I Couldn't Help it

  
By:  Trout Giggles  •  2 weeks ago  •  67 comments


I Couldn't Help it
And who's going to dig the holes????

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I just bought a lilac and carolina jessamine on line. I'm probably in for it once they arrive but I couldn't help it



Our Carolina Jessamine in the front yard didn't survive the winter. I guess a week of bone-chilling, below freezing temps will do that to a plant that likes the sun and the warmth.

So I  bought a 3 gallon container on line where I also bought 2 1 gallon container lilacs. The jessamine gives me an excuse to go buy a new trellis at Lowe's.

Mr G may have some problems that I bought them without him knowing (he's the gardener in our house) and he will have to dig the holes.

Oh...well. Can't wait to take photos of them next spring!


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Trout Giggles
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1  author  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

Here's the Jessamine:

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Hallux
Freshman Expert
1.1  Hallux  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    2 weeks ago

Lovely ... you've turned potholes into planting holes. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @1.1    2 weeks ago

Spring has sprung here in Arkansas. The daffodills are fading, the tulips are getting eaten by the deer, and the Dutch iris are beginning to bloom

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
1.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Having a normal Spring up here, as usual it will be late.

 
 
 
Veronica
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2  Veronica    2 weeks ago

Very pretty.  I cannot wait until my flowers pop.  Of course we just did have snow yesterday, so it may be a while.  

 
 
 
charger 383
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3  charger 383    2 weeks ago

Spring is coming but it was 25 last night and snow flurries

My tomatoes are growing in the window

 
 
 
Veronica
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3.1  Veronica  replied to  charger 383 @3    2 weeks ago

Yesterday in my neck of the woods.

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Mother Nature's way of saying "April Fools".

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.1.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @3.1    2 weeks ago

I hated those jokes when I was a kid. It got down to freezing last night so Mr G had to protect the sprouting lily trees. But it's gonna be gorgeous this weekend

 
 
 
Veronica
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3.1.2  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

Hubby was going to put out the potted geraniums on Tues, since the high was going to be 73.  I told him not to since we had a gale force wind warning & the temp was going to drop & we were going to get snow.  So my potted geraniums are still sitting in front of the french doors & my lilac bush had lost it's green buds.... jrSmiley_5_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
4  sandy-2021492    2 weeks ago

I need to buy something for my wisteria to climb on.  I planted it about 2 years ago, and I hope it really gets going this summer, once the temps warm up a bit.

 
 
 
Ender
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4.1  Ender  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4    2 weeks ago

Uhhh,   Noooooo!

You may regret that. Down here that shit takes over everything. Very invasive. My Aunt has some planted and she ended up with it growing on the house. Had to track how it got there and found underground runners that were about thirty feet long. Then it found its way to her fence and took it over.

It is pretty though, just hard to keep contained.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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4.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Ender @4.1    2 weeks ago

I know it is, but it's so pretty I just couldn't resist it.

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
4.1.2  Ender  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

She did manage to get hers to look almost like a small ornamental tree about ten ft tall. It is really pretty, just the underground runners.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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4.1.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

I love them, too. You just have to keep on top of them with the pruning. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1.4  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4.1.3    2 weeks ago

I like them very much. They're blooming here now. I like how they smell like Grape Koolaid, or is that kudzu? Anyway, down the road from me is a section of woods that have been over run by wisteria. It's very pretty in the spring

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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4.2  Greg Jones  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4    2 weeks ago

Info about Wisteria

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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4.2.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Greg Jones @4.2    2 weeks ago

Thanks, Greg.  The label on the plant didn't say when I bought it, but it looks like I got the less-invasive American or Kentucky variety, as they didn't bloom last summer until after they'd leafed out.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

Yeah, crazy Spring weather!  Last week we had temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and close to 80 one day.

Yesterday, had some sleet and a little bit of snow.  This morning it was 29 degrees and right now it's 38 degrees.

I remember when I was 16 - it was mid March or thereabouts and we had a blizzard.  By the end of the week we were throwing snowballs in our T-shirts.  School was out for a week and we were actually getting bored.

