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RE: Today in the garden

  • To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
  • Subject: RE: Today in the garden
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 08:19:32 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: [CHAT] Today in the garden

My tomatoes and peppers turned to mush a few weeks back when the temps
dropped into the 30s at night. But the dry garden doesn't look terrible
- I have rabbitbrush, zauschneria, salvia greggii and germander sage
still blooming. It's no blaze of glory but it's okay. The grass weeds
are starting to germinate, I can't believe it's already time to weed.
Along with the grass there are hundreds of California poppy seedlings!
And I have a lot of salvia palmerii seedlings in a couple spots that I
should try transplanting around. I distributed the seed packets I bought
last weekend of owl's clover and something called scarlet sage - no idea
what that really is, since the nursery was pretty vague about using
botanical names.
In the weed-choked front garden the sedum and a few roses are blooming.
I will be home for the next four days so I'm hoping to get some work
done outside.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 4:35 PM
To: Garden Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Today in the garden

It's been raining on and off--more on than off--since Sunday. It let
up earlier today for more than a few minutes, so I toured the estate.
Some rebellious plants--daylilies, roses, dahlias, and a lone azalea--
are still blooming. The chrysanthemums, which were mounds of color in
mid October are beginning to look a little tired, and the lavender has
finally stopped blooming, and most other shrubs have packed it in for
the year. The tall, old maple in the front lawn turned fire-engine red
in October and now looks like a hat-rack while a nearby birch is still
green. The muscari and the saffron crocus are up but no blooms yet.
The vegetable garden is nearly done, although the orange cherry tomato
soldiers on, blooming and setting fruit and the fava beans seem robust
in spite of the coolness of the weather. We're going to have a large
crop of undersized tomatillos in a week or so [note to self: plant
them earlier next year], but the size won't matter much; they'll still
make salsa.

Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
39.9" Precipitation
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 102 F [39 C]

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