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Re: Ah, spring...

I'm so disgusted w this April. It's snowing now. Almost a white-out for a bit, now, just falling. Not sticking much, but geez. It's cold and I wanna work in the yard. I dug and potted some shrubs last night after work, but I need to do more. My sale is in 2 wks.

I ran over to our MG conference this afternoon for the speaker who was giving a talk on Botanical Latin. She lost me right from the start when she touted Hortus Third as the best resource. But I stuck in there, thinking the rest of the talk would be good, but 40 minutes into it, no, and I left. She's the kind of speaker that make people not want to deal w botanical Latin. Boring, slow-speaking, dry, emphasis on - and a real stickler for - pronunciation. In my opinion, pronunciation is a distant second to the value of the words, and she didn't get around to that much at all. IMO, if you say AY-sir and someone else says AH-ker, so what? You both still know you're talking maples. This is botanical Latin, not conversational Latin and they don't necessarily follow the same rules. There's lots of Greek, Russian, and what-have-you involved in plant names. A talk on this subject should strive to make it FUN or your audience will reptans toward the door.

Oh, maybe I'm just in a bad mood.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ah, spring...

I just read that we had the driest and warmest spring in 118 years...quite
a record. We definitely won't have mast this year. I mulched several beds
today, trying to beat the storm that is coming.  We are supposed to have
SNOW tomorrow.  Not surprising for April in ETN but very surprising after
weeks of 70-80 degree temperature.  I was feeling pretty good earlier.
Saved a fothergilla that was being thrown out last fall...it even bloomed.
Also, move a neviusia alabamensis sucker, hoping to have another bush next
spring.  Several of the plants I bought last year from Gene are
blooming...I just hope they make it through this next projected cold spell.

Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
Remember:  The River Raisin, The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

[Original Message]
From: Zemuly Sanders <zemuly@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 4/13/2007 9:56:03 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ah, spring...

I know just how you feel, Auralie.  I don't think it got out of the 50s
work today.  I did finally get my yard mowed yesterday, but that's all
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ah, spring...

> Enjoy it, Jim.  We have mostly overcast skies, very windy,
> and 43 degrees.  I've had a delivery of perennial plants, and
> there is much that needs to be done outside, but I just don't
> seem able to push these old bones out into that chilly wind.
> And now they are saying we will have a nor'easter this
> weekend.  Brrr!!
> Auralie
> In a message dated 04/13/2007 1:13:38 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> islandjim1@verizon.net writes:
> NOAA says it's 87 at the Sarasota airport. My weather station says it's
> 86 in my back yard. Gotta go to the income tax guy at 4--it'll likely
> be 90 by then. Guess I'm done complaining about sweatshirts and long
> pants until December. Time for Ms Fatma and me to start arguing about
> the A/C setting.
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