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Re: [IGSROBIN] Damn what a long day

Robin and Adam,

Well, you should count yourself lucky! I have a mixed case of slasher's
remorse and pruner's cramp. The ivy-leaved types have gone wild or, at
least, would be wild if I did not take pruners in hand. Yards of the stuff.
They're not in full flower yet which is probably just as well for I could
not bring myself to carry out the savage executions with so much blossom on
my hands. I have at least got over the pangs of self-conscience and am now
able to commit them to the mulch heap. Unfortunately, each day brings new
flowers and my conscience is sure to fail soon even if my fingers don't.

San Diego, California

>>and It gets even worse, Ingrid.  I have developed propogation disease.
time I trim the pels, the trimmings turn into Cuttings!!, and I am compelled
to root them.As a result I am surrounded by dozens of 72 hole plug trays
with happily rooted cuttings that will soon need potting out into 3" pots or
will need to be put into the ground.  I have so many P. "Lime" that I am
considering using them for a hedge around the herb garden.  If I do that,
however, then i shudder to think what will happen when I trim the hedge.
Anybody know of a cure for this disorder?  A five step program, perhaps?
(Hey, this is the nineties and we require efficiency in self help)

----- Original Message -----
From: Ingrid <alfmike@ALGONET.SE>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 1999 11:52 PM
Subject: Re: Damn, what a long day

> I know exactly what Robin means..when you have been busy as anything...and
> then some...and then Tuesday may feel like a Friday and then it isn't!!!
> Each day after that will feel like a Friday or if you make the mistake of
> winding down, Friday may feel like a Monday!!!!
> Right now the Frozen North has thawed out and last weekend I
> prickled/repotted sme odd hundred seedlings each of Eryngium planum
> ....Dianthus...just a few Geraniums, but I can't keep everything!!!
> Mess? Definitely! I keep telling myself I need to Spring clean.....but
> excuse is wearing thin now!
> Ingrid in Sweden on her way to work!!


Date:    Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:24:36 -0500
From:    Adam Levine <adambomb@CLOCKWORK.COM>
Subject: Re: Damn, what a long day

  The only cure for propagation disease, aka propagator's itch or
propagatitis, is to do what I do: never cut back your plants, and let
them grow to be tall and leggy creatures that look like the Martians
landed them on earth to fight the War of the Worlds. My greenhouse is
full of such plants. (It's also full of little cuttings on their way to
becoming big leggy things, so I don't necessarily practice this 100
percent.) One thing I have found that works is to trim the plants when
I'm angry, then as part of the therapy for my anger, I twist and mangle
the resulting cuttings so their completely useless. Then, to assuage the
resulting guilt at destroying so many potential babies, I add them to
the compost, to feed future generations.
  Hope this helps.
Adam Levine in Pennsylvania>>

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