[gardeners] Repot

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 08:02:32

If this message ends up written strangely I'm blaming these new gubmint
glasses I'm wearing. VA said I needed new glasses and I think these came
from the lowest bidder. ;-)

While we were at the daughters for Easter dinner the winds came again and
blew down two of my Tumbler tomatoes in hanging baskets. Split the baskets
so had to get two new ones at Wally World, $1.97 plus tax each, pretty
cheap but just what I needed. Realized the problem was that the wind was
catching the tomato branches and spinning basket and all, thus unscrewing
the brass hook they were hanging on. Brilliant solution came to me - I used
large saltwater fishing line swivels between the hook and the basket. Now
when the wind blows they just spin at about 100 rpm but don't fall down.
Reckon we can do a scientific study on how tomatoes grow in a centrifuge.
May save some seed from these maters and rename them "Spinners."

We're finally getting some rain after not having any significant rainfall
since March 16, rather unusual for our wet, humid area. We definitely
needed it since I was having to water the gardens with a long, slow soak
about once a week to keep things growing.

Got another rustled rose blooming in the front yard. Sorta looks like a
half-size peace rose, yellow with rose overtones. Miz Anne got some
cuttings at an old home place in Lake Charles and rooted them last year. So
far it seems disease resistant and has no mildew. If it does as good as the
deep red one we've grown for several years we will be happy. Roses are
difficult to grow down here unless you spray 20 different sprays on them
each month. I spotted what appears to be an old rose in a local cemetary
yesterday, will call around to find out who owns the place and then see
about cuttings.

The calendulas are blooming all over the front flower beds and the Shirley
poppies, evidently reseeded from last year, are about to open. The glads
are springing up with bloom stalks already but the hydrangea is still
waiting for summer. It's taken eight years but this place is finally
pulling into shape. Y'all come.