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Re: last night's experience;Grandma's & Seibenthalers; and Rayna's new house...

Bonnie, that one is tender. A-Z says A. curassavica  requires a minimum temp
of 45 F.  Botannica says Zones 9-12.  RHS says Zone 9 and shows common
Blood Flower
Swallow Wort
Indian Root
Bastard Pecacuanha


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 8:05 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] last night's experience;Grandma's & Seibenthalers; and
Rayna's new house...

> Thanks to all who responded so kindly to Rayna's need for some planting
> advice and plants.  It will take a couple of weeks to figure out sun/shade
> exposure and then we'll begin to figure out how to plan plantings.  I'm
> hoping to get some good daylight pictures of the house and the yard.  It
> an oddly shaped lot, but that can make for some interesting opportunities
> niches and small "rooms."  We probably won't do too much in the back to
> her dogs an area to be dogs.  And yes, Wendy, the house is an older home.
> We did figure out that a crack running from front to back in the house was
> the result of the home having an addition added to it.  (Of course the
> having a full basement under the original portion of the house and the
> space under the "newer" portion was a pretty good clue, too.)
> As far as decorating Rayna's house, that will be all her.  There is a lot
> my mother in her artistic abilities.  She doesn't have the same taste, but
> boy does she ever have the eye for color!!!  (Must be the gypsy blood :>D)
> Tzeitel has become a "design on a dime" person already and has some real
> "show rooms."  The company that she's working for will showcase her house
> their ads soon.  I have a feeling that Rayna's home will not shine any
> I'll try to post some photos for ideas on Rayna's out door areas soon.
> Wendy and all, we had a great time on vacation!  We were at Daytona Beach
> shores a few short days, doing things with the grandboy and two days in
> Orlando before we had to drive back.  There were lots of things we'd have
> liked to work in, but the time was so limited.  Brenden came down with
> friction burns and that slowed us up a bit too and Bill and I added
> little toe blisters on both our feet.  We did get to eat our favorite
> barbeque, though--Sunnys.  I love that stuff!  We brought home a couple
> gallons of our favorite sauce.  We don't have any of their restaurants
> within 2 states distance.
> I brought home one plant:  It was Asclepias curassavics.  I couldn't find
> zone indication, but the blood red and orange flowers sucked me in anyway.
> I've seen web sites say it will only go to zone 8 or 9, but I found a
> that said to zone 4.  Do any zone 5 folks have any experience with this
> milkweed?  If I can't over winter it outdoors, can I bring it indoors for
> the winter?  What would you recommend?
> Wendy, as soon as I get time, I'll dig them up and give you a call!
> Blessings to all!
> Bonnie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Wendy Swope
> Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 9:59 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] last night's experience;Grandma's & Seibenthalers; and
> Rayna's new house...
> Hello, Bonnie,
> Re: Grandma's and Siebenthaler's.  I do intend to put a bug in their
> respective ears about doing a garden party sale, but I'm in no hurry.
> hurry right now, too many appliances are breaking at home, and I'm far
> behind tending my garden.  I figure if I get to it by Christmas, that
> give the people in charge a quiet season to think it over.  Your offer of
> help is appreciated.  I'll holler if I need you!
> Yes, yes, yes! to the knautia!  My sample plant is gee-orgeeous in bloom.
> You are 1400 e-mails behind, eh?  Now I feel better about my track record
> here! <g>  Seriously, I know you went on vacation and have a lot of other
> family stuff going on that I do not.  I didn't find out about your crisis
> with Blue until it had come and gone, for one thing.  I wish I'd been
> to support you, but I'm very happy that everything turned out alright.
> you and Bill managed to take a VACATION!  How perfectly fantastic!  I'll
> have to look back and see if you posted anything about how it went.
> Is Rayna's new home an older house or a newer one?  When you said
> "interesting interior architecture", that made me think of an older home.
> This one sounds like a blank slate for Rayna's creativity, which is great.
> The two of you will have a fine time fixing the curb appeal with
> Sun or shade?  Makes me smile just thinking about it!
> Hugs,
> Wendy
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 9:12 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] last night's experience;Grandma's & Seibenthalers; and
> Rayna's new house...
> > Let me know if I can help, Wendy!  BTW, we still need to get together so
> > can give you a tub full of Knautia Macedonica (if you want it) <snip>
> > BTW, to the group in general, daughter Rayna moved into her first house
> > (bought on her own without anyone's help) and is excited!  There are a
> > plants already there.  In the dark, I was only able to identify surprise
> > lilies.  She wants some help on plantings.  <snip>The outside of the
> > house is VERY plain.  It needs something to spice it up!  It begs for
> "curb
> > appeal."
> <snip>
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