Spring Flowers Blooming 5/2/2013

Ah Spriiiing has spruuung!

Finally. The magnolias, forsythia, and my spring ephemerals are blooming. I’ve also got so many buds on deck, Spring is finally happening. =-)

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Magnolia stellata – star magnolia at CLC

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Forsythia – Time to spray for crabgrass.

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At the college, someone is using hay bales to grow radish. Notice the old patio door being used for a ‘greenhouse’ effect.

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Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot. My husband made the fishing hook in the background.

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My veggies came today! Cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, celery, tomatoes.

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Pulmonaria officinalis – Lungwort

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Our first asparagus harvest. YUM!!

My veggies came from Streambank Gardens – they are organic!

Enjoy the day & keep on planting!
Ilex

23 thoughts on “Spring Flowers Blooming 5/2/2013

  1. Very clever outdoor gardening ideas! Looks like you’ll have lots of great veggies this year. By the way, I like your nails (in the asparagus pic) 😉

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  6. hey …. i gotta tell ‘ya … your blog is the only one i go to that is always cogent … i always learn something … tell me ….. this year i left the leaves on the ground .. as much as i love to rake leaves or, better yet use the mower to make my own mulch which … i love the idea of making stuff that otherwise i’d have to go to the store to buy … anyway … oak leaves are fantastic insulators! last year i watched a pile of snow covered with leaves exist into april. i figured it was more natural to leave the leaves … and maybe its insulating properties would benefit my moss and grass with its insulating properties PLUS they might get a boost of nitrogen in the spring??? i finally removed the leaves. everything beneath was starving for sunlight … . i didn’t know if the grass and clover would have grown through the leaves or not. the thought occurred to me that if i left the leaves around the smaller trees i planted, their insulating properties … their flatness … wouldn’t allow water to percolate down to the roots … . so i removed all the leaves around the trees and other places i wanted water to reach until i get a chance to mulch the leaves and distribute them, transformed, back to where they were … in beds and around trees … as a more useful mulch. (since the smaller ‘particles’ would allow water to pass through, keep the weeds down and give nitrogen in the rotting process. of course, by nature’s standards, the leaves would stay but in nature the grasses we use don’t exist blah blah blah ….. i’m conflicted about whether this is all solid reasoning? i LOVE to mulch the leaves with my mower. the love idea that I’m creating something natural that exists while using it to the plants advantage plus, i use the leftover mulch along pathways … there are all kinds of uses, i’ve discovered … for the particle sized leaves. so … you’ve heard all my reasoning. i missed raking and ‘mulching” the leaves in the fall which i did in the spring instead. please tell me if any of my reasoning has merit.

    also i love my moss but i discovered some round tan colored dead spots … that are growing larger. my common sense tells me it’s a fungus. one of the round ‘infected’ spots … an older one … looked like it had collapsed in the middle because of rot. does any of THIS reasoning have merit? the fungus … if it is … only occurs on one of the types of moss … the real velvety moss … . i’ve been watering those brown spots thinking i could strengthen the live moss around it to overcome the fungus (if it is fungus) or if there are still live roots that the moss will rejuvenate itself.

    does any of this make any sense to you.. should i remove the leaves in the fall? because of their shape they may everything beneath from getting water … which is instead, being used for the ‘rotting ‘ process of the leaves. (jeeze, those leaves turn to compost so quickly in my eave troughs)… wull what do you think??

    like i said … does any of this make sense to you … AND thank you not only for reading my posts BUT for paying me such beautiful compliments. hey … i swoon when i’m lucky enough to say a particular piece is ‘beautiful’ … so thanks for giving me ‘swoons’ … thanks and thanks in advance for your advice … ks i haven’t edited this so i hope parts of it make sense ….. ks

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    • Whew! OK, let me sort out your novel 😉
      Oak leaves are very thick and they’re very good at blocking out seeds from getting to the ground and smothering any that do germinate. So depending on what you want them to do, you can have them work for you. Put them whole where you don’t want weeds, chop them up and use them for mulch where you have perennials and around shrubs. Personally, I love leaf mulch better than triple aged wood mulch. That is just an opinion. Mulch in general is the best thing you can do for your landscape. Just don’t make mulch volcano’s!!
      When it comes to something very short, like your moss, whole leaf coverage could be a problem. It will stop the sunlight, cause high humidity and also possibly cause fungal problems. Yes, the rings are usually a fungal situation, however, I would love to see a photo if you could post one or email me one. You may need to dig the bad part out and allow the rest to fill in.
      I really do enjoy your writing, it’s fun and has lots of twists. =-) Thank you for also following my blog!

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      • i tend to be a bit loquacious … well then, i’ll mulch the leaves in the fall … i too love the leaf mulch … i would never allow the leaves to cover my moss … i read that moss goes into a kind ofd hibernation when it’s cold … yes, i was thinking about cutting our the dead areas from the mulch .. i’ll be removing bunch of moss from an area where i want a path …, i transplant it where there are bare spots … i was thinking that i could transplant some of the moss i transplant to the spots that i think have been infected by the fungus. (with the same variety of moss, of course … ) but was wondering if there may be some of the fungus in the soil and if so, should the soil be treated with a fungicide? i wouldn’t think so but, i’d like to hear what you think. when i cut the bad parts out, i’ll go beyond the dead areas … thank you so much … i’ll send you pictures … remember the time i remarked, ” sex and landscaping … what’s the difference?” well, there you go …, ! thanks … ks

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        • Many plants do go into hibernation for the winter up here in the Midwest. 😉
          I think transplanting happy, healthy moss to the areas that need filling and/or are having issues is no problem at all. Yes, I would replace a bit of soil under the new stuff, however fungicide will not be effective at this time. I would love to see a photo before I get too far with advice, as I just want to be sure we’re all on the same page with the moss. However, generally, fungicides are a prophylactic type treatment, meaning the fungicide needs to be there before the inoculum/spores. It’s like putting on the condom after sex… not really effective 😉 Yes, landscaping & sex.. Not too far apart!!

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