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Re: Re: Happy Birthday/ I can relate
  • Subject: Re: Re: Happy Birthday/ I can relate
  • From: BONNIE_HOLMES <add8d9851@rewrite.hort.net>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:33:59 +0000 (UTC)

Gene, I had only one bout with cancer and only now, in my fourth year, am I getting my energy back.  Having two probably zapped your body much more.  Hopefully, it will be slowly coming back.  Good luck with all.

From: "Gene Bush" <eab728881@rewrite.hort.net>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, August 9, 2014 11:47:51 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: Happy Birthday/ I can relate

I find myself relating to you words here. Many of my mature trees and
died and fallen. Still experiencing more each year. Loosing shade
quicker than it can be replaced. Not really interested In creating a
sunny garden. Sometimes I get discouraged overall, but that does not
last long and I am back to trying to work it all out in the garden (and
the rest of my life, I suppose0.

We had economic downturn in 2007 and still feeling the effects in my
nursery. Came close to losing it for couple/three years. Went thru 2
bouts back to back with cancer.... chemo and radiation, all that. Doubt
one 100% fully recovers energy levels ... So. I am thinking more trees
and shrubs, especially shrubs. But, considering my age (74) will have to
give it all up at some point in the not too distant future. Gardening is
such a large part of my life I would not want to think of living without
it. Not yet.

On an upnote... Spider lily (Hymenocallis occidentalis) is in full bloom
here. Sure makes a walk in the garden worth a trip to the garden.


Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
Gardener - Writer - Photographer -  Lecturer

New eBook: Shade Garden Solutions

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf Of Daryl
Sent: Saturday, August 09, 2014 9:38 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Happy Birthday

I find it interesting how many of us have gotten "stuck", either too
weary or overwhelmed or depressed to do much in the garden. Sometimes I
look at my garden and despair.

I am very glad that I planted the 100' + perennial border in shrubs and
blueberries, and that I gave away so many of my plants to MGs and new
plant enthusiasts. I am also glad that much of my yard is shady so weeds
aren't as likely to take over. I wish that I had more sun for
vegetables, but dread the thought of removing an old tree to do so. I
didn't think the trees would make it when we moved here 30+ years ago,
since they were old then and drought had taken its toll. I babied them
along, and while they're past the end of their natural life span, I'd
hate to see them go.

Most of my active gardening now is in containers out of necessity, and
most of that is tomatoes, cucumbers and beans. I can't get around as
well as I used to do. I can manage to get out in the yard and make lists
of things for my husband or an arborist to do. I can also get out and
enjoy the little surprises. Last week's joy was a large clump of
surprise lilies (Lycoris

squamigera) . I planted a single bulb that I brought home from New
Orleans when I was speaking there in '98 or '99 and it's been increasing
every year.

The voles don't get it and the leaves are up early before it gets too shady for them.

This morning I looked out past the greenhouse and despite the dark
skies, 'Grandpa Ott's' morning glories were blooming their little hearts
out, punctuated here and there by the occasional reverse color form. I
planted them in the front yard more than a decade ago and they self-so
and climb up various plants here and there. Unlike other morning
glories, they don't take over and strangle everything.

I enjoy the birds just as much. The elderberries are nearly gone but
pokeweed berries are ripening. Mockingbirds and catbirds have been
enjoying them. The seed-eaters, like gold finches, are enjoying the
Rudbeckia triloba, another of my reseeding garden friends. I have
scatterings of them here and there and they never fail to make me smile.
The butterflies are enjoying the 'Zowie' Zinnias I planted after
receiving a sample packet.

They're pretty amazing.

We're in that lull between heavy spring/summer bloom and fall foliage,
but there are still some sporadic flowers on the Hydrangea macrophyllas.
They really took a hit last winter - including the reblooming types. The
oakleaf is about done and the peegee just cranking up. There are still a
few flowers

on our venerable Magnolia grandiflora.   M. macrophylla hasn't bloomed, but
after being practically turned inside out during a bad storm this
spring, I'm a little surprised it's still hanging in. It's also in too
much shade, because I planted it expecting one of the clumps of red
maple to be long gone by now.

Has anyone else lost their plant lust? I don't even keep up with new
varieties anymore. I still get a few sample plants every now and then
but have taken myself off of most of the lists for lack of room and
energy. I used to practically jump up and down whenever a box of new
plants would arrive. The last few years I dreaded them. If someone had
told me that I wouldn't much care 30 years ago, I would have thought
they were batty. I not only had plant lust, but serial plant lust where
I'd have to investigate every cultivar of whatever it was, whether trops
or Salvia or whatever.

Georgia, north of Atlanta

>>Man, I miss this.  *SO* much.  Even talking about our gardens this
bit makes me want to get back out there and plant again.

I strolled through the yard and looked at things differently tonight.
Where I used to see so much work I saw little flowers peeking out and
plans creeping into my head. Maybe I'll get some gardening done this
week. :)

The big things in bloom right now here are:

   Joe pye-weed
   Wild senna
   Various hosta
   Swamp milkweed
   Day lilies
   False hydrangea (Deinanthe bifida and D. caerulea)
   Clematis viticella 'Betty Corning'
   Pink Lemonade honeysuckle
   Wild petunia
   and lots of annuals

How about the rest of you?  What's doing well?  Is everyone OK with sending pictures to the list if people want to?



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