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Summer's Start Thread 2021

This is a thread meant to celebrate the start of summer! All are more than welcome here, so please join in with your photos, garden triumphs and frustrations alike, and your hopes and wishes for the season.
June is such a fantastic month for our roses, so I can't wait to see the gardens turning lush and fragrant. As we experience this season of abundance I hope we each have beautiful moments of fortune and gratitude. May you each enjoy many gorgeous summer sunsets, the romantic feel of a fresh velvety bloom against your skin, and the tastes and fragrances of summer that light up your dearest memories. Let all the warm zoners have a well earned rest after a season of hard work, and all the cold zoners rejoice in their turn.
To all of you, well wishes and good garden fortunes 😊💛

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    Original Author
    yesterday

    One of my varieties, the large purple ones in the photo, definitely have issues with splitting. This is the first year out of 3 that I've had any luck with tomatoes at all. Ha, I wish we were close enough to share crops, but I'd be pestering you all the time by coming to ogle your roses.

  • titian1 10b Sydney
    yesterday

    Magpie, what about tomato soup? I had a ridiculous number of cherry tomatoes one year, and made soup. It was soooo good!

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  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
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    Magpie, , OH , MY GOODNESS! My eyes are popping out! I have been giving my tomatoes away, too many. That’s crazy! Wow! Tomato soup, spaghetti sauce! Wish I had time to think about harvesting! I just gave away some peppers & squash today! Your kitchen looks lovely too, BTW!

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    Original Author
    yesterday

    @titian1 10b Sydney I loooove tomato soup. And most soups. Good idea.

  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    Well, fall weather is cooling and I am looking around to see what’s bloomin’..,.

    Yay! Moonlight in Paris is doing well! Better than most! Her 2nd flush!




    Cabana


    Pink Boomerang Lilac 1st bloom ( blooms in spring & summer)


    Kiss of Desire starting to climb new fence, budding up.


    Limelight hydrangeas bloom all summer. So di most of my hydrangeas, too too.


    Firelight Hydrangea turning from white to pink in fall


    Asters


    Bonica blooming again


    Brother Cadfael new



    Pink Porcelain blooms again


    Cupcake mini finally blooms again


    Heritage 1st blooms-new


    Lil Kim Rose of Sharon (sm 4ft bush)

    1st blooms




    Clotilde Soupert, Enjoying growing into a floriferous sm bush!






    Strawberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon

    (Looks like my Pink Chiffon Rose of Sharon)

    I have 4 of them.






    Flamenco Rosita-always blooming


    The tall canes above are from Cinderella & Bliss-each 6 feet-no blooms now. I will put an obelish in middle for Cinderella.


    Newbie-Earth Angel few 2nd blooms




    Windsor Castle Wedding always blooms a little


    The Fairy-now always blooms


    Wedding Bells ( Blooms wete really perfect yesterday, today faded. One of my most healthy roses-great glissy green leaves & lush big blooms!


    New Olivia had 2 blooms but lover her lush healthy leaves & growing very healthy! (Bush in middle.)


    Other roses blooming in garden, too…

    And indoors…

    My Steptocarpus has 2 first blooms


    And I have a NEW ORCHID…


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  • Ashley Smith zone 5a
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    Magpie, that looks like my counters, piled high with tomatoes. I felt so bad pulling up my tomatoes because mine were so full yet, tho I did pick the nice ones that were on. I canned pizza sauce and salsa this year. And I looove tomato soup but my family's not so fond of it, so I guess I won't make any this year. 😖 Oh and I have several bagfuls of tomatoes in my freezer to take out and do something with when the snow flies.

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  • Kristine LeGault 8a pnw
    yesterday

    Kitty, I will definitely be getting Little Kim rose of Sharon. My favorite


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  • Sheila z8a Rogue Valley OR
    yesterday

    Kitty, a Tesla would be really fun.

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  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    Sheila, Yeah, Um yeah, sure! A Tesla-maybe I should get 2? Know a rich fellow who’d buy them for me? Lol!

    Kristine, I thought you’d like Lil Kim-she’s little and oh, so beautiful!

    I just added a couple more indoors photos above… new orchid I bought 2 days ago. I am falling in love w/my new Tropical Indoors Garden: Steps, African Violets, Orchids, and soon adding my Maypop Passiflora & Mandevilla.

