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Re: Re: Zone 10/ saving plants

Well..... offer the extras to folks here, or in your community.

For istance, I usually save some of each kind, but this last fall,
between crazy weather, business trips, and illness.. I lost them all. By
the time I could get out there and do something, they were mush.
Guessing this gives me the opportunity to pick out new varieties....

who lost many TP and tropical stuff last year:(

----- Original Message -----
From: Melody
Sent: 2/18/2004 4:15:29 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zone 10/ saving plants

> My problem with saving Cannas, which I absolutely love and my husband
> adores is that if you plant 5 tubers in the spring, by fall when it's
> time to dig them up you have 35 or 40...and what was once a pleasure
> becomes an onerous race to get them all out of the ground and properly
> dried for storage before winter...ugh! And then what to do with the 35
> or 40 that then becomes 100? About three years of this nearly drove us
> bonkers! But we sorely missed them last year when we opted not to plant
> any, so who knows...maybe we'll suck it up again this year and go for
> it!
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Sat 02/14, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 19:07:15 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zone 10
> Lately I've had the opposite problem. I try to explain to people they
> can<br>overwinter some of their tender perennials, but here they simply
> refer to<br>them as annuals. Well, when a Cordyline costs $40, I am not
> going to throw<br>it out after 4 months. (well, ok, I only paid about
> $5, but the same one is<br>going for $37 at WFF and $40 elsewhere). A
> nice Osteospermum can cost about<br>$5 here. Early on it's not much, but
> does grow to a nice size by the end of<br>the season. So in Sep 02 I
> brought it in and put it back out in May 03,<br>already a nice size. By
> the end of the season, it covered 3 times what it<br>had the previous
> year. Last Sep, though, I just took cuttings. They pitch<br>Purple
> Fountain Grass at the end of each year and buy new, when the
> first<br>one has trippled in size. They throw away Caladiums and Cannas,
> which<br>could easily be overwintered in storage. I know I sound cheap,
> but it's not<br>just that. These are healthy plants and bulbs they just
> pitch. I know I<br>can't salvage everything, but I can't quite accept
> throwing away everything.<br><br>Kitty<br><br><br>----- Original Message
> ----- <br>From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org><br>To:
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 6:27
> PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zone 10<br><br><br>> Thanks for the list. I'll
> go back to Darrell's list and take a peek.<br>><br>> Yep, zone 10 here.
> Good things and bad things about zone 10. Good<br>> things are I can
> grow orchids, begonias, sweetsops, and avocados<br>> outside--not to
> mention mangos, lychees, guavas, bananas, and so on.<br>> Bad things are
> most plants northerners value and talk about won't grow<br>> here. I
> spend a lot of time at the nursery counseling folks from the<br>> north
> about the differences between here and there. It's a lot more<br>> than
> "palm verses ash," but that's always a good place to
> start.<br>><br>><br>> On Saturday, February 14, 2004, at 06:22 PM, Kitty
> wrote:<br>><br>> > Jim, I got three of my Epimediums from Darrell Probst
> and two from<br>> > P
> lant<br>> > Pics - the people who used to own Shady Oaks . These are
> what I have:<br>> ><br>> > Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum<br>> >
> Epimedium alpinum 'Rubrum'<br>> > Epimedium x versicolor
> 'Versicolor'<br>> > Epimedium diphyllum 'Roseum'<br>> > Epimedium x
> youngianum 'John Gallagher'<br>> ><br>> > There are some real stunners
> in his collection that I'd love to have<br>> > some<br>> > day. Some
> listings I see on the internet show that some varieties can<br>> >
> be<br>> > grown as far south as Zone 9, but you're in 10, aren't
> you?<br>> ><br>> > Kitty<br>> ><br>> > ----- Original Message -----<br>>
> > From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org><br>> > To:
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>> > Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 4:36
> PM<br>> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ground Orchid<br>> ><br>> ><br>> >> My
> turn to plead ignorance, Kitty. I didn't know what an Epimedium was<br>>
> >> but I found this page www.home.earthlink.net/~darrellpro/ that
> has<br>> >> pictures of any number of species. Very interesting flowers,
> some<br>> >> quite<br>> >> stunning. Which ones do you have?<br>>
> >><br>> >> On Saturday, February 14, 2004, at 01:00 PM, Kitty
> wrote:<br>> >><br>> >>> Jim, I looked it up and the images I saw of the
> leaves alone were<br>> >>> enough to<br>> >>> create a desire for the
> plants. The flowers are beautiful. I just<br>> >>> love<br>> >>> those
> little surprises, most of them in spring, when a long-awaited<br>> >>>
> plant<br>> >>> blooms. I am eager to see my first Epimedium flowers this
> spring.<br>> >>> And I<br>> >>> hope I don't miss the Bloodroot. It's
> such a grand surprise when you<br>> >>> round<br>> >>> the corner and
> notice that new leaf, or the long-awaited flower<br>> >>> spike.<br>>
> >>><br>> >>> Even though I can't grow much of anything you do, I enjoy
> it when you<br>> >>> mention these items. It spurs me on to take a look
> at something I<br>> >>> might<br>> >>> never have thought to look up.
> Thanks!<br>> >>><br>> >>> Kitty<br>> >><br>> >> Island Jim<br>> >>
> Southwest Florida<br>> >> Zone 10<br>> >><br>> >> ------
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