Which flower variety or varieties, would you most want to (seriously
or humorously) send to someone, who a loved spouse or partner of ours,
has left you to be with and please say why, for any flower variety
Unfortunately for the fiscally responsible Republicans, the corporate
theologian whackos of the Democratic party (Dixiecrats) jumped ship back
in the 60's and joined the Republican party. You know. The "GOP" that
freed the slaves. Now I hate to break the news to you, MFLyons, but the
village idiot that presently inhabits the White House came from the
North East (Sorry, North East). His family is from the North East. He
was born in the North East. He attended college in the North East. His
family moved to Texas because of oil. Sort of like why we are in Iraq
Golly, we're a long way from our topic. Guess I should start paddling.
It's been a relatively cool summer here in Northern California, not that
you'd know it from the headlines stealing southern California. According
to our local (NY Time owned) fish wrap, the temps here where I live have
only hit 100 F once. My garden is coming in late. I'm just beginning to
enjoy the tomatoes. Accordingly, I think I'll cut way back on the corn
for next year. Maybe just one 4 X 4 planting and put the rest of the
corn space into melons. Except for a few dent corn which I'll grow
strictly as ornamentals. No "bird house gourd" next year, although as an
ornamental it gives a nice jungle theme to the garden in the way it
tried to take over all of its' original trellis, the box hedge behind it
and the unsuspecting kumquat tree next to it, that now looks like it has
be bagged and wrapped by a giant spider.
I'll probably only grow half the tomatoes next year as this year, now
that I know how early and late season tomatoes grow in different areas
of my garden. I didn't plant a cherry tomato this year. That won't
happen again. The German Striped, "Mortgage Lifter", Carmello, and
Stupice seem to be doing the best for me. The Brandywine, San Marzano,
Green Zebra, and the other fancy French vines are struggling. I may have
"curley - top virus in my tomatoes which may explain some of their
problems. One of the paths in my garden has mixed peppers on one side
and on the other, successive lines of radishes, then beans, and then
tomatoes, all rather densely planted. The leaves started browning first,
I think, among the beans (Fin de Bagnols, Vittoria, and Maxibels). The
Fin de Bagnols were first at the beginning of the row. Then the problem
spread to the Striped German tomatoes and has worked its way down the
row. The bean leaves take on a leathery quality and then dry into a kind
of parchment. The tomatoes leaves just dry out from the tips. Now I see
that the flowers are drying out as well. It is my understanding that
curly-top should spread to peppers as well but there is no sign of it.
I had hoped to plant peppers next year where the tomatoes are now but I
haven't found any information on the virus' persistence in the soil.
Needless to say, I wouldn't plant so densely next time.
Another experiment of mine is planting clover between the stepping
stones in the garden. Hopefully, when the rainy season hits, the clover
will spread out into the planting beds and give me some green manure.
I'm still waiting for any sign of a bloom on my ipomoeas (Moon Flowers).
I'm getting some bitter melons but they are still to small to harvest
and I'm looking for recipes for them that I can warm-up to. Most recipes
include Indian spices that I normally don't have in my cupboards. So far
pickles seem like the best bet for me.
Oh, my bad. I thought we were talkin' about that vilanous, murderous,
lying, thievin' skunk who is rumored to have stole twice as many
elections as most folks think.
Curious though, none of my "southern" friends say "new-cue-lar".
Sorry for the mistake:-)
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