Cottage Gardening forum: Show Us Your Cottage Garden in Fall & Winter 2012-2013

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 2, 2012 3:53 AM CST
I cant imagine digging in that cold ground.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 2, 2012 11:08 AM CST
Yes, I don't like that idea myself at all. December is awefully late for planting bulbs. Sad
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Dec 2, 2012 7:59 PM CST

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I was still planting bulbs at the end of January last year, and they grew and bloomed wonderfully! I was pleased, but still amazed that they would do so.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 2, 2012 8:16 PM CST
From what I have read, as long as you can dig in the soil, that is its not frozen, you can still plant. But I hate to have to hope for a January thaw in order to plant bulbs. Besides the ground is so cold in the winter even when not frozen. Not nice to have to work in that icy cold ground.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Dec 3, 2012 7:06 AM CST

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Yeah; cold hands!

I won't be doing that this year, but it was nice to be able to try a bunch of different bulbs that I'd never before grown. Smiling

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 3, 2012 7:26 AM CST
Spring is here~ 68° today! We finally got some rain yesterday, and weather warmed. The lawn turned green overnight, and the air feels like springtime. This is great.

Karen
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 3, 2012 8:36 AM CST
Its more than the cold hands.Its the burning afterward when you are warming up.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 3, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Love the Dutch Iris.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Dec 3, 2012 6:31 PM CST

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kqcrna said:Spring is here~ 68° today! We finally got some rain yesterday, and weather warmed. The lawn turned green overnight, and the air feels like springtime. This is great.

Karen


I agree The lawn is beautiful right now!

I spent a couple of hours in the gardens today; without a jacket! Hurray!

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 3, 2012 6:35 PM CST
Wasn't it great? Short-lived no doubt, but a 70° day in December is definitely a bonus.

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 3, 2012 10:04 PM CST
Hope that plants don't get the idea that it is time to bloom.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 4, 2012 4:46 AM CST
They ought to be confused. I am. 60° and a chance of rain today, a high of 48 tomorrow.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 4, 2012 5:22 AM CST
I hope we arent getting a repeat of last years mild inter and freezing spring.
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamar
N.E Indiana (Zone 5a)
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huggergirl
Dec 4, 2012 5:38 AM CST
Hey all ...yes Im back ...i was just being lazy...LOL......I see all have been busy...I ve been busy Killing mice in my house,man o man...lil buggers...I think we got all of them 5....argg...

Very nice temps here,I think today is the last one...I wish it would get cold an stay cold...and Snow....I love snow....
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 4, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Tamara, yuck mice. Hope you got them all. I had some in my basement a few weeks back and had to keep putting out the poison until they were all gone. I actually found a dead rat down there one day.

Jo Anne, I sure would not mind a repeat of the mild winter we had here last year. I don't remember a freezing spring.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 4, 2012 1:06 PM CST
Up here the lilies and othr plants emerged 2 weeks early.The early lilies were up about 6 inches to 1 foot and in mid April we got 4 hard freezes in 10 days at least thats what it seems.
Many lilies didnt bloom,other plants didnt booom like astilbes and there were plants that only grew half way.
I dont ever want to experience that again.
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)
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Newyorkrita
Dec 4, 2012 1:20 PM CST
That does sound aweful. I love my lily blooms and sure would hate to loose them. So sorry that happened to you!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Dec 4, 2012 1:33 PM CST
The later bloomers were OK. also OT's.It wasnt exactly a desert here.
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
Dec 15, 2012 1:26 PM CST
I hope the squirrells left me some crocus. I planted 500 of the large flowered mix in between my roses in my southside rose garden. Now I see that there are plenty of holes where the squirrels must have dug up the bulbs. Hopefully not all of them. Now there are fall leaves as mulch spread over them so that the squirrels hopefully will no longer notice that they are there.

My garden is totally put to bed for the winter and I am done and waiting for spring. The fall mulching with leaves was the last chore of the year and that is totally finished. Come spring, all the garden work starts again but you all know that I just love my garden.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Dec 15, 2012 2:21 PM CST
I love the "naturalizing" look

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