Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Here are some new pics taken on March 27th & 28th!

Day Lillies




Not sure what it is...



This one has as runner


Tulip opened

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Troublesome Mandevilla

I just moved to Clarksville, TN at the end of February.  The highs during the day were awesome so I put my plant outside.  The lows were not supposed to get below freezing.  It was a bit windy and the sun was pretty bright.  After a couple days all of the new growth it had formed while being inside had died off.  I either killed it, made it go dormant, or it's working under the soil on producing something.  It is now the 27th and still nothing.  I even cut the plant itself down to just the main stalks about 3 inches above the dirt to help focus energy in the stalks.  I brought it back inside to see if it will give me something.  I have some sprouts popping up in the dirt, 2 different kinds.  I'm thinking I picked up some weed or grass since the pot was on a grassy area and people have been mowing their lawns.  But perhaps the mandevilla decied to produce a new stalk???  I'm going to let them grow and see.  I also added a little bit of dirt to the pot because it looked like the roots were getting near the top.  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Garden Tasks for Mid- to late Spring (April - May)

  • Apply a general-purpose fertilizer around established shrubs and roses.
  • Mulch the soil after a rain or watering.
  • Stake herbaceous perennials as growth emerges.
Sowing Seeds
  • Sow seeds of half-hardy and tender annuals inside, or buy plug plants and grow on in a frost-free place.
  • Harden off bedding plants sown earlier in spring.
  • Sow hardy annuals in situ.
  • In late spring, thin hardy annuals sown inside.
  • Plant evergreens, and move any that are in the wrong place.
  • Prune early-flowering shrubs and climbers after they have bloomed.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses as they start to grow.
Other Tasks
  • Make new shrubs and climbers by layering.
  • Start taking softwood cuttings from new shoots.
  • Sod or sow new lawns, and repair worn-out lawns.
  • Apply a spring fertilizer, and a weedkiller, to lawns.
  • Cut the grass with the blades quite high.
  • Keep weeding.

This list was found in Learn to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening.  I did modify the list a little.   

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New strawberry and kiwi pics

This is one of my kiwi which has it's first true leaf.

These 2 are of my biggest strawberry plant: