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Re: swamp rose

Noreen - you don't like your Summer Poinsettias? Gosh, they make great
fillers and are absolutely no maintenance. And they grow in rock hard
clay plus all the amended beds. Even had one go piggyback to Jesse's in
one of the lemon balms I brought her that first Spring she was in
Claremore. But I guess I'm odd, I like henbit too....


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: TeichFlora@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 18 Jun 2003 10:21:13 EDT

>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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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