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Re: orchid/weather/yard

Well- hopefully it will take a while before the ash borer gets to CA.  
My big tree in the front yard is some kind of ash- and while it isn't a 
stunning tree, it is large and shady and I'm hoping to keep his alive 
and happy for as long as possible.

Cathy Carpenter wrote:
> Reference birches - what kind are they? Most birches are trees of the  
> northern forests and cannot stand heat stress. Stressed birches are  
> sitting ducks for borers. Once borers get a foothold, the tree is a  
> goner. Which reminds me, their cousin, the emerald ash borer is on  
> the move down from Michigan and has been sighted in IL. Only a matter  
> of time before it makes it to my neck of the woods. I no longer  
> recommend ashes to anyone as landscape trees.
> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
> On Aug 8, 2006, at 4:20 PM, Jesse Bell wrote:
>> OH..I take that back Judy...I saw that was for Noreen and Andrea  
>> (about
>> the orchids). And about the borer problem with your trees. We had some
>> old oak trees in our yard that were dying. On closer inspection, I
>> realized there were little holes in them from insects. I filled the
>> holes up with paint (as many as I could find) and then painted the
>> weakened area a solid brown (to match the bark) and thought to myself,
>> "if it works, great, if it doesn't....I did what I could". It  
>> worked. I
>> had to do it twice in one summer but it worked. One of the trees was
>> completely DEAD on one side. No leaves, branches breaking off in the
>> storms. I thought it was not very attractive, even if I DID save it.
>> Well, this year new growth is showing up on that "dead" side. I was
>> amazed.
>> We have so few trees around our house, I just hate to lose them  
>> them. I
>> have planted several small ones, but they take years to grow up.
>> Judy Browning <judylee@lewiston.com> wrote:
>>   Mr. Singer,
>> Do Phalenopsis grow for you? I have one languishing in my bathroom  
>> you can
>> have. Pretty magenta with white striped lip. Definitely not happy  
>> here. Let me
>> know if you want it. I've decided I should enjoy the blooms & not  
>> feel guilty
>> if they don't do well.
>> Andrea & Noreen,
>> let me know if either of you would like some of my hand me down  
>> orchids. I
>> usually buy pink or white phalenopsis or dendrobiums.
>> We had some nice weather last week. mid 80s to low 90s. 90s & 100s  
>> again this
>> week. Wildfire in the canyons so the air is full of smoke. Trying  
>> to get the
>> weeds down to an unobtrusive level. Ed dug out the area by the  
>> street and laid
>> weed barrier & bark mulch over the past few weeks. Looking a little  
>> better.
>> It's been a mess since the city did utility work a couple years ago.
>> Kitty, how did your street work situation turn out?
>> My birch (by the street) & pine trees (west side of house) are  
>> dying. Borer
>> infestations. Will have the big birches out when the tree service  
>> can get to
>> us. There will be some open space for some small trees or large  
>> shrubs. I'm
>> looking at 'Nikita's Promise' persimmon and saturn peaches, maybe a  
>> small
>> bamboo or some grass. The Cornus Florida have seedlings there too.
>> I think I'll underplant the pines with rhododendron, & witch hazel.  
>> Maybe some
>> clump bamboo there too.
>> Judy B z 6 Idaho
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