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Re: What's Blooming

Asian subtropical fruit. About the size of a golf ball. Leathery skin that peels easily. Somewhat large seed [freestone type]. Incredibly sweet, juicy, pearl-white, delicious flesh.

Actually, the size of the fruit varies by cultivar. Mine are about the size of golf balls. Last spring, I went down to Pine Island and purchased fruit from three different cultivars--two about the same size as mine and one smaller, about the size of a jawbreaker. As I recall, the small one had the best flavor.

Lychees are interesting trees. They are handsome and small [mine's less than 8 feet tall], with glossy, dark green leaves. They produce fruit in "bunches," much like a palm produces dates, so one can lop off a single stem and get, maybe, a couple of dozen fruits. And, unlike dates, lychees on a single stem all ripen at the same time, which is why they are often sold that way, by the stem.

On Monday, February 2, 2004, at 06:19 AM, Melody wrote:

Good morning, Jim! Well, here nothing is blooming, of course...it's
still the dead of winter and we've got snow all over the place...I'm
waiting to hear from Ceres to see if the Des Moines area got the
projected 10 inches of snow they were predicting last night...here it's
raining ice! Should be a treacherous drive home in another couple of
hours...yuck! Will be time to get the rosary out and start praying like
mad! So...what is a lychee again? I know you've probably explained this
to us before, but could you indulge me with one more explanation?

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 02/02, james singer < jsinger@igc.org > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto: jsinger@igc.org]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 05:53:00 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] What's Blooming

Guess yesterday was really Let's See What's Blooming Sunday rather than
<br>Super Bowl Sunday. I managed to get off the couch while it was still
<br>light out and tour the yard, too. The avocado and the mangos are
loaded <br>with flower buds [neither quite open]. I was hoping that the
lychee <br>would be blooming, too, but no signs of it doing so
yet.<br><br>On Sunday, February 1, 2004, at 11:33 PM, Theresa
wrote:<br><br>> Funny you noticed youres today, as I also found my first
blooming <br>> hellebore<br>> today too! Mine is white, one bud and one
bloom open! Yeah for both <br>> of us!<br>> I also have daffodils
blooming and a lovely anemone. Oh, and 1 <br>> snowdrop. A<br>> whole
bunch of my bulbs are coming up now, and I noticed that my <br>>
bletilla<br>> are starting to come up too. Oh, and of course my camellia
is <br>> blooming too.<br>><br>> Theresa<br>><br>> -----Original
Message-----<br>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On<br>> Behalf Of Zemuly@aol.com<br>>
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2004 3:56 PM<br>> To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject: [CHAT] What's Blooming<br>><br>><br>>
My online connection is still acting up so I have spent the last week
<br>> doing<br>> other things -- like reading. Anyway, I took a walk
around the <br>> backyard<br>> this<br>> afternoon and was delighted to
note on of my "baby" hellebores is <br>> blooming.<br>> This is the
first year any of them will be old enough. That was <br>> exactly
the<br>> kind of boost I need to get through the last of this
winter.<br>><br>> zem<br>> zone 7<br>> West TN<br>><br>>
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