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I drastically pruned a few of my clematis to get another bloom sometime next month. I wonder what happened to my Ruby Glow. It was the first one to bloom last year but this year, it is weak and no bloom yet. I lost about 15 now of the 72 plants I havebut not too worry, I said, they may come back some other time as I heard they do.
Happy gardening to all.
My backyard is filled with dead leaves and dormant plants but hopefully they will all wake up come spring time. I have 2 lemon grass planted on big planters and took one inside for security that if they die in the cold, I will save at least one. The two other lemon grass on the ground appear dead but still hoping they will survive the winter. I am truly heartbroken that my clematis f. sieboldiana appears dead too as well as clematis bees jubilee. No sign of green stuff on both of them so I need to replace them this spring.
Any ideas on saving my lemon grass plants out there?
Today at church, our pastor gave the sermon but we all knew that a couple of days before, he had a lawnmowing accident that almost took off his right big toe. My sisters and nephew were with me visiting so we all went to the service. The sermon was on deuteronomy 34:10-12. He said that God gives us blessings without us knowing about it. Moses has no equal in all of the prophets in the old testament. God gave him the gift of seeing the promised land but he won't be able to cross it because he died on the same day. Still a gift, no matter how you put it. Pastor talked about an almost freak accident that would have taken away their unborn first child but God saved them because he just looked back and slow down for no reason. I then remember the time I was in Kansas City where 7 cars hit me because it started snowing at 4:55 p.m. The young lady that first hit me came out of her car and I was getting out of my car to get her insurance info. It was then that I saw the horrified look on her face and I wondered why and a split second later, I looked back and saw a second car coming to hit me. I jumped right in my car and there, I heard my car door flying all over the place. I stayed inside terrified and another 5 cars later, my car was almost half of what it was. Good thing I always rent the largest car or I would have been gone. I did not bother to wait any longer and climbed a short distance to get to my hotel. I know now that my awesome God gave me a gift and I am still here worshiping Him for all His blessings. This thanksgiving day, I have so many more things to thank my creator and I feel really blessed. With such a bad economy affecting us all, let us pray for all who need help and thank the Lord for His precious gifts to us.
Happy gardening to all and may you all be blessed. Dee from Williams, CA.
I thought this clemais will never survive when the blooms wilted in May due to the intense heat we were having that month. There was no remaining green wood on this plant cutting the stems inch by inch until I got down to the soil. That really panicked me and I got distressed. But sometime in July, I saw a small green sprout and I was estatic that maybe there is still life in there so I babied this plant almost everyday watching it grow like a baby. Lo and behold, the flowers are now blooming, still not as big as I would have wanted and as they should be but hey, I am not complaining. Maybe next year they will really blossom to their fullest grandeur. These pictures were taken today, one in the early morning with not much light and one this noon.
The corn I planted got too tall, more than 10 ft. I think, so I cut them off mid stem but ther are still ears growing on them. As this is my first time planting them, I got uneasy and concerned with the neighbors so I cut them off. My question is, will the ears keep growing? They are not fully developd yet but there are plenty of leaves left but no more of the flowering stalk. I just want to dig them up if the ears will not fully develop anymore. No more corn for next year, that's for sure. Any advice?
By the way, the continuing saga of my niece Cecile's pregnancy. She had a very bad stomach ache last Wednesday and spotted some blood, not much but enough for her to be concerned. My sister, her mom, immediately booked a flight to So. Carolina because we are all concerned now because we know she had a fibroid the size of a walnut too. So she went to the doctor and got examined. The result was more depressing for us all because doctors said that she was carrying twins but the other fetus did develop much, that's why she bled. Her mother is one of the remaining twins in our family. We all thought that a twin sibling will not have a twin but the sibling can have a twin but here we are, a twin sibling having a twin (although one did not develop). For this coming Wednesday, the doctor will find out what is best for the fibroid. I hope and pray that she will be okay. I just got her lately to the joys of gardening and one of the first plant she bought for her front porch is a white clematis although she does not know its name. Please say a prayer or two for Cecile. Thanks.
How is everybody doing? Hope you all have a nice weekend and happy gardening.
(PS: I don't know what's happening here but had to edit my blog sometimes because the spelling gets "murdered", i.e. missing a letter here or a letter there. Could be I need a new computer. The keys are getting stiff now.)
I am so disgusted. I RECEIVED AN EMAIL AND UNFORTUNATELY submitted this form for a drug discount thinking it is a good deal as it is free to sign up and you get a card right away by printing the card. It says it can be used and activated immediately so I submitted my name and email address. As soon as that was done, guess what I had been receiving by the hundreds in my email. It is from emails I never know and all of them have good sounding first and last name but the message is all for viagra or cialis, etc. It s disgusting. My mail box gets lots and lots of them now it takes me 20 minutes to bounce them and block them. So think hard before filling out forms and submitting your email address for freedrugcard.
ANYWAY, HAPPY GARDENING TO ALL.
I have a prayer request to all my gardening friends. My niece, Cecile who lives in South Carolina, finally got pregnant for her first baby at 40 years of age after so many years of trying. However, doctors found a fibroid in her uterus which is growing and is now the size of a walnut. Either this is a blessing in disguise that she got pregnant, otherwise, the fibroid may not be discovered. Doctors are still deciding what is best to do and her appointment is this week. Please pray for her and her mother, Rosie, who is now flying to there to be with her daughter. Rosie lives here in California near Redding and she is Anna's twin sister, my sister who passed away in March 2008. Rosie is besides herself and we just cannot afford to lose another one while our wounds are still raw from Anna's pasing.
This is just a request and thanks to those who will offer a prayer or two for my niece. (To those who do not believe in the power of prayer, my apologies.) This may not be the right forum for this request but we are need all the help we can get.
Harvested some corn and boy, they are good and sweet but I don't think I will ever plant corns again as they are really cheap here in California, sometimes 4 for a dollar but now it is 35 cents each. The silver queen hybrid corns I bought from Park's and planted last spring were so tall that the leaves bent over to my neighbor. I swear it is more than 10 ft. Looking as we drive on the highways here, the corns do not appear to me that tall, thought they were only 5 feet tall. I can live with that but 10 ft. Forget it, I will just buy them. Beans and squash did not do good either so the 3 sisters planting of corn, beans and squash, is no more for next year. At least I have a good harvest of tomatoes and the cilantro and eggplant is on its way too.
Happy gardening to all. I read almost all the blogs but haven't much time to respond because my internet service is having a problem. I lose connection just as I am ready to submit my response and I get so tired of trying. Don't know if this blog will post.
Happy gardening to all.
The strong wind damaged my clematis last month. I thought that it is dead when this clematis with one bloom still showing wilted and died. All the stems turned brown so no sign of life whatsoever so I just pruned it all the way down to the ground hoping I can plant another before I dug out the whole dead plant. Good thing that it was so hot and no clematis nursery will ship during this time so I said I will just wait for my order next fall and plant it in this planter. Lo and behold, three weeks later, a small green leaf sprouted and today it is tall and healthy. Thank goodness it was hot so the planter stayed undisturbed and here comes Clematis Rhapsody ready bloom again next spring.
Clematis Blue Light and Lasurstern are still blooming even with the intense heat we are having this year.
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