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Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 16 2017 at 11:06 AM

Ron  (Login RonDEZone7a)
Hummingbirder 2008

The mild-ish winter has been very good for my in-ground Salvia greggii's and microphylla's... these "San Carlos Festival" Salvias, next to the house, have lots of live stems and don't need major trimming... but I will trim, both to encourage new growth and root more cuttings.
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My left-in-ground Cannas are also sprouting up fast now, growing by the hour...
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Took cuttings from my "David Verity cuphea in the sunroom - my potted host plant will come outside very soon, maybe today? (but will start out in full shade for a few days... and will come back in, if cold threatens)
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Looking at the 10-day forecast, it LOOKS like we might be "out of woods" for another frost this spring... but you know, as SOON as I plant something frost-sensitive - or bring out a heavy citrus tree - we will somehow get an unpredicted late freeze! Always the way!
Wilmington, Delaware
USDA zone 7a
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 16 2017, 1:45 PM 

Ron--Looking for good-- As far as we are past last frost I hope--yep happens every time. I can remember snow flurries in early may.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 17 2017, 2:01 AM 

We live in a whole different zone and part of the country, but May freezes or even snow are not unheard of with one unusual year when it snowed in early June and ruined everyone's newly planted annual gardens (but this is rare!)

For us, it's really not safe to plant annuals outside until Memorial Day, but planting in pots where they can be easily taken in if necessary is ok.

One year I received a plant order of tender salvias early (late April) and most of them ended up dying because the soil was still too cold and wet. I learned my lesson and never ask for an online order any earlier than the second week of May and then I wait another week to plant outside.

We have 20+ big pots of plants in our house right now, but despite the warm temperatures recently, will wait at least a few weeks before taking them out. As you say Ron, some of these huge containers could break your back and it's better to move them just once.
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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Ron
(Login RonDEZone7a)
Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 17 2017, 11:42 AM 

Not hummingbird related... but still nice to look at: I have this Camellia japonica "Kumasaka" blooming right now.
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Wilmington, Delaware
USDA zone 7a
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
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Indy Steve
(Login SteveWnindy)
Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 17 2017, 12:12 PM 

I dont know for sure about recovering plants but I do have these that are waiting[not waiting] to go in the ground although Im hesitating not fully trusting mother nature.

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Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Ron
(Login RonDEZone7a)
Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 19 2017, 10:22 AM 

3 days later, you can see the growth on my cannas... and you can also see the slugs are enjoying themselves too!
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Wilmington, Delaware
USDA zone 7a
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
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Ward Dasey
(Login WardDas)
Hummingbird Moderator 2005

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 19 2017, 11:34 AM 

I guess I should pull the leaf bags off the canna and see what happened. Various guaranitica are up and some of the bag protected Amistad are sending up shoots but others aren't. Not anything on the uncovered David Verity but sometimes it takes longer to sprout. It looks as if several 11 year old Agastache rupestris have bit the dust which surprised me, none have died in years.

 
 
Joni
(Login Yodlei44)
Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Things are recovering and popping up... fast!

April 19 2017, 9:04 PM 

I've had some Agastaches die out from time to time. Walked the yard today & found some poking their heads up:

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This was my 'Kudos Gold' over-wintered in unheated garage this winter:

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Forgot to take pix of others in my weeded area.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5
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