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Susan's Gardening Diary - Photographs Included

By: Mistress of Word Play

Chapter 1, 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 :)

My Garden Diary
Week of March 7, 2010 to March 13, 2010
Spring has arrived here in Western Kentucky and my flowers, trees, and shrubs have started to emerge. I noticed my pussy willow bush that stands a whooping fifteen feet in height blooming this week and my snowdrops and crocuses are up and spilling there color. The weather here has ranged between sixty and seventy degrees Fahrenheit through the daylight hours and about forty degrees at night.
About time spring arrived, I was just about to go stir crazy being cooped up all winter long. Well for early blossoms plant snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth bulbs in the fall. They are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at gardening centers or by catalog. Be careful with the bulbs some of them are toxic if ingested.
I planted two new climbing rose bushes on our privacy fence Gary put up last year. Several good varieties include Don Juan, Peace, and Piñata for climbing roses. Don Juan is dark red almost black, Peace is a multicolored pastel shades, and Piñata is medium red, orange, and yellow multicolored.
Roses should be planted early in the spring after danger of freeze is gone. You have to really care for them to keep them healthy. They need rose food and at times a chemical to keep them from getting black spot. In the fall or early spring prune back any dead wood from the bush to keep the plant strong.
I also cleaned out some of my flower beds and did some weeding. I have been looking for some new trees to set to replace the ones we lost in the ice storm. Nothing has really caught my eye yet but I am leaning toward a few more kwanza flowering cherry trees.
Well included some pictures below hope you enjoy them. Will be back with next weeks update on what’s blooming at mine and Gary’s house.


Pussy willow bush

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