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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 7, 2009
1:31 PM

Post #6232911

Any garden pictures welcome here! Flowers, plants and garden features!

Flowerbed in my Mum's garden, Heathers and Hebe.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 7, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #6234260

Hey Terri - Welcome back. Thanks for starting this new thread. Will be back later to post some stuff that I took photos of last week. Nice and sunny weekend here in northern California!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 7, 2009
8:35 PM

Post #6234524

Hi Dianne, good to see you! Nice you have sunny weather and the garden is coming back to life!
Can't wait to see sunny California!!
I haven't taken any pics in my garden yet. Here's a few from Mums!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 7, 2009
8:38 PM

Post #6234532

crocus

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 7, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #6234556

A few daffs starting to open here and there!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 7, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6234570

Rhubarb!

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Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 8, 2009
6:23 PM

Post #6238210

Hiya Terri! Well, we've had so much rain here in the bay area of California, things are popping outta ground and I don't even know what they are! They only thing that is blooming are my johhny jumpups and my honeysuckle bushes. Here's one pic of Honeysuckle bush! Too muddy to get out and weed yet! Yuck ;)

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 8, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6238757

hi all
here i am elle
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 8, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6239512

Hiya Cissy and elle,
Glad you found us! Your Honeysuckle bush is a nice splash of colour there Cissy. Like your frame on the photo, looks great like that. Love this time of year when things pop up and you don't know what they are, it's like getting a little present every day LOL! What are Johhny jumpups?


Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 9, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6239880

Johnny Jumpups are the cutest little tiny violas. Such cute faces! A miniature version of viola/pansies. The are tough little guys. They can survive through snow like violas and pansies do. I planted some wayyyyyyyyy last year. They didn't take real well. But after tons of rain, they're baaaackk. I'll take a pic of them soon :)
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 9, 2009
1:01 AM

Post #6239976

Oh! I love violas., never heard them called Johnny Jumpups before!!! Thanks Cissy.
It's going to be great seeing everyones gardens this year!
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 9, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6240432

Terri, beautiful Crocus! Last year, my sis gave me some daffodils. They died away, of course, but after this rain, they came back...bloomed...and are fading away already. sheesh, too fast!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #6240609

Blooming in my gardens now...

cyclamen

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
3:16 AM

Post #6240622

Hyacinth

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
3:43 AM

Post #6240720

I have been trying to post another pic, but it won't post... I wonder why?
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:06 AM

Post #6240791

I will try again...

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:10 AM

Post #6240808

another hyacinith

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
4:12 AM

Post #6240813

Hi All - very nice flowers. Finally getting around to pulling my photos off the camera. The Christmas cheer is still going strong and is now my March pre-spring cheer. I love this red hot poker.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
4:13 AM

Post #6240821

some daffodils - this is a Dolly Mollinger. Can't pick them for an arrangement because the snails love them.

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:13 AM

Post #6240822

Bradford Pears

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6240823

a yellow daffodil

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
4:16 AM

Post #6240832

Hey yardqueen - do you have a lot of fruit trees too? Here is my nectarine - I am so glad I sprayed it last week. The blooms all popped open overnight, and then of course, the rains came a few days later. I have as much blossoms on the ground as on the tree.

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:17 AM

Post #6240833

forsythia...

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
4:17 AM

Post #6240834

White anenome

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:21 AM

Post #6240843

Soils.. No fruit trees at all here on my place... Not that I wouldn't love them! The bradford pears don't even bear fruit, so they don't count as fruit trees either...

Here is an azalea blooming through the fallen leaves...

