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Re: Sizzling Afternoon!

It was over 90 here yesterday, but today it rained off and on and really cooled things down. I did manage to get a few things planted before the first downpour. I had a half flat of Black Pearl ornamental peppers that we had planned to sell at our MG sale yesterday, but the day b4 one of the women spotted some aphids on it. She sprayed them with insecticidal soap which did the trick, but the next am during the hours b4 the sale, no less than 9 times, she or her husband came over to study them to try to find one, asking me, Kitty, is this one, it looks like one? We would never sell infested plants, but gee-mun-eeze!, these were fine, and looking good. But after 2 hrs of that I just gave a few away and took the rest home when I left for lunch. We can't sell them at our only other sale at the end of August, and since we got them free and I'm the one who babied them along on a heating pad, potted, and watered them, they ended up in my bed.

Beyond that, I did some emergency work - staking bent or bending lilies, cutting back an overgrown Robinia and a Clematis that was trying to take over the world. Also potted to quarts 50 Cupids Dart and Gas Plants and some Columbines. Did many other little chores, but there's so much more that needs doing. Oh well.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Hollikft@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2006 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Sizzling Afternoon!

In a message dated 6/18/2006 3:24:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
sue.nyc@att.net writes:

Wow it's toasty here in NYC...95 degrees so far. I just got back inside from
watering and checking the garden and I am wiped! There is a "Air Stagnation
Advisory" out...basically it means a smog alert.. People like me (I have
Asthma) are supposed to stay indoors, but I couldn't stay away from my
plants! Everything looks so happy! I have a Jalapeno almost ready to pick,
and the rest of the peppers, cukes and tomatoes are blooming like mad. I
replaced the trailing petunia that got murdered by the mystery hedge butcher
and it's doing great.
The best part is I have nice fat bees and ladybugs everywhere. A few of my
bell pepper plants have some tiny
holes, but I imagine that's to be expected. I have a Pyethrin spray, which I
avoid using as much as possible, and a homemade spray of Palmolive dish
soap, water, and some rubbing alcohol. I'd rather let the ladybugs do the
job though! My hubby to be brought home some Cayenne pepper plants so we
added those to the group. He can't wait to make his own hot sauces and
chili..he's a hot pepper lover.
My rose bush is even doing well. Right after we planted it we got a week of
cool heavy rains, and it looked really sad..it was literally a stick in the
mud. Now it's got leaves bursting out everywhere. My herbs are growing like
crazy too. I have Oregano, Dill, Chamomile, and Lavender. Below is a link to
our pepper pic-hubby to be is so excited..he's never grown veggies before.
Looks we have yet another convert! :-)

First Jalapeno!

Sue (Zone 6b/NY)

I'll say it is hot.. Compressor on AC went Friday nite :(


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