What's Blooming in January: Where to find January Contest Entries

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What's Blooming in January

By LarryR
January 17, 2012

In a more normal winter, our gardens here in Iowa would be nestled under a blanket of snow. Catching sight of even a flake or two has been a rare event so far this winter. As I write this, I'm itching to get outside, because it is sunny and 61 degrees! The average high in January for our state is 32 degrees. If this keeps up, I may have some early spring flowering bulbs to show you in February instead of in April! In the meantime, let's pay a cyber visit to folks who really do have plants blooming now, and also to our Mystery Blossom Contest winner, Paul Anguiano.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 16, 2012 8:32 PM CST
Well, I scrolled down to the bottom of this thread but I don't see where it says anything about January Contest Entries so I'm just listing my wild guess for the mystery tree here. It's out of my growing zone and it sure is beautiful ... my guess: Black Locust Purple Robe ... and that's just a wild guess!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Jan 16, 2012 10:26 PM CST
Hi there, Lin. I'm moving a bit slowly today, so you beat me to the punch! Not only that, your wild guess is right on the mark! Congratulations! Hurray!

I'll be contacting you in the next day or two to do a brief interview. Please send me the photo you'd like to have published in February's article.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 17, 2012 12:38 AM CST
Hurray! Way to go Lin. Thumbs up
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 17, 2012 6:38 AM CST
good job!!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 17, 2012 8:11 AM CST
Green Grin! Well, it was a wild guess on my part but that sure is a beautiful tree, I've heard the bloom fragrance is similar to roses ... wish it grew in my zone!


Larry: Confused Interview? I'm really confused ... you need one of my photo's for your February article? I've got some "stuff" going on at the moment and will be in and out the next week or two but I will try to check in when I can and I will watch for your tree mail.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 17, 2012 11:52 AM CST
My apologies for the confusion, Lin. Contest winners get to have one of their favorite flower photos published in the next what's blooming article. I also like to have winners tell us a little about themselves. http://garden.org/articles/manage/view.php?aid=285 (Scroll way down to the end.)

I'll send you a T-mail shortly.
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: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Jan 17, 2012 3:24 PM CST
Larry, hmm ... that link takes me right back to the home page. I will look through my pic's and try to decide on a favorite and check back later for your t-mail. Smiling
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 17, 2012 7:01 PM CST
I'm not accumulating a very good batting average in this thread, am I? Big Grin

There's a blurb at the end of each what's blooming article that explains what you "win," if you name the mystery flower.

Off to do a T-mail.
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Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jan 20, 2012 11:47 AM CST
I just loved this article and all the beautiful photo's Larry.

Thank you so much!
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 21, 2012 11:45 AM CST
Many thanks, Vicki! I tip my hat to you. Glad you enjoyed the article.
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!

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