We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"The record for the fastest growth of an individual goes to a tropical species of bamboo that reportedly reaches 100 feet (30 m) in three months. [Note: This is an unsubstantiated report. It might be only 50 feet (15 m) in three months.] Growth increments of three feet (0.9 m) a day have been recorded--an astonishing 0.0002 miles per hour.
I can hardly imagine such a tremendous ongoing botanical explosion, silently, just beneath the surface of the soil--
Clematis. The upper-class version of Kudzo. I planted some to fill cover one side of my trellis - the other side is a climbing rose, and I cuss it. Plants are sensitive and I talk nicely to my indoor plants except for the weeping figs because if you use the wrong tone with them, they dump their leaves. I hum hymns when I water them. Low and sweet Gospel hymns. But the clematis just grow in my face no matter how I swear at them. I say 'them' because they sneak around underground and make babies that come up across the paved driveway. They even like Weed-B-Gone-U-Sunbitch.
Never plant bamboo. It travels as well, and pretty soon you will start wearing a loin cloth and using a blow-dart gun on your squirrels.
Ahh--thank you. I thought that Clematis looked familiar! Took 4 years to get flowers on my peony. I have just ignored it for the last 2--no fertilizer, no bug spray, no nice words--just stubbornly refused to acknowledge its existence. As I write this there are 12 buds, six will be gorgeous (I think). WIth regard to wisteria. We have a white one. It is about 5 years old and this year the leaves are very sparse and have a yellow tinge, not many flowers--any ideas?
PH level is why one limes the yard, right? It works better than fertilizer on my grass.
The wisteria might have mites. I have a row of Lygustrum and two bushes turned puny and the leaves yellowed. I used that pesticide that you hook to your hose and that fixed it. Then I used Miracle-Gro and all is well. I used a ton of Miracle-Gro on a zinnia patch just to see what it would do. I had zinnias taller than me. I had a zinnia nightmare one night and now I follow the directions on the box.