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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 22, 2012 3:14 PM CST
I am sorting, or really just sorted thru a Scheepers bulb order that the UPS guy just delivered a short while ago. I hauled the big box into my living room and checked all the bulbs. Now this is an order that I did a few days after I had ordered my massive order of 1,600 bullbs from Van Engelen. But there was still stuff I wanted and mostly in smaller quantities which is why I did get the from the Van Engelen part. That or stuff I just forgot to order. So here I now have 645 bulbs crocus, tulips and daffodils from Scheepers.

I have been planting steadly these past few weeks as luckily not everything has come at once so as I had bulb orders arrive I could get on with the planting. But that huge Van Engelen order is still to arrive so I will not be finished with the planting any time soon. Of course now I have to get going with these bulbs that just arrived., And I already feel like I have been planting fall bulbs for weeks. Actually, I HAVE been planting fall bulbs for weeks.

The thing that keeps me going and is my motivation is how stunning it will all look in the spring. And it should be a long spring show with the bulbs starting with snow crocus and ending with late tulips. And everything in between. I have daffs to add from really early to late blooming and I already know from the daffs already here that my spring daffodil bloom shows lasted for two whole months this spring. And I have lots more added or to add thus fall to make next spring even better. And the tulips. I have never gotten so many and such a wide variety of tulips before.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 25, 2012 1:58 PM CST
The last of my bulb orders just arrived from UPS. This would be my largest order of my 1,600 bulbs from Van Engelen. I am sorting thru them and putting them in piles as to what part of the yard and location they go in. Makes planting easier as I can just start on a pile and location and go plant. My living room is full of stacks and groupings of bulbs.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Oct 25, 2012 3:15 PM CST

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Sounds like fun, Rita.

I haven't even ordered any bulbs ...yet. Whistling

I still have more autumn seeding to do first - if I get to it.

Kale is doing superbly right now.

Question - can anyone give me an idea or two as to why my mums only flush once? They have more buds but they won't open. Blinking I've trimmed them back, just to see if that helps.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 27, 2012 1:39 PM CST
Putting porch and garden furnature away in preparation of the coming hurricane. I am very leary of the expected power outtages. Worried about how long they might last. Have plenty of supplies on hand though so I am as prepaired as I can be.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9b
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soilsandup
Oct 27, 2012 3:52 PM CST
Chelle - my mums only have one flush of blooms. I never thought they did multiple blooms????

Rita - hope the storm doesn't wreck too much havoc at your place. Stay safe!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Oct 27, 2012 7:22 PM CST

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Okay, Dianne - I guess that answers that! Hilarious!

Thank you.

For some reason I just got the notion that if there were more buds available that they should open too. *Blush*

The fella I bought them from still has very pretty ones lining the area next to his house...same type too. Blinking

Mine are just done, I guess.


We'll be thinking of you as you weather this storm, Rita. Group hug
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Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamar
N.E Indiana (Zone 5a)
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huggergirl
Oct 29, 2012 7:16 AM CST
i know been missing in action....not that I have not been busy...lolThumb of 2012-10-29/huggergirl/a029cf
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 29, 2012 9:35 AM CST
Already over 20,000 power outtages in Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. And the storm is far away still.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 29, 2012 10:23 AM CST
Sad Be safe, Rita.

That's a beautiful photo, Tam. Smiling
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 29, 2012 12:51 PM CST
I am looking out my front window and it looks strange out on the water as we have a rock jetty, very long out there which is often used for fishing. It is completely under water now and high tide is like 10PM so you know how high the water must be. Not to worry, it can not reach me, high ground here.

108,000 customers of LIPA (Long Island Power) outtages already. That means Nassau and Suffolk counties only. Counties of NYC have a a different power company.

And the storm is not really here. Supposed to hit landfall around 10PM along Sourthern NJ.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 29, 2012 2:14 PM CST
Hang in there, Rita. We are north of you, of course, but still getting rain & wind gusts.
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ge1836
Nov 4, 2012 5:20 AM CST
Just a FYI
The sun returns in 47 more days.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 4, 2012 7:46 PM CST
Hi people, I am back wuth the power just going back on tonught. I am in Nassau County on the North Shore of Long Island and on high ground so no flooding worries. It has been cold with no heat because of no power and my bed is pilled high with comforters and blankets. Staten Island, just west of us , was hit really, really badly. Parts of the shorth shore (mostly) of Long Island have also been hit very, very badly. Even the NYC subway sustem had flooded and I don't think that has EVER happened before.

Boy it is no fun to sit in the dark for a week. No where to go either as no power arround and no power to traffic lights so roads are a mess. I had plenty of food and no problems here at my house. The storm was just some wind that really wasn't so bad. But Long Island, just Nassau and Suffolk which is our power company Lipa, had more than one million customers without power. They really have been working as fast as they can. And my county, Nassau County apparently had twice as many outtages as any other counties to contend with.

There are townships that they say will not get power for another ten days and then there are the flooded areas were there is not even a guess as to when there might be power again.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Nov 4, 2012 8:15 PM CST
Rita, I am so glad that you postedand you are ok. A lot of people were really beginning to worry. I know my daughter's friend in NY is still out of power. It is so sad that so many were hit so badly.
Bee Kind, make the world a better place.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Nov 4, 2012 8:25 PM CST
I knew it would take a while for power to come back. Lots of Long Island is still in the dark yet.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 4, 2012 10:00 PM CST
Great to know that you are back, Rita. We know that pirl is safe, but still no power & waiting to hear from patti on Nantucket. We were lucky 7 only lost power for the evening. Do I ever love the battery powered lamp. I hate not being able to read. Not cold at that time, either.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Nov 5, 2012 1:26 AM CST
I have looked at those before, that might be a nice Christmas gift. Glad everyone is ok, hopefully the work crews can get the power restored sooner than expected.
Bee Kind, make the world a better place.
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
Nov 5, 2012 5:13 AM CST

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So glad to hear that you're safe, Rita.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Nov 5, 2012 5:15 AM CST
I agree Lovey dubby
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Nov 5, 2012 8:39 AM CST
So nice to have heat and hot water and my computer working again!

There where 5 million people without power here in the NY tri state area alone. I know I was watching the local news 12 Long Island news last night and they where interviewing people that did not have their power back on Sunday afternoon and they were truely angry about the lack of power. Well mine only came on last night but I think the power company did a good job. They have an almost impossible task. They started with OVER 1 million outtages in our county alone. And Nassau is much smaller in area total than Suffolk county next to us. But then Nassau got hit the worst of our tri state area. Twice as many outtages as any other county even though Staten Island was just about flooded out. And areas of the south shore of Long Island are a flood disaster. Impossible in this situation to get all the power back on any more quickly.

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