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Susan's Gardening Diary - Photographs Included

By: Mistress of Word Play

Chapter 3,

My Garden Diary
Week of March 21, 2010 to March 27, 2010

Well it has been an interesting week to say the least. Temperatures have been up and down. We had 70 degree weather for several days and then the rain came. Temperatures plummeted back down into the 50’s and 40’s. All my trees, shrubs, and flowers are still emerging. I would say we are probably almost a month ahead of schedule as far as plant and animal life is concerned.

I am waiting until danger of frost is over with to plant petunias, but I plan on starting my zinnia, marigold, Sweet William, and other annual plant seeds next week in pop boxes. These varieties are sure growers and easy to propagate. They will also bloom till frost.

I noticed my plum trees are blooming and hope we do not have a late frost or freeze. We lost most of our plum crop last year because of a late freeze. Plum, peach, and cherry trees are very susceptible to pine bores and should be treated to protect them. There are several products on the market that can be purchased. I lost a nectarine tree two years ago because we forgot to treat it.

My biggest problem right now is finding shorts that fit me. Seems my clothing shrank through the winter.
I have included some photos of things that bloomed this week. I hope you enjoy them. Some of the things that are blooming are my hyacinths which come up every year and smell really sweet, my Virginia bluebells which are just a beautiful shade of blue (they come up every year, but like a shady spot), my grape hyacinths, blue Scilla, flowering almond bush, japonica bushes, and my pieris fire bushes (I have a white blooming and pink blooming variety).

Take care, get outside, and get those hands dirty!

Susan





Hyacinths





Grape Hyacinths





Flowering Almond Bush



Japonica or Flowering Quince Bush





Virginia Bluebells





Scilla





Pieris Fire Pink Variety





Flowering Plum

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