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Alex10-Oct-01 11:03 PM EST 3   
JoanneS11-Oct-01 01:13 PM EST   
peggym13-Oct-01 09:55 PM EST   
Northern Gardener14-Oct-01 08:00 PM EST 3   
JoanneS14-Oct-01 10:03 PM EST 3a   
Alex18-Oct-01 07:34 PM EST 3   
Lorraine19-Oct-01 11:35 PM EST 3   
JoanneS22-Oct-01 01:41 PM EST   


Subject: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: Alex
Zone: 3
Date: 10-Oct-01 11:03 PM EST

Hi, I'm keen to know what all the other Edmonton gardeners are up to in their yards this time of year - especially as it has been such beautiful weather. I have had to postpone one project. I was planning to dig up and rearrange this one large flower bed. However, although it looks rather ramshackle there are still flowers blooming. This includes a couple of glads which just popped open 10 days ago, some very delicate love-in-a-mist, blue borage and some cosmos (shell? - I think). The pumpkins and various other gourds (who planted these?) are decorating the house, the tomato bed is now sleeping in the composter, except for the sweet 100's - a relative which is still-a-going. Happy fall.


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: JoanneS
Zone:
Date: 11-Oct-01 01:13 PM EST

Hi Alex. I've been busy putting in spring bulbs. I have a new garden and the landscapers didn't finish until late last fall, so I missed out last spring. I've put in approximately 300 bulbs, so I'm really looking forward to the spring.

Here it is October, and my sweet peas are still thriving. My michaelmas daisies are spectacular, and even my mallow plants are going gangbusters.


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: peggym
Zone:
Date: 13-Oct-01 09:55 PM EST

I have 13 rose bushes & they're all still in bloom-who would have thought this was possible at this time of year.!!! A friend & I spent part of last weekend making wreathes from hops vine. Might as well do something with them before they get cut down.


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: Northern Gardener
Zone: 3
Date: 14-Oct-01 08:00 PM EST

Have covered all containers only 3 times (tonight, they'll all go into the garage & be pulled out in the morning. Overnight low of -6*C); cosmos, asters, mums, stone crop 'Autumn Joy' all in full bloom; cut the flower stems from Cannas to be enjoyed indoors; containers of impatients & lobelia, browallia, nicotiana, osteospermums, ageranthums, anagalis, marigolds, dahlias, bidens, temari, snapdragons, brachycome, bacopa, nemesia, fuschia, petunias still providing colour. Even have a 'Tumbler Tomato' still producing! We've been very lucky.

Weeping birch, silver poplar and elm trees: leaves just started turning yellow this weekend. Green ash has been naked for about 4 weeks. It's been a very unusual year.

Have also rearranged one flower bed and created a new one. Have planted numerous lilies and spring bulbs; relocated a few roses & tulips. Weather forecast, Wednesday will be a great gardening day!


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-Oct-01 10:03 PM EST

Hey, we were in the yard this afternoon, and have three ripe raspberries on the bushes. We're waiting one more day before we pick them. I wonder if they will be sweeter because they've been colder.


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: Alex
Zone: 3
Date: 18-Oct-01 07:34 PM EST

Wow, it sounds as if the gardens are really extending their season this year. I'm still amazed at the amount and variety of green out there. I'm hoping the weather will hold this weekend as I would like to put some mulch down. I want to prevent the perennials getting the deep freeze treatment before the real snow arrives.


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: Lorraine
Zone: 3
Date: 19-Oct-01 11:35 PM EST

Is it too soon to put the mulch on tender roses in Edmonton?


Subject: RE: Edmonton Gardeners in Autumn
From: JoanneS
Zone:
Date: 22-Oct-01 01:41 PM EST

Me again. I picked the last of my sweetpeas on Saturday. They were still going strong. However, I think that's the end for now.

Lorraine, I hold off putting mulch on anything until after the first couple of snowfalls, as I don't want the mice deciding my mulched plants would be a lovely, cozy winter home. But, to be honest, I have no experience with tender roses, and the few I have planted I treated as really expensive "annuals".


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