  • Diane Brakefield
    yesterday

    Kitty, I suggested a Lexus above. You didn't give us a cost limit--ha. Diane

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
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    yesterday

    @Kitty6aNY haha, I do give away some of my produce, but I haven't shared a single tomato and I don't plan to. LOL. We eat them too much, every day my kids and I eat them raw by the bowl full. I did give away some of my tomato plants that I started from seed over winter though, and that's got to count for more than sharing a few tomatoes right? I ended up making a big pot of pizza sauce to use for dinner and freeze the rest. I do love tomato soup, but I'm the only one in my family that feels that way, just like @Ashley Smith zone 5a. Kitty, your Fairy is so pretty. It really likes your yard!

  • titian1 10b Sydney
    yesterday

    OK, well my suggestion is a yellow mini-moke!

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  • Diane Brakefield
    yesterday

    Trish, what is that? A rose or a car? Diane

  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    Original Author
    yesterday

    Lol, I'm not sure how practical that would be in NY!

  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    Diane, Trish, Magpie, Ok, no problem…a mini-moke looks like this… only this one is pink… shall I buy it? You know I love pink! Great in our snow storms! Lol!



    Hmmm… Diane, actually I looked at a Lexus…not a good value the one I saw. I am getting a ”used luxury car….” small price range, BTW.

    Magpie, Sounds like you have yummy plans for your tomatoes!

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  • titian1 10b Sydney
    yesterday

    OK, Kitty, you can have a pink one.

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  • flowersaremusic z5 Eastern WA
    yesterday

    Kristine, I wish someone would cry uncle for me, or force me to. I'm trying to take one out for every one I add, but that didn't work so well this year. If Palatine has Koko Loco, I'd like to try it on multiflora. Carol, that might work for you, too. The ones I killed were own root.

    Kitty, you almost lost me with the Shirley Temple reference, but I figured it out. That was a line she said often. Your roses are outstanding, and I did a double take on your lilac blooming at this time of year. I really like your Firelight Hydrangea. Earth Angel looks so delicate, and, if my Fairy bushes had looked like yours, I'd still have them. That's such a pretty shot.

    Trish, I liked the odd colored roses right off, but what I did not like was when they were referred to as corpse colors. I'm glad that didn't catch on.

    Ashley, I'm pulling for your Koko Loco through winter. I bet it's settled in enough that it'll be fine.

    This won't help with a tomato crop, but for a super quick tomato bisque, this is good. Two ingredients. A jar of Rao Homemade Tomato Basil and 3/4 c. heavy whipping cream. It does not taste like marinara sauce and you don't even have to tweak the seasonings.

    Moonlight in Paris needs her own thread. I just found this very yellow one on a bush with all peachy blooms.


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  • Diane Brakefield
    yesterday

    Sorry, Trish, that's not for me. I prefer a hot red Lexus, or a hot red Suburu (Forrester, I think) like my gardening friend has. Diane

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  • Diane Brakefield
    yesterday

    Oh, my granddaughters both have Suburus and love them. Diane

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  • Kristine LeGault 8a pnw
    yesterday

    Trish, that looks perfect to me, especially in pink


    Flowers, I have a ton of new growth on MIP and several new buds. Maybe it is growing out of its dud phase .

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  • Sheila z8a Rogue Valley OR
    yesterday

    I have a Subaru and my husband has a Tesla.

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  • titian1 10b Sydney
    yesterday

    I have a 17 yo very scratched Toyota Echo! My son has a Subaru, and loves it.

    flowers, that MiP is gorgeous. Eeeww, corpse coloured. When I was at school, I did a painting (bad) of a person at home. My art teacher (odd woman) said how did I get the skin colour. She had been painting a corpse at a morgue, but couldn't get the skin tone. The shade in my room was pink. I guess I compensated! I wish I could get that tomato/basil product here. That sounds wonderful.

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  • flowersaremusic z5 Eastern WA
    yesterday

    So! Trish, you are an artist! We learn more about you all the time. Tell us more.

    Rao is sometimes hard to find here, too. Not all stores carry it.


    Here's my hydrangea through some of it's phases. It starts blooming late June and changes color until late Sept. or early Oct. when I cut off the trusses and bring them inside. Diane, this is for you.

    I experimented growing this short, non-clinging clematis through them, but I won't do that again. It pulled the stems down and when I cut it loose, the stems didn't pop back up.

    It starts off chartreuse and changes to white.

    There is a standard (the holly behind it makes it hard to tell) and 5 shrubs, 3 are out of sight. This bed is being renovated.


