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Thread #134670   Message #3065848
Posted By: Janie
02-Jan-11 - 06:25 PM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners report - 2011
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Gardeners report - 2011
The pulmonaria maeve sent sent up leaves that are still standing. I expect the crested iris will emerge in spring. Won't know if the bloodroot survived until spring. It goes dormant here by mid-spring, but there were leaves on the roots maeve shipped. I am concerned the late summer and fall were so dry, and that I was unable to stay on top of watering sufficiently for it to have survived. Time will tell.

Bobert & P-vine have generously gifted me with three unusual azaleas over the past several years. Two, one started from seed, and one from a rooted cutting, are still in pots and are doing OK. The japanese azalea (sorry I'm too lazy to go root out the name right now) with such exotic blooms, has been in the ground two years now, but appears to be very vulnerable to at least two southern USA pests, lacebugs being one, and some sort of mite-like insect being another. If I could consistently and alternatively spray it every 2 weeks with neem, insecticidal soap, and dormant oil, as well as keep it well watered during drought periods until it were large and otherwise thriving I think it would be fine. I have managed so far to keep it alive, in spite of not having the time to give it the attention it needs. I hope this coming year I will be able to give it the attention it needs to firmly establish itself to the point it can survive and reasonably thrive in the face of assured neglect.

Pass along plants mean a lot to me. (Plus, I am a bit of a narcissistic plant snob), and I hope I am able to give this azalea the minimal nurturing it needs to eventually establish itself.