Spring Fever ! HELP!! Got a question!

By: palmettobug53 , 2:07 AM GMT on March 12, 2007

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Just about the time the temps are nice and daylight savings time has kicked in so that you want to spend time outside in the evenings, the BLASTED NO-SEE-UMS arrive! My next door neighbor has a 1 year old and a 3 year old. She told me that nothing she tried last year did any good for the gnats or mosquitos. She has been trying to find a natural repellant and to avoid ones with pesticides. Does anyone here know of something safe for small children that works?



I get spring fever something terrible, once the temps come up and I notice things starting to bud out. I don't mind working when it's really cold or really hot but when spring starts to make it's presence known.... Oh! I want to browse the garden centers and nurseries and spend time at home, digging in the dirt. So many flowers and so little time! LOL

The azaleas are in bloom, daffy-down-dillies are popping up everywhere, the tulip trees are blooming. I've spotted hyacinths and some type of iris looking flowers during my lunchtime walks at work this past week. No wisteria yet except for the one Love left as a present the other day.

Yesterday, I went to Walmart. They still haven't gotten in their main shipment of bedding plants but I was able to get three patio tomatoes, one cherry tomato and a citronella plant. (I'm hoping they'll have more of those coming in; I'd like to have a couple more) I got the tomatoes potted up this afternoon. I've never had any luck with them in the ground here; there's something in the soil. Three years ago, I decided to try them in pots. What a difference! All I have to watch for, is something on the little tag that says "Suitable for containers". I've had enough tomatoes for me and hubby (he doesn't eat as many as I do!) and enough to share weekly with my cousin, as well as the odd handful to take to work to a couple of my coworkers.

As for flowers, I've been planting seeds and then picking up a few bedding plants, to put in pots and maybe stick a few in my planting beds. They've looked rather mangy for a number of years now. I'm just too mingy with my money to spend what I'd have to spend on bedding plants, to really have a good show. I don't have anyplace to put flats, so instead of starting seeds indoors, I've been direct sowing. It hasn't worked.

So last year I decided that I'd start leaning more on the perennials. Not all at once, mind you, but over the next two or three years. I already have some amaryllis, one glad that I found in the ditch, which has multiplied nicely. I have a really nice rosemary plant in the middle of the larger bed. The smaller bed, around the birdbath, has some Moses-in-the-cradle. Last summer, I added a few canna lilies, two lantana, two day lilies and some verbena.

I just bought a bag of mixed glad bulbs. And I did put some morning glory, moon flower and cardinal vine seeds in a very small bed right by the chain link fence. (I have had good luck with those three from seed). I have some California poppy seeds I'm going to scatter out tomorrow after work, along with some wildflower mix. I had a nice bed of poppies about 10 years ago and I thought I'd try again. If they come up, good; if not, I'm only out a couple of bucks or so. And if any of those cosmos come back up from last year, I'm yanking them. I like the flowers but the plant itself is too tall and gets scraggly looking real fast.

I also have some pots on the front stoop from last year, that still have some plants in them. I had done them with herbs, dusty miller, and some kind of flowers that I don't know what they were but they looked neat. The gerbera daisy might revive. I'm not sure if I'll leave all of that in the pots or dump it out, replant the dusty miller in the flower bed and completely redo the pots with new plants. I'll probably redo those.

Tip: Check your local dollar stores for cheap pots. That's where I've gotten most of my plastic pots for tomatoes and the mixed plantings for the front stoop.

Here's some ideas and good links:


Try planting native species. They're more likely to put on a good show and are fairly carefree, since they normally grow in your area. Native Plant Societies.

What about trying Heirloom vegetables? Everything I've read sounds so delicious! I had no idea there were so many kinds of tomatoes!

Heirloom Vegetable Gardner's Assistant

Heirloom roses are another good choice. I think Roses Unlimited is where my dad got his. Check out the link to their Garden/Greenhouse photos. Dad said they had all kinds of old farm equipment, wrought iron gates and things, with roses climbing all over them.

You can also get heirloom trees. Check out Trees of Antiquity.

Two gardening shows I enjoy watching are Gardening by the Yard with Paul James, on HGTV and The Victory Garden on PBS.

And of course, there are the seed companies..

I've been to Park Seed Co. in Greenwood, SC. It's something else to wander around their grounds, checking out the new varieties they're testing. Their end of the season sale is not to be missed!

My dad told me sometime back that Wayside Gardens was part of Park Seed. They're located in Greenwood, SC, also. They offer a little different selection in their types of plants, than Park Seed does.

