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Re: Gene's greenhouse NOW Sycamore


A couple of years ago, I planted a "dill" plant from a box store; plant turned out to be anise, and it attracted swallowtails like you wouldn't believe.

On Jan 20, 2006, at 1:16 PM, Cathy Carpenter wrote:

Dill, too. They are all in the same family, but around here, dill is
the favorite, then fennel, then parsley. Have never seen them on my
carrots.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 20, 2006, at 10:45 AM, Pam Evans wrote:

Plant parsley & fennel - they're host plants for the swallowtail
caterpillars.
I lots of them every year.


On 1/20/06, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
wrote:
Around here they are a great shade tree. I love mine in the
summer, I have
a
chair hammock suspended from one branch and I sit under the tree
watching
a
couple hummingbirds flit about, listening to the pond fountain.
The bits
of
stuff that drop off aren't a problem for me, either they drop into
the
front
garden and vanish or I chew 'em up with the lawnmower. The bark
can be
lovely as it peels off, showing all sorts of dull green to deep brown
shades. I hear they are food for swallowtail butterflies - sure
wish with
my
six sycamores I'd see more than two swallowtails a year. But they
do have
their drawbacks. Mine always seem to be full of whiteflies by
summer's
end.
They don't have any fall color; the leaves turn a dull brown and
hang onto
the tree for a long time. The dead leaves once off don't make any
attempt
to
break down or decompose, they just pile up in huge drifts (maybe if I
lived
in a wetter climate it would be different). I do have one that is now
showing signs of anthracnose, not so good. I have to have them
professionally trimmed every two years, which is expensive.
If I lived somewhere else I probably wouldn't plant one as close
to the
house as mine are now, but I probably would put one in where I
could sit
under it in the summer.

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:27 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse NOW Sycamore

They are a messy tree. I am forever picking up bark, twigs, and seed
pods all over the back yard. Not to mention the anthracnose that
afflicts sycamores almost every spring.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 19, 2006, at 5:20 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:

Bonnie, I'll be on the lookout for some in my flowerbeds this
spring.  I love them, too.  I transplanted one to my yard last
year, but I don't have room for any more.  I hate to pull them out
and throw them away.  I'll let you know what comes up.
zem
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes"
<holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:29 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse


Do you have any seedlings?  I am trying to get some sycamores to
grow on
our property.  We purchased one...only one area nursery had one for
sale...my DH and I think they are beautiful.
Bonnie ETN Zone 7


[Original Message]
From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: gardenchat@hort.net <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 1/18/2006 11:59:05 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse

It doesn't get cold enough where I live to need real heat
inside the
greenhouse. I put in 3 big plastic drums full of water, figuring
it would
be
a kind of thermal buffer for when the temps drop. I guess it
works.
Sometimes if it is forecasted to get seriously cold I'll run a
little
floor
heater at night. What I should have done is buy a bigger fan.
Even in
winter, when the sun is out it gets hot in there, upwards of 90F.
By the
end
of March I've moved everything outside. Mid-summer it will get
over 120F
(comes in handy if you need to dehydrate veggies or fruit
leather).
I have a dilemma now though. When we sited the greenhouse there
was this
small struggling sycamore nearby. It was a side of our yard we
didn't use
much, didn't irrigate. I didn't figure the sycamore would cause a
problem. I
guess it got enough water from what drips onto the greenhouse
floor
because
it got big in a hurry. Now it shades the greenhouse quite a bit
when I
bring
in plants end of October, and here the dead leaves hang on the
sycamore
for
months unless there's a really big wind. On the plus side, most
of what I
bring inside is the stuff from my patio which has been in partial
shade
all
summer anyway. But the tree is not going to get smaller...so I
need to
decide what to do about it.

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-
gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
Of Cornergar@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:14 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse

I think I am grateful now that I made the decision to go passive
solar
only
in my grnhse so I do not have any gas bills. I do have power so
in really
extreme weather I can leave lights on for enough additional
warmth to keep
from
losing everything. It seldom gets below 28F even with several
cloudy 0
degree
days in a row. Of course I'm not really "growing" anything...just
holding.
But it
works for holding the more tender things in 1 gal pots and I can
be out
there
potting up plugs and bare root in Feb. Don't have running water
'tho which
is
sort of a pain but do-able. By the end of Mar I'm bursting at the
seams
but
by then I can start hardening off which isn't too difficult as
the pots
have
been subject to a hard life already! Am still anxious to try
hypertufa.
It's
a
New Years resolution! I like this time of year..Anticipation is
high ( and
the
body doesn't hurt too much yet). kathy

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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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