Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread - May 1 [KT]


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Happy Saturday! We have some great photos and great plants today for the First of May! Plus this unusual plant story:

Hi KT:

Thought I'd send along pictures of an azalea that grows in my front yard since every year there are people who stop to snap a photo of it. It really is a beautiful specimen, but truthfully, I can't stand it. LOL. It's the color--not pink, not lavender, just some mutant blend.

I've offered it to a couple of neighbors who absolutely love it, but since it stands about six feet high and eight feet wide, it's too much of a challenge to transplant. I've taken care of it for 17 years, and every year I wait impatiently for the foul blossoms to fade.

~~IrishEi

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I think it's great. How about you?

Bulbs

From Krebs v Carnot not long ago:

These are among the many clumps of daffodils in our garden beds. This grouping is around one of the maple trees of which I spoke last week.

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Poppies n more

From 40 miles north:

Bicolor. Sometimes you see these in the wild.

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Typical California Poppy

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Seven Poppies of Power. The foliage is great.

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Probably bred in England.

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Not poppies.

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Spring comes in Israel

A few weeks ago, Neal in Israel sent us some photos which were emblematic of winter leaving and spring starting:

Early in winter mushrooms sprouted on their own in shady spots in the garden. The first type appeared at a few points under our olive tree.

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We need a toad or a fairy.

The second type grows colony-style on what's left of a tree we cut down without uprooting. The common growth principle seems to be a compact, rounded head to break through to the surface, which later fans out to the sides.

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New in the garden this winter were a few madonna lilies (shoshan tzachor in Hebrew - pure-white lily) which I planted. Some commentators think this is the lily mentioned several times in the Song of Songs.

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Early bloomers include our stand of African daisies. The daisies had to be given a serious pruning at the end of the past summer to clear out dead and diseased undergrowth, but have come back pretty strong, reinforced by self-seeding and a few new arrivals which I planted.

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The blossoming of our lime tree a good number of weeks ago was one of the earliest signs of spring's arrival. The fruit which we'll be picking in the fall has already set all over the tree.

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Edible Gardening

Sergeant Major here with a pic of my re-cycled raised bed. The horses don't need it anymore but the green and red Romaine and the spinach does.

The mineral tubs in the back are getting green beans planted. I'm tired of bending over for a harvest.

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I know the feeling. Nice beds.

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1 hi, KT

Posted by: m at May 01, 2021 12:43 PM (Y3SPi)

2 I was hoping to get out and snap some pics of the gorgeous wildflowers raging here in Central Texas, but the rain is coming down all weekend.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 01, 2021 12:44 PM (jvt6t)

3 The lilac tree outside my window is in full bloom. I did a little pruning and my whole studio smells lovely.

Posted by: nurse ratched at May 01, 2021 12:45 PM (U2p+3)

4 "madonna lilies"

Those lilies were my mother's favorites.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 01, 2021 12:47 PM (gtatv)

5 Pretty pictures of May flowers!
RE: the mushrooms. I took out a book, Mycellium Running, all about the benefits of mushrooms. I'm really interested in the subject but it's got too much scientific jargon for me.

Posted by: kallisto at May 01, 2021 12:50 PM (DJFLF)

6 Hi, m!

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 12:52 PM (BVQ+1)

7 The raised trough makes a nice bed, great idea ... I have a couple old troughs, and no cattle -- being able to stand straight up to weed would be a joy, instead of a chore. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by: illiniwek at May 01, 2021 12:52 PM (Cus5s)

8 3 The lilac tree outside my window is in full bloom. I did a little pruning and my whole studio smells lovely.

Posted by: nurse ratched at May 01, 2021 12:45 PM (U2p+3)


At my old house the neighbor had a 40 foot long lilac hedge. When we went out on the back deck we were greeted by the heavenly scent of those flowers. Unmistakable and unforgettable.

