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Re: lurking

Scottie - keep lava sand sprinkled all around your hostas. It tears
those devils up and they can't eat your babies. Will bring some if you
can't find a local source. I use lots of it w/ this clay soil I have.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Scottie Baugh" <scottieb@mindspring.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 11 Aug 2003 02:32:14 -0500

>Thanks for the offer.  I absolutely love 4 O'Clocks; they remind me of my
>I've been disappointed with my containers this year.  Usually, I can keep
>the annuals going  well enough to revive them when things cool off in the
>fall so that I have them all winter, but this year they just didn't make it.
>Maybe I was spending too little time on them because of my orchid duties.
>I do grow Bougainville; the current plant is now about three years old, and
>ready to either go into the ground, or at the least into a new pot.  It
>makes such a wonderful display, and has been in bloom all summer.  I never
>thought about the gingers in containers, I'll try that if I am forced to
>container garden another season.  I'm afraid Citrus would walk off under
>someone's arm.  The Salvias I put out this spring in pots with dianthus, are
>doing great except for needing to be cut back.  My sedums are doing fine,
>also.  I've wanted to try Duranta and Brugmansia for a while, so now I'll
>have the chance.
>I only long for hosta.  I've never been able to keep it for long; the snails
>and slugs always won (this was in Denver).  But I long for that cool, green
>image: ferns, hostas, sweet woodruff and impatients, with astilbe and
>ligularia 'rocket' for height and color.  This was very successful (except
>for the hosta) under the apple tree where it was always damp because of a
>leak in the pump from the waterfall in the rock garden.  I'll have to find a
>combination that works here as well as that did there.
>I do enjoy the orchids; I just resent having to devote so much time to DH's
>hobby.  The vandas especially require daily soaking, and on the boat,
>everything needs misting fairly often when it is as hot as it has been
>lately.  Seems like I'm forever running to the boat at lunch to mist the
>orchids, and I never get to eat.  (Not all bad, I've lost about 35 pounds
>since he started growing orchids.)  We've joined AOS, and the Galveston
>Society, so we're getting lots of really good information as well as
>enjoying the meetings.
>I'm hoping we get moved in time to do some fall planting.  I'd rather wait,
>because moving containers is such a pain, and there will be plenty to move
>already.  So look out for mail begging for advice with selections!
>I'll be in touch!
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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