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:25 AM

Post #6240848

And a redbud blooming behind my greenhouse

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:30 AM

Post #6240861

It does look like spring

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2009
4:34 AM

Post #6240865

I love it!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:07 AM

Post #6240929

Yes, it is wonderful that spring is just around the corner for us lucky ones in zones 8, 9 and higher. I have my daphne on my front porch, and it smells heavenly when I go out to get the morning paper.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:09 AM

Post #6240932

The red cyclamens have been blooming over a month now

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:11 AM

Post #6240937

And finally, the quince that was so pathetic at Chinese New Year's starting producing more blooms about two weeks ago. I guess I was too impatient LoL. Still had a lot of leaves hanging on which is not normal.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:12 AM

Post #6240938

close up of the quince

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:14 AM

Post #6240942

another closeup - I think this one with a flash. Amazing the color differences in the photos. This pink is closer to the true color than the reddish hue of the previous shot.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #6240949

Oh - almost forgot about the witch hazel (Hamamelis intermedia). This tree is a really slow grower, so I have not cut it at all for arrangements. It is past blooming now, but this is what it looked like two weeks ago. Guess I should have cleaned out the dead growth in the rest of the garden before taking the photo.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2009
5:22 AM

Post #6240954

Here's a close up that doesn't show the rest of the messy garden as much LoL.

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Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 9, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6242713

Beautiful pictures, Yard Queen and Soilsandup! Ahh, Sprng is in the air..well, almost!
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 9, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #6242758

I have one hyacinth. It is surprising it is blooming at all. Here's the short version story of this pretty plant.

A year and 1/2 ago, I bought a single bulb from a nursery. It came with a glass vase where you put the bulb in the narrow neck of the jar and put it on your windowsill. Well, the bulb never did anything and it started to rot. So, I buried it outside. In short order it started to sprout. I was amazed. Just as it was reaching some good height, a squire came along and literally pulled it out of the ground, breaking the roots. Just for the heck of it, I stuck it back in the hole, figuring it would die for sure.

A little later, it caught on again and came to full bloom! I was amazed again (by now I am running out of "amazed"). Then of course, it died away completely. Well, low and behold, because of the tons of rain we've been having, my one and only hyacinth came back up! I am a m a z e d! Ahhh, the wonder of nature! I highlighted it to show it better.

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Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 9, 2009
9:25 PM

Post #6243945

Terri, here is picture of my Johnny Jumpups. Picture is a bit fuzzy, so I circled the one that the least fuzzy LOL

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 9, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #6244350

Hi Yardqueen!
Your Hyacinths are fabulous, bet they smell great. The redbud looks so pretty behind your FULL greenhouse, is there room for anything else in there ? LOL! Thank you for a peek into your garden,
I cant wait to see some more!! How are your seedlings doing?

Hi Dianne,
Ohhhhh your quince is full of flowers, so lovely! love the red hot poker, and your vibrant red cyclamen, everythings growing well. It's great to see your garden. Dont worry about any mess, we are all messy this time of year!! Thank you for those pics.

Hi Cissy,
Love your Amaizing!! Hyacinth story, it's a pretty flower! The frames look nice, very creative with the cute Johnny jumpups smiling!!
Glad you like Mums crocus, I'll tell her LOL! I dont have crocus anymore, those naughty squirrels dug them all up!
Thanks everyone, great pics today! Sorry, no pictures from me yet! Keep posting yours!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #6245100

Hi again, Terri! 2nd time tonight! I posted some of my seedlings on the wintersowing furum... They are on the thread before the new one they started yesterday or today.

Here is a link... go to Mar 8th... It is just a few... be sure to look at the ones further down.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 10, 2009
1:40 PM

Post #6246541

Hi Yardqueen, I had a look at your seedlings! Wow everything has come up and they all look really healthy. Have you planted any in the garden yet or is it too early?
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2009
1:45 PM

Post #6246562

I am struggling with that very thing! Right now it is almost like summer. But we always have a frost right before Easter after things have budded out. So I am debating whether to chance it or not!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 11, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #6249348

Ummm!! I think I would be inclined to keep them in! It would be such a shame to lose them to frost after all your hard work. On the other hand, you do seem to have 100's of seedlings so maybe you could risk 30 or so!! Not much help am I ? LoL!