    My favorite stage.




    They'll get darker, but I don't think they're going to be as pretty this year. We moved some of them from the back of the garden up to the patio bed this year, and a couple are complaining.

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  • Diane Brakefield
    yesterday

    Yowee, Flowers, I think you should start that MiP thread, given your stunning photo above. I'm finally getting excited about this rose seeing what yours has done. My daughter makes a wonderful soup from butternut squash, and our neighbor just gifted us some, so we'll be having that soon, I'm sure. If you, or anyone, are interested in the recipe, I can get it from her..... Jemma has worked a few days as a hostess and liked it, but she doesn't wait tables or serve--she's too young, so she doesn't get those big tips, just a higher wage. The wait staff shares their tips with her. So complicated.


    Trish, do you still have that painting? If you do, take a pic and show us. Sounds very interesting. I normally drive a Suzuki, several years old. But I let the insurance go while I was in quarantine, and I still don't have a car to drive. I'm pathetic.....My poor family had to have my cuke sandwiches for dinner Sunday. I think I'll do caprese salad this Sunday--I put cukes in it, too, and it takes lots of basil. A nice tomato soup would go well with the little sandwiches. My daughter also makes a good tomato basil soup. I'd better remind her to make us some. I'm getting hungry. It's about ice cream time.


    Sheila, why am I not surprised you drive a Suburu? How does your husband like his Tesla. I'm impressed.


    Ashley, what a lovely array of rose blooms you show us. I really am taken with the fluffy Sweet Rose of Mine. The green "rose" doesn't thrill me much, though. I never get those things around here. My tomatoes don't taste good, I guess.


    Kitty, lots of gorgeousness--love your new orchid. You are brave to take on all this variety. The strep is beautiful. Was this the one you started from a cutting, or am I mixed up? So many plants to keep straight. Diane

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  • rosecanadian
    yesterday

    Kitty - Yes, I so agree... Anastasia looks so beautiful and Palatine has such glorious roses!! So things are still going well with your friend? :) :) So expensive to buy a new car...I assume your insurance will be paying half or all? Keep us posted at to what car you buy. But a fun colored car!!


    Kristine - WHAT? They've added MORE roses??!!! And Honey Dijon and Koko Loco are on the list? What am I going to do...there are so many choices!! :) :) So fun!! I'm glad we have until December to mull through these choices. :)

    LOL Crazy Talk sounds like a great name for a NOID rose!! :) :)

    Awwww ... you are sweetly scentimental. :) :)


    Ashley - You are so tempting me to buy Koko Loco. :) :) I've thought about it for many years. :)


    Magpie - what is the fragrance like on your SH? I loved the fragrance when I grew it!! Love all of your tomatoes! My favorites are the big ones that you mentioned. :) I love making pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes when I used to grow them....Zephyr makes that impossible now. LOL What I used to do is freeze them and then take them out when I want to boil some down. Delicious! Or make a lot of bacon and tomato toasted sandwiches and invite me over. LOL Oh, I see that you made pizza sauce...good choice!


    Kitty - darling roses!!! The pearlescence of the petals really shines on so many of them when they're enlarged by clicking. :)

    I didn't know that there are lilacs that repeat bloom! What a treat! I love asters...and your purple ones are such a great color!! Love the pearlescence of Brother Cadfael and CS!! Pink Porcelain has such wonderful stippling...like a flea bit horse (one of my favorite spotted type of horse coat). I love your Rose of Sharons...that red pops against the white! Such a pretty strep :) :) :) My favorite plant may be your orchid!!! Glorious!!!


    Flowers - ah...own root KL. I'm seriously thinking of KL...the lack of fragrance may not bother me...as well as Monte Carlo Country Club...that one is so beautiful...I think I have to get it regardless of it not having fragrance. Oh!!! That's my favorite shot of MiP!!!


    Trish - oh that's too gruesome!! I can't imagine painting a picture of a corpse!!


    I'm thinking I may buy a passiflora this year. One was a zone 7...the other zone 9. I'll go for the zone 7 if I do get one.

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  • rosecanadian
    yesterday

    Flowers - ooooh!!! Your hydrangeas are exceptional...the white is such a pure white and then it gradually blushes...LOVE!!


