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Re: Rain & new babies

Mardi: No rain other than a few measly sprinkles here...and looks like
the rain has passed us over...this heat is awful, especially since we
have almost no a/c: just in the kid's bedrooms. They are saying cooler
temps are coming for the weekend, so that will be a blessed relief. Are
these new grasses for your Lake McBride place? When do you suppose you
and Ceres and I should talk about actually getting together? Take care,
stay cool!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 08/26,  < mlrasmus@rockwellcollins.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: mlrasmus@rockwellcollins.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 11:08:38 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rain & new babies

We had our first rain since July 22nd last night, and I received about
an<br>inch. Woo-hoo!!! Coming home after a VERY hot day - high 90's -
and the<br>temperature INSIDE the house read 92 degrees! There are a few
days a year<br>I wish we had air conditioning. Melody and Ceres, I hope
you got some<br>rain, as I know you are just as dry as I am.<br><br>I
stopped a Home Depot recently, and they were in the process of
unloading<br>1 gallon perennials fresh off the truck. Plants looked
fantastic, and were<br>priced at $2.99 each! I couldn't help it - I
bought so many I filled my<br>trunk! (Thanks goodness it's a convertible
with a small trunk) I have a<br>new border of Sedum Spurium
&quot;Dragon's Blood.&quot; The tag says they get 3-4<br>inches tall,
but the ones I have are 7-10 inches tall now and about to<br>bloom.
Anyone have any experience with this plant? Does it flop or
stand<br>tall like the &quot;Autumn Joy&quot; cultivar?<br><br>I also
brought home some Fountain Grass - pennisetum
alopecuroides<br>&quot;Hameln,&quot; which has added some nice texture
to the garden. Is this plant<br>going to behave itself? It looks like a
clumper, but I've found out the<br>hard way one can be
surprised.<br><br>They had a couple of other grasses that were in peak
condition but my<br>initial research says they might take over. One was
the 8-10 foot hardy<br>pampas grass, Saccharum ravennae and the other
was Gold Tufted Hair Grass -<br>Deschampsia caespitosa
&quot;Goldschlier&quot; (Gold Veil). I'm getting conflicting<br>reports
on the Gold Veil. Most websites say it is 12 -18 inches tall, but<br>the
HD tag says 4 feet. Opinions, anyone? Grasses are so much fun. I
just<br>wish they had shorter names!<br>Mardi<br>Iowa Z4b (but the
grasses will be planted in
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