Re: [gardeners] Frost!!!

penny x stamm (
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 15:27:16 -0400

Terry, my water gauge says we got 1-3/4" of rain in that
hour, yesterday, after all those weeks of nothing. Of course
I watered, but it's never the same. As someone said at the last
Master Gardener meeting, it takes a 3-day rainstorm to make a
fool of you, 'cause you always thought you were watering enough! 

We didn't plant the 7 tall, new coleus which my friend had given
me yesterday, because the humidity admitted by the Weather
station was 93%, and whereas Jimmie can stand it, I fold. So
instead he sent me back to the nursery, to help myself to 
another 3 coleus (they are about to throw away), and now I
am curious to ask everyone what style of planting some of you
adopt. I have a bare berm in total open shade, with just the
right amount of space for these grown coleus. The background
is a lush combination of dark green rhodies and PJM rhodies,
medium green; the sides of the berm have low azaleas on the
left, and a low weeping hemlock on the right. My usual style of
planting is 'impact' -- always 3 or more of any kind of plant or
flower. My #2 daughter prefers to plant 1-of-these, and 1-of-those,
mix and match scattered throughout all her beds. My hubby's 
choice is always for symmetry, like everything in the garden has
to be mirror images.

There are:   3 bronze coleus
	  3 wildly colorful
	  3 bright green
	  1 almost black  (can be used elsewhere)

How would you guys plant 'em...?  BTW, we'll get at least
8 more weeks out of them, perhaps 10. 

Penny, NY zone 6

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