Re: [gardeners] Sunday in the kitchen

penny x stamm (
Tue, 25 Sep 2001 00:33:16 -0400

George, the chicken soup should work wonders --- so will the

We're about to get some of your rain, so I took time out to dead-
head my big dahlias, and tie up the enormously tall stalks 
against the storm.  Dahlias do something funny:  mine grow to
about 8 or 9 feet tall, and when it rains, sometimes the weight 
of the rainwater causes a number of open blooms to fall 
straight down, unless I have kept up-to-date with tie-backs.
If I don't return for a week, the stems which have fallen have
NOT died, nor have the flowers on them -- they continue to grow
now in the traditional upright position!  In effect, each one has
become a V .....  

My front door red Japanese cut-leaf maple has decided to 
frighten me out of my wits:  it is totally defoliating, at least 
4 to 6 weeks early.  I am told to wait until all the leaves have come
off, and then inspect every branch for soft spots or insects. Does
anyone have experience with this...?

Tell Miz Anne we are thinking of her -- hope she has enough 
art books to see her thru the next few days  .......

Penny, NY

Have been laid up for a week now with a
swollen foot, and the doctors only know what it isn't. Not
very helpful. Today was the first day I walked, so of course I
climbed into the car and visited a garden nursery!  Perhaps
the World Trade Center problem has really hit the public, for
there were NO customers there!   

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