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BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???

Bobert 26 Apr 13 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,CS 26 Apr 13 - 09:15 AM
Pete Jennings 26 Apr 13 - 09:22 AM
Musket 26 Apr 13 - 09:56 AM
Pete Jennings 26 Apr 13 - 11:10 AM
Jack the Sailor 26 Apr 13 - 11:16 AM
GUEST,Musket sans cookie 26 Apr 13 - 11:38 AM
Bettynh 26 Apr 13 - 11:41 AM
Jack the Sailor 26 Apr 13 - 11:54 AM
Crowhugger 26 Apr 13 - 11:56 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Apr 13 - 03:30 PM
Ebbie 26 Apr 13 - 08:51 PM
gnu 26 Apr 13 - 10:07 PM
John P 26 Apr 13 - 11:27 PM
GUEST,Eliza 27 Apr 13 - 04:23 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 27 Apr 13 - 06:14 AM
Janie 27 Apr 13 - 06:53 AM
gnu 27 Apr 13 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,Eliza 27 Apr 13 - 07:05 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Apr 13 - 12:36 PM
Jim Carroll 27 Apr 13 - 12:56 PM
Bettynh 27 Apr 13 - 01:01 PM
GUEST,Musket sans cookie 27 Apr 13 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,Eliza 27 Apr 13 - 01:51 PM
GUEST,Musket sans cookie 27 Apr 13 - 02:01 PM
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GUEST,May Queen 27 Apr 13 - 09:05 PM
John P 27 Apr 13 - 11:39 PM
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Subject: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Bobert
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 09:03 AM

Well, this is the time of year that gardeners look forward to as everything that can bloom is doing just that...

We have a couple hundred azaleas in bloom... Sweet shrub, rhodos, spring flowers, fringe trees and the like also are in bloom...

So what's blooming in your garden???

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 09:15 AM

Very little, but then we have very little in the way of flowers in this garden as yet. A patch of bonny little dandelion type things in the lawn, that mister actually mowed around which was nice! There's a common lawn daisy in the potager which I haven't had the heart to pull up! A meagre smattering of bulbs. And some really sweet mauve drumstick primulas that his mum gave us. I'm more into the veggies right now, have some seedlings germinating on teh windowsill (butternut squash, marrow, white Italian courgette, chilli peppers, outdoor aubergines, beef toms.. Lots more to sow.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 09:22 AM

The magnolia, simply beautiful.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Musket
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 09:56 AM

Most of the bushes are waking up, blossom is coming out on the small trees and the birch trees are beginning to get a greenery about them which will make them all but opaque shortly. The beech hedge surrounding the rose garden is losing its winter long last year's leaves and the new ones are budding. Roses that were cut back the other week are beginning to grow again and we have a small number of bedding plant flowers of different types flowering now, especially those getting the sun. The lawns have had their second cut and this weekend will get their annual feed and weed treatment.

Daffodils are wilting at the end of their brief spurt and the crocuses are all but gone, (as are the snowdrops.) On the produce side of things, the rhubarb is growing rather rapidly and I check each day from now for the tell tail sign of the brief but plentiful crop of asparagus poking heads out. (Have to pick each and every day most of May...)

Yeah, going to be giving the BBQ its spring clean, putting the retractable sun shade up on the pergola and oiling the garden furniture this weekend ready for hopefully a decent summer.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:10 AM

Blimey, Musket, fresh asparagus from your garden every day. Well, I suppose somebody has to do it...

Envious of Penkridge.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:16 AM

Magnolias bloom in May here. The azaleas are fading. We have blueberry fruit forming.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Musket sans cookie
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:38 AM

Aye but for about two to three weeks top. Short season and having to pick every day.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Bettynh
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:41 AM

Heere in southern NH, forsythia is in full bloom. My neighbor's ornamental cherry is blooming, but my fruit variety isn't quite there yet. Other neighbors have native rhodora and star magnolia blooming. The first flowers - snowdrops, tiny iris, and crocus - have set seed. Scillas, pushkinias and first daffodils are tattered. Second wave of daffodils and first tulips are open. We're having a lovely slow spring with showers enough to keep things coming, but the lilacs and apple flowers are safely tightly budded.

If you'd just mention a general area where you garden, folks, this might be more fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:54 AM

Coastal NC


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Crowhugger
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:56 AM

Hi there Guest,CS,
That dandelion-like thing is also the first thing to bloom around here (southern Ontario). I expect you're talking about the invasive weed called coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). If one should happen want anything else to grow tidily within a 5' radius of that blossom in the next several years I recommend to dig it up now, carefully and thoroughly. A scrap of root left will start a new plant, though one might not see until next spring. Coltsfoot spreads underground at a depth of up to 8" depending on soil and moisture conditions, though it could be shallower. Unlike mint, the roots and horizontal runners tend to break somewhat easily when pulled--I have clay-ey soil which adds to the problem--although it holds together better than the equally invasive but very pretty creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides). Roots that break when pulled are tiresome and tedious enough to remove well that they almost make me understand the choice to use brutal poisons. Almost.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 03:30 PM

Should see a dandelion fairly soon. (Calgary, Canada)


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 08:51 PM

In southeastern Alaska, far from having the early spring I had anticipated, it is late. As a matter of fact, it has been snowing most of the day today. This morning the ground was white but most of it has disappeared. But snow?

