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Re: Hibernation still in effect + water update
  • Subject: Re: Hibernation still in effect + water update
  • From: james singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 14:36:11 -0700

Great news. Quoting Philip Miller [from memory] "Water is a substance, the lack of which brings certain mortality to the garden."

On Aug 28, 2010, at 2:25 PM, Pam Evans wrote:

we have water again - yay!

On 8/27/10, Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com> wrote:

Wow - glad Chet's on the mend.  I can unfortunately relate about the
garden. Mine looks like french fried right about now. Ridiculous. My kid brother has his gall bladder out Monday, but he's fine and didn't seem to pick up any nasty bug the 24 hours he was in the hospital thank goodness. still no water here, they said maybe by tomorrow - pfffft. I stopped at
Elaine's on the way home today to get a shower and wash my hair -

On 8/27/10, andreah <andreah@hargray.com> wrote:

Thanks Jim, good point. And well, RATS Auralie. Sounds like we all need a break. I'm glad Chet is getting better. My Mama has always insisted that hospitals make people sicker. I may have to give her points for that one.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 11:02 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hibernation still in effect

I'll follow Andrea's lead and try to make a summary of this crazy month. The entire summer has been a garden disaster for me - a combination of extreme heat and drought, too much other work, and not enough strength to work out in the heat. Something ate all my beans just as they began to bloom. My other vegetables have not done anything. The soil in the
garden is hard as a rock from the drought - despite years of adding
and such good things. My flower beds have also suffered from the drought. Great patches of my epimedium have browned off. Even some pachysandra has turned brown, and that's usually drought-proof. The pond is down do a mudpuddle. I have tried to keep the container-garden going by carrying water, but even that has been a struggle. Since we're on a well, I can't
use a hose or sprinkler.

In addition to all that, I've had more work of all sorts than I've had in
The book industry must not be suffering as much as I read that it is, for
had back-to-back indexing jobs all summer. That combined with flower show preparations on both state and local levels, Horticulture School
to grade and record, and various other such, plus a computer crash earlier
in the summer has kept me tied up.

Then there was the visit from my youngest son and his family - 7 yr.old
and Cate who's almost 5. They were here for three days and then insisted
we go to the city with them for another three days. We stayed at the
Club, saw a couple of Broadway shows, and a marvelous church service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on 5th Avenue. I had been anxious about Chet, since he is getting so slow and tottery, but he seemed to enjoy it all

Then last Sunday morning he collapsed in church as he was serving as
Luckily the priest saw him going and caught him as he fell, so he didn't
hit his
head. He came around quickly, but the EMS team took him to the hospital. There all sorts of tests showed nothing amiss, but the cardiology team
on keeping him for observation. To make a long story short, they decided
blood-pressure medication was too strong, and had caused him to faint from low blood-pressure. I brought him home on Tuesday looking pale and with
symptoms. Wednesday he was so weak he could hardly stand. I was ready to take him back to the hospital, but of course he refused. I did get him to
the local
doctor who diagnosed pneumonia, that the doctor said he had clearly
in the hospital.  He has been on strong antibiotics since, and seems
stronger today.  We will see the doctor again in a bit.

I guess that's not a very cheerful or garden-related message, but I wanted
account for my apparent lack of response to the rest of you. Best wishes
all who have had birthdays I missed. Pam, I hope your house doesn't fall
Andrea, there will surely be another job.


In a message dated 8/26/2010 6:10:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
andreah@hargray.com writes:

Hi all-I'm just getting around to actually sitting at my computer in over
week. Summer has been in full on mode here since mind-June. We almost
a record of over 45 days at 90 or above. Mostly ABOVE. The heat has
broken but the humidity is still in full swing. Last evening I finally
outside when I got home from work, something I haven't done in weeks. The
aphids had attacked my Asclepius so I got out the hose.

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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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Willamette Valley

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