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RE: aviary< garden update

Agreed Theresa - well said. David - enjoy your little slice of Heaven! I
do since I turned my entire back yard into a bird/butterfly sanctuary.

I occasionally do get dive-bombed by a nesting jay, but I explain that
I'm just watering and will be gone soon, so I finish up quickly, fill
the feeder so they don't have to stray far from their babies for
sustenance. They stop, but just sit there and stare at me until I close
the gate and go back up front. Jesse is in for a treat when she comes
down Saturday for our pottery outlet run, all the roses are blooming and
look fab.

Have a beautiful and blessed day all!


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Theresa- yahoo" <tchessie@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 22 Apr 2003 21:04:37 -0700

>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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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