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Re: Looking for the weekend!


Go ahead and rant Cyndi - developers make me crazy too.  Stupid.

On 3/24/06, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
wrote:
>
> We finally are having some nice days, I hope it lasts through the weekend.
> I'm helping at a garage sale tomorrow but Sunday I have much planting to
> do.
> I bought a whole bunch o' stuff at Theodore Payne's (my poor credit
> card!),
> and my order from Forestfarm showed up too so there is no shortage of
> plants.
> I'm going to get serious about trying to hide the neighbor in back of us
> but
> the plants I put in have to be tough. Thus all the natives from Payne's. I
> bought 3 different kinds of saltbush - atriplex polycarpa, atriplex
> canescens, and atriplex lentiformis. None of them are terribly attractive
> but they will take just about anything. We have atriplex canescens already
> back there and it is about 7' tall now, the quail just love to hide in it.
> Since another of my wants is to provide cover and food for birds I'm
> hoping
> they all do well. Considering how much less habitat the critters have
> these
> days they might need my place.
> What is it about developers anyway. There are millions of acres of flat
> desert out here with nothing on it but rabbitbush tumbleweeds and alkali.
> Do
> they build there, NO, they buy up the juniper woodland in the foothills,
> the
> places with the biggest biodiversity we have here - hundreds and hundreds
> of
> species - and then they bulldoze it, pave it and put up houses. Makes me
> so
> mad I could spit. Not to mention that part of what is currently being
> bulldozed used to be city nature park, the city just rolled over and
> showed
> the developers their throat. Sure, take whatever you want, just promise us
> taxes. Citizen complaints are met with smiles and nods and no action. Of
> course now the housing bubble is popping, who knows maybe they'll just
> stop
> after bulldozing everything.
> Oops didn't mean to go on a rant.
> Anyway. I also bought 3 sambucus mexicana, an elderberry, as an
> experiment.
> There is one growing in a canyon where we go hiking on the weekends. Not
> too
> far from my house but a little higher in elevation and probably more
> sheltered. Who knows it may have found a little pocket to tap into for
> water. But it is there so I will see if I can grow one too.
> Second experiment, I bought two different mesquites: screwbean mesquite,
> prosopis pubescens, and honey mesquite, prosopis glandulosa. I see them
> growing here where I work but there are none near where I live, so we'll
> see. Beautiful once they get a little size to them but you don't want to
> get
> too close - major thorns on those plants.
> Third experiment, this one I'm not all that hopeful, arctostaphylos glauca
> aka big berry manzanita. Never seen one growing so far as I know. But the
> description sounded like it might live and I love manzanitas, it might
> make
> it. If none of my experiments work then next year it's more saltbush! And
> they might not...I have already tried fremontodendron and matilija poppy
> back there, neither lived. Course you know what they say, try it three
> times.
> I bought the hakonecheloa (sp?) grass from Forestfarm, and a few nandinas
> -
> the dwarf "Firepower" ones - and a dwarf oakleaf hydrangea...ummmm...can't
> remember the name now. The japanese garden needs more work than I thought
> due to the gophers eating a lot of my liriope around the teahouse edge.
> That
> may have to wait for a while though.
> Can't wait for the weekend.
>
> Cyndi
>
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