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Re: mid-july


I concur on the mosquitoes Kitty.  Being as close to the lake as I am - can't help having them around.
When Jesse and Zem and I were at the Garvan Woodland Garden, guess who was the only one getting bit.  uh huh - yours truly.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 19 Jul 2003 20:09:47 -0500

>The spring rush to get things done has given way to a plodding pace of
>deadhaeading and problem correcting. Today was a pretty good day except for
>the mosquitoes.  Topped out at only 80 degrees at which time I went to the
>CES office and watched 2 episodes of David Attenborough's Secret Life of
>Plants.  MGs watched and then discussed while eating popcorn for 2 hours.
>
>At home I deadheaded daylilies and lilies and generally had a little time to
>observe.  Collected seed from foxglove.  The Summer Hyacinths (Galtonia
>candicans) are up about 30 inches and have fatter buds than I remember.
>Lilium henryi at about 9 ft has just begun to bloom.  Phlox 'David' is just
>shy of 5 feet, while Actaea (Cimicifuga) racemosa has several fairywands
>much taller than I am. A. 'Hillside Black Beauty' actually has a couple of
>wands starting, though I only bought the plant last year -that's fast.
>Phlox 'Starfire' and 'Laura' are blooming for the first time.  Dug some
>daffodils to store under the house for the October bulb sale.
>
>Lilium formosana has an odd round brown bug on it which runs away carrying a
>bit of white cotton.  Doesn't look like anything good.  Ceres, can you help?
>
>Mosquitoes. The worst they've ever been!  Morning, afternoon, and evening
>they are everywhere.  Last month in desperation I ordered a full-hooded long
>sleeved net shirt that's supposed to keep them off (I hate sprays)  After I
>received it I thought "Oh sure, this is really going to help.  If they can
>bite through my pants, how's this net supposed to keep them off?"  Another
>silly waste of money.  But in desperation I put the thing on and braved the
>backyard where clouds of mosquitoes awaited my tender flesh.  Whereas it is
>not totally mosquito-proof, and you still have to keep moving, it did help.
>I was able to get some work done.
>
>Obviously you all are busy with summer activities, vacations, etc.  Happy
>Summer!
>
>Kitty
>
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A



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