Re: [gardeners] garden stuff -Reply

penny x stamm (
Sun, 4 Apr 1999 00:39:14 -0500

Hi PennyN,

I didn't plant any spring bulbs last fall except for crocuses and tiny 
Kaufmaniana tulips in the rock garden. 40 years ago I had a massive
bed of regular tulips, and another of light blue irises. 20 years ago
I had 7 varieties of  tulip in my big annual bed. 4 years ago I
had four matching types of tulips in the front annual beds, each
bed a different color. Because I pinned down bird netting over the
tulip beds in the fall, I was rewarded with a 100% show in spring,
much to my neighbors' amazement, since the squirrels and 
rabbits do a job around here....  But that wonderful display caused me
much dismay, because it came right under the blooming rhodies,
red, white and white w/ruby; the banks of red and of pink azaleas,
the two crab apple trees, a large weeping cherry tree, and the 
knockout blue small-leafed rhodies called Starry Night. Oh, and 
there was a ring of winter-hardy pansies around the Japanese maple 
at the front door, purple, yellow and wine colors. And the tulips came 
in beds of bright yellow, orange, red and coral. It looked rather like 
the Land of Oz.........Never again.

Next fall, however, I do want to plant some of the tiny irises. Getting
down is not too difficult, but it's the getting back up that's the 
problem..  I'll have to see how far I can go. 

We're averaging a bit cooler than you are -- lucky lady! 

PennyS in chilly New York, where DH is locked inside doing the taxes,
		waiting for spring

On Sat, 3 Apr 1999 13:44:53 -0400 "Penny Nielsen" <>
>Hi Penny
>The sweet millions are really good and extremely prolific too Penny.  
>I sowed 5 kinds last year from seeds I had left from last year.  I 
>know I'll be giving a lot of plants away again this year if they all 
>sprout.  I froze a bunch of plum ones and stillhaven't used them all 
>up.  I really have to get into canning as I don't like frozen veggies 
>as well.
>I bought some little yellow and blue iris last fall.  The yellow are 
>just about finished blooming but the blue are beautiful right now.  
>One turned out to be purple.  Still have some crocus blooming but most 
>are on their way out now.  Many others that look like crocus that I 
>put in last fall but they haven't bloomed yet and not sure what they 
>are.  The tiny chiondoxas just started blooming a couple of days ago.  
>Love the little things and they spread their seed everywhere.
>Ah, just looked out the window and saw my first robin of the year tho 
>I think I heard them during the week.  Just put out some food for them 
>and while out I noticed some of the tete a tete daffs about to open as 
>well as the primula vulgaris (I think) next to the blue iris.  Hope 
>they will bloom togethere.  Lawn is starting to green up.  I think 
>spring is my favourite time of the year.  Noticed yesterday that my 
>hostas have started to poke up through the ground.
>Here's to the weather improving soon for you and that you and  
>everyone else has a good growing season.
>Penny in sunny Halifax, Nova Scotia where DH is out scraping the 
>>>> penny x stamm <> 04/01 11:22 pm >>>
>Allen, the Sweet 100's was the most generous and delicious of
>all my tomato growing -- and yes, it continued on very late, like
>Nothing grew well last year except that. Perhaps summer '99 
>will be more fruitful. 
>The only thing come alive here in the entire area are a dozen
>crocuses in my rock garden. Winter hasn't left us yet, 
>especially the winds.
>Penny, NY
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