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Re: zygo

Auralie, how neat! I've never seen a weeping camellia, and to have one from
seed? WOW. And that it came from your dad indeed makes it even more

Andrea H
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> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 1/2/2005 2:09:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT]zygo
> Of course I don't have much blooming up here in the frozen north, not
> having a greenhouse - just an African violet and a bunch of Aloes -
> 'Flurry,' 'Hey Babe,' and another I don't have a name for - but today
> I do have a camellia, and another will open by tomorrow.  I may have
> told about this plant once before - if I repeat myself, chalk it up to
> old age.  My father who died in '81, sent me two seeds with the
> message "See if you can grow these - they might be something 
> special." I stuck them in pots with other plants, and when the first
> came up I had forgotten about them and snatched it out, thinking
> it was a squirrel-planted tree seedling.  When I saw the seed still
> attached to the root I realized what it was, but it was too late - the
> fragile stem was broken.  I was more alert when the other came up
> and grew it on.  It had problems of all sorts - a house-sitter nearly
> finished it off one time, and various accidents befell it, but it has
> been a tough plant, and blooms every winter.  I think it must be a
> sasanqua (sp?) type - single pink with bright gold stamens - about
> 3 1/2 inches across.  Very delicate, but beautiful.  It took me a 
> few years to realize what was special about it.  This is a weeping
> form.  These may be common, but I never saw one before.  The
> plant has never been more than two feet high above the soil line
> of the pot, but it spreads to about four feet wide.  At least I have
> to keep it pruned to that to give it house room.  The stems are
> quite contorted, which makes it a very thick plant.  I leave
> it out on the front stoop until frost is threatened, then put it in the
> enclosed, but unheated entry way until the temps drop into the
> low twenties.  After that it sits inside in a not very good place for 
> plants - not in a window, but at least away from heat sources.
> I realize that this is not very proper care, horticulturally, but it
> has worked for years.  And it is a real bright spot in my life.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 01/01/2005 5:33:28 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> jsinger@igc.org writes:
> of the zygo cactus are blooming or getting ready to bloom. We've 
> got fuchsias, purples, reds, pinks, whites, salmons [sammons], and 
> yellows everywhere. The jewel orchids are sending up bloom spikes, 
> also. So winter has its pleasures, however small.
> Island Jim
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