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Bashfull09-Dec-01 10:05 PM EST
Linda10-Dec-01 01:20 AM EST 2a   
carmen10-Dec-01 01:53 AM EST 8   
The Budding Poet13-Dec-01 01:16 AM EST 5a   
Susan13-Dec-01 08:06 AM EST 6a   
D26-Dec-01 10:19 PM EST   


Subject: Great Fall
From: Bashfull
Date: 09-Dec-01 10:05 PM EST

I wish I was the Budding Poet so that I could do justice to my garden and the great fall we've had this year. I have always been envious of Vancouver gardeners who have 12 months of gardening and beautiful spring gardens.I however live in southern Ontario with killing frost in October. But this year, we still have Connecticut Yankee Delphinium blooming, impatients, begonias and pink roses. Wild daisies, violas(johnny jump ups) and forthysia bushes in bloom. While I like to ski, this great weather has been a gardeners delight and the flowers have been spectacular. 2001 will go down as a great year to garden.


Subject: RE: Bashfull
From: Linda
Zone: 2a
Date: 10-Dec-01 01:20 AM EST

We would all like to garden 12 months of the year. Be happy that the killer frost came in Oct. not August or Sept.


Subject: RE: Bashfull
From: carmen
Zone: 8
Date: 10-Dec-01 01:53 AM EST

Hmmm...I wonder if the grass really is greener. Gardening in sunny Victoria, British Columbia (which is even nicer than Vancouver I might add)IS great but...I have felt the need to garden many a Boxing Day etc, and while gardening is my greatest passion it can get sort of overwhelming. I mean there is NEVER a break. I know, I know to those in killer frost lands i.e. Ontario think "overwhelming"! What??? Is this chick nuts or what...but really, there have been times when I thought why can't it get cold enough that I just can't garden, I MUST take a break from it. I guess because I am obsessed with it that unless we have snow (like we did in 1996) I am out there Christmas Day, deadheading my winter pansies and protecting the primulas from slugs. Now that is one area you have us, out in the west beat...your slugs die off from the cold, we have those miserable things all four seasons.

Yes, maybe the grass is always greener.


Subject: RE: Bashfull
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 13-Dec-01 01:16 AM EST

Dear Bashful

We are all experiencing a similar joy that is heightened as each day grows shorter and we reflect on what will soon befall us ...... or befalling on us.

There is not much color left in our garden. Icicle pansies are still earning their room and board. There are two Thlaspi sp.(fragrant dainty alpines of the cabbage family) in bud and I am hoping they will be blooming by Christmas.

A few weeks ago my neighbors lovely maple leaves and a little sherry inspired this:

My Colorful Autumn Garden

The alpines that adorn my screes................................................................ Are not pretty as they darken and freeze. ..................................................... The best color of all ....................................................................................... That I see in the fall ........................................................................................ Are the leaves from my neighbors trees.


Subject: RE: Bashfull
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 13-Dec-01 08:06 AM EST

I still have Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' blooming away in the front yard and some white anemones (of unknown variety...) bloomed until a few weeks ago. Silver Mound Artemisia and 'Beacon Silver' Lamium still look good under my Blue Spruce. Mahonia is such a nice broadleafed evergreen and its holly-like leaves looks so appropriate now as Christmas approaches; my Euopean Highbush Cranberries are now two years old and produced a nice crop of red berries this year and look colorful in combination with the Mahonia and against my sunny-yellow house.

While this nice warm weather has been good at extending the season (and making up for the awful dry summer...) it does make me worry about winterkill - my False Spirea shrubs are starting to break buds and a neighbor's Magnolia looks ready to bloom. My husband noticed a lily in bloom in a garden in Toronto the other day! When the inevitable freeze-up happens, I think we're going to lose a few things...

Gardening year-round certainly would have it's attractions, but I rather like the winter down-time. It gives me a chance to plan that perfect garden on paper (that never quite gets fully translated into plants in the ground.... - oh well - that's next year's problem...) It'll soon be seed starting time and spring doesn't sseem too far away once seeds start sprouting.


Subject: RE: Bashfull
From: D
Zone:
Date: 26-Dec-01 10:19 PM EST

Oh, try Edmonton ALberta! What summer? You know what I did to get my fix? Installed a plan light in the basement. Regular florescent light fixture and two plant bulbs. I got very ambitious this summer and bought a ficus caricus (an honest to goodness fig tree) and let it set out til we hit -10 (early Nov) and now it looks healthy and gorgeous in my basement under the light. When May finally arrives I pray it is still in good shape and I can set it outdoors.And I've a mango tre and olive trees and date palms.......one day I will make a huge donation to the Muttart Conservatory. Try a plant light. Its not the same but it is a new and fun challenge.


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