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Gardening &

   Wrightwinger  Ok, finally got a good gardening day. Three rows of potatoes, two rows of peas, lettuce, radishes, three rows of onions, and a row of cabbage. I am pooped! All in all a fine day, and a visit from little Miss Sarah.
7 hours ago .

   Magdalene  Mexican Sage
   Yesterday at 00:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Beautiful!!
21 hours ago .

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   Yottyhere  Wow Mags that is just the look I am wanting. What a great looking plant.
Of course, the way we are going we won't have warm weather until August.
It's cold and windy and rainy here in middle Ga again ...boohissboo 54 degree with that wind makes it feel a lot colder. boohiss
18 hours ago .

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   Surfhut  In my current climate, Peonies! They need to freeze over winter. Don't know if they will survive winter in your climate, but in SoCal I had great luck with Agapanthus (they look great planted with lilies ) and the tall variety of Zinnias. If you have a little space that needs something, try sowing wildflower seeds native to your area. Have fun!
10 hours ago .

   Nugoddess  Well, wouldn't you just know it? Last week, we planted some luscious strawberries out by the lower 40. I checked on them yesterday morning and found evidence of ''something'' eating my berries. In order to not scare whatever was grazing in the garden I set up a remote camera.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

It's the Easter Pug!

   Yesterday at 17:30 EST .

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   Yottyhere   whoever did that photoshop is a genius (BRAVO )

Nu, could you help Mabel out of the bunny costume and head her towards the house? She has eggs to dye...

Does anyone have any favorite perennials that are drought resistant? On my back garden by the back patio I want to do a English cottage type flowers...I already have hydrangea/day lilies and am planning to to add lavender and cone flowers and yarrow any suggestions of something that will grow waist high with blooms that doesn't require constant attention....something you have had success with...
Yesterday at 22:09 EST .

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   Magdalene  Yots, we have had really good luck with Mexican Sage, it's pretty, tall, drought resistant, with purple or magenta flowers. I'll post a pic above.
We've also had really good luck with lantana. There's a variety that the flower is orange and pink, I think that's the one we have out front now.
Yesterday at 00:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Our Lavender survived the winter, right next to a Rosemary plant that bit the dust. We dried a bundle of Lavender last year, the fragrance is lovely. And I adore Lantana. Yotty, get some Bee Balm (Monarda ), they re-seed and are beautiful,fragrant, and bees and Hummers LOVE them. We have a huge cluster in the front yard, we bought a 6 pack of plants 3 yrs ago and now they have expanded to about 3 ft across.
21 hours ago .

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   Yottyhere  Thanks Bird got Mexican Sage,Lantana and Bee Balm on the list. That should give me a good blend of colors with what I already have out there.
18 hours ago .

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   Yottyhere   Hi y'all

We're going to do some gardening with Mama....

Our names are Morning and Glory !!

Like our new hats??

   Yesterday at 14:21 EST .

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   Rake King  One should think the mosquito's (due to long hard freeze winter ) would not be so bothersome. However, California, who escaped the winter is reporting Yellow Fever Mosquitos have been captured. For those who garden in the early evening hours, remember your protection be sure, and after coming back inside check yourself for ticks. Tiny things can cause big problems.
   Yesterday at 09:03 EST .

   BirdsNest  RK,we were hoping that with the brutal cold this winter the stinkbugs would not be a problem,but I have already killed a tiny one. As soon as I crushed it, the smell was there and identified the critter for me. Ugh.
Yesterday at 10:15 EST .

   Rake King  It is not "Chanel #5"
Yesterday at 20:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  How right you are, RK.
21 hours ago .

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   Wrightwinger  Well, 90 on the porch Saturday, 80's on Sunday, 70's on Monday, SNOW this morning... Dragging plants back in the house.
   April 15 at 10:19 EST .

   BirdsNest  Love the picture! Terrible about the weather for you, we are due four nights of mid to low 40's, so our trays of plants will have to come in. After Fri night we will have 50F night time temps.
April 15 at 15:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They have revamped the night time temps so now it will be Monday before we dare to plant. We had ice Wednesday night.
21 hours ago .

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   StarFire  Murphy's law... We spent the last two weekends cleaning up the garden beds, adding more mulch, hardening off the seedlings we had planted, and otherwise preparing for planting.

