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RE: New plants...crepe myrtle

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: RE: [CHAT] New plants...crepe myrtle
  • From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" wmorgan972@ameritech.net
  • Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 08:31:44 -0400
  • In-reply-to: <44F7B8CC.50209@sbcglobal.net>
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It's a great site, Theresa!  I wasn't familiar with it at all.  We just
don't see Crape myrtles planted outdoors here, so there is much I don't know
about them.  Thanks!

Blessings, 
Bonnie (SW OH- zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Theresa W.
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 12:36 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] New plants...crepe myrtle

Ok- adding the link would be helpful

http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/CrapemyrtleGallery/index.html

Theresa W. wrote:
> Thought you all might like this site, if you weren't already familiar 
> with it.
>
> Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
>   
>> Thanks, Chris!  Unless the 'Snow Fairy' needs wind protection, I 
>> think I'll put it out between the Japanese maple and the pink dogwood 
>> on the southwest corner of the property.  Those two trees are between 
>> two mature elms that have been pruned up a good 30'.  That is it's best
chance for something less
>> than full sun, but more sun than most of the yard with good drainage.
Does
>> 'Snow Fairy' have any difficulty (salt spray, pollution, etc.) being 30'
>> from the street?   My 'Blue Mist' is next to the garage on the NW side of
>> the house.  It is one of the few places near the house that has no 
>> trees to overshadow it, but it gets very good wind protection there 
>> in a small micro climate, partly shaded by the garage.
>>
>> I'll put he Veronica out in the Patriotic Garden probably, though it 
>> is getting a bit crowded as of late.  It's a bed that holds a great 
>> deal of plant life around the flag pole.  It's somewhat of a landmark 
>> for folks, apparently.
>>
>> The Sedum will go on the North side driveway border.  It's so long 
>> now that I can't really call it a bed anymore.  LOL!!!
>>
>> I really appreciate the heads up, Chris.  And thanks for the info 
>> about the Crape Myrtle.  The blossoms on Zuni were so wonderfully
fragrant that I had
>> half hoped it was a new hybrid that would work in zone 5.   It really is
a
>> lovely plant.  Were I to live where one could grown them, I'm afraid 
>> I'd have to have several in the yard!  LOL!!!
>>
>> Blessings,
>> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
>> Behalf Of Christopher P. Lindsey
>> Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:24 AM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New plants...
>>
>>   
>>     
>>> I've been waiting until the nursery where my daughter bought my gift 
>>> certificate for my birthday had a sale, so today I came home with 
>>> Caryopteris 'Snow Fairy,' Sedum 'Pink Chablis' and Veronica 
>>> austriaca 'Trehane.'  Does anyone have any experience/advice with any of
these?
>>>
>>> I want to make sure I place these just right.  The Caryopteris 'Snow
>>>     
>>>       
>> Fairy'
>>   
>>     
>>> has striking foliage and the pictures I see on the web for its 
>>> flowers are quite different from "Blue Mist" that I already have.  
>>> The 1 gallon pot that I have of it is not showing any sign of bloom.  
>>> How old does one need to be to bloom?  My other Caryopteris has been 
>>> in bloom for two or three weeks now and still growing strong.
>>>     
>>>       
>> The 'Snow Fairy' should use the same cultural conditions as your 
>> 'Blue Mist'; it won't even burn in full sun.  Personally, I like it 
>> in dryish, well-drained partial shade so that the variegation shows more.
>>
>> The Veronica is probably best in full sun with partial shade.
>>
>>   
>>     
>>> when he finally conceded that there were a number of places in the 
>>> Miami Valley that were strictly zone 5 and that the crape myrtle I 
>>> was looking at was among those that were really zone 6.  Why on 
>>> earth couldn't they just tell me its zone up front?  I think that 
>>> approach will lose them more business than they will get.
>>>     
>>>       
>> To be honest, even zone 6 is stretching it for a crepe myrtle.  6b 
>> with protection, maybe.  :)
>>
>> Chris
>>
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