Re: [gardeners] Dahlia woes

Ron Hay (
Sat, 31 Aug 2002 13:06:33 -0700

Hello, Penny,

We were very happy to read that your garden is on the rebound:) I know
how much concern it has caused  you of late.

Today, we are taking out our spent portulacas and scooping up trowlsful
of seeds where they have landed on the sidewalk, outside our decorative
brick barrier, where the plants have hung over the sidewalk. We will
give some to our dear 86 y.o. neighbor, Mary, who lives across the
street. She, as one of the 4 original homeowners on this street, has
given starts of everything in her yard to everyone here, at one time or
another, and we thought it would be nice to repay her.

Her kitchen faces our front  yard, and she says she derives so much
pleasure from looking at the portulacas in bloom when she does the

There's nothing like spreading a little joy around:)

Later on today, before we head out for our anniversary dinner, we will
pick a few more pounds of tomatoes and tomatillos to can tomorrow
(tomatoes, not tomatillos to be canned.). So far this season, we have
canned about 20 quarts of tomatoes, have given away bunches to friends
and colleagues, and they are still coming on strong!

Earlier today we harvested our first pumpkin, which weighed in at 14
lbs, and will harvest the other three mature ones over the course of the
next two weeks.

I see Moroccan pumpkin soup, Armenian pumpkin rice, and Pumpkin ravioli
in the offing:)

The weather today must be like  your weather, George, MUGGGGYYYYY, which
is very unusual for us in SoCal. Must be the remnants of a Baja
hurricane turned tropical storm. It's about the only thing that ever
makes L.A. feel like the Gulf Coast.

Well, must get to more  yard cleanup. Just taking a break to dry off a
bit and get hydrated. Sheets on the line dried in an hour, despite the
high humidity, at 90 degrees.

Happy Gardening and a Relaxing Labor Day weekend to you all.