    Diane - I'm getting hungry. :) :)

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  • Diane Brakefield
    yesterday

    Flowers and Carol, I guess we all did some cross posting, and I missed all those exquisite hydrangeas. Thank you for showing all the color changes as the season progresses. I've loved Vanilla Strawberry so much from the photos I've seen, and now I get the name--it's the order of the color. I enjoyed seeing a little more of your place, and could just make out some nice looking chairs and table in a lovely setting in the background. I did look up Arabella clematis the other day, along with other short, non vining types. Your clematis is lovely like everything you grow.


    Carol! How are you doing? I'll bet we're as cool as you are, especially the lows at night. I see some 40s before long. Not happy about that. However, tonight was just about the most perfect evening I've spent in my garden all summer long. I sat and watched the hills as the sun lowered and shown on them. There are lots of shadows in depressions and low spots contrasting with the glowing areas of the hills. Most wonderful was the clear blue sky, huge, with nary a cloud. All the smog, stale air, and smoke was somehow magically gone. I'm not sure when the awful stuff disappeared, but it did, and now I've got my summer back, just as it's ready to end. Sigh. I picked a nice bouquet of Rouge Royale blooms, and for the first time since early June, I can smell its lovely scent. All the roses lost their scent when the heat was on. Little things in the garden mean so much. Of course, the mood was a little dented when I had to spray my roses with deer repellent. Diane

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  • rosecanadian
    yesterday

    Hi Diane <3 I have been researching passifloras...I have 2 that I am deciding if I'm going to get...I have all my information put in and am almost ready to buy them. Expensive with shipping. Still thinking on it.


    I'm doing well. It's a little humbling to realize that my 88 year old mother-in-law is just fine after our 4 hour shopping spree for furniture for her new place in a seniors home. She's moving from Edmonton to Calgary. She's fine (which is great)...but I had to go lie down and recuperate for about 3 hours. LOL Driving really wrecks me, and I was lifting heavy-ish comforter/sheet packages...but still! Humbling.

    We're going to be 12C/54F Wed. :) with a low of 3C/37F. So yeah, your weather and ours here are pretty similar! I missed a beautiful day today 20C/68F because we were shopping all day. Boooo!!!! The last warm day of the year. Dang. I really enjoyed your description of your evening. I felt so peaceful and calm reading what you wrote. :) :) Thank you, Diane. <3 <3

    Such intensely lovely roses!!! My faves are your Evelyns!! The white ones look like peonies! What are they?


    Back to researching passifloras. I wish Kitty was up now so she could talk to me about them. And I'm way too "do it now" to wait. LOL

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  • titian1 10b Sydney
    yesterday

    Diane, those are beautiful. I know I've said I'm not keen on reds, but really it's just fire-engine reds I'm not keen on. I love that dark red of Rouge Royale (I also like your Ascot and Munstead). I'm guessing that's Evelyn and Sarah Bernhardt? Both gorgeous. Is SB still in flower, or is that earlier?

    flowers, your VS hydrangeas are eye-poppingly lovely. I remember a photo of them in a (blue and white?) vase in your elegant living room. As for my being an artist - I'm so not! I can't remember why I was doing that painting at home. Not for choice, anyway. As for still having it, when we came to Australia, all I was allowed to bring had to fit into a very small suitcase. Apart from clothes, there were two books - a copy of Robert Burns, and my grandfather's copy of Emma, a childhood rabbit and my tennis racquet. When I unpacked my suitcase at this end, the Robert Burns and my tennis racquet were gone.

    Carol, I remember my art teacher throwing out a classmate's paints and brushes out a two storey window. Our headmistress (strangest hair style ever - combed flat to the skull from a centre point into a tight curl all round her head), once called another classmate 'a nasty little girl'. That same girl went on to be a Vice Chancellor at Cambridge University. Prior to that she was the provost at Yale.

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  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
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    Trish, art teachers stories…kinda wild what they got away with in olden days. Lovely heaing about your art!

    Diane, Lovely bouquets! Rouge Royale-live to conside that rose bush on my wisj list-stunning! So you have blooming roses now-nice and recovered from heat?

    Flowers, Love your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea photos!!!! I am excited to see my VStrawberry tree bloom that I just pkanted. It has a few buds-just starting. I have about 14 hydrangeas many panickes and some regulars, too.

