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RE: Weekend

They used to sell them very cheap here too at the conservation district.
But I saw too many places where they would get really big and then die.
I don't know if there was a disease or parasite but great big dead
Arizona cypresses were pretty common. My block had two houses like that,
where a whole row of trees just turned brown. 
But y'know, I haven't seen much of that recently. I wonder if they've
stopped planting them, or if there are better varieties, or if I've just
stopped noticing. I'll have to keep an eye out. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 9:23 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Weekend

Have you considered Arizona Cypress [Cupressus arizonica] for your
screen? Grows fast, drought tolerant, great windbreak, not unattractive
[a ton better than C. sempervirens, the cemetery tree]. Soil
Conservation Districts used to give them away every year.

On Apr 2, 2007, at 11:40 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I was busy outside too. Went to Theodore Payne to buy native plants on

> Friday, of course I spent too much. I got atriplex canescens 
> (saltbush, on sale!), salvia clevelandii, s. leucophylla, s. "Pozo 
> Blue", prosopis pubescens (screwbean mesquite), penstemon
heterophyllus and p.
> spectabilis, yucca whipplei (an impulse) and erigonum fasciculatum 
> (california buckwheat). That replaces most of the xeriscaping that 
> died in the Big Freeze. I put them all in the ground on Saturday, 
> managing to puncture my hand with the hopefully gopher-repelling 
> chicken wire. I asked the guy at Theodore Payne if he thought that 
> would work and he just laughed mournfully. But we agreed it would be 
> better than nothing.
> And then I went around the yard and dug up a bunch of volunteer pines 
> and junipers to fill out along the back fence. We'll see if those fare

> any better than the natives. I want the natives, dagnabit, for birds 
> and other wildlife but I really want to stop looking at the neighbor's

> junk pile and I'm getting desperate. I briefly considered the hated 
> Siberian elm, but I'm not that desperate yet. Oooh...just had a 
> thought...I could try chilopsis back there too.
> I planted a lot but not all of the heuchera, geraniums, nepeta and 
> artemisia I bought from Bluestone, and got some weeding done. I got 
> rid of the dead foliage on the lemon grass but sadly there was no 
> green evident underneath all that, another victim of the freeze. I'll 
> leave the stump for a while and see what happens. My hakonechaloa 
> grass has returned, yay, and the azaleas look very nice finally. The 
> camellia sinensis doesn't look good at all, but I'm not sure why. The 
> roses have buds but I have one rose starting to bloom and one that is 
> just barely starting to leaf out, funny. I lost some nandinas to the 
> freeze too, but not my expensive ones.
> I need to get the tomatoes out of the greenhouse and start hardening 
> off, and I need to plant more of the veggie garden. Actually the list 
> of what I need to do is about 4 pages long, but I am trying to 
> prioritize, and at least I'm not bored.
> Oh yes and we have cat and kitten living underneath the teahouse. To 
> my complete astonishment husband suggested we trap and socialize the 
> kitten. However his first attempt succeeded too well, he got mom and 
> kitten and then both got away trying to transfer them out of the trap.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf Of Theresa W
> Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 5:10 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Weekend
> I did get some planting in late yesterday PM- got the seeding 
> tomatoes, edamame, cilantro, dill, lettuce and even a couple of
radishes planted.
>     This am, I got around to cleaning out the border of the back yard 
> (soon to be lawn) so that water now actually runs off the back porch 
> into the lawn area (Yeah! success!).  I also was at HD today and got 
> the rest of the parts to replace the sprinklers out back.  That's the 
> last thing I have to do, before giving a final raking to refine the 
> level/slope of the soil, and then next weekend I'll seed it.  
> Hopefully the roof guys are coming tomorrow to start ripping off our 
> old roof and replace it with composite shingle- no more stupid cedar 
> shake.  It still amazes me that anyone would thing putting relatively 
> thin, easily decomposable wood on the most abused surface of a house, 
> was a good idea.  Good riddance I say!  I cordoned off the back yard 
> with bright tape in hopes that it keeps stay feet off my newly 
> manicured/tilled soil.
> Theresa
> james singer wrote:
>> Busy weekend. Saturday morning we hustled to HD for some potting soil

>> and a few fibrous begonias for pots on the veranda, and ended up also

>> buying a new back door for manse. Then headed to the farmer's market 
>> for a few vegetables--tomatoes, spring onion, summer squash--and also

>> bought a couple of 1-gallon mints--spearmint and Jamaican 
>> spearmint--from the plant guy. We also had our eye on a nice dill 
>> plant but by the time we got around to it, it was gone. Was almost 
>> noon by the time we got home and began potting up the begonias, the 
>> mints, and the edible hibiscus [Abelmoschus manihot] that we got a 
>> few
>> weeks ago--only to discover that we had not purchased enough potting 
>> soil the first time abound. To get the potting soil refill, we went 
>> to
>> Lowe's [which is closer than HD]. At Lowe's, Ms Fatma was taken with 
>> a
>> bright red fibreglas pot for the Florida room [plant and two draft
> choices to be named at a later date].
>> Once we got the pot home, we found a nice little neanthe bella 
>> [Chamaedorea elegans] clump in the back waters of the front patio for

>> it, and transplanted the palm.
>> Sunday, we trimmed up the queen palm and started to clean up the 
>> Bismarckias--until the battery on the chainsaw pooped out. Have to 
>> finish that tomorrow or Tuesday. We potted a few cuttings, basil and 
>> pencil plant, that had rooted in water on the kitchen sill. 
>> Rearranged
>> a bunch of pots on the front patio and took pictures to send to Ms.
>> Fatma's son. About 2 PM I figured I'd had enough and poured myself a 
>> toddy. Weather both days has been exceptional--65 in the early AM, 
>> warming to about 81-82 by 2 PM.
>> Island Jim
>> Southwest Florida
>> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
>> Hardiness Zone 10
>> Heat Zone 10
>> Sunset Zone 25
>> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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Southwest Florida
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Hardiness Zone 10
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Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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  • References:
    • Weekend
      • From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
    • Re: Weekend
      • From: Theresa W <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
    • RE: Weekend
      • From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
    • Re: Weekend
      • From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>

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