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Re: Re: Zone 10/ saving plants


Well..... offer the extras to folks here, or in your community.

For istance, I usually save some of each kind, but this last fall,
between crazy weather, business trips, and illness.. I lost them all. By
the time I could get out there and do something, they were mush.
Guessing this gives me the opportunity to pick out new varieties....


Donna
who lost many TP and tropical stuff last year:(

----- Original Message -----
From: Melody
Sent: 2/18/2004 4:15:29 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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
> it!
> 
> 
> 
> 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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