What do you have planted in your yard? Are you adding anything new this year? What are your successes? And yes, we want to hear about your failures, as well. Lemon might be able to help us out with those!

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403. Raysfan70
11:34 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Let's as a WU community have a
WHOLE WU moment of silence. NO BLOOGING for 1 minute tonight.
9:00 EST
8:00 CT
7:00 MT. time
6:00 Pacific time.

To show are respect.

Scarlett idea.
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402. Raysfan70
7:37 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Please put this in your header for the kids at
Virgina Tech.
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401. Raysfan70
7:37 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Please put this in your header for the kids at
Virgina Tech.
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400. palmettobug53
5:31 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Just got back from my post-prandial perambulation. Still VERY windy out there. Sister Bertrille would have a hard time keeping her feet on the ground! LOL
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399. Raysfan70
5:09 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Stay warm winds are blowing strong here. Have the sweatshirt on.
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398. Raysfan70
5:08 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
{{{Bugg}}}}. Glad that you checked in. Been worried about you. Now feel better.
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397. palmettobug53
5:02 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Lunchtime!

Other than the wind, yesterday was gorgeous.

Newspaper headlines this a.m. showed wind gusts to 50-60 mph all over the Charleston area. The Arthur Ravenel Bridge (the new Cooper River Bridge) recorded a gust of 71 mph, which is Cat 1! YOWZA!

Link

I appreciate the concern, everyone! Guess I should have had hubby give someone a buzz, but I swear, I kept hoping they'd get the power on shortly. Usually, when we lose power, it's just a matter of an hour or two and we have it back. There was one evening last summer or fall, where we lost it for maybe 4 hours. If I'd known, too, I could have swung into the library and logged on. I'm pretty sure they had power, as they're right behind Dollar General and I was shopping in there yesterday afternoon. DUH.....

by 6 last night, everyone NOT on our little dead end street had lights. Right behind our house at the shoe store (there's only a ditch in between), the bank, all down Hwy 7 and 61. We are close enough that the street lights and all, shine in the windows but not enough to do anything by. LOL They finally got the stoplights fixed. Poor cops had been out there all day, directing traffic. Just like after Hugo, we were a little puddle of darkness in a sea of light.
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396. Lovethetropics
1:54 PM GMT on April 16, 2007

Good morning Palmetto!! Have a very safe and beautiful Monday!!


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395. SBKaren
1:48 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
GM Bug - glad to read that you are ok. I was worried about you yesterday. I'm still not real firm with everyone's location (as far as it involves all the weather), but I know I would if I lived closer to you all. You all seem so distant.

I know Snag lives somewhere NE, does anyone know if he was affected by any of the 'winter' weather the east coast received this weekend?
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394. StormJunkie
12:24 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Morning Bug and Cuda.

It was pretty dang windy yesterday bug. I know the airport reported a 49mph gust, and that was early in the day. Would not be suprised if there were some higher then that. Glad to see you got your power back.

Have a great day
SJ
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393. cudasistah
12:19 PM GMT on April 16, 2007
Thanks Bug for the check in!
392. palmettobug53
10:51 AM GMT on April 16, 2007
Doing a quick log on before hopping in the shower. Overslept. Power went out in the middle of doing a post on here yesterday a.m., about 10:15. Kept expecting it to come back on, as we've never been without power more than a couple of hours, barring the 2 week outage after Hugo.

We're fine. It was a lovely day yesterday. No rain at all; just WIND!

Will check in later.

Sorry, I didn't think to call anyone. Hubby's phone went out and mine did as well. Forgot all about the rotary dial phone we have, and as I said, I kept expecting them to get us up and running. Everyone around us had lights by mid afternoon; just our little dead end street was out.
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391. OGal
10:33 AM GMT on April 16, 2007


Got mail from Bangor saying you were ok. Thank goodness. CG said that you most likely you were without power. If so I hope it comes on soon. It is just a total pain to have to exist with no power. Hope to hear from you soon.
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390. Raysfan70
10:01 AM GMT on April 16, 2007
Good Morning{{Bugg}}!
Have a Great WUBAday. :-)


