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Subject: who's got tulips? Daffodils? crocus?
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 9:05 PM ET
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My tulips are an inch above the soil and i can't wait till they bloom.

We live so far south that i buy them and refrigerate them for 10 weeks. I just planted them in pots three weeks ago. They won't be any good next year cause it's so warm here, but I love tulips.

I used to plant them in Maryland and they'd be good for five or six years. SIGH

But, I don't miss that snow.

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Date Posted: 2/8/2008 9:59 PM ET
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I've got about 2 inches of daffodil peeking out here in NC!    I'm so excited that DD is old enough to play in the dirt with me this year! 

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:11 PM ET
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My parents taught me so much about gardening that I just knew my kids would love to play in the dirt. 
One can't stand to have anything on his hands but the other may come to it someday when he settles down.

I'm sure your daughter will love the daffodils. I hope they are the bright, bright yellow kind. They are my favorites.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:21 PM ET
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My daffies are up about six inches. I transplanted them from underneath some ancient bushes, and I didn't think they'd survive! My crocus have had their heads up all year, so we'll see how that goes.

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 9:13 AM ET
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It's snowing here in PA. Won't see a crocus or daff until end of April. Insert heavy sigh here. :(
Date Posted: 2/9/2008 12:40 PM ET
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Cindy,

 It's got to be 60ish outside. I made it out there to dump a cup of water on each pot of tulips and fill the birdfeeder. then I came inside and dealt with the mess in the freezer from a broken ice maker and ended up cleaning the fridge. This is my break before I head out to run errands. I'm sure I'll run across some flowers somewhere and won't be able to resist but I don't know if I'll have time now to get anything planted. Wonder what the weather is supposed to be tomorrow? 

Make a snowball for me and remember that it's the snow that gives you a chance to enjoy all those spring flowers.

SIGH   must go shower and get organized.....

Lenore

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 9:25 PM ET
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In April or May I will have daffodils.  Pennsylvania does not believe in having them in February.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:40 AM ET
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I am so itching to get down and dirty in my gardens :) Winter seems sooooo long here in PA. I've already started to get all the gardening & seed cataloges and I sit on the couch dreaming of spring. Last spring I planted two trees. Cherry and a weeping willow. I check on them all the time and they seem to be wintering O.K. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Did anyone have troubles with japaneese beetles??? I fought them off my cherry tree all summer long. Put up three, yes three traps and it wasn't enough. Had to spray the tree and pray it didn't hurt it. I've never seen them so bad. I was so insane over these beetles I went out and got six praying mantis egg sacks? and hatched them out in pepsi bottles. It was great watching all my little mantas babies coming out of the sacks. When they all got free of the bottles I sat back and dreamed of the carnage I unleashed in my yard. I could see all the beetles running for their lives, leaving my trees safe and secure to grow and thrive. Well, beeltles never did leave and I didn't see one mantis. Live and learn.
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 5:45 PM ET
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It is 7 deg. here today.  At least there are no Jap. beetles ;)  Now the Asian beetles are running around in the house.

We've had the Jap. ones for years now and just gave up on fighting them.  I surely do hate the things though.  It seems like they are worse some years than others.  I'm still wondering what made all the holes in my sedums at the cemetery.  I'm planning to change them out for the improved version of "Autumn Joy" but I am a little worried that something else is attracting a pest.  Sedums are supposed to be fairly tough.

I don't know how things will fare through the winter since it has varied in temperature so much. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:05 PM ET
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Seed catalogues. Trips to the every landscaping center within an hour's drive that had a green house and even some that didn't. I hated winter in Maryland. I felt like spring would never come. I sympathise with you both.

Spring here will last about two weeks, then it'll be 90 again and just get warmer. We're officially in winter, but I did find two daffodils fully open today. I'm concerned about the weather variations this winter too. It's so crazy. I just hope that this horrible drought comes to an end.

I did score a tray of Orange pansies today and potted them up for the front porch!!!!

the mailbox garden was choked wuth verbena so I left it alone. Five years ago it was bright purple and gorgeous. When it came back up it was a watery violet. Now, I can't get rid of it. Tough stuff.

Stay warm!

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:17 PM ET
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Spring can't come soon enough. It's going down to -12 degrees tonight. I think thats with the wind chill factor.
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 12:47 PM ET
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I planted my tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and daffodils about three weeks ago, and they're starting to peek through!  It's so exciting. :)

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 4:56 PM ET
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For some reason, we don't seem to have spring any more either.  It sort of heads right into summer most of the time.  Not that summer sounds bad at the moment, lol. 

I got a bunch of things to start seeds today - but nothing to plant them in.  It's been so cold that I wonder if anything will live. 

I'm pretending not to hear about crocuses and daffodils and things like that ;)

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 7:04 PM ET
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I let hubby off easy for Valentine's Day. I told him to go in the backyard and cut some daffodils and bring them into me and that would count as flowers. so now, I have two on the table. The rest haven't bloomed. Flowers are so odd sometimes.

the Park Seed catalogue came today. So far, I want about $500 worth of daylillies and stuff. Wouldn't it be great to have that kind of a garden budget?

