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Re: Today in the garden

Chris - you're a dynamo!  Can't wait to see pics when all gets to optimum
size.  Donna - check w/ your local nursery.  Sometimes you can get compost
in bulk.  Mushroom compost is great if available.  Otherwise, any good
quality compost will do.  If the nursery isn't aware of a source, check w/ a
local landscaping company.

On 5/27/07, Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Sounds like you did accomplish something tho! Seems the older I get, the
> longer it takes to do 'stuff'. I am wondering if it is due to moving
> slower or taking more time thinking about design or doing more pre work
> before actually planting something.
> In my continuing saga of neighbors - I had to reduce the pile of my
> compost to keep the complaints down- ok read get rid of it! So now I am
> hurting for compost alternatives. I thought they sold something bagged,
> but when I looked for it, only found cow manure and mushroom compost.
> Thoughts on either of these bagged items or alternate items I buy/could
> use?
> My goal for this weekend was to work on the garden railroad.... but ma
> nature isn't allowing that. It has been raining since Friday here. A few
> good storms, but for the most part raining just enough to keep me
> inside. The weather map tells me today for the most part isn't going to
> work either. We needed the rain, and I am sure the weeds will love it :(
> Donna
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Chris Petersen <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:10:14 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Today in the garden
> It's 11 PM and I just got out of the shower after a very long day in the
> garden. The strangest thing happened.  My left thumb cramped and locked
> itself against my palm! I frequently get cramps in my toes and calves, but
> this is my very first thumb cramp!  I had to literally pry it away from my
> palm! While I was performing the unclamping, I noticed that I forgot to
> wash
> my feet!  Due to the extreme heat, I left my socks and gardening shoes in
> the house and wore an old pair of sandals.  Talk about dirt- I had to use
> the ultimate nail brush that I got from last year's daylily
> convention.  It
> worked like a charm!
> Well, back to gardening- my goal for today was to fill my patio
> containers.
> I do at least twenty 20" containers and about the same amount of smaller
> ones! I must be out of my mind! I've been doing more and more containers
> every year.  Most years, no one sees them besides family.  But, I really
> enjoy the riot of color that they provide and I get to try out all sorts
> of
> unusual annuals.
> Anyway, about mid-afternoon my husband replied that the nursery of plants
> didn't look like it had a dent in it! The only way that I can do my
> containers is to arrange all my plant material by color; then, I make
> choices that I hope will be pleasing. Some of the plants are cuttings that
> I've wintered over, so they are still small. The containers look out of
> proportion to the plantings for a few weeks!
> It takes me so much longer than I think because I have to dig out the
> zillions of seedlings in the pots before I decide whether to discard or
> reuse some of the soil. Today, I potted up flats of 2" and 3" pots of
> agastache. I also repotted some of the houseplants that are coming outside
> for the summer. My indoor jungle is slowly disappearing, so I'll have to
> dismantle the temporary shelving and move the furniture around to fill the
> empty spaces that held hibiscus, geraniums and containers that I brought
> inside for the winter!
> Tomorrow there are more containers to plant and annuals to add here and
> there to the garden beds. Then, I have to take cuttings from the coleus
> plants that are looking straggly after spending the winter indoors. There
> are perennials to plant, grasses to cut back (I didn't get to all of them
> yet), the 200' of hedges need clipping, leaves are smothering a couple of
> shade gardens, etc. I have soooo many perennials that need to be thinned
> out!  There will be lots of things to pot up to give to gardening friends!
> Oh yeah, I'll have to drag the hose around to the places in the garden
> that
> get no irrigation (how do you get those sprinkler people to answer your
> calls or actually come to the house?)
> The columbines are glorious right now. The azaleas are still beautiful.
> Some
> of the clematis are blooming profusely. The only daylily that's blooming
> is
> H. middendorffii.  H. dumortieri should be in bloom soon. I'll have to
> check
> my other EE's for scapes.
> Chris Petersen
> Northport, Long Island, New York
> Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> chris@widom-assoc.com
> My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
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