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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2017 at 5:05pm

Daniel, your spring photos make me feel so good. I think I will be able to recover from my lack of spring color with your beautiful scenes. I will put up a hummingbird feeder. 

The sparrows flock to the seed feeders, and I see no blue jays yet. I did see deer tracks around the feeder, yesterday. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2017 at 5:03pm

Daniel, you are correct about syringa, it grows wild in the forest. I want to bring more into to property around the house. There are no purple ones here. I will keep my eyes open when in town next month. It is still too early here. 

I started some daylilies here several years ago for my daughter and they do fine. So does Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as lady's mantle. It propagates easily.

Geranium sylvaticum (wood cranesbill, woodland geranium) spreads nicely and is easily controlled here. It is a pretty magenta color.

Laura doesn't want me to plant any deciduous trees in the clearing because of fire risks. 

I'm at that time now, that I was last year when I yearned for spring color. With the deer, rabbits, and other wild animals, we have to fence these specimens and she doesn't like the look of wire, net, or wood fencing. Neither do I, really. I am going to gather Kinnikinnick and other specimens from the forest.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2017 at 4:31pm

Hostas are sprouting here too. I love them; they're my favorite perennial. Gotta get slug bait on them or they'll be goners.

Comment by Daniel W on March 24, 2017 at 1:17pm

Kathy, it could be a Rufous hummingbird.  We have Anna's hummingbirds too, year round.  Rufous migrate.  Like other things, this one is early this year.

Peach trees are unusual in that they often have good peaches from seedling trees.  They usually start bearing in about 3 years.  They grow fast.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 24, 2017 at 1:07pm
Daniel, beautiful flowers. My host as are just starting to come through the ground. One variety grew three inches and was taken out by an unusually late freeze.
I've never seen a hummingbird that color. We get the ones with the bright red band around the neck. They are called Anna something. Seems I'm forgetting everything I used to know :)
Rain and storms coming in again today. Yuck. We haven't had more than two days of sunshine in a row all winter. I'm ready for summer. Provided we have sunshine instead of rain. But, we will get whatever we get.

Oh, I do have three new peach trees that I started from seed out of the compost bin last year. They are about 12/14 inches high already and have new green leaves on them :)
Comment by kathy: ky on March 24, 2017 at 12:56pm
Joan, we've been zone 7 for as long as I can remember. As for planting I've gone away from annuals and stay with perennials now. Even those are a lot of work with the weeding, thinning, pruning and mulching.
Almost everything blooms several weeks to early only to be bitten off by a sudden freeze.
We've had practically no winter this year. Our temps didn't drop to the upper teens until the first week of March. Then they went back to the mid forties for a low. We're having tornadoes in the dead of winter. And to much rain. We didn't have any snow this year. Last year we had 25" in a twelve hour span.
Our summer temps are getting in the upper 90/100 plus range.
With weather like this it's hard to plan on planting anything and getting a good outcome.
Comment by Daniel W on March 24, 2017 at 11:13am

These are just cellphone pics and not very good.  Gives an idea of our spring now.  The hummingbird pic is especially blurry, hard to catch them and it's through the kitchen window.

Comment by Daniel W on March 24, 2017 at 10:55am

We had a much wetter winter.  I think temperature wise it was normal.  The atmospheric river flowed this way, this year. Still very wet.  I hope there are no more frosts.

Randy, the shipping is what gets me too.  I wonder if it really costs that much, or is part of making the catalog prices look lower but recapping the difference in "shipping and handling".  Those chestnuts I ordered, had expensive shipping too.

Home Depot had some packaged gogi bushes, really tiny.  I gave in and bought two, too. 

This year the only fruit tree that I bought, was a multigraft European plum from Raintree.  They list 5 varieties, stating you get 4 of them but they can't say which 4.  Mine wound up being 2 that I did't want so much, and 2 that I did.  It had a big wound at the base, probably from machine processing or digging.  I might have to graft a patch there.  Fortunately I have a source for the patch.  I was disappointed overall.  Even though I don't know if it will even grow, I grafted scion from the scion fair, to one of the branches I didn't want, and another to a branch that I think was the base stock and wasn't one of the wanted types.   That way I get something interesting if they take and grow.

There are people I give my surplus fruit too.  Plus, we use a lot of dried fruit for breakfast cereal and for baking.  Plums are really good that way.  Also fig.  Probably cherries too but haven't tried that.

Kathy, I hope your weather turns out nicer for the Spring and Summer. 

Joan, I bet lilacs would like your area.  They grew big in Ning's home town in Northeast China.  It's bitter cold there in winter, and the winters are long.  I imagine daylilies would like it too.  They grow like crazy, here.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2017 at 7:12am

Thanks, Daniel.

Since I couldn't find a plum tree locally, I ordered one, plus a pecan and a golgi bush. With shipping (like $28!), the three "trees" cost well over $100 (a birthday present to myself.). And unlike my storebought trees, they come bare root. I usually don't have as much luck with bare root.

I'm hoping both the pecan and plum are self pollinating, although I have a "scrub" plum in my yard and a neighbor 1/4 mile away that has two pecans.

I've had one golgi bush die several years ago, so I was hesitant to try another. If any of these trees ever produce fruit, along with my 10-15 other fruit trees, how in the world am I ever going to eat it all?!!! I guess I can give it to my farm kids to sell.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 24, 2017 at 7:11am

Randy, I was also surprised with the size of your new trees.


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