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RE: ground orchid? remodel update

Theresa, I could sure use your energy.  It sounds like your home will not
only be a showplace out of doors, but indoors as well!  I hope you will be
able to post photos when you are finished.

Well, our spring will be a bit delayed.  Last week we had a light snow (2"
or so) that covered the dormant vine of my sweet autumn clematis, but the
snow made it look very much like it was in bloom.  Too bad it snowed every
place else so there was no doubt that the vine was clothed only in snow and
not it's fall rich floral display.  (Weather folks are calling for more snow
next week.)  However, there is always hope.  My Lenten Rose is in beautiful
form with its purple/mauve color, the yellow crocus are up and flashing
their glory about AND my lungwort (Mrs. Moon) has just sent out new,
beautiful leaves.  I'm pretty sure I saw new leaves on one of my Heuchera
'Purple Palace' too.  Of course, everything else is "dead as a door-nail"
looking, but that's the way it is here in my corner of Ohio most years.
(The last frost date here is May 15th.)

FYI, for those who remember Wendy Swope, her mother-in-law passed this
weekend.  It is her husband's last member of the immediate family.  This
will be very difficult for both Steve and Wendy.  They are good people and I
hated to hear about it.

Sorry I haven't had time to be more involved with the group, but I do still
read whenever I get a chance (not nearly often enough) and think about all
of you VERY often!  

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Theresa
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2005 10:48 PM
To: GardenChat
Subject: [CHAT] ground orchid? remodel update

Hi all-

First the gardening questions-  last year sometime our Island Jim 
mentioned some type of ground orchid that would be hardy for me- but I 
can't remember the name of it!  Anybody recall?  Hint: it isn't 
Bletilla- I already have that one.

Second- the masterbath remodel continues!  This week I finally found a 
paint color I love!  It is 'artemesia' ironically-  a lovely 
greenish-blueish-greyish color.  I got two coats on the walls, and the 
trim around the door painted white yesterday and today.  Last weekend, I 
had repainted the ceiling white and put a smooth-set coat on the walls 
to look more like plaster (instead of that stupid textured wallboard 
that is all over this house).  The weekend before that, we had the 
window replaced (and the rotten 2x4 under the window.  And had the 
cement backerboard installed.
Oh- and also today the plumber came and put in the toilet and came up 
with a brilliant plan that helped avoid having to move the waterline in 
the wall (Yeah!  this meant we didn't have to cut a hole in my way, move 
the line, repair and repaint that section of wall!  Saved time, effort 
and money.  Needless to say I was very pleased).  So, now the next step 
is to tile around the tub/shower, and then finally I can put in the 
floor.  Nothing more will happen in the coming week, as I'll be at a 
conference in SoCal for half of the week.  But things are starting to 
fall into place, so I'm very pleased.

I went by the drug store earlier today to pick up a few things and they 
had pansys, primula, and another little plant that I can't think of the 
name right now (small pink or white flowers with many thin petals and a 
yellow center.  Grow close to the ground with flowers on a stem a couple 
inches above the leaves....)  Oh yeck- I can't think of the name- but 
anyway I couldn't resist and bought a couple six packs and planted them 
earlier this evening.  Spring is here full bore now!  The flowering 
pears are in full bloom now and the garden looks different everyday 
because things are growing so fast.

Sac, CA zone 8-9

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