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Old 01-29-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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well we are getting a real downpour and the temps are around 70 degrees, too bad I know we have 2 more months of winter, which we really do need...Just think, if this was late March or early April the pure soaking of the garden would be perfect to start adding the new top soil and getting the garden ready.

and J&E , I loved the information on raised beds for the handicapped. What a wonderful way for the disabled to get out in the fresh air, and enjoy the thrill of growing a garden..
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:58 PM
 
Location: stuck in the woods with bears and moose
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We've just had a spell of about 2 weeks of sub freezing temps---like it is 9 degrees, it is 16 degrees, and at night it is 2 degrees. Silly and horrible and depressing.

I had tried, once again, to get a rosemary and a lavender plant through the winter. I put them in the small glassed in porch and they were still alive until recently when I forgot they were out there and they froze to death.

I'll try again next year with the rosemary but I think I need to make a big sign: TAKE IN ROSEMARY PLANT IN SUB FREEZING WEATHER and tape it across the door so I'll see it.

I keep saying I'll plant some romaine and when it germinates, I'll set it out on the porch. Can't seem to get motivated though. It would be a healthy thing to have on hand, better than rosemary.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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I'm afraid my enthusiasm is damped down a bit, at least until we get through the coming week. Lows on are all to be below 0 for the next 4 days with Wednesday night's low of - 17. After that perhaps with the longer daylight I will start to be a bit more optimistic. I have had to do alot of thinning of my perennials the past 2 seasons. It seems after something has been in the ground for 3 years it's time to divide. I have given away so many iris, astillbe, ferns etc and things still seem a bit crowded.

I have to say I Don't miss Maine weather & temps. My hubby was stationed in Limestone (way back when Loring AFB was there) I remember thinking I'll never see the ground again!!
Here in TN it's snowing right now and can't wait any longer...I've planted my parsley and basil in indoor containers. My garlic is coming up out side already and the daffodiles are in bloom....Only to be frozen this weekend. I am ready for spring
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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Well it was a beautiful day here so I did some yard clean-up. I noticed that some of my hardy perenniels like salvia are already starting new leaves, I have a huge mess of parsley growing crazy for spring/summer butterflies as well as some dill. Around Valentines I'll prune the roses. Hoping we don't get any ice storms in the next few weeks, I've got the fever!
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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Txngl,

same here...did yard work for 10 hours yesterday...seriously...(we have a very large yard and some acreage) and I have noticed my salvias, mexican petunia, bradford pears, daylilies and my knockouts starting to bud/new leaves. I love that but I am a little worried about it being too early. I was hoping to trim by knockouts back but am not sure if I should now since the little red buds are everywhere. My herb garden is starting to grow too....garlic, mint, chives.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Well things were a bit more bearable this week with milder temps and no new snow - also more daylight. We've gained about an hour since the solstice. I won't be seeing any activity in my perennial garden for at least 6 more weeks and that may be the helebours. I have only one plant but for the past 3 seasons it has been outstanding. It has huge leaves and very sweet white blossoms. The seem to last a very long time too. I have had my Christmas cactus bloom twice. The first one at Christmas time and it was loaded with over 2 dozen flowers while the second time was fewer but just as pretty and welcome as the color adds alot during the dull winter months.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia
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I am concerned a bit also. I am in Zone 8B and my fig trees are budded out already. My day lillys, climbing roses, All my herbs are growing( new growths) and my tropics are starting to bud already and I am worried if it just far too early for them to be doing so
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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Txngl,

same here...did yard work for 10 hours yesterday...seriously...(we have a very large yard and some acreage) and I have noticed my salvias, mexican petunia, bradford pears, daylilies and my knockouts starting to bud/new leaves. I love that but I am a little worried about it being too early. I was hoping to trim by knockouts back but am not sure if I should now since the little red buds are everywhere. My herb garden is starting to grow too....garlic, mint, chives.
I just checked my knockouts, guess I'll be leaving them alone. I cut them back whenever I feel like it, anyways. I saw some daylillies, too!
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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All the garden centers are beginning to stock now. I just picked up 2 huge bags of potting soil and couldn't resist buying the lily of the valley and bleeding heart bulbs. Came home and checked on their requirements and found they won't grow well for me (if at all) in Dallas. Why do stores sell plants that won't grow in that area?
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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All the garden centers are beginning to stock now. I just picked up 2 huge bags of potting soil and couldn't resist buying the lily of the valley and bleeding heart bulbs. Came home and checked on their requirements and found they won't grow well for me (if at all) in Dallas. Why do stores sell plants that won't grow in that area?
Isn't that a great question? Maybe they think it will guarantee future sales.
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