Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Trouble With Cassia



Feathery Cassia (Senna artemisioides) is a wonderful desert shrub that looks good until it gets older and the branches become woody. It has a very strong honey-like fragrance when it blooms in the spring. Some varieties have a licorice scent, like the one I have in my front landscape. The flowers last for about six weeks.Toward March though, the shrub forms numerous seed pods. All of these seed pods need to be remove by hand, or with a shearing after the flowers are gone. I choose to hand pick the seed pods and that is a lot of work. Just about the time you think you're done, more have grown, so it's back to hand picking until about May 1.






These are new seed pods that formed just in the past week. They are very fast growing, and if left on the shrub, they eventually dry and split open. The seeds easily sprout, so unless they are eliminated before splitting, I'll be pulling up baby Cassia for months! At this stage they are attractive, but not enough so that I keep them on the shrub.


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They say the definition of crazy is when someone does the same thing over and over with the same bad result. I'm beginning to think I fit that definition. I continue to purchase various appliances, cameras, computers and other electronic items from one national big box electronic store with the same results. Things always go wrong with the items, and I have to have their repair squad come to fix whatever it is. They never seem to get it right the first time, so I get on a merry-go-round of returns, pickups, new repair visits, etc. In one case with my home theater system, they have been coming out for over nine months. Each repair guy blames it on a different component, and then that component needs to be sent for repairs, or else another specialist needs to come for repairs for other components. Next week, I'll see if they have finally solved the problem when they install a part on the TV. They ordered the part two visits ago, but when the guy came to install it he discovered they had ordered the wrong part. He will come with the right part (I hope) and he really thinks that will finally solve the problem.


Interestingly, these repair guys always blamed my cable company, but that was never the problem. In the last of five repair visits with the cable repair people, the cable repair guy proved the problem. I had asked the store repair people to hook up another TV to test to make sure it wasn't the TV, but they all said it couldn't be the TV, it was either the reciever or the cable signal. The cable guy finally hooked up another TV as I asked, and it is definitely the TV.


My whole point in rambling on about my problems is that my two month old computer had to be repaired as the hard drive was defective, and after that was replaced, I had to take it back twice before the thing was right. Hence, no blog posts for over a week! It's a good thing they don't sell cactus as I would have a yard full of dead plants with their record! I think I've learned my lesson, finally.

10 comments:

Claude said...

Oh my... I really think that maybe you should be shopping somewhere else...

I was wondering where you'd gotten off too, and beginning to feel quite snubbed!

The cassia is a wonderful plant, quite worth all the extra trouble it seems to want to put you through. And the cactus in front of it in the first pic is really quite sculptural... I think I vaugely remember you posting about it before? What is the species, if you don't mind my asking...

Julie said...

Oh brother...I feel for you, Aiyana! Yikes!

Your cassia is still very pretty!!!

Aiyana said...

Claude,
The cactus is the one I refer to as my pet cactus. Its stems change direction with the seasons. It is most likely a form of Opuntia subulata, but it has no spines or glochids. There are usually a few on this species, but this one has none.
Aiyana

GardenJoy4Me said...

Aiyana .. yes, you defined what insanity is .. and, boy ! those repair guys could literally drive you insane .. I'm going through something of the same nature here, so YES !! I understand : )
I love the yellow shrub but not the constant work it takes to keep from taking over .. those seed pods reminded me of snow peas or string beans : )

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Gracious! I like how this post linked together two very difficult chores. The saga of your electronic woes resembles the seed removal of your Cassia. Interesting. I'm sorry, but I hope your television is finally where you can enjoy it.~~Dee

Green thumb said...

Removing those seedpods must require a whole lot of patience. I really admire your perseverance with Cassia plant.
The malfunctioning of these electronic gadgetry can be pretty distressing. I had my quota of miseries, and again, it was all because all of them were repeatedly bought from one particular shop. I wish you better luck with these things in future.

Rosemary said...

Your cassia is a wonderful looking plant. Nothing more frustrating than electronics gone bad........and trying to get them fixed....Good luck......

Jenn said...

I'll be interested to see if changing the purchase venue improves the quality of the merchandise purchased.

I personally, cynically believe very few goods produced these days can be called 'durable' - everything is designed to fall apart just in time for the next model year.

Cynical, I did mention, yes?

Lancashire rose said...

Good idea to remove those pods. We have the Senna corymbosa in Texas and it has the same problem. I have never thought about removing the pods but I will probably have a go at it. Last years pods are on the ground and as you say loads of seedlings.

Bill Kisich said...

Jenn was just just informing me about an invasive plant species. Sometimes it seems the Cassia/Senna should be on the list.

I feel your pain, Aiyana regarding the electronic issues. Lately, I just call one of my older sons to help me out.