[gardeners] Thanks, de-lurking and questions

Brenda Pink (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 00:23:37 -0600

First of all thanks to Kay and Penny for helping me to stay awake
tonight!  I'm glad to see I'm not the only one up at this hour....as I
wait for 2 am to go into work to collect a "sample".

I am officially de-lurking, having decided to try this list.  I see a lot
of familiar names and am glad to remember some from awhile back on
another list.

I live in Southern Alberta - Cdn (and US) Zone 3.  We have had a heat
wave the last few days, reaching >25C.  We are also showing signs of
drought. No real precip since the big snowstorm (Feb?). Lawns have been
on weekly mowing for two weeks and am already having to water everyday.

Anyway, my questions:
1) I have a few  Allium giganteum (sp?) that are just coming into bloom
now.  The stalks seem shorter this year than in the past.  They have been
as tall as 4'.  This year, they are blooming at only 2' high.  I have
just top-dressed with compost, and it has been a very dry spring.  Could
these conditions (fertilization and dry weather) have contributed to the
short stature?
2) Something had nibbled away at my Euphorbium just as it emerged from
the ground.  It looked like the centers of the new shoots had been picked
out (and left laying around) by something.  I suspect birds.  Has anyone
else seen birds going after Euphorbia?