"My name is Heather and I am a certified coleus addict!"
Step Two...Close your eyes and take a deep, cleansing breath. As you inhale think of all the positive things in your life (other than Coleus). Sunshine, rain, time to garden...imagine your own list of positive things.
I think this is a great thread for us all to share in. It will truly help those of us who cannot help ourselves. We may have to develop a buddy system for some of the newer members who are a bit more fragile. Does anyone second that?
Also, I think it would be good to interview some of our family members to get support going for our new program. Maybe we could interview them now and then again in say, about 2 weeks and note if they see any difference in our Coleus appetites. I know that my DH has often...oh, oh, OMG! Sidney! BREATH OUT!!
Great Pheadra, they look so healthy and ready to do their annual "Show=out".
Here is "sidney" after her spring cut back. Ready to take off again. She showed all winter long about 3 feet tall.
In this picture she is about a foot tall.
OHHH very nice,I can`t wait for the Spring Trades to begin.
oh wait ...SUUUGGGGAAARRR we`re supposed to be breaking the addiction...or Maybe... we`re not... maybe we`re
the Scouts we go in see what works in rehab and what does not
we`re the Coleus Rehab Rats,,,
Yes, I think you're right. Someone has to test the waters for everyone else. I think it is self-sacrificing of us to do this! We can see how much Coleus temptation one can stand this way...how much is too much? Who determines what a normal appetite is anyway? WE do!! ;~P he he he There's only one way to determine that, it MUST be tested!!
You all really do have some seriously beautiful Coleus cuties there! I hope some of mine will have great coloring like that. I know they are "only" Rainbow mix, but a girl can still hope! I saw some Rainbow Mix at a gh yesterday, they are a lot further along than mine. It was so exciting to see what I'm going to have! I couldn't look too long or too close tho...my pinchers were starting to snap and my money pocket was starting to burn even tho I have too many seedlings at home here. We are so funny that way...or at least I am. But, I resisted by doing step 2 & 3, and am sticking to the program! Victory!!
Step Four: Take one dose of COLASE, a recommended CALCIUM fortified product. The time you spend in the bathroom is GUARANTEED to keep you out of area gh's, and will inhibit pinching (Public/private), or coleus gardening of any kind. It WILL, however, facilitate your carrying out Step 3.
Note; Only for those who need radical treatment of the Coleus Gardening obsession.
benjamin, I had some go dormant but they did NOT come back to true color the next year. Ugggghhh, actually they were pretty ugly! Most people take cuttings and keep them inside for the winter. I just don't have the room because I'm over run with much larger plants too take cuttings. We live in a forest of plants all winter long in the kitchen. LOL My DH has to wonder how he ever got into a mess like this.
ooooh, Cathy, I was just thinking about 30 mins ago that it might be too hard for me to get there this spring...but I'll have to find a way! Yes I want to trade! I'll send you pics when mine are getting bigger and more colorful. Yippee!
What if my butt is too big for cargo pants??? LOL Or will all the Coleus pinches in the pockets make my legs look more "filled out" and proportionate? ROTFL!!! This could be a look I could get into, it could change my whole life. I may have to drop the rehab program simply to reclaim my style!!
Over 8 foot tall? I think that's a monster. What did you feed that thing?? Good golly!
Nope, I'm still working on it. Not at the present, but mentally working on it all the time. I'll get a good one made yet. Then mass produce them and make millions $$$$$. Just kidding about the mass production part. I am still going to make a better one. Kind of like making a better mouse trap tho...take a bit...but what's life w/out a challenge?
They sell one kind when it's seed. I started mine from seed...Rainbow Mix is what I have. That's all I have...but I'm sure they'll be nice and purty. I have to get some fish e soon tho to make sure they have bright colors and don't muddy. Does water from a fish tank really count as fish e? Is it just as good as what you buy at the store? I have a fish tank that needs a water change.
I thought I read somewhere that you could use it as fish e. Or, maybe I'll just start selling it, then buy more fish and pay someone else to apply fish e to all my Coleus! My fish tank needs cleaned so bad anyway, but it doesn't look or smell it.
