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RE: Back from Minnesota!

Cyndi: Glad you enjoyed your trip to the fantastic Midwest! And sounds
like you saw what was about timely for Minnesota this time of
year...another few weeks up there ought to bring things into bloom.
Maybe you could come back then? Of course, by then the mosquitos will be
as big as horseflies...

Hills, IA  zone 5

 --- On Mon 06/13, Johnson Cyndi D Civ AFFTC/ITSR < cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil > wrote:
From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ AFFTC/ITSR [mailto: cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 16:28:54 -0700
Subject: [CHAT] Back from Minnesota!

Well I am back from my week in Minnesota. I am always agog whenever I
go<br>back east at how much water there is and this was no exception. It
rained<br>every day! Not for more than an hour or so each day thank
heavens. Little<br>ponds everywhere and cattails growing in the grass
verges on the sides of<br>the roads. What a sight to Californian
eyes.<br>Since it wasn't my trip I didn't get to visit any botanical
sites but I was<br>impressed with all the conifers there...wow...back
home they'd have to be<br>alarmed to keep people from stealing them at
Christmas time. Beautiful<br>conifers everywhere. And hostas growing
right out in the open, no shade! I<br>sure didn't see many gardens with
flowers though, I don't know if we were<br>too early or what, but no one
seemed to have flowering plants in any<br>quantity. Did see a lot of
peony bushes almost ready to bloom, a white<br>flowering shrub that was
popular in cemeteries, and some bearded iris, but<br>no roses (except
wild ones

along the streams) and seemingly no flowering<br>perennials. Sure some
gorgeous foliage though. <br>My husband and his two sisters had a good
time visiting all the places they<br>remembered from growing up there.
Unfortunately their old farmhouse was due<br>to be torn down and
replaced with newer houses. Pretty ironic considering we<br>here are
griping about the incessant bulldozering of the desert to put
up<br>houses, guess it's everywhere. I gazed at a lot of scenery and got
massacred<br>by mosquitoes, huge itchy welts almost 3 inches across
covering my arms. It<br>had to have been during the couple hours we
spent in a cemetery looking for<br>ancestral grave markers. The other
three got nothing. I don't know how<br>Minnesota trains mosquitoes to
know who's not a native, but it seems to work<br>well. Of course AFTER
that I wore bug stuff but since I never saw the things<br>in the first
place...oh well, the welts are almost gone now. <br>They oooh'd and
aaah'd and spoke

wistfully of moving back (after 40 years in<br>CA!) but you're not
getting me someplace where the temperatures drop into<br>the minus
digits. I'm happy with the gardening challenges I have at
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