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Re: Weekend


That is a beautiful plant!  
zem

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From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> 

> 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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> Island Jim 
> Southwest Florida 
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W 
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> Heat Zone 10 
> Sunset Zone 25 
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C] 
> Maximum 100 F [38 C] 
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