I transplanted a few babies today. I don't know if this counts as a pic that Brinda was looking for, but here it is anyway.
OOOOOOOOOOOh, I love the baby pics! Guess what?!!! I believe I managed to save my science experiment gone bad! Remember, I took cuttings of my beloved Black Dragons and wrapped them in "root ball" baggies? They starting damping off and just rotted where I had wrapped the tape around the stem to hold the baggies on. Well, I unleashed them all and stuck them into some little rooting containers. VOILA! They're all coming back to life. THEY LIVE!! I sure wish I had a camera so you could see those little sargents. They're all standing at attention this morning as temperatures here dropped to 55 degrees last night. We'll be up to the mid 70s by noon, though. All the plants on the patio are loving the cool breeze.
P.S. Yesterday I bought a 5-pak of the new Miracle Grow spray dispenser system. It seems to be pretty easy and no mixing mess or blue fingers. I'm thinking of fertilizing everything on a 14 day schedule. Should get me through mid-July. Comments on this plan please.
P.S. My DH swears that his insecticide will kill the Asian leaf scale that's attacking the Sago Palms. Will somebody assure me (and him) that the only recommended, proven product is the Malathion In Oil, applied diligently every month for forever. Sure would appreciate some feedback.
And finally, I have a mature Oak tree on my eastern facing from lawn. It needs something planted underneath it as ground cover. About 3 feet diameter. However, the oak roots are close to the surface. I have been trying to transplant some creeping ivy from the side yard but that stuff needs constant moisture to root properly. And I can't figure out how to get a large enough "carpet" of it to just lay down on the ground under the oak. I know it would thrive well there in the shade once it takes, but I just can't get it going. Suggestions, PLEASE!
Now how come I didn't think "coleus!" In Houston, our winters are really funny. One day it could be 85090 degrees, and you wake up to 35 or 40. Overall, though, temperatures average between 50-60, I think, for most of the winter. Making it miserable for us who truly want to wear our coats and comfy, cozy sweaters. Do you think the coleus would survive and come back?
My DH inherited some evergreen pieces (NOT a tree or anything, more like hedges) and planted there, but he loss 2/3 of what he planted, so it's only a small evergreen art deco piece left under the oak. Still opportunity for me to go to the drawing board. Also, I'm thinking I need to put more dirt on that bed to cover those roots more. But, if I do, then I might have to build some sort of retainer wall around that to keep the dirt in. Oh, joy...
What to use under the tree would depend on a lot of things..soil, temps, etc. What about Forget Me Not? How low or high do you want the ground cover to be?
I think Ivy can be best rooted in damp sand or perlite. Take spring cuttings that have new growth and keep the medium they are rooting in damp. Ivy may not be a great idea, it could evenutally climb the tree and choke it.
There are lots and lots of ground covers that would work for you, you could even start them from seed. If you start them from seed you can plant out a much smaller plant and won't have to worry about digging a big hole around those roots. I think anything "creeping" looks fantastic under a tree. Do a search on google w/ your favorite color, creeping and plant...for me it would be "pink creeping plant"...and see what you get! oooooh, bleeding hearts would even work if they aren't too tall, but take a long time from seed.
Hosta would be good too, and there are fragrant varieties also. You can start them from seed, I did this year.
Hey, Benny, if you got any rocks laying around make a natural retaining wall...don't go buy the stuff or make it a huge project. Just stack the stones as high as you need them, biggest ones at the bottom. You'll find out that all your neighbors will BRING you their rocks free just to get rid of them!
When you're all done, dampen some of the soil between some of the stones and push some seeds in the crevice...or blow them in while you have them laying on a piece of paper. Then cover them w/ a tissue so they don't blow away. Every will think the wall has been there for 20 years! And it won't cost much of anything but time.
Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas! Now, if I can just get my new DH on board with the project! We're having a garden war. He's been an amateur gardener for about 10 years, sort of haphazardly, and with no rhyme or reason (I pulled almost 30 half-dead Sago palms out from under an elephant ear stuck in the corner of the patio. He just buys and parks...
