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Re: Re: hi again

Welcome back Libby!
I'm just getting around to a reply, as I've been busy, but not as busy as
you!  As Tony said, you'll like the cable connection.
My lawn never went dormant either, and it is screaming to be cut yet again.

Re your Humulus.  I had been told that our Humulus at the Display Gardens
were annuals but dependable self sowers.  One year they didn't come back,
but they did the next.  So I just looked it up and they are indeed
perennials. So, don't know what our problem was.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Libby Valentine" <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 10:46 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Re: hi again

> Hi everybody,
> I'm finally back - even have my very own email account now (I know it
> doesn't seem like much but I've only had work email prior to this, and a
> yahoo account for temporary connection but it doesn't have much space -
> for free what more could I ask?).  And my husband decided to go for the
> cable modem a few weeks ago which I have to admit is great - the
> speed is very nice.
> Summer has just whizzed by.  How did it get to be October? (let alone
> 2003...)  We've had an incredible amount of rain all summer, after 9 years
> of drought, so it's been interesting to see what is thriving with the
> moisture and what really prefers it drier.  The lawn never went dormant at
> all.  I finished planting half of my new bed (on a slope I thought was
> dangerous to mow):  newspaper-and-mulched it and put in some different
> of salvias and other plants for the butterflies and hummingbirds, and also
> sapphireberries, which came up on this list probably 3 years ago.  Took me
> that long to find them.  I will look up the true names and write again,
> I am really excited to be back so I want to send this now!!  I had an oval
> bed with a goumi, a russian mt. ash, and a pussy willow in it, plus
> perennials, and I made that the small side of the trapezoid and connected
> to 2 little cleveland pears (I know, I know, but at least they're not
> Bradfords) above and outside the corners of the oval bed, so it's all one
> bed now.  I still have about 1/3 to plan and plant, but I am happy to have
> accomplished what I did.
> Right here the most damage from Isabel was 4 of the 7 large Bradford pears
> lining our across-the-street neighbor's driveway came down - 3 snapped,
> uprooted - gave the whole neighborhood something to do the next day, when
> there was still warm water left in the water heater for showers after!
> several relatively young willows in the neighborhood, and then there were
> number of big trees down on some of the wooded roads in the area.  All in
> all, very fortunate.
> Question on vines for you all - I planted a hops vine (humulus) and it's
> growing very well when the deer don't browse it.  I planted it at the base
> of an arch (to which someone here pointed me last year, from Lee Valley
> Tools - whoever it was, thanks!), and it has grown up to the top of the
> nicely, but it also keeps trying to spread, well, wherever it can,
> into midair.  Is there a trick to training vines or is it simple
> of bringing back the errant tendrils and wrapping them on the arbor?
> do I cut this back?
> My mom gave me a heather collection (6 varieties) from White Flower Farm
> this summer.  They are all still very small, but I'm hoping most of them
> will survive the winter and then I'll have some input on what will survive
> normal summer here.  If there is such a thing!
> Jesse, I am so glad to hear Fizick has rejoined the ranks.  I told my
> about him and they've all been sending good kitty wishes his way.
> Thank you all for being out there, this is a wonderful community and I am
> glad to be back as a hopefully more active part of it again.
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
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