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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 6, 2011 8:43 AM CST
Thought it might be interesting to share how we spend the winters when our gardens are sleeping....

Mostly, for me, it is planning next years' garden. It usually goes something like this.

- Go through the remaining seed packets to see what I want/need

- Look at all the new catalogs coming in, as well as the websites. Make a list.

- Look at photos of last years gardens and think what I'd like to add/change or delete.

- Look at garden structure- what shrubs and trees do I need to add?
( plan to get 6 Evergreens in a couple of weeks...this is the best time to plant them here.)

- Check my Markers supplies. (Ordered more Eon Markers through the Co-op on CUBITS.)

There's probably alot more, but I need to get a refill on my coffee right now. Hilarious!





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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Dec 6, 2011 9:14 AM CST
The seeds which were collected from my garden are now dry enough to package.
I spend endless hours over the winter researching plants that i want to grow.
I have already ordered my new seeds for spring. Some will be a wintersow.
Others under lights, and still others will be direct sow.
Now that the leaves are gone, I can see what needs pruning and what needs to go.
Gardening is a 12 month hobby.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Dec 6, 2011 9:34 AM CST

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Is it winter yet? Hilarious! I still have planting to do....

While I wait for the water level to recede a bit for that, I'm sitting in front of the fake fireplace, up to my eyeballs in seeds that need packaging, while occasionally glancing out the windows to admire the newly fallen blanket of snow. Nice, quiet and peaceful occupation. Lovey dubby
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 6, 2011 10:19 AM CST
Hello and Welcome, Caroline!
Great to hear what you are working on. Smiling
What seeds are you planning to winter sow this year?
Yes, I agree it does go on throughout the year, doesn't it!?

Chelle, your seeds must be fun to work with! You painted a pretty picture!
I always love looking through them and remembering what each little magic morsel of DNA will become!
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Dec 6, 2011 3:18 PM CST
I live vicariously through pictures. I love other peoples pictures, because I get some great ideas this way..... I like my own pictures so I can put things into perspective.

Love all of your pictures. Keep 'em coming!


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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 6, 2011 5:25 PM CST
Hello, Carolyn and Welcome!

What a beautiful photo!
I can almost smell Springtime.
What a healthy Alchemilla mollis. Love that plant!
As well as the Iris, peony, Clems and Heuchera!
You captured alot in this photo. Lovey dubby
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Dec 6, 2011 7:16 PM CST
Thank you, Janice.

It is great to be here.

Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 6, 2011 7:32 PM CST
Good to see both of you Carolyns!

Just got off of Thompson and Morgan's seed site - man, have their prices gone up! Ah well, still cheaper than buying even one plant, and exactly what I want. Won't begin seed starting until probably January - even that's probably too early, but there's only so much patience I can exercise!

I'm trying a little bit of winter sowing this year, too.

Other than that, I spend a lot of time on-line, complaining.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 6, 2011 7:35 PM CST
Oh, and this year- work on the Plants database!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Dec 7, 2011 8:57 AM CST
Sheryl

Good point - I will be working on the plant database as well....

Big Grin
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 7, 2011 9:06 AM CST
Sheryl and Carolyn, DB work sounds great!! Hurray!

Yes, T M prices!

What will you wintersow?

Raining here, but outside work today, as it's 62.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 9, 2011 3:53 AM CST
I search plants as does everyone else. Some of the new catalogues are out so I make changes or check to see where I have room for new plants.
I also drsign the combos for my deck garden containers.
I use Picasa collages to make color choices and try to limit plants to 2.I have some containers with perennials in them and some that get coleus.

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Dec 9, 2011 5:19 AM CST

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Pretty collages, Jo Ann.

Neat idea for using them, too.

January is the month that I have next to nothing to do with actual plants, so that's my research month. My solid research month, anyway! We're always looking, aren't we? Big Grin
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 9, 2011 5:33 AM CST
I'm working on my indoor plants, working on the database, working on writing some gardening articles, and also looking through websites and catalogs like ya'll. I'm so glad I finally started taking more photos of the yard so I have them for reference. It is amazing how quickly things grow even though sometimes other things take forever ... or so it seems. Smiling

Very nice work, Jo Ann.

Oh yes, I'm rooting some things.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 9, 2011 5:44 AM CST
thanks
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 9, 2011 6:34 AM CST
JoAnn, those collages are Works of Art, for sure!! Lovey dubby :hearts:

Real inspiration and such glorious color and texture contrasts!!





Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Dec 9, 2011 7:59 AM CST

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Speaking of recording our gardens photographically, for both the DB and ourselves...

I'm already shocked and amazed when I wander through last season's photos. Much of the time my eyes go big with wonder....did these and those really look that pretty? Wow!

It's just amazing how quickly the constant viewing of a seemingly lifeless garden clouds the memory...pictures really are priceless!


[A butterfly that my young son "saved" and allowed to follow us home (sitting on his pants-leg) from a garage sale. Hilarious! He chose the flower with which to relocate it Big Grin ]
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Out of all the things (mostly toys and books) that we brought home from the sale that day, the butterfly is what he remembers. Lovey dubby
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Dec 9, 2011 8:14 AM CST
Gorgeous Photo!~!!!
Hurray!
That is a beautiful story and a
Great memory, Chelle!!! ......a budding gardener, perhaps? Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Dec 9, 2011 8:42 AM CST

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He's a very accomplished rose pruner! Hurray! Could care less about pulling a weed, but will sit with me in front of the TV while it snows and blows outside and help me fold hundreds of paper "pockets" to transfer germinated seedlings into. Lovey dubby So, yes, to a certain extent anyway! He came up with the plan to buy Mommy flower seeds for Christmas - Dad will help him with that this weekend. Smiling
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Dec 9, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Lovey dubby Sweet!
He is learning alot. Smiling

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