Posted by: kallisto at May 01, 2021 12:54 PM (DJFLF)

9 Ho leefook
I stepped on a snake whilst running today.
Need new shorts.

Posted by: Rhennigantx at May 01, 2021 12:54 PM (LYheq)

10 Posted by: Rhennigantx at May 01, 2021 12:54 PM (LYheq)

Old Navy has a sale going......copperhead?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 01, 2021 12:56 PM (jvt6t)

11 We have some great pollen close-ups today. Wow.
And I love the little dots of pollen on the African daisies.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 12:56 PM (BVQ+1)

12 Rhennigantx at May 01, 2021 12:54 PM
Aieeeee . . . .

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 12:58 PM (BVQ+1)

13 There used to be an organization in the PNW that would dig up and "re-home" rhododendrons. I don't know if other areas have such a thing.

I too have a rhododendron that I just wince and wait for the blooms to drop off. It is ELECTRIC pink. I am not a "pink" person. But the rest of the year it is very pretty! (And it is set to explode in pink right this minute...)

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at May 01, 2021 01:04 PM (7IHuq)

14 Took a pic of some azaleas out back about a month ago.
Pink/coral piedmont variety, I'm guessing.

https://tinyurl.com/4bndtcue

Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 01, 2021 01:05 PM (vuisn)

15 I sowed about a thousand poppy seeds last year. None put out any flowers. Then this year, I have 1 (count 'em, one) poppy flower. It looks exactly like the California poppy, probably because it is one.
I'd really love to have an olive and lime tree, but alas, the global warmening seems to be stalled further south. I just finished moving about 5 yd3 of topsoil to form a raised bed, in which I planted a bunch of dwarf conifers I bought last winter. It looks great, if I say so myself.

Posted by: pep at May 01, 2021 01:09 PM (v16oJ)

16 Couldn't you do a REALLY hard prune on the azalea, then dig it up and either move it or give it away? I'll bet the neighbors would be glad to take it then.

Posted by: pep at May 01, 2021 01:10 PM (v16oJ)

17 Hiya

Posted by: JT at May 01, 2021 01:14 PM (arJlL)

18 I love the azalea bush! Mine is plain white and scrawny due to being in the shade by the porch. I gave its even scrawnier friend to BabyBro and his looks better already.

There was a lilac colony (several generations together) beside the road when I grew up. At least forty feet long, fragrant purple blossoms every spring, and free for the taking because the original farmhouse was gone. The county decided to pave the road and dig proper ditches, which meant tearing it out. Nothing survived.

Speaking of nothing surviving, the worst has happened: I discovered today that CHIPMUNKS ARE LIVING IN MY CRAWLSPACE!!!!! Seriously, one disappeared in the grass near the only exterior opening to the crawlspace. There's a little edge chewed off the edge of the board covering the cracked (but never broken through) removable window. Evidently, that's enough for them. So, how do I kill them without having decomposing chipmunk smell or accidently poisoning the neighborhood cats?

Posted by: NaughtyPine at May 01, 2021 01:15 PM (/+bwe)

19 Our azaleas are barely limping back to life after the Great Freeze, but they're starting to leaf back out. I have a couple just like the big one that IrishEI pictured, and I think that's the variety called "Pride of Mobile". It's one of the older and more resilient varieties out there, as opposed to many of the newer hybrids which don't live so long.

Posted by: Tom Servo at May 01, 2021 01:15 PM (trdmm)

20 My son has a gorgeous rhododendron in his front yard. It is in serious need of a pruning which he vows to have done later after it blooms. His part of Boston is awash with these, and this time of year even the must humble yard boasts a beautiful plant. I like to do flower drives when we are there.

Posted by: Mrs. Leggy at May 01, 2021 01:16 PM (Vf4Y7)

21 Dr. Varno at May 01, 2021 01:05 PM

They are charming. Love the color.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 01:17 PM (BVQ+1)

22 So, how do I kill them without having decomposing chipmunk smell or accidently poisoning the neighborhood cats?

Have a heart traps... then move them to a neighbor's place! JK.
You have to move them out of the area...

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 01, 2021 01:18 PM (gtatv)

23 NaughtyPine at May 01, 2021 01:15 PM

Trap? One at a time?