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2009
6:29 AM

Post #6250540

Now you know why I am struggling with this... It is hard because it is so warm now I just can't imagine a frost now. But most people say it is going to happen!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2009
6:32 AM

Post #6250546

Hey, soils... Does yoiur daphne grow from cuttings? Hint ...hint...LOL
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 12, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6254011

Azalea's are bloomin'.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 12, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #6254020

flowers

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 12, 2009
1:32 AM

Post #6254025

I ADORE Strawflowers.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 12, 2009
2:58 PM

Post #6255958

Hi Sally, Azaleas don't grow in my garden, so Thanks for sharing yours, pretty colour!
I love Straw flowers!! I must remember to sow some of those, lovely. It must be warm where you are?

Yardqueen, Have you been tempted yet? LoL
Soilsandup (Dianne) has gone to visit a friend for a few days! You will have to wait for the relpy on the Daphnes.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 12, 2009
3:23 PM

Post #6256080

Yes Terri, I garden all year. We just had a cool front, but not that cool. WInter is pretty warm, favorite time of year. Summer is HOT.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 12, 2009
4:15 PM

Post #6256339

Oh that's a pretty flower, what is it? Looks lovely in your garden, nice birdbath!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 12, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #6256362

It is a huge hanging orchid.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 12, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #6256532

Oh an Orchid, Beautiful and exotic! Thanks for joining our garden party, can't wait to see more!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2009
6:22 PM

Post #6256976

Terri,

It is a good thing I didn't! It was 37 last night and the night before! After having to put the air conditioning on ealier. I knew it was coming. Still don't kow if this is the last one! Bbbrrrr!

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 12, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6257070

Hi Yardqueen!
Phew, better wait a bit longer then! It was quite nice here today 54, but I wouldn't risk putting anything tender out yet though!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 13, 2009
4:44 AM

Post #6259852

Hi yardqueen - I have never tried to root the Daphne, so can't answer you there. I do like the plant very much, and was almost tempted to buy another one a few weeks ago. One of these days, the plant will get big enough that I may take the chance and try rooting a branch and let you know.

Sallysbloom - how lucky you are to be able to grow orchids outside. The only ones that survive for me outdoors here are the cymbidiums.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 13, 2009
4:02 PM

Post #6261193

hi all
i can not see the flower
it will not come up
i would love to live were it warm all year around
elle
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 14, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #6263434

We grow our orchids in our sunroom, and two hanging ones outside in trees.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 14, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6265647

Sally, Have you tried drying your straw flowers?

elle, I would like to live somewhere warmer too!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #6265728

Well looks like everyone is springing out with a bang. NEver heard of strawflower, sure is one I'll try to find seed for around here as it really captured my fancy.
Yardqueen that is quite the GH you have there and bursting with color already.
Dianne that nectarine is gorgeous, I would love to have something like that here. Only tree blooms we have are the dogwoods. I have lots of quince buds but will be a bit before they show.
Terri you got daffs blooming already? That is fab.
Those hangin orchids are stunning. What a display of all these fine spring blooms.
Please allow me to introduce Mr. Harry Lauder, we don't get along when he gets his leaves but right now he is my favorite!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2009
4:21 PM

Post #6265740

Here is a closer look at the curls.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 14, 2009
4:53 PM

Post #6265862

Terri, I need to keep the strawflowers. I have kept a few, but that is a good idea. I don't keep dry flowers usually, but these really do dry well. The Strawflower plants are growing bigger with lots of flowers.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 14, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6265926

hi all
no flower today just a picture of
my baby boy goat
elle

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Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 14, 2009
5:30 PM

Post #6266026

Aww, elle, how cute is THAT??? What is the goat's name?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 14, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #6266164

Candee, your Harry Lauder is magnificent! What a beautiful sight. Glad you got in the garden to start taking your spring pictures! Will you be making an arrangement with it?

Cute Kid elle!
Hiya Cissy, been getting any dirt under your finger nails yet? LOL!

Sally, Those straw flowers are great dried and seem to keep their colours for a long time.

Sorry I haven't got into the garden yet, I'm enjoying all your garden pics. Thanks!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2009
4:23 PM

Post #6270589

Elle look at all your kids, you sure have some busy goats on your farm. Perhaps you should put your bunnies in there with them so they get the idea!
Thanks Terri, yes it was nice to get out and take some pics.
Here are my helleborus, not quite bloomin yet.