I planted lettuce and cheated and used regular potting soil instead of that seed starting mix. I hate it when they sprout and look great and then die off of some tiny epidemic, but I was too lazy to dig out last year's starting mix.

I hope you freezing gardeners get a break soon. Anybody break down and buy one of those mini greenhouse lamps for the kitchen counter?

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 4:36 PM ET
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I just noted your post on Park's daylilies. They are indeed lovely. However, if you are a daylily lover, you may want to check Oakes site at oakesdaylilies.com. They are near Knoxville, TN. I've visited their farm and have both ordered from them and bought directly from the farm. They always send a big fan (at least 3, often more to a bunch). The plants are large and healthy with generous roots. Their prices run from about $5 up to unaffordable for me. One bit of warning--growing daylilies can be addictive.
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 12:35 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/19/2008 9:39 AM ET
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I love the pictures of all the kinds of tulips but they just never last long so I never put much money into them. I really tried to get crocuses going but I guess moles (or something) must eat those. 

My MIL has them but we might have a couple and they are supposed to spread.  I gave up and just planted daffs although they mostly need divided and I don't think anyone will do that. 

By the time I have daffodils, everyone else will have tomatos :)  So, some of my favorites are Cheerfulness (both white and yellow), Thalia, a white narcissus, and Hawerii (sp. wrong), a small dainty one, and also Tahiti which I have to replace occasionally but is showy.

(I can't spel twoday - nuttin looks rite)

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 12:58 PM ET
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Mine are all still buried by snow, and we are expecting another snow storm either late tonight or tomorrow.  The sun is out today, tho, which is welcome!

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 1:00 PM ET
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Hubby bought a bunch of bulbs (loose, from the bins) a few years back.  Were supposed to be tulips, but when they came up in spring...voila! Daffodils.

They came back again and again, much to my surprise.  I haven't seen them this year, though, so I guess they've finally died out.  I loved seeing those daffodils!  So springlike.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 10:08 PM ET
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If you can find the bulbs in the store, I'd be willing to place a bet that  you can grow tulips Julie. You gotta cheat like I do. I don't live quite as far south as you do, but tulips are a no go unless you commandeer some space in the  fridge. Gives more meaning to the beer fridge in the garage if it serves as a garden cooler, too. 

The tulips won't come back the next year, but I missed them so much I just consider them annuals. I buy those little packs at Lowes after they've been marked down. Then  stick the bags of bulbs in the frig for 8-10 weeks. I plant in pots, although I have planted them in the ground. This year I planted them in late January. Now they're up 4 inches, except for one variety that's a parrot and is just a late tulip species, I hope.

The good part is, since they won't come up next year, you can yank them right out of the ground, or the pot and toss them after their done. You don't have to wait for the leaves to wither away.

Lowe's did have pots of tulips in blooms this weekend, frantically marked down to $5.99, but I like watching them grow, bud and bloom after I've tricked them into thinking I live farther north.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 6:50 AM ET
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My Daffys started blooming yesterday! 

Katz

Subject: Daffodils, fuzzy faces at the window and not so tasty tulip bulbs
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 7:02 PM ET
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My daffodils were beaten down by the rain and I didn't make it out to get them. I hope they are still there tommorrow morning. TGIF!!!

I found some of my bulbs out of the pot the other day. One was half chewed. Yesterday I did a really long day at work. When I got home and sat on the couch for a minute the cat came away from the window to join me. I noticed a face at the window. After a 13 hour day, I was too tired to freak and studied it long enough to realize it had ears and a dark ring on its face. As soon as this small racoon saw me looking at him, he toddled off my porch railing shelf and away from the bird feeder. He hasn't been at the bulbs anymore. Guess tulips aren't good eating.

 

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 5:42 PM ET
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Our snowdrops have just popped up here in Kansas, but nothing else yet.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 6:25 PM ET
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I've got 4 daffodils blooming with more setting up from the older plantings.  The newer stuff is starting to show the greenery so I guess it will be a bit for the flowers.   The tulips are up about an inch.   I do have 1 crocus which is odd since it has been  years since I planted any and they have bloomed in years.  I also see 3 leaf clusters of the Allium Schubertii bulbs I planted in Dec. (freak 80 degree week).  

 

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 4:10 AM ET
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we have blooming daffodils here in Oregon & tulips are 3 to 4 inches (some of them) above the ground; with both daffies & tulips you have early, middle & late blooming ones so we try to get them to start & then last as long as we possibly can! I also drool over catalogs & then keep checking out Walmart & Lowes cuz you can find the $7 per 3 gorgeous tulips in the catalog are $3.99 for a pack of 5 here! and the $23 clematis & S&H in the catalog you adored & couldn't afford is $5 at Walmart! How i love to look at the catalogs & then find what I adored but couldn't afford at affordable prices here in town! It takes a lot of looking but yes! They can be had & for a price that you don't mind having to pay! I have to confess tho that I bought a bunch of cut carnations today for $4 from Albertson's here deep red ones, just to totally love & enjoy! Shopping around & knowing that you can get a bouquet of fresh cut flowers for $4!!!!! instead of the $14.99 etc is so incredibly nice!

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