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Re: swamp rose

Actually the clay soil is no longer heavy clay, since we've been in this 
house since 1989, the flower beds have had 2+inches of mulch put down every spring 
and fall since then....so that is why I called it Clay mix.  The mulch has 
broken down over the years, to make a wonderful soil.  The rose has been in the 
ground for 5 now, blooms for us every March.    I pruned it back hard last 
fall, was concerned that I might not have any blooms this year, thought perhaps I 
had cut it back too late, but we had a fairly warm winter, so bloomed well.   
I like it since it blooms before the rest of the plants around it grow up to 
bloom.....Tecoma stans, Hamelia, Morning Glory Tree, and Duranta.

Right now that area is a mess.....native Summer Poinsettia has taken 
over....talk about reseeding...geesh!!!   If I collect seeds, I can't get it to grow, 
but let it do it's own thing...and BOOM.   Guess the Feb. rains helped that.   
I do so hope that my Swamp rose doesn't send out suckers....that is the same 
area that the Clerodendron trich. is in....have plenty to pull up with that 
and the Summer Poinsettia.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 6/17/2003 11:02:50 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> Hmm...mine is located in the "wet" area of our yard, but the soil where 
> it is planted has had several applications of wood chip mulch which has 
> composted over the years. I wonder if my plant has avoided sending 
> runners deeper because of the heavy clay soil it would have to push 
> through if it did. Would explain why they are so easy to pull out, too.
> Has yours bloomed yet this year? Mine is just setting buds, and I can't 
> wait. The fragrance is heavenly.
> Cathy

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