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Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 15, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6270915

Yes, Terri, I have! Another member here on the forum, Sunnyg, gave me some plants! She gave me two Bougainvillea trees, 1 HUGE Calla Lily plant, 2 huge ginger plants, a couple of bulbs and some impatient seedlings. Planted some bushes! That's it for now!

Cis
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2009
5:40 PM

Post #6270940

Wow Cis sounds like you got a lot of prizes there! Can't wait for you to show them off, hint, hint.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 15, 2009
8:55 PM

Post #6271710

Nice to see your Hellebore about to open there Candee, won't be long now! Lovely rich colour by the look of it. Thanks.

Cissy, Lucky you! wish I had some friends like that!!! They should keep you busy, looking forward to seeing them!

My snowdrops are flowering! ...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 15, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6271719


Ribes, flowering currant. ...

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 15, 2009
9:02 PM

Post #6271735


Flowering Forsythia...

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #6271788

You are beating me to Spring there Terri, looks like you are really popping out with the blooms.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 15, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6271869

Don't get too excited, thats it!!! The first tiny forget me not!

I've got lots of clearing up to do, but it's great seeing the garden coming back.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
4:28 AM

Post #6273848

Terri - that is one nice looking forsythia! Can't wait for mines to be that full. Snowdrops are another plant that I hope to start growing one of these days too.

Candee - that Harry Lauder must provide a lot of interesting branches for your arrangements. I had a curly willow that I had to cut down after two years because it got too big and I had no room for it. I only have about 2 branches left that I saved through the years.

Cissy - what kind of ginger plants did you get? That is a nice assortment of plants. I am not exactly sure what the difference between zone 9a (mines) and zone 9b (yours) is, but I imagine our growing environment are very similar.

Elle - those baby goats are the cutest.Are they a lot of work, or does the mommy goat takes care of them without any help?

Elle and Terri - you can come out to sunny California to visit any time. We are expecting 75 degrees this coming week!

soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
5:51 AM

Post #6273981

It got a little cold this afternoon, but I did managed to get some yard work done, and took some photos. I have been waiting for a long time for the bird of paradise to bloom. And it finally did!!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
5:52 AM

Post #6273982

more daffodils coming up in the side yard.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
5:53 AM

Post #6273984

azealas

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
5:55 AM

Post #6273989

and a cymbidium orchid. Either snails or slugs are getting to a lot of my orchid buds and really making them ugly before they get the chance to open up.

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Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 16, 2009
5:02 PM

Post #6275653

[quote]Cissy - what kind of ginger plants did you get? That is a nice assortment of plants. I am not exactly sure what the difference between zone 9a (mines) and zone 9b (yours) is, but I imagine our growing environment are very similar.[/quote]

Soils, I don't know the variety of Ginger. Guess I'll find out! LOL. As far as zone goes, I have no idea. Aren't I just a wealth of information? heehee

yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 17, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6278374

Soils,

How old is your BOP? Did you start it from seed? I have planted some seeds and waiting for germination now... I just wondered if I would still be alive when it finally blooms... I am 60 now,,, LOL
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 17, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6278455

I just checked mine and one has a 1/4 in sprout and the other 3 look like they MIGHT be sprouting! I am excited! Can you use them as cut flowers?
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2009
4:51 AM

Post #6278957

Yardquenn, I bought my BOP about four years from Target in a one gallon pot. No blooms the first year, one bloom the second, two the third, and now 4 in the fourth. I hope to get 16 next year if it progesses exponentially. LoL.

I have never started one from seed, nor known of anyone who did, so sorry, can't help you with your question. And yes, they do make great cut flowers.

