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I don't know what happened. Early morning it was GORGEOUS, by noon it was wilted and looks to be a goner. I bought 2 trees yesterday and asked the nursery guy what he knew about Dahlias. Not much-but he has this BIG, wonderful book we looked in. SOUTH Louisiana is considered too hot for Dahlias, so it probably fried. Morning sun only, and shaded the rest of the day. So, I moved it's little wilted body close to the shed where it will get only morning sun and see if it comes back. I did cut that beautiful bloom off and put in a vase, and it perked up some. Puzzling.
So, on my 2 days off-The Big tree came down. These guys were good! Started at 8:30 and were done before noon. NOT a branch, pine cone or trash of any kind left! I bought a Mountain Ash to replace it. supposed to grow quickly and make a beautiful shade tree. I sure hope so! They left me a pile of fresh cut pine mulch=smells like someone spilled the pine sol bottle! I'm using it in places I have low spots and against my back fence -Will it hurt plants? I started putting some in my Canna bog, but now I'm wondering if the "turpentine" from the wood is good for the plant? I'll have to look that up, unles some of you know???
I pulled ONE tomato off my bushes yesterday with a bad case of blossom end rot. This is the bed that ruined my cucumbers last year-I had problems with the blooms falling off. I sure hope the rest are ok-I have a LOT of tomatoes! And a lot of EGGPLANT blooms! My cukes are vining and look sooo much better than they did last year! I have picked 2 good messes of beans-I still have some in the freezer from last year to eat, so I didn't plant much. I'm having a nice bell pepper crop, too. I have 3 LARGE white gladiolas blooming and one red, and 2 with the color undetermined yet coming on.
My Asiatic Lily that I bought last year when Pretty Boy got run over is in full bloom!!! It is gorgeous-I think there are 4-5 stalks with 4 or 5 Lillies per stalk-When the computer situation gets fixed I'll post it's pics. Those Pretty Boys are unbelieveably beautiful.
I have more going on-but I really need to work!
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May 13, 2009 | 1:59 PM PST
Gladiolas are such a beautiful flower.Can't wait to see them.
May 13, 2009 | 3:30 PM PST
Fresh cut pine mulch:
"Mulch is anything that you put on top of your soil---whenever you put it on top of your soil. Mulches keeps weeds from germinating, keep soil cool, keep soil moist. Drop an old shoe on your garden---if it keeps your soil cool, moist and keeps weed seeds from germinating, you can call it mulch.
Mulch doesn't need aging---mulch only needs one thing---it needs to be on top".
This what I found. If you are going to use it as a soil amendment, it needs to be aged or composted.
Your friend, Bill Mitchell
May 13, 2009 | 4:03 PM PST
Look forward to seeing the asiatic lillies ! You named them after Pretty Boy ? That's so nice for a rememberance. Take care, mitzilou
May 13, 2009 | 7:03 PM PST
I looked up the fresh mulch thing after posting, and it's like you said Bill. I still think I'm gonna let it "age" a while before I use more. Yes, Mitzi, I named them after my cat. I bought them the day after he died in the clearance bin at Lowe's- I had no idea that would do as well as they have! And they're pretty, just like my little boy cat was!
May 13, 2009 | 8:14 PM PST
Do you know much about gladiolas? I had some bulbs that I went ahead and planted, but they seemed really dry. Do you think they were still good?
I can't wait to see picture! I bet your yard look wonderful now that it's warming up. Any your veggie garden too!
Glad to hear the tree is gone and replaced! Happy Gardening!