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Re: artemisia > fluff my mulch

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] artemisia > fluff my mulch
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 12:56:51 -0600
  • References: <9169790.1111159379482.JavaMail.root@sniper4>

Mardi- I fluffed my mulch, too, yesterday as it was my day off and we had a
beautiful day of sunshine and 58 degrees.  My early crocus with the sunniest
exposure are all blooming and even a couple of Dutch ones next to some
snowdrops. Many others on the east side were trying their best to push
through the shredded leaf mulch I'd dumped on them, so I gave them a hand.
I have containerized plantings in 3 spots covered with shredded leaves, so I
uncovered all so I could write down the names (I lost the list I made last
fall) so I can make plant tags for the sale next month.  One set of pots,
all the Hosta divisions, mostly in quarts had been set in ground so I dug
them out and put them in the drafty cold Florida room.  They'll warm up a
little faster there than in the ground and maybe that way they'll leaf out a
bit and be more saleable.  The other containers are showing some growth, but
since March can be a roller coaster, I still left some loose leaf shredding
over the new growth, but did remove the bulk of it so as not to either cook
the new or rot the crown.  the Washington Hawthorns were chewed to bits by
rabbits. A fourth group of about 24 large pots are tulips that are going to
the MG Garage Sale in 4 weeks.  I left them covered (north side of house)  I
need to check the timing to hopefully have them in bud for the sale.

My forsythia's not in bloom yet, but the Magnolia buds are swelling. Nubbins
of daylilies are pushing out.  Early anemones have begun growth under
shredded leaf mulch.  I see nice new growth on Artemisia lactiflora which
needs division soon.  All the Colchicums have their leaf tips up searching
for the sun.  Lots of tulip leaves showing everywhere.

I had also potted and sunk some Ipheion and Allium sphaerocephalon, which
seem to have swelled and pushed the soil up out of their pots and may need
repotting.  I guess I was trying to be too thrifty.

spring is on its way.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <mlrasmus@rockwellcollins.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 9:18 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] artemisia cuttings

> Thanks for voicing my question, Libby!  Pam, they are gorgeous and smell
> sooooo good!  It's really nice to see some thing that is actually growing
> now.  I'll take Libby, Jim, & Marge's advice and see if I can get 'em
> through til I can plant outside many weeks from today.
> I did go out and "fluff my mulch" (in the front yard along Main Street, no
> less!) to see who was waking up.  I have some alliums, bleeding hearts,
> VERY green leaf of an old hollyhock, and about the first inch of daylilly
> leaves peeking out of the ground.  Pussy willows are coming alive.
> willows are quite yellow.
> It was really fun to be able to talk with Chris when I took my mother to a
> memorial service on Long Island - we FINALLY connected!  Family time
> however, and we couldn't get together.  Too bad.  The people on this list
> are incredibly interesting.
> Mardi
> Iowa z4b
> Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 13:57:52 -0800 (PST)
> From: Libby Valentine <grdner03@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] artemisia cuttings
> Pam, they got here today and they are beautiful!  And what a fragrance -
> love it.
> Now, since I have played around with cuttings but never for something
> that mattered as much to me as these... I put them in some nursery pots
> with light potting soil, watered them, spritzed the foliage, and made
> some little plastic tents to keep the humidity in. They are in a bedroom
> where the cats cannot get to them, and will get indirect sunlight.
> Is this a good way to go or have I done anything I should go promptly undo
> or redo?
> Libby
> <aryland zone 6
> <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com> wrote:
> Libby & Mardi - they'll be en route tomorrow - Priority mail. Enjoy.
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