ITS SPRING: Flower planters, "start your action"!!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    So how many of you spend hundreds on annuals..??cultivate your perennials and love doing things outdoors? Where do you put your flowers?

    For me, I love it.. I stopped by one of my favorite nurserys because they were starting their "fill a flat sale". Just wanted to check to see and walked out spending over $100.00 with 5 flats + At least it will get me started.

    Already doing the "mow twice a week scene". I really enjoy this time of year.

    So what do you guys do?
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 18, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    Shovel the snow off the balcony.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidShovel the snow off the balcony.


    You won't in Texas....icon_biggrin.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 18, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    Thank heaven for that. I was just joking actually, although up here you never know. It hit 21C...glorious!
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    Apr 18, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    Well - I have flowers year-round here and in my pots I keep a variety of different things - and change them a few times per year. Some of my favorites include:

    Jasmine, blue lobelia, roses, sweet allyssum, geraniums, gardenias, petunias, and hybiscus plants. Some of these want shade, some sun, some partial sun. I guess I have a bit of a green thumb - and I like going to the nurseries and picking out new things.

    I recently had an Ash tree planted - along with a number of privet trees. Ficus trees here are great as long as they don't frost too much in December.
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    Apr 18, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    I would love to plant some flowers. Right now my man and I have recently planted some shrubs in front of the house. Also he got me a pear tree for Christmas that is finally in the ground and loving it! I hope to have a little orchard of fruits. Shearky wants to plant bamboo. I can't wait!
  • art_smass

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    Apr 18, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    I can spend a grand on plants every year. I've already got a flat of violas that I'll put out next week (after the snow in the forecast melts). I've also got a flat of ornamental kale, a flat of giant red mustard (to use a foliage plant), some tuberous begonias, half a dozen dahlias, some asiatic lilies, a dozen gladioli and a flat of zinnias started in my kitchen. I'll probably start some gourds soon, and then direct seed a whole bunch of other stuff I've already bought. The expensive part comes in about a month when I start to plant the more tender stuff outdoors.

    I'm kind of obsessed with gardening. Can you tell?
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    Apr 18, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    im not good at gardening...but my roommate is going to plant some tomatoes icon_biggrin.gif im so excited! and we have an apple tree and a plum tree..

    mmm...tomatoes....i love tomatoes!
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    Apr 18, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    I started planting pots on the deck last weekend but stoppped because we are expecting snow tomorrow. Snow at this time of year???!!!! icon_sad.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
    Ouch...I feel for you swpdxguy. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if I woke up to snow anytime between now and the end of May.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 19, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    We usually don't start until the a week before Memorial Day here.
  • a2507

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    Apr 19, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    Tulsa's far enough south that the daffodils and redbud have come and gone, early iris are almost gone, perennial verbena's blooming, clematis are about to pop, likewise roses are budding out. Azaleas blooming too. Later iris and peonies are budding out.

    I hit the downtown Home Depot and the midtown Lowes: tomatoes, flax, marigolds, white campunela, hollyhocks, perennial salvia. Potatoe vine for the window boxes.

    I need to paint trim on my house and do other repairs but garden always calls me away ;-)
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    swpdxguy saidI started planting pots on the deck last weekend but stoppped because we are expecting snow tomorrow. Snow at this time of year???!!!! icon_sad.gif


    welcome to my world...the weather here in utah is sooo fucked up
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    Itching for the weather to warm so I can start. Already had my planter combos designed months back. Every year dig up a new perennial bed, grass is becoming obselete at my house.

    Then I move on and start at my friends'homes.

    Gardening is my second only passion to running and Cher.
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    In DC the Cherries, Oriental magnolias, and daffodils are mostly gone. Tulips, azaleas, redbuds and dogwood are blooming now. Got 2 flats of plants yesterday. Some pink and some white petunias for the front porch boxes, some pinks and coneflowers for a sunny area, sweet box for a shade groundcover, and annual asters and cosmos for a sunny bed by the terrace. Also geraniums, especially the tailing varieties. Also brought the chinese hibiscus, bougainvillea, and other geraniums out of the basement after the long wintericon_biggrin.gif

    Tomorrow is planting day!
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    Ugh!icon_sad.gif Planting day is still a month away. it's snowing this weekend.
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    Apr 19, 2008 11:20 AM GMT
    lattetzar saidI would love to plant some flowers. Right now my man and I have recently planted some shrubs in front of the house. Also he got me a pear tree for Christmas that is finally in the ground and loving it! I hope to have a little orchard of fruits. Shearky wants to plant bamboo. I can't wait!


