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Re: lurking


I've done some lettuce.  It creates quite an interest here; none of my
neighbors have ever seen lettuce growing and all want to know what that
beautiful plant is!  And I usually have a pot or two of mums, and later
poinsettias.  And pansies -- they'll last all winter, if I wait until it has
truly cooled off to set them out.  Then there are the summer survivors that
can be revived once it gets cooler.  I'd just like to think of some new and
different things for fall.  Maybe with more space I'll have more choices;
I'll try some of your suggestions.  I grew lots of bulbs in Denver, but they
were mostly daffodils and tulips, scilla, and Virginia bluebells, things
that don't especially like this climate and bloom in the spring, with
Colchicum the only fall bloomer.

Scottie
Texas Gulf Coast


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] lurking


> Hi, do you do fall in your boat containers?  You must be an expert in
> container gardening.  I do fall gardening in beds.  Fall is great for
> spinach, onions, cabbage family vegs, leeks and leaf lettuce.  If I cover
> when we expect hard frosts, I often have plants through Christmas.  In
late
> summer, I plant the last of my zinnia seeds and have them along with
> asters.  For the first time, I am trying fall bulbs (Colchicum) thanks to
> Kitty.  (Kitty, they just arrived an hour or so ago).    I have planted
> deciduous holly for fall and winter interest.
>
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
> holmesbm@usit.net
>
>
>
> > [Original Message]
> > From: <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 08/06/2003 8:21:43 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] lurking
> >
> > Scottie,
> > 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.
> >
> > Kitty
> > > 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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