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Happy Friday! THANK GOODNESS.

Whew, am I ready for the weekend. Mr. S gets home in a bit for two whole days, JOY! In other news (because come on, I'm a pimp, yo) a_list_celebs has picked yet a few more new characters (they are on a ROLL!)

RICKY GERVAIS. (UK, The Office and HBO's, Extras) How good is that post?!?!
HUGH LAURIE (played as a House, MD Hugh, but could possibly be coaxed into a "Fry and Laurie" Hugh. And if we got a Fry applicaton... AHHH!!)

Still wanting Angelina Jolie, a Brad Pitt would be great, Lohan... Anyone that can be cracked beyond repair and give us all fodder for laughing. JOY. Mocking/silliness is JOY, people. For all of you that have supported us, or just coming over for a few peeks now and then, we really appreciate your support. (And if you wanted to feed the bears, you could at a_lister_fans. Ahem. I am looking out for my chickadees, people! Just spreading the love.)

GARDENING. (boy, I know how to entertain today, huh?) Great article in Dallas' paper today by one of my fellow Master Gardeners about plants that survive in extreme heat with little or no effort on the gardeners part.

We are entering stage 3 drought conditions here in North Texas, which means pools can no longer be put in - no water to be spared! And OF COURSE, Right Angle Worshipper behind me ran his sprinklers last night. WHILE WE HAD RAIN. Ahem. He'll be getting a notice. That just pisses me off. Sorry! Rant over. Plants. All were given a test run at the Dallas Arboretum (which is LOVELY - you should go, if you can) which means they were put in the ground, watered initially then, then left. For a year. The following plants all stayed gorgeous and lush. LUSH! With no water from a hose or sprinkler! Good for areas in Zone 7 or higher, specifically, will do well up to Zone 5 in FULL SUN. (Full sun means morning to night, people. Not six hours of dappled light under a tree. NO SHADE. Nothing shading a plant. I can't tell you how many times people told me they had "full sun" because at noon, the plant wasn't shaded by the tree. That's part sun to shade. Okay: plant list!


  1. Angelonia - also known as "summer snap dragons." (Snap dragons are cool season plants in Texas) Beautiful, airy fairy plant that comes in all sorts of colors now, grows bushy to 3 feet tall in good soil

  2. Pentas - every gardener with kids near should plant these. Butterfly CRACK. They love them. Clusters of small flowers on large, traingular leaves, to three feet high by end of summer. Gorgeous with delicate scent. (Can handle some shade, too.) "Grafitti" is a dwarf variety, to 12 inches, if space is premium.

  3. Cupheas - I LOVE these. I have a "Batface" in my garden. The blooms look like wee little bats. Kids LOVE discovering the faces on my flowers. :D I have hummingbirds all over this in spring and fall. All sorts of hybrids, and if you can't grow THIS, give up. Stick it in the ground and walk away. No extra watering, and can take scorching heat (like along a driveway, or near a concrete structure that reflects heat)

  4. Abutilon- also called flowering maples. Can take a bit more shade, so if you have mature trees that let sunlight in, but cast some dappled shade, this is an excellent choice. Dies back in winter, but sprouts anew. Maple leaves and delicate, rounded blossoms with fat, furry anthers of contrasting color.

  5. Diasca OH! So delicate and pretty. Small, rounded annual. Blooms from spring to frost. apricot and hot pink are the best for Texas to Florida panhandle. Get them in now so the roots can grow deep before the heat hits for best results.

  6. Phlox - Oooh. New hybrids made from two Texas natives are making this a new favorite again. Not the old fashioned phlox that grows to 3-4 feet and is covered in powdery mildew, this is a creeping phlox and is GORGEOUS along edges or rock walls. I have tons of this in my beds, and I love it. The green leaves - needle like - are evergreen, which is a welcomed sight in January. COVERED in blossoms in early spring. Blues, pinks, lavenders, whites...

  7. Torenia - another lovely annual, all sorts of colors including harlequins. Can grow this upright on a form and have it covered with tiny double lipped blossoms for an English garden look, or let sprawl across as a ground covere to fill in bare places.*

  8. Convolvulous - Ugly name, pretty plant. Almost like a petunia, but deeper green leaves, and delicate baby blue flowers that form a dense mat as a ground cover. Will often naturalize in N. Texas gardens. Pretty in window boxes or spilling over the side of a container.

  9. Celosia - oh, I love this! It's like a featherduster shaped like a candle flame. Bright, vivid colors, this plant will live where nothing else will. And caution: if you don't like it, don't plant it. It seeds itself. (Which I love) Will grow to 3 feet tall, and I love how it looks. The red blossoms have red-tinted leaves, too, so the leaves add color to the landscape as well.

