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RE: guy topics< duct tape

Y'all are NOT alone. Poor Pat has had her caryopteris shrubs decapitated
3 times this Spring by her slap-happy weed whacking husband (not a
gardener). We even got her some bricks to edge that bed but she hasn't
gotten to it yet. If she doesn't soon, there won't be anything left to

I can understand the response y'all have to these snafu's.  I'd have to choke anyone who hurt my "babies".

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Fri, 6 Jun 2003 07:12:27 -0400 

>You (along with the other non-gardening spouse tales) make me feel better!
>When I caught him standing IN the dahlia bed early last summer whacking
>away... well, I didn't know I had such a vocabulary!  (yes there was some
>grass growing in there, BUT !!!) 
>This year when my plant orders came, he asked didn't I need to mulch first,
>before I put them out, since they'd get buried if it was done after.  I
>tried to explain about how one usually mulches *around* plants...  sigh...
>last year he got tired of how long it was taking me to move the mulch from
>driveway to gardens so he "helped" finish it.  Shall I just say I am from
>that time forward highly motivated to get the mulching done myself.  (hmmmm
>perhaps that was the object <grin>)
>Maryland zone 6
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Marge Talt
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Sent: 6/6/2003 1:09 AM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] guy topics< duct tape
>LOL, Libby...my non-gardening DH, when he was mobile, had feet that
>grew 3 sizes the moment they approached any non-weed sort of plant:-)
> He would get out periodically with a weedwhacker and we had a few
>rather heated discussions when precious baby shrubs were decapitated.
> To this day, after nearly 30 years living with an insane gardener,
>he only really recognizes azaleas, rhodies and daylilies as actual
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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>> <chuckle> I have some "honey do" jobs that don't get done, and I
>have a
>> husband.  And then on those occasions when he does try to "help"
>> gardening work, he generally just creates more work for me to clean
>> later.  I don't want to think about the plants he's mowed,
>weed-whacked, or
>> buried...  he's of the "if it's not blooming it's a weed" mindset,
>> the plant's in a garden bed or not.  And if I haven't managed to
>weed a bed
>> for a while, look out!  I do the best I can with the time I have...
>> challenges build character, right?
>> Libby
>> Maryland, zone 6
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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