Perennials forum: FINALLY time for spring clean up

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 30, 2013 4:33 PM CST
Spent about four hours cleaning out my beds today. I always love this task, I find it is like unwrapping Christmas presents! The suprise of uncovering new growth. Finding plants you forgot you had! Of course I always lose a few. But I try to treat that as an opportunity to plant something new! Oh and finding new seedlings!

Sadly I lost a new plant I got in the fall, Gaura Passionate Rainbow. It was so pretty. But the rabbits feasted on it and the little bit left couldn't take the soppy wet winter. I hope I can find it again to replace it.

Oddly my beds are really dry now and could really use some rain!

Yay Spring!
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Mar 30, 2013 5:12 PM CST
I'm finally getting out there, too. It's still too early for me to know what survived the winter. The only green showing is from bulbs. Very few of my Hellebore are doing anything. I did a preliminary clean up on two of the 10 beds. Since the Hybrid Tea Rose bushes are starting to come to life, I sprayed them with copper sulfate and fed them a little organic nitrogen and bone meal. Sprinkled some bone meal on the bulbs that were showing also. The weather will be cool until the next weekend and then the temps go up supposedly. I'll know more about what's going on out there by then.

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