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Topic: Has Anyone Else Been Transported To Siberia (or somewhere...PA)

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Subject: Has Anyone Else Been Transported To Siberia (or somewhere...PA)
Date Posted: 5/12/2008 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I had to go to the doctor's on Fri. and we stopped at a Lowe's on the way home.  I lived there for awhile (Indiana, PA, Jimmy Stewart's hometown) and they are always ahead of us, but it was so cold.  BTW, the boxwood section did smell like cat, lol - it was wet.

We went to the local greenhouse Sat. and I couldn't find some of the things they'd usually grown and they hadn't grown the violas that had looked so perfect with my sage last year so I had to substitute.  They didn't have any alyssum and I think they alwas had that by now.  It's just too cold to put out petunias or coleus.  Coleus and many others need a night time temp. of 50 and it is 42 deg. right now.

I never got my husband moving on preparing the ground to plant the stuff that came either or move anything. :(

The greenhouse had no flats of the plain red coleus (maybe I'll find them later but you never know) so I sorted through the Wizard ones until I found 2 mixed flats with enough reds to separate and repot (did that last year).  I have a bunch of cuttings here so I guess I will be keeping them in for a good while.  It is so cold and windy that I don't even want to put out the violas in this weather. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 9:49 PM ET
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Diana, have you tried any of the Kong coleus? These varieties are stunning, and the foliage is magnificent. Here's a link:

http://www.simplybeautifulgardens.com/plant_info.aspx?phid=018003855010575

 

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 11:53 PM ET
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Anna,

No, I haven't tried those.  Our greenhouse didn't have them although I saw them around last year.  The red ones looked gorgeous with our yellow daylilies (I think they are probably Stella d'Oro - could be Happy Returns).  I tried to keep some over but those ones didn't make it.  Where did you put the Kong ones?

It's a little warmer but far from warm.  We went to the cemetery to start some work (DH can't seem to think to do anything on his own).  I dug so many dandelions that I don't know how bad I'll be for awhile.  I hope we can do some mulching there or something so it's not that bad another year.  The violas are yellow too so I think maybe the ground at that spot needs something (there's a sage there).  At least I got a start. 

I need to pot all my coleus cuttings.  I did buy a new trailing one. 

If it doesn't warm up, I don't think there'll be much done by us for Memorial Day. 

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 4:47 PM ET
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lol, I thougt Siberia was in Wisconsin.  I watch the news every night to see if I need to cover my veggies due to frost

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 2:02 PM ET
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The heat's running today.  The sun shone for 60 secs. yesterday and I pulled the curtains so it didn't burn the plants and apparently I blocked the entire state.  That was the last I saw it :)  It immediately clouded over and rained.