I have some success with winter sewing outdoors but some of the seeds are purchased and not cheaply so I don't want anything happening to them.


It's been a super cold weekend so I haven't been to the no.two greenhouse to check on anything since last Thursday. I'm hoping to see more up this week as we are suppose to warm back up.

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Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

Good for you, Red.

And sic 'em! Hold that committee's feet to the fire.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

zeppy,
When and if they decide to go forward with woodland walk plans...they'll have to do a whole lot of wooing to get me back on board. They yammered at me(the chamber of commerce) about this project for two years and now the beautification committee tables it ..Argh! This passed year I have harvested seeds from my natives, traded for plants and seeds for other natives and even bought others I couldn't find for trade. More money out of pocket for supplies to grow plus the time I put into it. I am not a happy camper.

I was already ticked off about the small woodland walk I did out at the city park for the senior citizen center 3-4 yrs that they let the people working off fines and sentences in community service come in and level to the ground...even though all plants were labeled and/or yellow flagged so they'd know what not to hack down and they did it anyway. Not to mention the sprinkler company that went thru beds I put in desposing of half of the perennial natives I installed...what they did with the plants,I do not know...threw away or are now gracing their beds...they just weren't there after they got done.

P

Cullowhee, NC(Zone 6b)

People in committees often do the wrong thing.

As they say, "None of us is as dumb as all of us."

Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

Ugh. Pearls before swine. I'm sorry to hear that, Red. I can see why you wouldn't want to work with them again.

Cullowhee, NC(Zone 6b)

Since we're talking about mismanagement of public space: on our country road, the county has inmates walk along and pick up trash and put it into bright orange plastic bags. Then (and this has happened regularly since we moved to this house 2 years ago), the big mower comes by and mows the bags of trash, spewing chopped trash and orange plastic everywhere. It's the most idiotic thing ever!

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

here's your sign...

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

missg,
oooooo,don't get me started on guv'mint mismanagement...especially in a small town!

I gave the chamber about $600.00 worth of trees and shrubs a couple years ago for city beautifiaction program and I think I've seen a half dz. planted since. Small town so you don't have a huge downtown area to drive around and look so it makes me wonder were the others went.


Anita...LOLOLOLOLOL!!!


My neighbor across the street manages the other end of the city park and takes excellent care of the walking paths in his area so I told him my garden club would come out and do a section or two in native woodland plants.....and if he doesn't give it TLC...wellll...let's just say,I know where he lives...LOL


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Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

Sounds like you have a Garden Mafia...

I can imagine how frustrating it is with all the 'red tape'. You begin to wonder the motives of 'doing good' in today's political arena. I wish I had more time on my hand, because as frustrating as it might be for you, I bet that the rewards out weigh them.

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