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First crocus
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I noticed yesterday when I was "touring the estate" as my sister says, the first crocus were open.  I have 2 yellow ones.  I think this is probably the earliest they have bloomed.  I re
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Re: First crocus

posted at 2/20/2012 1:43 PM EST
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None of our flowers are up yet, but last week I saw four robins on our front lawn!!!
Posted by Marie F


I think our robins stay here in MO all winter.  I hear them in town.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/25/2012 7:52 AM EST
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Our orange flowerig quinces and white flowering quinces have been in full bloom for quite some time.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/25/2012 4:46 PM EST
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The daffodils have big buds on them.  It is much too early for them as usually they don't bloom until after the middle of March.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/25/2012 6:37 PM EST
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Robins are all over this place ..... they've been here all winter.  Oh, how I wish I could get some food for them.  (No, I won't go to a bait shop and buy worms - lol lol !!)

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/26/2012 6:31 PM EST
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I saw my Lenten rose blooming today.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/28/2012 6:17 PM EST
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When I came home this afternoon I saw a bunch of my crocuses blooming.  It was such a wonderful sight.  I guess Spring really is on the horizon.

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/28/2012 7:37 PM EST
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My church has two small pieces of hedge in front.   What a mess ...... they haven't been trimmed for a long time and one is growing over the sidewalk.  Yesterday morning was clear and not too cold so I took my little hedge trimmer and cut them back.
hee hee -- I was so pleased - I thought they looked so nice.  Well, all sorts of people have been in and out and not one has noticed a thing.
lol lol lol

Re: First crocus

posted at 2/28/2012 9:59 PM EST
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I am in the process of planning on planting in this "new" yard of mine.  I have what looks like a 5 to 10 year plan.  But I want to get it all done!  Problem is the trees are pretty expensive and I need several.  The Tree Peonies and Hydrangeas I planted in the fall are looking good I noticed some healthy buds.  I am also looking to plant some vines along 2 fences I have.  I want vines that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  So my plan is Trumpet Vine and Clematis along with some Climbing Hydrangeas. I also need bushes I figured a Bottle Brush Buckeye an American Hazelnut at least I can use them in baking and I am thinking Spicebush. I will be on the look out for plants this year many times I find great deals at the end of the season so some of these may not get planted until the fall. If any of you have had any of these plants let me know how well they do.  I am in the Northern area of Illinois. Zone 5.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki, I don't have most of what you're planning on except the clematis.  Ours has done very well and has come back every year for about 20 years now.  Lilac bushes also seem to do very well here in northern Illinois(we have 5 of them).    If you have a lot of squirrels around your new home you may have to cover the hazelnut bush with fine netting to keep the rodents from stealing them all.  Sure wish I could do that with my fruit trees lol.  Great idea to buy at the end of the summer since that's the best time to get some great deals.
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