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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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Dec 26, 2012 3:05 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Oops, I meant the sansevieria. My bad. There must be a story behind that start. nodding
I garden for the pollinators.
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Dec 26, 2012 9:03 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener Tip Photographer Composter
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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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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
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Dec 27, 2012 3:49 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
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
I garden for the pollinators.
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Dec 27, 2012 10:08 AM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Kentucky Cat Lover Dog Lover Sempervivums
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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.
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Dec 27, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener Tip Photographer Composter
Organic Gardener Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Cat Lover
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!
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Dec 27, 2012 8:12 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Kentucky Cat Lover Dog Lover Sempervivums
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
If it tastes nearly as good as the plant smells... Drooling
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Dec 28, 2012 3:02 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I agree
I garden for the pollinators.
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