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Couldnt wait any longer

April 19 2017 at 6:25 PM
Indy Steve  (Login SteveWnindy)
Hummingbird lover 2007

Recent plants I picked up about a week ago were starting to shrivel up badly so I had to plant them. I wanted to wait a little longer thinking we may get a freeze. Anyway hot lips, mesa scarlet, and black and blue had to be planted. There may be a late freeze but I will deal with it.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Ilena Zone 5
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Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 19 2017, 7:58 PM 

I'm with you!!! I have played the in and out game for 2 weeks now and I am sick of it....
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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 19 2017, 8:03 PM 

Maybe a little nippy but I don't think it will freeze although can't even trust the weather anymore. Last weekend, they showed rain around 3-4 days this week. Barely got enough today to wet the already dry ground. I guess the early warmth & lack of snow kept the ground dry. The couple 2-3" days we had (& not too long ago) didn't help much. Slight chance into tomorrow morning & then nothing until next Thursday. Not sure how I will get any weeds out of the ground.

I placed 2 mail orders today. Very anxious to hit some greenhouses but I'm going to hold out a bit yet but might grab a couple of Mirage Salvias if they have them in since it's very close & might be that way Fri.

Joni
Elwood, IL
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 19 2017, 9:41 PM 

Concerning rain I havent had enough in my yard to fill a thimble for quite a while would like to see some rain. They are predicting some for thurs and saturday maybe then.
Steve
Martinsville In.
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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 19 2017, 10:01 PM 

There's quite a line in Iowa now. Future cast shows it falling apart some but still shows us getting some. I sure hope it pours for a while. Otherwise, I'll need a pickaxe to get my weeds out.

Joni
Elwood, IL
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Ward
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Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 20 2017, 5:07 AM 

It has been a really dry spring here in NJ. The plants have been sitting outside for weeks now. They are all root bound and in constant danger of drying out and withering, a few have. Right now it is preparing the garden times. Getting the beds ready is a job measured in weeks of evenings and weekends. The house is a mess, the lawn uncut. Maybe by mid May it will all be done? One can hope. At least all the parts are in place. Twenty bales of hay arrived while I was at work. That means the fabric row cover can go down and then planting can begin.

 
 
Tom M
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Hummingbird Lover 2014

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 20 2017, 1:17 PM 

I feel so fortunate. We are in the middle of our two-month dry spell here but all I really have to do is water for an hour every other day, and cover new plants with the laundry baskets for a few weeks.
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 20 2017, 1:25 PM 

That is what was happening to my plants and why I had to get them in the ground and speaking of soil It has been and is quite dry here and we really need a good rain. We are supposed to get some today. My hot lips have about a dozen blooms showing that are currently red and white but with storm coming may lose all those. I moved my pots of mesa scarlet under cover of porch as dont want to lose those blooms for when the hummers arrive which could be any day now.

Robins are also hard tested to find worms as they must be trying to feed young ones in the nest. The soil is so dry that worms are deep. In watching their activity I havent been able to see them finding worms, but they must be finding some.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 20 2017, 3:12 PM 

Steve,
Hopefully you are getting more than we did here. Enough to wet the open ground but drive under my crabapples was still dry. That was more than we were supposed to get & now see they put in more for early next week. Looking at forecast last night showed no rain until Thurs. I wanted to move out more plants & pot up some of the seedlings still inside begging to stretch their feet but now the cold is going to move in. Pots that have been out are still ok since they have already been through some 40's but now might be some high 30's & I'm out in farm field so I have to wait again. That cold even getting the greenhouse up wouldn't help but its going up real soon. It also needs to pour.

Joni
Elwood, IL
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 20 2017, 3:39 PM 

We have been getting more than enough rain in Madison this spring and last night's rain and thunderstorm delivered over 1/2 inch of rain. The ground has been extremely moist all spring. I believe we are above average in terms of rainfall at this point in the season.

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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Couldnt wait any longer

April 20 2017, 5:42 PM 

Joni

At this time we are getting pretty good downpour and much needed along with a good deal of wind.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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