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RE: Heat season

ymmm.  I love avocados...I've been making a salad with strawberries (now in
season here), leaf lettuce, pine nuts, and cheese.

> [Original Message]
> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> To: Garden Chat <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 5/14/2007 2:07:58 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Heat season
> The heat's definitely here. It's 89 degrees now. We're scheduled for 
> showers and TS later this afternoon, but so far no clouds--just that 
> hazy, smoky stuff. Really need the rain--a third of the state's on fire 
> and the rest is a tinderbox.
> I did a quick census count on the avocado tree yesterday. I counted up 
> to 50 without moving very much, so I quit. They're all the size of 
> damson plums now, so we'll probably lose some before mid-July, but I 
> think not many. This year I plan to try to peddle a bunch of them to 
> one of the produce sellers at the farmer's market. The nice thing about 
> this variety is they ripen a good month before any other Florida 
> variety, so the only competition is those smallish California [or 
> Mexico] Hass avocados. Most people will find these far superior.
> I don't know if the gardenia in in some sort of death throe or what. We 
> have a 10-inch glass salad bowl on the kitchen table with a dozen 
> blooms floating in it--and there's four or five times that many blooms 
> on the bush, so many in fact that half the branches are drooping under 
> the weight of the flowers. We've never seen it like this before.
> Spent most of the weekend chopping out some plants that were molesting 
> a couple of Chinese fan palms along the property line. Good progress, 
> but no where near done. My guess is it'll take a couple more 
> weeks--limited mostly by the rules governing yard refuse pick up. But 
> once it's done, we'll have room to install a couple more [different] 
> palms and a pad for the barbeque.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Sunset Zone 25
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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