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Re: Spring plant orders

What is the soil like? Also, rainfall compared to my area? We get most of our rain spring (more in spring) and fall. Summers tend to be quite dry, winters a little less so with very variable snow cover. Evergreens in general grow here, but are much more susceptible to disease/decline - with the exception of our only endemic, Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana). Sure wish I could grow T. canadensis - have managed to kill 3, and I don't want the society for the prevention of cruelty to plants after me, so am afraid to try again!
On Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at 07:06 PM, Kitty Morrissy wrote:

I personally didn't have any luck with cornus canadensis, but am very
surprised at your experience with Tsuga canadensis - Eastern Hemlock. I
plunked a couple down in full sun and taking the brunt of the wind about 10
years back and they've grown like crazy. Put 3 more small ones in - mostly
sunny - got too big for the spot, so I yanked them out last year, topped up
and dragged them to the other side of the yard to full sun & wind exposure.
Seem to be quite happy. This is Zone 5a.


[Original Message]
From: cathy carpenter <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 2/26/2003 6:20:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Spring plant orders

Not an expert, but as a fellow denizen of z5b, would warn that Tsuga
canadensis, and Cornus canadensis are likely to be iffy. T. canadensis
should definitely be planted in a location protected from wind and will
require supplemental moisture during our dry spells. It isn't delighted
with our heavy clay soils either. It is sold around here, but success is
spotty, especially outside town. C. canadensis demands a humusy, acid
soil and a shady location in this neck of the woods. Doesn't like our
midwest summer heat, either. Good luck!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b
On Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at 01:22 AM, Christopher P. Lindsey

Just like Kitty did a few weeks back, I'm posting a list of what's
via mailorder to my doorstep this spring. Some of it is coming as early
as next week -- I hope it warms up!

I'm familiar with many of these plants, but any tips on growing them
in East Central Illinois (hot, humid summers, zone 5b USDA) will be
gladly accepted. :) Ones that I'm not familiar with have an asterisk
next to them -- I definitely need help there!



1 Actinidia kolomikta 'Arctic Beauty'
1 Alchemilla faeroensis pumila
3 Allium unifolium
1 Amelanchier stolonifera
1 Anemone nemorosa 'Dee Day'
1 Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
1 Anemone x lipsiensis*
2 Anemonella thalictroides 'Semidouble White'
1 Anthemis 'Susanna Mitchell'
2 Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise'
1 Aplectrum hymale*
1 Asarum naniflorum 'Eco Decor'*
1 Asarum speciosum 'Woodlanders Select'*
1 Asarum virginicum var. virginicum*
1 Athyrium niponicum 'Burgundy Lace'
1 Begonia grandis 'Alba'
2 Brunnera macrophylla 'Dawson's White'
2 Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
2 Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta [Blue Cloud]
1 Cardamine enneaphylla*
1 Carex ciliatomarginata 'Island Brocade'*
1 Carex platyphylla *
1 Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'
2 Convallaria majalis, yellow-striped form
1 Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo'
3 Cornus canadensis
1 Cotoneaster procumbens
1 Cypripedium acaule
3 Desmanthus illinoensis
1 Disporum 'White Lightning'
1 Disporum maculatum
1 Disporum smilacinum 'Aureovariegatum'
1 Disporum smilacinum 'Flore Pleno'
1 Disporum smilacinum HC 970451
1 Disporum viridescens HC 970330
2 Dodecatheon clevelandii spp. insulare*
3 Epimedium grandiflorum 'Crimson Beauty'
2 Epimedium grandiflorum 'Tama-no-Genpei'
3 Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense
2 Epimedium grandiflorum var. violaceum 'Variegatum'
1 Epimedium pinnatum colchicum
1 Epimedium x warleyense
1 Epimedium x warleyense 'Orangekvnigin'
2 Epimedium x youngianum 'Lilliputian'
2 Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea'
1 Gaultheria coriaceum*
1 Gentiana acaulis*
1 Gentiana dahurica 'Nikita'*
3 Geranium 'Appleblossom'
1 Geranium 'Nimbus'
1 Geranium dalmaticum
2 Geranium phaeum 'Calligrapher'
1 Geranium pratense 'Plenum Violaceum'
1 Habenaria blephariglottis*
1 Helleborus foetidus 'Ruth'
1 Heuchera 'Snow Angel'
2 Heucherella 'Silver Streak'
1 Heucherella 'Sunspot'
1 Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'
1 Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Nana'
1 Leucothoe keiskei
1 Mandragora officinarum *
1 Mertensia siberica*
1 Myrica pensylvanica
2 Nepeta ucranica *
1 Omphalodes verna 'Alba'
1 Omphalodes verna 'Elfenauge'
1 Orchis spectabilis
2 Panax quinquefolius
1 Phegopteris decursive-pinnata
2 Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'
1 Polygonatum humile
1 Polygonatum humile yellow-streaked dwarf form
1 Polystichum setiferum 'Divisilobum'
3 Pulmonaria rubra 'David Ward'
2 Pulsatilla vulgaris fringed form
3 Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy'
1 Ranunculus ficaria 'Greencourt Gold'
1 Rubus arcticus* (I killed this once, so tips are needed)
3 Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'
1 Schisandra lancifolia*
1 Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata'*
1 Smilacina stellata
1 Symphytum azureum
1 Symphytum rubrum
2 Syneilesis aconitifolia*
2 Tellima grandiflora 'Forest Frost'
1 Thalictrum filamentosum var. tenerum Heronswood Form
1 Thalictrum omeiense [DJHC 762]*
2 Tiarella 'Inkblot'
1 Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'
2 Tiarella 'Starfish'
1 Tiarella wherryi 'Heronswood Mist'
2 Trillium rivale
1 Trillium tschonoskii*
2 Trillium underwoodii*
1 Tsuga canadensis 'Jeddeloh'
1 Tsuga mertensiana*
2 Uvularia sessilifolia 'Cobblewood Gold'
3 Uvularia sesslifolia, variegated form
2 Verbascum chaixii 'Pink Domino'

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