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Re: Zone 10/ saving plants

My problem with saving Cannas, which I absolutely love and my husband
adores is that if you plant 5 tubers in the spring, by fall when it's
time to dig them up you have 35 or 40...and what was once a pleasure
becomes an onerous race to get them all out of the ground and properly
dried for storage before winter...ugh! And then what to do with the 35
or 40 that then becomes 100? About three years of this nearly drove us
bonkers! But we sorely missed them last year when we opted not to plant
any, so who knows...maybe we'll suck it up again this year and go for

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Sat 02/14, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 19:07:15 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zone 10

Lately I've had the opposite problem. I try to explain to people they
can<br>overwinter some of their tender perennials, but here they simply
refer to<br>them as annuals. Well, when a Cordyline costs $40, I am not
going to throw<br>it out after 4 months. (well, ok, I only paid about
$5, but the same one is<br>going for $37 at WFF and $40 elsewhere). A
nice Osteospermum can cost about<br>$5 here. Early on it's not much, but
does grow to a nice size by the end of<br>the season. So in Sep 02 I
brought it in and put it back out in May 03,<br>already a nice size. By
the end of the season, it covered 3 times what it<br>had the previous
year. Last Sep, though, I just took cuttings. They pitch<br>Purple
Fountain Grass at the end of each year and buy new, when the
first<br>one has trippled in size. They throw away Caladiums and Cannas,
which<br>could easily be overwintered in storage. I know I sound cheap,
but it's not<br>just that. These are healthy plants and bulbs they just
pitch. I know I<br>can't salvage everything, but I can't quite accept
throwing away everything.<br><br>Kitty<br><br><br>----- Original Message
----- <br>From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 6:27
PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zone 10<br><br><br>> Thanks for the list. I'll
go back to Darrell's list and take a peek.<br>><br>> Yep, zone 10 here.
Good things and bad things about zone 10. Good<br>> things are I can
grow orchids, begonias, sweetsops, and avocados<br>> outside--not to
mention mangos, lychees, guavas, bananas, and so on.<br>> Bad things are
most plants northerners value and talk about won't grow<br>> here. I
spend a lot of time at the nursery counseling folks from the<br>> north
about the differences between here and there. It's a lot more<br>> than
"palm verses ash," but that's always a good place to
start.<br>><br>><br>> On Saturday, February 14, 2004, at 06:22 PM, Kitty
wrote:<br>><br>> > Jim, I got three of my Epimediums from Darrell Probst
and two from<br>> > P

lant<br>> > Pics - the people who used to own Shady Oaks . These are
what I have:<br>> ><br>> > Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum<br>> >
Epimedium alpinum 'Rubrum'<br>> > Epimedium x versicolor
'Versicolor'<br>> > Epimedium diphyllum 'Roseum'<br>> > Epimedium x
youngianum 'John Gallagher'<br>> ><br>> > There are some real stunners
in his collection that I'd love to have<br>> > some<br>> > day. Some
listings I see on the internet show that some varieties can<br>> >
be<br>> > grown as far south as Zone 9, but you're in 10, aren't
you?<br>> ><br>> > Kitty<br>> ><br>> > ----- Original Message -----<br>>
> From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org><br>> > To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>> > Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 4:36
PM<br>> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ground Orchid<br>> ><br>> ><br>> >> My
turn to plead ignorance, Kitty. I didn't know what an Epimedium was<br>>
>> but I found this page www.home.earthlink.net/~darrellpro/ that
has<br>> >> pictures of any number of species. Very interesting flowers,
some<br>> >> quite<br>> >> stunning. Which ones do you have?<br>>
>><br>> >> On Saturday, February 14, 2004, at 01:00 PM, Kitty
wrote:<br>> >><br>> >>> Jim, I looked it up and the images I saw of the
leaves alone were<br>> >>> enough to<br>> >>> create a desire for the
plants. The flowers are beautiful. I just<br>> >>> love<br>> >>> those
little surprises, most of them in spring, when a long-awaited<br>> >>>
plant<br>> >>> blooms. I am eager to see my first Epimedium flowers this
spring.<br>> >>> And I<br>> >>> hope I don't miss the Bloodroot. It's
such a grand surprise when you<br>> >>> round<br>> >>> the corner and
notice that new leaf, or the long-awaited flower<br>> >>> spike.<br>>
>>><br>> >>> Even though I can't grow much of anything you do, I enjoy
it when you<br>> >>> mention these items. It spurs me on to take a look
at something I<br>> >>> might<br>> >>> never have thought to look up.
Thanks!<br>> >>><br>> >>> Kitty<br>> >><br>> >> Island Jim<br>> >>
Southwest Florida<br>> >> Zone 10<br>> >><br>> >> ------

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