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Re: Spring fever

Variously known as Corkscrew Willow, Curly Willow,
Twisted-Twig, or Contorted Hankow, ...Salix matsudana


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 6:57 PM
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
> winter and late spring, but we're all experienced growers and showers and
> 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
> missing it altogether - going right straight into summer.  It was in the
> 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
> to enter in this show.  I have lots of daffodils - they are fairly
> 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
> 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
> 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''
> 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
> 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.
> member is an orchid specialist, so I know he will fill up that section.
> 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
> there will be something to  look at.  But crazy - that's me.
> Auralie
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