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April 20, 2019

Saturday Gardening Thread [KT]

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Hello, gardeners and garden admirers! Today we try to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring. Lots of bright colors today. A few veggies and such, and some gardening tips.

I really like the photo above. It reminds me that the bees of Notre Dame Cathedral survived the blaze. Our photo is from crisis du jour. He calls it "Touchdown":

I'm a longtime lurker at Ace. I post rarely (once per year, +/-) but read daily, including your gardening thread when I have opportunity ... which is infrequently because I work most Saturdays. Even so, thanks for your efforts in making the Gardening posts! They're a good break from the weekday focus on politics and culture.

I didn't realize until today that you publish reader-submitted photos. I don't have a garden - and my thumb is not green at all - but I do have a camera and a Flickr page. Over the years I've posted more than 100 flower photos at Flickr, mostly closeup shots using my 'macro' lens. I often have no idea what it is I'm shooting; I just point the camera at something that looks pretty and press the button.



This is an example of what a macro lens can do. "Spring Smile":

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There are some other great photographers in The Horde, too. Don in Kansas has some new photos up. And some other interesting posts.

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Welcoming Azaleas

ALH sent in a photo of some welcoming plants. White is a good choice against that dark brick:

Hi, this is the front flower bed at my house. We planted these azaleas about 4 years ago. They are finally big enough to put on quite a show!

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I think Jane D'oh's azaleas have been delighting visitors for more than four years. We are glad that the deer haven't eaten them.

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A closer view of one of them.

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Overwintering Tips

From S. Lynn, in one of the less-frigid parts of Idaho:

Planted carrots and garlic last fall. They are growing like gang-busters with the warmer weather. The lettuce was reseeded from last year. Ducks and chicks love it.

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About those carrots:

I planted then in the fall. Were about an inch high at the first snow. Covered them with hay. I love to experiment.

There's more:

My herb garden survived the winter. I covered it with plastic sheeting to help guard against snow, wind and freezing temps..

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I guess you could say her daffodils, tulips and hyaciths (which "smell heavenly") overwintered, too.

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From my cousin in Utah who keeps the geraniums in her basement over winter:

The geraniums are almost ready to go back out as soon as the weather gets a little warmer. They have had a wonderful winter some of them are ready to bloom and their leaves are huge! They loved the cold winter downstairs.

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A friend who had tried to keep geraniums over the winter and had given up asked how she did it.

I trim them when I bring them in because the summer leaves die quite quickly. Some of the growth just needs to be taken off. I do Miracle Grow a few times over the winter and water them ever 3 weeks. Right now before going out, they need more water.

You probably give up when they look quite ugly, but they seem to recover. I think trimming them down might be the key. Some of mine only looked like stalks after their fall trimming.

When you take them back out, they go through a bit of a shock and might look a bit sad for a couple of weeks, but they get better. They are by a west window in my unfinished basement, not heated.

Little trip to Switzerland and Italy

Since we last visited our Swiss doggie friend, Rocky, he has played in the snow some.

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He has visited mountain communities.

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His human parents went to Rome.

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And took a photo of this old olive tree. Fitting for Easter Week, I think.

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Now, back home in Rocky's garden, it is spring. I guess they call Bleeding Hearts (Dicentras) "Tears of the Heart". Might be more fitting. What do you think?

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Also note that they seem to have garden cow statuettes in place of garden gnomes in Switzerland. In honor of the Swiss love of cows, Here is a bovine playing fetch.

Have a great Easter weekend. Try to spend a little time outdoors if you can.

We have some great photos that we didn't get to today. But we will take more. If you would like to send information and/or photos for the Saturday Gardening Thread, the address is:

ktinthegarden
at g mail dot com

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