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RE: aviary< garden update

Wow David- sounds like your hibs are a booming success!  Congrats- couldn't
happen to nicer guy.  I have employment envy of you.  I swear if I win the
Publisher's clearing house sweepstakes, I'm moving to your neck of the woods
and I'll volunteer to water your hibs and listen to music in the green
house.  ( I really do not it's not all fun- I just really loved working in a
nursery what seems like eons ago).  Your garden sounds wonderful.  I'm so
please with my roses this year.  Everything looks so lush and the flowers
are huge!  I also have converted to only organic fertilizers last year and
am still working on eliminating all pesticides ( in desperation last year I
did use some Sevin dust).  So, I'm trying anyway.  I have noticed that I've
got tons of earthworms this year.  Also, my bee experiment continues, the
california bees have hatched and I see them in the garden.  I'm hoping they
will lay their eggs in my nest and make more for next year.  I've also got
blueberries coming and my tomatoes/tomatillos have blooms on them.  Also the
new purple asparagus I planted is starting to come up.  The snow peas are
about done (too hot) and so is the spinach.    The mystery plant is starting
to bloom- I'll post a picture this weekend when a few more buds should be
open.  Also blooming are cornflower, azalea, several salvias, sticky
monkeyflower, euphorbia, flowering maple (can't recall it's real name right
now), aclepias is starting to bloom, an iris or two, calla lilies, a dahlia
(planted last year and finally got around to blooming), and my pyracantha
looks fantastic!  I'm so thrilled with this plant- just covered in blooms
and just think in fall all those yellow berries!  I think my calicarpa
didn't make it through the winter- seems dead to me- but we'll leave it and
hope for a miracle.  Can't think of anything else blooming right now.


P.S.  David- I found extra window stickers.  If you want them I'll drop them
in the mail to you.  Just send me your address off-list.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of David Franzman
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 8:11 PM
To: Garden
Subject: [CHAT] aviary

Well, this year my lovely wife and I feel like we're living in an
aviary.  There are so many birds here now it's almost unbelievable.  A
dove has laid two eggs in a hanging basket that is hanging from my
rafters outside the house just where our sliding glass doors are.  She
doesn't seem to mind us walking back and forth not more than two feet
from her.  Also, a blue jay has taken up in my greenhouse on the side of
the house.  She's more nervous when I go in to water.  Darts right at my
head.  We have multiple hummingbirds, finch, mocking birds and of course
robins bouncing off the windows.  I was woken up yesterday by several
birds right outside my bedroom sliding glass door.  I am thoroughly
enjoying it.

I credit this to two things:  First is that I no longer use pesticides
in my garden at all.  Stopped about two years ago and haven't gone back
since.  Second is that my garden is now four or five years old and
things have grown in tremendously.

Here's a quick rundown.  First is the Melianthus.  It's now about eight
feet tall but the flower stalks rise up an additional 2-3'.  It is four
feet deep and eight feet across now.  Quite a specimen. Birds just love
it.  The "honey" from it stinks to high heaven but they seem to enjoy
it.  Next to the Melianthus is our Gunnera and my oh my the size of the
leaves are something else.  It's already put out four or five.  My
abutilons never stopped blooming and are really putting out some nice
color.  I kept one of my bouganvilleas in my small gh here at home and
it's quite a nice display also.  I will definitely keep it there in the
future.  Bamboo is all grown in and the Dicksonian ferns are looking
gorgeous.  The bamboo sheltered them from the small amount of frost that
we recieved this year.  Musa mysore and bajou are coming back with a
vengence.  Colombines are blooming their little heads off also.  The
phormiums I think have doubled in size over this winter and spring.
 Beautiful tri color leaves.  Passiflora is also giving off nice color
and the clemetis is coming back nicely.  I've never seen the
Hemorocallis doing so well either.  In front of the phormiums they look
great.  Not blooming yet but so green.  Astribes are ready to bloom and
the cannas are coming back also.  Did I mention the strelizias?  I have
four open blooms on one of them now...really great.

Well, I'm trying to catch up.  Sorry for being so wordy.  Oh, and I've
been making deliveries of hibs to nurseries now and besides that I'm
selling almost 150 per week at the farmers markets.

Now, the trout season opens this weekend so I'll be gone fishin
beginning this Thurs.  I'll be back on Tues.

Happy spring


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