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Gardendote of the Day 2013-04-28

First really warm spring day; finally, I sat out in my the garden. This shot is just a little bit raggedy:

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Shows differences from last year to this:

1. Lots of leaf mulch, simply because I let my schedule get out of control and didn't put the garden to bed. Then again, nature doesn't do that, so we'll see how that turns out.

2. Also under the heading of loss of control, I didn't cut back the raspberries, so they are overgrowing the flowers. But I don't think it's a bad thing; in fact, I find it attractive.

3. The "crocuses" are quite invasive.

4. The iris, given to me by Card Carrying Buddhist, are also coming up. I love these iris, they are heirlooms and quite beautiful. I don't imagine the raspberries will leaf out and steal sun from them, but if so, farewell raspberries!

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Submitted by jawbone on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhxTUMXrywg&feature=player_embedded

What a voice, what styling. Superb. And I actually got to hear her live, one of my top things to do back in the day.

Spring will be a little late this year
A little late arriving in my lonely world over here
For you have left me and where is our April of old?
You have left me and winter continues cold

As if to say spring will be a little slow to start
A little slow reviving that music it made in my heart
Yes, time heals all things so I needn't cling to this fear
It's merely that spring will be a little late this year

Spring will be a little late this year
A little slow reviving that music it made in my heart
Yes, time heals all things so I needn't cling to this fear
It's merely that spring will be a little late, a little late this year

From the film "Christmas Holiday" (1944)
(Words & Music: Frank Loesser)

Via Susie.

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Submitted by Stephanie on

If they're invasive, they're not crocuses. Are they vines?
You can still cut back your raspberries in early spring. One year I didn't cut mine back, and I got more branches and more raspberries -- teeny, tiny, underdeveloped raspberries.

Submitted by lambert on

Maybe now is the time, so they don't interfere with anything else.

The patch was planted in staggered years, but I cut everything back two years ago, and nothing back last year.

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Submitted by Stephanie on

So how did your raspberries produce last year, after not cutting back?

"They" say that raspberry canes should be cut back every fall. But I've also read that if you missed doing it in fall, early spring is okay. I guess before you get much new growth.