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Re: winter garden blooming/Idaho

Surprizes me too sometimes. Lewiston is lower than anywhere else in Idaho,
subject to inversions & home of a pulp mill that pours a lot of steam into
the air. We're on the Snake & Clearwater Rivers, at the mouth of Hell's
Canyon. Down near the river someone is growing palms in sheltered nooks and
a Mimosa lives in the rose garden at the north side of town. When I looked
at my hellebores more closely, they're still in bud too. That contrasting
bloom stalk always fools me.
Spring is coming, rising sun is a little farther north each morning.
Judy B
Z6 Idaho
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>

> Goodness, Judy,
>     You must live in far southern Idaho... I always think of you guys as
> *very* cold and windy. Can not match you... my Chinese witch-hazel has
> in bloom since the first week of this month... cold weather keeps it from
> full opening, and it is too cold to go out the and stand about and enjoy
> color. the scent is missing now as well. Will need to warm up a bit for
> wonderful scent to get about.
>     I do have a bit of Erica here, but not real showy in this weather.
> Helleborus foetidus is doing just fine, thank you very much. The primula
> out there but no one is showing a nose above the mulch as yet bloom-wise.
> Lots of crinkly green leaves, buds down in the center waiting for our
> warming.
>     Did see a couple of nice displays at the Nashville, TN convention
> this weekend. The big annual antique and garden show. Much more antique
> garden, but nice. Nothing rare or unusual, but two landscapers had set up
> water features with native stone. Did purchase a Nunn orchid in bud while
> am waiting for a break in the weather.
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> > SO excited. Walked out on my front porch, looked down & Hamamelis
> is
> > blooming, still in the pot. Bought it last Feb. Must get it planted
> I
> > just don't know where yet. It's a tiny little thing now. Couldn't detect
> any
> > fragrance.
> > Also several pink & lavendar heather/heaths and a white Erica, Heleborus
> > foetiditus, a couple of primroses, white Viola odorata. Spring bulbs are
> > pushing up. It may be winter, but spring is coming.
> > Oh yes & catkins on the contorted filbert (Harry Lauder's walking stck).
> > Judy B
> > z 6 Idaho 45 F today, now 42.

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