All Things Gardening forum: i finally had a peek in the garden!! have you checked yours yet?

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Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
Feb 23, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Sorry if this is a duplicate posting, but I can't find the original. Anyway, yesterday, -4C (very little snow all Winter, but down to -17C a couple of times), I took down the garbage and brought in five loads of firewood. However, I did have a peek of a bunch of garden beds, fruit trees, etc. First time I looked at anything since late last Fall. Here are my findings, and I am very pleased. (Bearing in mind that a lot can happen before Spring)! First off, the unheated greenhouse down by road: All planted cutting roses, showed "green" canes from a distance. Most of my "Drag & Drop" roses in pails, just set in the greenhouse to overwinter, showed "green" canes from a distance. Three pails of "Drag & Drop" Oriental Lilies, to soon to make a judgement. So, across the driveway, my "Pink Rose" bed consisting of two rows of pink rose bushes, which all showed some "green canes", and in front of same, a row of pink lilies, already showing through, and then, in front of them, my everbearing strawberry plants, which showed absolutely no life - too early. Forgot to check my "hospital rose" bed immediately adjacent to the greenhouse. Don't know? Then through the backyard gate, on the right on the back of the house, "Main Red Rose Bed". Saw a lot of "Life" showing, with perhaps a couple "questionables" which might have to be sent to the "Rose Hospital". LOL. One Nectarine and two Burbank Japanese Plums at edge of the "Red Rose Bed across the Path" all looking good, the 3 year old peach tree showing signs already of a larger crop. May have lost A "Bing" cherry tree, which was up to three cherries last year, and a "Santa" something plum, whichs looks deceased. LOL. However, all the red "Carpet" roses and red Climbers in this bed look good. Ventured ahead to my "Yellow Rose " bed, and a lot of green canes showing. Further out into the backyard, the last year new plantings of Japanese Peonies, and several new Rhodos, all looking good. The front lawn has four Japanese plum trees, very fruitfull, however, some black knot on the best one, which I tried to prune out last Fall and almost gave myself a concussion. How would I know the difference? LOL. Looks like it will produce another year, two fence panels to be repaired, a couple of new fence posts required! Hey, all in all, not a bad Winter at all (so far). BUT, the really egotistical fun part, is one can venture out in the Spring, and say: "Hey, I/we and Nature brought this to fruition". Cheers!
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Feb 23, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Frank - if we lived closer, we may have collided ! I never look up when I make my inspection tours through the garden. Snow has melted here (for the moment) and I took advantage to see what tiny spring noses may have appeared. Hooray - loads of spring bulbs are just 1" above the soil line. Hope springs eternal ! It does my heart good to take these winter walks.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
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fwmosher
Feb 23, 2018 7:09 PM CST
Right On!! Kathy, fantastic!!! I have a ton of bulbs in everywhere, but you are way ahead of me in terms of "noses"! Great to hear from you! Cheers!
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Feb 23, 2018 8:08 PM CST
The gardens sound amazing. Seeing things seeing their first light of day since fall is always the best. Never gets old.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 23, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Sounds like a perfect start to a beautiful spring!
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Feb 24, 2018 7:19 AM CST
I don't have a garden, but I do have perennials in containers, we had a rare 70 degree's on Wednesday and I checked my plants out on my screened in porch, I was totally surprised to see, the Lilac has buds, the Montauk Daisy's have started to grow, also my Hydrangea and Sedum, I did have to re-cover them since Thursday we had a ice storm with freezing temps, I learned from last year my Hydrangea dropped her buds due to a second freeze and she didn't flower.

Frank your place sounds amazing, I'm looking forward to seeing all your plants in the near future, the Robin's are here so Spring is not far behind.
Name: David Tillyer
New York City
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Feb 24, 2018 1:34 PM CST
We had a 70-degree day last week too. People were carrying their coats, sitting outside holding their faces up to the sun. But, New Yorkers are kind of oblivious to some things: Wednesday it was 75 degrees in Manhattan...a total anomaly. One would never expect that to continue in February. However, the next day I was walking down the avenue and saw a bunch of young women all walking along in short skirts and thin blouses and no jackets...freezing and shivering in the return of thirty-degree weather! Ah, well.

