What's Blooming in December: How did you come to have a start from the Grant Woods' subject coleus?

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What's Blooming in December

By LarryR
December 26, 2012

Writing this month's article is a special treat for me, because I get to see and talk about things actually blooming. I do that in my other articles as well, so why is this one different?. You see, our outdoor gardens, right now, are buried under five inches of snow and counting. Winds are gusting up to 55 miles per hour. Roads are impassable. Blizzard conditions. Come on in where its warm, see what's blooming, and meet our November contest winner.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 26, 2012 3:05 AM CST
Oops, I meant the sansevieria. My bad. There must be a story behind that start. nodding
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 26, 2012 9:03 PM CST
Here it is, Tee: Grant Wood lived and worked in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. That's only about 25 miles from where I live in Iowa. He even painted a number of scenes here in the Amana Villages. The plant he used in the painting was his mother's. His sister got a start of the plant and later passed it on to Esther Armstrong, the wife of a department store owner in Cedar Rapids, who hired Grant Wood to design and build some of her furniture. I think she had also bought some of Wood's paintings. Esther passed on a start to Joan Liffring Zug Bourrret, a well-known Iowa photographer and publisher, who passed it on to Peter Hoehnle, a local historian. Peter passed a start on to me. I've since passed a start on to a gardener in California.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Dec 27, 2012 3:49 AM CST
How interesting that you know its history. That's a very special plant to be associated with a Grant Wood painting like that. Quite a pedigree. Thumbs up
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Renée
Northern KY
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KyWoods
Dec 27, 2012 10:08 AM CST
Isn't it great how plants get around? Great story, Larry, thanks! I will have to try the Queen Anne's Lace jelly in the spring.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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LarryR
Dec 27, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Thanks Tee and Renée.

Renée, if you make the jelly, I'd be interested in knowing how it turned out.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Kentucky Sempervivums Cat Lover Dog Lover
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
KyWoods
Dec 27, 2012 8:12 PM CST
If it tastes nearly as good as the plant smells... Drooling
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Dec 28, 2012 3:02 AM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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