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Re: Is it Spring Yet?


Omygoodness, I'd better get off the computer and into the garden, since
Griff is only twenty minutes up the road from me.  Guess it's time to pull
the pine branches off the irises.  But I wasn't sure, because as far as I
can tell, most of them never really became fully dormant this winter.  My
question now is, what about the sand I piled on to prevent heaving?  Does
that just get cultivated in, or should it be removed.  Also, since it's time
to start spraying, is it also time to start fertilizing?  And another thing,
does Cygon wipe out slugs, too?  Thanks very much everybody.

Merrily in DC

P.S.  Last fall I found a bare spot in a friend's garden while we were
raking leaves.  We had a lot of rhizomes lying around in the garage because
there were too many left over in May when we had to dig everything up
because of borer invasion.    None of them had any green leaves left and
honestly looked completely dead.  But as hope springs eternal, I grabbed a
dozen of them and more or less threw them in the ground -- no water, no
fertilizer, no nothin'  -- and would you believe, I noticed yesterday that
all of them have started to sprout (leaves about 1/2" high), some rhizomes
putting out two or three shoots.  I suppose they can't possible be expected
to bloom this season ...... ?

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Griffin Crump <jgcrump@erols.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Monday, February 23, 1998 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: Is it Spring Yet?


>TK & Anna Meade wrote:
>>
>> All winter, I've just been reading my Iris-L in digest form, planning my
>> purchases and garden daydreaming...then today I spotted a patch of
>> yellow in my still winterkilled garden. A  bunch of Iris danfordiae! I
>> got them in the late fall at the local BJs wholesale Club for
>> practically nothing!! They are blooming their tiny heads off...can
>> spring be far behind and a better question, when did spring start coming
>> right after autumn? Anna, lurking in NJ
>
>Anna -- It may be another early spring. Here, jonquils and crocuses are
>blooming in my yard, and daffodils in some of my neighbors' warmer
>spots. I began pulling the pine straw mulch off of my newly-planted iris
>today. Plenty of aphids and some crickets in evidence and (fingers
>crossed) what looks like BORER ACTIVITY! Aaagh! The commercial varieties
>and seedlings planted and transplanted last year did not die back at
>all. Some fans are better than a foot tall. I'm afraid we're in for a
>buggy year. Time to start spraying (for critters and leaf spot), if we
>get any respite from the rain.
>
>Griff Crump, along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, VA
>jgcrump@erols.com
>





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