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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Apr 22, 2014 2:55 PM CST
Oh Seed, I am sooo jealous! Crying Not only of your (past) plant pot supply, but of how well organized your work shed is!!! Thumbs up I tried Wal-Mark, Lowe's, Home Depot, even a small nursery just a block from my home. The big boxes all said they need the pots with their SKU stickers to get credits from the growers, and the small nursery said they recycle them all for new plants out of their farm. SIGH. So, at least to find some that were $1 and not have the $50 shipping charge associated with getting them delivered by nursery supply ... am very, very happy to finally have enough to get my seedlings in better growing-sized pots.

I do think you are right that everyone should check around first ... I did score about 10 free ones when the city was planting stuff in a local park, but even they were hesitant to give them up. I think the suburbs here are just very tight with items and need them to verify work-done, losses to be reimbursed, etc. And, the craig's list/freecyle ones that have come up have just been too far away (same cost in gas to get there and back).

Hope you find a great new place that will hand them out again ... it gets really expensive, really fast, just to find pot-homes for these babies! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 22, 2014 3:04 PM CST
Humm... the sound of my brain trying to think! Maybe landscapers would be the place to check!
Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Apr 22, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Ooooooooo! Yeah, I could see that being a great place to check! Thumbs up
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Apr 24, 2014 9:41 AM CST
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Jun 11, 2014 5:01 AM CST
How's everyone doing with their resolutions?

I've held to mine about 50% - I've been pretty selective about pollination/crossings, so I wouldn't end up with too many seeds for fall planting, keeping me focused on breeding my "best" to my "best" and letting others just bloom for show. My experiment with refrigerating stamens, using pollen over a period of 10 days, has been a great boon and I'm trying to refine it further to extend viable pollen for even longer at the 45-degree range.

I'm also adding one last resolution. One that is hard for me, but I know I will be glad to finally practice and handle it as a normal part of gardening routine. I need to start removing cultivars that are not going to be used for hybridizing. The space will quickly be filled with plants that arrived this spring, many waiting at the ready in pots right now. I'll try to remember to note reasons in the database - too fast increase, dormant performance when it says evergreen, and two summers to bloom true to form are all things in the "eye of the beholder," but may help to round out the picture of each cultivar for others.

Grateful to Seedsower for starting the thread. First time a resolution-making endeavor has yielded definite steps forward!
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jun 11, 2014 5:19 AM CST
The first part, winning the lottery, I am still working on. So far only managed the part about planting daylilies with the cats.
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Jun 11, 2014 5:23 AM CST
Anything to report on your acquisition resolutions @gleni (beyond JT, blooming for you now)?

JT Davis
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Moonlit Masquerade
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jun 11, 2014 5:51 AM CST
They are all going well despite all. The supplier of those plants cuts right back to near half-an-inch to the top of the crown and then peels back some more (I suspect because of rust). That is fine but it takes much work by the plant to become even a reasonable fan again after the slashing.

Moonlit Masquerade is really struggling but, as you know, JTD took off like a rocket.

Compared to later fans that were big and green from the cold south, this lot look puny. The southern ones are just powering.

However, joy, the winter solstice is due in 11 days and, once the days start lengthen, all should be rife with growth.
The problem is that when you are young your life it is ruined by your parents. When you are older it is ruined by your children.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 11, 2014 5:58 AM CST
My resolution was to downsize. Well, I did a little. I guess a little is better than none. I dug out daylilies in one of my seedling beds to extend my veggie garden, so my seedling bed has been downsized. It's going to take longer than I thought it would. Too much to do.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jun 11, 2014 6:52 AM CST
The grass has multiplied faster than I can even keep even with it. Glare
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Jun 11, 2014 8:59 AM CST
Debra, I wasn't even brave enough as you were to resolve to go after that same weed grass here. I wanted to expand one flower bed by just digging it all up - it has taken over a ten-foot-by-ten foot area at the edge of the lawn, next to the bed. But, it's just so hard to eradicate!

Cindy, sounds like you did good - even a bit of downsizing changes the landscape and increases diversity. Veggies can be a real devotion, too, of gardening time. We're still just trying to find any other plants that can be added as companions to the daylilies.

Glen, it is neat to hear that your south is colder, your north is warmer. Do you have pics to show the difference in how fans looked on arrival along with pics of how they looked once settled in for a few weeks? It sounds like they'll all even out by blooming time, though. Great to get them planted before the winter solstice.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 11, 2014 9:06 AM CST
As soon as my daughter gets married (2 weeks to go) I will be giving her some plants too so that will help with my downsizing plans.
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Jun 11, 2014 9:27 AM CST
Awww! Now that is something that would make the very best of wedding gifts! Hurray! Thumbs up How wonderful to be having a wedding in the family, and to share your garden beauties with the new couple!
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of old; seek what those of old sought. — Basho

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 11, 2014 9:35 AM CST
I agree I agree I agree
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Name: Kim W
Md (Zone 6a)
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kimkats
Jun 11, 2014 2:47 PM CST
My resolution was the same as Glen's and I have had about the same results. Rolling on the floor laughing I'm still poor and I plant daylilies with the kitties. Green Grin!
It's my cats world, I'm just here to open the cans.
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jun 11, 2014 5:10 PM CST
Tina I have always meant to take picture of newly arrived fans. I will try again.
The problem is that when you are young your life it is ruined by your parents. When you are older it is ruined by your children.
Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Jun 11, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Hurray! yay, hoping to see more root pickies for the database - maybe your fans from down under will be shown with roots "north" and the fans "south"? .... weeeee Thumbs up
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jun 12, 2014 12:05 PM CST
My resolution was to hybridize my own seeds. So far, I have some babies that are about 6 inches tall in pots. Just not sure where I'm going to go with them once I need to separate them.

Cindy, downsizing is a hard task. I keep walking my flower beds trying to decide which ones to get rid of. I just got rid of Handsome Ross Carter (although it is going to my daughter, so I will still get to see it growing) and now am looking for those others that just don't perform the way I'd like them to. I know so many people rave over Siloam Double Classic... and the bloom is beautiful, but it has done nothing but bloom down in the foliage for me. I am thinking about getting rid of it.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Jun 12, 2014 12:36 PM CST
Awesome to hear about your 6-inch babies!!! Group hug I had good success doing what Michele once said ... moving them, at that 6-inch size - as they are ready for their own gallon pots (hence my visit to home depot - $1 each). Doing that has meant I went from 2-3 years waiting on first bloom, to blooming the next year or so. Thumbs up

I'm having the same thoughts about SDC - there are so many others that have, right out of the box, been what I'm looking for. Now, I just gotta get them dug and sorted, and take the next step making room for those that work better within my goals. Hard to do, but oh such a good clean start. Group hug
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of old; seek what those of old sought. — Basho

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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 12, 2014 2:05 PM CST
You are so right Vickie. It is hard to get rid of ones you have had for years.
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