  10. Ageratum - Not one of my faves, because the blossoms are teeny, but a very popular plant among other folks. Think bachelor buttons. These did the best in the Arboretum's test.

  11. petunia - Who doesn't know about petunias? I don't plant them because it's like ringing a dinner bell to rabbits, and my cats think I've given them an after dinner treat. (shudders) But you can't beat petunias for blossoms and spreading. All colors of the rainbow. And for those in my region, the "Tidal Waves" everyone bought last year? Um... turned out to NOT be annuals. So I bet you have some cropping up in your garden now, huh?

  12. geramiums - Another plant I love but won't plant because of the bunny factor. Window boxes or containers for me, because the rabbits can't reach them. Do not confuse "Cranesbill geraniums" with the hybrids developed here. Cranesbill only grows in climates similar to England. But those ruffled leaved, huge flowered geraniums? Oh, they LOVE the heat and sun. Can get to a 3 foot mound! All colors, some scented. Excellent plant.

  13. Euphorbia - Lacy plant with tall stems covered in delicate, tubular white blossoms. Similar to a "gaura's" blossoms. Is so tough, can survive our winters AND our summers, and there's not many plants that can say that. You really need proper planting beds with fast drainage. If you have heavy clay, you really need to be tilling in compost to break it up and let the plants get some breathing room. If you don't have the back for that, plant this is a very large container - it grows well.


Here are some pictures on the Dallas Morning News' website.


*if you have exposed soil in your garden, you are doing yourself a disservice. 1) exposed soil will have its moisture evaporated more quickly, 2) is more susceptible to weeds growing. Either mulch, or use annuals as ground covers (or put more things in your garden.) When plants mature and grow close together, they shade out the earth below, keeping soil temperatures down, reduce evaporation, and shade out any potential weeds.


And now I go in search of breakfast... Have a fantastic day everyone! (Hahaha! I just realized that today is Mission Impossible:III's debut. TOM! Crazy Tom Cruise. I love him, so.)

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!! Milagro Silver. Milagro Silver. That's the only tequila you'll ever need. Just say no to Jose Cuervo! It's the Pabst Blue Ribbon of tequila, folks! Ay yi yi yi!! *strums a guitar*

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entrenous88
May. 5th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
Good morning Stoneeeeyyyyyy! *snugs*
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
GOOD MORNING TO YOOOOOOUUUUUUU!!!!

*prepares your neck for a body shot*

What? It's happy hour somewhere!
entrenous88
May. 5th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
It is always happy hour, omg.

And yay for Allen being home this weekend!

We're going out for dinner tonight to the place we took y'all when you were in town last. YUM!
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
DELICIOUSNESS!! I think we're going to patronize our local cafe here - run and operated by immigrants, as an act of solidarity, and they have lobster enchiladas with tequila cream sauce that is SO GROOD.

And margaritas! I will be tipsy this evening, I can feel it.

(Mmm, fish tacos sound good too... DECISIONS.) *SQUISH SO HARD!!*
marlo
May. 5th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
Vincent Kartheiser turns 27 today. Which means he is A YEAR OLDER than me. WHAAAAAT
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
I KNOW!! He is so lucious and pretty and I need to watch the last three eps of Season 3 THIS MORNING. Mmmm, VK. WITH TONGUE. What?

Oh. Good morning!!
marlo
May. 5th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove him.
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
UNGH.

Just... oh, hell yes. (Is it self-masturbatory if I re-read my Connor fic?)
marlo
May. 5th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
And if it is, is there anything wrong with that?
pernickety
May. 5th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
I read the tea leaves this morning and a Fry application may happen in the very near future. *cough* Verily.

Celosia! I love that plant. During sunset light the yellow ones glow as though they were fire. Gorgeous.
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!

Celosia. I love it, too! I have little red flames growing in my garden right now. They please me. *loves your garden - those were great pics*
pernickety
May. 5th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
The tea leaves told the truth. Imagine that! *eep*
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
*dashes*
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stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
Ay yi yi yi! Viva la revolucion!
Ay yi yi, amiga! Mi zapatos es muy pequeno, y yo soy triste. Hahahaha! La casa de mi madre es en la cocina de mi abuela.

HUH? There's my Spanish for you.

MUSHROOMS. It's because of all the rain we've had, which YAY!! No, the dogs'll most likely leave them alone. If you want to spead up their demise, you can go to home depot, buy a dollar bag of humus (or three, depending on how many 'shrooms you have) and spread it over the mushrooms. Mushrooms are a sign of breakdown in the soil in our area (a good thing), so don't sweat it. The good thing is, you don't need to water your backyard for a month or two! :)

I am heading out for some exercise so I can be cleaned up and decent when Mr. S gets back (He's going straight to the office from the airport, apparently) and I don't want him seeing me as a Stink Dementor.

