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Old 07-23-2008, 10:23 AM   #181
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Jack, I thought of you the other day looking at a flowerbed that is overflowing with colour just 'cause I gave some tiny bedding plants a little compost and fertilizer -- they ask so little, and they give so much. Hope you're having a happy day.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:52 PM   #182
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Jack!!
Can you give me some advice on pruning a Texas sage? It's shrubby and growing across a sidewalk, but it's 2 or 3 years old. Is there a way to trim it so that it doesn't look leggy/weird? Most of the branches seem pretty small, but I'm hesitant. Also, what time of year?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:07 PM   #183
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This is one of the best articles I've read about pruning and can be applied to just about any type of shrub. Google -> texas sage pruning and go to reviewjournal.com-Living-GARDENING: Stop pruning before it gets out of control (How tall is your plant now?)

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:24 PM   #184
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^Thank you, I will read that.
It's about 4 ft. high. I realize it may be a lost cause...if it looks goofy, they'll have to come out and something of more appropriate size put in.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:29 PM   #185
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If it's too close to the sidewalk now, you may want to remove it and plant something more narrow and compact. How wide is the planting bed?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:36 PM   #186
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No more than 2 ft, and it's right next to a door...that's the thing. These'll have to be trimmed square if they're going to work there. I've seen them look nice that way, but I'm afraid it'll turn out to be too late to train them that way.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:42 PM   #187
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How about a viney/ flowering plant that you can trail up a narrow trellis?
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:07 AM   #188
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Is this how the locals keep the trees from freezing?
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:16 PM   #189
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Hahaha!! I saw that on the news the other night. I'm going down to Cape May next weekend and will look for this and take some pictures. I was going to go this weekend but was concerned about the river flooding. We only got 3 in. of rain but the wind was at 65 mph at times.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:41 PM   #190
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All but one of the red basils perished, the green ones are thriving. I wonder why. I planted them at the same time. Should I retry with the red ones? I've got a few seeds left.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:50 PM   #191
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I just ordered

watsonia ivory towers pack of 20
cottage gladioli mixed pack of 50
alstroemeria collection pack of 5 x 2
double tulips carnival de nice pack of 24
species gladioli collection pack of 30

All half price!
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:22 PM   #192
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Now you'll have to PLANT them all!
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:44 AM   #193
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All but one of the red basils perished, the green ones are thriving. I wonder why. I planted them at the same time. Should I retry with the red ones? I've got a few seeds left.
Make sure they are not being over watered. The green basil is the the native or natural plant so the red may be touchy. Are they planted in the ground or in a container? Let me know!!
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:51 AM   #194
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In a container, on the windowsill. Half of the container is green, the other half should have been red.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:51 AM   #195
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I just ordered

watsonia ivory towers pack of 20
cottage gladioli mixed pack of 50
alstroemeria collection pack of 5 x 2
double tulips carnival de nice pack of 24
species gladioli collection pack of 30

All half price!
How fvkin cool is that!!! I planted a gazillion daffodils this past winter and got a great bloom harvest this spring. Remember to really go crazy on the bone meal for the bulb perennials. I just planted a bunch of red gladioli 2 weeks ago for this summer's bloom.
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