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Re: Stokesia question
  • Subject: Re: Stokesia question
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:21:28 -0500

Mary Gregory was my first thought, but the flowers are much bigger than you described. We carried Mary Gregory a few years ago and the flowers are 3 inches across and yellow. A soft yellow that might seem like cream. Bluestone carries it on their website, available this fall.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2010 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Stokesia question

I think I've found it.  It seems to be a cultivar called 'Mary Gregory.'
It's really attractive, and not at all like the ordinary Stokesias I have.

I have a sentimental attachment to the old blue ones.  The first
flower show I can remember - back in the 1930s - my grandmother
won a blue ribbon for her Stokesia.  It was then that I fell in love with
flower shows, and I've never gotten over it. Of course, my grandmother
was no gardener - she had someone else do all that for her - but she
did like to have the "latest" of anything, and the woman who did all
her gardening and other heavy work often brought her things from
other gardens.  Nancy (the gardener) often said "if the baby (that was
me) plants it, it's sure to grow."

In a message dated 6/27/2010 5:05:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:

Oh wow, I just saw this plant last weekend.  A friend of mine is opening a
nursery near a small town not far from here.  I went to see the site and
also ended up touring her home garden that's in the small town.  She
out a stokesia that is identical to your description.  She mentioned that
hadn't sold well for her but that she was quite enamoured of it herself.

I don't know her cell ph number; we've always connected via email.  If I
reach her, I'll try to get the name, though she's not much on keeping track
of cultivar names.

Meanwhile, perhaps you could email Lois at Bluestone.  She always seems to
answer pretty quickly.  Or call them first thing in the morning.

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