I was walking the line today, watching for changes...

leafwatcher(zone 5)April 26, 2012

I find myself doing it.. walking the grass along the gardens until I have almost beaten a path !!

A few have grown, my few fragrant types seem to be showing a more adult leaf than before.

Two smaller Sagae just aren't going to make adult leaves this year I am afraid, and one actually has some of that burned out look like a Frances Williams is infamous for. that surprises me as its in an area that never gets hardly any direct sun, maybe I didn't get it covered as well as I thought on the frosty nights.

As I get to the corner I stir the compost with a hoe I leave handy, and its breaking the leaves down well with all the attention, I have started to add the small amount of shredded paper in to it, and it seems to mix in well.

My Rhubarb has the largest leaves I have ever seen, some of them must be 26 inchs across and 26-28 long, just HUGE ! bigger than any elephant ear I have ever grown ..

The asparagus is still coming up, with the newer hybrid asparagus winding down, and the old plant I dug from my Moms ditch sending up some giant thick shoots, they look like nearly the size of a skinny banana .. (peeled) ;)

further down the side of the yard the younger plants tease me with there juvenile leaves and promises to try harder next year..

All five of my great Expectations are up and slowly unfurling.. I didn't have much of an eye jump in quantity,(4-5 eyes each plant) but the eyes were the size of my pinky last year, and bigger than my thumb this year, so I am hoping to get some nice sized leaves ...

Thats whats been on my mind tonight anyhow, I hope some of you are walking the line everyday, and re-walking it in the evening ... in your mind the way I do.

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Babka NorCal 9b

I check on my babies every day too! Mine are all up except 'Tropical Storm'. When I check my notes it was the last one up last year too. Hard points, firm crown, BUT NO GROWTH!!! Come on...come on!

-Babka

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 11:40PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Walking the line early morning (meaning 8 am). I see who is getting early sunlight, how the pattern is striking the area reserved for the hosta under the pecan trees, and then I move a few pots around to help me better remember their names. Easier when arranged like a good hand of bridge.

My last old timer to come up, the one which I hoped would be my lost Brother Stefan from PDN, seems to resemble Lederhosen, purchased at the same time. So now I discover TWO wrong selections from that one order. Instead of 2 plantaginea and 1 Lederhosen, it was reversed. Lovely plant though. Even though it had my DH, the madman on the riding mower, cut its tops off before I arrived to pot it up in MA.

In the evening walkabout, I'm looking again for sun pattern, namely too intense on some plants, those pots can get really hot. Today I huffed and puffed until I moved the whiskey barrel containing a large bird of paradise to give more PM shade to the hosta neighbors. I found ONE slug beneath a ligustrum leaf in the pathetic Stained Glass pot, as if it needed more problems. Tomorrow I plan to wash its roots and give it some intensive care, for its days appear to be numbered. Meanwhile, its understudy stands ready in the wings. If it is healthy I might pot them together.

My wild birds are beginning to ignore me as I stand there meditating over the hosta. Do they appreciate how concerned I've been to avoid use of poisonous chemicals because I love having them around? So many babies this year. It's wonderful.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 12:02AM
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anniegolden(z7a)

That was almost poetic.

I guess I never thought that other people did this too.

Christine

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 8:05AM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

Even though the garden is at its best when its quiet and you can just soak up it in its entirety, Its funny how at the same time you wish time could go faster, and bring the wonder of the plants future forward to today... I honestly can't think of many things that make you WANT time to pass faster :)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 1:10PM
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Johnsp(6b)

I too enjoy going outside early in the morning with my cup of coffee and sit on the deck and watch as the sun comes up and how the sunlight blankets the leaves and this before the day's work begins. To me it's the most peaceful time of the day. After I finish my coffee I then walk along the beds to see which others are coming up.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 2:17PM
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jan_on zone 5b

I stroll around the yard every morning, coffee in hand, but not early enough to see the sun come up -- goodness it is too cold that early! The groundhog excavated my nearly new and not quite up Brother Stephen yesterday -- planted too close to his entrance hole. I potted it and hope it will bounce back from the trauma. Lots of sprouts are stalled, waiting for some warmer weather. Significant frost forecast for tonight -- tomorrow's stroll may not be so pleasant.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 2:29PM
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Johnsp(6b)

Originally from Michigan so used to the cold. Boy your lucky your Groundhog only digs your hostas up. I have some old varieties planted you know those green ones that he eats to the ground along with Echinacea and daylilies and shares them with the deer as well. Thankfully the bears don't eat the hostas as the side yard where I have the collection planted is protected by an electrified fence but they manage to get in and knock down the bird feeder for the seed. Luckily they haven't stepped on a single hosta-yet.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 6:51PM
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Johnsp(6b)

Wow mention my friendly neighbor hood bear and what just came into the yard and overturned the trash cans-the bear. Saw him walk away and touch the fence and just shook. Wheres the hail???

Scott

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 7:58PM
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jan_on zone 5b

If one has to have a neighbourhood bear its nice to have a "friendly" one, and one who watches where he steps!
Jan

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 8:07PM
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