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Re: weeds

We have trouble with a number of well-known and loved plants due to the
heat days but there are some alternatives.  I've always loved lilacs. 
Here, they will grow but not well.  They stress in the summer and get
bores.  But, now there are hybrids that do very well...Blue Skies and Miss
Kim.  They grow more slowly but are healthy.  I had to give up on white
birch...the most you can get out of one is around 10 years...so I switched
to river birch, a native with beautiful bark but more tans and browns.  We
can also grow tulips but more as biennials and annuals...again, due to
heat.  The best luck I had with them was a batch of red, don't know the
variety, that I brought from D.C. when we first moved here.  I kept them
for almost a year in the refrigerator before planting.  Then, I planted
around two inches deeper than recommended on the package.  Those beauties
lasted for five years.

My parents, originally from PA, lived for twenty years in Cape Coral after
he retired from the Air Force.  I was always amazed at what would grow
there...my Dad had a hedge of poinsettias, sea grape, bananas, to name a

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 6/1/2007 9:55:17 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] weeds
> Growing up in Florida, I never saw a peony until I married
> and visited my in-laws in Ohio.  Lilacs and tulips were 
> also unknown.  My grandmother, who had been an child
> in Northern New York, used to tell me about lilacs, but
> in later years I tried to send them to her, but they didn't
> ever survive.  I remember the first time I ever saw a tulip,
> a local grower brought a pot of tulips in to the elementary
> school class. He told us that they had been refrigerated,
> because they needed a cold period to grow, but that 
> they would not grow in our area.  The only daffodils that
> grew were paper-white narcissus.  Others needed more
> cold.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 06/01/2007 5:16:09 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> holmesbm@usit.net writes:
> I think it depends on where in the South...we grow a lot of peonies in
> Tennessee...no problem.  Mine weren't far enough along to be hit by the
> freeze so I had some blooms.  They usually bloom in May around here.
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