Northern Gardening forum: Blustery day in Calgary

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 2, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Winnie the Pooh would call this a Very, Very Blustery day !
Our first taste of winter this fall.
Lucky for us, it is only a taste for one day.

Good day to begin packing seeds up to send to swaps.
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Calgary Alberta (Zone 4a)
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j52
Oct 2, 2017 9:29 AM CST
And what a taste it is. Yesterday the Blue Jays were visiting and then this morning the birds are gathered in the bushes and coming in for seed in flocks.


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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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CarolineScott
Oct 3, 2017 8:40 AM CST
The seeds for the NARGS swap are ready to mail, and the seeds for the Canadian swap are almost ready. A blustery day can be good for seed swaps.
Calgary Alberta (Zone 4a)
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j52
Oct 3, 2017 9:25 AM CST
Hello Caroline,
I'll have to check out the seed swaps.
Did you dig up your Dahlias? Mine are still in the ground, I hope this -5C isn't harming them. Maybe this afternoon I'll be able to lift them and get them drying in the GH.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 3, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Very impressed, Caroline. I've been collecting seed all season, but am only now cleaning in earnest. So now I have a chance to listen to my nephew's podcasts (deadideas.net) while I perform seedy duties. I will have enough to send to the SRGC, too.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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CarolineScott
Oct 4, 2017 8:29 AM CST
I did not do dahlias this year. But I do have geraniums, thunbergia and begonia tubers which should come in.

Cleaning seed can be tedious and time consuming.
For my own garden, I am not too particular about chaff, but for swaps the seed should be clean. I also send the end of purchased seed packages into swaps. Packets which were purchased this current year.

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