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Subject: And - Next Year?
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 9:34 AM ET
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Does anyone else make notes or plans now? 

I do, because otherwise I forget or don't think about it until late June.  If you do, what are your plans?

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 5:42 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/29/2008 6:27 PM ET
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I usually make plans for the next season and right now I'm still working on the plans I made for fall planting.  I need to get all my tulips chilled and in the ground and winter sow some seeds.  As soon as all the tree leaves fall I plan to mulch flower beds and areas of the yard with poor soil with the leaves.

Next year:

I'd really like a doublefile viburnum plant (or two) in the yard and may try to snag a pair from Bluestone Perennials before they sell out.  If I don't pre-order them now, then I may just stop by the garden center early spring/late winter and see what viburnums they have and grab two.  After that I think I would've satisfied my need for viburnums...I'll move on to other berry shrubs. 

Got a 10+ year old  gardenia that is roughly 8 foot high and wide and needs rejuvenating.  I'll prune it down to 3 or 4 feet.  It really needs it.  It's got a lot of life in it because there is a ton of new growth near the bottom of the plant.  I just hate to lose the privacy that that plant provided.  This year it only had a few blooms on it.. and I didn't get to enjoy much of that heavy gardenia fragrance.

Amend the soil anyway I can.  There's so much I'd like to plant but I can't even get my trowel in the ground in some spots because of the clay soil.  It's like digging through rocks.

Wack azalea plants down.  They used to be lush and plentiful around the yard but all but 4 have died.

Plant some black eyed susans somewhere.  I'll probably winter sow the seeds.

Plant more shrubs and figure out which ones can do well in deepish shade.

Plant a dogwood tree in the front.  I'd like a pink flowering one (rubra I think).  There's a small (4 foot high and wide) gardenia in the front that I think could benefit from a little shade from a dogwood. 

Start a pomegranate tree from seed.  I did dwarf pomegranate from seed last summer (they grow fast) and tasted a fruit the size of a very large gumball yesterday - very tart but not bad.  The plant could've been healthier and I think that contributed to the fruit's taste.  But then again, may the fruit was supposed to be tart and not sweet.  I'm used to sweet pomegranates.

Veggie garden did poorly this year so something will need to change next year.

That's about all I have planned for now.  That's enough.  I'm sure I need to check my spending gardening stuff anyways.  Yeah right. ;)