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Re: Winter & What's in Bloom

Winter has arrived indeed.  I was wearing shorts yesterday - mid 80's w/ a 30 mph South wind.  Today?
In the 40's w/ a 30 mph North wind. Just got all my luffa gourds in and
am working on the peppers now, just in case we get a freeze tonight.
Will do the basil in a bit. Have to do this in short stages because that
wind will cut you in half!! Still have purple coneflowers, salvias,
honeysuckle, camellia, pansies, violas, roses, lavender and rosemary
blooming. The zinnias, Madagascar periwinkles, Mexican heather and
pentas that are blooming now will likely be dead as doornails in the
morning. Gotta find a spot for my lemon tree in here too. And all my
ornamental peppers, some of which are in the thrid year. Prety good for
annuals I think....

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: james singer <jsinger@igc.org>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 23 Nov 2003 08:15:59 -0500

>Winter seems to have arrived. It has been getting down into the low 50s 
>at night recently. Still in the high 70s, low 80s in the afternoons, 
>though. And the air is very dry for a change.
>Lots of plants are blooming--or still blooming, especially the 
>allamandas, begonias, Mexican petunias [also called Florida bluebells], 
>ground orchids, crown of thorns, and various jatrophas. And the 
>poinsettias are beginning to color up.
>Most spectacular now, however, is the Turk's cap, Malvaviscus arboreus. 
>There is a house not far from the plantation that has a Turk's cap 
>hedge along the street; must be hundreds, if not thousands, of blooms 
>on it. Really spectacular.
>This is also our bedding plant season. The garden centers at Wal-Mart 
>and Home Depot are loaded with petunias, impatiens, marigolds, 
>crossandras, fibrous begonias, dianthus, and so on, as well as 
>vegetable and herb plants.
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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