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RE: crazy season

A flower you see a lot in winter in Los Angeles and surrounding areas is
Iceland poppy. I love those. I wish I could grow them here but even if I
put them in during very early spring, I don't have an area sheltered
from the wind and they just get beat to death. 
There are winter annuals that do okay here, pansies and snapdragons come
to mind. I'm sure when I'm organized and get the front yard all pretty,
the leaves raked and so forth, I will plant them and have a bit of color
all winter.
Yeah right. It's a goal, anyway.  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 5:12 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] crazy season

Sounds pretty much like here.  Box stores and nurseries full of  "winter
annual color" plants.  Wondering why do you say that  pansies are
inappropriate, Jim????  They do well here in  winter, provided it's a
cooler one. Other than those mentioned, lots  of Cyclamen are seen here
too.....an all time favorite "winter annual color"  plant for many.  I
personally don' t plant winter annuals, and  very few summer annuals.  I
do like Dianthus because they last through  till the hottest part of the
summer usually.  
Blooming now, here,  are all the Cattleya orchids and Billbergia
 Very nice display.  I brought in the blooming orchids  during the
"winter cold snap", but we never did get a freeze, so could have left
things alone. Was nice to enjoy them inside though.....today I took them
out  because we got some much needed rain.  Supposed to rain for the
next couple  days, then nice for Christmas.  Temps in the upper 70's.
Salvias are  still blooming, as is 
Sophora tomentosa, Asclepias, Hibiscus,  Bougainvillas.   Brugmansias
blooming beautiful, but they didn't  like that last cold snap, dropped
all the blooms.  Phillipine Violets are  still going strong with blooms.
Lots of the Rhipsalis and Cestrum are  blooming as well. 
Got to eat my first homegrown Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit the other  
day....yum!!   Hope next year we have more than just a couple.   No
blood oranges this 
year though....unfortunately.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 12/17/2006 11:02:22 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Just the  usual winter stuff here--hibiscus, begonias, petunias,
purslane, xmas  cactus, a couple of orchids, poinsettia, tomatoes,
peppers, rosemary,  yada, yada, yada. If one goes to a nursery, there
will be marigolds,  snapdragons, dianthus, impatiens, gerberas, and
other bedding plants,  including some inappropriate ones, like pansies

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