Cissy - Guess I must have looked up the zone classifications at one time to determine what I should be, but I too, have long forgotten. My memories are full of holes these days.
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 18, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #6282766

Soil, you can always google for the zone of your zip code, I believe :)
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #6282964

Soils,

I just read the instructions that the trader sent with the seeds (I forgot about them since I have had the seeds a couple of years) and she said 2 to 3 years till bloom. I guess that is when I will have 1. Maybe they will increase exponentially like yours do! LOL I am really excited that the sprouted since I had them a while before I planted them. But I did soak them 3 days. I had germination instructions from a website I use for almost all of my germination instructions. It is a great one. here is a link

http://www.backyardgardener.com/tm.html
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 18, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6285139

Hi everyone!

Lovely flowers Dianne, this is the question!!!! will you be cutting the Birds of Paradise for an arrangement??? Love the colour of the Azealas!
Thanks for the link Yardqueen, has it sprouted?

I have at least one casualty due to the 'snow week' we had here! My rosemary has croaked, see it in front of the forsythia? It's been in for years. I will be getting a new one, they are great plants to add to arrangements for some fragrance.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6285873

Terri,

One has sprouted quite nicely and the other 3 look like something is starting to pop out!
That will be gareat to have 4 of them. I can give a couple of them away! I love 100% germination!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 19, 2009
1:52 AM

Post #6287731

Congrats Yardqueen! Queen of Yards, we expect no less than 100% from you!!!


Hey Cissy, whats happening your way?
Dianne, 75 degrees?, I'll be right over LoL!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #6288081

Hi, all!

Well, I did myself in today... Felt enough better to go outside... It was so pretty out! I was just going to sit on the new "patio" DH is making and well, you know. I wound up potting rooted brugs and taking lids off of the seedlings on the winter sowing pad. Wore myelf out completely. Now besides the sore ribs from coughing, I have a very sore back! But I WILL have flowers!
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #6289999

Terri, got sunshine for last 2 weeks, but rather cool in the low 60's. Garden looking better but not yet ready for spring! How about you?
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #6292083

Terri - I was wrong. It is 77 degrees as I am typing. I am definitely overdressed with a long sleeved sweater. As for the bird of paradise, I am going to wait until a few more of the blossoms open up first before cutting. I did not realize it before, but there are several buds within each stalk, and they bloom in succession.

Yardqueen - those plants better appreciate all that you are doing for them LoL.

Cissy - we are expecting a cold spell this weekend. You guys too? But tomorrow should still be on the warmish side.





terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 20, 2009
10:15 PM

Post #6296456

Hello!

Take it easy Yardqueen ,don't over do things yet, we have a long way to go! Hope you are feeling better today.
Cissy, my garden is a mess LoL! I haven't had time to do anything out there. We have had temps in the 50's all week. Have you planted all your new plants in yet?
Dianne, stop rubbing it in LoL! I can't wait to get some heat from the sunshine, it's been a long winter!

Sally, what else is flowering in your garden?
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6297472

Soils, our temp will be cool, but not too bad.
Terri, yep, all my sun bushes are planted. I still need to spruce up the shade garden...well, actually a LOT of sprucing up! LOL.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2009
5:08 AM

Post #6298059

Hi All -

Happy first day of spring!!!! My apricot tree is in full bloom. Hopefully we won't get much rain this weekend to cause too much blossom drop.

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6299051

Mornin' all! And Happy First Day Of Spring!

Terri, I am better today since I had the day off yesterday. Pretty bad when a retired person needs the day off! I just went to a movie with dear SIL and to WM and and to the BS (lol Beauty shop) to get my hair trimmed...

Sis_E, I am so jealous of anyone who can plant out now! We have had warm temps day and night for a while now, but we can have a frost up to April 15th.

I think DH and I just now decided to go ahead and risk it! We won't take everything out, but we will take out the patio stuff and the hanging baskets! And the stuff for around the pond! Yea! we can cover this stuff if we do get a cold spell.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 21, 2009
8:27 PM

Post #6300318

My yard looks so nice. Our warm winter makes spring even faster. My sister and her family were here yesterday from College Station for Spring Break. They came over for the morning. My sis and her daughter were in the back with me and we smelled lots of flowers and herbs! Nasturtium, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, basil, mint, sage, stock etc.

