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RE: Big Weekend

Sounds like a grand time, Jim!  Glad the weather and events were good for
you and your petite spouse.  (Being short, I know how to say that
diplomatically. LOL!)  How did you have the energy for such an enjoyable day
after all that hauling, pruning, digging, and weeding?  Will we see pictures
of your freshly re-landscaped, maintained areas?

I'm truly worn out after working at mom's house/yard. But, the peonies seem
to have weathered their first day in Ohio well.  I have composted manure,
peat moss and my own compost to blend for their planting area.  I have to
pamper them now more than ever since they come from such wonderful soil and
I sure want them here for momma to enjoy, too.  They will grace the North
side of the driveway (the only full sun around here anymore.)

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004 6:30 PM
To: Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Big Weekend

Today was one of those beautiful subtropical days. Mid to low 80s, not 
humid, gentle breeze.

We've been propagating, growing, and training a white-flowered oleander 
standard for a couple of years now, and today planted it in the ground. 
It's past due for a moderate-to-severe pruning, but we decided to wait 
until it's had a few weeks in its new home. So far, I'm rather pleased 
with it.

We planted it across the yard from the Florida room [that sounds kinda 
funny--they're all Florida rooms here, right?], so the short one can 
keep an easy eye on it.

We also cleaned out the cutting beds to make room for Petrea cuttings 
in late summer. We want to try to root a few of these to sell when they 
are blooming next spring. I got the bull's horn acacia planted and 
together we got the 24" pot with desert rose moved from the middle of 
the back lawn to the back patio [no easy task].

Yesterday, we drove to Naples to visit that city's new botanical 
garden. They have 160 dedicated acres, of which they have improved 1.5 
acres--1 percent. We were very impressed by what they've done so far. 
For example, they've used arbors to shade many of the walkways and 
vines, such as stephanotis, to cover most of the arbors. And everything 
is either tagged or labeled or both.

Of special interest to me was a small stand of Timor black bamboo 
[Bambusa lako]. Truly fantastic. The canes are jet black and, if one 
rubs the blush off, they glisten like Japan lacquer. If I can figure 
out where to put one--and where to get one--I will.

On the way down, public radio touted a native plant sale at the Naples 
Conservancy, so we sought directions from the botanical garden folks, 
and sought it out. It was really a fun time, although the only plant 
sellers were native plant types and their wares were, well, not 
attractive. But the rest of the extravaganza was a lot of fun.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10

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