    Bamboo is very cool..but it's also incredibly invasive, a friend of mine planted it in his backyard using it for a natural privacy fence.. it worked great for that, shot up 12 feet tall in a week but after a couple years it dominated his yard and choked out alot of other plants.

    if your going to plant it you need to havea barrier to keep the shoots in the soil from moving into other areas in the yard
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    Shawn and Moudi - thanks, last night I wrapped everything with bubble wrap and it now looks like a Christo exhibit! LOL! Worst case scenerio is I get to suppport the local garden center and buy more plants. Right now it's 33 degrees - Brrrrr.
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    Apr 20, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    Hey HndsmKanson !!! glad you started this topic !!! I live to be outside, and happiest planting something, or seeing how its growing. I've made it a habit to put several hundred dollars worth of trees, bushes, roses, fruit trees, berry bushes, every spring, then on top of that buying annuals. This year I started a lot of plants, tomatoes (started them the first of February), green peppers, flowers, vines etc. in my sunroom, and hoping for no more frosts so I can get them in the ground, (doing this in my sunroom helped me get through winter by seeing things growing) My peach orchard of 9 trees is already putting out tiny peaches, and this will be my first year with some apples coming on, and cherry "BUSHES" (instead of trees) they are loaded with blooms, soon I'll be planting the dahlia bulbs, and cana's, and buying the annuals, I didn't have room to start on my own. It feels so good to be outside most of the time again. This winter seemed like it would never end !!!
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    Apr 20, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    Moudi saidim not good at gardening...but my roommate is going to plant some tomatoes icon_biggrin.gif im so excited! and we have an apple tree and a plum tree..

    mmm...tomatoes....i love tomatoes!


    The best way to plant tomatoes is to dig the hole so that all of the plant will be buried except for the top most leaves.

    This puts the original root ball down deep in the soil below the drying line at the top of the soil.

    But the tomato plant will also put out roots from the buried stem. This secondary root system increase the tomato plant's ability to absorb water and more nutrients.
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    Apr 20, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    swpdxguy saidShawn and Moudi - thanks, last night I wrapped everything with bubble wrap and it now looks like a Christo exhibit! LOL! Worst case scenerio is I get to suppport the local garden center and buy more plants. Right now it's 33 degrees - Brrrrr.


    Indeed. This sucks. I've yet to do my first lawn mowing of the season, and every time I get ready to reseed a section of my lawn that needs work, it frosts again. My roses are barely beginning to bud, and my honeysuckle has about two leaves on it...but they might just have never fallen off last winter. The trees around here barely have swelling buds, if that, and my ornamental grasses are barely showing new green. My crocuses are up, but that's it. No flowering cherries, no magnolias, nothing. Last weekend it was 70 degrees and sunny, and the next two days it snowed. How frustrating.
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    Apr 20, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    Today I dug my veggie garden. I was so happy with my strength and endurance. The gym and PT are really paying off. I dug way more than I am usually able in one day. I have always dug the garden with a garden fork because I wanted the exercise ...but also because it does kill or harm as many worms as a rototiller does.
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    Apr 20, 2008 2:14 PM GMT
    Thumbs up to you caslon !!! I'm glad your feeling so much better, gardening is theraputic to me, as I'm sure it must be to you !!! I plant my tomatoes just as you directed above, it really helps them along, the tomatoes I've got started in the sunroom are 6 to 8 inches tall now, and I'm resisting putting them out until the first week of May, just in case we get a frost again. SAY !!! Do you or anyone above know of a environmentally safe spray for fruit trees?
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    Apr 20, 2008 2:29 PM GMT
    realifedad said Thumbs up to you caslon !!! I'm glad your feeling so much better, gardening is theraputic to me, as I'm sure it must be to you !!! I plant my tomatoes just as you directed above, it really helps them along, the tomatoes I've got started in the sunroom are 6 to 8 inches tall now, and I'm resisting putting them out until the first week of May, just in case we get a frost again. SAY !!! Do you or anyone above know of a environmentally safe spray for fruit trees?


    Against what pests?
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    Apr 20, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidShovel the snow off the balcony.



    hee hee, our spring bulbs have already sprung and bloomed. Tulips, daffodiles...gone. Flowering plums were solid pink 3 weeks ago, now all leaves. Summer plants are starting to show signs of life. Was in PA last week, what a difference, stark, barren....I"m glad to be back in CA . Gardening can be so much fun.