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Re: Plants from Gene

Congratulations on your successes.

Speaking of plants from Gene, my Monkshood is looking spectacular.  The
purple of the blooms is so rich.
Also, My Dwarf Swamp Sunflower, is finally blooming and is as glorious as
the photos show:

I think I'll have to move it to a more special spot next year.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 9:06 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Plants from Gene

> Today I received a box of beautiful plants from Gene Bush and the handsome
> Pinus mugho mugho arrived.  I've been looking at the hole where the old
> pine was removed for a couple of months now, so this is a great step
> Since it was raining and the temperatures were in the 50s, I didn't hop
> out
> to plant everything.  Years ago I would have considered this ideal
> weather, but there are too many aches and pains aggravated by damp cold
> these days, so I will hope for nicer weather tomorrow or the next day.
> Since every planting these days must consider the deer problem, I have
> delighted with the results of a new bed I started last year.  I filled it
> with daffs
> to start the season.  Somebody - not deer, probably squirrels - dug up a
> of the bulbs, but I put them back.  This bed is a triangle where our drive
> leaves
> the lane, which is going downhill at that point.  The bed is fairly small,
> but built
> up with stones so that it is about two feet above ground at one end.  It
> just
> about the only sunny bed I have, but being right on the lane it is totally
> exposed to Bambi.  We put in a prostrate juniper among the daffs last
> but
> it suffered quite a bit of winter damage.  Looks better at the end of the
> season,
> but wasn't great earlier.  I added the things that have been
deer-resistant in
> other areas, but not everything worked.  The various pulmonarias that have

> survived elsewhere were eaten right down.  The epimediums were not eaten,
> but were pulled out of the ground repeatedly. However some things did work
> very well.  Liriope has done very well along the edge.  Two Santolina
> ericoides
> have survived without damage.  A couple of Ruta graveolens look pretty
> But the real star is Artemisia 'Powis Castle.'   It has produduced the
> thickest,
> lushest growth I have ever seen this plant make.  I guess it likes the
> dry spot.  Anyway, for what it's worth - this one seems to be as
> as anything I have ever grown.
> Auralie
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