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Re: Spring fever

Chris, Things are popping here in Zone 5.  Epimediums showing buds, several
early anemeone in full bloom, trout lilies, the pulmonarias have been
blooming for weeks.  P. David Ward is already done.

Giving plants to friends is always the most rewarding, but when you have
lots of plants and not enough homes for them - sure, sell them.  Unless you
have only a few varieties, it's a little late to deal with labeling with
photos and info.  But you could just cut out one photo and description of
each plant and paste in a scrapbook for customers to view.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 8:13 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Spring fever

> Auralie,
> You have Pulmonarias and Epimediums blooming? Columbine already?!!!
> Even my anemones aren't blooming yet!  My lamb's ears (Stachys lanata)
> look pretty beat up still!  I spent my first day in the garden doing
> spring clean-up today.  The hostas are just barely showing,  Most
> daylilies are up 4" - 6".  I see that some of my favorites are over
> running parts of the garden (i.e.: Rudbeckia laciniata and LYSIMACHIA
> CILATA PURPUREA),  If only I had more time, this would be the absolutely
> perfect time to divide the hostas, grasses and other perennials as they
> are just starting to come up!
> All this talk about plant sales has got me thinking about buying a table
> at my chorale's flea market and selling plants!  I think that I could
> make some money to use towards spring purchases!  And, I would feel good
> finding homes for all of my divisions!  I think printing photos and
> labels with plant info would be a must and I don't know if I'd have time
> to get everything ready.
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 7:57 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Spring fever
> Why, oh why did I think last fall that it would be a good idea to have a
> spring horticulture show in the middle of April?  And why did the good
> members of
> my club agree to this folly?  Of course we didn't expect an extra cold
> long
> winter and late spring, but we're all experienced growers and showers
> and should
> have known better.  Oh well, at least there will be a small show
> tomorrow,
> even though spring has barely begun to show its face.  In fact, I think
> we are
> missing it altogether - going right straight into summer.  It was in the
> upper
> 70s today after a cold, rain week in the 40s with threats of frost.
> Anyway, I have spent the past two days trying to organize some
> horticulture
> to enter in this show.  I have lots of daffodils - they are fairly
> bursting
> today - but of course can't identify them.  I have spent hours with
> catalogs and
> past order lists trying to make sure they are correctly named.  I have
> one
> tulip - one of the Kaufmanias.  I know it was a named variety when I
> planted it,
> but it doesn't look like anything in the catalogs.
> Our club is only twelve members, with an average age of about 70.  One
> member
> broke a hip a couple of weeks ago.  Two others are not in good health,
> and
> one of the younger members has a speaking engagement.  However, I expect
> there
> will be some sort of show.  I will have the following entries: Section I
> - Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Class 1 - Tulipa Kaufmania Class 2 - Narcissus -
>        a. Trumpet  -'Spellbinder'
>        b. Trumpet - Miniature - 'Little Gem' ; 'Topolino'
>        c. Large Cup - 'Ice Follies'; 'Sweet Harmony'; 'Ipi Tombi'
>        d. Multiple blooms - 'Tete-a-Tete'
>        e. Double - Constitution Island heirloom
>         f. Cyclamineus - 'Jenny' ;'Jack Snipe'; 'Peeping Tom' ; 'Itzim''
> 'Jet
> Fire'
>        g. Jonquilla - can't find the name but it's a beautiful bloom
>        h. Split Corolla - 'Split'
> Class 3 - Any other bulbous flower
>        a. Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty'
>        b.Anemone blanda - 'Blue Star'; 'Pink Star'
>        c. Iphieon uniflorum
> Section II - Perennials
> Class 4 - Flat, round or sculptural forms
>        a. Viola cucculiata (Marsh blue violet), Viola tricolor (Johnny
> Jump
> Up)
>                 Viola papilionacea (Common blue violet)
>        b. Helleborus abchasicus
> Class 6 - Spray forms.
>        a. Pulmonaria 'Mrs. Moon'; 'Coral Springs'
>        b. Epimedium roseum; E. sulphureum
>        c. Aquilegia canadensis
> Class 7 - Grown for beauty of foliage
>        a. Stachys lanata (lamb's ears)
>        b. Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle)
> Section III - Branches
> Class 8 - Deciduous Shrub
>        Chaenomeles speciosa (flowering quince)
>        I have a lovely branch of curly willow, but cannot find a
> botanical
> name for it.
> Class 9 - Broadleaf evergreen
>        Leucothoe Fontanesonia
>        Pieris japonica.
> I decided at this point not to enter any of the container-grown classes.
> One
> member is an orchid specialist, so I know he will fill up that section.
> We
> also have good growers of Saintpaulias and cacti, among other things.  I
> realize that I will be competing with myself in a number of classes,
> unless there
> are enough more entries to subdivide further - which could happen.  But
> at least
> there will be something to  look at.  But crazy - that's me. Auralie
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