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Re: Looking for the weekend!

So how much did you get done.... and I thought you
were cutting back this year? LOL! We all seem to have
the same problem, lotsa willpower till the season
actually gets here.


--- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:

> We finally are having some nice days, I hope it
> lasts through the weekend.
> I'm helping at a garage sale tomorrow but Sunday I
> have much planting to do.
> I bought a whole bunch o' stuff at Theodore Payne's
> (my poor credit card!),
> and my order from Forestfarm showed up too so there
> is no shortage of
> plants. 
> I'm going to get serious about trying to hide the
> neighbor in back of us but
> the plants I put in have to be tough. Thus all the
> natives from Payne's. I
> bought 3 different kinds of saltbush - atriplex
> polycarpa, atriplex
> canescens, and atriplex lentiformis. None of them
> are terribly attractive
> but they will take just about anything. We have
> atriplex canescens already
> back there and it is about 7' tall now, the quail
> just love to hide in it.
> Since another of my wants is to provide cover and
> food for birds I'm hoping
> they all do well. Considering how much less habitat
> the critters have these
> days they might need my place. 
> What is it about developers anyway. There are
> millions of acres of flat
> desert out here with nothing on it but rabbitbush
> tumbleweeds and alkali. Do
> they build there, NO, they buy up the juniper
> woodland in the foothills, the
> places with the biggest biodiversity we have here -
> hundreds and hundreds of
> species - and then they bulldoze it, pave it and put
> up houses. Makes me so
> mad I could spit. Not to mention that part of what
> is currently being
> bulldozed used to be city nature park, the city just
> rolled over and showed
> the developers their throat. Sure, take whatever you
> want, just promise us
> taxes. Citizen complaints are met with smiles and
> nods and no action. Of
> course now the housing bubble is popping, who knows
> maybe they'll just stop
> after bulldozing everything. 
> Oops didn't mean to go on a rant.  
> Anyway. I also bought 3 sambucus mexicana, an
> elderberry, as an experiment.
> There is one growing in a canyon where we go hiking
> on the weekends. Not too
> far from my house but a little higher in elevation
> and probably more
> sheltered. Who knows it may have found a little
> pocket to tap into for
> water. But it is there so I will see if I can grow
> one too. 
> Second experiment, I bought two different mesquites:
> screwbean mesquite,
> prosopis pubescens, and honey mesquite, prosopis
> glandulosa. I see them
> growing here where I work but there are none near
> where I live, so we'll
> see. Beautiful once they get a little size to them
> but you don't want to get
> too close - major thorns on those plants. 
> Third experiment, this one I'm not all that hopeful,
> arctostaphylos glauca
> aka big berry manzanita. Never seen one growing so
> far as I know. But the
> description sounded like it might live and I love
> manzanitas, it might make
> it. If none of my experiments work then next year
> it's more saltbush! And
> they might not...I have already tried
> fremontodendron and matilija poppy
> back there, neither lived. Course you know what they
> say, try it three
> times.
> I bought the hakonecheloa (sp?) grass from
> Forestfarm, and a few nandinas -
> the dwarf "Firepower" ones - and a dwarf oakleaf
> hydrangea...ummmm...can't
> remember the name now. The japanese garden needs
> more work than I thought
> due to the gophers eating a lot of my liriope around
> the teahouse edge. That
> may have to wait for a while though. 
> Can't wait for the weekend. 
> Cyndi 
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