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Mostly I'm just tired of seeing the other entry pop-up when I come to LJ, but also feeling chatty about my gardening stuff.

So, lets see, I placed several orders this year (and some that were for fall planting that didn't come up until this year) - not everything has come up and done well, but I'm actually doing better so far this year than last year.

The fall stuff - Two iris and three Day lilies, along with Easter Flowers, except the latter I did not order. I was expecting something totally different to come up, trouble is I can't remember what I actually ordered, but I know I wouldn't have ordered Easter Flowers because I've got a zillion of those all ready. Okay, so the ones I have are white and the ones that came to me are yellow so I can live with it, but I know Easter Flowers were not what I ordered.
(Just need to get off my ass and put them in the garden for next year - the bulbs arrived a bit late for proper fall planting so I cheated, but they really should be in a garden.)

Two of the day lilies (from the fall planting) look good, but no blooms yet. The one that doesn't look good is mostly my fault. It was coming up smaller than the other two, but it was coming up, then when I was weeding I stepped on it and killed on of the two spouts coming up. But it doesn't end there, later I was again weeding and again I stepped on the remaining green. All things considered I'm really surprised that it is still trying to grow - glad, but surprised.
(I also got three free mini-day lilies from another company as a free gift with purchase, those are also doing nicely.)

Anyway, as far as the iris plants... They weren't actually what I was expecting either, though I did actually order them. One bloomed this spring, the other did not, and the one that bloomed was a goldish color, and while it wasn't ugly or unpleasing on the eyes, I would not have actually ordered that color. However, I didn't actually specify a color when ordering, so I can't complain. The other did not bloom, so I have no idea what color it is, or if it will ever actually bloom.

Of course, this weekend I am sick - allergies/sore throat, so I may not get the Easter Flowers transplanted, though I am hoping to get the rest of my spring/summer bulbs/seeds planted this weekend. I may pay for it by staying sick, but they need to be planted, it's a bit late for that all ready.

Anyway, I know I've talked about the Red Twig Dogwoods before, but I will say that four of the five have broken dormancy. I think I even said the ones I put in containers (all but the smallest one) were actually the first to break dormancy. The last one was the runt, and I don't believe it's going to break dormancy, but that's okay. It is even okay that I'm starting to suspect one of the so-labeled RTD is actually something else entirely, not sure what but it looks a bit different from the others, and it's wood is turning green, not staying red like the others. Still I only needed/wanted three in the first place, so I got what I needed, but if that one doesn't end up being a RTD I'm not sure what I'll end up doing with it.

I've actually been rather lazy this year when it comes to gardening. I wanted to move several plants around, but I ended up waiting to long and now the plants are a bit large to move. *sigh* I'll either move them before winter or try again next spring I guess. I'm hoping what I don't get planted/moved in the coming week I will get moved before winter, but who knows.

There's also still one last order of mine to arrive. By the time it does get here it will be a bit late, but hopefully it'll be okay. It should at least for the stuff that will be planted in shade to mostly shade - I can plant those and water maybe a bit more heavily than usual. But I am a bit worried about the plants that I'm planning to put in the full sun garden, since they'll be a month late I might have trouble giving them enough water to beat the heat.

Because of that I am thinking about trying to keep some of them alive in pots through the summer/winter and then either plant them in the fall or next spring. We tend to have wet springs and winters with hot dry summers, so I figure the best time to plant some of them is when it'll be wetter.

Anyway, I guess I could rattle on longer, but I'll conclude with the story about a strawberry tree I ordered. I got a company catalog and couldn't resist buying it. And, yes, I knew the company had a bit less than stellar rep before I ordered.

But I almost can't fault the company for this - I ordered the tree, they shipped it, and while it took awhile it lives!

Here's the trouble, no where in the booklet trying to sell you the thing does the company tell you that the so-called strawberry tree is what's called an evergreen. There is really only one kind of evergreen that can survive winters in my area - PINES, and the strawberry tree is clearly not a pine tree. ;)

So, rather than being able to put it in the location I originally planned, I ended up having to put it in a container, and I was starting to think the container (large) that I'd chosen was too small and that I'd killed the tree. Well, I have not, yesterday I finally saw some green - it lives!

But for how long?

Since it is in a container I will be able to move it before winter, but the container is rather small for even a small tree. That's not really the issue though, I have a five gallon (or larger) bucket I can put it in, though I'm hoping to hold off on doing that until next spring. The big issue is, will it survive the winter in an unheated garage with little sunlight?

To be or not to be... I suppose if it didn't get overly large I could bring it in the house, but with all the other must bring in plants it isn't likely I'll have room. And it wouldn't get frosty or actually freeze in the garage, but it would get cold.

Still that is a nice lesson learned, I suppose. Google the plant your thinking about buying before you actually buy it, especially if the companies material doesn't tell you when zones are best for the plant.
Glad to see you post, I missed you around, as for gardening, I've been able to get the garden in a bit of a better shape. ;) *hugs*
Well I haven't been offline, I've just been busy working on my fanfic. So that coupled with the fact that I haven't really had anything to say lead to a silent journal. ;)


As for the gardening, I can't seem to work on mine much this year, because every time I go outside I end up sick. My allergies aren't usually this bad.
I hope your allergies will clear soon. *hugs* :)