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RE: Re: hi again

Welcome back Libby....

You will love that high speed... but you can never go back to a dial up.
Well you can, but it will drive you nuts!

Been a strange season here too.... got tons of stuff to do before winter
sets in which will be here soon. 

The fall colors here are awesome this year. Really stand out for a
change. Notice it everywhere I go... and lack of it here at home! Spring
and fall seem to be short season for me. Or some weather track hits here
and destroys it, so never planted allot for that time of year. We
already had a hard freeze here, but I brought things in or covered them.
Glad I did, weather is back in the high 70-low 80 again, although the
nights are getting cool.

BTW that great list I had in the beginning of spring .... you know you
all have them, listing everything you want to get done this year... well
I think I got one done if that.... bummer.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Libby Valentine
> Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 10:47 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Re: hi again
> Hi everybody,
> I'm finally back - even have my very own email account now (I know it
> doesn't seem like much but I've only had work email prior to this, and
> yahoo account for temporary connection but it doesn't have much space
> hey,
> for free what more could I ask?).  And my husband decided to go for
> cable modem a few weeks ago which I have to admit is great - the
> connection
> speed is very nice.
> Summer has just whizzed by.  How did it get to be October? (let alone
> 2003...)  We've had an incredible amount of rain all summer, after 9
> of drought, so it's been interesting to see what is thriving with the
> moisture and what really prefers it drier.  The lawn never went
dormant at
> all.  I finished planting half of my new bed (on a slope I thought was
> dangerous to mow):  newspaper-and-mulched it and put in some different
> kinds
> of salvias and other plants for the butterflies and hummingbirds, and
> 3
> sapphireberries, which came up on this list probably 3 years ago.
Took me
> that long to find them.  I will look up the true names and write
> but
> I am really excited to be back so I want to send this now!!  I had an
> bed with a goumi, a russian mt. ash, and a pussy willow in it, plus
> various
> perennials, and I made that the small side of the trapezoid and
> it
> to 2 little cleveland pears (I know, I know, but at least they're not
> Bradfords) above and outside the corners of the oval bed, so it's all
> bed now.  I still have about 1/3 to plan and plant, but I am happy to
> accomplished what I did.
> Right here the most damage from Isabel was 4 of the 7 large Bradford
> lining our across-the-street neighbor's driveway came down - 3
> one
> uprooted - gave the whole neighborhood something to do the next day,
> there was still warm water left in the water heater for showers after!
> Lost
> several relatively young willows in the neighborhood, and then there
> a
> number of big trees down on some of the wooded roads in the area.  All
> all, very fortunate.
> Question on vines for you all - I planted a hops vine (humulus) and
> growing very well when the deer don't browse it.  I planted it at the
> of an arch (to which someone here pointed me last year, from Lee
> Tools - whoever it was, thanks!), and it has grown up to the top of
> arch
> nicely, but it also keeps trying to spread, well, wherever it can,
> including
> into midair.  Is there a trick to training vines or is it simple
> persistence
> of bringing back the errant tendrils and wrapping them on the arbor?
> Also,
> do I cut this back?
> My mom gave me a heather collection (6 varieties) from White Flower
> this summer.  They are all still very small, but I'm hoping most of
> will survive the winter and then I'll have some input on what will
> a
> normal summer here.  If there is such a thing!
> Jesse, I am so glad to hear Fizick has rejoined the ranks.  I told my
> three
> about him and they've all been sending good kitty wishes his way.
> Thank you all for being out there, this is a wonderful community and I
> glad to be back as a hopefully more active part of it again.
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
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