Grateful Dead

In and Out of the Garden He Goes...

So after getting a fairly gratifying amount of long-overdue yard work done over the holiday weekend, I am getting a big kick out of the fact that decades' worth of chance-acquired plants are starting to look like they belong together. And then in another topic JurassicBlueberries was holding forth on the care and feeding of blueberry plants, and what with one thing and another, I bet we've got gardeners here. Let's talk!

(PS: Folks, this should probably go without saying, but if your gardening efforts involve the cultivation of plants illegal in your jurisdiction, please do not post about them here. For all practical purposes, everyone in the world can read what you post here, and that definitely includes your local law enforcement. Or your not-so-local law enforcement. Or your mama. Silence is golden.)

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hey marye

i dont no if Okland has a costco but lastyear i got some amazing,roses 5gal.for 10.00.i do beleive i got a couple americain beautys i can try to fish around the garage i may have kept the tags.as i ended up will several kinds."cant keep track".but they are huge ,they produce lots of blums constantly.yah i do beleive that Feb is bare root time.im still "test and trial "w/my gardens.i 've lived on the east coast up till 7 yrs ago .do the iris bulbs go in the same time the daffodils do?my mums are absolutly amazing.,my boyfriend came home on day frrom the dollar store and said here got some flowers for ya,.these little guys are huge bushes now.great fall colars npw.cant beleive those little guys took off that way.i wish i had some of your ferns.back home in maasachusettes we have llots of forest so lots of big ferns.well happy planting and yard work.

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I think

American Beauty is long since off patent. As I recall they're a really pretty color; I'll look into it, thanks for the tip. Around here, bare root time is more like February; the ground doesn't really freeze (or if it does, it's the apocalypse, especially for the succulents...).

I've got some pink and white daffodils waiting to go in but they'll probably have to wait till I get back from LA next week.

This year, the winter rains are well upon us already, which is a nice change from last year. Of course, we count no chickens when it comes to rain hereabouts.

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marye,
I browsed the Jackson Perkins website. http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/. There isn't a listing for "American Beauty". But a request via email or a phone call may produce something. There's a variety out there called "Marmalade Skies" with a fragrant tropical red-orange flower. You might want to ask about it, also. They do mail order bareroot rosebushes.
For Oakland gardening, I'm assuming it's best to plant bareroot in April or May?
October's a good time to broadcast wildflower seeds before the winter rains.

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maidenhair ferns

amazingly, they still live. I took two of the three pots out to get some rain water, which they seemed to like.

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Marye your wish is my command (this time)

Recipe is in the recipe forum

How are the maidenhair ferns?

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and where is the RECIPE for that pesto soup?

Which I've gotta say would taste darn good today, as once again it's cold and rainy in Oakland. We seem to have gone straight to winter, but not before I got a fair number of leaves raked and into the compost bin.

I brought one of the younger cacti indoors to dry out a bit and am keeping an eye on the rest. It would be a slight exaggeration to say we've had more rain in the last two weeks than in the entire previous winter, but we do seem to be off to a wet start. I think fire season is officially over at this point, which means we're now in mudslide season...

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autumn chores

just cut the grass for the last time this year. Gathering walnuts as they fall and harvesting late grapes from the vine on the house. Little trees planted last winter have mostly survived the summer and should be fine for next year. The mad red and white Salvia (variety 'HotLips'!) continues to bloom like its summer. Sunny days, but nights drawing in and cooler now, leaves turning. Squirrels and jays hoarding acorns and hazelnuts. Time to sort out some firewood and cook chestnuts on the embers. Last of the basil in pesto soup yesterday, need to cut and dry the rest of the herbs soon. Will have to wrap up the tree fern and the bay tree before the frosts set in.

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very true.

NURTURE them gardens!

I grew potatoes in Oakland this past year just for grins, since they were sprouting. Very small but tasty. I think they really prefer a more serious winter.

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New Potato

Potatos? Maybe if your in Idaho.

This ground on which the seed of love is sown,
All graceful instruments are known.
Don't think Bobby's singing about gardening here, but what the heck, all gardens need LOVE!

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meanwhile, in the maidenhair nursery...

the babies in all three pots are thriving. Not growing especially fast, but looking green and healthy.

In an attempt to learn something, I've taken a bunch of spore-laden fronds and overlaid them on a pot of wet soil. I am completely confident that if I TRY to grow these no business will result, but I'd love to be proved wrong.

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