Anyway, all of a sudden I'm quoting tips and tricks from DAVE'S GARDEN. I figure let's pool our collective knowledge. He figures he KNOWS everything there is to know about EVERYTHING, including gardens. I think there's a term for this condition -- it's called MARRIAGE.
I've got a whole box of hostas bulbs, and I am agonizing over planting them anywhere because of the slugs and snails. Actually, putting them under the oak tree might not be so bad, since we rarely go in and out of the front door -- usually the garage entrance. So, no one would be smashing snails or dodging slugs going in and out. Just don't want to start something I'm not willing to finish...slug bait, salt, slime, crunch.
P.S. I'm not squeemish about snails or slugs...
I TRULY adore those brilliant chartreuse hostas! They are to DIE for!
georgiagarden3, look at this thread. The pic #17 looks like the same coleus as your third pic. At the time this pic was taken, the coleus was mostly in shade so the colors aren't as vibrant. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/532069/
editing because I think I'm wrong. My pic (#17) is El Brighto, but after looking at yours again...I don't think it is. Where is Chris????
Ok. I can do hostas under the oak tree. Chartreuse hostas, and maybe some coleus, too? I have asparagus fern growing all over my present back yard. Can I incorporate some of this into the bed too, or is this overkill? And there's still that specimin piece of evergreen that managed to survive when my DH transplanted it.
Grape Expectations is gorgeous.! What're those chartreuse plants surrounding it? (I think I'm into chartreuse -- hostas, et al...)
And how do you keep your ferns so healthy? I love ferns. We have a whole bed of them on the front lawn (west), but they always look so dry. I have some on the shaded back patio (east) underneath and alongside the Giant elephant ear. It provides extra shade. I have a Tazmanian fern (Hairy like a tarantula!) that seems to be adjust there quite nicely. But I want more ferns in overall good health back there. Advise, please. Thanks.
Now for a quick explanation. Let's add to that AFFIRMATION and maybe y'all will get that it's a new truth, not a vow to not get any more.
" I'm happy, I'm healthy and I have more coleus and money than I'll ever need."
Chippy is going to be the death of me yet That DADBURN Rascal!!!
I'm in Zone 8B. We average cold between 50-60 degrees. It'll hold somewhere in there from mid-Sept through October. Then it'll go down to around 45-55 from October through Jan and then add a coupla days that'll dip in the 30s from Jan-Feb. We have more "chilly" days than truly COLD days. Which is why we keep colds in Houston and can't pull out our overcoats!
Start at the bottom center of the picture. Work your eyes up to that single little green sprig. Locate the bottom LEFT leaf on that sprig. Work SLOOOOOOOWLY down and you'll see what looks like two little dots. Those should be his eyes. If I'm not mistaken, There's your chippy!
P.S. That's his tail sitting on top of that Coleus.
I don't break my glasses my kids do. I have been wearing them since age 12 also, and I am not a candidate for lasik since I am near sighted in one eye and farsighted in the other LOL So I'm with you in glasses forever. Actually the last funeral I was at, they had her glasses on her. Her hair was wrong tho :(
Looks like I'm late to the party. Benny, do you have a plan now? Sounds beautiful to me!! :) Tell me more about this Garden Gate mag. I'd like to order a new one. I ordered "Garden Design" (I think that's what it's called) when my neice was selling mags for school. I was very disappointed. It's not what I wanted at all. I'm sure some folks would love it tho. It's not for DIY-ers. It's for folks who want to spend thousands and thousands on A SINGLE pot!! And, here, I thought it was going to show me how to design a garden! Silly me! Can't wait for my subscription to end...then can justify spending $$ on a different one. Sheesh.
Hey, y'all, I'm moving...to Ft. Lauderdale. To a very pretty little bungalow type house...it's a really nice yellowish & stone house w/ planters out front already filled w/ great Coleus! My new family is going to celebrate by taking the whole family on a cruise too! What a great group, huh? he he, see you soon Hap!! ;-D Your place is a DREAM!
