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Re: Today in the Garden

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Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 12, 2005, at 11:15 PM, Chris Petersen wrote:

> Hello All!
> It doesn't seem that I have very much to tell about the garden  
> these days.
> Whenever I get a chance, I've been working on getting things  
> rearranged,
> planted, and neatened up.  This year may be a record setter for me  
> in that I
> may have all my daylilies out of pots, plastic bags, or pails of  
> water and
> planted in the ground!  I'm even almost finished planting  
> perennials and
> shrubs that needed planting.
> There's always a hitch of course.  One newly renovated area is next  
> to the
> control box for the sprinkler system and something's been leaking  
> water for
> a month. This chore is one of the few things my husband takes  
> responsibility
> for in the garden. I'm glad he pays the water bill from his business
> account, because it's going to be a killer! I managed to fix the  
> toilet that
> was running, so at least that's not adding to the problem! Anyway,  
> I have
> some shrubs to plant in that bed when the flooding subsides. Maybe  
> he'll get
> to it tomorrow!  LOL
> I've tried to use next year's National Convention on LI as an  
> reason for him
> to help me get some things done (my garden will be an open garden),  
> but it
> hasn't helped much. I pretty much am on my own in the garden which  
> means
> things get done SLOWLY.
> I am almost done planting all the bulbs that I ordered this fall.  
> It will be
> exciting next spring and summer to see everything in bloom. I  
> planted all
> kinds of bulbs to enhance my white flower garden. I'm trying  
> Ornithogalum
> magnum (Snake flower), allium cowanii, camassia leichtlini semiplens,
> puschkinia libanotica 'Alba', Lilium 'White Stargazer' and scilla  
> siberica
> 'Alba' for white spring and summer bloom.  I also have daffodils  
> and tulips
> planted. I counted 27 white and near white daylilies in this garden!
>  I am so excited about my new spider- uf garden. There are probably  
> about 30
> daylilies planted in it.  It is a circular raised planting with  
> stone walls
> around it. Part of the wall forms a bench, and there are three  
> steps going
> up one side of the garden. I've planted diminutive spring bulbs,  
> lots of
> lilium, grasses and an assortment of perennials between the  
> daylilies. The
> steps are planted with sedum and thymes.  It is sort of a copy of a  
> lovely
> walled garden that Melanie Vassallo planted, but on a much smaller  
> scale.
> The garden is situated in an area that gets full sun up by the  
> beach.  It
> will be interesting to see how the spideries hold up in the wind.   
> I have
> SUMMER STAR up by the beach and it holds up just fine!
> I guess that I had something to say after all!
> Chris Petersen
> Northport, Long Island, New York
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