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RE: anybody planting out there?

I'm waiting for the stuff I ordered from Bluestone to come in. Most of
it is for the space I cleared out of the front lawn last summer. I have
been waiting for the dry garden to show some signs of life before I
decide on replacing stuff in there, but so far there's only activity
from the grass weeds, it's pretty discouraging. I really thought more of
it would come back. I probably should have ordered new stuff before now,
but I can always go to Theodore Payne nursery and pick up some things.
More expensive than mail-order and with natives I have not found bigger
to necessarily be better but at least it will be a start. Well, and
maybe some will start showing growth, the garden guy for the LA Times
says you should wait till April. 
Pretty darn dry here too, they say Los Angeles will have had the driest
year in recorded history if we don't get significant quantities in
March. I don't know what the record is for right here but it's got to be
in the running. 
Not sure what I'll be doing in the garden this weekend but probably it
will be cleanup. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Pam Evans
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 10:45 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] anybody planting out there?

Just got done planting my salvias and agastaches.  Had to convert the
pepper bed (such a water hog) into a xeriscape bed since we're in month
25 of the drought w/ no end in sight.  Sedums, agastaches and salvias
will now grace this raised bed.  Have the daylilies half done and still
have to get the bluebonnets out of the lawn and into the beds so John
doesn't mow them
down.   I'm constantly amazed how well they grow in clay and amanded
though they like sandier soil.  Cut all the existing salvias and Texas
star hibiscus plants back since new growth is starting.  I forget how
many of them I have until it's time to cut them back.  And one of my
Blanche Sandman honeysuckles survived the drought, how exciting.  Other
one's a goner but since the birds like to roost in the thick vines, I'm
leaving the skeleton
in place on the back fence.   Ah yes, another cup of tea and I'm back at
it.  Hope everyone else is having a fine day!

Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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