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Re: Crazy season

Just the usual winter stuff here--hibiscus, begonias, petunias, purslane, xmas cactus, a couple of orchids, poinsettia, tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, yada, yada, yada. If one goes to a nursery, there will be marigolds, snapdragons, dianthus, impatiens, gerberas, and other bedding plants, including some inappropriate ones, like pansies.

Weather has been mostly great so far this winter--highs still cruising between 69 and 81. The coldest, I believe, was one early AM dip to upper 40s.

On 12/17/06, Gene Bush <genebush@otherside.com> wrote:

I suppose everyone is having the crazy weather to some degree, Auralie.
We had warm, wet fall that dropped directly into winter. One day it was in the high 60's the next morning it was freezing and stayed that way for over two weeks. Past week went back to temps in the high 50's and low to
high 60's .... outside putting up Christmas decorations in my shirt
I got very little into the garden this fall. Made an attempt at my new
raised bed several times, but weather or customers in the nursery .....
all gardeners I look forward to next year when it will work out better for
me and the garden.
   I do have cyclamen coum in bloom in the garden now. It has been in
for the past month. Snowdrops are coming into bloom.I need to check and
what species I transplanted, see if I can get a decent photo. I need to
check on my Confederate jasmine see what is going on with it.... still in
container and have not found a permanent place in the garden for it.
   Ah.. almost forgot... Chinese witch-hazel is in full bloom... anyone
else have blooms in the garden now?
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
Subject: [CHAT] Crazy season

Finally got my bulbs in today - thanks to this crazy weather. Because
fiasco with the oil tank, followed by Chet's episode in the hospital, I
not been
able to find time to plant the bulbs - or place to put them. The ground
would have
been frozen by now in a normal year, but we have had only one hard
by days of temperatures in the 30s-to-low 50s - not freezing, but rarely
of the 40s
and drab, windy, overcast, generally nasty weather. I find this kind of
weather is
terribly depressing - my seasonal affective disorder really kicks in.
Anyway, today
I finally got the last of the bulbs in, which wouldn't have worked in a
normal year. I
hope they don't suffer from the late start.
But what was surprising was that everywhere I found bulbs already up.
were showing a couple of inches, and in one place tulips were several
of the ground. Added to that, my Confederate Jessamine (Gelsemium
other) is in full bloom.  I can remember one year in the late 70s when
forsythia was
blooming in December, but this is crazy.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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