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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
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MaryE
May 10, 2012 9:47 AM CST
Obviously you live where it is much warmer than my location, It's great to "see" your garden while mine is waaay behind, for instance, my daffys just finished, the tulips are in full swing, and lilacs are just starting to open. You have things in bloom that aren't even making buds here.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 25, 2012 2:32 PM CST
I wished I knew how to post pictures..A friend has promised to come over and help me with that but right now she is stretched between two homes, one which she is going to have a renter move in next week so she's busy as a beaver! She has promised to share some Stella d'ora daylilies with me and some yellow sedum groundcover..I have had creeping yellow sedum before but hers is different than what I had. It is really delicate/lacy where mine was more on the succulent order.

Today I had the man and his nieces that does my mulching and prunning for me dig up 2 mature Nicko blue hydraneas on the side of my house so I would have room to plant 2 peony bushes that were gifted to me, and 3 iris plants. I will be adding some other plants to that bed. My Prairie Sun rudbeckia needs to be planted, as well as some more creeping phlox that I'm going to divide..I took the lopper sheers and cut down the hydranea foliage before they got here and they did the digging of the roots..They have been working in 89 heat since after 7 am and he likes to get away from here by 3 pm to beat the work traffic going on..He mixed up top soil and organic soil conditioner to fill in the holes where they dug out the hydrangea that were probably planted back in late 1970's or early 1980's by previous owner. I still have 2 more that I will keep that are hugh.

I'm a happy camper right now. I was worried that he wouldn't be able to get our work done today and the peony that my friend Chris gave me was bare root, but i had added water in a garbage bag to keep it moist. I have watered the new flowerbed and plants just a few minutes ago and will do it again tomorrow morning, as it is supposed to be in 90's all weekend. Yeh! I like hot weather. Tomorrow I will plant my Prairie Sun rudbeckia that I grew from seeds and divide some more creeping phlox and put it along the border of that new bed so it will look pretty in the springtime.
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Charter ATP Member Region: Oregon Farmer Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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MaryE
May 26, 2012 10:04 AM CST
How great that you have garden help! I'll be watching for your pictures.

I have some of those Stella daylilies that I dug up from a bulldozed lot! I got some gailardia from the same place. It had once been a miniature golf business, and at least a year had passed since the plants had any care, plus the bulldozer hadn't done them any good! They've been happy at my house!

My other daylily starts came via mail from a lady who sold her extras to pay for buying newer varieties! She only charged $3 per variety, and gave me 2 starts of each kind, soil washed off, wrapped in wet newspapers and then in plastic, and mailed the same day she dug them. I bought about 25 in assorted colors.That was about 10 years ago, maybe more, and I have divided, replanted, and given away many of the extras from them. A neighbor came to help me dig and divide them, and I gave her about half of each clump, and now she has a pretty little hill covered with them. It's such fun to share plants! Much of my garden was originally in another lady's yard. She was digging and dividing, so I took my shovel and a bunch of plastic bags and came home with starts of about 40 varieties!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 26, 2012 10:49 AM CST
I am growing my first daylilies that I was gifted at a Fall swap last Sept. I saw some buds showing yesterday, so I am anxious to see their blooms. Will make a note when they bloom so I'll know when to expect them next year.

I responded to an offer from Julia in NY, she needed to divide her IRIS and asked for shipping reimbursement only. I still have not rec'd them but she did tree-mail that she'd had a death in their family and she had to stop digging. She said she would let me know when they were shipped.

Today, I'm moving slow, think the heat got me yesterday. I wanted to get so much accomplished today. Water my new flowerbed again. I watered about 5 or 6 pm yesterday. I have Prairie Sun rudbeckias seedlings that need to be planted out, also some creeping phlox that I divided a few weeks ago. They look kind of shabby but they'll be okay come next Spring. I'm going to add them in front of the border of the new bed. Should be shocking pink in the spring! Some young couple gave me about 10 or 12 round brick stepping stones last year or year before and I shared some of them with my gardening friend. Mr. B. got heavy handed with the mulch last year and covered them up, so you know what I'm going to do..paint them bright yellow, that way they will be easy for he or I to spot. The garage flowerbed is way too deep,(5 ft,.) but it was laid out that way when we bought here in 2005, so I didn't change it. Too much work involved to do that and now I've got plenty of plants to fill it..so when the oriental poppies and some of the large plants go dormant, I'll try to figure out where my Daffs are planted and lay a stepping stone down..I think I'm going to aim for making a middle path somehow, half way across to make it easier for me to tend to the back border plants. Digging up the brick scalloped pavers is too much work and digging a new trench for them to set in..If I did away with them, I'd have to find a way to give them away. I know my gardening friend that I shared the other stepping stones will take them; she takes anything anybody gives her and makes a use for it. Very thrifty in her own way and very creative.

Have you ever moved any plants while they were in bloom? I took a chance and moved one of my rose campion 2 days ago, need to water that again today and I'm thinking of trying to move some snapdragons and transplant them into the new flowerbed, right behind the creeping phlox. They look like candy canes or peppermint candy. Maybe I can even take some cuttings and try to root them. Have some new rocket snapdragons that I wintersowed in 2010 or 2011 and they are beautiful but need to be move back further in the flowerbed because of their height. I'm moving some columbines into that new bed too, as they were planted under the eaves of the house so they didn't get much rainfall. I have some new seeds that I've never planted yet that I bought this spring.
Just found some dwarf larkspur seeds at T's flowers and things website. I've ordered from Teresa Daly before and that is where I will order these. I now have larkspurs but they get pretty tall so I need some shorter versions and I can sow the taller ones in back of other beds, not that I know how tall they can get.

Had a coneflower ready to bloom and it had 3 buds ready to open on top, but Bambi must have got hungry and ate them off. I thought I heard a bump on the side of the sunroom last night when I was watching tv. now I know why. It's going to be Liquid Fence evening. My rose bushes are beautiful, definately have to spray LF on them or they'll be history. I hadn't seen any deer for a while but obviously one came out for a midnight snack!

Need to get some work clothes on and get outside and work! Thanks for your comments.

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