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RE: weather


I found a picture of it here:
http://www.gardenguides.com/seedcatalog/herbs/shisoperillared.htm

Sure looks like what Theresa described. Maybe I'll try growing it next year,
looks interesting. I also found a page that says the leaves and seeds can be
used as a red dye. They say throw a couple of chopped leaves in with your
rice and you get pink rice. 
The high was 106 here today. 

Cyndi 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 4:44 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather

That would be my guess, too. Shiso is  Perilla frutescens, a member of the
mint family used in Japanese cooking. The cultivar 'Atropurpurea' is called
"beefsteak plant".

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 21, 2006, at 6:08 PM, Karen Fernsler wrote:

> Is it shiso?
>
> On Fri, Jul 21, 2006 at 04:02:52PM -0700, Theresa W. wrote:
>> Regarding the herb- they described both culinary and medicinal uses.
>> Apparently it is good with pork dishes and is an important ingredient 
>> in spare ribs.  I'm going to hunt in some of my medicinal herb books 
>> and see if I can find it (and how to spell it).  It is actually a 
>> really attractive purple leafed plant with ruffled edges and smell 
>> sort of minty/basil-like.
>>
>> Theresa
>> At 106 degrees right now.  I am inside!
>>
>> Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>>> Did he tell you what to use the herb for? I always like growing 
>>> different stuff but with veggies and herbs sometimes you don't know 
>>> what to do with it. The tomatillo thing sounds interesting too. And 
>>> I bet I know what they do with the produce...they eat some, they 
>>> preserve some, and they give it away to nice people like you. My 
>>> co-workers are not yet sick of zucchini as I'm being careful not to 
>>> overload the same people all the time.
>>> I don't plant anything here after about mid-June, even if it lives 
>>> it won't do much. Doesn't always stop me from buying stuff but I'll 
>>> leave them in pots until September.
>>> 106 here yesterday too. And still the clouds. I just can't get over 
>>> this weird monsoon weather, it is just going on and on this summer.
>>> Yesterday the
>>> clouds were very black off in the distance as I drove home, and I 
>>> saw multiple lightning strikes in one particular area - one after 
>>> another, very quick. A little worried since that's where I was 
>>> heading! While I got rained on as I neared the area it must have 
>>> been very bad a little earlier. I stopped at the optometrist's 
>>> office and the intersection there was literally under water, cars up 
>>> to their bumpers and all sorts of debris in the street.
>>> Five miles away at my house it was bone dry.
>>> Forecast is the same for today and the weekend, 110 and clouds.
>>> Well...whattya gonna do.
>>>
>>> Cyndi
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner- gardenchat@hort.net] 
>>> On Behalf Of Theresa W.
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 7:24 PM
>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather
>>>
>>> I created my own rain in the backyard-  turned on the sprinklers 
>>> when I got
>>> home from work and just went out into the yard and stood there.   
>>> 106 today.
>>> (107 tomorrow and Sat).  Everything is hot.  My nextdoor neighbor 
>>> gave me a couple of plants on Wednesday when I stayed home. His 
>>> gardens all look
>>> great- don't ask me what one older Asian couple and do with all of 
>>> the veggies and fruit that man manages to grow on his tiny little 
>>> yard.
>>> Amazing!  Well, I left his house with a zucchini, an asian squash of 
>>> some kind, some kind of funky hybrid that is kind of like a 
>>> tomatillo (but isn't) that tastes kind of fruity like tangy 
>>> cherry/mango/tomatillo blend and is the color orange.  Also, 2 
>>> pepper plants (one looks like a Thai devil, and the other he called 
>>> an Australian bell (the peppers are actually the shape of bells).  
>>> Also an Asian herb called "geesu"- and yes that is a phonetic 
>>> spelling since neither he, nor I know how to spell it using the 
>>> English alphabet.  Amazingly they all transplanted
>>> OK- I guess since they already were surviving in pots in this heat.
>>> Stay cool everyone.  And for those of you who actually get any rain 
>>> in summer, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
>>>
>>> Theresa
>>>
>>> james singer wrote:
>>>
>>>> Not raining yet, but a 70 percent probability for today--and every 
>>>> day for a week. We seem to be averaging about 2 inches per day, 
>>>> which must be soaking in. At least I don't see it puddling up 
>>>> anywhere.
>>>>
>>>> On Jul 20, 2006, at 8:30 AM, Donna wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> raining here today.... wish I could share with those who need it, 
>>>>> we all need it, but why buckets worth? Do we really need that 
>>>>> light show to go with? Street infront of work is once again 
>>>>> flooded. sigh.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Anyways, as I was driving into work, the sky is really scary....
>>>>> reminds me of a twister forming. Not established enough here, but 
>>>>> those to the
>>>>> south- southeast... watch it... stay safe...
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Hopefully if it does form, it will touch down in some remote 
>>>>> field.
>>>>>
>>>>> Donna
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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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