RE: [AZ] Interview with Buddy Lee
Thanks for the advice. Disconnecting the battery is what we are doing. It apparently it is some relay that sticks, but we have not be able to find out which one. It probably has to do with the system that makes sure someone is seated in the driver’s seat before the loader will move. What is more of a challenge is that the problem is intermittent, so sometimes it is there and sometimes it is not. The fun of modern mechanics! At nearly $100 per hour plus travel time, I hate to have the dealer come out when the problem may not be there at the time he arrives.
Now back to the azaleas. I asked earlier if anyone has ‘Atrosanguineum’. As I said I brought it from Japan, but someway sold every plant. It is a great azalea which is somewhat like ‘Ward’s Ruby’, but hardier. I hope someone out there still has a plant.
Harold if you can't find the short. Automotive stores carry a quick disconnect for your battery, which will prevent the short from draining your battery. The other option would be disconnect battery cable when not in use. That option can be bothersome and time consuming if you use your Bobcat often.
Bill thank you for your kind words. I certainly understand. I probably should have said nothing. We are a big family here and sometimes disagree. While for example I disagree with some of the statements made today on fertilizing azaleas, and I will post something there that hopefully will have some reason behind it. I try to only post what might be helpful.
Bill I consider you and all on this forum to be friends who have special talents and experiences. It is great to be able exchange knowledge with everyone. Now, can someone tell me why my Bobcat skid loader runs down the battery when everything on the machine is turned off? Just kidding, I know that is off topic!
Harold – Currently 60°F (15.5°C)
PS – another off topic note. I notice most people don’t use the degree (°) symbol which is fine, because it is not on the keyboard. A tip for at least on a PC with most fonts, the trick is to hold down the Alt key and then on the numeric keyboard on the right of the keyboard (not the number keys at the top of the keyboard) and while holding the Alt key pressing 0176. Presto up comes °.
Harold after re reading my statement,"Harold just had to reply. Crape Mrytle grows like weed here." Way over used. I should have constructed it a little more carefully it should have said Harold, I just had to reply. Again Harold , my apologies .
Bill, no I did not have to reply, get that straight. And if you feel that I don’t add knowledge to this group, I will get off and quit using my time to reply and give information. I was just wondering for my education if those in the Northwest had a different experience than I have had with the Encore azaleas. They may be great, but not for me. As I said I don’t know of any old plants in gardens here. They are here more like the “annual” only, not hardy rhododendrons shipped to and sold in the East, that come from the cool Northwest. These plants don’t live long in the East.
The Encores are grown in California and shipped to the Northwest where they only survive in the garden a short time. And like crape myrtle, is not because of lack of cold hardiness,
And you prove the point that some plants need different conditions such as heat. Crape myrtle is rare here and while it grows it blooms poorly, though sometimes it does OK. It is certainly not over planted here and in fact it is seldom seen, though I do sell it.
Harold just had to reply. Crape Mrytle grows like weed here. Way over used.
While the idea of the Encore azaleas is great and many are sold in the big box stores in the Northwest, I don’t find that they live long. I don’t think they go dormant in our climate where plants tend to not go dormant well in the fall and then the first 20-25°F freeze they can’t stand. Everyone I have planted in the garden has died before long. I am sure I could grow them by planting in special locations, but just planting them with other rhododendrons that grow great, they soon die. In all the years they have been sold here, I don’t know of any plants in landscapes around here that have lasted more than a couple of years. Since they are patented and I don’t deal with Hines Nurseries, not because they are bad, I just don’t sell most of the landscape plants they sell and their minimum sale is too much for us to just buy the Encore azaleas. But Hines and their affiliates dump lots of them into Home Depot and others. We are in Zone 8.
I also find the many evergreen azaleas flower just as well here in the fall and don’t die. Has anyone in the Northwest had a different experience?
I am not saying any of this out of “sour grapes” as the expression goes, just observation. The idea of good fall bloom is great.
Another plant that does well in the south and in survives in hot summer and colder winter is Lagerstroemia (crape myrtle). Apparently we don’t have enough summer heat to get the plant to go dormant in the fall. I think the same may be true of the Encore azaleas.
Harold Greer – currently 56°F (13.3°C) at approaching 9:00 PM (21:00)
thanks Bill for informing us ;
I tried growing some of the Encore azaleas in Northern Illinois , but the survivol rate was very poor--- maybe those in zone 6b could have better luck;