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Re: Hot and dark

He reminds me of my ex-husband -- only re his plant reactions. :o) Anyway, I hired two horticulturistsm, who had just opened a yard service, in the Keys to just basically get rid of all the brush and invasive, nuisance trees. When my husband came home and saw they had gotten rid of the Florida holly, he fired them. He thought I should have kept it because it was green.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:17 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Hot and dark

I'm so sorry. :-) I will remind myself things can always be worse.
I was alarmed because this morning he started talking about the dry
garden. I said, I don't understand, I was just looking at it the other
day and there's a few weeds but it isn't bad. And he says, It's starting
to look overgrown.  Those are NATIVE plants, I say, we don't trim them
into little squares or balls or whatever you're thinking so just DON'T
TOUCH it. And he mumbles under his breath okay, okay but you know, I
worry. It was one thing when I did all the work but when he gets
involved...I think his ideal must be a square lawn with a tree in the
middle and a couple of bushes under the windows. Who knew, after all
these years.
And the WORST part is, we occasionally get weedy trees and such popping
up, and he always wants to keep them! The pampas grass that was in front
of a bedroom window, obviously a seedling from across the street, took
me 12 years to convince him that shouldn't be there and finally we cut
it out and he says "Oh. That does look better.". The black locust
seedling in front of the office window. Too big, I say, I'm gonna yank
it, and he howls in protest because one day it will have nice flowers.
Well, I left it, and it does have nice flowers, it's about 10 feet tall
and knocking down the little retaining wall. "Oh." he says. "I guess you
need to take that out". And the pine tree seedlings. And, and, well you
get the idea.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 11:51 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hot and dark

Pruning shears? My DH uses a chain saw!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Aug 16, 2007, at 11:21 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

I'm sitting here in the dark - well, not entirely, I have a pretty big

window - because southern California is supposed to be in this big
power emergency due to the heat, and we've been asked to turn off
everything we can. So we've turned off all the lights on this floor
since there's just enough natural light to work with. We couldn't
POSSIBLY turn off the computers you know, and it would be defeating
the purpose to send us home - everyone would go turn on their air
conditioning. We're working in dimness (no cracks about government
workers please :-) and no doubt they'll turn off the A/C too.
It's just weird. It's going to be over 100 today, it was hot
yesterday, but it's a bit overcast and we are also blanketed in smoke
from the Zaca fire, 100 miles to the west. I can't smell it but I can
feel it when I breathe, I don't want to take in a deep breath and I'm
getting some sinus headache.  It's really hazy, visibility is less
than a mile, and brownish. The sunrise this morning was this blood-red

disc, very eerie looking.
My sister called yesterday with more bad news. Their ancient labrador
died. I think maybe my late brother-in-law called her to come, you
Well, more sadness, but my sister wasn't too upset - Missy was really
old and they'd been thinking she was on borrowed time for the last
She tells me, you know things come in threes, you should be careful. I

had to laugh. Years back the two of us went through a period where
relatives dropped like flies, we lost about 5 of them in one year
including our mother, and we dealt with it by making a lot of death
jokes. It's all coming back to me now...but that's okay.
Yesterday I turned in my preserved foods entries for the fair. Imagine

my indignation when the woman in front of me also entered
peach-raspberry jam. What nerve! Ah well, just have to wait and see
how I do. I sure didn't have as many entries this year.  I am thinking

I might be able to stay out of the kitchen this weekend and work on
the garden instead. My husband is saying he wants to work on the dry
garden, I have to be out there to stop him from pruning things. When I

think what he did to my poor mahonias in the tea
garden...non-gardeners should not be allowed to use pruning shears.


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  • References:
    • Hot and dark
      • From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
    • Re: Hot and dark
      • From: Cathy Carpenter <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
    • RE: Hot and dark
      • From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>

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