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david spikes

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Posted: 27/02/2012 at 23:12

four inches of snow last night and light snow all day-every branch and twig bears its light burden-the air utterly still-under the snow spring continues to work -when it melts -perhaps only a few days away-where only dozens bloomed yesterday there will be hundreds-the species tulips have peeked above the ground-both because of their nature and their location-north side of the house-they will be the last to bloom just at the end of spring

Talkback: Red spider mites

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 23:57
valdel-the way to eliminate powdery mildew is not to grow the plant-the climate and cultural conditions that let it flourish are difficult for gardeners to eliminate-some plants are resistant in some situations some are not

Talkback: Red spider mites

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 23:52
spider mites are an outdoor curse here in reno-the hot dry summers are perfect for them-soft evergreens(alberta spruce)can be killed in amatter of weeks-unfortunately people refuse to believe that they can be controlled and eliminated just by giving a sqirt with the hose whenever you go by-spraying chems is seldom effective


Posted: 24/02/2012 at 23:44

raked the litter off the front garden and found sieberi in bloom everywhere-as the years pass i like the little bulbs more and more- other than their beauty and their earliness the reason is that i grow them mixed in the beds, the first of may when the beds seem to be full of drying grass i wonder if even the tinies are worth it, then in a week or two the perennials have covered the evidence and all is well-the foliage of the larger things-narcissus, hybrid tulips- never seems to go away-in midsummer there the wretched evidence is for all to see -usually right in the middle of something otherwise perfect-the weather continues fine-the sky so blue and pure that laying on my back i feel as though i am falling upward


Posted: 23/02/2012 at 23:12

last year at this time the nearby mtns had 650 inches of snow-not a record but still very impressive-this year is on track to be the driest on record-even in the high sierra there is little more than 24 inches-here in the valley because we don't depend on local precip we hardly notice except to enjoy the fine dry weather-we wait until it is time to panic-bulbs-chrysanthus ladykiller opened yesterday nestled in its foliage the blossom almost on the ground-chrysanthus aura opened today-it has faded from the beds and grows now only in the gravel paths where it has seeded-ladykiller has no such compunctions-it seeds and blooms everywhere-go figure-cleanup and composting slowly proceed-the season comes round


Posted: 22/02/2012 at 21:28

reading about the cold in europe makes walking around in short sleeves and gardening in a t-shirt seem even more pleasant-reno really does have great weather seriously though how is the cold affecting things there- is it as cold as elsewhere-in the minus range? the weather here of course will be wonderful until we have a final killing frost about the first week in june- about the drought what  are your rainfalls- here a drought is when we have 3 inches instead of our usual six in annual precip-in summer when the humidity goes to 15 percent gardening stops until fall-good lord i am running on-so far u all seem quite reticent ttfn

Talkback: Growing eryngiums

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 22:03
while i have never suceeded in germinating eryngium indoors they do self sow in the garden particularly a virulently green and fleshy descendant of oliverium, if someone can tell how to germinate giganteum-which for me is a resolute non performer-i would be in your debt if not forever at least until i want to know something else


Posted: 21/02/2012 at 21:52

more and more crocus tom. are showing thru the garden litter arousing feelings of guilt about not doing a more thorough cleanup-the excuse of protection from the cold dry weather no longer applies-the weather in fact is cloudish and warmish-the guilt is not so great as to cause me to actually clean-tomorrow-tomorrow will be the day because the major diplsy is about to begin-however the ground coverage does seem to be what the bulbs like for reseeding so perhaps it is in fact an act of virtue


Posted: 17/02/2012 at 22:20

so nice-when i planted snowdrops 30 years ago that is what i envisioned-but-where once i had one now i have two sometimes plants are hard to fathom

Talkback: Robins

Posted: 13/02/2012 at 22:01
my garden( because of the water and despite the cats) is full of birds but no robins, two blocks away there is a lawn which never has less than a mob of 20

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just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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all through the year 
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