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 01:18 PM (BVQ+1)

24 I think the pinkish/lavenderish azalea is beautiful.

Posted by: AlmostYuman at May 01, 2021 01:18 PM (8czqo)

25 I had to prune my sage back radically after the freeze, but they seem to be springing back well, although much shorter. Also, my Lantana is growing smartly.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 01, 2021 01:19 PM (jvt6t)

26 You have to move them out of the area...

or do them in and dispose of in the trash bin.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 01, 2021 01:19 PM (gtatv)

27 Hiya Mrs Leggy !

Posted by: JT at May 01, 2021 01:19 PM (arJlL)

28 Asparagus going gangbusters. Bought a new veggie peeler to replace the antique I was using to peel the tough part of the asparagus. Much easier with a sharp tool.

Posted by: dartist at May 01, 2021 01:20 PM (+ya+t)

29 So, how do I kill them without having decomposing chipmunk smell or accidently poisoning the neighborhood cats?
Posted by: NaughtyPine at May 01, 2021 01:15 PM (/+bwe)

I don't advise the Carl Spackler method.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 01, 2021 01:21 PM (jvt6t)

30 40 miles north must have planted a California Poppy mix. The British went wild years ago breeding wild flowers from the west coast of the USA, and they got some wild colors of California poppies. Sometimes you can get them as single colors. There is a mahogany one, too.

There are also pleated ones.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 01:23 PM (BVQ+1)

31 It is still quite cool for May here in CenTex. The trees are leafing out, but nothing much is really blooming.
Except the cedars (achooo!)

Put in some hot weather veggies in hopes that they will catch up in the warmer weather. Trying a sweet basil that actually smells sweet.

Things that are loving the cool and damp weather: all the mints, of course and my David Austin rose is a mass of blooms. It just needed time to grow and acclimate.

We have Bewicks wrens in the birdhouse already raising a first brood. Fun to watch Mom and Dad flying in with grubs and bugs while the hysterical babies are going "feedmefeedmefeedme".

Posted by: Sal at May 01, 2021 01:24 PM (Uu3D6)

32 So, how do I kill them without having decomposing chipmunk smell or accidently poisoning the neighborhood cats?
I suggest you suck up to foxes and owls.

Posted by: pep at May 01, 2021 01:26 PM (v16oJ)

33 Asparagus going gangbusters. Bought a new veggie peeler to replace the antique I was using to peel the tough part of the asparagus. Much easier with a sharp tool.
Posted by: dartist

I planted an asparagus bed a few years ago on the other side of the fence on my landlord's property.
Approx 5 ft. x 6 ft.

A groundhog ate it all the way down to the ground.

Unfortunately a car ran him over before I could shoot him.

Posted by: JT at May 01, 2021 01:27 PM (arJlL)

34 We finally have a day that is warm and not very windy so that I can put my tomato and pepper plants out to strengthen the stems before I can put them in the ground. Just started roto-tilling my garden which is full of grass, as usual. I should be able to plant things by next weekend, I hope.

Posted by: huerfano at May 01, 2021 01:28 PM (DzhEB)

35 >>So, how do I kill them without having decomposing chipmunk smell or accidently poisoning the neighborhood cats?
Posted by: NaughtyPine at May 01, 2021 01:15 PM (/+bwe)

Rat/mouse poison in pellet form will dehydrate them, forcing them outside to look for water, where they die.
Sounds harsh, but there's little or no cleanup involved.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 01, 2021 01:28 PM (bGnj4)

36 So, how do I kill them without having decomposing chipmunk smell or accidently poisoning the neighborhood cats?
I suggest you suck up to foxes and owls.
Posted by: pep at May 01, 2021 01:26 PM (v16oJ)
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I wandered out into the front yard just as a cat was chasing a chipmunk, years ago. Well, okay, decades ago. Stupid chipmunk mistook me for a tree and ran up my pant leg. I was unhappy about that.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing at May 01, 2021 01:30 PM (2SdPm)

37 Hiya JT!
We routinely capture and release chipmunks in the summer. I always take the little buggers to a nearby nature trail. Walnuts or peanut butter works to lure them into the trap. I don't want to kill them but I don't want them digging under the house, either. Now moles are a different matter. I have no sympathy for them.