Today is Pre-Op Day for me. 4 days and counting. Spoke with Tricia last night on the phone and got some more Great Info. that I will bring up to the Doctor this morning when I go and see him.
The ladies of WU ROC!!!!
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389. AllyBama
4:39 AM GMT on April 16, 2007
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Have a great day Bug!..everyone is worried about you hope all is well...
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388. carolinagal
3:13 AM GMT on April 16, 2007
News says about 10,000 still without power in the area. I guess Bug is one of them.
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387. hurigo
11:09 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Not too bad Ogal. It has been a tense day.
Are you referring to the Golf Game being cancelled? I like watching GOlf as a tranquilizer and was disappointed not to see it. Those flags were really flying in that fierce wind.
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386. OGal
10:49 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Hurigo, did you get any of the bad weather. I see they postponed the Gulf at Hilton Head due to winds.
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385. hurigo
10:47 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Hello Bug,
Hope to see you post soon and know that all is well with you.
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384. OGal
10:24 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Bug report in please. You know how we all worry. Let us know that you are ok.
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383. mermaidlaw
10:13 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Thanks Cgal!!
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382. carolinagal
10:09 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Just now watching the Charleston news station. 13,000 people in the area are still without power and they predict many will not have power most of tommorrow also.

A bridge has been closed. They showed a pelican that was injured with a broken foot.

Some tornadoes or possible tornado in some counties further inland. One death reported.

I'll look for some more info about Bug's area.
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381. mermaidlaw
10:03 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Cgal, I am just so glad that you are safe! I lost power this morning when the bad stuff came through here. However, it was back on in 30 minutes. The wind has been amazing here also! It seems to have settled down alittle bit now. And the sun is out.

I sure hope we hear from bug soon!
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380. carolinagal
9:55 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Thanks, mermaid. The wind has been amazing. Surprised we haven't had any power lines downed. So far, I haven't heard of any problems around here.
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379. mermaidlaw
9:43 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Thank you Cgal, I have been worried! How are YOU doing? I Have been Praying for yall!!
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378. carolinagal
9:40 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
The news says that there are power outages in Charleston, so Bug could be without power. I don't think there has been a lot of other damage.
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377. mermaidlaw
9:38 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
BUG are you alright? I hope everything is ok there!!
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376. carolinagal
9:34 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
bug, have you heard from folks in Sumter? I see reports of a tornado.

Sure hate to see such reported from this storm.
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375. Raysfan70
5:01 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
BUgg- Tried to decide what I wanted for dinner here we go.

Sesoned Chicken Breast
Stuffing
Steamed Cauliflower in Cheese
Biscuits
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374. sandiquiz
4:13 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Hi Bug,
(Hi Karen - following you around!)

Hope your Sunday is going well. I achieved lots of unfinished jobs this morning, also ironed the growing pile of clothes. I then went shopping at lunchtime. When I sat down to eat a late light lunch, and to watch a prog on the TV, I fell asleep!! Must have overdone it this morning!!

Chris is on his way back form Manchester, where he went early this morning for a committee meeting.
I shall be in bed early, the alarm will go at 5:45am again in the morning!! Groan!!

Hope the weather front doesn't drop too much unwanted weather on you.
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373. SBKaren
3:50 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Bug - we had weird weather yesterday too. We went for a round about walk to my school (so I could pick up something I forgot) and looped back around to make it about a 3 mile walk. It was really pretty out. Then this band of clouds came in and it really cooled down and looked like it just might drop some rain. Last night it got very windy, but didn't last long.

This morning the sky is about as blue as it can get. We're headed out for a walk soon. The boys are coming over for dinner tonight, and I can't wait! Haven't seen them all week because of work, and they went on a camping trip! I posted some pics, as it was their 'first' on my blog!
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372. OGal
2:14 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Bug, I ordered the I Can't Chew Cookbook right before my surgery. So all I have to do is cook the recipes in it. I would love to have a cook. We made vegetable soup for last night. It was soo good. My appetite is not what it was. Yea!
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371. mermaidlaw
2:12 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
{{{BUG}}} Stay safe sweet lady!!:)
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370. Lovethetropics
2:07 PM GMT on April 15, 2007

Good morning Palmetto!!
It's "Love Will Give You Wings" day!!
Have a great one!!
To all the dear friends and fellow bloggers that will have storms today, please be safe!! (((((HUGS)))))

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369. palmettobug53
1:31 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely before noon, then a chance of showers between noon and 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 70 by noon, then falling to around 64 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a west southwest wind between 24 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
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368. palmettobug53
1:30 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
WOWEE!!! Is it blowing out there! The NWS homepage for Chas says it's about 26 mph, with gusts to 37. I believe it! Got twigs and small branches all over the yard. Been in and out, picking them up. The sun is shining in patches.

