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Re: weekend gardening


Makes me wonder if anyone knows about that first 'a' in Elaeagnus.

I remember back in high school I dated a boy who lived on a strawberry farm.
He wanted to handpick a quart for me and I told him I disliked strawberries.
He couldn't believe it and insisted I try them.  The only strawberries I'd
ever had up until I was 16 had been marinated in a cup of sugar overnight in
the fridge and then spread over spongy shortcakes.  A gooey, sickeningly
sweet, unappetizing mess - one of the few desserts I passed on as a kid.  So
he told me to eat these straight, nothing on them.  I ate the whole quart
and got hives.  But they were yummy!

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 5:53 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] weekend gardening


> So Libby, (or anyone)-- about this shrub, eleagnus multiflora.... is it
> like raspberries where the runners are everywhere?!? Thorns?
>
> Don't agree with that site tho Kitty-- we have tons of water here and
> strawberries are bigger and I am sick of eating them! I have been
> picking a larger bowl daily for weeks now, and leave some for the
> critters too.
>
> Ha! For once we can grow something Island Jim can't...
> http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/producttype.cfm?producttype=Goumi
> maybe I should snurl it:
>
> http://snipurl.com/721b
>
> Donna
>
> > Interesting.  Eleagnus multiflora:
> > http://www.twinoaks.org/gallery/news-2003/goumi_kaweah2
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> >
> > > Hi, Libby. Tell me more about the gumi (also spelled goumi), please.
> > >
> > > On Sunday, June 13, 2004, at 03:31 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:
> > >
> > > > Well, I'm down to only 4 plants left to be planted (okay, not
> counting
> > > > the
> > > > tomatoes and peppers I started that still need to go out - usually
> do
> > > > them
> > > > Memorial Day but didn't get to them).  Hooray!  Finally finished
> the
> > > > last
> > > > third of my new large bed (maybe 12' x 35' or so) at least with
> > initial
> > > > plantings (several asclepias, multiples of several different
> varieties
> > > > of
> > > > phlox, some asters - it's got bird/butterfly plantings plus 3
> young
> > > > sapphireberries) and papered and mulched the rest, except for a
> small
> > > > 2x4
> > > > area because I ran out of paper.  Finished edging it - I am pretty
> > > > excited
> > > > it's very close to done (for this year). It's sort of a trapezoid
> > > > shape,
> > > > created because that area of the property is very sloped and I
> didn't
> > > > want
> > > > DH mowing it.
> > > >
> > > > Anybody else have a gumi (also spelled goumi)?  Mine is now about
> 8
> > > > years
> > > > old, and put out a big crop of berries this year.  Since I was
> working
> > > > by
> > > > it, I sampled a lot of them - yum!  They look like tiny, slightly
> > > > elongated
> > > > red cherries, maybe 1/2 inch long and half that wide, and when
> ripe
> > are
> > > > slightly soft.  Taste somewhere between cherry and strawberry.
> > > > Anyway, the
> > > > birds are going to have some competition for them from here on out
> now
> > > > that
> > > > I know how good they are!
> > > >
> > > > The cicadas are winding down, but I saw the first Japanese beetles
> > > > yesterday.  Sigh.  Also did not realize how destructive the
> cicadas
> > > > can be
> > > > to twigs, but I guess it's mostly temporary setback for the trees.
> > > >
> > > > Libby
> > > > Maryland zone 6
> > > >
> > >
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