Benny, the big difference w/ your ferns may just be that Hap is in FL and you're in TX. Hap has lots of humidity, you've got lots of dry air. Can you put in a mister of some sort that runs automatically? Or can you mist in the morning before work, then after again after work? I picked up a mister bottle that you pump up (what do you call them? duh!)...got it at K-Mart real cheap...love it...plants love it more. It'd be perfect for you. My plants show a difference usually in 2 days when I use it regularly.
I'm not looking for the chipmunk. This reminds me of the "my dog is in every pic I take" thread. Remember that one? How long did we look for the dog? It was never there. Nope, won't look. Won't do it. You can't make me. I refuse to. Ok, I wasn't looking for the chipmunk, but I think there's a snake in the pic. Ha ha ha!!
I'm on my way to the nursery. YIPEE! I have to go get ready now...prepare and remember all my Coleus program steps. I think I'm out of Colase tho. I do have some prune juice on hand, would that do the trick?
I'm using the buddy system, in a way. DH is going w/ me, I think just to make sure I don't take out a mortgage on the house or something.
I'll let you know how I do...if I can duck him or not.
Thanks Hap, I recognize it now. Being a newbie, I get rather frustrated when I see something I like, but can't identify it. I have a 2 Blackie Sweet Potatoe hanging baskets from Lowe's. What cultivar is yours?
Heathrjoy, If you're passing through Houston on your way to Florida, give a shout out. I'll meet you for lunch. P.S. Give the Japanese your forwarding address!
Heathrjoy, below is the url for Garden Gate Magazine. They offer a year's subscription for $20. Six Issues. Go to the website and check them out. Let me know what you think.
P.S. Does anyone agree that the chipmunk is where I said he is? Or am I hallucinating?
Heathrjoy et al,
Go to this Gardengatemagazine.com website or cli on the link below. Then go to the February 2006 issue link where a video will pop up to show you how to propagate REX BEGONIAS from a leaf cutting! Absolutely fascinating! There are video links all over the sample page! I'm sold on the "how to" videos and I'm ordering my subscription today just for the website tips!
Your plants are so beautiful I could cry. Mine are little cuttings rooted in pots at this stage. GG3, you make us Nawtherners soooo jealous. And Hap1 what an honor to get that plaque.
Someone asked what do Northerners do with the coleus in the winter? I sent them to Texas, Utah, Ohio, N and S Carolina, Virginia and other places. My daughter in South Fla. got a box of cuttings and they are still going strong.
By the time I am done growing them all season, I hate to see them die, so ship them off for postage.
Coleus may be an addiction but I have met and corresponded with so many beautiful people through this forum. You all have 'made my day'
You and all the old and new addictees here 'make my day' often.
That Red Ruffles was the first "Fancy" coleus I got. People came to the door to find it's name. Every since they have pulled the strings of my heart.
Not to worry, the Japanese will always have my address! We are ordering some very nifty planters from Japan...if anyone wants in checkout http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/596241/ You'll want these planters, nothing like them here!! :)
I'm going to check out that site Benny, I'm sure I'll order too...and be busy all nite reading and watching there. I got a great book for ideas at Wal-Mart last night. "Dream Gardens Across America" by BHG. It's mostly cottage gardens, but that's what I love...there's tropical, Japanese water gardens, southwestern and all kinds of stuff covered in it too tho. Tons of ideas...DIY stuff.
I'm sorry I messed w/ you there Hap. If I ever make to near any of you I'll definately give a holler! My sis does live near Benny, and we've vacationed in FL many times (we love Clearwater Beach, across the bridge!!!). My sis is in Beaumont, Benny...not far from Houston at all. If I ever get down her way the 3 of us could cause some havoc, I'm sure! She's not like me, tho, she's crazy!!
