Texas Gardening forum: Signs of a wet spring

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 19, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Huge slug?
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Threw this annual out of pot 2 weeks ago...still alive

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snails are climbing high on the poppies
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What is unusual in your garden at this time?
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 22, 2015 1:24 PM CST

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@canadanna Those are some big slugs!

No big slugs or snails here, but I was moving pots and had huge grubs in quite a few pots that were under the trees. Yuck! We've lost the grass on one side of the back yard due to neighbors' runoff. I'm trying to decide if I'd rather have a dry creek on that side. DH thinks it's a horrible idea. He likes grass!
Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 22, 2015 9:50 PM CST
Doesn't that happen every year? I have also thought about a dry creek and imagine it with river rocks. But then it would have mud in there eventually.
Yes, found quite a few of big grubs too.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 22, 2015 10:11 PM CST

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If we do put in a dry creek, we'll have it done professionally. They can figure out how to fix it. I think they'll have to raise the limestone walkway to divert the water. What little grass we had left is now under mud. We have had so much rain that it can't soak in anymore.
Our club was supposed to go to a garden tour Sunday, but it was cancelled because the owner's son is the local weather guy at NOAA and said it was going to flood Sunday and we shouldn't be out in. I know the owner must have been disappointed after all that work. Hope he'll have us all over when the rain clears.
Hope you don't get anymore rain for a bit.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 23, 2015 7:06 AM CST
That is disappointing. I know there is a lot of extra work to show a garden.
Flooding is scary. So far ,I am still enjoying the weather ( as long as it isn't storms or very heavy) because it reminds me of Montreal springtime. I planted 2 trees for Arbor Day at the highschool in April. Everytime it rains, that is one less time I have to drag buckets over there. ....would be nice to spread out the rain over the summer though.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 23, 2015 9:20 AM CST

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Would have been nice if high school would have furnished a long hose for you to water those trees!

With all the rain we've had this spring, our garden is full of flowers. I can't complain. Well, maybe I could complain about the mosquitoes !

A couple of years ago we were on a garden tour. May was perfect weather with a shower nearly every week. Only problem was the tour was June 10th, and it was 100 degrees that afternoon. Most spring things had already bloomed and were struggling in the heat. The tropicals were just kicking in. Timing is everything!
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
May 23, 2015 11:30 AM CST
I do not have a picture, but yesterday I went to dead head some zinnias and the seeds on the spent blooms were already sprouting! I have been able to transplant all kinds of stuff with ease. The ground is so soft and wet. Of course the weeds are loving it. My black bamboo is sending up a second set of new poles. I have never seen it do that before. It usually only sends them up once at the beginning of spring.

Hmm... flooding on Sunday eh? I need more rain barrels Rolling my eyes.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 23, 2015 11:44 AM CST

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I would love to see those sprouting zinnias! Something you don't see very often!

DD has been helping me clear the "pot farm" out back. She is brutal in her assessments. "This pot is cracked. Throw it away." 'Over and over.

Is your black bamboo in a container? I wanted to plant mine in ground but don't want it to get out of control.
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 23, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Throwing away pots? Isn't that some kind of gardening blasphemy?
I have some bb in pots and most in the ground. I bought it as clumping but this is its third year in the ground and it is showing signs of being invasive. I live on a rock cliff with no soil so I thought it would stay put. Wrong! It has been easy to dig up with having only an inch or two of soil to spread out into. Unless you want to get back at your neighbor for their soil erosion I recommend not planting it anywhere near your fence line. It would be something you would need to keep a close eye on. I think I remember reading somewhere that there is no such thing as a clumping black. Just a marketing gimmick. Shrug! It sure is loving this rain.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 23, 2015 4:02 PM CST

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Good advice. I have bb in a tall pot that I can roll around to make sure it isn't sending out roots. I wish I could plant it across the back fence, but I know better now. Sad I have a green bamboo that was given to me years who with a warning not to turn my back on it! It seems to be fine confined to a pot.

The rain has made the brugmansias' leaves huge and deep green, but there aren't many in bloom. I thought about giving them a fertilizer cocktail. But then I'd have to repot them. (Oops, I said cocktail and it's 5PM).
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 23, 2015 5:01 PM CST
Got my cold one in hand now. He He What else to do in all this rain? Right before all this rain started I threw my brugs over the cliff. I was sick and tired of their constant whining about needing more water and food Rolling on the floor laughing I guess I should hike down there and look. They are probably growing and doing great. I brought in my most prized succulents for this round of storms. Today is the first time I ever noticed that Aeonium have a slightly sweet sent. They are tall enough in their pot that when I went to lift them they were close to my face and I was shocked to find out they had a smell!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
May 23, 2015 6:15 PM CST

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Hmmmm..... I have a goat skull that I want to plant succulents in. Just waiting for the rain to STOP! Have a bunch in pots around the yard if they haven't drowned.

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