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Re: Hot and dark

Ya know what? I am SERIOUSLY considering having my neighbor, who has a
bobcat, come over and just level all my gardens and start over. They are
beyond my fixing right now and I just hate looking at them. I know that
sounds hideous to a gardener, but after this spring's rain, they are so
overgrown and horrible looking.


james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
  And I was beginning to think I was all alone... We've still got those 
damn viburnum taking up space and distorting the fence... maybe next 
year, maybe not...

On Aug 16, 2007, at 5:17 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I'm so sorry. :-) I will remind myself things can always be worse.
> I was alarmed because this morning he started talking about the dry
> garden. I said, I don't understand, I was just looking at it the other
> day and there's a few weeds but it isn't bad. And he says, It's 
> starting
> to look overgrown. Those are NATIVE plants, I say, we don't trim them
> into little squares or balls or whatever you're thinking so just DON'T
> TOUCH it. And he mumbles under his breath okay, okay but you know, I
> worry. It was one thing when I did all the work but when he gets
> involved...I think his ideal must be a square lawn with a tree in the
> middle and a couple of bushes under the windows. Who knew, after all
> these years.
> And the WORST part is, we occasionally get weedy trees and such popping
> up, and he always wants to keep them! The pampas grass that was in 
> front
> of a bedroom window, obviously a seedling from across the street, took
> me 12 years to convince him that shouldn't be there and finally we cut
> it out and he says "Oh. That does look better.". The black locust
> seedling in front of the office window. Too big, I say, I'm gonna yank
> it, and he howls in protest because one day it will have nice flowers.
> Well, I left it, and it does have nice flowers, it's about 10 feet tall
> and knocking down the little retaining wall. "Oh." he says. "I guess 
> you
> need to take that out". And the pine tree seedlings. And, and, well you
> get the idea.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
> Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 11:51 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hot and dark
> Pruning shears? My DH uses a chain saw!
> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
> On Aug 16, 2007, at 11:21 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>> I'm sitting here in the dark - well, not entirely, I have a pretty big
>> window - because southern California is supposed to be in this big
>> power emergency due to the heat, and we've been asked to turn off
>> everything we can. So we've turned off all the lights on this floor
>> since there's just enough natural light to work with. We couldn't
>> POSSIBLY turn off the computers you know, and it would be defeating
>> the purpose to send us home - everyone would go turn on their air
>> conditioning. We're working in dimness (no cracks about government
>> workers please :-) and no doubt they'll turn off the A/C too.
>> It's just weird. It's going to be over 100 today, it was hot
>> yesterday, but it's a bit overcast and we are also blanketed in smoke
>> from the Zaca fire, 100 miles to the west. I can't smell it but I can
>> feel it when I breathe, I don't want to take in a deep breath and I'm
>> getting some sinus headache. It's really hazy, visibility is less
>> than a mile, and brownish. The sunrise this morning was this blood-red
>> disc, very eerie looking.
>> My sister called yesterday with more bad news. Their ancient labrador
>> died. I think maybe my late brother-in-law called her to come, you
>> know?
>> Well, more sadness, but my sister wasn't too upset - Missy was really
>> old and they'd been thinking she was on borrowed time for the last
>> year.
>> She tells me, you know things come in threes, you should be careful. I
>> had to laugh. Years back the two of us went through a period where
>> relatives dropped like flies, we lost about 5 of them in one year
>> including our mother, and we dealt with it by making a lot of death
>> jokes. It's all coming back to me now...but that's okay.
>> Yesterday I turned in my preserved foods entries for the fair. Imagine
>> my indignation when the woman in front of me also entered
>> peach-raspberry jam. What nerve! Ah well, just have to wait and see
>> how I do. I sure didn't have as many entries this year. I am thinking
>> I might be able to stay out of the kitchen this weekend and work on
>> the garden instead. My husband is saying he wants to work on the dry
>> garden, I have to be out there to stop him from pruning things. When I
>> think what he did to my poor mahonias in the tea
>> garden...non-gardeners should not be allowed to use pruning shears.
>> Cyndi
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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