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Re: Big Weekend

Sounds like a great time. I spent the day in the yard. I finally got most
all of my plants from the greenhouse into the ground. I planted 5
Brugmansia, some ginger, 2 hibiscus, repotted my big leaf Tibouchina into a
15 gallon pot (that was fun) mowed the yard (push mower I might add) planted
the lemon balm Pam sent me a month ago, it's still gorgeous Pam. potted some
geraniums that I bought for a customer, watered, planted 2 salvia from the
greenhouse, weeded a couple of places, watered some more, pruned the
Climbing Joseph's Coat rose,and truthfully I forget what else. I'm beat, but
the yard looks good. Now I'm studying word problems that I should remember
from 5th grade. distance equals rate X time........ d=r . t ...........d=
Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004 6:30 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Big Weekend

> Today was one of those beautiful subtropical days. Mid to low 80s, not
> humid, gentle breeze.
> We've been propagating, growing, and training a white-flowered oleander
> standard for a couple of years now, and today planted it in the ground.
> It's past due for a moderate-to-severe pruning, but we decided to wait
> until it's had a few weeks in its new home. So far, I'm rather pleased
> with it.
> We planted it across the yard from the Florida room [that sounds kinda
> funny--they're all Florida rooms here, right?], so the short one can
> keep an easy eye on it.
> We also cleaned out the cutting beds to make room for Petrea cuttings
> in late summer. We want to try to root a few of these to sell when they
> are blooming next spring. I got the bull's horn acacia planted and
> together we got the 24" pot with desert rose moved from the middle of
> the back lawn to the back patio [no easy task].
> Yesterday, we drove to Naples to visit that city's new botanical
> garden. They have 160 dedicated acres, of which they have improved 1.5
> acres--1 percent. We were very impressed by what they've done so far.
> For example, they've used arbors to shade many of the walkways and
> vines, such as stephanotis, to cover most of the arbors. And everything
> is either tagged or labeled or both.
> Of special interest to me was a small stand of Timor black bamboo
> [Bambusa lako]. Truly fantastic. The canes are jet black and, if one
> rubs the blush off, they glisten like Japan lacquer. If I can figure
> out where to put one--and where to get one--I will.
> On the way down, public radio touted a native plant sale at the Naples
> Conservancy, so we sought directions from the botanical garden folks,
> and sought it out. It was really a fun time, although the only plant
> sellers were native plant types and their wares were, well, not
> attractive. But the rest of the extravaganza was a lot of fun.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
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