I was a good girl at the nursery. I got 2 Mandevillas, a Vinca Vine and some Petunias. I was a bad girl at Wal-Mart tho. I can't even remember everything I got! Seriously. I raided the bulbs...2 Sorbet Peonies, Orange Glads (that had mushy ones in it!!), Purple Glads, Cladiums, 5 four packs of Petunias, 2 pink & purple Dahlias. Then my book and soil and other supplies like new kneepads, gloves, MG liquafeed, Osmocote. Yep, it was stock up time. (Did the same thing w/ groceries too) Now I feel ready for spring! Dh even finished off getting my little gh ready today. I guess we are good to go!
Oh, I got a new attachment for the kitchen sink to make watering pot easier too. I suppose it would make doing dishes easier too. It hooks on the spigot and swivel and goes from sprinkler to steady stream. Can't wait to try it out.
The petals on these turn purple as they age...so gorgeous...I was lucky to get these I think!
I went to Wally World yesterday, and identified a plant in my garden as Vinca. Also just bought a lantana that Lowe's had on the 75% off discount table. Got about $25 worth of plants for $5. All they needed were a little TLC. I also got two Wave Petunias and some Spike greenery to transplant into the middle of my geraniums down the line, after I bring them back to life. I'm learning these additional little gardeners' enhancements from photos and my DG friends. Gives the display a more polished, professional look. Like I know what I'm doing! Yikes!!!!
Sounds very good Ben!! I'm learning those things too, and it makes a huge difference.
The weather here is finally getting nice and hopefully staying nice and warm. This is hubby's week off, so it's spring cleaning week. Hopefully we can get everything ready to put in the new beds. I just have to figure out how to arrange them. HELP!!
Oh, yeah, Benny!! I always label mine what I use them for. One for water, one for chemicals, one for ferts, etc. You'll love that thing! Spray bottles are nice, but they just don't give that fine mist that the plants like. I also find it very relaxing to just walk around spraying everything, and talking to my plants. I also name my plants. :) They all have names, and I call them by name when I talk to them. I know this makes me officially crazy, but that's ok...I enjoy it. When I start to imagine the conversations the plants are having behind my back is when I'll go for help!! ;-P Or maybe just start a regimen of heavy pruning...mwhaahaa (evil laugh).
I don't know what I'd do w/out this thread to give me my daily giggle!! Thank you everyone.
Thank you, Benny, for the offer of representation. The only thing is I may take you up on that someday!! LOL
Been spring cleaning outside around here the last few days. Ohh, dh and I are a sad pair...hobbling around from being so sore. Dh offered to help our 80 yr old widow neighbor unload potting soil from her car and she refused saying she'd have the 15 yr old "odd job" neighborhood kid do it, because "He's young." Dh looked at her and said, "What are you trying to say?" I guess we can't hide it anymore! LOL
I know this gets easier as the year goes on, but, wow! I guess I forgot how hard it can be to try to find a comfortable way to sleep when every single muscle is sore!! LOL I wonder how much that 15 yr old charges anyway?
Hap, that's not funny. If you knew how strong the pills are that I'm starting out on! I'm not kidding on that one. Next step up is back on the muscle relaxers and I don't want to go back there. It's hard to remember who you are when you take them!
Mr. Fluffy Puffy and I worked outside all day today again. We cleaned in the Ivy bed and started cutting back brambles. We hate brambles!! He's such a good puffy, no leash and he stays right w/ me the whole time unless I throw his soccer ball to play fetch.
Tomorrow is looking like more bramble clearing and then digging them out. It looks like our former nieghbors had been letting them grow under their Holly...I was wondering where they showed up from all the sudden. If you don't hear from me for a few days it's because I'll be picking thorns out of my fingers!
LOL Louise!! I got 31 baby Coleus potted up and 6 Tomatoes done too. Not too bad. Hopefully I'll get more done tomorrow. If the frost would go away for good I could take them outside and stop all this madness!!
I also want to clean the fish tank tomorrow and get some fish emulsion to brighten them up. I found one tonight that looks orange, he's a favorite already! He'll be nice and stinky from the fish e.
Ok, it's wayyyyyyyyy past my bedtime. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I just got done transplanting. HAD to check DG before hitting the hay! The only time I sat down today was to eat, and while I was eating I was on DG. I admit it, I'm shameless.
