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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 3, 2011 11:17 AM CST

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I thought I'd post what my backyard looks like so I would embarrass myself enough to force a quick clean-up!Thumb of 2011-03-03/Bubbles/4f0bf7 Thumb of 2011-03-03/Bubbles/7b903c

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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Mar 3, 2011 8:47 PM CST
That's a lot of pots! You didn't lose too much did you?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 3, 2011 9:21 PM CST

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If you look at the last posts in the thread below, you'll see I lost quite a lot. I tossed about a third of my potted tropicals. I'll probably need to dump more as it warms up. There's nothing left around the back of the pond.
How'd your garden fare?

http://cubits.org/texasgardening/thread/view/47105/#new_post
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Mar 3, 2011 10:50 PM CST
Oh no Sandi! I'm so sad to see those pictures. Can I help you recover anything? A sweet lady sent me some brug cuttings that are hanging in there (they have good solid roots at least) and Debra is sending me a few more...and now that I know how to get rid of the fungus gnats. *grumble
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 4, 2011 8:10 AM CST

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It's okay Carey....I just choose to think it's Nature's way of "helping me cut back" on collecting!
Name: Carey
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careyana
Mar 4, 2011 11:50 AM CST
lol! Okay I can't argue with that. Nature's helping me thin out what I should have in the garden. Apparently she wants me to have weeds!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 4, 2011 9:36 PM CST

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Well, I just looked again at those embarrassing photos up top...and the back yard still looks the same. The front yard looks much better, tho. I decided I could hide the back....but not the front. Still need to mulch, but it looks much better.
Friend called to invite me to go to Market Days at Wimberly early tomorrow. I'm afraid I won't even be moving early tomorrow! Supposed to rain in the morning anyway.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 5, 2011 9:56 AM CST

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What a difference a day makes. We were out all day yesterday raking, re-potting (well, one of us was), and trying to keep cool. This morning it's in the low 40s and the wind is fierce. We were planning to go to the lake....but that's been postponed. Lots of pots blown over and raining. Might clear by late afternoon, but the forecast is for 38 tonight. I took all the plumerias out of the garage...some un-potted too. Guess I'll be braving the cold wind to at least stuff them back into the garage for the night.
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
Mar 5, 2011 10:35 AM CST
I usually wait 'til the pecan trees bud.....before I move anything tender...outside.......especially since our weather has become so unpredictable
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 5, 2011 10:44 AM CST

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uh oh....I forgot that suggestion from last year. It just looks so pretty and the weather's been so warm......

isuvb2
Mar 5, 2011 4:43 PM CST
What? 38 degrees tonight? I potted up some pretty pots for the front and some hanging baskets in the back only because YOU took the plastic off your greenhouses so I thought it was safe! You know some people don't get to watch the weather channel because it doesn't come on between The Jetsons and The Flintstones and we use your blog as a gardening compass. Agh!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 5, 2011 7:15 PM CST

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Settle down. settle down.....please refer to the above post by Tweedle concerning pecan tree buds. We scoured the countryside and city today and found at least two pecan trees budding out in Austin proper. Furthermore.....achoo!!!! The pollen count for pecan is high today. And....uh....since you have no small children home today....aren't you a little too mature for the Jetsons and the Flintstones? Just askin'....becuz we aren't allowed to let our DGS watch those shows when he visits us.....
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
Mar 6, 2011 10:19 AM CST
Yabba Dabba Doo! Good to hear the pecans are buddin'! Ours here have begun to bud as well.....best time of the year....with fall....a close second IMHO Smiling
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 6, 2011 6:23 PM CST

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We drove to the lake today. Haven't been up except for funerals in January. Bruce turned the water on at the street and I went in to open windows. Heard a whooshing sound...not good after so many freezes up there. Yelled for Bruce to turn off water... The little bathroom was already flooded. We couldn't tell where it was coming from, so I ran out and turned the water back on....and heard a yell to turn it off now!!!! It was behind the kitchen wall in a linen closet. Off to the corner store for supplies and back to fix the pipe. Then he has me go back out and turn the water on....and yelled again....another broken pipe. Back to the store and he fixed it. And then I decided to peek under the kitchen sink...and it was really wet! I got to go to the store this time. He fixed it....that's 3, right? So I turn the water on again...and there's a broken pipe under the lavatory next to the linen closet. We turned the water off, locked the door and came home. After 4 broken pipes, I think it's time to call a plumber....... and fix a drink....
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
Mar 7, 2011 10:21 AM CST
I would have mixed one up after discovering the 2nd leak...........ugh! Not exactly "leisure time", huh?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 7, 2011 10:46 AM CST

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It's never leisure time for me! I'm the cook, I clean before, I clean after, I'm usually the dishwasher. We're both getting too old for all this....
Name: Charlene Houseman
Lehigh Acres, Fl 33971 (Zone 9b)
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charlenesplants
Mar 7, 2011 10:58 AM CST
Hello my TX friends. You probably all know I am in sw FL by now. I love it here, but do miss old friends. I know that usually about now someone is planning all the spring RU's. I am going to miss meeting up with you all.
I have been reading about the terrible winter that you have been having and I have to say that I don't miss that at all! LOL I have to come back to TX to finish moving and I have been waiting for it to warm up a bit. It sounds like it may be starting to thaw out a little.
I am sure that all of my plants that were left behind are dead, dead, dead. I wish I could have snook 'em all across the FL inspection stations that you have to stop at when you are in a moving truck or pulling a trailer. I put as many as I could underneath stuff but I left so, so many.
The season here and the flowers that grow here are so very different from ctrl TX. There were bouganvilleas blooming here in Nov when we came to buy our house. I don't think they ever stopped.
We came back here in Jan and have have yet to need a jacket except for very early in the morning on a few of the cooler (58 ) occassions.
I'll have to have a reunion here and everyone can come and go to the beach with me. I am 30 minutes away from beautiful beaches here. I'm three hours from Disneyworld for anyone wanting to come spend a night and bring the grands.
I'd love to time my return around the RU's so I could see you guys again.
Luv Ya'll
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 7, 2011 12:16 PM CST

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Hi Charlene! Welcome back! There's a FL swap that is in the works if you check out the Brugmansia Cubit. I believe they swap more than just brugs. Check out the FL swap thread for 2011. I think it's planned for April. Great photo of you two!!!!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 7, 2011 1:04 PM CST
Charlene, we missed you! Now, don't go TOO Floridian on us! I like the idea of no freezing weather, too. The February freezes were pretty bad here...we had leaking pipes after the one where temps were in the teens so long. And there's a leaky faucet and a valve we still need to repair soon. I HATE plumbing things! Well, I'm happy for you, Charlene!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 8, 2011 10:49 PM CST

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We were back to the lake....three more broken pipes, and the flex pipe on the hot water heater popped off and flooded closet. Each time, DH fixed 'em....until the last one about 5 PM when we could hear the water inside the walls.... I want to call the insurance company, but DH thinks it wouldn't be covered.... So by now my head is spinning....

On a lighter note...DD and DGS rode up to lake with us. Grandson decided to feed some seagulls that were in the cove, even tho I told him they might get really close. Second pic is a few minutes later when they chased him off the dock. Pretty funny....

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