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  •  I'm experiencing the same thing. (5+ / 0-)

    None of my plants that typically bloom in January are doing anything. The loropetalum doesn't have a single bloom on it yet and neither does the bush germander or rosemary.

    We had rain on New Year's Eve and it's forecast to rain tomorrow so hopefully it will kick-start the mid-winter blooms. It has been so dry that I had to water on Christmas Day.


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    by jayden on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:47:23 AM PST

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    •  Oh man, we're starting our 6th month of (4+ / 0-)

      exceptional drought and as soon as it warms up some I'm going to have to water again.  Last year we had fall rains so it was only light drought until spring, but I've never experienced this level of drought over winter.  I have no idea what will happen when spring arrives.

      I lost my rosemary to an all time record freeze two years ago and have finally got 4 replacements established.

      More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

      by blueoasis on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:08:20 AM PST

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      •  If you haven't already tried this, consider the (4+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis, miss SPED, jayden, foresterbob

        following: When you plant your rosemary, make the hole twice as big as you normally would, mix the dirt with pea gravel, and plant it with that mix to increase drainage, and put about an inch of pea gravel on top of the area around the rosemary plant, to increase the capture of solar energy in the winter.

        Water with a mister, since these plants take in moisture through their needles mostly.

        Do the same with lavender.

        They will get huge.

        •  Yes, I really work with the drainage with coarse (3+ / 0-)
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          sand and gravel and they're on a slope in beds on the south with lots of sun.  My last 4 had been there for years, about eight I think and were from 5 to 7 feet tall.  Trees had been growing though and beginning to block some sun, so I moved them about 12 feet back into longer sun exposure.  These last ones I raised from seed, as well as more lavendar, and I think they're healthier than the transplants I had bought before.  I've also got some russian sage in that area which the bees love, and I love the scent of all three.

          More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

          by blueoasis on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:29:03 PM PST

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