Yes, welcome Louise! Join the party. We're all a tad crazy, but be yourself, I'm sure you'll blend in. he he he
Hey, did I mention I f-i-n-a-l-l-y got to start a compost pile? Yippee! I don't even know how it happened, but it did. Now I'm a maniac, you can't throw anything away unless it's synthetic or overly gross. Dh threw out an old celery stalk today! What was he thinking? UGH! I was so disappointed...over garbage.
I too started a compost pile, but mostly Oak leaves. I think mine will take "activating".
Yes you really have some beauties and are defitately in the right place.
We really love our Coleus and they just keep on pumping color.
Thanks for the warm welcome to this thread. I've been
lurking here with the forum on my watch list for a long time.
I didn't know there were soooooo many exotic looking coleus until I went to websites specializing in them. I always thought they were an inexpensive way to get
color all season. Now, I realize they can be a pricey way also. I'll bet there is a lot of cutting trading going on here on DG.
Mine only last here until the first frost, usually late October or early November. I haven't tried to winter them over with cuttings yet but may try after DG and the addiction thing.
We got rain yesterday afternoon and again last night. Wonderful for the plants. Now, to go get my paper, cook my oatmeal and eat breakfast. You notice what I did first upon rising - this DG thing is definitely my addiction.
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack... Took a physical health day for doctor visits yesterday. Managed to find a Persian Sheild in Houston, but it had seen better days, so at least know where to buy it when they get some new ones in. Also, I found two NEW COLEUS that I haven't seen mentioned yet!
One is "New Orleans" - in honor of my native home city, which is suffering so much these days.
I forget the name of the other. I'll post when I review it.
I HAVE GOT TO GET A DIGITAL CAMERA! aaaaaaaaaarrrrrgggghh!
I missed you all..
P.S. Home Depot's plant selection is not impressive, at all. Much more at Lowe's...
Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought Persian Sheild was easy to root from cuttings? I'll look it up later today.
If anyone would like to trade Coleus please let me know, I'd LOVE to when my little seedling are a bit bigger. I'll trade for anything. :)
I just got cut off from my flower funds after my crazy spree. Guess I deserved that. :-( I'll just have to close my eyes whenever I go by a nursery...even if I am driving...it's the only way! Should that be step #8, or #9...whatever # we are on now?
I don't know about trade shows, but I would say that we can't get in or would be interested in by 72 of one kind in a flat. As for mailing, yes some do. I have not had too much luck, but let sugarweed come in here and she will tell, for she's the expert in all that stuff.
That's the worst culprit.
I just un-packed 22 from GlassHouseWorks and I am sooooooooooooo disappointed. Whatever was I thinking?
I'll post pictures and then I'll pack a box and take pictures of that.
I will say QVC's Cottage Farms did the best packing of 4 Hydrangeas. They had card board Zs that held the pots perfectly.
I owe a replacement box to someone I sent a box to in Texas in Oct, so I will look her up and send some goodies. I love doing it, but the moon has to be right to get me started.
Gonna run by Jeremy's
See you good folks in an hour or so.
Heat, huh? Poor babies. That's a hard one to overcome.
Hey, I've got it!!! Have y'all ever heard how they transport animals from coast to coast in rescues? They set up drivers to meet at destination points. They take the animal and drive for their alloted amount of time...however much they have volunteered for. Some folks might drive for 1 hour, others might have the animal for 3 days (like truckers).
Why not Coleus?? We could be the Cross Country Coleus Connection!!
(I hope you all know I'm kidding...unless someone is heading this way...)
Step 9 ,Cross Country Coleus Connection!!
The ultimate test is she/he addicted.
I can cover my area , 45 min.from Alabama and Florida
4 hours from South Carliona line...less than 6 hours from Tennesse.
I have northcentral PA covered. I'm about 1 hour from the NY border, 4 hours from OH. Can be in Pittsburgh in 3 hours (2 if Mark drives!!). I can even go international...Niagara Falls, ON. is only about 5 hours. Washington, D.C. is 5 hours.
