02-17-2013, 04:52 PM
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Today, with clear blue skies, a pleasant 10°C (50°F), I took the opportunity to venture outside into the garden and do a little bit of clean up in preparation for the beginning of the gardening season...

While out there I noticed a few plants had just started to show the first signs of new life above ground :yho:

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Aromatic Aster



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Baptisia Blue False Indigo



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Baptisia False Indigo "Solar Flare"



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Becky Shasta Daisy

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 02-17-2013, 05:24 PM
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Great pics, Mike!

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 02-17-2013, 10:29 PM
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Excellent, Mike. I'm looking forward to pictures of your garden in full Spring/Summer bloom.

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 02-17-2013, 10:37 PM
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You're just teasing me!

We're at least 2 months away from that! We can still get incredibly intense winter weather too. We might not have had a blizzard today, but if we didn't it was by only a minor technicality.

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 02-18-2013, 10:37 AM
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(02-17-2013, 10:37 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: You're just teasing me!

We're at least 2 months away from that! We can still get incredibly intense winter weather too. We might not have had a blizzard today, but if we didn't it was by only a minor technicality.

Hi Brian

Who me? Wink Come this Thursday I may come to regret doing so Undecided

Forecast for Thursday is a daytime high of 1°C (34°F) with a 70% chance of an ice storm, that tender new growth may very well end up taking quite a knock back...

Take care, Mike

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 02-18-2013, 10:43 AM
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The cycle of life. I love it.

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 02-18-2013, 12:20 PM
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Mike, outstanding pictures.

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 02-21-2013, 01:20 PM
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(02-18-2013, 10:37 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Forecast for Thursday is a daytime high of 1°C (34°F) with a 70% chance of an ice storm, that tender new growth may very well end up taking quite a knock back...

Below photo was taken about 15 minutes ago, and it's a cool -12°C (10°F) out there...

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View from backdoor



Brian, your turn to tease me Blush

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 02-21-2013, 02:14 PM
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Same here in KC Mike! Airport closed and traffic slow.
The Leucanthemum "Becky" will take anything. They grow on the road bank where we threw them out of the greenhouses at the end of the season.

Stay safe and warm over there!

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 02-21-2013, 06:02 PM
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(02-21-2013, 02:14 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: Stay safe and warm over there!

Hi Eric

You too Smile

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2013-02-21: Shoveled snow & sleet mixture from the driveway



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2013-02-21: Also shoveled neighbour's driveway because my mum raised me properly (curse her)

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 02-21-2013, 09:18 PM
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Keep the family and yourself warm and safe, Mike. Smile

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 02-23-2013, 10:57 PM
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(02-21-2013, 01:20 PM)mikeperry Wrote:
(02-18-2013, 10:37 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Forecast for Thursday is a daytime high of 1°C (34°F) with a 70% chance of an ice storm, that tender new growth may very well end up taking quite a knock back...

Below photo was taken about 15 minutes ago, and it's a cool -12°C (10°F) out there...

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View from backdoor



Brian, your turn to tease me Blush

No I wouldn't do that. We're accustomed to being Tail End Charlie in growing seasons. We actually chose this and love it, though what I've seen of MO I liked. What a shame it's landlocked or I might live there today. I must have a salt water coast. Right now we're having our own snowstorm, but at least this one isn't a blizzard. Had 2 of those so far this winter. The first you all heard about with the snowfall amounts, but the 2nd I'd never seen before. Technically a blizzard can happen with a dusting of snow. After the second blizzard stopped the question on everyones mind was, "Where is the snow?". The drifts were a whopping 3" high and I never even started the plow truck. It snowed the entire blizzard, but in true blizzard fashion, it never came to rest, it just kept being blown around.

Mike, Do you have any plans for the Japanese Lilac seeds? That's what I'm curious about, so I wish you nothing but the best of growing seasons.

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 02-24-2013, 12:58 AM
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Wow, and we're coming to the end of summer here in Australia.

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 02-24-2013, 01:03 AM
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Here I'm actually in zone 9. We really never have an empty garden. We haven't even had a single freeze day where I live. I will be harvesting Broccoli in the next few days. Cabbage has been in the ground since November. Harvest as soon as the heads get a little bigger. I've been eating turnip greens every 2 weeks and have a ton of turnips out there now. Grew the biggest and best tasting radishes this year too. Carrots doing nicely. Heck I have 2 bell pepper plants still going strong since last year. As soon as it warms up a little more I should see some flowers on them. Some sunflowers are up that self seeded from last year are 5 ft. tall.... Onions going strong and I've harvested the sugar peas 3 times and turned them under today to make room for tomatoes. Also started my habenero peppers in seed flats. I make around 5 gallons of hot sauce every year. That's my other hobby...lol

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 02-24-2013, 09:14 AM
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You guys are just amazing. While I live in an apartment, I have managed to kill hardy house plants! Talk about brown thumbs. I'm jealous. Sad

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 02-24-2013, 02:07 PM
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(02-23-2013, 10:57 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Mike, Do you have any plans for the Japanese Lilac seeds? That's what I'm curious about, so I wish you nothing but the best of growing seasons.

Hi Brian

Currently they are going through their chilling period in the fridge out in the garage.

I'm planing to take them out of the fridge and plant them up late March, early April.

Fingers-crossed it works out and I end up with some germination success...

I'll take and share some photos when I plant them up, then when germination takes place (fingers-crossed).

Take care, Mike

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