Many of you know that Tom and I moved lock, stock, cats, plants and a
considerable amount of AIS related paperwork from Dubuque Iowa to De Leon
Springs, Florida arriving the day before Thanksgiving.
Tom brought a U-haul plus two cats with him in the pickup. The
elderly, diabetic matriarch cat and I flew down. U-Haul was full of dozens
large planters with "black gold" Iowa dirt and dug from our yard in November
when they had already gone thru "Winter" but the ground was not yet
frozen. We also brought scores of bags of plants was well as pots, yard
art and equipment. Long story short-all now think "Winter is Over",
even though it has been chilly in Zone 8a and we have done some "blankies" on
the planters of miniature hostas and rock garden plants. The huge clump of
my friend Mona French's seedling, introduced through the MIS publication The
Medianite Fall 2009, was forming stalks so Tom planted it even though the
work to change "sand to soil" hasn't been completed.
Here are the February 15th pics of 'Florence French' (MTB 2009 Mona
French) cross of Chanted X Chubby Cheeks! Take heart my iris friends,
Spring is coming!!!
Tom and Rita Gormley, De Leon Springs, Florida who are just learning how to
garden in Zone 8a! Watch for articles in future issues of The Medianite on
growing Medians in Central Florida!!