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Welcome to the Mid-South Gardening forum!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

No hard-and-fast boundaries; if you think you live in the mid-south area of the U.S., feel free to join in!

Olive Branch, MS(Zone 7b)

I am really happy to see a Mid-south forum. I think a regional forum could really be helpful.

It is still winter here, but crocus are coming up. There are no blooms yet, but it's good to see the foliage peeping up. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. I have always considered that day to be the beginning of the end of winter. We will still have winter, but more and more warmer days.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Wonderful!!! NOW I have a regional forum I fit in! YES!!! Thanks, Dave!!

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

Thanks Dave and Terry! :~)))

Memphis, TN(Zone 8a)

Had to come out of lurkdom for this one! I'm so glad to see a region-specific forum for our area - thanks!!

SE Arky, United States(Zone 8a)

Thanks to all those that made the Mid-South Forum possible, especially Terry and Dave!!!

Brighton, TN

YAY! Many thanks for the forum of neighboring friends!

d

Tulsa, OK(Zone 7a)

good i think oklahoma. should be in to..

Sand Springs, OK(Zone 7a)

where do the south start ?LOL

Brighton, TN

I believe the south is friendly enough to call anyone from anywhere one of their own *L

Olive Branch, MS(Zone 7b)

Tulsa is Southern. I ate breakfast there and was served grits.

I think most of us are in zone 7 or 8. We might have snow, but don't really expect it. Our fall color is in November. Springs are usually wet and summers are hot and humid. Our frost day is the middle of April. I know this isn't true for everybody, but that is pretty much how it is here where I live.

Bay, AR(Zone 7a)

I, for one, would like to thank BUTTERFLYCHASER for starting the original request thread!!!!!!!!!!

You're the GREATEST, NancyAnn!!!!!
Gail

Pocahontas, TN(Zone 7b)

Sorry 'you all' I've been in bed sick but am on the upswing... still not mentally capable of posting much so I'm lurking.

However I notice ButterflyChaser isn't posting. Anyone know anything?

Judy

Bay, AR(Zone 7a)

Sorry you're sick, Judy. I hope you're feeling better soon.

BC's been working in her yard, I know, and helping care for her brother who had some minor surgery Friday. He's probably "ringing a bell" right now! LOL Like most of you, we've had temps in the upper 60's recently and she's been trying to get a head start on some stuff. Of course, today, it's in the upper 20's! Booshie, booshie! (Anybody here ever hear that phrase? LOL)
Gail

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Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

I am delighted to have this new forum. Thanks to everyone responsible.

We have buttercups and crocus blooming in our garden right now and I don't expect this cold snap to hurt them. I am really glad to get a bit of cold now in order to stop other things from emerging that don't need to come up yet. I noticed some iris at our church that are almost ready to open their blooms. I wonder how they will be affected by this latest cold we are having now.

Clanton, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi all. I just joined Dave's site a few days ago and am having a great time so far. Not sure if I qualify for the mid south or am I the deep south? Anyway didn't see a forum for that anyway, so you guys are stuck with me I guess. Lol. I, for one, can't wait for this little cold snap we're having here in
Alabama to get over with so the warm weather will come back. I sure feel like spring is really here after this. Hope so anyway because I have planted too many things to cover with my body if it freezes. lol.

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

Hello Springinalabama... Welcome to the Mid South group. What are your favorite plants?
I am really getting itchy fingers to start planting. I am still at the looking out the window and planning for Spring stage.

Betty

Clanton, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi Betty. I have already started visiting the garden centers and we have one nursery that never closes down for the winter. Bless their hearts. So I have already been enticed to buy and plant. Hope it doesn't frost. I love everything. Hard to say what I like the most. I guess it would be fragrant plants of all kinds, whether it be the flowers or foliage like geraniums, brugs, gardenia. But then I pretty much love most kinds of perennials too like phlox, daisies and lilies. What do you like?

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

I love the Brugs, Daturas and anything fragrant. I have so many plants that don't like my zone. Each year I say that I am going to have more perennial things. I have added some perennials, but have added more tropical plants too. LOL

Hendersonville, TN(Zone 7b)

Picabo - you and me too! I have a bunch of tropicals that I winter over in my garage...my bad habit of not watering them on a regular basis (I hate going into a cold garage in frigid temps) is what kills some of them!!

We go to Destin about every other year and I've found a great garden center down there between Destin and Panama City with bunches of tropicals and perennials. On our honeymoon trip back in 2003, my new husband couldnot believe I was going to bring back a cardboard box in the back seat filled with plants! LOL...he didn't know what he was getting in to when he married me!

