Re: [gardeners] Friday in the garden

George Shirley (
Fri, 21 Apr 2000 18:04:12 -0500

When we lived in the Republic of Yemen at Sana'a we were at 8200 feet
and it was pleasant there. Even in the summer we wore light jackets in
the morning and we got light rains frequently. A little trouble
breathing at first but we adapted rapidly. We dried lemons by leaving
them out on the kitchen counter in our unairconditioned apartment. We
slept at night in a closed bedroom with a humidifier going to keep sore
throats and dry noses at bay. It was pleasant but I would be better
equipped to cope if I went back now.


Jane Burdekin wrote:
> Just a little higher, 5360 ft here...   Jane
> -----Original Message-----
> From: George Shirley []
> Sent: Friday, April 21, 2000 2:33 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [gardeners] Friday in the garden
> A little behind and a whole lot higher. I live at 24 feet above sea
> level.
> George
> Jane Burdekin wrote:
> >
> > Have a wonderful weekend George.  Our fruit trees are blooming still, some
> > are fading of course the wind (30 mph) for 2 days and the snow didn't help
> > the flowers.  The tulips are up, daffs fading, hyacinths are great, iris
> are
> > starting to bud.   My tomatoes are about 3" tall, peppers about an inch
> > high, no sign of the eggplant sprouts yet, I'd say we are a little behind
> > you...   Have a good weekend all.
> >
> > Jane
> > zone 5 Colorado
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: George Shirley []
> > Sent: Friday, April 21, 2000 10:54 AM
> > To: Gardeners List
> > Subject: [gardeners] Friday in the garden
> >
> > Sleepy Dawg and I went out early and checked the garden over. A couple
> > of tomatoes are turning pink and there are many smaller ones growing.
> > The Kentucky Wonder bush beans have set their first fruit and we're
> > looking forward to a mess of those. The cranberry beans are still
> > blooming and are some of the healthiest looking bean plants I've ever
> > seen. The okra is up and setting true leaves and the corn is just
> > peeking out of the soil. All of the chiles are in bloom and looking good
> > as are the eggplant.
> >
> > Fruit trees are growing good, the Pluot, Aprium and Pear are still too
> > young for fruit but their growth pattern is good. I pruned them into the
> > approved form well before they leafed out and will continue to pinch
> > unwanted limbs out all summer. The peach tree has set fruit and is now
> > leafing out, we have high hopes for this tree, it has been an
> > outstanding performer in our hot and humid area.
> >
> > The poppies are fading fast as are the pansies and violas. The torenias
> > are showing some green and the hydrangeas are making blooms. The
> > jacobeana is blooming as are the daylilies and the roses. The red
> > hibiscus has bloom buds and is looking good. The amaryllis are about
> > done as are the iris. Just waiting for the iris seed pods to start
> > drying out so I can save the seed from the marked plants.
> >
> > Tomorrow morning we will drive over to our daughter's place to spend
> > Easter weekend with she and her kids. We're taking a ham, two pies, one
> > persimmon and one pear, a coconut frosting cake (has the coconut dyed
> > green and there are marshmellow bunnies with M&M droppings), and several
> > other things. Yeah, I know about the cake but those grandkids are all
> > teenagers so we thought we would surprise them with a cake with bunny
> > droppings on it to go with their scatological humor. Can't wait to see
> > their faces.
> >
> > We will be home sometime Monday so if none of you hear from me don't
> > worry. If you don't worry about me Ptthht! as Bill the Cat says. <VBG>
> >
> > George, Miz Anne, and Sleepy Dawg