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RE: A little gardening


It's Laurus nobilis. I have tried leaves off the California one - my
stepmother used to give us plenty of them - but while they smelled
similar I found the taste different. Weird huh.  Could have been that
particular tree I suppose.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:41 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] A little gardening

Hi, Cyndi--Your bay tree. Is it the Greek one, Laurus nobilis, or the
California one, Umbellularia californica? I grew both in Sacramento and
found the native much more drought tolerant. Flavor is nearly
identical.

On Nov 13, 2007, at 11:49 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I did actually get some gardening done over 3 days...not much, but
> some.
> All the patio plants are in the greenhouse now.  Did I mention that I
> managed somehow to fry the bay tree again? I think something went
wrong
> with the automatic watering, maybe a couple months ago, and it really
> dried out before I noticed. Poor thing, almost all its leaves are
> crunchy, but it doesn't look as bad as the time it got cooked in the
> greenhouse, so we'll see if it recovers. It's been a little while, and

> I
> don't see signs of regrowth yet but it is fall, and the stems are
still
> green and flexible.
> One of the geraniums lost a number of big branches when I pulled it in
> through the greenhouse door, so I am going to take cuttings and start
> those.
> I did a little clean-up in the veggie garden too, couldn't do too much
> because once again we filled up all the debris containers cleaning up
> after the horses and sheep. So I dug up what's left of the pepper
> plants
> and tossed them. We still have not had a frost, so the plants are
> alive,
> but since I let the chickens out into the garden there is not much
left
> of them. I left one jalapeno there, had a thought that I might try
> cutting it back and digging it up to put in the greenhouse.  If it's
> still there next weekend I probably will.
> I might go to the garden store and see if there's anything pretty to
> put
> in there over the winter, but I'm feeling broke.  It cost us over $100
> to put gas in the pickup and we had to buy hay, oh my. Ouch. We'll
keep
> the sheep through next spring when they lamb, but since we have no
> grazing we have to buy hay, I'm not sure it's worth it.  Same with the
> chickens although there we might be able to let them roam more, they
> could pick up some food from the horse pens.
> Anyway back to gardening. The dry garden is still looking okay. A few
> of
> the penstemons have died. They are pretty short-lived for perennials
> and
> I'm getting a little bored with buying replacements so I might go for
> something else next spring. Salvia greggii and germander sage are
> blooming happily, some of the Russian sage too.  The front still needs

> a
> bulldozer and the teahouse garden is doing okay except for whatever is
> killing off the creeping thyme. I would like to rearrange some plants
> in there as well, but I can wait on it. My rhododendron doesn't look
> like it will recover. Husband refuses to believe that one week without
> water could have killed it, and I agree it doesn't seem like common
> sense...but it was fine before we turned off the sprinklers, and
> completely wilted the next week. Maybe something ate all its roots.
>
> Cyndi
>
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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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