I love Angels Trumpets, but also I have Fire Spike, which produces red, waxy, tubular flowers that hummers love! Also Cape Honeysuckle, which is different than our local varities, and hummers love them too...I usually try to buy what attracts hummers...speaking of which, have you seen any in our zone yet?

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

No hummers yet. I just cleaned out one of my feeders this week. It is ready to go but I won't fill it until the first of April unless I see them sooner.

I don't remember seeing the the Fire Spike. I also like the things that attract the hummers and butterflies.

Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

Picabo and babybluesintn, the three of us need to get together and do some plant swapping after everything comes back to life since we are all three in the Nashville area,

Why don't the two of you think about coming to the KY Roundup this fall since it the closest one in our area? Check it out in the Roundup Forum. Also look at the Knoxville Area Plant swap. ( I can't remember the exact name of that one.) I have plans to attend both.

Terry, it would be nice if you could attend those also. I would love seeing you again.

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

Elena I still have PLENTY of those Horse Tail Rush if you still want some. Things are begining to come up. A get togeather would be fun.

Are you going to the Garden show in Franklin??

Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

Let's do play a get together once we know what plants have made it through the winter and what we have to share.

Yes, I would still like the Rush. Thank you for remembering that. No, I am not getting to any of the shows this year. I have just had too much going on in my life to get away. Now that things have slowed down a bit, I have an unbelievable amount of work to do in the yard before I dare let anyone see it. Thank goodness for solid wooden fences, huh? LOL! It has just been one of those years when taking proper care of what I do have must take precedance over anything else. Everything seems to need weeding, fixing or painting at this point and I simply must do it before I even dream of doing anything new.

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

I know the feeling. I am one of those "What Ever Will Be" Gardeners. I would love to have everything weed free, but know it isn't going to happen anymore. I am toooo old, too stiff and have way to many plants to keep weeded. LOL

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Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

The weeding and the watering is quite a job, isn't it? It has taken me a long time to talk myself into slowing down but I simply must! I will be 70 in July and hubby will be 75 in Sept. We can't keep increasing our work! I am saying it loudly and clearly. Now I just have to believe it!!!!!! LOL! I rotate in the different beds when I am weeding but the spring creeping weeds are the toughest, especially when they have had a mild winter to take over the beds. Mulch helps after the annuals have re-seeded and all the perennials are up though.

Hendersonville, TN(Zone 7b)

Elena - Thanks for the offer to get together..sounds like a plan! I have been so busy with work lately that I haven't had time to do any yardwork until last Thursday when it was so pretty. I pulled up 3 large trash bags of those purple weed flowers and wild onions that were messing up my newly-planted flower beds! Talk about sore and stiff! Man, am I out of shape!

I don't know anything about the plant swaps and the Ky thing you mentioned. I'll have to read up on them...I haven't been on Dave's that long and I haven't explored all the things there are available. Maybe you guys can enlighten me!

I have a few things coming up that I planted last fall--we just bought this house last summer so I am starting all my beds and garden rooms from scratch. I have lots of bulbs blooming and daylilies but I haven't had time to plant much else. Maybe I can share next year!

Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

Didn't those awful purple weeds get a head start on us this year? My beds are full of them, the onions and the awful wild violets. I have to trim back my roses and butterfly bushes before I can even think of weeding those beds though. Gee! What a lot of work I have looming ahead of me!

Babyblues, it is never necessary to bring plants when you attend a get together. We have all be in the "starting stage" at some point in our lives and are always delighted to help another gardener add to their plant collection. The Roundups are just for fun and getting together with fellow gardeners. Lots of folks don't have plants to bring but others like me are always delighted to share plants with them.

Concerning the KY Roundup.....Look up this thread: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/582759/ That is thread two.
There is a link there to the first thread so you can read it also and get a little idea of what is going on at this time.

Antioch, TN(Zone 6a)


Hi y'all....just wondering if you think we might have anymore cold snaps? i started planting some of my annuals that i wintered-over in the garage...any guesses???

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

Hi Pepsigal,

I would be careful, and keep covers close by. Usually our frost free date is April 15, but we had a killing frost on the 29 of April last year. I have things out but ready to cover or heat when needed.

You must be a Pepsi drinker. I love my Diet Pepsi.

Betty

Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

Picabo is right on target with the 15th usual last frost date. You need to always be prepared to protect them in case of a freeky unexpected frost. I am just dying to buy my bedding plants. I have a hard time resisting once we get this close to the safe time.

