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May 1, 2012 10:37 AM CST
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
The first of May today and time to start a new thread for my spring garden.

The clematis are starting to bloom. Here is a pic of one I took blooming.
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The late blooming Sorbet Tulips are still blooming.
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Copper Queen daffodils.
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Merlin daffoldils.
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May 1, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Very nice! Spring is really happening!
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May 2, 2012 9:34 PM CST
Name: shirlee
southeast (Zone 6b)
Daylilies Hybridizer Seed Starter Pollen collector Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Lovely photos as usual, Rita. The plants look so
lush and healthy.
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May 2, 2012 9:41 PM CST
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
The past few days the plants have been getting lots and lots of rain. Daylilies are really, really growing. Green Grin! nodding
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May 3, 2012 5:55 AM CST
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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Region: Wisconsin
Beautiful. Thanks for posting ~Jan
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May 3, 2012 8:29 AM CST
Name: Mona
Guntown, Ms (Zone 7b)
I love nature & everything outdoors
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Hi Rita, I don't know how I managed to miss this tread. I just love the white Clemitis. I'm loving all my white plants this year and a white clemitis would be beautiful in my group. Hmmmm. where do buy yours? I bought most of the ones I've still got at WalMart in little boxes that they had sitting by the register in the garden center about 4 years ago. They were only $3 and they grew like weeds when I planted them. I sure wish they had them now.

Yours is gorgeous!!! They tulips are stunning too!
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May 3, 2012 10:21 AM CST
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
I buy at local nurseries usually. But I don't remember the name of that white clem, sorry!
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May 3, 2012 12:54 PM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Region: United States of America Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Daylilies Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Rita, your azaleas are wonderful. I was in Lowe's the other day and they had Azalea on sale. I thought of your photos and considered buying some, but they were less than a foot tall, and I try to buy trees and shrubs from nurseries not big box stores, so I passed them up. I also love those Sorbet Tulips. Makes me want to try to grow some here!
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May 3, 2012 1:04 PM CST
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
Thanks. I buy all my Azaleas from those big box stores. Sorry but they are a bloody fortune at those nurseries and nice and cheep at Home Depot. Of course the nursery ones are much larger but I like to buy the small ones at HD and let them grow. Much easier to plant and they do grow quickly. I can't tell you how many of the trees and shrubs here are from big box stores like Home Depot, Walmart and Lowes. Lots and lots and lots of them.

Not that I don't buy from the local nurseries. Believe me those have gotten plenty of my money also.
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May 3, 2012 4:24 PM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Well, that is great to know. I " assumed" they would be lesser quality. With a perennial, like a coneflower, I figure it does not matter, as they don't live that long. The azaleas were $4, but only 8-10" tall, not including the pot.
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May 3, 2012 4:37 PM CST
Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1
Edit

Best start a new topic on big box stores.


Sorry Rita, it is a pet peeve of mine. I do enjoy your garden photos though!
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May 3, 2012 4:41 PM CST
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
The azaleas at Home Depot often follow me home! Hilarious! The size sounds about right. Mine were small when I bought them.

I saw my first hummingbird of the season while I was out planting some of my tomatoes today. Any my catbirds are back today also from wherever they go for the winter. I was happy to see them. They usually nest in my yard so here is hoping the Catbirds pick here is nest again this year.
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May 3, 2012 4:42 PM CST
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
Honestly, I do spend lots and lots at our local nurseries. But I could never have afforded to pay nursery prices for everything in my yard.
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May 4, 2012 10:54 PM CST
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
Here are some dutch iris blooming.
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And the very first of my Fruit Punch Poppies are blooming. The flowers are huge!
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May 4, 2012 11:11 PM CST
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
And now the Azaleas.

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May 5, 2012 4:31 AM CST
Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1
The mixed azalea colors look pretty together!

About the dutch iris. Are they the same as what I call Iris reticulata? My one clump of blues bloomed at the same time as crocus. Do different varieties bloom at different times like daylilies do? This one is pretty!
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May 5, 2012 6:37 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Just beautiful Rita!!!!

I saw my first humingbird yesterday too. I also had a papa and baby rosy breasted grosbeak on my feeder yesterday. That is a first. Have never had them before.
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May 5, 2012 10:24 AM CST
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
bb, no Iris reticulata are not the same as DUTCH IRIS. I don't have any Iris reticulata although I do plan on buying some for this fall. But dutch iris are bulbs, look like onion sets to me.

Cindy. I love to watch the birds here in my yard. I always try to attract more and different types.
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May 5, 2012 12:24 PM CST
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
Some flower pictures from this morning.

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RIO ROJO


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Trumpet Call



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Visiting Royalty


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Blue Dutch Iris
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May 5, 2012 12:35 PM CST
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL (Zone 7b)
Cat Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Ferns Hostas Lilies
Region: Alabama Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Nice. I like the azaleas too. Mine have already bloomed out. Sad

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