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Comment by Tanya LaPorte on April 4, 2012 at 6:16am

I hear ya, Holly.  I worry about my roses since we have at least a full month to worry about frosts and maybe freezes yet.  My clematis and peonies have buds... I have extensive gardens so it's certainly impossible for everything to be covered.  Looks like we'll take our licks and hope for a more normal growing season for 2013. 

Comment by Holly - Michigan, z5 on April 3, 2012 at 5:10pm

Well in northern MI in 2011 we had colder than normal weather, so everything was a good 3 wks. behind- now 2012 we broke 6+ high temp records with 80 degrees in March. So this yr we're worrying about orchard blossoms getting frost & lack of bees here this early to pollinate the open fruit blossoms. Never know what to expect.......gotta say my daffodils are blooming like crazy!

Comment by Holly - Michigan, z5 on June 25, 2011 at 1:29pm
Hello Michigan Gardeners.....What a strange spring we had this year.....cherries are 2-3 wks behind, most of my flowers are behind schedule too. I'm northcentral MI & we just finished a long week of heavy rains! Ruined the peony blooms but everything else looks ready to stretch up to the sun & get buds. Stella Doro daylily starting to bloom & Clematis blooms looking good. Now gotta get ahead of all the weeds....
Comment by Kym Muckler on June 25, 2010 at 9:38pm
All of my heirloom tomatoes have an incurable disease that lives in the soil, it's a fungus or something. It starts with little round "target" spots that form a yellow ring around them and then eventually the leaves turn yellow with these spots and then the fruits get the spots and it's just terrible. I'm in a constant fight with this to hopefully get a few tomatoes out of the plants before the disease takes over and kills them. I'm being meticulous about sterilizing my trimmers in bleach before and after I trim off infected leaves, (which I put into a paper yard waste bag because you are not supposed to compost infected plants) but I just can't seem to get control over this problem. Has anyone ever dealt with the verticullum (sp) virus?
Comment by Kathryn Morski, Z4 UP MI on May 8, 2010 at 10:50am
Sharon, I'd do the lasagna bed thing, a/k/a sheet composting, and plant what makes you happy over it. There are instructions in the Lasagna Garden book, or in a website if you google, I'm sure.
Comment by Thomas Nakielski on April 26, 2010 at 8:44pm
The viburnum Korean Spice is in bloom and the smell is incredible.
Comment by kevin seely sw mi z6 on April 25, 2010 at 7:54pm
i have heard that if you pour boiling water on weeds it will kill them but have never tried it and it wont hurt the lake
Comment by Sharon McGarry on April 25, 2010 at 2:41am
Want to kill grass/weeds on a bank by the lake so I can plant some fun stuff. Any ideas on how to do that so I don't harm the lake (chemicals and erosion)
Comment by Darlene Shemanski on April 18, 2010 at 10:41am
Just beautiful---We wait all year to see these wonderful things...
Comment by Maime on April 18, 2010 at 9:10am
Our Weeping Cherry Tree is so beautiful when in bloom but as soon as the spring MI winds blow the flowers are gone :( Usually last about 2 days in bloom.


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