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Susan's Gardening Diary - Photographs Included

Novel By: Mistress of Word Play

This is a weekly diary of my garden. I have included photos in the write. I am including gardening tips for those who need help in that area. Hope you enjoy this prestentation. Susan :) View table of contents...


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Submitted:Mar 21, 2010    Reads: 88    Comments: 20    Likes: 16   

My Garden Diary

Week of March 14, 2010 to March 20, 2010
This week was really a strange one. We have had several days of nice warm temperatures with sunlight then it flipped back to rainy cooler days and nights.

I have been busy picking up twigs and limbs in the yard. Stuff is still breaking out of the trees from the ice storm. We have a two hundred year old oak tree that looks like it might die. All last summer it looked sick. It lost quite a few large limbs and branches through the storm. Hope it makes it.

Well this week some of my daffodils opened up. I have several early varieties that are just beautiful. Ice Follies a large white daffodil with a yellow center is a great variety to plant. They bloom earlier than the others. Standard daffodils are also nice. They have a small bright yellow flower. I have a variety that is tiny, not sure what the variety is but they are so cute. They are bright yellow and have an orange center. I included a photo of them.

Mom and I went shopping at Lowes on one of my days off and purchased pansies and primroses. They sure were pretty. We even got a great deal on the pansies. I planted my pansies in boxes that hang on the front porch rail and in planters that go down the front steps. I like pansies because they tolerate the cooler weather well. They come in many different colors and varieties. A smaller pansy that is nice is a Johnny Jump Up. The flowers are smaller than the standard pansy but they have more blooms.

Primroses are nice as well. They have a large color range and are early bloomers. I like them because they are perennial, which means they come back each year. They reproduce from the roots and can be separated in early spring or late fall by digging them up and cutting them apart. I usually let them clump and cluster in a large mass.

My two large star magnolia bushes-trees are also in full bloom. These are just the most beautiful and fragrant shrubs a gardener could ever want. Before the foliage comes out medium snow white rosette flowers that have a sweet scent cover the bush. Mine are over thirty years old and are over ten foot tall. When I planted them I pruned them heavily as they grew. Be sure and trim these bushes right after they bloom off as they set the next years blossoms in early fall.

Well everything else is looking really good. My clematis, rose bushes, shrubs, and trees are all coming out nicely. Gary has tilled the garden and we will be planting soon if the weather holds.

My fingers now have blisters and tiny cuts, but what the heck at least I am working off some of my weight I gained and the winter blues.

Let me know how your gardens are coming or if you have any input. I love to hear stories about gardening.

See you next week,


Ice Follies Daffodils


Unknown Mini Daffodils






Star Magnolia



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