 
 
 
Ender
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5.1  Ender  replied to  Tessylo @5    2 weeks ago

We went down to the fifties last night.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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5.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Ender @5.1    2 weeks ago

And I had a dusting of snow in the shady spots of my lawn.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @5.1    2 weeks ago
We went down to the fifties last night.

That is cold where you live.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Springtime in Ocala FL. isn't much different than summer, fall, and winter. Well in the winter we do wear socks with our flip-flops.

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Veronica
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6.1  Veronica  replied to  Kavika @6    2 weeks ago

Beautiful flowers.  My stepmom sent me pics of her flowers - she lives in Cocoa.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.2  Tessylo  replied to  Kavika @6    2 weeks ago

"Springtime in Ocala FL. isn't much different than summer, fall, and winter. Well in the winter we do wear socks with our flip-flops."

Rub it in why don't ya!

Are those tiger lilies in the first photo?  I love lilies, especially those!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6.3  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @6    2 weeks ago

What kind of flowers are those? They look like daffodills but I don't want to assume

 
 
 
Ender
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6.3.1  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.3    2 weeks ago

My guess was an Iris? Ours are usually blue or yellow though.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6.3.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.3.1    2 weeks ago

They have the shape of a daffofill but the color is unusual. I would really love to have some of those

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
6.3.3  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @6.3.2    2 weeks ago
Are those tiger lilies in the first photo? 

I'm not sure what they are other than beautiful.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
6.4  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @6    one week ago

I know what those are now!

They are amaryllis

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
7  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago
Mr G may have some problems that I bought them without him knowing (he's the gardener in our house) and he will have to dig the holes.

Same here! I bought some ornamental trees and bushes as well as spring bulbs and I got the skunk eye from my farmer Jones. Oh well, LOL. 

 
 
 
Hallux
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7.1  Hallux  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @7    2 weeks ago

Skunk eye?

 
 
 
Ender
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7.1.1  Ender  replied to  Hallux @7.1    2 weeks ago

I was thinking more like this...

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Hallux
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7.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Ender @7.1.1    2 weeks ago

I've only seen Perrie's head.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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7.1.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Hallux @7.1.2    2 weeks ago

I was talking about Matt. He gave me the skunk eye.

 
 
 
Hallux
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7.1.4  Hallux  replied to  Hallux @7.1    2 weeks ago

Speaking of Perrie's eyes:

 
 
 
Hallux
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7.1.5  Hallux  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @7.1.3    2 weeks ago

Matt was a fan of David Letterman?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
7.1.6  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @7.1.4    2 weeks ago

I've seen alligator eyes at night. Very eerie

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
7.1.7  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @7.1.6    2 weeks ago

I have too. Creepy.

 
 
 
Veronica
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7.1.8  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @7.1.6    2 weeks ago

Five years ago my sister and I visited my father & his wife in Cocoa, FL.  They have fenced in their property, but at night you can hear the alligator noises in the marshy stuff beyond their fence.  Creepy is a good word.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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7.1.9  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @7.1.8    2 weeks ago

We used to go fishing on a lake down near the MS-LA-AR border. There were gators in there and we would see them at night when they swam on the top of the water. We mostly saw their red eyes. I never heard them make any noise tho

 
 
 
Veronica
Junior Guide
7.1.10  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @7.1.9    2 weeks ago

It was eerie.  It would be all quiet out there while we were having a smoke & a tipple of alcohol and then those sounds start up.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
7.1.11  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @7.1.10    2 weeks ago

One night we were camping at this lake and we were still tent camping. One of my friends had some weed that night and I did my share of drinking so I get woken up in the middle of the night thinking the gators are slapping their tails against the sea wall and coming to get me. It was the waves on the lake making that noise.

One of the few times I ever experienced paranoia

 
 
 
Veronica
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7.1.12  Veronica  replied to  Trout Giggles @7.1.11    2 weeks ago

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Ahhhh - the good old days - weed & Jack... and then paranoia.  

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
7.1.13  Ender  replied to  Veronica @7.1.12    2 weeks ago

And gators around the bend...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
7.1.14  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @7.1.13    2 weeks ago

I think there might be a country song in there somewhere

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
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7.1.15  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Trout Giggles @7.1.9    2 weeks ago
There were gators in there and we would see them at night

LOL, O My !

