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Re: lurking

Good to hear from you.  I know how hard you work on your containers, it's sad 
to think of them frying out like that in the heat.  I could never survive in 
that heat myself.

If you do end up on land again, Ie'll be glad to help out with seed or plants 
if I have anything that would work for you.

> I confess, I'm still lurking.  I didn't realize the list had dropped to so
> few contributors.
> My dock garden is just about at the end of it's time.  It's been so hot here
> for so long, then we have afternoon showers, which just make it hotter.  The
> combination of 90 plus temps and humidity, and things are nicely steamed.
> The lemon basil was first to go, then a couple of pots of petunias, then we
> had the storm and had to move everything to keep the seawater out.  Lost the
> nicotiana and 4 o'clocks, even the marigolds gave up.  Nothing worse that a
> collection of dried out, burned up container plants.
> So I'm thinking about a late summer crop.  Thought I might plant some
> tomatoes toward the end of the month, and more lemon basil.  Maybe some
> other kitchen herbs, though the oregano, chives, sage and parsley have
> managed to survive, and I think cooler weather will revive them.
> In the meantime, I'm trying to save my miniature roses, the jasmine, some
> verbena and a beautiful hibiscus a neighbor gave me. Sometimes I really wish
> for a nice shade garden!  Lovely cool ferns and hostas.
> And my husband is fulfilling a life long dream of growing orchids (under the
> awning on the boat).  This is great, except the boat looks like it is
> growing green hair, and he expects me to do most of the watering and
> feeding.  He takes over on weekends, and presents me with lists of things to
> do for the next week.  On the other hand, the vandas are blooming, and the
> Lady of the Night (B. nodosa) seems to stay in bloom and wafts it's
> enchanting fragrance over the deck as soon as the sun goes down.
> The best news is he is so taken with the orchids he is considering moving to
> land and getting a greenhouse for his 'babies'.  I will benefit, because
> I'll get a kitchen, bathroom, and a closet, and best of all the rest of the
> yard to garden in.   I read the post about 4 o'clocks last week and thought
> how wonderful it would be to grow them again; they're one of my favorites.
> So, if I end up with a real garden, I'll probably start quizzing you guys
> for ideas, especially those of you in our hot, humid, very looooong summers.
> Any body do fall gardens?  I know many of you have suffered with more rain
> than you can handle; are you thinking about doing a fall planting?
> Unfortunately, most of the things I planted in the fall in Colorado won't
> take the heat here, so I'll have to be creative.
> Where there's a will, there's a way!
> Scottie
> Texas Gulf Coast
> (still) aboard Betelgeuse
> docked in Kemah, Texas
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