Old  May 6th, 2016, 10:43am     #46
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My new fruiting quince tree that I just planted in early April has blooms on it!

I am surprised, I didn't think I'd see any flowers on it this year; Id be super-surprised if it set fruit.

I took some photos but it was misty and windy so they are slightly blurry (it's been cold and raining here for a week straight). If I can't get anything better I'll post them, but I want to attempt more shots first.

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  Old  May 6th, 2016, 10:57am     #47
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It must be a challenge to bring your citrus indoors. The lime looks wonderful. If we had a larger yard I would love to add a lime and avocado. The citrus are really very easy to maintain; fertilize 3x / year and water 3x / week with our irrigation system...
A few of them are a little heavy, but I keep them pruned to a size that easily fits through our doors.

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  Old  May 7th, 2016, 1:32pm     #48
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finally spring
We had a few hours of sunshine this morning, so my red tulips in the nursery bed finally opened! And as an added bonus, I noticed that 2 of my kitchen porch peonies have flower buds. That was unexpected considering the trauma they underwent late last summer.
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  Old  May 7th, 2016, 6:26pm     #49
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Rhubarb is up!
Quince are in bloom!
Lilacs are almost ready to bloom

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  Old  May 8th, 2016, 12:32am     #50
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We had a few hours of sunshine this morning, so my red tulips in the nursery bed finally opened! And as an added bonus, I noticed that 2 of my kitchen porch peonies have flower buds. That was unexpected considering the trauma they underwent late last summer.
are they caged because of the deer or the squirrels or both...

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  Old  May 8th, 2016, 12:07pm     #51
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are they caged because of the deer or the squirrels or both...
rabbits. Those city bunnies with eat anything. They even nibbled on my rose bush last year.

We have plenty of squirrels too. But they are waiting for the our corn crop. That's when the electric fence gets installed.

We are one of the few people without a dog or cat. Except for the house a few doors down. No pets there. Then again, they have no landscaping whatsoever. Just lawn and a pile of mulch in their driveway. Guess they have "plans" but after 2 years, I'm not sure what they are
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Ate the first strawberry of the season, yesterday. Have eaten some broccoli, hebs and lettuce. Peas are flowering.
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I was a little worried about my plants after the snow, but both my black krim tomatoes and taquila sunrise peppers are flowering.
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Made a batch of rhubarb sauce for DH.
Making a rhubarb bitter for me.

DH pruned the lilac bushes and I made three gorgeous huge bouquets for the front porch.

Horseradish made it through the winter. I need to scatter them throughout the raised bed I made for them.

My TO DO list is so long. Getting at what I can.

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  Old  May 21st, 2016, 1:19pm     #55
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Hubby started up the tiller and realized that the minor gas leak was not really minor. Plastic fuel tank cracked in several places. Oh no. He did manage to till a couple of rows for the first planting of corn. Replacement fuel tank should arrive on Monday. Almost $60

Oh well, what can you do? We're too old to not use a tiller!

My 4th of July tomato plants will be arriving on Monday too. The potatoes are ready to be hilled. The wave petunias from seed have been "lounging" outside the past few day to toughen-up before planting in the front flower box.

Grass has been removed from the new planting bed for the dappled willows. Can't wait to see them planted! Pictures soon
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Willows planted. The tulips will move to the front of the house once they are done blooming.

Our tiny potato patch before they get "hilled" again
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  Old  June 12th, 2016, 3:07pm     #57
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I'm happily taking care of 5 spaces this year: our two home gardens, our community plot and my Mother's two gardens.

I was ahead of the game in April, but then we had an unusually cold and wet May so I think some of the plants are a little behind. Things are growing well, though, and I'm thrilled to be seeing lots of worms and pollinators.

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I'm impressed (so far) with our first shot at a garden. The corn has shot up, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, and one of the pumpkins. Still waiting on the tomatoes to come up. Think next year we will go with tomato plants.

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I'm impressed (so far) with our first shot at a garden. The corn has shot up, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, and one of the pumpkins. Still waiting on the tomatoes to come up. Think next year we will go with tomato plants.
You grow girl!
So happy that you are having success with your first garden.

Last week filled the outdoor kitchen planters with white impatience.
Planted sage near the back porch.
Planted thyme in two big containers.

This week...
Peonies are popping and I have made two nice bouquets with them.
Need to make more, and especially one as a thank you gift.
Weeded the "cemetery garden" as much as I could in one day. I think the wild aster are weedy and tall, so those got yanked. Cut some really weedy seedy plants and put them into a bucket to burn them, but then red ants came out and bit me a bunch.
Planted the East Garden with buckwheat for the bees!
At the ends of the East Garden will plant some tomatoes and marigolds and one plant of each squatch.
Still need to start hibiscus from seeds and milk thistle from seeds.

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  Old  June 12th, 2016, 10:32pm     #60
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Help with grass
Does anyone here know how to get rid of grass growing in plants you want to keep without killing the good plant. Grass is coming up under one of my rose bushes, and in a lot of my Stella Doro lilies (anything short of digging up the plant and pulling out the grass and then replanting it?

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