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Re: An okay weekend

what freeze! You live in California!

For the most part, we have had a very warm spring-
supposed to drop in temp tomorrow, so if we are
getting a freeze in the next ten days, that will be

who hasn't planted anything yet...

--- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:

> It was one of those good news/bad news weekends
> here, but it was all minor
> stuff. 
> It didn't rain, but it was really windy, worse on
> Sunday. I planted 10
> tomatoes last weekend; we had a freeze during
> mid-week (grrrr) and I lost 6
> of them. My own fault; I didn't mulch them at all,
> because I was in a hurry
> and figured we were past the last frost. I had some
> backups although I
> didn't have a replacement for the "Ugly" variety. I
> replanted everything and
> this time piled on the hay mulch. I also had to buy
> seed and replant much of
> my lettuce - which wasn't a surprise since I used
> old seed, but I was hoping
> for better.  I planted soybeans, squash, and a row
> of green beans.  I
> haven't yet put in the peppers, too cold still.
> Still need to plant the
> herbs - I'll be putting in one row each of cilantro,
> dill, parsley, and
> basil. And I think I'll try eggplant and maybe okra
> this year just for fun.
> My onions look great and so do the peas, and the
> lettuce that did germinate
> is about 2 inches by now. 
> I noticed one of my jujube trees wasn't leafed out.
> I pulled on the trunk a
> little and it just popped out of the ground,
> obviously a gopher got to the
> roots. Only a year old so at least I don't have a
> lot invested. I think I
> will buy another - since they are supposed to
> pollinate better with two -
> and plant it very close to the first one, then I can
> buy something else for
> the vacant space. Maybe a pear, I've never tried one
> before.
> Two of the lilacs are spectacular and the others,
> always much later
> blooming, are getting leaves. The white lilac is
> apparently determined on
> world domination, sending out plenty of suckers, but
> hah hah, it can't go
> much farther from the bubbler.  
> My front garden is green and lush although there's
> not much blooming yet.
> The daffodils are pretty much gone and the iris have
> barely started. Big
> buds on the roses though. Catmint is blooming, a
> little allium I've
> forgotten the name of, a few heucheras, and the
> vinca. The geraniums are
> HUGE this year but no flowers yet. The Spanish
> lavender in the dry garden is
> looking very nice as is salvia greggii; but the
> other salvias and the
> penstemons only have buds. Lots of California
> poppies and a few other
> wildflowers in there, and - sigh - more grass to
> weed out. Bigger sigh -
> another gopher got in there too.  
> I'm disappointed in one of the things I got from
> High Country Gardens. The 3
> penstemon palmeri were really big compared to what
> they usually send, and
> completely rootbound. They are not looking so hot
> after transplanting. I
> guess I will drop them a note - after Kitty's
> experience I am wondering if
> their operation is starting to go downhill or if
> it's just coincidence.   
> Theresa, thanks for the thought on the zauschneria.
> I am convinced my
> z.californica is dead and I'm pretty sure it didn't
> like the freeze. I put
> in the z.arizonica and will see how it does. Might
> be worth planting more of
> the californica and trying mulch around it some
> other year; I seem to
> remember that it went through repeated freezes
> before it was completely gone
> so perhaps a little protection would do it.  
> Cyndi  
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