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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:00 pm    Post subject: Bulbs Reply with quote

I bought a whole lot of bulbs to plant in the garden but at the time I forgot that they wouldnt just dig themselves into the ground d'oh!
So as snow has been forecast for October I guess this weekend I'll have to give them a helping hand to get them cosied down into the ground before the cold snap comes.
It seemed a great idea when I was in the shop not so sure now!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job for the grandchildren while you are enjoying Italy!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thinking Gil I had never thought of that!! Dancing Dancing
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No new bulbs to plant here - some earlier came up but no flowers. The exception is the garlic which I finally got in. My cousin comes up from Florida and we give her some every year. Small ones due to the weather changes: we had many warm-ups which caused the individual cloves in the bulbs to start sprouting, so they were all competing for nutrients.

Also tried an experiment and did not clip off the heads on some of them. These were almost devoid of a bulb underground. Back to the way Grandma did it.

In order to get big bulbs, you have to plant the big cloves (I believe) and we saved some for that reason. Makes me think of the ancient idea of sacrificing the best to the deities to ensure a good harvest. And that is what we are doing - best in, and best grow.

Most of our bulbs stay in the ground, the easy way to have flowers. The except ions are the gladiolus which is already dug up and in a bucket of dirt downstairs and I have to lift the Four O'Clock plants yet, though the stems are cut close to the ground.

Noticed that none of the hosta bloomed this year.

Wish there were grandchildren around to help out here.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bulbs still not planted Forgot all about them when the grandchildren were here Brick wall Brick wall
but some that I had left in from last year already have stems about 8" above the ground too early for this to happen. Just cant understand this at all.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

That is what happened last year during the winter with the garlic - we only want them to root, not grow yet. Usually it is cold enough at this time so they just hibernate until warm weather again, but it has been warmer than usual - not that I am complaining.

They probably will not survive the cold unless it is not severe there. You might be able to transplant to pots and let them bloom indoors.

I lifted the Four O'Clock plants. The older one is so big that I wonder if I could leave it in the ground: almost 1 foot and a half by 7 inches. The other root was growing by the sidewalk and had to be moved anyway. That's the one I want to give to a friend. There seems to be another in the corner, much smaller, but once the stem is off, it is hard to find.

Snip getting better - eating very well, quiet in the basement. Slug came for a visit.

Nothing from Missy for a week and a half - heartbroken again.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave I never thought about putting those bulbs in a pot and taking them indoors. I went to get the bulbs I had bought to plant some today but I cant remeber where I have stored them Think Brick wall
They will probably be lying there right under my nose!
Dont lose heart I'm sure Missy will get in touch soon
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

Better check if the bulbs will bloom indoors - some need that resting period - or fool them for a bit in the fridge - look in a gardening book. We have a big one my dad got (Reader's Digest) with some info on that.

Always liked having blooming plants during the dark season. A planter my mother has would be a good place for Coleus or Caladium (preferred). Our neighbor gave us a Christmas Cactus but no flowers yet - the ones in the supermarkets are in bloom, much to her frustration.

Missy cashed the check I sent her, so there is a 97% chance she is alive. That made it feel better.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear that Missy cashed your cheque maybe you'll get that phone call soon- I hope so.
Still havent found those bulbs but right nowI've still not got over Bengy (my wee dog) dying on Wednesday and Gizzy the other one is having to go to the vet twice every day to get treatment for his eye and he is missing his companion too they have been together for over 12 years. Vet reckons it will take Gizzy 3/4 weeks to accept the fact that Bengy wont be there anymore. Guess it will take ME a lot longer than that.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy I am so sorry to hear about Bengy - after all those years it will be difficult for you and Gizzy.

Have you considered another companion to take care of? My cousin told of someone who was extremely distraught about his dog. I felt that he had given a good home to an abandoned dog and could do it again for another.

And I thought I would be posting about Snip, who is still in the basement, seemingly happy but should eat more.

Don't think I will be hearing from Missy, Emmy. Very upset and in the dark.