Antioch, TN(Zone 6a)

OK............shesh....have put my houseplants out already too...hey...i love brugs ..in particular a red one. I have ordered them from catalogs but they always die..anyone have a red variety? i have a white and yellow one if anyone wants to trade..and they do come back in nashville if planted in the ground.
Oh..Picabo..yes i am crazy about pepsi(pepsi and brugs but brug was already taken as a name)
i just bought this house last summer so i have to re-plant all of my favorite plants...this last home-owner put the foundation plants too close so i have a big chore to do this spring! anyone want some rose bushes?? i have two ..not real crazy about any plants that bite back. They arent real big..oh and anyone know anything about grapes? last owner has some grape vines planted (too close to the house) i have two vines ..different kinds but i dont know what. any help on that would be great...guess i have babbled on enough..april showers..

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

Hi Pepsie, Sorta bad news here, I am just full of it aren't I. LOL

I don't think that the red Brugs will live here. I have been told that we get toooooo hot. Someone else may give you some better news.

I have tried leaving my brugs in the ground over winter and always lose them. I haven't checked the ones that I left last year I mulched them a little deeper. I have a pretty pink that I can give you a start of.

Betty

Hendersonville, TN(Zone 7b)

Hey Pepsigal - Welcome to this forum--seems to be alot of middle-Tennesseans on it!

I didn't think brugs overwintered in our zone either...did you actually have one that made it thru the winter? I am always trying to push a zone on a plant if possible...I planted a gardenia bush one year that overwintered fine.

I have found that the nursery on Dickerson Rd. near Summit Hospital and I-65 has brugs...I haven't seen anyone else have them. Now Bates Nursery might have them--they are out off Brick Church Pike at the UPS exit off the new Briley Pkwy west. You can get on their website and do a search and it will show what they have available if any.

My brug is a large pink...it is still in the garage...its too big to lug in and out. I already ruined my Firespike by bringing it out too early and leaving it out! It will come back but it sure is frost-burned.
Karen

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Antioch, TN(Zone 6a)


Hey Babybluesntn- Yes i would love a pink...ok..let me say my last house was in kingston springs and all of my brugs came back every year..will see how they do in antioch...they came back bushy and about 7 foot tall..looked like it was taking over the corner of my front yard. It died back to the ground every year but still came back.
And yes i have been to Bates but i hadn't looked for brugs..bates has sooo many different plants i am always overwhelmed...and they are so expensive..do you know the name of that nursery on dickerson? i hardly ever go near dickerson rd so dont know what's over there.

Gail

Lewisburg, KY(Zone 6a)

Hi, Gail
Do you grow daylilies too? BabyblueTN and I are members of the MTDS. I am glad to see some folks posting that are fairly close to me. Not many from southcentral KY yet. I live west of Bowling Green.

Antioch, TN(Zone 6a)


Hi Bluegrassmom- i didnt have any at my last house but this house i have some but dont know yet what colors i have..you know of any or have any that are fragrant?

Hendersonville, TN(Zone 7b)

Pepsigal - I can't believe that you got brugs to overwinter here!!!! Now I'm excited...I'll have to try it!

Yes, Bates is high...I only buy special items there that I can't get elsewhere.

To get to the Dickerson Rd. nursery, come north on I-65 and exit at Dickerson Rd. then turn back to your left like you're going to Summit Hospital. Continue past the hospital for about a mile and the nursery will be on your right. They have good prices and a good selection.

Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

That is a "great" little nursery. I have found so many "treasures" there.

John Deer Nursery in Franklin is another nice nursery. They usually have Brugs. They never know the name and are high unless you catch a sale. LOL

There is another great one in Mt Juliet on Hgh. 70, Can't think of the name
right now. In fact there are three close together. Makes a nice trip to hit them all.

Hendersonville, TN(Zone 7b)

Yes, Picabo, I've been to those in Mt. Juliet too...I think one of them is Mincheys. The one that is closest to the Hwy 70/Hwy 109 intersection has a good selection too and good pottery.

I'm going to hit the Farmers Market next week...all their vendors should have their spring shipments in...I discovered them about four years ago. I love buying tropical plants there. And if you aren't looking for a specific rose, they have good deals on 3' tall rose bushes for around $8...lots of ferns and bedding plants too.

The John Deere Nursery in Franklin used to have another name, which escapes me right now. I do remember seeing a full grown brug there years ago...I think that's when I fell in love with them and had to have one! John Deere took over a new nursery in Gallatin a few years ago and it isn't much now except trees and landscape bushes for landscape contractors. Long Hollow Pike Nursery is expanding but their prices are high. Like most of you I'm sure, I've hit every nursery around here!

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