The only thing blooming so far is crocuses; they've been brightening us up for several weeks- longer than usual, probably because of the cool temperatures - and they are prolific this year. There are such pretty colors.

Rhubarb is up now but has not come on in anything like its usual profusion- I'm told that early on there was a cold snap which knocked it back.

I noticed the other day that trees are hinting at unfurling their leaf buds- it won't be long before things start greening up.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: gnu
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 10:07 PM

2 sugar snap pes so far, thanks to maeve, and a LOAD of creeping snapdragons for potting. Maybe they will come to this, I hope...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15565423@N05/8685169998/in/photostream


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: John P
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 11:27 PM

Daffodils, tulips, bleeding hearts, wild forget-me-nots, winter daphne, anemones, leopard's bane, hyacinth, periwinkle, azalea, primroses, redwood sorrel, sweet woodruff, camelia, cherry trees, and dogwood are all in bloom.

Some of poppies have buds, and the irises are getting ready. The sages, salvia and lavenders are waking up, as are the daisies and black-eyed susans. The lupines are up. The rose campion is trying to take over the world. Lillies and gladiolae look like they will both be bumper crops. The herb garden is producing. The ferns have spread and are getting really, really big. The foxgloves too. The crocosmia and romnea are looking healthy and promising to surpass last year's growth and color show.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 04:23 AM

Very blooming little. All the tubs/pots/hanging baskets are all stuffed in the blooming greenhouse. Frost last night (minus 2). But of course, the dandelions are doing very well on both lawns. Blooming frustrating!


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 06:14 AM

Spring growth is very late this year on the Western edge of Ireland. The daffs are mostly gone by now and the field is full of dandelions and daisies so I better start thinking about cutting the grass. The (wild, local) primroses are particularly abundant this year but just about everything else is still just starting to wake up.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Janie
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 06:53 AM

The azaleas are going strong. Interestingly and gratefully, they are not (at least not yet) troubled by the azalea flower blight that has plagued them for the past 3 years. The dogwoods, which are now dropping their sepals, have not developed anthracnose this spring! I'm assuming that is because it has been a bit cooler and a bit drier this spring.

Solomon seal, hellebores (now turning green). Irises are about to bloom. Scattered through the lawn are ajuga and bluets and I keep snapping the flower buds off hawkweeds to keep them from spreading more seed - a battle I'm bound to lose. The hydrangeas have tiny little flowerbuds starting to show.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: gnu
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 07:01 AM

Oh... after reading Eliza's post, mine are in pots in front of the living room window, indoors. Heavy frost this AM. Outside, dandelions next to the house. I have a huge crop of dandelions every year. My neighbour offers to spread weed crap and even mow my lawn to keep them down and I reply "I think they're purdy." I prefer my meadow look to his golf course.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 07:05 AM

gnu, I remember years ago collecting basketfuls of dandelion flowers (I mean, dozens and dozens of basketfuls of the wretched things) to make dandelion wine. It took ages to ferment etc, and after all that effort, the wine tasted of cats' weewee. (Well, I've never actually tasted cats' weewee of course, but I imagine it tastes like that terrible wine.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 12:36 PM

A son has his house on a five-acre plot of once forested land, mostly cleared and turned into meadow years ago. Throughout the spring-fall period, there are a succession of wildflowers that bloom in the grass; attrractive to look at. The winter snow and decay takes care of the "waste" so little maintenance is needed beyond removal of young trees, mostly spruce and poplar which seed into it.

He cleared a small area near the house and seeded to grass, which he has to maintain, involving time and labor. The meadow almost takes care of itself.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 12:56 PM

An acre of moss and rushes - any volunteers?
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Bettynh
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 01:01 PM

Q, Roger Swain called that "editing the landscape."

When travelling around New England, it's obvious which fields were mown a few times after they'd been abandoned. Broadleaf trees will sprout from the root after mowing. Evergreens are dead after mowing but will shade out the broadleaf varieties quickly if they're not mown. We have a lot of solid-pine woods next to mixed broadleaf (oak, maple, birch) woods, usually with a stone wall between.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Musket sans cookie
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 01:46 PM

Eliza. .

You didn't perchance sell your wine on as a 2008 White Rioja on a Sainsburys Taste the Difference did you?

Just wondering...

