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Re: OT: not quite a bio - Jan Clark

Hi Jan,

what a really lovely update.  I am new you moved from where to where?

char Region 8 New Berlin (Milwaukee) WI USA

Jan Clark wrote:

> Hi all,
> Just a note to say I'M BACK! We have lived here for 18 months now, and while
> I managed to stay in touch in the beginning, things rapidly got too busy.
> When Iris talk left 'that other place' it was a good excuse to quietly drop
> out for a while. I will have to go to the archives when I get a chance, and
> catch up on news.
> Some of you have seen photos of my PCI's on the photo list. They did well
> last Spring, but this Spring should be even better. My Bearded's had been
> pot bound for some time, and really enjoyed stretching out in the new raised
> beds. They should give good bloom this Spring. 3 beds 18' X 9' contain many
> of the TB's, and I could (and will) really do with 2 or 3 more beds the
> same. I also have many TB's around the garden and some more sadly still in
> pots, waiting for a place in the garden. It is amazing that they are looking
> so good, after spending close to 3 years in the same potting soil, in big
> tubs. (I left the big tubs till last.)
> Dwarf and intermediate beardeds are laid out in garden borders, among
> perennials and with a back drop of flowering shrubs (buddleias, viburnums,
> roses, etc)
> AB's still inpots, and putting up healthy, if a little small, growth. They
> are on the urgent list for repotting. I will venture to put a few increase
> into the garden and see how they do, but for the most part they will remain
> in pots, and I can move them to the verandah if the weather gets too wet.
> The siberian bed is backed by roses, and cherry plum trees, and is waiting
> for an extension to take the huge parcel I just received from Barry Blyth,
> with lots of Shaefer and Sacks introductions.
> A shade house houses my PCI seedlings, and the many seedlings I have grown
> from SIGNA seed, mostly 40 chromosome siberians, a few junos, and xiphiums,
> and some belamcanda's, Pardancanda's, etc. These will also be looking for a
> place in the garden soon :-)
> So you can see that me and my little rotary hoe are going to be busy, and
> with nearly 3 weeks 'holiday' and gorgeous autumn weather, I should get a
> bit done.
> During the drought, we have only been on stage 1 restrictions, and our
> fairly heavy soil stays moist, so the TB's have NOT been watered all summer.
> They look fabulous with rhizomes as big as my fist, and lots of increase. At
> least one of the new raised beds, will be for thinning out the too closely
> planted TB's.
> Well that's me for the moment.
> Cheers, Jan Clark in Australia, zone 8 to 9 ish.
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