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RE: It's spring now

Do you have luck transplanting cilantro and dill? I gave up trying and
started planting them straight in the ground, but it means they
generally get started later in the season. Be nice to know if there's a
secret to it.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Theresa W
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 8:04 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's spring now

Yep- warm here too.  My tulips and daffodils are fading faster than I
would like, due to the heat.  I got some seeds started indoors tonight
too.  Just a couple varieties, tomato, dill, cilantro, edamame, etc. 
Despite my best efforts last year to control my zauschneria, it has come
back with a vengence- ah well. an ongoing battle I guess.


Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
> Well it's definitely spring here. In fact, it was practically summer 
> this weekend, we had highs in the 80s and it's supposed to be more of 
> the same all this week. On the news they are talking about the two 
> brush fires currently burning...sigh.
> But all the fruit trees are in blossom and many other trees are just 
> starting to show that haze of green. My bulbs are in full bloom now, 
> the roses are almost all in leaf (some slower than others). The Joshua

> trees have some blossoms despite the dry winter. We'll not get any 
> wildflowers this year though, there is nothing growing in the
unirrigated areas.
> Husband and I spent a good part of Saturday working in the teahouse 
> garden pruning out the rosemary killed by the Big Freeze and general 
> cleanup. There are a lot of bare spots now and we are not done yet, 
> but I can buy new to fill in or just let the other stuff grow, it will

> catch up eventually. Or...I've been thinking I might want to change 
> that area...but no, I don't have the time to tackle another project, 
> it will have to wait.  I noticed in the cottage garden area I've lost 
> all the lavenders, I thought they would be tougher than that, but only

> the Spanish lavender in the dry garden has survived. Maybe because 
> it's drier?
> I gave myself a really nice blister on the hand wielding the clippers,

> I must be getting soft. We also decided to pull out an arbor half 
> covered with honeysuckle; the honeysuckle hasn't looked good for a 
> long time and the whole thing never really went with the teahouse 
> anyway. It looks better without it now.  The arbor is still nice 
> though, I'll have to find another place for it.
> I started seeds for the hot peppers and some basil, the tomato 
> seedlings look very nice and all the sweet pepper seedlings are up. My

> lemon tree is blooming again so I've been after the blossoms with my 
> little paintbrush, but it's been warm enough that I can leave the door

> to the greenhouse open, so perhaps we'll get some pollinators in
> Actually it's been warm enough I could move all that stuff outside but

> we are still a month away from average last frost, so I'm being 
> cautious.  I meant to get the lettuce and spinach planted, but didn't,

> perhaps after work one day this week I can do that.
> I started cleaning the pond, I thought the filter was clogged but no, 
> something else is wrong. Now I have to pull the whole thing out to 
> see, there's a pleasant job - at least it's small. I turned on the 
> watering for the plants along my back fence but apparently my dogs 
> have once again chewed off the top of a bubbler, so that has to be 
> fixed. We really have to protect the bubblers somehow, PVC is no match

> for those guys.
> No new lambs, the one ewe is still holding onto her unborn, she's 
> getting awfully big. I've been telling her "Can't be long now" for two

> weeks but she is unimpressed. The other four lambs are growing like 
> weeds, they are so cute to see racing around the yard. Good thing they

> turn into sheep or we'd never be able to eat lamb chops.
> We rode the horses just around the neighborhood for a couple hours 
> Sunday, not very exciting but at least we're out. Gets us a look at 
> what's going on anyway - we notice there are only a couple vacant lots

> left, and the houses being built are enormous. One of them must be for

> someone into baseball, they've built what looks like the training 
> facility for an entire team in their backyard. At least it isn't quads

> or dirt bikes! The equestrian arena down the street had a big event 
> going on but we couldn't get close enough to watch, and didn't have 
> time to go back later.
> I saw the zauschneria coming up in the dry garden, funny it was so 
> late last year I thought I had lost it and this year it's one of the 
> first to show. The penstemons are showing signs of growth too, and the

> buckwheat looks good. I have been desperately holding out hopes for 
> the salvias but every time I look at them my hope dies a little more. 
> Very disappointing since they were the biggest shrubs in the dry 
> garden, they were close to five feet across, now there is maybe one 
> branch on each that shows a little green. Still I don't want to let go

> but... On the plus side, my opuntia - while it looks really horrible -

> doesn't look as horrible as my friend's cactus, now that one is most 
> definitely dead. So we'll see.
> Cyndi
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