A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week: Fantastic Neil

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A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week

By NEILMUIR1
April 11, 2010

Everybody seemed happy in the sun. Instead of looking down at the ground on their way to work, people held their heads high and were stopping to look at the wonderful spring flowers. Then it became overcast and the rain started; cold days and very cold nights set in for a week. On Monday morning we all awoke to clear blue skies; the sun came out, and everything was suddenly happy once again.

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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Apr 11, 2010 6:49 AM CST
Oh that was fantastic! I love Magnolia's and just can't seem to get one to bloom. Got to thinking......would they need to be of a certain height to bloom????? Mine is a pitiful 3 feet tall...................a 4 years old. It arrived to me in a 4" container........................

You always have such beartiful photos,
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 11, 2010 7:11 AM CST
Dear Cherie, thank you very much for your comments. Some of the pictures were quite pleasing to get, even though I had to drink lots of cups of tea to get them. I have gone off tea for the moment!
Your own Article on Cottage Gardens was great, we are all waiting for the next one!
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
p.s. a Clematis picture for you!


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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Apr 11, 2010 8:27 AM CST
I gave in and agreed to let hubby have his crescent to border pond and garden bed. Not Hiding the pond liner so I bought some Scotch moss Sagina subulata or something on that order. I will plant that so it can fall over the brick and over the pond rim. Or so I'm hoping will do the trick. 300 crescent brick. Maddening to stack in the back of the Mountaineer.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Apr 11, 2010 8:30 AM CST
He just came in and said I thought you were going to help? I'm eating I said......your on the computer he said. I have a sandwich here and I'm multi-tasking. Gotta go....................sandwich is done Sad
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 11, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Great article, Neil. Since I grew up in Wisconsin & never saw a magnolia, Cece, I might think that it was too cold for them. There are both white flowered & pink flowered in our area (zone 6a) bothe I don't know enough to know the species. We have forsythia for now & the arrowood viburnum for later. Viburnums were here when the house was built as the land was naturally colonized old pasture. We also have a crabapple--I assume bird planted. You can come & photograph it at any time, Neil.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 11, 2010 9:47 AM CST
Dear Lucy, I am going to make some scones. Have the cream and homemade strawberry jam, when they are finished I will be over!
Regards.
Neil.
p.s. Sarah's Lupins just a moment ago!

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 11, 2010 10:11 AM CST
Dear Cherie, Sagina subulata grows on the Isle of Skye and if it can survive there it can survive anywhere! Skye is on the west coast of Scotland and there are other islands beyond (north of it), the biggest one is called the north pole! It is beautiful there and the flora & fauna is incredible, but so is the cold in the winter! It is also famous for Bonnie Prince Charlies Liqueur "Drambuie'.
When we got married the landlord on our Honeymoon kept giving Sarah large ones of this on the house, she can't remember anything at all, until I showed her a bed of Daffodils she fell in on the way home. Perfect shape of Sarah, in the flattened Daffodils!
When N.A,S.A. need an extra boost for a spacecraft they get some 'Drambuie', it is smooth, honey filled rocket fuel!
By the way your Sagina subulata is sometimes called Scottish moss but is not a true moss! The common name over here and as I know it by is, Irish moss as it grows there a lot.
Regards.
Neil.
p.s. Isle Of Skye! Click here
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Apr 11, 2010 10:51 AM CST
So my moss I just bought is in fact Irish Moss????Cool. or did I misinterpret what you just said.

Taking a iced tea break. They say it is only 62 but I beg to differ,
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 11, 2010 12:10 PM CST
Dear Cherie, some people call it Scots moss, Scottish moss or Irish moss, and it is not even a moss!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Brenda Essig
Scotia, CA
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Zanymuse
Apr 11, 2010 12:24 PM CST
You really painted a lovely picture with your words and images. Learning the history behind a wonderful magnolia specimen was a treat.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 11, 2010 12:32 PM CST
Dear Brenda, thank you for your comments and your Articles that have helped me a lot!
Keep up the great work!
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
p.s one for you!

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Name: Brenda Essig
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Zanymuse
Apr 11, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Beautiful! Thank you.
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Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a)
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Petalpants
Apr 28, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Loved reading your article and gazing on your plant photos, Neil --- Thanks for such great info & wonderful pics!
Connie
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 28, 2010 11:54 AM CST
Dear Connie, a mere pleasure for you! With my new lens I will be able to get Church pictures for you at a very long distance, if you still want them?
Kindest Regards and I hope the family are well.
Neil.
p.s We have US trains as well and I can play with them!

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