[gardeners] Happy Easter!

Terry (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 20 Apr 2003 10:18:25 -0700

Happy Easter to all!  I hope everyone has had as beautiful a morning as we
are having today.

I was shopping yesterday and bought four 2.5" pots of clematis and what I
believe is an Ornithogalum hybrid (a relative of those Pregnant Onions,
Margaret) with orange flowers from Walmart.  

I have had such good luck in the past with the little pots of clematis from
Walmart, especially the alpina types that I believe they are very worth
while to purchase.  The varieties I bought are:

Pillu (group B1) a rebloomer that resembles Nelly Moser and blooms double in
spring, single in fall.

C. vitacella Rubra (group C) red flowered species that is a summer bloomer

Inspiration (group C) a large four petalled pink summer bloomer

C. tangutica Golden Harvest (group C) another species that has a hanging
yellow flower that from the photo appears to have dark inners sides to the
petals.  Summer bloomer

I arrived home late in the evening last night and had a surprise while
putting away things I bought.  My laundry room serves as a cool storage area
as well as having a cat door and a cat feeding area.  As I opened to door to
put things away I thought there was a stray cat we've been having trouble
with but very quickly realized it was a skunk! I stopped stock still as I
realized this, then quickly but calmly stepped back and closed the door.  I
thought for a few seconds then made some noises on the door to encourage it
to leave.  When I opened the door again it looked at me and I said in a
calm, non-aggressive voice "go outside" and it did and without spraying too.
I was so relieved!  After I made sure it was gone, I quickly locked the cat
door shut.

Terry (relieved to not have to clean skunk spray out of the house) :)