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Zone 5

In a message dated 03/31/2004 1:54:36 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
richa@midlands.net writes:

> Hi Donna,
> Have already cut a boquet of about 30 blooms (Daffodil) and delivered to a
> shut-in elderly lady here in town, and bunches more are blooming, as well as
> the hyacinths.  They sure smell good.  Of course the crocus are looking good
> and the pansies are starting to bloom.  Rich in Z-5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 5:40 AM
> Subject: Re: RE: [CHAT] Buddleia davidii a noxious weed???
> >mine dies off to ground level every year....it was a free giveaway from
> >local nursery, so not sure which one it is. Never bothered to figure it
> >out, called black knight, which I assume is a common name.
> >
> >
> >I did purchase one last year that is a supposed to be a mini version. We
> >will see if it comes back... and I don't remember it's real name and
> >have no access to that info at the moment.
> >
> >
> >Donna
> >where the daffs are starting to form buds!!!!!!!!!!! Zone 5

How nice of you, Rich, to take daffodils to a shut-in lady.  For many years I 
always took the first bunch to a dear friend who had been a polio victim as a 
child and lived in a wheel-chair, but she died last spring.  I will miss her 
when the daffs do bloom here.

Zone 5 covers a lot of territory.  I have two daffs blooming in a very 
protected spot against a boulder.  Several hundred others are only two or three 
inches high with no sign of buds.  Crocus are blooming and a few Iris reticulata 
and I. danfordiae. One of my Hellebores has a bunch of blooms, but the other 
three are just beginning to show buds. That's about it around here.  It will be 
a couple of weeks at least before I can pick bunches of anything.  

As for Buddleia, the local instructions are to cut it back to about six 
inches before it begins to sprout in the spring.  I can't swear that this is the 
best  practice, since mine have never lived more than two or three years.  The 
one that grew in the yard where I grew up in the Florida Panhandle long ago 
never had anything done to it, and it was always a fine, sturdy bush - so I guess 
climate enters into the picture somehow.

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