They loved my Strawflowers, how they are all dry even when you pick them. Need to get more photos, but I have been ill with kidney stones, infection from that, migraines for four days...FUN, ha.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2009
11:02 PM

Post #6300879

Here today, gone tomorrow. That is exactly what happened to the apricot blossoms. We had a windy night last night, and when I went out to the driveway this morning, I was greeted by the following sight. Almsot looks like snow, there was so many petals on the ground!

Yardqueen - glad that you are feeling better.
Sally - sorry to hear about your recent health problems - your spring garden should do a good job lifting up your spirits.

We had a little bit of sprinkle this morning as I was driving by a local park that had a rose garden that is a popular wedding site - lo and behold, there was a wedding going on, and the few people that was out there were huddled under umbrellas. It is pretty risky planning an outdoor wedding even if spring has already sprung!

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 21, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #6300926

I had my wedding at my parents' home. It rained, but stopped just in time. That is good luck! That is the only place I would want to get married. In a lovely garden. I do go to church, but being outside with flowers is just perfect.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 22, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #6301286

Hi everyone!

Sally, I've heard kidney stones are very painful, and you've had migranes too. Sorry sweetie, get well soon!
Nice you had your family to visit, I bet they love your garden! Great to see nasturtium so early on, it's lovely!

Yardqueen, LOL! glad you enjoyed your 'day off', good to have a bit of pampering with a new doo!
Good luck with the planting... live dangerously!!!

Dianne, your apricot in bloom is absolutey STUNNING! oh no, here today gone tomorrow LOL!

Hiya Cis!

It's Haighr's Birthday today! We are having a Birthday party for her, everyone is invited to the cafe!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2009
4:15 AM

Post #6302191

Oooohhhh Terri! I more than made up for it today! Worked so hard so long, but we got a lot done. DH and I are both pooped! backs hurting, legs hurting, even my hands hurt. And I can still smell potting soil even though I had a nice hot shower and went out for fish and shrimp for dinner. And we will continue this tomorrow after church. And this is just plants that are in pots that were in the greenhouse all winter. They all looked GREAT though! Had to do cleaning up on some but they still looked great. Repotted quite a few. We worked all day and this is just patio plants, around the pond plants, and hanging baskets...
This is not flowers for bouquets plants... A lot of them bloom, but not for bouquets. We haven't even started that yet! They are still out in the pad and in the greenhouse! Will it never end???
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2009
9:02 PM

Post #6304716

So that is where that confetti came from. Sorry they didn't last longer as that is a spectacular showing. Yardqueen would love to see more of your gardens, sounds like you really put a lot of work into it.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 23, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6305448

Yardqueen this is what you have been waiting for all winter, enjoy!! Take your time...
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 28, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6331284

Hi all,
It's been raining here all week.
Hope to get out there soon and take some more pictures while we are still in March!!

What is happening in your gardens?
My Aquilegia (sp) are up...

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #6331783

Well, what I said would happen is happening! We are going to have a freeze tonight! We had to put everything back and cover some other things... I am glad I did't yield to the temptation to plant my seedling out in the beds...
I hope it doesn't harm the new growth on mt hydrangeas.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 28, 2009
7:15 PM

Post #6332150

Hi Yardqueen, Sounds like you with be busy taking things in and out LOL! Hope no real damage is done and you manage to protect all your babies.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6333669

Well, now they say it will be 34. Everthing is in or covered, unless they blow off. The wind is very strong today!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6336784

Hope you manage fine there yardqueen, wouldn't want to lose a single thing I have done that in the past and learned the hard way, now I start things inside and still tend to begin too early and now most of them are quite leggy now. Good luck with your temps.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 30, 2009
5:01 AM

Post #6338744

Everything is fine. It only got to 38 and everthing was covered or inside. We started bringing it all out again today. Hope we don't have another one. But we are trying to get ready for a BD party in 2 weeks which will be in our "yard" ...
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
7:11 AM

Post #6338909

Yardqueen - hope you have some nice sunny days in the next two weeks so that the plants will be up and blooming for your party.

