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Questions, please...

I have a few questions.....maybe someone can give me some info, please?

First, I have had African violets on my office window sill for over 10 years. 
 They were gorgeous, getting larger, etc.  Some which I got that were 
hybridized by friends, etc.  Unfortunately somehow mealy bugs got in (NO clue 
how) and destroyed most of them all.  I tried everything from dabbing 
alcohol, to spraying.  Those that survived all that did well, and noticed the 
other day that they are back and killed off the rest of my AF's except two.  
Please help!!!!!

Second, went to a nursery last weekend to get some tomato and pepper 
plants.......saw a shrub called Pieris "Temple Bells".   Anyone familiar with 
this plant??  I looked in my books, many Pieris, some hardy only to zone 8, 
others to zone 9.....however, no mention of "temple Bells".  Anyone have any 

Third.....sorry, I'm just full of questions today (LOL).....someone mentioned 
to me lately that there is a relatively new variety of Crepe Myrtle out that 
has red bark, supposed to be very ornamental and lovely winter interest due 
to the color.  Anyone have any more info on this plant??

Too add a bit of warmth to winter.....we were fortunate not to have gotten 
the freeze, sleet, snow etc. that seemed to plague the rest of Texas 
recently.  So we were lucky.  Spring has sprung here in SE Tx.  Citrus and  
Nectarine blooming.  Also, Daffodills all up and blooming, spring 
wildflowers, Camelias and Redbuds blooming, and trees getting leaves like 

zone 9 
Texas Gulf Coast

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