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Re: : Hello!

Dakota: Been there done that with the laparoscopic cholecystectomy (lap.
chole. for short) thing...makes getting around for a couple of weeks
interesting but so much quicker of a recovery than the old version of
this surgery! My, sounds like you have quite a challenge for your
gardening environment! How does one go about picking plants that can
survive that? Guess that's where High Country Gardens catalog will serve
you well...I get this one, too and it is fabulous...so packed full of

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 06/15, Dakota < Dakota@hisword.com > wrote:
From: Dakota [mailto: Dakota@hisword.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 18:34:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [CHAT]: Hello!

Hi! You people seem so friendly! Not easy to find such a list. I did
a<br>search for email lists, and this one came up among them. A year
ago, we<br>bought ten acres of land in the southwest USA. There's a big
mountain<br>very close by, but the rest out here is mesquite prairie!
It's home to<br>more wildlife than anyone might think would even want to
live here. LOL!<br>We have packs of coyotes, deer (but never seen one
near the house),<br>mountain lion, Jack and Cottontail rabbits,
Whitewing Doves, Gambels<br>Quail, Cactus, Wren, Finches, etc. John goes
out with some bird seed and<br>calls, "Chick, chick!" Several hundred
assorted birds come running and<br>flying! LOL! Quite a sight! He even
puts out food for the wild rabbits,<br>so they won't eat our plants.
They are just too cute!! We have one lone<br>pine tree near the house
about 20' tall. The previous owners planted two<br>pecan trees, one
apricot and one globe willow. The willow was almost<br>dead when we
moved in, as the place had been vacant for several years.<br>It's doing
well now though.<br><br><br>Last year, we planted some corn and large
sunflowers in Aug. They did<br>quite well! Our grapes seem to have
survived the winter, too. There are<br>some vineyards in this area along
with orchards of pistachio and pecan.<br>Mostly though, in this area, we
do best at growing tumbleweeds! They<br>actually attack cars on the
highway! LOL! We have some creosote (sp?)<br>and other bushes,too. I
felt so exposed (being a tree person) at first,<br>especially in the
back of the house, but when I saw the thorns on those<br>bushes I
developed a whole new sense of security! NO person is going
to<br>attempt going through there! We also have a vast assortment of
insects<br>here, too, along with a beautiful yellow garter snake. I've
taken tons<br>of photographs. The Whiptail Scorpion is especially
amazing!<br><br><br>John wants to plant some palm trees, but what kind
would survive here?<br>Our soil is sandy. We don't have any of that
white sand coming down on<br>us on this

side of the valley, but it's still sandy soil. We do have<br>several
types of cactus, too. One of them hung it's head all winter
and<br>straightened up again in the spring. I'll have to learn its name.
Has<br>beautiful orchid color flowers. We have some prickly pear, too.
We put<br>out pans of water, so the wildlife will stop taking bites out
of the<br>cactus. I assume they wanted water. I don't know what they did
before we<br>came here.<br><br><br>Hey, we have five dogs, too, and 14
Mallard ducks (12 are almost a month<br>old now). I LOVE large dogs, but
all these guys are sweet and lovable,<br>too. Each has his/her own story
and personality. I lost my beautiful St.<br>Bernard two years ago, and
can't quite get over it. He was so special<br>and close to
me.<br><br><br>Okay, prairie authorities, what plants/trees will survive
here the best?<br>I want some Joshua Trees, but can't find any place to
buy them.<br><br>We planted two types of honeysuckle outside the bedroom
window. I see my<br>Blaze rose bush looks pitiful! We planted a
cottonwood (couldn't find<br>any with cotton ;0( as they said they cause
allergies), a Modesto Ash,<br>silver leaf maple, a flowering something
or other....ah, locust!,<br>several Colorado blue spruce, and some
Afghanistan desert pine. We need<br>something that can withstand 104
degree dry summers and near zero winter<br>temps with sandy soil. We
need something that the wildlife won't eat,<br>too. LOL! I appreciate
any suggestions.<br><br><br>I'm recovering from gallbladder removal
surgery that they did a week ago<br>yesterday. Boy, was my abdomen SORE
that first week!! Now, I can blow my<br>nose with pain! LOL! I can even
get up without groaning now, too.<br>Progress!! ;0) I had one stone that
is one inch wide and one and a half<br>inches long! It's multi-colored
and very interesting. LOL! The doctor<br>said it was like delivering a
baby! They made three half inch incisions<br>and one in the navel that
had to be an inch long to get that stone out.<br>Finally, no pain above
the waist!

ext, though, in a month or so, I have<br>to have a hysterectomy! I'll
think about that much later though! I think<br>Scarlet O'Hara had a good
idea, just think about it tomorrow or next<br>month better yet.
LOL!<br><br><br>The only thing we have flying around here is dust! We
even get five foot<br>to 100 foot high dust devils tossing things
around. LOL! There was one<br>so large last summer that I heard the
thing coming! It was about 30 ft.<br>wide!<br><br><br>I'm so pleased to
find such friendly people who can talk about anything and even care
about one another as friends!<br><br>God bless you!<br>Dakota<br>Home,
home on the range where the deer and the antelope play, where<br>seldom
is heard a discouraging word..........annnnnnnnnnnd the skies are<br>not
cloudy all day!<br><br><br>http://www.defendamerica.mil<br><br>"I can do
all things through Christ which strengtheneths me." Phil.
4:13<br><br><br><br>--- "Judy L Browning" <judybrowning@lewiston.com>
wrote:<br>That was last month.<br>----- Original Message -----<br>From:
"Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent:
Monday, June 14, 2004 3:48 PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] CHAT:
Hello!<br><br><br>> > z6 Idaho, sunny, windy with poplar fluff floating
all over.<br>> Here it tends to be cat fur.<br>> Kitty<br>><br>> -----
Original Message -----<br>> From: "Judy L Browning"
<judybrowning@lewiston.com><br>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>> Sent:
Monday, June 14, 2004 5:18 PM<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] CHAT:
Hello!<br>><br>><br>> > Welcome, this group is very chatty at times,
opinionated, funny, and a<br>> great<br>> > place to find out about
plants & gardens. Have fun.<br>> > Judy B<br>> > z6 Idaho, sunny, windy
with poplar fluff floating all
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