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Re: spam: Just a rainy day

Great day Theresa! I wonder if I bought garter snakes, would they stay or would the cats scare them off?
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Theresa" <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 8:42 PM
Subject: Re: spam: [CHAT] Just a rainy day

Well- I'm sorry you had rain, but delighted to say if rained last night, and today was wonderful! 65 and sunny. I spent the whole day outside, got most of the CalHort plantsale finds into the ground. I am particularly pleased with the Choisya that is now in bloom and smells wonderful. It's new home is on the corner near the path into the yard. I did some weeding, pruned a few things, checked and repaired minor issues with the drip irrigation, moved a couple of plants (like a sedum that has NEVER bloomed in 3 years. and it better bloom in it's new home or it's out of here!). And I'm so tickled, it seems that a garter snake has decided to hang out in my garden! Yeah! I saw him off and on today, and I'm hoping my presence in the garden hasn't scared him off. Oh, and I completely (hopefully) dug out one of my california fuschia plants. The otherone I dug a bunch out, and installed a semicircular barrier (lawn edging) around the small patch that remained in hope of controlling the crazy plant. I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to salvage any of the dug out plants for Cyndi- as getting it out involved lots of digging, yanking, pulling and getting ripping the heck out of the plant. So, it's good she got herself a new on recently. Oh, in addition, I have a little flock of yellow warblers happily eating some of the billion mosquitos we have this year, and also the aphids off my roses. So, they are also a very welcome additon this year! The pink half of my dogwood is blooming now too- it is just lovely this year. The buds actually got a chance to open, rather than getting fried in the sun and sort of mangled like it usually does.
Happy gardening all-

Chris Petersen wrote:

Dear friends,

I have a friend who claimed that she was going to wear her husbands marine
blue wet suit to garden in this weekend as it's predicted to rain, rain,
rain! She probably out there right now sloshing in the mud and wiping the
rain off the end of her nose! Not to be outdone, I woke up early this
morning, bundled up in a turtleneck and sweatshirt and put on my yellow rain
slicker with the clear hood visor! Luckily, I had just purchased some Muck
shoes as my old canvas Keds had soles that flapped when you walked in them
and tears where my shovel cut through when I was digging. Then I headed out
in the elements. It was probably around forty degrees and the wind snuck up
the sleeves of my raincoat giving me a chill, but I was determined! Of
course, my jeans got soaked where the rain dripped off my jacket and my
bottom was exposed to the downpour when I bent over to pull the weeds that
had sprouted in this area that was newly planted last fall. I managed to
weed, fertilize and mulch one 200 square foot bed before Id had enough! As
I retreated into the house, I had visions of my friend laughing as the wind
ripped around her and the sky drenched her!

I swear I must be cold-blooded (I do have an affinity for reptiles and
amphibians), as I can never get warm enough when theres a chill in the air.
I finally took a long, hot shower and now Im feeling toasty! Yet, as I type
this note, it looks like the sky is brighter and the rain has slowed down to
a reasonable drizzle. It may be time to head back outdoors!

Welcome to Sue from NY!

Chris Petersen Northport, Long Island, New York
Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt

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