Out in my garden though, there are little green points of optimism. I guess the croci and snow drops know what they're doing, but I think they should be freezing and shivering too!
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Feb 24, 2018 6:22 PM CST
It's a beautiful time of year. I love how the hillsides packed with deciduous trees look like a sea of red from their growth soon be spring leaves.
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
luis_pr
Feb 26, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Hydrangeas are starting to leaf out. Quinces are blooming here. A late blooming camellia sasanqua finally opened its last 2-3 flower buds left from the Fall. An early flowering camellia japonica whose blooming period was interrupted by cold weather continued blooming but some blooms were damaged by the cold. Another late blooming camellia is about to start blooming soon; it has flower buds of various sizes, with one huge one suggesting that it will open very soon. Reblooming azaleas have started blooming. Irises are starting to come out. An opossum's "home" may have been affected by the long rains we have had. He/she has been visiting the dogs and the trash nags. Walking thru the grass is messy due to all the rain so I am staying away from that squish squish as much as I can. My shoes went down into 1-2 inches of water and got my socks wet. Hee hee hee. Oh well. Sighing!
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Name: Sara
Winterset, IA (Zone 5a)
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flukybloom
Mar 2, 2018 10:56 AM CST
Our garden gets full sun through the winter, so daffodils started coming up Feb 23 along with some Belladonna lilies transplanted last year. Something else is coming up I have no recollection of so that will be a nice surprise! Completely overhauled the garden last year...hoping for lots and lots of healthy goodies to come up this spring.
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Mar 7, 2018 12:58 AM CST

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Feb peek. My herbs kick into hi gear along abt Nov...onions, chives, garlic, thyme, oregano, dill, fennel, parsley, mustard; and the lorapetulums bloomed before the Bradford pears, but Redbuds in bloom now. I agree with the swampy yard steps, chuckl, but it made all my seeds sprout as well as the mosquitoes Sighing!
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Was colder long enough to kill a few things, but not the bugs.
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somewhereinillinois
Mar 11, 2018 5:01 PM CST
We've had a few days in the 50s & 60s here in Chicagoland so my daffodils & hyacinths are up. The grape hyacinths are also up along with iris. The snow drops have been in bloom and some of my hellebores are beginning to bloom. I'm also starting to see the buds on my tree peonies turn red and wake up. I'm also happy that the grass we establish by seed in the fall looks like it will survive (🤞).

The Ann & Betty magnolias are doing well and it seems the buds are beginning to swell a bit.

I have a few places where pavers are a bit kittywampus. These will need to be addressed.

The cotinus seems to have a number of dead branches that will need to be pruned out. I began working in this on Saturday but got a bit too chilled to finish.

Since I'd like more hydrangea I've been looking at these closely to see which stems can be buried to make new plants this year.

I am considering giving up on two serviceberry trees in my yard. I've had each for 5-10 years with no measurable browth. I've been reading today that they may need a bit more moisture so I will see how I can do that as well as give them a nutrient boost maybe. If anyone reads has some insight for my success with these please share.

My newly planted hellebore from last fall made it through the winter. Also the biggest hellebore I divided in fall seems to have survived (🤞). However, there are a lot of tattered leaves on all of the hellebore. Cleanup in these areas will take some time.

My barrenwort doesn't seem to be awake just yet. A little odd as this blooms fairly early and it's one of the first plants the rabbits nibble on in spring. I hope they are OK. I will continue to monitor those.

I also have to keep my eye out for the oakleaf hydrangea I planted early last fall to see if it survived.

The perennial herbs (thyme & sage) are still sleeping but the bachelors buttons (ranunculus) is starting to green up.

Rabbits have nibbled my roses and azalea very severely this year so I've no idea which of those will survive. I'm considering giving up on roses as the rabbits seem to consider them a permanent part of the bunny buffet. Sometimes there's too much damage for them to survive. I should probably cage them to prevent this but having cages in the frontyard is just not a good sight to see in the winter months.

I see a lot of projects to do and some plants that will need to be divided (mostly daylilies).

I am going to have a huge pile of branches to chip and use for mulch in the backyard. Also looking for the remaining leaves to create leaf mold or use under mulch in my beds. So that is good.

I am happy that my seven sons continues to do well as it is one of my favorite trees in the garden. I wish I'd purchased one for my backyard but hindsight... I'm still looking around my area to see if I can find one reasonably priced for my backyard. I did find one at BP so maybe that's an option just a smaller plant than I would have liked.

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