I think we need a runner between Phaedra and I to cover TN, then we'll have a good portion of the East Coast covered. I'm sure Hap will chime in soon to cover FL. If anyone is north of me and could cover NY and up let us know!!
Oh, no, we're not addicted!! Hey, if I throw in one of my dogs could we really do this?
Well, I hope they fill out and color-up nicer than they look today. I refreshed them in tempid water with superthrive. I'll say a prayer once an hour for days.
Here is how they looked after unwraping.
Halloween Bonfire and fishnet stockings were not available until June.
4 bonus ugly ones instead. Also I ordered 2 Japaneese Giants and think I got just one. One had no label, so it might be the second Jap Giant.
Oh, guys and gals. What a long, strange trip it's been today! Where is everyone?? I need some giggles.
First, the wake up after only 4 hours sleep...that means an ouchy day w/ the back. Mark comes in from work at 7AM to tell me someone stole 1/2 of one of our landscaping lights. With further inspection it turns out they stole 1 1/2 lights. Ugh. Call the Police...not because I think I'll actually get them back, but to report it because...the little jerks might come back (and the cops always say "Well, why didn't you call before?"), and we have 3 widow women who are over 80 for neighbors, And they may have hit someone else's house and I want the damage tally to be complete, AND these creeps were right in my front yard like 2 inches from my porch...where my Doberdude walks every dang day!! AHHH!!!
I really wasn't all that mad, more astounded at the nerve of people. They actually took the light apart in our yard and set the parts they didn't want on our sidewalk...had they not done that I know Mark never would have noticed the lights missing.
So, the Police Officer comes to the house. I'm on the porch to meet him (grooming plants, of course)...that way the dogs won't start howling and wake Mark who just went to bed and begged me not to call the Police. I even had a printed out copy of the Lowe's flyer w/ a pic and price of our lights...they were in this weeks flyer!! LOL!! (we get them online) Officer says that is really good to have for his report. We do the paper work stuff, he writes everything down. I make a comment about my Doberman and fencing in the yard and letting the dog run 24-7 so no creeps come around. We start talking about dogs...next thing I know we are on the porch drinking coffee! Next thing I know we are in the garden! LOL! Next thing I know it's 2 hours later and he's saying he'll stop back for the Fuchsia cutting!!! As he's leaving I ask his name, since his name tag was covered by his coat. He says it's Frank. I ask where he's from, he says. I say, "NO WAY! I'm related to the Frank's from there!" Oh, sheesh. He's my cousin's husband's brother. (small towns around here) So then we had to go thru the family and "How's so and so?" Yes, everyone was laughing at me all day. It's ok, I think I might get the lights back...he said he has a good idea who has them. ROTFLOL! (Oh, just so y'all know, before I knew he was somehow dangling from the family tree...he's older than my father, so no comments about that!)
That was a nice visit, and a new friend. Come inside, get warmed up. Answer the phone. Someone who thinks they are way more important than they are acting is giving me a very hard time about not much of anything. I have nothing to do with the situation. Want to tell him where he can put it...but am polite. Hang up phone. Can't get on DG. Grrrr. Answer phone, politely. Same guy. Grrrr. Screaming HELLO into phone. He can't hear me. I can hear him and who he's talking to. Hmmm, interesting what he's saying...listen for a while. Take it ALL in. I know who he's talking about. VERY interesting, indeed!! Oh, my.
Fast Forward to later that day...Mark wakes up. Tell him about phone calls. He finds them interesting too. He calls someone who was there when the calls were made, finds out they were made on a Blackberry. Oh, more interesting. The guy has a new Blackberry and doesn't know how to use it. He hits redial and doesn't know it. He calls the Blackberry owner...the guy talks forever, won't shut up...blab, blab, blab...Mark finally asks him if he's using his new Blackberry. Tells the guy he hits redial and he doesn't know it. The guy says he does know it because 2 other people have told him (duh!). Mark then tells him he should be careful what he's saying after he hits redial, especially if he's just called his supervisor or manager (Mark knows them). Suddenly the guy has to go. I hope he got the point and NEVER calls here again.
