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RE: volunteers

  • Subject: RE: volunteers
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:47:12 -0700

I think most of my volunteers this year are actual weeds. I have made a
tiny bit of progress weeding the front garden and my husband is keeping
the teahouse garden pretty clean.
The teahouse garden is undergoing change. On the west side, last
winter's snowstorm broke off some very large sections of the pine trees
that shaded it. Some of the plants I had in there, like the nandina, are
now dying in the intense sun and some, like the rosemary, are growing
like mad. The nandina has a lot of volunteers which I'm going to leave
for a bit, perhaps the new plants will do better since they've started
in the sunlight. The mahonia is suckering like mad so I'm going to have
DH dig out the travelers.
I deadheaded the roses again Saturday and pulled a few weeds, but I
didn't get much done. I need to be a faster starter in the morning, when
I don't get outside until 9 it's much too hot to work for long. It was
over 90F at 8:00 am and triple digits later. I hate getting up early
though, it's like work.
A plant I've not seen in many years popped up under the office window
this year. I cleaned that area out this winter, it was overgrown with
juniper and pyracantha and weeds. I replanted with more xeric plants and
suddenly I noticed a few flowers I hadn't seen for a long time. They are
a silene, I can't remember the subspecies (is that the right
nomenclature?) but they're a bright pink annual flower. When we moved
there 15 years ago, the previous owners had sowed an entire strip of
them along the driveway, but they didn't self-seed too well. I'd
forgotten how pretty they were.
I sprayed for squash bugs in the veggie garden and I got some fertilizer
heavy on the PK part, I'll try scratching that in tonight. Maybe I'll
have zucchini again before long. We picked a few tomatoes yesterday but
I fear between my husband's experiment and me putting in those sickly
seedlings, we're not going to do too well.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2009 1:52 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] volunteers

I asked our group of  7 (not counting me) MG Nursery volunteers when
would like to pot-on some of our stock that had outgrown their pots.
a week 3 responded, so I  wrote a message giving another 10 days notice
the date they selected and the time (5:30) that one had particularly
specified. None of them showed up.  One suddenly had another engagement
another said she didn't feel like it.

On the other hand, it's a great season for volunteers in my own garden.
Heliopsis Loraine Sunshine keeps providing me with lots of variegated
babies.  And this year, for the first time, I discovered Ligularia
volunteers!!  I've potted about 8 of them and they grow their roots very

quickly.  Some have red veining and leaf edging like the parent; some
just green.  I have some nice Brunnera volunteers too.  Leopard's Bane,
Doronicum 'Little Leo' always provides babies that stay pretty close to
mama.  Lilium lancifolium (Tiger Lily) reproduces happily.  Paeonia
(woodland type) has several new seedlings.

I could do without the Geranium yoshinoi volunteers, they're becoming
rampant weeds, but they are pretty.  The Myosotis (Forget Me Nots) are
looking ucky but I don't deadhead them because those volunteers are
always a
sure-seller.  Korean Hyssop, is quite the self-sower, but there are
plenty of insects volunteering to pollinate it.  Euphorbia polychroma
volunteers pop up quite a bit too; plenty to pot.  Then there's the
Rudbeckias.  R fulgida 'Goldstrum' provides  5 or 6 nice extra plants
year, but R triloba became a real troublemaker.  I potted a couple dozen

gallons, the rest had to be pitched. There's always abundant Catnip,
of Peru, and Malva seedlings too

New this year are two Asclepias, Swamp Milkweed (A. incarnata
and Butterfly Weed (A. tuberosa.  Only Cinderella has bloomed as yet and

she's been enjoying her share of Monarchs.  I'm hoping these two plants
offer up some seedlings in a few years.  I love seeing new babies pop

So how is your garden's progeny coming along?  Or are they considered

neIN, Zone 5

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