    Carol,

    I am here now. You probably went to sleep. Thank you for all your generous compliments…my roses, new orchid, & Passiflora. I hope to enjoy my Maypop Passiflora all winter, indoors , in my tropical garden. . They must be watered daily when growing. i missed a day recently outside & flowers stopped blooming-it’s fine now. Keep them always damp and then water it even when damp. Mine grew more than ones I saw in internet videos because I water so much. They can grow hardily & invasive in tropical climates when not in a pot. Of course, mine is in a pot. It is 5 months old, April-Sept., and about 4 feet tall, needs an obelisk. I will transplant again, soon, to bigger pot-small trellis to put indoors in Nov.

    I think about simulating a tropical climate for my Maypop. It has been a strange humid summer this year-still humid-we never have humidity for all summer-but good for Passiflora-my most water loving plant. (Your first month of growing one, I would not fertilize, but water daily, make sure it gets 6 hours sun and rich potting soil after water glass growing. If it‘s a cutting-they grow fastest in direct water glass. They grow roots the fastest. I am excited for your new Passiflora. (I spent maybe $25ish on a cutting w/barely noticable roots, wilted, to start with.) Now its a thriving plant! You are going to have so much fun!

    It’s raining, lightening & thunder now this morning. With all this rain my roses bloom less as its not enough sun. Oh well, my grass and Passiflora love the rain.

    Sheila, Nice! , your hubby has a Tesla and you have a Subaru.

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  • Aaron Rosarian Zone 5b
    yesterday

    @Diane Brakefield you know you can't just post gorgeous pictures like that and not tell us what they are!!!

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  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday

    Diane, Please let us know the names of your beautbeautiful roses in bouquets? I love the white obes, too & peach. i wouod love to order tge R Royal!

  • Diane Brakefield
    21 hours ago

    Thanks, everyone. I know you all knew the red bouquet was Rouge Royale, which has bloomed faithfully all summer, even in the awful heat. The peach is Evelyn, not such a faithful bloomer (more on that later), and Sarah Bernhardt peonies, which are, of course, not blooming now. That photo was taken in June. She's my favorite peony. Diane

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  • Aaron Rosarian Zone 5b
    21 hours ago

    I should have known they were peonies :p

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  • flowersaremusic z5 Eastern WA
    19 hours ago

    Yes! I'd love the butternut squash soup recipe, Diane. There's a restaurant in the next town over, between here and Coeur d'Alene, that serves a butternut squash soup that is heaven and I cannot duplicate it. Everyone asks for the recipe. They're not sharing. Glad Jemma is liking her new job. They all start them off hostessing. I think waitressing must be one of the hardest jobs there is. Your three bouquets above are my kind of bouquets. I think Martha Stewart made that type popular, but they've always been a favorite with me.

    Carol, I'm confused. Are you thinking of growing Passifloras indoors or out? The fine little threads - stamens? - look like frayed threads from fancy ribbons.

    Trish, what a sad, sad story. That had to be terribly hard leaving everything behind with only a small suitcase of your belongings. I dearly love what you chose to bring and I'm so sorry such treasures of your past were stolen. There are some truly cruel people in this world who cause others pain without giving it a thought or suffering a twinge of guilt. On a lighter note, I'd love to know how the headmistress accomplished that hair style. Seems like she'd have to have at least two more arms. I hope she was aware of the so called 'nasty little girl' becoming extraordinarily successful and surpassing her in her own field. That's so satisfying!

    Kitty, what is your secret to growing big leaf hydrangeas? Panicles are my only ones that thrive. Second is Original Endless Summer, but it has to be in mostly shade. The heat this summer destroyed my big leafs. They've grown back, but no blooms this year. I see from your comment that Passifloras can be grown indoors. I had no idea.


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  • flowersaremusic z5 Eastern WA
    18 hours ago

    Has anyone heard from Vaporvac recently?

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  • Aaron Rosarian Zone 5b
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    no :( I hope they're well!

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    Original Author
    17 hours ago

    Same, I don't remember them commenting here too recently.

  • titian1 10b Sydney
    16 hours ago

    I just looked up Vaporvac's activity, and the last time she posted was in July. I've messaged her on here.

    flowers, the 'nasty little girl' became the favourite of the Headmistress. She came top in everything, and was supremely confident. One day the previous headmistress visited the school, and she was invited to have tea with them both.

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  • titian1 10b Sydney
    16 hours ago

    And Sara Ann, you've gone very quiet. I hope you're ok?

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  • flowersaremusic z5 Eastern WA
    14 hours ago

    Thanks for contacting Vapor, Trish. Sometimes we get busy and just need a little break, but I don't remember her ever staying away before. Yes, and Sara Ann. I was thinking of her this morning, too. I always assume she's busy with family stuff with her big, extended family.

