spring fever

I really should not look at catalogs or sites that offer not to charge my card until shipping season and which give you special offers for ordering early.
At least I will finally have some Cyclamen in my garden. Namely: coum, cilicium, and hederifolium which I bought quite a few of since it was the only one I was certain about. I also bought three varieties of lilies, which I am not understanding at the moment since traditionally I am as far from being a lily fan as possible. Some crocosmia, some oxalis, zephyranthus, lycoris... oh well. I keep looking at other stuff too. I am already planning to be home two days this week because it will be in the upper fifties and I want to move some shrubs and things while they are still sleeping. I finally saw some crocus greenery peeking above the mulch today, that made me quite happy. I am anxious for something to bloom.
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yep, that sounds like spring fever all right. It could be more serious symptoms of perennial disease or garden obsessive impulsive syndrome. I myself am still looking for a good twelve step program for my sticky pot disease. It applies to catalogs too..........Now.....which crocosmia did you order? What kind of oxalis? Which color rain lilies? White, pink or yellow? As for the lilies, just remember to plant their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun. You'll love them once they flower for you. I adore mine and always want more of their sentinal presences jutting out of my fairy gardens.
You have crocus leaves poking out of your mulch? What zone are you in? (this is important in regards to hardiness of the Zepheranthes) I have snowdrops myself and some of the older narcissus not only have leaves but have little pointy headed buds tucked tight against the leaves too. Yes, Spring is on her way. I have already started the spring clean-up of my gardens way too soon. I have green spikes scattered all thru my beds from the irises new leaves, and my Hellebore are shoving fists of burgandy green wrapped buds from between the new leaf shoots that will replace last years protective patrons. Once the new leaves have estabilished themselves I will cut them off to make room for the newer ones to shelter the buds.
You deffinately have the disease Griphon. But what a wonderful disease it is <g>
Keep us posted on your gardens, it's always nice to hear about someones endeavors of happiness.
madgardener up on the ridge, back in Fairy Holler overlooking English Mountain in Eastern Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36
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Lucifer, Emily McKenzie, Norwich Canary.

deppi 'Iron Cross', depressa, lasiandra, rubra. I already have some of the 'Iron Cross' but I absolutely love that plant and so I am am buying more. The oxalis seem to be good plants to stick in any little blank spots that don't get too dry. I had some purple leaved/pink blooming ones that my mother raised as houseplants for as long as I could remember, I took some of those and stuck them in the garden and they seemed quite happy.

Pink. Grandiflora, I think.

I have to figure out where exactly to plant them. I am frequently visited by cats and let mine out some and supposedly lilies are one of the poisonious plants that cats are more likely to nibble on. I say supposedly since I read it online, so who knows. My cats do not venture towards the road, thankfully, so perhaps out that way. Although at least one of the varieties is pretty tall, so that might be an issue sticking up several feet over a bunch of smaller plants. I'll figure something out.

6b, right on the verge of 7. I don't have many crocus yet, two years ago I bought a big bag of "early blooming crocus" at Lowe's or Home Depot or somewhere and stuck them in little drifts under the pine bark in front of my house where I have some japanese maples and evergreen shrubs, it is some of those that are peeking out. Actually this morning two yellow blooms had appeared, although yesterday I saw no sign of buds. Funny how fast that happens. I also noticed that some other things are sticking up. Probably some narcissus, I think.
Last fall I bought a bunch of species tulip and crocus bulbs this fall, got sick and wasn't able to plant them, and then things kept getting in the way. Finally planted them in the first few days of January, but I have a bad feeling about most of them. That's about $120 down the drain if they are all dead on me. I think this fall I will order some stuff really early to make sure I can get it planted. Becuase I really crave late fall and winter blooming things, when everything else is dead. I want some saffron crocus and some other fall-bloomers and will definately early-order some of those in the fall. I actually bought all of the stuff last fall on a whim, when someone here was talking about Bulbmeister having everything on sale. There was a lot of selection left considering how late it was.
As for that Zeph, I will plant part of them on the south side of the house and see how they do there with a thick mulch. Put the others in a container and bring them into the garage or something for winter, or lift them, whatever. I'll have to see what some sites suggest later on.

I bought some of those last fall too, no sign of them either. Dead, I am guessing. Some of this stuff might just wait till next year to show up, but some of it was looking dry and/or sprouting by the time I was able to plant it.

I have seen some new iris leaves popping up as well. And to remind me spring is just around the corner, we have our first shot at severe weather later this week (been in the 40s everyday, now it is going to hit the low 70s so tornado season is on the way). I worked outside today and did some cleaning up, also moved a huge pyrancthea (sp?) that was "temporarily" planted next to the house, proceeded to grow to twenty feet tall trying to find the sun, and generally looked quite ugly. I hate the thorns and unless it produces a lot more berries in it's new home, I think it will find it's way to the compost heap. I replaced it with a vine maple, which should be happy in the partially shaded location. I intend to use most of the week moving and cleaning. I planted a bunch of shrubs in one area that was basically a temporary home for whatever struck my fancy but I had no place picked out for, and those shrubs are getting bigger all the time... so that should keep me busy.
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I received my seed order from Park last Friday and spent part of the weekend planting seeds from a variety of peppers, ornamental, hot hungarians, and bell along with aqilegia (oragami mix and music harmony). One packet of columbines had 10 seeds in it and the other 15. Ordinarily, I would plant the seeds directly in the ground, but I figured seeds that cost .20 - .30 each deserved a little TLC. :) I also planted some datura (Ballerina Purple) in packs and sank the packs into the ground outside. This is the third year for trying to make them grow and the last if these don't grown. I have the ordinary white variety reseeding all over the flower bed, but these refuse to sprout. I'm not quite sure if it's me or the seeds, but a friend ordinarily offers me a plant or two that she's started, so it has to be me. Maybe this method will work.
Do I have to ask Barb to assist in your "sticky pot" addiction, Mad. She does a good job on me. <G>
John
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I would agree with you there, John. But the blessings of seeds from those plants this late spring will reward you with many more of them. That reminds me, I should check Thompson & Morgan of some Columbine seeds.
I also planted some datura (Ballerina Purple)

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me.
I would suspect you're planting the datura a little early wouldn't you? Maybe Victoria has a hardier variety she would share with you a seedling or two......<g>

no, the bad news is out and official.........our Lowes is going to carry those overpriced Miracle Gro varieties of perennials this year :( that means if I want Stacy's perennials I will have to check out the Home Depot down the road........I was SOOO hoping I wouldn't have this problem. And I was looking forward to kicking butt on plant sales this year but we aren't even going to be allowed to reduce these plants when they're past their prime. I'll still work there, but sad to say my local purchases will be from the orange box......

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When you got them, did you spread them out and look at them all, run your fingers through them and laugh maniacally and say MINE! MINE! ALL MINE!!! ;-D
Janice

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