I don't usually go for stuff like that, but this guy was just downright mean for no reason...he all but swore at me...and I offered to wake Mark up for him.
Then I went to my brother's w/ the Fluffy Puffy and we had a cookout and played w/ plants. I had to show my SIL where she planted stuff last year, he he he. Then came home and covered all my tender plants because it's going down to 30* tonight!! Brr.
Relived a drama that played out on DG a few months ago when someone's name came up in a thread completely unexpected. Someone who lives in another country and threatened to sue me for defamation of character. He had his barrister contact me thru my eBay account when all this happened months ago. How professional it was, as were the misspellings in his e-mail. That was upsetting to say the least. Things were not handled well. Let's leave it at that.
All this on 4 hours sleep and lots of pain pills. I'm ready for bed and I'm NOT answering the phone!! But, if the dogs bark tonight I'll be out there in a flash w/ a baseball bat and a Doberman! Come to think of it, I'm letting Samson sleep on the couch tonight and I may even let him answer my phone and my e-mails! I'm going to bed before I can't make it up the steps.
How do I keep my leaves from falling into the damp soil and rotting, especially when I'm trying to root new cuttings? I need new watering techniques. Do you guys just mist or something? Maybe I'm overwatering cause two of them developed damping off at the soil line and just broke off in my hand. Bummer...
OMGosh, I just wrote you one of my nice long posts and it got eaten. Sheesh. This place just loves me, I'll tell you what. I hope it doesn't show up later and need to be edited.
What I said was something like this...
I'm no Coleus expert, we all know that. I do know a couple things about damping off tho.
You should be bottom watering, not top watering. You should also have a fan running in your plant room for air circulation. Don't point the fan right at the plants so it blows on them, but if it oscilates and breezes past them that is fine.
I use Chick Grit on a lot of my stuff. You can get it at feed stores. Put a 1/4" thick top dressing of it on top of the soil to prevent damp off.
To prevent and to stop damp off you can use Ground Cinnamon or Chamomile Tea...I used both. Both are natural antifungals. Just sprinkle Cinnamon on top of the soil. I spray w/ the tea and also water w/ it sometimes. Just don't spray w/ anything and then let sit under bright light.
Some folks also use H2O2. I can't remember the recipe for sure, I think it's 1 tablespoon H2O2 to 1 gallon H2O. That's 3% H2O2 from the drug store. Some say that's great to use if you've overwaterd...also great to get more oyxgen to the roots, etc. I don't know, don't want to argue about all that stuff. To each his own. I know that H2O2 is unstable...because of the extra O. All the discussions are about what happens to the extra O when the H2O2 breaks down. I have some 50% H2O2 here, so I'm very unstable when I start to break down! he he he
From all I've read "they" say if you don't have good air circulation it doesn't matter what you do, you'll have damp off. I just set up a fan last week. Most places have them on sale right now since they are in stock but no one is buying them yet. Check out the dollar store if you don't have one on hand.
I think that was everything I mentioned earlier. If I remember something else I'll post it.
You are such a "JOY!"
Sorry to hear about your light trouble.
Glad you met a relative and made a new friend.
Had a dog who would help a robber carry the stuff out of my house if he needed help...
What is H202? I suspect it's hydrogen peroxide?
I also was about to begin bottom watering the coleus out of desperation!
talk about crazy addicts. i just signed up for the coleus co-op. am i crazy? i'm going to feel like Juanita in a couple weeks. started preparing the flats already. i do most of my indoor gardening late at night when hubby and baby are asleep. i usually stop when i go upstairs to get a drink and see the clock reading 3am. and then i go to sleep and dream of coleus...
MUST...PINCH...COLEUS... MUST... SAVE... PINCHED CUTTINGS... MUST ROOT CUTTINGS...
dale, as usual, the garden pictures are beautiful and make me pine for warmer spring weather...