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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
May 31, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Hi Annie,

Up here in the mountains, everything looks lush and green and ... ovegrown. Here, it's been cool and rainy for what seems likes weeks. We don't have "grass" to cut, mostly weedy grass. We LOVE stone and mulch. Really so much less to cut when you pile on the stuff pretty much all over. Most of the houses around me NEED to have their grass cut, but it's just been so wet.

I have to start stuff inside if I want certain things blooming in the summer - ex. morning glories, moonflowers, and nasturtiums. I started them early May and finally put them out today in my make-shift greenhouses. Large, clear plastic containers. I put the starts on the lids (now on the bottom) and then put the the large bins over the lids. I prop open the containers from the bottoms to let in air. They should all harden off in about 7-10 days.

The last few years I had concentrated on planting perennials. Glad I did. Last summer, being diagnosed with breast cancer, I really wasn't able to do much gardening. This year, a lot of plants are well established and I don't have to do as much. I've got Walker's Low Catmint growing in a lot of spots. They have spread to about 3 feet wide and they look really good. And the deer leave them alone. Got some perennial Salvia doing well, also left alone. Got a lot of established Yarrow, Phlox, Astible, and Bleeding Hearts for color. Peonies should starting blooming in the next week or so. After blooming, the bushes still continue to look nice for the rest of the summer into fall. In the next 2 weeks or so I'll be looking for some new perennials to fill in empty spots where needed. I did plant a full flat of annual Alyssum here and there. Smells nice and critters don't touch it either.

Although I was going through treatment last Fall, I still managed to plant some bulbs. I planted some Alliums - Purple Sensation. Never grew them before, but was looking for something purple/lavender for my front garden. I've been on a pink/purple/white kick for the last few years. I really loved them this year!
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I'm just taking my time doing stuff. I feel really GOOD. My hair has been growing in really well. It's short, sort of a pixie style. I wear my hair short anyway, so I'm fine with it. Appetite's good ... but I really should be eating more veggies. I'm trying to eat healthier. Still love my CHOCOLATE!

I have a follow-up appointment with my surgeon next month. Then, I go for a mammo and ultra sound in September ... one year since my diagnosis. I am GREATFUL FOR EACH DAY!

Happy gardening,

Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
Jun 1, 2017 6:50 AM CST
Hi Jane, Always SO GOOD to hear from you! Glad you are doing well and sounds like you are having a great spring. I'm with you on peonies girl. They look great in bloom and once that's over and you snip out the dead flowers, those dark green glossy bushes look so good...and nothing touchs them. Our plant selection sounds very similiar...I try to go for low-maintenance stuff too. THere's no time for fussy plants here! I've got Walker's Low catmint's becoming a favorite for filling in spots. It is VERY EASY to propagate too.... Try cutting some young shoots that are not buds/blooms and just put it in a glass of water.. It roots really well. You can't have too much catmint.

Have you tried IRIS? I've got lots and they are deer proof here. Very tough, dont' care what the weather does. Only thing they dont' like is wet soil, so you never have to water them. (EVER). Once the flowers are done and you snip out the stems, they look good all summer too. I like them next to peonies...the contrast in color/shape/texture is nice.

So glad to hear you are doing well go girl!

Keep in touch! I miss hearing from you! Annie
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