Posted by: Mrs. Leggy at May 01, 2021 01:30 PM (Vf4Y7)

38 We uses to have many chipmunks until the neighbor lady started feeding a pair of feral cats. Now we have 6-7 feral cats and no chipmunks.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at May 01, 2021 01:32 PM (kTF2Z)

39 IrishEi's hatezelia is certainly spectacular

Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom at May 01, 2021 01:32 PM (jidE9)

40 This year, we may actually have some gardening at Che Blake!

I built a new raised bed, 12' x 4' for the front yard. After I was done assembling, my wife looked at it, said, "Wow, isn't that a bit large?" I replied, "It looks big there, but, it isn't too large for the area I'm going to put it in."

After I got the bed installed, leveled, etc., we made a trip to the nursery for a couple of Hydrangeas, some trailing lavender for the side of the house, plus some ground cover for a flower bed we have in the front. I've had little success with flowers, so, went for something low growing, in the hopes it will fill the box, but not grow so tall it masks the daffodils that are behind the raised bed.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing at May 01, 2021 01:35 PM (2SdPm)

41 My Iris are just starting
Good afternoon Greenthumbs

So far in garden, oregano ( long existing) new chives, green onion ( from fresh produce) and in greenhouse basil ,2 Anaheim, yellow bell pepper and beef steak tomato.
Still a little early for outside plants.

Posted by: Skip at May 01, 2021 01:35 PM (Cxk7w)

42 Like another commenter here, I've been fighting with bamboo in the back yard. The machete didn't work. The chainsaw didn't work. What worked was the pruning shears.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at May 01, 2021 01:35 PM (17UTy)

43 A week or so ago I woke up to a bang on my back door window so loud I thought someone was coming in. Look out and there's a robin laying there knocked out. A Peregrine falcon? landed, looked around and took off with the robin before I could move. Looked them up and they can hit speeds of up to 200 miles an hour in a dive, so I figured the robin was trying to get away. I actually had feathers stuck to the plexiglass he hit so hard. Cool thing to see if you're a fan of predators, not so much if you like robins.

Posted by: dartist at May 01, 2021 01:36 PM (+ya+t)

44 IrishEi's hatezelia is certainly spectacular
Posted by: Herr Frau Doktor vmom at May 01, 2021 01:32 PM (jidE9)
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Yep.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing at May 01, 2021 01:36 PM (2SdPm)

45 My 94 year old neighbor in back is a crazy garden lady, so fun.

She had bright red poppies on the old compost/dirt heap, which self-seeded and are now everywhere she moved the dirt. Very random, but lovely.

I am taking a bunch of bearded iris from a bed she wants to get rid of, plus some of her strawberry plants. She lets me pick as many as we like, and they are tiny and delicious. Nothing like grocery strawberries at all.

The big project is a butterfly bed for Mr. S in the fence corner. He likes to watch them and I am hoping to attract some new types.

Posted by: Sal at May 01, 2021 01:37 PM (Uu3D6)

46 A baby mantis I found while walking about:

https://tinyurl.com/4wnj2rnm

Thing looks huge, but was only about an inch in size. Still rather aggressive.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 01, 2021 01:41 PM (bGnj4)

47 We have old inoperable grill still on deck, wrens moved in so we are leaving them alone. I want to once get picture but don't want to disturb them.

Posted by: Skip at May 01, 2021 01:41 PM (Cxk7w)

48 Thank you for the prompt responses. I bought a Havahart trap and will tell you how that turns out. I hesitate to use poison pellets because I used them before and suddenly cats were dying. It was like a circle of bad cuisine.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at May 01, 2021 01:42 PM (/+bwe)

49 Jak,
An empty lot a few blocks over was covered in bluebonnets.
Every time I drove past it, I thought how the CA grandson needs a bluebonnet picture.
Maybe next year with his expected baby sister...