    So funny about the 'nasty little girl'. Good for her for not living out the script her superiors set for her. It was humble of them to indirectly admit they were wrong about her. I love happy endings!!

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  • Sheila z8a Rogue Valley OR
    11 hours ago

    I have always had a Subaru. Diane, my husband loves his Tesla. He is so excited about it. Electric cars may help save the environment. He is also on the list for a Cybertruck. He is a total groupie. He thinks when he gets a Cybertruck, he will give me the Tesla Y. What if I want to stick with the Subaru?

  • Diane Brakefield
    9 hours ago

    Sheila, that's great he loves his car. I'm all for electric cars. Does he have a hard time finding charging stations? Our infrastructure bill, that I hope will be passed soon, will have money for increasing the stations. Who is making the Cybertruck? I've never heard of that one. Maybe Suburu will have their own electric car by the time your husband gets the truck, so you can get one of the electric suburus. Elon Musk sent some earthlings into space tonight, I read. Diane

  • rosecanadian
    7 hours ago
    last modified: 7 hours ago

    Trish - teachers have an obligation to be better than that. Sigh.

    Kitty - thank you for your detailed instructions on growin Passifloras. :) :) I chickened out on getting them...but I may change my mind in the spring. What I'm not sure about is the size. They're supposed to grow 3 feet wide and 15-20 feet!!! That's a lot of plant for a pot. I'm wondering how big a pot has to be!! LOL I don't want to use my large rose plants for passifloras. Also, I am going to buy a lot of roses this year and I don't want to overload my husband with planting passifloras too. Plus we have to drive my daughter's possession to her in a u-haul truck late spring (once mountain passes are clear)...and that's the time for planting our bare root roses. I don't want to add anything to that. So maybe the next year. Although if they need to be watered every day...it's hard to even go on a short trip. Hmmm...I'm convincing myself with every word I type not to get Passifloras. LOL Besides...it'll be $90 to get 2 of them (won't just ship one). Soooo ??

    More rain, huh? You've had more than you want.

    Diane - do your Sarah Bernhardt peonies flop like most of them do?

    Flowers - if I get them, I'll be growing them outdoors and overwintering them in the garage. :) That's a nice way of describing them!!

    Sheila - My sister had a hybrid car...when she visited me in Calgary, she would get so annoyed, because the gas always had to be used here because of our hills.

    Our province issued a state of emergency due to COVID. Our ICU has had a record number of cases for the past 3 days. 91% of them are not fully vaccinated. And in Saskatchewan where my daughter is a doctor...there are anti-vacc protestors outside the hospital all the time. My daughter said that there are no rooms...everyone has to be seen out in the hall. And nurses are quitting in droves...there's not enough of them...and they can't handle the stress. :( :(

    My dumb dog pooped in my rose pot again. What a gross surprise as I was looking at my roses...what a weird dog! He really has to work his body to get his butt up that high. Sheesh!

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  • sara_ann-z6bok
    3 hours ago
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    I’ve been trying to catch up a little. Of course I love everyone’s beautiful photos. Trish, thank you for asking about me, and thank you flowers, your hydrangeas are gorgeous! All is well, just haven’t been posting recently. I hope I can get caught up on here over the weekend.

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  • Sheila z8a Rogue Valley OR
    20 minutes ago

    Diane and Carol, I know we all want to save the environment. My husband has a charging station in our garage. The Tesla finds charging stations itself and the superchargers are all over here and he loves the whole process. The Cybertruck does not come out until 2022 I think. It may not "go" with a Mediterranean home but it will fit in the garage if we give the Subaru to a child because we have a two car garage. That was remarkable those people going into orbit.

  • Kitty6aNY
    11 minutes ago
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    Hi, Carol,

    You can contain Passiflora growth in a pot to a smaller plant height of your choice. i plan on about 5ft above pot and then they wind around trellis so can be longer. I have seen them growing in pots online-look nice. $90 is a high price, but they are fun. First year they may grow like mine finally teaching about 4-5ft in pot. i hadn’t thought about vacationing in summer-what to do watering plants. You could put it in a large pot w/water under it and take off for a few days. In summer could put pot in tub of water. Some people get a friend to come water plants or a teenager to babysit them. Sounds like you have lots of plans for next spring. I sm excited to see what you decide about roses & other plants.