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  1. #1
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    Default Seed, vine and bulb catalogs....

    I'm planning my final spring purchases.

    Enjoyed the vine question, Silver Lace Vine - Polygonum aubertii looks interesting, if a little aggressive. What I really want is another old fashioned passionflower, I lost mine when I moved 12 years ago, and I do miss it very much. (so do the caterpillars)

    Will bees work Gladiolus and other bulb flowers? Not that they are efficient, but with another wedding in the works this May a few extra flowers aren't going to go to waste. Carolina Phlox?

    I was considering buying the 2 lots behind me and planting alfalfa, but learned it was a 2 year crop before it blooms, and I would need to cross plant maybe with buckwheat? (although my crimson clover seed was inspiring.) But then I would have to talk the city into letting me grow it 4 ft tall to do any good. Not that the current owner mowed it even once last year.

    About to scatter white dutch clover seed on all my lawn areas, as we have rain due on tuesday.

    And I would like a clematis but only if I can get it to do well.
    hmmmm....

    Between the bees and switching a pond over for tilapia with a filter of greens (lettuce, chard, etc) and maybe something for bee forage.

    Spring ideas are just flying through, needed to write them down somewhere.
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    Default Re: Seed, vine and bulb catalogs....

    I'd like to hear others' feedback on catalogs. While I can't speak to the other plantings, established Clematis does well in Central VA with neglect. I'm not sure about the conditions around the DFW area, but we have hot, humid summers with frequent droughts and mild-to-cold winters. My understanding is that Passionflower also does well here once established. I am considering Passiflora incarnata for my herb garden if I can find one at the local nursery.

    Perhaps your county's extension office or Master Gardeners could help?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Seed, vine and bulb catalogs....

    I've had an old fashioned "wild" passionflower that I got as a root cutting from an older friend and it did great. The fancy new varieties don't seem to tolerate the heat. I want to find a catalog with the old kind, because no one seems to have it anymore.
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Seed, vine and bulb catalogs....

    Gypsi, you might like this source http://www.nativeseeds.org/ , particularly in your clime... and it's an opportunity to plug one of their upcoming workshops;

    Get the Buzz on Bees:
    An Evening with Les Crowder, author of Top Bar Beekeeping
    http://www.nativeseeds.org/index.php...67-les-crowder
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  5. #5
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    Default Re: Seed, vine and bulb catalogs....

    I neglected to mention that Passiflora incarnata is native to the south and southeastern US. I use it all the time in herbal preparations - it does wonders (for me) mixed with hops, chamomile, or lemon balm as a sleep aid. It should be hardier than the other passion flower species. I just checked and it looks like it's native range includes Texas.

    I know Mountain Rose herbs sells organic seeds for herbalists' gardens, but they're certainly not the cheapest source and I've read that seeds can be a pain to germinate. Do you have any local nurseries that specialize in heirlooms?

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