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RE: But it's a DRY heat...

It's a Meyer. My mom had a dwarf Meyer in her backyard, boy were those
tasty. So I figured I would try one. You can do it here...I've seen people
that have them...but so far I haven't gotten the hang of it. Eventually I


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 10:59 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] But it's a DRY heat...

What's your lemon, Cyndi? Meyer--which is really a cross between a lemon and
an orange--is the only one that does well in our heat. Most real lemons like
that monotonously cool Oxnard Plain weather.

On Jul 17, 2006, at 1:25 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I didn't get a lot done outside this weekend, that's for sure. It was
> 109 on
> Saturday and 105 on Sunday. We're not supposed to get out of the 100s 
> all week. My lab spent quite a lot of time lounging in his wading 
> pool, I almost kicked him out of it so we could use it ourselves. 
> Times like this I miss having a pool but I still don't miss the 
> maintenance.
> I did get out and check a lot of the watering, I thought some of the 
> stuff was looking kind of wilted. I use those "leaky" hoses for my 
> vegetable garden and they have a tendency to split as the season goes 
> on.  Plus every now and again a critter bites through looking for 
> water. I did find one hole so I just wrapped it with tape and I'll 
> replace it next season. But the plants looked a little wilted not 
> because of non-water but because it was a million degrees out there. I 
> gave them all an extra soaking and that will have to do for now.
> The japanese garden seems to be getting hit a bit harder than the 
> rest. I have some woolly thyme that is starting to die back and I'm 
> not sure if it's the heat or not. There's another clump that gets more 
> shade and it looks better, but you never know there might be other 
> reasons for it. The liriope look a little stressed too. The japanese 
> maple, poor thing, is definitely suffering - it was an experiment for 
> this area so I don't have great expectations for it, but it's lasted 
> so far. The hakon(whatever) grass is mostly hanging in there, one 
> clump is definitely getting too much sun but the other two look pretty 
> good.
> I tied up the tomato vines too; the @#%% squirrels are climbing up the 
> cages and breaking the vines.  I can't get rid of the squirrels but 
> hopefully this will stop the breakage, and maybe provide more 
> protection for the tomatoes.
> Speaking of the !*#% squirrels, something took off with the only lemon 
> on my lemon tree. I'm ticked. I'm determined to have lemons but I 
> don't seem to have the knack for growing them in pots. This particular 
> tree is 3 years old (I've killed a few others) and this year, for the 
> first time, I had a lemon grow to get bigger than a quarter.  It was 
> at least golf-ball sized when something chewed it off. Well...maybe 
> next year.
> I also went hiking very early Saturday morning, my friend I go with 
> has been enthusing about our trips so we had a group this time. 5 
> people and 7 dogs, and we weren't the only ones up there. As more of 
> the hills get flattened for subdivisions the area that's left is 
> getting pretty crowded.
> And I picked almost all the plums, got maybe 6 pounds or so. Not sure 
> what I want to do with them - can't stand to be in the kitchen unless 
> we turn on the real AC (not just the swamp cooler), but that really 
> jacks up the electric bill, so making jam isn't high on my list. Maybe 
> it's back to my old standby of fruit leather.
> Cyndi
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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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