The 2022 Gardening Thread

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I took these the other night. If I had taken a picture of the red and white petunias one day earlier they would have been fuller. You can’t even see my little red crab pot stick anymore.
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The Queen of Hearts petunia is huge! I need to rearrange these. I just purchased a nice orage gerbera to replace the one that died. That was DD’s choice.
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The corn is moving along in the first pot. DD put impatients seeds in the little pots but they still haven’t sprouted so we got a little 6 pack tonight too. Then they will go to the shade garden. We need to put her watermelon in the garden
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My sunflowers are growing but at the moment the cosmos are taller. I’ve had to replant some sunflowers several times too. Maybe it’ll make the blooming time longer.

I need to get a picture of my shepherds hook. I’ll add that later.:)
 

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A little experimental planting today. I was at Aldi’s a couple of weeks ago and they had a great selection of bare root shrubs and trees for $14.99, and I should have picked some up then but didn’t. Stopped by today and there were only a few remaining, none looking too healthy, but on close out for $1.99 each. So I picked up and planted some Sedum, which does look like it might survive, and a River Birch, which I give about a 20% chance. It had no buds and hardly any roots but heck for that price worth taking a chance on.
I got some Sedum from Aldi's last year on sale and it is doing well this year and hope to see blooms soon.
 

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I got some Sedum from Aldi's last year on sale and it is doing well this year and hope to see blooms soon.
We started out with a single sedum several years ago. After several dividings, we now have 8 of them. In one case, a single leaf was knocked off a plant, so just for giggles I dipped it into Rootone, and sure enough, it became plant #8. You can't hardly kill those things, short of using something like Roundup.
 

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We started out with a single sedum several years ago. After several dividings, we now have 8 of them. In one case, a single leaf was knocked off a plant, so just for giggles I dipped it into Rootone, and sure enough, it became plant #8. You can't hardly kill those things, short of using something like Roundup.
that’s close to what my lambs ears have done. I’ll post pics later.
 

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I got some Sedum from Aldi's last year on sale and it is doing well this year and hope to see blooms soon.
Which Sedum did you get? If it's the Stonecrop one, it probably won't bloom till later in the summer, though it probably depends on your location. Mine don't really get pink till early September.

We started out with a single sedum several years ago. After several dividings, we now have 8 of them. In one case, a single leaf was knocked off a plant, so just for giggles I dipped it into Rootone, and sure enough, it became plant #8. You can't hardly kill those things, short of using something like Roundup.
Same here. And they so easily come apart when you did them up, so dividing is a breeze.
 

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Which Sedum did you get? If it's the Stonecrop one, it probably won't bloom till later in the summer, though it probably depends on your location. Mine don't really get pink till early September.



Same here. And they so easily come apart when you did them up, so dividing is a breeze.
sedum Autumn Joy and yes they usually start getting the purple flowers around September. I just bought 2 more full grown plants from Walmart for $1.87 each
 

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Autumn Joy is what I was thinking of, and meant to post. :doh:



That's a really good deal. :)
When we were at Walmart they were labeled Stonecrop, but I said to my DH 'they sure look a lot like Sedum Autumn Joy' I googled and sure enough they are one and the same ;)
 

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As I posted previously, we bought both ladybugs and a praying mantis egg case at a local greenhouse. I released the ladybugs as directed at various areas of the gardens and let them go to work, my primary concern being the aphids bedeviling the asclepias for the last 2 years. Well, the asclepias are in full bloom, the bees, both honey and bumble, are going at the blossoms, and nary an aphid have I seen on any of them. Works for me, especially if the butterflies show up.
 

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As I posted previously, we bought both ladybugs and a praying mantis egg case at a local greenhouse. I released the ladybugs as directed at various areas of the gardens and let them go to work, my primary concern being the aphids bedeviling the asclepias for the last 2 years. Well, the asclepias are in full bloom, the bees, both honey and bumble, are going at the blossoms, and nary an aphid have I seen on any of them. Works for me, especially if the butterflies show up.
I have common milkweed and some new butterfly weed plants hoping to have enough food for all those caterpillars this year.
 

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The first of our butterfly weed was started from seeds, and on the packet it said '365 days to bloom', and they were right. That was 4 years ago, and it seems that each year they have developed more. Not necessarily spreading, but taller and more robust stalks, with larger heads to them. Those that I got as bare root plants last year are doing better also.
A curious thing, though. All of those plants were supposed to be the same- the 'Summer Zest' variety of asclepias, and yet one is different. It has rounded leaves instead of the long, pointed leaves of all the others, and they are corrugated instead of smooth, but it is developing the clusters of blossoms just like the others. Curious.
 

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I have common milkweed and some new butterfly weed plants hoping to have enough food for all those caterpillars this year.
My neighbour gave me some milkweed seeds (not sure what type) which I planted 2, maybe 3, weeks ago. They're up, but still very small. I'll need to thin them out, of course. But anyone know how big I should expect them to get this year.

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My neighbour gave me some milkweed seeds (not sure what type) which I planted 2, maybe 3, weeks ago. They're up, but still very small. I'll need to thin them out, of course. But anyone know how big I should expect them to get this year.

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I'm going to say at least 12" depending what type they are (and I always get confused), but I beleive the butterfly weed with orange flowers has deep taproots so I would thin when feasible. They will not bloom until next year.
 
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