Don't know how much rain we got last night. There's little to no water in the bed of my truck. Maybe the rain was too horizonal to accumulate in there. Ground looks fairly well soaked but there were no puddles in the street, like there usually are.

Wonder just how much more we will get.

SCZ044-045-050-161000-
DORCHESTER-BERKELEY-CHARLESTON-
849 AM EDT SUN APR 15 2007

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT...
...TORNADO WATCH 147 IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.


Gonna be a windy day!
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367. cudasistah
12:18 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
Good morning Bug. Wishing you safety through the storms. My area lucked out last night. Hard rains, wind, and occasional T&L. Nothing more, nothing less than some good ol' squall lines. Nice to have good rain!
366. OGal
12:17 PM GMT on April 15, 2007


As I said to Sandi, sore mouth, sick kitty, and a bad squall line headed our way. No puppy park for Zoe, so she will be totally wild child.

Bug, I hope the weather is kind to you today. I know the rain would mean alot but I know you don't want the bad wind. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.
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365. Raysfan70
12:00 PM GMT on April 15, 2007
{{Bugg}}


Have a Great Sunday!. :-)

Becareful with the storms today. Will be watching out for you all.

Love To You!
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364. carolinagal
11:03 AM GMT on April 15, 2007
Be careful of any nasty weather today. It's already quite windy here.
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363. palmettobug53
10:40 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
Yes, it may be a bit fraught here tonight. I got my clothes washed early and they're all in off the line and folded. Just have to get them all put away. Really glad I did them today; otherwise, I'd most likely be drying them at the laundromat and I sure as heck don't want to have to be out in the rain tomorrow.

I've checked the radar... looks like the worst of it might, just might, slide by just north of us, if it keeps to the current heading. Though that tail end may hit us. Will have to wait and see.
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362. sandiquiz
10:25 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
I am just about to go to bed, but thought you might like to know that I finally met the gardener today!! She has been round three times whilst I have been at work, but today she called round to book a time to chop down some overgrown shrubs. She is a very "fit" looking lady - C said she is "butch"! LOL
I suppose it is all that digging, chopping and weeding!!
Hope this evening is OK - I will be thinking of you all.
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361. palmettobug53
4:24 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
Oh, boy... teething time! LOL
Poor Marissa. They get so fussy when they're teething. And the drool. How many towels have ya'll gone through so far? LOL
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360. bigtrucker
4:06 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
watch those storms tonight bug they could be severe!!!!!this is going to be one heck of a storm.
other than our nasty weather, i hope you are doing good!! The little T sprouted two teeth already (on the bottom)and let us know they were coming in LOUD AND CLEAR LOL
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359. palmettobug53
1:45 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
Good morning, everyone! Lovely here this morning but that's soon going to change. Nasty weather on the way this evening. Hope it doesn't hit before then; I'm going to have clothes on the line shortly. Can't wash tomorrow. Will be off to see my cousin this afternoon and hope I can get back and get the clothes in before it starts to rain.

Will try to get up a new thread tonight. Still don't know what to do, though. Got a couple of thoughts floating around; just need to decide on one.
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358. sandiquiz
1:40 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
Morning to you -
I have been out and bought some herb plants today, and as soon as I post this I am going to pot them up into a big metal pot. (once I have drilled some holes in the bottom!!)

Hope you have a relaxing weekend planned.
The weather doesn't sound good for all of you in the East.

I hope it isn't as bad as it is being predicted.

Take care.
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357. cudasistah
1:35 PM GMT on April 14, 2007
Morning Bug! Have a wunderful weekend!
356. Lovethetropics
1:33 PM GMT on April 14, 2007

Good morning Palmetto!! It's Saturday!!

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355. OGal
1:31 PM GMT on April 14, 2007

COOL MySpace Comments
Feel like I would like to crawl into a hole. My be a reading on the couch day. Three more pain pills and then I have to brave it. Hope you have a happy Saturday.
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354. Raysfan70
9:39 AM GMT on April 14, 2007
Good Morning {{Bugg}}
Have a Great Saturday. :-)



Had a full day yesterday. Got some of the house clened. Or At least what I could do.

Took over for the beach and spent a little time there abosorbing some Sunshine. ANd working on mu tan. (YEs had sunscreen on) Cuda asked that Question.

Went to Dr.Master's seminar. WUnderful man. Will update on his thoughts later.
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353. OGal
5:17 PM GMT on April 13, 2007
Happy Weekend Graphics
I can't eat chocolate, I can't drink coke. My new addiction, "Tootsie Pops". How many calories do you think is in a pop??
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