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RE: I thought

  • Subject: RE: I thought
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:58:22 -0700

I swept out the greenhouse over the weekend but my fan thermostat is
broken, we'll have to mail-order a new one. It is a standard switch for
a swamp cooler, but the home stores only carry them in spring and
summer. I don't think I'll have to move my patio plants inside for a
couple weeks yet so we have time. The pelargoniums are happy about the
cooler weather and are blooming again.
It is cloudy and dampish here, the news stations have all trotted out
their "STORM WATCH" banners and are calculating possible rain totals. It
is indeed a serious thing for the foothill communities near the burned
areas, but if we get anything much here I'll be surprised, I wish they
wouldn't go all apocalyptic about it.
I have a few lilacs blooming! Our automatic sprinkler system around the
chicken coop failed in July and we didn't notice until the lilacs really
started wilting. Must have been 3 weeks or more. Husband fixed it but
apparently the lilacs figured that was dormant season and now they have
put forth a small amount of new leaves and some blossoms. So we'll turn
it back off I guess, hot weather is done and we need to force them back
to sleep before it freezes for real.
I dug up most of the tomato plants too, they are growing again but no
fruit, so there's no point in keeping them. Husband's experiment of
planting them in containers buried in the ground worked better than I
expected, but they were somewhat smaller than the same variety I planted
in the ground. None of them bore much fruit, we planted too late in the
year. The root balls were interesting too. Two of the containers were
solid root masses. Three of them were not, and those three had ant
colonies in them. I always have problems with ants in the beans,
peppers, and other plants where they can chew away at the stems or get
inside the stems, like squash. First time I've seen them near tomatoes.
He wants to try his experiment again with a determinate variety,
figuring they are smaller plants and will do better in the containers.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 9:11 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] I thought

Bringing my plants indoors today.  It is COLD.  36 degrees this
morning.  GROSS.  My jade tree has produced so MANY offspring, and I
have 4-5 large pots of them, and two pots of young startings.  Gotta
find homes for them all.  My hib from David and another hib that I
bought are being brought in.  My starfish cactus that Jim gave me
(that bloomed four times this summer) is being brought in.  My pencil
cactus and chicks and hens are coming in too.  I know you can leave
the chicks and hens out there, but I put them in a shallow terra cotta
pot and I'm not sure they could take the winter here.  I think we are
going to have a bad one.
Pam, that Texas Star Hibiscus that you gave me looks like it has seed
pods on them?  Is that right?  This is the first year they have
bloomed, and they are beautiful.  I'm gathering my datura seeds and
marigold seeds, as well as my moon flower.  Gonna TRY to get out there
and gather some zinnia seeds if time permits.

On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM, BONNIE_HOLMES
<bonnie_holmes@comcast.net> wrote:
> Oh, I hadn't thought about our legacy plants...we have two from my
> husband's mother, another started the first year we were married, a
> grown from a plant my father & mom had in their GA home. We just redid
> our wills and never thought about the plants.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 9:56:15 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] I thought
> Frost possible here tonight, but I think we'll miss it tonight.
> Trees are turning - dogwoods have been turning for a month,
> but others are bright now. I've found new homes for most of
> my large potted plants - we just can't handle them any longer.
> I had a camellia that I grew from seed my father sent me before
> he died in 1980. He had a large collection of camellias in Alabama.
> He said this might be something special - I never got to discuss it
> with him, but it seems to have a drooping habit - branches curve
> down and the plant is compact. Anyway, I gave it to a friend who
> has a conservatory. I gave my large jade plant that was given to
> me by a late District Director in 1988 when she moved to Calif. to
> the mansion house at Lasdon Park & Arboretum. They have taken
> a couple of my large plants before. Since that is the office of the
> FGCNYS District, it seemed appropriate to give it to them. I have
> offered a large Sprengerei (sp.?) that I grew from seed a number of
> years ago to a neighbor. She hasn't picked it up yet, but that's more
> nearly hardy to a light frost than other things. I hate to see my
> container plantings go, but that's what happens this time of year.
> At least I found good homes for some of them.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 10/10/2009 8:00:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:
> Had our first frost last night and another expected tonight. Sigh,
> is
> coming! The trees just started to turn in the last 48 hours. Crazy
> weather.
> Planned on putting away all the summer things but due to the rain all
> it
> is just too wet. Maybe tomorrow. So instead I slept all day, no
> motivation.
> DH has a bad cold so I am hoping I am not coming down with it.
> Donna
> --- On Sat, 10/10/09, james singer <inlandjim1@q.com> wrote:
> my email was broken, it's been so quiet. But it's not I guess.
Supposed to
> get
> down to 28 tonight. Brrr. Had to put the lemon and lime in their
> greenhouse and crank up the humidifier--we use the humidifier to heat
> greenhouse. It seems to work... at least it did last year through
> subfreezing
> temps and light snow storms. Trees, maples anyway, are starting turn;
> dogwood's been red for a month or so--first breezy day and it'll
likely be a
> hatrack. Interesting thing about the maples: one across the circle
died not
> too long after it leafed out in spring; now the neighbors have one
> looks
> like tapiola.
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