OK - Terri - Since you asked, I braved the wind today and went out and got some March garden photos before April sneaks up on us -
first up - cherry tree is blooming. Lots of places are having their cherry blossom festivals either now or very soon

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
7:15 AM

Post #6338916

Close up of the blossoms. This is one of the last of my non-citrus trees to bloom, but it is the first to have ripe fruits. We normally start picking cherries around mid-May. This is the Stella variety which is self-pollinating. My second garden goal is to have fresh fruit year around - I almost reached that goal (with some help from my mom's orange tree filling in the gap)

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
7:23 AM

Post #6338926

Rhododendron

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
7:24 AM

Post #6338927

red ranunculus.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2009
7:26 AM

Post #6338928

Bird of Paradise - 3 are opened now!! Will have to wait a little longer before posting in the yard to vase series because I want to enjoy the blooms by the front door a little longer. The earliest bloomer is in it's third floret.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 30, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6339244

Those ranunculus are stunning. I bought some for 2 years in a row and they croaked w/n a few days in the house. And the birds of paradise are one of my favorites. I am just gonna have to move to the tropics!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 30, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6339411

Hi Dianne, Thanks for your garden pictures in March!
Your garden looks great. The cherry blossom looks lovely. I bet the cherries will be delicious too!
Rhodo's don't grow in my garden,it's nice to see yours, lovely colour.
The ranunculus look strong and healthy, what is that next to them, Peony?
Looking forward to your BOP'S arrangement... L

Yardqueen, who's Birthday? Nice to have a garden party to plan!

yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6342640

Terri,

My granddaughter. She will be 10.

Dianne,
Thanks for the well-wishes re the party and blooming flowers! It was cloudy all day today, though, and is supposed to rain tonight. Rain is a good thing! I am sure SOMETHING will be blooming. If not I will put fake flowers in my plants... LOL
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2009
4:07 AM

Post #6343416

Hi Ya'll! You guys are sooo far ahead of me! Heres a few of what I got!

Cute goat elle!

Lovely flowers guys!

Giant white crocus...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2009
4:09 AM

Post #6343424

Crocus - giant blue

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2009
4:11 AM

Post #6343437

Daffs on the left... not quite blooming, but coming...

Daylilies on the right.. sprouting!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6343448

not sure what this is!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2009
4:17 AM

Post #6343461

daff...

Well, so much for March?

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 31, 2009
5:35 AM

Post #6343685

Nice crocuses Blossom
Here's a couple more to end the month. I planted tulips for maybe a year or two, and then got tired of having to buy new bulbs every year. I even tried a few types that is supposed to naturalize easily but they died on me. I know that it is possible to grow them because I see some lovely clumps in some Sacramento yards. I just don't have the right touch for that. However, a few of the bulbs that I planted about 15 years ago do come back yearly with my leaving it in the ground and not doing anything.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 31, 2009
5:38 AM

Post #6343694

and next to my white planter, I have a white "strip" of gardenias, azaleas, calla lilies, and white roses. (Terri - white strip refers to the fact that I plant white blooming plants in this strip of land LoL - just kidding - I knew you got it this time) ) The first to bloom is the azaleas.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6344281

Your tulips look better than my pittiful display Dianne. I planted some of those fancy fringed and parrot tulips a few years ago and they were great the first year and then, well need I say more, I'll post if and when I see one!

I like your white strip - white makes for such a nice fill in arrangements don't you think?
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 31, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #6344495

hi all
i have not been on my cp for a couple day
have not feel well
but i back
the garern seen ok
we have 5 baby goat
chickern are doing ok
rabbit are picking up
every thing is sunny here
hope every one have a bless day
work day today
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2009
4:33 PM

Post #6345286

Sounds to me like you work every day elle, you need to try to slow down and get some time for yourself. I know you have to be on the go, go go, but do try to take a few moments out here and there so you don't get yourself feeling any worse.
Candee
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

March 31, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #6345396

hi
i try but there thing you have to do
the goat are so much fun
i will take picture tomorrow
elle
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6345507

I bet they are fun, just like a new "kid" to play with!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #6345524

LOL! Poor elle and those goats! I bet they are fun. I had some once too and swore never again!

soils, I put my bulbs in nursery cans then sink the can and all into the ground. Makes for easier lifting later for division. And the moles do not get them. You can probably find a GH near you that may give away their old cans... recycle ya know!


