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RE: Spring?
  • Subject: RE: Spring?
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:55:06 -0700

Our temps go way up and then way down. Last weekend was in the 80s,
pretty warm for this time of year, but weather blew in last night and it
will be substantially cooler with 50mph winds for the next couple days. 
I have peas, lettuce, spinach, and cilantro all doing well. I planted
corn, zucchini and cucumber seeds last week, but my tomatoes and peppers
are behind where they should be and are still in the greenhouse. The
front garden looks very nice - I should have roses in a couple days -
and we're still pulling grass out of the dry garden.  The daffodils are
done, lilacs are done, and my little species tulips which usually bloom
much later are also done. Spanish lavender is in full display and
covered with bees. I have some allium just starting to bloom. Now that
the gardeners have cleared out the worst of the weeds I can see a lot of
empty space which I might try to fill with annuals this year. I also see
that the daylilies have multiplied enormously, so why I don't get more
blooms out of them I don't know. 
Out here some trim junipers in that "lollipop" fashion, at least I think
that's what they call it. Long branches with a poof of vegetation on the
ends. Not my favorite look. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2011 3:17 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Spring?

Will this nonsense ever stop?  In the past month we have had three
fairly nice spring-like days.  All last week was gloomy and chilly -
overcast with temperatures in the 40s and lower 50s.  Then, one
nice warmish day when it really felt good to go outside.  Now we're
back into nasty.  Today's high is 43 and it's spitting rain.  Predicted
to have flooding conditions tonight.  Enough already!
Some things are trying bravely to bloom.  There's quite a lot of 
forsythia about, though mine is just starting.  Who, oh why do 
so many people make lollypops out of it.  In it's natural state, it
makes a quite graceful and cheerful display in the spring, and the
rest of the year it is just an inoffensive and unobtrusive bush.  But
when it is lollypopped or squared up as a hedge it usually has
awkward bare lower limbs and just doesn't really add that much.
Oh well, just my opinion.
Quite a few of my daffs are out.  Since my club is having, or trying to
have, a horticulture show on Monday, I got out my bulb catalogs to try
to find correct names for them.  To my dismay, some of the older
favorites are no longer listed in the catalogs.  I wouldn't have noticed
last fall, since I wasn't going to buy any of them again anyway.  Two
old favorites I could not find are 'Rushlight' and 'Pipit.'  Oh well.  
It has been interesting to see how many of the small bulbs have
naturalized in my so-called lawn, and how they have moved around.
I'm sure chipmunks must help them.  I have Scillas and Chinodoxas
and Greek Anemones growing in all sorts of places where I would
never have put them.  I'm not complaining - just interested.
Hope the rest of you are having a better spring.

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