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RE: 61-degree heat wave

One of my favorite summer bouquets, and the subject of one of Jim Gray's
paintings, is one of Queen Anne's Lace, Rudbeckia, and wild chicory.  In
some of the meadows and on some of the edges of highways, we often see QA's
Lace and chicory growing together.  The chicory seems to prefer the area
next to the road where the soil is more compact and hot.  

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 01/10/2004 2:16:33 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] 61-degree heat wave
> Jim, we have a good deal of wild chicory growing around here, mostly
> of as weeds.   The flowers are lovely, but they are presented on those
> stems at leafless, or nearly leafless, nodes along the stems, and most
> don't give them a second glace because of that.  (Of course they spread
> 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.  :>)
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> 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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