Ok, which of us "fools" is going to be starting the "APRIL 2009 in the garden" thread?

I dont have a thing blooming today.. and looks like tomorrow, more of the same.

Linky linky please!! LOL! Not me.. I got no bloomin' bloomers!! LOL!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 31, 2009
8:52 PM

Post #6346337

Hi Yardqueen! Flowers real or fakes in the garden will be great, hope the sun shines for you all on that day!

Welcome Blossom! Looks like things are starting to happen in your garden. It's a huge amount of land!!

Dianne, nice red tulips, is that california poppy there in california?!! Lovely, I don't have much luck with those.
Btw, I would call your 'white planter' a white flower bed!! LoL looks gorgeous anyway!

elle, I'm looking forward to seeing the kids in your garden! Glad you are feeling better.

Hope everyone is doing ok, working hard in their gardens??
Cissy... you've gone quiet!!!





terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 1, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #6347330


My Jasmine really suffered with the snow we had.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 1, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #6347357


The arch fell apart! The Jasmine looked ok underneath so I cut it right back, will have to get something else for it to climb up.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2009
12:52 AM

Post #6347429

See, thats what ya get for wishing for that white stuff...

Well, heres my garden shot of the day... that was before the 1.5 inches...

Now we are going Rain rain go away, let the sun come out and play!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2009
1:30 AM

Post #6347611

Terri - your jasmine may have sufferred, but your forsythia is gorgeous!!! I wish mines was that big.

Blossom - send some of your rain my way, and I'll send you some sun.

I'll start the April 1st thread as soon as it gets closer to April 1st in my time zone.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2009
4:53 AM

Post #6348370

OK - all you "fools" can mosey on over here...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/969831/
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2009
8:24 PM

Post #6351038

Terri, I am here! Been busy cleaning up my garden and working on computer. I just bought a couple of Chinese Fringe plants to put in my brick planter I made. Here's a pic. These plants are purple in color and evergreen as well :)

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 2, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6354446


Hi Cissy! Great brick planter, well made dear!! Chinese Fringe plants? I don't know them!
Any chance of a closer look please?
Thanks for the picture, it looks nice and tidy in your garden.

Come on over to April ...
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #6361892

Here ya go, Terri. I just went outside in the dark and snap this picture of the Chinese Fringe plant. Night pictures come out pretty good :D

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2009
6:13 AM

Post #6362329

Cissy - have you tried using that plant for arrangements? I have seen them around, and they bloom quite nicely throughout the winter, but I don't remember if I have come across that plant as being a good potential for cut flowers.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2009
12:44 PM

Post #6362729

Nice, bet if you could get a little grouping it would make a nice fill around the neck of a vase or perhaps one of those fab underwater arrangements?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 4, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #6362817

Nice one Cissy! Thanks for going out in the dark to take a picture for us LOL!

The flower reminds me a bit of that lovely Monarda? you have Candee.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

April 4, 2009
1:23 PM

Post #6362855

hi all
we have 12 baby
goat
8 boy and 4 girl
elle
picture will be on the way
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2009
6:24 PM

Post #6382739

[quote]Cissy - have you tried using that plant for arrangements? I have seen them around, and they bloom quite nicely throughout the winter, but I don't remember if I have come across that plant as being a good potential for cut flowers.[/quote]

Soils, I just got them and this is the first time I have even seen them! I love the color. They are doing good in the planter. I added a couple of small geraniums to break up the color. So far so good!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #6382751

Cissy - if you ever get the chance to try them out in an arrangement, please let me know what you think!!
Sis_E
(Cissy) San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2009
1:02 AM

Post #6384334

I sure will, Soils. I need to find out more about them as well :)

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