MORE IN A BIT!!!
elcazavampiros
May. 5th, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
I am heading out for some exercise so I can be cleaned up and decent when Mr. S gets back

Cleaned up - maybe
Decent - Never

:)
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHA!!!

*smirks*

Why do you think he MARRIED me? ;)
julia_here
May. 5th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
For those of us who do gave climates more similar to England (although England has summer rain I don't get) Geraniums-not-Pergoliums (sp: unawake) or Hardy Geraniums rather than Florist's Geraniums are great goers in dry seasons; people should, if they value their immortal soul, avoid Claridge Druce, a demon in plant form.

And ITA about bare soil; my sister is applalled that I water weeds, but given coarse sand and extreme wind exposure, I do better even with grass in my flower beds than with bare soil. When I do get the ground clear, I mulch with composted manure under drainfield rock (the stuff which is sold in bags as river rock at $4.50 a cubic foot, or by the yard at the gravel pit at around $20 a cubic yard) but that is not a solution for hot climates, I think.

Julia, the other thing I have to be careful about, given sand and slope, is washing the soil completely out of the yard
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
(I just realized I didn't make it a numbered list - have ammended because my EYES!!)

Ha, I believe I've heard you say that about Claridge Druce before, if I'm not mistaken. :D

I like composted manure for my flower beds, too. I'm waiting for the horse farm up the road to open the gate and let me fill up the truck bed with GOLD. Heh. I use river rock in some places, and pea gravel for all my containers in and out. Remarkable how well it works. (SPanish moss is another good one, and abundant out here.)

Rock is great as a mulch here, you just have to make it a minimum of an inch thick, and it keeps the soil VERY cool. (Shredded leaves, grass clippings that are seed free, straw, shredded bark... All work wonders. We just have to replace organic mulches every year as the heat really breaks it down. Which is very good for our soil.)
julia_here
May. 5th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
Whereas I have to be very careful with organic mulches, since, in shady areas, and wet summers, it wants to turn into acid muck. Which I learned one summer when, after four dry years with much compost mulching, it rained for all of June and July, with temps below 60.

Julia, sometimes Western Washington thinks it's Alaska. And not the warmer bits of Alaska.
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Ack! My cat is biting me because I stopped petting her to type!!

Man, I can NOT identify with those gardening/weather conditions. Even Jackson Hole, WY behaved better! :D
drusplace
May. 5th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
Congrats on the return of Mr. S!

I just moved into a townhouse last year so I was late in planting. So really this year is my first gardening year. I'm ready to start now, but I have to wait because in and around Toronto we still have frost warnings at night.
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Oh, sure - your spring is still springing, right? We've been in official spring for almost two months, now, so folks that missed getting their tomatoes and peppers in are in for a shock. :D

(Frost warnings? See, this is why I live in Texas. Bring me the heat, baby.)
drusplace
May. 5th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
Yep our spring is still springing. Tulips are out and pansies can thrive but thats about all I know. I'll have to plant tulip bulbs this year for next spring because right now my garden is just all brown and sad.

Yeah the cold isn't always fun. Northern Ontario apparantly got snow last night. Luckily I'm in the south. I can't wait for July and 100 degree weather.
beadattitude
May. 5th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
Come help me with my garden, dammit!

And I do have to say, your a-listers are cracktastic. Orli keeps me in sparkly spangly giggles.
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
OKAY. *packs a hoe and shovel and starts walking*

The comm is making me SO happy. So many funny little side stories developing with the players, not to mention all the crazy RL stuff we make fun of. *Tom and Kat(i)e, for example*
beadattitude
May. 5th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
EET's pretty hilarious, it is. I'm trying to get caught up.

I just wrote my first slash sex scene! It was this little ficlet idea that grew to 18 pages, and I'm not sure that it's really all that good, but I wrote it, dammit.

It was just this simple little idea that just mushroomed. Gah.

(Walk, hell. ::sends you plane, so you won't be tuckered out when you get here;; I gots to root out some bittersweet. Sigh)
stoney321
May. 5th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
*no no, I like the exercise, and am most fit, yay!*

Yay for the smut! I find it incredibly hard to write most of the time, to be honest. Dialogue I can write for days. Sex? I want to tape it and show you. WAIT. That sounds horribly, horribly wrong...

(If you wanted a quick primer, you could go to the comm's memories and look at posts by character, or the themed posts. Also, each week is summed up by Ron Burgundy news posts on Sunday, so we try and make it helpful! *squish* Thanks for supporting us. It means a lot to me, Susi!)
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