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Zones: 7-10 Felder Rushing, coauthor of Passalong Plants, says that four-o-clocks are a "can't fail perennial." Gardeners in colder climates utilize them as annuals, but in most of the South they develop fleshy tubers that seem to last forever. Hortus Third says that these tubers can weigh as much as 40 pounds in warm climates.
Dr. Alice Le Duc, now at Duke University, did her doctoral thesis on four-o'clocks and found that they were cultivated and selected for various colors by the Aztecs many years prior to the Spanish Conquest. They were sent to Spain from Mexico in the 1500's and to England within 75 years. The plant had been in cultivation in Europe for about 200 years before Linnaeus first described the species in 1753. The specimens he described were those of cultivated plants. Although often found in Mexico and the South on old garden sites, this species is no longer found in the wild in Mexico.
Four-o'clocks are lush and bushy to three feet. the tubular flowers bloom in irridescent purple, white, red, yellow and striped. Their name derives from the fact that their flowers open in the late afternoon and stay open until the next morning, except on cloudy days when they open earlier. The fragrance of four-o'clocks is appealing, and is a major reason for their popularity. They also attract hummingbirds and moths to the garden.
Four-o'clocks are very heat and drought tolerant. They flower well in the sun or fairly dense shade. I remember visiting a cemetery on a ranch near Yoakum, Texas, where four-0'clocks were the only reminder of a once well-tended plot. They had escaped the small fenced area under a great live oak tree and were happily flowering in profusion during the hottest time of our summer.
Thomas Jefferson grew what he referred to as the "fragrant Marvel of Peru" at Monticello, where he also cultivated M. longiflora, a creamy-white flowering species native to West Texas and Mexico. A few years ago, while working with Peggy Cornett, Director of the Historic Plant Collection at Monticello, we were able to provide seeds of this plant to Monticello. It is once again growing there and is available through their mail order catalog.
Four-o'clocks may be easily started from seed or tubers. In colder parts of the country the tubers may be dug in the fall and stored until spring. They tend to produce a great deal of seed and can become pests, although the young seedlings are easily pulled or hoed. One year, I planted a number of magenta colored four-o'clocks at our farm and they had reseeded prolifically by early fall, covering an area about 6' x 20.' It was an unusually dry year and the young plants received no irrigation. They were wilted and stunted until the first good fall rain when they miraculously freshened and covered themselves with flowers in just a few days. They were as showy as azaleas for that period, and I had a new appreciation for their old name "Marvel of Peru."
It is great to see my friend get to the final at Bristol, TN
It wasn't a perfect weekend for Tim Wilkerson, but it was good enough to propel the Ford Funny Car driver prominently back into the fight for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Championship.
After posting career best numbers during Friday qualifying for the 14th annual Ford Thunder Valley Nationals (4.013 seconds at 317.72 miles per hour), Wilkerson showed off his hot weather tuning skills Sunday before his Levi, Ray and Shoup Mustang dropped a couple of cylinders and fell back in a final round loss to the Dodge of Tommy Johnson Jr.
It was the versatile 53-year-old's first final round appearance in more than a year and it put him back in the Top 10 in Mello Yello Series points at a time when jostling for positions in the NHRA's Countdown to the Champion has begun to intensify. Wilkerson, who started the day 11th, moved up to ninth and within three racing rounds (60 points) of fifth.
"We were fighting some ignition issues a little bit all day," acknowledged the 17-time tour winner. "We started it up a couple of times (leading up to the final round) and finally just ran out of time. We saw something when we got up there and made an adjustment, but it still went out and dropped not one, but two cylinders at once on the left side.
"The car will make a move when you drop a hole (like that)," he said, "but dropping two practically makes it take a left turn and it was either lift - or hit the wall."
Despite the improved results, Wilkerson couldn't hide his disappointment after losing in the final round for the second time in the last five years at Thunder Valley and, in the process, failing to bring to an end a winless streak that now has reached 67 races. The owner, crew chief and driver of the L-R-S Mustang last won at tour event on August 7, 2011 at Seattle, Wash
2013 PLUMBER OF THE YEAR AWARDS -
How does this even get past the planning phase?
Should have measured twice!
Apparently, you don’t want anyone seeing your face,
but everything else is okay?
The oak seat is a nice touch, though.
And the purpose for the door is?
This stall is for people that have arms like an Orangutan..
This would be the “half bath” noted in the real estate listing?
Very Classy! And, only three steps when you’re in a hurry!
AND THE PLUMBER OF THE YEARAWARD GOES TO…
ALL OF THESE PLUMBERS ARE THANKFULLYNO LONGER IN THE BUSINESS.THEY HAVE SADLY BEEN ELECTED TO PUBLIC OFFICEAND NOW SERVE IN VARIOUS POSITIONS IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.
WHAT IS TRUTH. WERE CAN ONE GET THE REAL FACTS NOW DAYS.Subject: SNOPES---"NO MORE!"Many of the email's that I have sent or forwarded that had any anti Obama in it were negated by Snopes. I thought that was odd. Check this out.Shades of Krystalnacht, Snopes, Soros and the Supreme Court's Kagan. We-l-l-l-l now, I guess the time has come to check out Snopes! Ya' don't suppose it might not be a good time to take a second look at some of the stuff that got kicked in the ditch by Snopes, do ya'?We've known that it was owned by a lefty couple but hadn't known it to be financed by Soros!Snopes is heavily financed by George Soros, a big time supporter of Obama and many other left wing organizations! In our Search for the truth department, we find what I have suspected on manyoccasions.I went to Snopes to check something about the dockets of the new Supreme Court Justice. Elena Kagan, who Obama appointed, and Snopes said the email was false and there were no such dockets.So I Googled the Supreme Court, typed in Obama-Kagan, and guess what?Yep, you got it; Snopes Lied! Everyone of those dockets are there.So Here is what I wrote to Snopes:Referencing the article about Elana Kagan and Barak Obama dockets:The information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as claimed and the examples you gave are blatantly false.I went directly to the Supreme Courts website, typed in Obama Kagan and immediately came up with all of thedockets that the article made reference to.I have long suspected that you really slant things but this was really shocking.Thank You. I hope you will be much more truthful in the future, but I doubt it.That being said, Ill bet you didn't know this.Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship.Folks, this is really ugly. Chicago Politics at its best and the beat goes on and on and on.Once again the US Senate sold us out!Now we know why Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court. Pull up the Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama.She was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed withthe Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship. He owed her big time. All of the requests were denied of course. They were never heard.It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn't it? The American people mean nothing any longer. It's all about payback time for those who compromised themselves to elect someone who really has no true right to even be there.Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket: You can look up some of these hearings and guess what? Elana Kagan is the attorney representing Obama!Check out these examples:http://www.supremecourt.gov/
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3rd ANNUAL CCA CONCERT FOR CONSERVATION WITH HANK WILLIAMS JR MAY 17th,2014
Subject: Advanced Tickets and 4 Pack Special: CCA Concert for Conservation with Hank Williams Jr. - May 17
Get Your Tickets Now
Advanced Reserved and Advanced General Admission tickets
can be purchased here
4 Pack of General Admission Tickets for $99 can be purchased here
The concert will be held at Sam Houston Race Park, located at 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, TX 77064. Doors will open at 5:00 pm,
with the first performance going on at 6:00 pm. Food and beverages will be
available for purchase. Concert attendees are welcome to bring their own
lawn chairs and blankets, but lawn chairs will also be available for purchase
at the event. Get your tickets now, as we are expecting a big crowd!
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