Actually, can't be this one.   I can see the scratch marks on the lower foil where they got the cat to squat on the bottle. Neat trick.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 01:51 PM

Hahahahahaha Musket!! Wish I'd thought of that at the time! I don't have alcohol now, but when I was young, there were only two types of wine I could afford, Chateau Pisse de Chat and Vin Tres Ordinaire.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Musket sans cookie
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 02:01 PM

Have to admit. That was from memory of last night. Right now I am enjoying a cup of bovril at half time at the match. Second half about to get The underway.....


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Max Johnson
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 02:31 PM

I've got some salad leaves, but I sowed broad beans and they haven't shown. I haven't got a greenhouse and should have bought plants. I'll give it another week, and buy some broad and runner bean plants and some more parsley and thyme. I use parsley quicker than it grows.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 02:58 PM

Herbs- Chives should soon appear. Oregano comes a little later. Finally got rid of all the mint, a pest; from now on I will get it at the market if I need it.
I mentioned lovage, which is like a strong celery. Grows robustly, up to about 5 feet. Beloved by aphids.

Wild roses cut back, so no blooms this year. I have a double strain, selected over years by Dr. Bugnet of Legal, Alberta. Rosa acicularis.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 03:42 PM

Wow, John P! (26 Apr 13 - 11:27 PM) Where do you live?

gnu, I too like dandelions. They are early rescue to the barren, hardy and persistent, brave (grow just about everywhere) and purdy, indeed.

Jim Carroll: "An acre of moss and rushes" A great song subject...


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Janie
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 07:46 PM

I googled your roses, Q. Lovely! I live much too far south to have ever seen them.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,May Queen
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 09:05 PM

My garden looks the best it has in about 18 months because of the rotten weather we've had. With the late start to spring EVERYTHING seems to have come out at once (tulips and crocus, Camelias and pulmonaria, hare bells and daffs, chives,rosemary,winter and spring heathers together)luckily the especially cold start to the year has kept most weeds at bay but I'll have to watch it now the suns out a bit more.
Just got my steamer chair out of the shed today...havn't sat on it yet cos the cat got there first :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: John P
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 11:39 PM

Ebbie -- I'm in Seattle. Spring is like heaven around here. I have a formal-ish sunny garden in front and wild-ish shade garden in back under giant evergreens. We bought this house four years ago and I've been rehabilitating and expanding a garden that looked like it was very nice before it was ignored for many years. Afew nice trees and shrubs survived: lilac, English hawthorn, golden shower, Japanese maple. The entire back yard was under a foot of English ivy and blackberries.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 03:25 AM

"Jim Carroll: "An acre of moss and rushes" A great song subject."
You mean if I sing it they'll go away - lovely thought?
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger lived in a rather posh suburb of South East London occupying the top two floors of a Maisonett - they had half of a divided garden at the back which, whenever I stopped there, Ewan kept fanatically immaculate; a condition of staying with them to copy their field recordings was that if you were able, you helped with the weeding etc.
When Ewan died Peggy decided to turn it into a 'wild garden' and before too long it became over-run with wonderful displays of wildflowers and 'natural' plants, some of which spread over into their neighbours' gardens, but not enough to cause major problems.
Everything went well until the locals came banging on the door complaining about the foxes, badgers, fieldmice and shrews that had made themselves permanent 'Beconians'.... not sure how she resolved that one.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 05:16 AM

Primroses, Pulmonaria, Brunnera, Camelia nowhere near, Windflower, Daffs, Epimedium, Euphorbias, Japonica.
Out the front - Chenomeles, Forget-me-not, Hyacinths, Dogwood here just opening leaf buds, Doronicum.
NB Here in NE UK I'm interpreting the title precisely as What's Blooming in your Garden??? rather than What's in your Blooming Garden?


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 12:03 PM

Alberta, with its short period of frost-free days, is another place where everything seems to come at once.
Lilacs and some of the other flowering shrubs and trees, pasque flower, are "early" but the rest come soon after.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Bettynh
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 01:15 PM

A day forward in southern NH and my cherry tree flowers are half-way to full bloom. This was supposed to be a "semi-dwarf." I'd hate to see a standard size - it's 30 feet tall (but doesn't seem to be growing any higher). It's glorious in full bloom, but doesn't actually bear many cherries - the neighbor cut down his tree. Not that I could pick them if thee were lots. :::sigh::: we have very cheerful nestsful of robins, catbirds, and mocking birds in the yard at least.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: May Queen
Date: 04 May 13 - 06:16 AM

First hosta leaf...yippee! How long before the first slug???


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: Max Johnson
Date: 04 May 13 - 10:34 AM

Runner beans are showing. I'll put in some Sweet Peas this week - my favourite flower. Well, we haven't had the weather, have we?


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Subject: RE: BS: What's Blooming in your Garden???
From: GUEST,Musket sans cookie
Date: 04 May 13 - 01:45 PM

YES!

Asparagus is ready for daily harvesting for the next few weeks. Strong smelling wee all round!

Since the last post I did, the garden has erupted in blossom and leaves. I have switched on the fountain and bbq tonight.

(Not starting it till I have watched Dr Who though. )


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