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RE: 61-degree heat wave

Jim, we have a good deal of wild chicory growing around here, mostly thought
of as weeds.   The flowers are lovely, but they are presented on those bare
stems at leafless, or nearly leafless, nodes along the stems, and most folks
don't give them a second glace because of that.  (Of course they spread like
crazy here, too.  That could be another reason they are thought of as
weeds.)  I do think they have one of the clearest, cleanest blues in the
plant world.  

Now if I could just confine some Queen Ann's Lace with wild chicory
interspersed, that would make a sensational pressed flower garden!  Of
course, whether the Queen Ann's Lace or the chicory would win out in the
struggle for dominance is anyone's guess.  :>)

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2004 4:24 PM
To: Chat
Subject: [CHAT] 61-degree heat wave

Was 61 at 6 this morning and has been falling ever since. Of course, up 
where the short one's kids live it's been in negative numbers all day. 
I've done my best to forget what that's like, however. Must be some 
Puritan need for self-flagellation that makes them want to live there.

All of our christmas cacti have decided to bloom this week in spite of 
the cranky weather. Not just the yellow and purple we acquired last 
weekend but the red and yellow and pink ones that have been hanging out 
here for a few years. Blue--some genetic engineer needs to slip the 
color gene from chicory into the Schlumbergia gene pool. Now that would 
be sensational. The wild chicory has to most beautiful shade of blue of 
any flower anywhere. Bright. Electric.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10

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