I lived in FL for 17 years and saw many many gators. 

I was also out in a lake, in a small johnboat that had an small old sputtering motor, as we came in for the night we came out of a small tributary into the main lake and a fairly good sixed group of alligators were there to greet us.

Evidently they congregated there at meal time.

OMG: "Sputtering old moor don't fail us now !"   was all I could think. And ..  Yes those EYES !!!  

I'd run into them at work fairly often as well.

IMO: Snakes are bad, alligators are even worse.

Here's a picture I took and posted on craigslist when I had pups for sell.  lol  Of course its doctored...lol

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            Get your puppy now, they are going fast !

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
7.1.16  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu @7.1.15    2 weeks ago
Get your puppy now, they are going fast !

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I know I shouldn't laugh but that tickled my funny bone

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
7.1.17  Kavika   replied to  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu @7.1.15    2 weeks ago

This 11 ft gator was wandering the streets of Ocala, Fl in a few years back. 

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321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
7.1.18  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Trout Giggles @7.1.16    2 weeks ago

LOL Thanks thought it was funny and original.

But when that add picture was running I got No calls on the puppies. As soon as I changed the picture .. I started getting calls. 

LOL I still thought it was funny.

Thanks again Trout 

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
7.1.19  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Kavika @7.1.17    2 weeks ago
This 11 ft gator was wandering the streets of Ocala

LOL WOW !

Probably some one's pet got out.    :)

lol 

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
8  Ender    2 weeks ago

Pretty. I hate vines with a passion though.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
8.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @8    2 weeks ago

The jessamine I ordered is a vine. The one on the deck is doing ok but it had to be trimmed back. The one in the front yard went tango uniform and has to be replaced.

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
9  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

Almost 80 today.

Live Oak trees are bouncing back from the Big TX freeze which stripped them of every leaf, so much for their being 'evergreens'...

A few other ornamental trees are also greening.

A Texas sage looks like one branch died ( 50% of the "tree" )

The Rosemary is a mess, but still alive.

Pansies survived, then the squirrels dug them out, wtf?

Monkey grass, Echenacea, coreopsis, dianthis all bouncing back and some blooming already.

Gerberas and Lilly time, too.

Still have to replace all of the succulent aloes and even cacti were killed.

 
 
 
Hallux
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9.1  Hallux  replied to  Split Personality @9    2 weeks ago

Is one of your personalities a day older?

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
9.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Hallux @9.1    2 weeks ago

Nah, about 30 years difference, jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
9.2  Ender  replied to  Split Personality @9    2 weeks ago

My aloe, or whatever it is, is about to bloom. Have two flower stalks that have popped up.

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
10  Ender    2 weeks ago

I was wanting to try roses. There are two that I liked but both are out of stock where I looked. The peace rose and one called Tropicana.

Never really tried roses before. Someone told me they end up with some kind of leaf rot around here.

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
10.1  Ender  replied to  Ender @10    2 weeks ago

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
10.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Ender @10.1    2 weeks ago

LOVELY!

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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10.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Ender @10    2 weeks ago

They're worth giving it a try

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
10.2.1  Ender  replied to  Greg Jones @10.2    2 weeks ago

I think I will if I can find another place with them in stock.

They would get full sun.

They wanted like a hundred bucks a plant though.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
10.2.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @10.2.1    2 weeks ago

Good grief! At that price they better bloom all year round and be especially smelly!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
10.2.3  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @10.2.1    2 weeks ago

I probably shouldn't do this to you because it makes me a dealer...but you can get catalogs that have pretty much everything you want. Mr G orders from them a lot, but he's trying to curb his addiction. I don't help because I look at the catalogs and go "ooooo....look how pretty!"

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
10.2.4  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @10.2.2    2 weeks ago

I thought that too. Apparently there are some that are grafted and some that are pure. I was told to avoid the grafted ones. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
10.2.5  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @10.2.4    2 weeks ago

I really don't know. I kill every rose plant I come into contact with

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

We had a lilac bush where at the house where I grew up - loved the smell. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
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12  MrFrost    2 weeks ago

Hop vines look great as well, if they will grow in your climate. I used to grow them a long time ago, easy to maintain, provide shade and they are edible, though I don't recommend them. 

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