Tomorrow night is predicted to be freezing. Curse you, Al Gore!
April 14 at 15:56 EST .

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   Carmen  As bad as the winter was, I didn't see any winter kill except for some brown tips on the Juniper bushes. For the first time, my mums have all come back. The lack of damage was due to the multiple feet of snow laying on everything for 5 months. Great mulch!
April 13 at 13:01 EST .

   BirdsNest  We had one fairly big snow but it was dry and most of it blew off elsewhere with the high winds. We just had bitter cold and high winds that really did damage. One Rosemary plant has one stem that looks alive and the figs have suffered major damage, how much we cannot tell as yet. The Bay Laurel may have one section that is still living but it is mostly dead, brown and crumbly leaves. Over 20 years we have enjoyed that plant, it is sad.
April 13 at 18:33 EST .

   Yottyhere  My banana trees are sending up shoots and I was positive they were killed. One rosemary survived and 2 that were sheltered from the winds off the lake did not. Can't figure that one out...I am giving all the plants some extra time because it appears we aren't quite finished with 30 degree temps. It was almost 80 degrees Sunday and Tues night its going back into 30 boohiss boo
April 14 at 11:46 EST .

   Balogreene  We have made the economic decision to replace our broken air conditioner this summer, and not put in a lawn. I really suffer from the heat, and so find it best to cool the house. Next year though, we'll have a good plan.
April 12 at 12:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Wise move. We have to have one room to be able to be cool in and that is the bedroom. All other parts of the house have fans. We cannot survive summer without some way to get cooled.
April 12 at 12:27 EST .

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   Carmen  We have never had air conditioning and I have never missed it. Ceiling fans work great and I can keep all the windows open in the summer. If we finally are able to move to Tennessee however, I might change my mind.
April 13 at 13:02 EST .

   Carmen  We have never had air conditioning and I have never missed it. Ceiling fans work great and I can keep all the windows open in the summer. If we finally are able to move to Tennessee however, I might change my mind.
April 13 at 13:03 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  If anyone needs a smaller fan that is incredible- check this out on Amazon.

Holmes HAPF623R-UC Blizzard 12-Inch Power Fan with Remote Control

This little stinker packs some power. I love the breeze functions. And a remote for everything. Less than $35.00 on Amazon and worth twice the price. And it's whisper quiet.
April 13 at 15:42 EST .

   Balogreene  Carmen, we didn't really have air-conditioning growing up, I had it in the dorm in college, but not again til 82, in ABQ, we had an evaporative cooler. Then 10 years in NYC, no air. I got sick in the 90 degree heat, 90 percent humidity, and no air. Now, it's like clockwork, 80 degrees, and I'm sick. With home, work, and car all being air-conditioned, it takes two or three days before I get sick. But, right now, two days of 80 degrees, no air in the house, and I'm sick.
April 13 at 22:18 EST .

   Carmen  There are sprouts in almost all of my milk jugs (35 ) that I planted in December and left outside to be covered in snow. (Called 'Winter Sowing' ) I did this before we decided to put the house on the market but since it could take forever to sell, I will probably be glad for all the free perennials to plant in a couple of months.

I started sweet and hot peppers indoors in Feb. and just last week got my tomatoes started. For the tomatoes, I use 16 oz. clear beer cups with drainage holes poked in the bottoms. I put a couple of inches of soil in each, plant the seeds and cover with plastic until they germinate. As they grow, I back fill to create a fantastic root system. This system keeps the plants from getting too leggy since the only light is my south-facing windows. It is cool to see the root system in the clear cups.
April 12 at 09:51 EST .

   BirdsNest  Carmen, our pepper and tomato plants are 10 " tall and waiting to go out. Right now they are being hardened off, next week we will have 3 nights in a row of 45F temps.After that I am hoping to place them in the garden. We have many of them planted in 3" peat pots and the roots are starting to come out of the sides.We always plant tomatoes as deeply as possible to get a better root system established. Remember to add Epsom salt to the hole when you place your peppers in your garden. We use it for all Nightshade plants.
April 12 at 12:31 EST .

   Carmen  It will be mid-June before I can plant anything outside. Sigh.
April 13 at 12:57 EST .

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