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Re: crazy season

I'd forgotten all about Iceland poppies. And they remind me of coral bells--for some reason. Don't see either here. Also, don't see any of the really nice F1 petunias we had in California, some in pastel colors; some with flowers the size of coffee-cup saucers.

I think of stocks as funeral parlor flowers. With gladiolus, they are the mainstay of funeral blankets and wreaths--I suppose because both can be neglected for a few days without noticeably deteriorating.

And that calls to mind that the first job I had, at about age 10, was with a gladiolus grower. He sold the flowers to the florist trade during the spring-summer, then dug the corms and processed them for the nursery trade. My job, along with several other persons, was to pry the root sections from corms [we used church keys for this delicate operation] and then package the corms in cellophane bags with moth crystals. Very tedious, but at 50 cents an hour [my parental allowance was 5 cents a week], it was big time pay.

On Dec 19, 2006, at 7:17 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

Oh yes, definitely, poppies, forgot about those. There is also the Stock, Chinese Forget me not, foxglove, hollyhock, Sweet pea, Calendula....and lastly but not least, the ornamental Kales and Cabbages. Never did like those though. They are colorful, but to me, looks too much like a vegetable.

Supposed to get cooler for Christmas, now they are saying that parts of
Texas will have a white Christmas....didn't hear how far south though. Pam, is it
forecasted for your area??
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 12/19/2006 5:17:28 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

A flower you see a lot in winter in Los Angeles and surrounding areas is
Iceland  poppy. I love those.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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