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Re: A lovely weekend

Cyndi, what a great place you have. I love your birdbath too. It is so different. I've been looking for one, but they all are so drab (as if the birds care) or SO ornate they make me sick. Right now I have a shallow 12 inch saucer sitting on top of a metal can for the birds. How tacky, but again, the birds don't care. LOL!

Sorry to hear about the veggies. I bet that's very aggravating.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 12:42 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] A lovely weekend

It does look nice in spring, sometimes I just stand there gazing at it. I
haven't done very well in making it look as good during mid/late summer I'm
afraid. Of course the native garden isn't very malleable that way so I don't
bother much. In the ornamental garden, if I am meticulous about deadheading
then the coreopsis and gaillardia are very cheerful all summer, the roses do
bloom again but of course not as lush. My daylilies all seem to bloom at
once too; one of these years I'll have to see if I can buy different ones to
stagger the season. I think what I need is to expand my knowledge of what's
out there and will grow in this climate, I find myself looking at the same
things all the time.
I don't mind sharing the vegetable bounty either if they would leave some
for me. Other years we see a couple rabbits without too much problem, and
every few weeks we trap a gopher. But this year, wow. I certainly planted
more lettuce than we could eat but all of it is chewed down to nothing.
Every single soybean nipped off. How come they don't eat the weeds?! My
neighbor is trying the scare method - he's put in all these 3 ft stakes all
over his garden and tied plastic grocery bags to them, they flap in the
wind. I'll have to ask him if it's working. It's pretty ugly...but cheaper
than Reemay!
And just occurred to me that wild varmints are not my total problem, I had
better figure out soon how to keep the dogs away from the fruit trees or my
very tall labrador will pick off everything within reach like he did last


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Bonnie & Bill Morgan
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:32 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] A lovely weekend

Cyndi, it all looks like a verdant piece of heaven with all those blossoms
and the lush landscape! Congrats!

And I feel for you with the garden. The critters and the neighbors are why
dad always grew extra in his veggie garden. It drove momma a little nuts,
but dad was quite at peace with sharing his efforts with anyone who admired
or was hungry for something in our yard, though he preferred the humans ask
first rather than just taking without permission. The critters he just
spoiled (including the rabbits and squirrels.)


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2006 10:31 PM
To: 'gardenchat@hort.net'
Subject: [CHAT] A lovely weekend

It's so nice to have good weather again. I'm reading about the floods in the
east and hoping no one is getting too much water. Here it was warm - almost
hot - and not windy, practically a miracle.
As you've all read about a hundred times by now, I scaled back my vegetable
garden. I thought it would be less work. What I didn't know was that the
critters are determined to eat the stuff I do have, so it's more work than
ever trying to salvage stuff. I've not had problems like this in years. My
lettuces are flat (I'm putting up protection), the soybeans are gone (I
replanted under Reemay), the peas are nibbled (I'm just hoping for mercy).
At least they don't like tomatoes or onions, and the peppers are under
Reemay, so perhaps we'll have salsa later this summer. The corn grew fast
enough they couldn't eat that to the ground, but it's all field corn husband
planted for fun- and bought from the feed store at that - so who knows what
the ears will be like. Everything else I planted so late that it's all under
Reemay too. Ah well, what would life be without these little challenges.
The front looks great, well there are a couple weeds here and there. I did
hack off the big grass seed heads most places just to give myself more time
to get in there and dig out the clumps. And I took some pix. There's a
couple of the veg garden in there too.


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