Sorry to hear about your DH and your cat. Hope all will be well soon.
I love Agastaches and it sounds like you'll have some beauties. About your
Winterthur Viburnum. I had planned to get one a couple of years back, but
didn't. What I recall, though is that you should get another Vibe that
blooms about the same time to ensure bloom production. By itself, or even
in a group of 3 of the same but no other type around, it may not have a lot
of flowers. Other than that, they are wonderful, though possibly borderline
----- Original Message -----
From: "Libby Valentine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2005 6:21 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Snow!
> We got about 9" here. I don't mind shovelling the driveway (it's not
> very long), in fact I enjoy it sometimes when the snow is light, but we
> have maybe 400 ft of sidewalk for which I am thankful we went in with
> the neighbors to buy a snowblower from some other neighbors who were
> moving to TX. For that, and to do the bottom 6 ft of the driveway after
> the plow has finally gone by...
> DH got his hip replaced this week - long saga as it usually ends up with
> him - somehow I was thinking I'd just be visiting for a few hours a day,
> not spending 12-14 hours being the patient advocate and helper. Learned
> a lot (mostly things I hope never to have to use again, though). Hoping
> he can come home tomorrow but the incision may be draining too much for
> them to release him.
> Marge, if you read this, I do hope your hubby is feeling better now.
Tough for both of you, and the snow on top of it all.
> I picked out a bunch of plants from Crownsville Nursery while in the
> surgery waiting room the second time. Probably shouldn't have done that,
> as I ended up ordering about 35 plants (what was I thinking?!) nothing
> particularly fancy, mostly different varieties of Agastache, Achillea,
> and Salvia for my butterfly/bee/hummingbird garden. The deer cleaned out
> most of the last third of this garden that I had planted last year
> (varieties of phlox and asters), so I will be filling in that area of
> the bed with this order. The deer have not bothered the existing
> Agastache, Achillea, or Salvia, so I hope for the best, or at least for
> I also ordered 3 Viburnum 'Winterthur' to start a new bed in the back
> corner - I remember this plant being discussed on this list several
> years ago. Any tips?
> Also on my list were Lobelia 'Monet Moment', Echinacea 'Fragrant Angel'
> and 'Ruby Giant', Lantana 'Miss Huff' (the butterflies loved this when I
> had it a couple years ago), and new for me Spigelia marilandica, which
> is supposed to be a hummer favorite. Got a (dwarf) Fothergilla 'Blue
> Mist' to replace one that is dying, and Hydrangea 'Pia' to be a
> container plant.
> Now I need to find my mahonia. Identified several west coast suppliers,
> but I haven't found one in the eastern half of the country yet.
> Just to top it off, one of the cats is having a bladder issue. Thought
> it was a urinary tract infection but 2 cycles of antibiotics later,
> apparently the problem is a lot of crystals having formed in the
> bladder. The x-ray yesterday indicates no stones, so we are trying an
> acidifying diet to see if that will take care of it.
> Maryland zone 6
> EvaTEsq@aol.com wrote:
> I prefer to do the shoveling -- I like the exercise. Shoveling has never
> bothered me. (Kids also do not seem to be as industrious as they used to
> I was growing up.)
> Actually, we helped my mother-in-law purchase a snowblower last year and
> brother-in-law offered to come over, but I'll probably have it done before
> gets here. I'm going to try to wait until the wind stops howling before I
> start shoveling again.
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
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