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Re: weather

Bloom where you're planted - lots of wisdom there.
And I don't want everyone in the world moving here - God/Goddess forbid.
Especially that city trash from Dallas w/ their bad manners and driving
like lunatics. I'm glad some people find that cold weather acceptable. I
just don't happen to be one of them.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Fri, 16 Jan 2004 22:34:12 EST

>Pam, I think you should consider two things.  One, is that if everybody loved 
>hot weather as much as you do, you would be crowded out.  Look at Florida and 
>California now  - far too many people.  The other is that many of us have 
>chosen to live in different climates for reasons other than gardens - jobs, in 
>I grew up in the Florida panhandle, and couldn't wait to get away from that 
>whole ambience.  I fell in love with New York before I ever though I could  
>live here.  I won't say I married my husband because he was a ticket to New York, 
>but it didn't hurt.  We lived in the city for nearly three  years - until my 
>second child was immanent.  We knew we couldn't really afford to live there 
>with small children, but thought we could live in the "country" for a few years 
>and then move back.  It  was about fifteen years before I really realized I 
>could never live in the city again.  I still could live there if we could afford 
>"garden apartments" like some people we knew once had - but I doubt they even 
>exist for millionaires any more.
>  I don't enjoy the extreme cold we are having this year, but it's mostly 
>because I am concerned for my plants.  If we had had a snow cover last week when 
>the temps were below zero I wouldn't have been so concerned.  I enjoy the tr
>ansitions from one season to another. Of course you can grow things  that we 
>can't, but we can grow things that you can't.  My grandmother, who had been a 
>child in upstate New York, never got over longing for lilacs and peonies which 
>would not grow in Florida.  I would  hate to give them up, too.  Others talk 
>about having different interests in the winter.  I, too, have other interests, 
>but not seasonal.  My indexing business takes up a lot of time whatever the 
>season, but since I am free-lance it is erratic.  Been very busy this winter.  The 
>gardens I build in my daydreams during the winter when the seed catalogs 
>arrive are as great a pleasure to me as the ones that actually develop during the 
>growing seasons - sometimes better because the actual ones never quite live up 
>to my dreams.  So don't feel sorry for us northeners, or look down on us for 
>being misguided about where we live.  We love our gardens.  The motto of the 
>current president of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State is "Bloom 
>where you're planted."  That's what we try to do. 
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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