Re: [gardeners] Chat, Net friend's arrival

George Shirley (
Sat, 09 May 1998 09:42:20

At 10:22 AM 5/9/98 -0400, Matt Trahan wrote:
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> Joe and I are both tropical whiners. He lives up above D.C., almost zone
>6. We are lucky to live in the northeast tip of zone 8. My favorite line
>was "it's hardy here" when referring to the canna's, windmill palms,
>Japanese fatsia, dahlias, oleander, gladiolus, elephant ears, butterfly
>ginger, etc.
> We still can't get away with Canary Island date palms and Austrailian tree
>ferns, but I'm working on it.
> The hour trip down to our house was accompanied on and off by heavy rain,
>hail, and a tornado watch. what fun.
> It rained for most of the time we were at our house, but it's now or
>never, so we had a good time anyway. I got a chance to show him the things
>I had been telling him about for the past 6 months, and ask him a few
>questions. Sent him home with a few more variegated plants to show his wife
>(who will be as 'thrilled' as mine would <VBG>)
> Now if I can just convince him he needs a small kiddie pool pond, he can
>get those 2 tropical blue lilies he's been whining about. ;-)
>Matt Trahan  <>
>USDA zone 8, Sunset zone 31, AHS heat zone 7, northeastern N.C.
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Yo Matt, good to hear from you. Had wondered if bidness was getting you
completely down. Your garden sounds good and complex too. Why don't you
just pack up and move further south, say zone 11 Florida? My poor old zone
9b wouldn't be tropical enough for you. My papaya tree is growing good and
we're eating tomatoes, chard, lettuce, and radishes out of the spring
garden already. The bougainvillea is in full bloom and the tropical
hibiscus are blooming too. It's gonna be about 90F again today with high
humidity. Nah, wouldn't be tropical enough for you guys. <VBG>