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I've been concerned about the dryness too. I've never watered much in winter-just evergreens that were fall planted but I think it might be a good idea to do the whole nine yards. If a cold enough night comes along with dry soil it could really do some damage.
Enjoyed these warm days but I'm not ready for the real spring yet. Too much still to do to prepare!
Tulips starting to bloom, roses budding out, yesterday was 73 degrees, today a bit cooler but glorious. I love living here this time of year, July and August I am not so grateful. Daffodils are blooming,so are the anemones and dutch iris. I love this place.
Hi Shoe and everyone,
I saw "Oklahoma " at Walmart, yes, I know about Walmart bodybags, but I couldn't resist. My cellphone rang while I was looking at roses. It was my DH.Told him I found Oklahoma which I wanted for a while and he said if getting that rose was going to make me happy then go ahead and he would spring for it- so I bought 4! Also got Double Delight, Angel face, and Tiffany.
He said I must be trying to break him-I said I've been trying to for 20 years and haven't yet. He is ready to get the veggies going. We've only done summer stuff so far. Maybe soon I"ll try fall and spring veggies.
rebecca...yes, only 180 this year. (I normally like to grow more; I can't stand going thru "garlic withdrawal"!) I like garlic in just about everything!
RosyKay...sounds like you got a good deal going! I'm not familiar with too many different kinds of roses (I've only grown Rugosa for the past 15 years) but this year I'll be growing some of the "Knock Out" roses and some of the Carefree and Meidilands (if you know about any of those).
Tell your hubby now is the time to get some peas in the ground (Sugar Snaps, English peas/garden peas) onion plants, beets, carrots, etc. That'll get him hooked on Spring planting for the rest of his life!
Horseshoe, the Knock Outs are awesome for almost everyone. Mine have bloomed for 12 months this year. The don't do well in the vase but are great. No disease, no pests, no problems. Now there is a double one that looks pretty too. I have the red ones, and the pinks look good too. You have to plant more than one to get a good effect. Great rose. Try some of the Generosa and Romanticas. The Fredric Mistral is 5' x5' and makes great cut flower. Also, Traviatta for a wonderful red rose. These should do well for you. Go to arenaroses.com and look around. Also, go look at weareroses.com, this is the Antique Rose Emporium in Texas. They have wonderful hardy roses with great pics. I have bought tons from them. They come budded and blooming in 2 gallon pots.
Wow...thanks, Ginny. Will have to keep your info handy. Right now I'm a bit capped on spending but will visit the links you gave and dream a little. When I sell some of these plants I am starting/growing out (have 120 roses alone) then I can spend more moola on something else!
Gotta run, 60º here now and warming up more...got lots to do!
I wonder if I imight be able to get some advice:
I will be moving to South Carolina(Yonges Island/Hollywood/Meggett area) later this year, (as soon as we figure what kind of house we will probably build).I have lived on Long Island, NY all my life, but am an avid gardener...
Our land seems to have a fairly dark mix with lots of loam and plenty of sand. The wooded areas are full of nut trees, live oaks, sweetgum, and some native azaleas and palmettos.
Our "cleared" areas have some scattered tall grasses, wild blackberry, bamboo, etc. Any suggestions for filling in wooded borders? (Azaleas? Hydrangeas? Ferns? Gardenias? Blueberries?)
I want to start planting, even before a house is built, as soon as I can.
Any suggestions for eliminating Fire Ants and ticks?
Karlmale, fire ants and ticks can be a real problem here. There are fire ant baits that you broadcast over the entire property that work well. I would imagine you would have to do this several times for the best effect. Over and Out is one brand but there are others out there. If you keep the cleared area mowed the ticks will find other digs. They like the high grasses and brush. There is a brand new Tractor Supply Co. in Ravanel that carries all sorts of products for fire ants, etc.
Azaleas, Gardenias, Hydrangeas and ferns all do very well here and there are too many others to list. Blueberries too but they will want a sandy, acid soil and sun. Be sure to have your soil tested ASAP. Many of the soils around here are very alkaline and most of us along the coast have way over the top, close to toxic, phosphorus levels, a result of the phosphate that was once mined here.
Although I have been in SC since '64, I did grow up with gardening parents on the north shore of LI. Gardening here is very different and often frustrating, but still far more enjoyable as you can enjoy it 12 months of the year.