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RE: Long weekend here, and...

Hum.... it was snowing this morning, although it all melted this afternoon.
Tomorrows high will feel like zero if we are lucky with the 45mph winds that
are already here. Might see some lake effect snow as well :(

It is a good thing to leave snags from dead trees, wonder if the animals and
birds will use the queen palm like that - places to hide and stuff.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:10 PM
> To: Garden Chat
> Subject: [CHAT] Long weekend here, and...
> off to a flying start.
> Chilly here today. 65 degrees. 79 forecast for tomorrow, which will be
> nice. Maybe we'll have a BBQ.
> Been pruning fruit trees and shrubs today. Surinam cherry got a major
> haircut. Rose apple got some lateral limbs lopped off. Grumichama,
> which had grown to 7 feet in the last 18 months, got whacked back to 4
> feet and I opened the area around it so it should get more sun and grow
> more out than up.
> Asian scale did kill the old queen palm, so I removed all the dead
> fronds and now there is just a forlorn five-stem trunk left. I'll
> probably plant stuff [palms come to mind] around it to hide it rather
> than try to pull it out. If I did pull it out, I'd have to use my truck
> as an anchor for the come-along, and the I'd have a hunk of debris too
> large for the recyclers to haul off, so I'd end up taking it to the
> dump. Much easier to just disguise it and let it rot down over a few
> years.
> Been meaning to ask our orchid farmers--Scottie, Cathy, Jim--about
> cattleya orchids. Are they epiphytes? I tied an "orchid rescue"
> cattleya to the trunk of a ponytail palm about 18 months ago. It is
> putting out new growth in two or three places but no roots that I can
> detect.
> That's the same ponytail that I gooped a "bulb" of a native orchid to a
> couple of years ago. It is growing very well, has roots the nearly wrap
> the ponytail's trunk, and is now a small cluster "bulbs". I halfway
> expect it will bloom this coming winter-spring season.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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