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happenings in and around my zone 6b gardens in northern Virginia and in central Virginia

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

New pictures!

Not much gardening work accomplished today, but took some pictures of the azaleas at the back of the lot, since this is the first year they have bloomed much.

Seeds: White onions and garlic chives are sprouting in the cold frame.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Not much gardening today - office work instead.

Weather: a little rain this morning, but cleared up to be a warm, humid, sunny afternoon.

Seeds: Coleus are starting to sprout.

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Monday, April 28, 2003

Pruning: Had 3 more pine trees cut down today. Pruned the oldest rosemary about halfway back.

Planting: Made a new lasagna bed and planted in it right away. Put in - Tricyrtis formosana 'Gates of Heaven', Disporum flavens, Euphorbia robbiae, and Selaginella braunii (all from Plant Delights), and transplanted some Lamiastrum and Hosta 'Gold Standard' from elsewhere. This is the second lasagna bed I have made. The first one I did last fall, and the squirrels dug up a lot of the plants I put there. I am hoping that since this one is done in the spring they won't be in the mood to dig in it.

Chores: Deadheaded the last of the daffodils.

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Sunday, April 27, 2003

Seeds: Cosmos, basils, and morning glories have sprouted.

Weather: Nice and sunny all day today.

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Now with pictures!
Like this bag I crocheted yesterday that didn't work out:

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Saturday, April 26, 2003

Weather: gray and wet - started raining about 4 pm yesterday.

Seeds: Cosmos and basils are starting to sprout - just 2 days to germination in the Bio-Dome.

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Friday, April 25, 2003

Plants: just unpacked my order from Plant Delights Nursery. Everything looks happy and healthy. Wanted one of everything, but only bought:
3 different Selaginellas (mostly to figure out which one I already have) - S. braunii, S. moellendorffii, S. uncinata (I had braunii, as I suspected, but it was sold to me as something else by a different nursery)
Rohdea japonica
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Tricyrtis formosana 'Gates of Heaven'
Disporum flavens
Euphorbia robbiae
Epimedium x youngianum 'Milky Way'
Heucherella 'Sunspot'

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Thursday, April 24, 2003

Seeds: lots of seeds....planted today in Bio-Domes the following:
Basil 'Cinnamon' (from 2 different sources, Shepherd's and Stokes) (last year's Burpee's Cinnamon Basil turned out to be Lemon Basil; no I didn't mix up the seeds)
Basil 'Siam Queen'
Basil 'Lime'
Basil 'Armenian'
Basil 'Di Genova'
Coleus 'Pineapple Wizard'
Coleus 'Giant Leaf Mix'
Morning Glory 'Mt. Fuji Mix'
Cleome 'White Queen'
Cosmos 'Versailles Mix'

Weather: mostly sunny again today, but it felt colder than yesterday.

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Birds: just saw a white-breasted nuthatch - always thought of those as winter birds.

Weather: it didn't get as cold last night as predicted; low temp was 37 at Dulles, so I'm off to uncover everything covered up last night.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Weather: supposed to get cold tonight, possible frost, but they don't really think so; even so, I think I will throw a sheet over the tropical plants I put outside already. Got to go make sure the cold frame is closed too. Was sunny today, but cool and windy.

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Chores: cleaned up brush pile in back from spring pruning and put it out for yard debris pickup; started to rake fall (!) leaves at the back of the lot.

Seeds: transplanted Nicotiana 'Antique Shades', Torenia 'Clown Burgundy', and Petunia 'Giants of California' to cell paks (this does not work well with seeds started in the Bio-Dome - sponges are taller than the cells in the paks, so may have to find a plan B for the next ones); planted seeds of Garlic Chives, Bunching Onions - Santa Claus and ? Isle, Coriander, and Dill - put these in fiber flats in the cold frame.

In bloom: Pink azaleas (front and back), redbud, late daffodils, Anemone nemorosa, Anemone 'Vestal', Galium, Violets (mostly white ones, a few purple still left), Muscari (both 'ordinary' and 'Valerie Finnis'), Bleeding Hearts, Ipheion, Epimediums, Lunaria, Vinca minor, Dogwood, Virginia Bluebells, Bluets, Dandelions (!), Veronica 'Georgia Blue' or something like that, Violas, Pansies, and one lone bright red tulip that still comes up every year at the back of the lot.

Conversation: was talking to a girl whose dog came over to visit, and she said the dog likes to walk here and look for bones because Charlie takes the bones left over after grilling and tosses them over the fence - aha! I was wondering where the crows were getting all the bones that they put in the bird bath.

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