Posted by: Sal at May 01, 2021 01:44 PM (Uu3D6)

50 Sal at May 01, 2021 01:37 PM

What a lot of fun stuff you have going!

What kind of butterflies are you hoping to attract?

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 01:52 PM (BVQ+1)

51 Your gregarious shrooms are associated with those tree roots. The roots and the mycelium are symbiotic! The other one (which looks pretty impressive! Maybe an Agaricus damily member, does it smell faintly of anise?) Might have come in with your soil. Or any other way, spores are literally everywhere.

I have a flush of Agaricus agustus "the prince" in my yard, but I never eat them. Too close to wherethe dog pees.

Posted by: Funsize at May 01, 2021 01:53 PM (EiPf6)

52 Dr. Varno at May 01, 2021 01:41 PM

Just a baby! Looks like it will have colorful wings when it grows up.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 01:54 PM (BVQ+1)

53 I will have to take some garden photos this week, iw that things are kicking off. Lovely photos, all.

Posted by: Funsize at May 01, 2021 01:54 PM (EiPf6)

54 Funsize at May 01, 2021 01:53 PM

So we have a fungus expert among us!

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 01:56 PM (BVQ+1)

55 Posted by: Sal at May 01, 2021 01:44 PM (Uu3D6)

Those are always awesome!

Posted by: Jak Sucio at May 01, 2021 01:57 PM (jvt6t)

56 As always... Thanks KT.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 01, 2021 01:58 PM (gtatv)

57 We moved into this house last August - too early to do much of anything plantwise, other than prune the rose bushes. Now that you can see Spring if you squint real good, we are beginning to whip this yard into shape again.
We live in the house my daughter and her husband bought about 15 years ago. At that time, we planted roses, phlox, creeping nancy, tulips, daffodils and some other perennials.

After a couple of years, my daughter bought another home and kept this one as a rental. There have been about 5-6 different renters since then, and they managed to kill everything except the roses and the yews. Then we moved in.

We launched this morning. We bought a ginormous ceramic pot, and purchased Martha Washington geraniums to go in it, along with potato vines (my favorite), coleus, and white things I don't remember. They are in the garage because it is too cold and windy. But hey - it's a start. Next stop, get the phlox in the ground.


Posted by: grammie winger at May 01, 2021 02:01 PM (45fpk)

58 Pets ahoy!
Nood!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 01, 2021 02:01 PM (gtatv)

59 too early = too late

Posted by: grammie winger at May 01, 2021 02:02 PM (45fpk)

60 Really fine collection of photos all around.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at May 01, 2021 02:03 PM (OU+8W)

61 An acquaintance lives a neighborhood the mandates white azaleas. We had a couple of crepe myrtles. Effing white. After a season of nothing but white flowers, I would want anything else, even hot pink.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at May 01, 2021 02:09 PM (xopIz)

62 grammie winger at May 01, 2021 02:01 PM

Go, grammie!

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 02:09 PM (BVQ+1)

63 JAS, AoSHQ addict at May 01, 2021 02:09 PM

How about a "spontaneous" mutation on a branch or two?

Nearby plants with colored foliage? And little colored flowers?

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 02:12 PM (BVQ+1)

64 I have to get out down the bike path. This is prime time for morels around here.

Posted by: dartist at May 01, 2021 02:19 PM (+ya+t)

65 Crepe myrtle are so messy. If they had been anything other than white, I wouldn't have murdered them.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at May 01, 2021 02:20 PM (xopIz)

66 That azalea is not too big to move. Maybe too expensive, but not too big.
The technique is to tie the limbs together to bunch them up (we used to use the same burlap we wrapped the ball in), then dig in!
There are standards as to how large the ball should be, based on the stem(s) size, but generally it will be shallower than you think. Problem is getting under the ball to cut, hen shave.
Most nurseries still have "hand-diggers". Just looking at it, I'd bid it at around $800. (2 men, 2 hours, then digging the ramp to get it out of the hole, loading it, and replanting it).
I don't do nursery work anymore, but it's not esoteric.

