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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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May 8, 2012 6:50 PM CST
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 9, 2012 2:31 AM CST
beautiful.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 9, 2012 5:42 AM CST
Here's whats blooming this AM.Many iris about to pop,I couldnt wait,especially when I saw the clem for the first time.Planted it last year.
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chelle
May 9, 2012 6:18 AM CST

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Oh, wow! Hurray!

Don't ya just love that clematis?!! If this makes any sense at all, mine don't even look real anymore...they're just that pretty! The stem decided to flop down on the floor of the Grotto Arbor, and it's now just a puddle of blooms...there's so many of them! Lovey dubby


You have Salvias blooming already? Sweet!


What's the upright, burgundy colored and sort of grassy looking plant? I like it!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 9, 2012 6:25 AM CST
I think you are referring to Lobelia Red Husker.
I was so excited when I saw the clem. I didnt realize it bloomed earlier than other clems. I planted it last year.
Your statement "mine dont even look real" is terrific

I am waiting for Vagabond in the container to bloom. Its loaded..

GF just told me its Penstemon Red Husker not Lobelia in the album.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 9, 2012 7:13 AM CST

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Ah! Thank you! That Penstemon is so popular, and now I see why!

There are probably a half-dozen clematis blooming here, now. I'm toe-tapping for the Armide rose blooms to open. Like your Vagabond clematis, this rose plant is covered in buds this year. There must be hundreds...I might have cutting roses this year! Hurray!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 9, 2012 7:52 AM CST
There isnt a dull minute anywhere in the east as far as plants opening.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
May 9, 2012 9:01 AM CST
So so beautiful JoAnn!! Hurray! Lovey dubby
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 9, 2012 9:08 AM CST
I just LOVE gardening.
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
May 9, 2012 9:22 AM CST
It certainly shows in your gardens! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
May 9, 2012 10:58 AM CST
I planted my first clematis this past year. It is still a tiny little thing about 10 inches tall. I am amazed that many of you have such huge ones, and in bloom. I can't wait until mines get to be anything at all like the ones I have seen here. You guys have lovely specimens.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
May 9, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Well the secret is that you buy them locally so they are much bigger than what you got. Or you buy them from Silver Star Vinery. Those vines really, really take off. And they have a huge selection of Clematis. They only grow clematis.

http://www.silverstarvinery.com/default.asp
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 9, 2012 12:44 PM CST

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If you can plant clematis very near something that their roots can grow under, they're sublimely happy. Smiling A concrete slab, a deck, or on the north or east side of a post set in concrete are all ideal. They like the lime that's in concrete as an added bonus. If none of these are handy, some large slabs of rock or thick chunks of wood set over the root zone will work. A lot of mine are just covered with slabs of firewood.

They can take some time to settle in and be happy, but once they do, they'll grow like crazy.

I had a couple of very nice plants that I set in last spring; they're still only a few inches tall yet this year. Some similar (new last year, and from the same company) plants are blooming, but still haven't reached very high, as of yet. If I could bear to, I'd not let them bloom so they'd go up. I figure that the only way I'll get tall plants is to either wait patiently Rolling on the floor laughing , or depend on those late-bloomers for some height. Whistling

First blooms of Kathleen Dunford, new from Brushwood Nursery last year.




(Her roots are covered with a large stepping-stone, and groundcovers Big Grin )
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
May 9, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Fantastic garden. Do you have Paul Black's new e-mail from the catalog? I am sure hat he would love a photo of your 'Bluebeard's ghost.' As one hybridizer said, 'You never know what the kids do after they leave home'.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 9, 2012 3:46 PM CST
It never occured to me
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 10, 2012 9:04 PM CST
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An area of the front yard were you can see some of the clematis blooms. If you enlarge the picture you can see the little House Wren sitting on top of the slotbox house were Mr and Mrs House Wren are neating.


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Clematis closeup.


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More Clematis


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Along the front sidewalk looking right. Tall bearded iris blooming there.


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Fruit Punch Poppies blooming.


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A small section of the backyard iris bed.
Name: Rita
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Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 10, 2012 9:48 PM CST
Went to a local nursery again today and bought plants. A flat of zinias and one of snapdragons. A potted dahlia as I can't grow them from tubers for the life of me. Some VICTORIA BLUE Salvia.

Plus 12 more tomato plants. I had enough at the 37 I had planted here. But I got it in my head that I wanted BIG BOY tomatoes and hadn't bought any. Then I have no more tomato cages so was researching a staking method called Florida Weave which uses stakes every few plants and uses twine to hold them upright (called a weave). So I really want to do that. Planned on buying a six pack of BIG BOY tomatoes and doing a row of six in the Florida weave style. Well, I did buy the six pack of BIG BOYS but I have no will power. I swear I would buy every type of tomato plant in the nursery if I had room. So I saw these lovely single plants of SUN GOLD and CHEROKEE PURPLE, bought those. So my row of six idea was changed to two rows of 4 idea instead! Then bought a Siberian tomato I will plant between two others already planted here by the house. And I found this patio garden growbag that is 39 inches long so I will put the last three (two FOURTH OF JULY and one SUGERY ) in there.

I had to buy bagged compost as I will be using to set up the new tomato garden area. I will be busy the next few days planting and also making a new tomato garden area. More grass will have to bite the dust!


Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 11, 2012 5:30 AM CST
I love this stage of my oakleaf Pee Wee

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oops this is pee wee
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huggergirl
May 11, 2012 6:10 AM CST
Hurray! Ive had 2 days off...Got tons done..burned brush pile,emptied compost tumbler, refilled the tumbler,moved dry stuff off the compost pile,started a new pile.Ran mini tiller through the compost....Ive got a nice big pile home made compost Hurray! ...put 8 bags of composted cow manaure,and 2 bags of coir,into the garden.Finished wiping out the dump truck load of hardwood mulch,7 full loads in the garden cart,edged the side walk.Got all the trimming done.Sorted out all my pots and organized my turtletop car carrier,thats where I store potting supplies.. nodding raked area behind the shed,had to place some big limestone bricks at the backside of the shed ...ground hogs trying to live under it.... Thumbs down Planted 2 flats,of petunias,gave me a shower,then bathed the dog... Rolling on the floor laughing I feel Great... Hurray! I havent taken any new photos... Confused To busy I guess...
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
May 11, 2012 9:58 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Wow, everyone's got big, beautiful growth going on!

Love this time of the year and watching development of each plant. :hearts:

Love the Clems and Iris, Rita. What is the name of the great yellow and white Iris?

JoAnn, how tall does PeeWee get? Very pretty and love all the combos coming.

Hurray! Tam, you got alot done!

Need to get labels made for the Sibs, move some things around and plant Lilies. Tired just saying that. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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