Take very care of yourself and Gizzy

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave
I still feel upset about Bengy and the house seems so quiet now I had so much to do for him. I did think about Gizzy being on his own and about getting another dog but the vet doesnt advise me to do that just now. Probably because Gizzy is going through a bad patch health wise too at the moment. One thing for certain though, God forbid, but if anything happened to Gizzy I just couldnt live here without a dog in the house.
I hope Snip improves Lots of people dont understand about how others feel about their pets because they really do become part of your family.
Dont give up on Missy I'm sure you'll hear from her soon
Give my love to your momxx
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

After posting, I realized it might be too soon for you to get another pet - have to get over Bengy not being there. And I hadn't taken account how Gizzy felt.
We have all had pets and lost them, but it is never easy. They are like kids, and I'm always taking care of some. Same goes for the kids of relatives and friends.

You went far and above anyone I have heard of taking care of them. Thought of that when I was nursing Snip and that made it easier.

She spent some time Saturday under the plastic on the glider while the sun was out. Brought her back in when the temperatures went down (too much wind). Later she came upstairs and went to the door, but seeing it closed went back down. Probably to the litter pan. She's eating well, but the breathing is still from the abdomen and might have to bring her back to have her chest drained again. After she gets some fat on her bones - belly is big though. Slug is still outside but he likes to keep guard out there.

This isn't the first time Missy and I have come together and then been separated. I thought this time it would be better, but as I have no phone number for her, I don't know what is going on this time. Perhaps I called too much, but I told her that was because I was making up for lost time and it might end abruptly. She always said it was fine and to call later after work. Oh well...hurts though.

I will write her again to tell her more of what went on with her mother and I - and later. It was a mess.

Thanks for your words and I will pass on your love to my mother - turning 98 in December.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting back to gardening - this year was not very good. Too much rain in the Spring then very hot in the Summer. Then rainy and cold again by Autumn. Strange weather again, but different from last year.

Some good tomatoes but the big ones looked more like gourds, with all kinds of secondary growths on them.

A few peppers per the six plants, some holed by slugs and then rain got in, causing the bottom to rot. And I had just checked them a day before.

String beans only garnered two handfuls when usually there are continuous gathering over the late summer and fall. The temps went down and slugs and snails did the rest. Putting the corrugated plastic pieces did keep the deer away but may have made a nice home for the gastropods.

Lots of parsley - also covered by the plastic (our neighbor removed them from his back porch when walling it in and put them in the trash). Later I will put the plastic tarp over the fencing that keeps you-know-who out. There is another small patch by the back steps that my mother has been picking.

Finally put the garlic in the beginning of Nov. and covered a bit with mulch. My cousins wrote from Calif. and Fla. wishing they had taken more back and another in NYC said she wished she had some. Have to ask the post office about sending some to her.

Did not turn over the whole garden this year - too much work. There is clover growing in there, along with the oregano.

The basil was good, but the plant did not survive in the house. My grandmother Nervina used to strip all the plants and dry them on the bed downstairs. I like to keep the plant going through the winter.


Lately it has been warmer than usual - today up to 50, sunny most of the day and tonight 44 but very windy and sprinkling. Tomorrow also in the 50s but rainy. No snow (thank you) yet - but it will get colder later.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Year Resolution: when I buy any plants/bulbs I'll plant them before putting them in a safe place to plant later Think
Now that I've found the bulbs I bought a long time ago I went out today and planted some of them -we've had a lot of rain so the ground was easy to dig - one good thing most of the bulbs had started to sprout so there was no difficulty knowing which way up to plant them Applause (not the first time I've planted them the wrong way round. ) Tomorrow providing the weather is ok I'll plant the remainder.
At least I can always say I did keep one New Years Resolution for 2012 Dancing
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are lucky the weather has held up so far - here it is rain and no snow on the ground, temps in the 40sF or so but cold at night. We are surprised that the TV images from Syracuse 25 miles to the NW show streets covered with white.

Wondering why the bulbs need a period of cold to bloom again in the Spring. What goes on in them that they require this in some cases? Guess I have to check the books etc.

Slug is staying in his bed in the basement - goes down without anyone asking.

You gave me an idea to look for some more flower bulbs on sale to put in while it is not bad out. Going to go down in temps soon.

Heading for bed and the NY Times Crossword - Happy New Year

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