Posted by: MkY (Lost my AR) at May 01, 2021 02:20 PM (Foq6I)

67 Ahh. Pink.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at May 01, 2021 02:26 PM (xopIz)

68 Our painted bunting--a regular spring visitor--is back!! He and Mrs. Bunting show up at our feeder for a few weeks during nesting season and then disappear as quickly as they came. It's still a treat to see them for the short time they are here.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at May 01, 2021 02:27 PM (fTtFy)

69 white flowers seem like a waste of effort ... the purpose of flowers is the beautiful color, at least for the ornamentals, as far as humans are concerned. Pinks are abundant ... so I prefer other rich colors when possible. ... About the only trees with color are the redbuds, but they are pretty scarce. ...


I was chopping back some invasives and now learned about "hack and squirt" and basal spraying ... to kill the bush honeysuckle and honey locust quickly, without the mess of all the brush. (they die while standing) Hopefully that will save some of the wildflowers that are trying to survive under the invasives.

Posted by: illiniwek at May 01, 2021 02:42 PM (Cus5s)

70 the only trees with spring color, in MY woods I meant ... lots of other trees with spring color.

Posted by: illiniwek at May 01, 2021 02:47 PM (Cus5s)

71 Break time from digging up ferns for my buddy's son. A box full is all I have in me today. If he wants more I have a shovel he can use.

Posted by: dartist at May 01, 2021 02:50 PM (+ya+t)

72 Late to the garden party again. Thanks for identifying it, Tom Servo. I think that's spot on.

Naughty Pine--if you look close at the picture, there's a scrawny white azalea to the right of the behemoth.

Mky--$800!? Wow. Guess it's not going anywhere LOL.

Thanks for the garden thread, KT! I don't always comment because I'm always late on Saturdays, but I always read and appreciate it

Posted by: IrishEi at May 01, 2021 03:18 PM (9GRhC)

73 Naughty Pine--if you look close at the picture, there's a scrawny white azalea to the right of the behemoth.

Posted by: IrishEi at May 01, 2021 03:18 PM (9GRhC)

LOL It's worse than mine!

Posted by: NaughtyPine at May 01, 2021 03:55 PM (/+bwe)

74 Are comments broken on this thread??

Posted by: Pat* at May 01, 2021 05:36 PM (2pX/F)

75 From Boise area: At first I couldn't see any comments - after posting, now I can.

I picked up a winter's worth of sticks off the front lawn this week. I'm working on flipping compost from cage to cage - 5 cages, 1.5 finished. I had to dig up lily of the valley that got out of their confined area. Husband has sprayed weeds, and poisoned gophers in the alfalfa patch.

There are already flowers on some strawberries, buds on bearded iris given to us by a neighbor a few years back (still don't know what color they are, this will be their first bloom), and starts of buds on Siberian Iris. Chives are over 2 feet tall and have hugely fat buds.

I'll need to check the garden tomorrow... We just had a freaking intense pelting rainstorm go through - while we were driving home from a smallbore match!, an hour of Hell on Wheels. Based on my last garden check, I probably need to replant some seeds that haven't sprouted, especially cabbage and lettuce. All flowers on redbud, crabapple, and fruit trees are probably wrecked.

Posted by: Pat* at May 01, 2021 05:53 PM (2pX/F)

76 JAS, AoSHQ addict at May 01, 2021 02:20 PM

I like crape myrtle. Even white ones. Not over pavement, necessarily.

Keep 'em small enough to trim off the seed pods.

The shell pink ones are gorgeous next to dark-leaved plums.

There are some with nice fall foliage.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 05:57 PM (BVQ+1)

77 illiniwek at May 01, 2021 02:42 PM

White flowers are not a waste of effort in a night garden.

They are beautiful on a dark background.

And they set off other colors like nothing else. Attract butterflies, too.

White flowers next to a white house might be under-whelming.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 06:00 PM (BVQ+1)

78 Uh-oh on the fruit blossoms, Pat*. Let us know.

Lily of the valley can be pretty invasive.

Great to read your report.

Posted by: KT at May 01, 2021 06:03 PM (BVQ+1)

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The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat