Friday, February 09, 2007

Sunny and calm

While watching the morning news, I was shocked to hear the name of the little town I live in, mentioned on the morning news in Chicago. We live an hour and a half West of Chicago, in a little town of 9,000. Most of the time, not newsworthy to WGN.
This morning, however, my little town got this mention:
"If you think we have it bad here in the city- Thank your lucky stars you don't live in *******, they had temps of -26° overnight. Not wind chill, actual temperatures."
Great. What a reason to be noticed. Better than a disaster, I guess.

The book for March was announced at Garden Bloggers Book Club!! Karel Capek is the author and he is mostly known as a European author with weighty opinions and Germanic philosophy. The reviews point out that it is a charming and sometimes funny book, not overly academic. It is compared in more than one place to Henry Mitchell's book, which I did not read.
I am still mucking thru this month's book, though last night it got a little better. There seems to be some discussion as to the "broken tulip" colors that Katherine S. White recommended in her New York Times article. One USDA guy tells her she is recommending a virus ridden plant.
To save her readers (and her credibility) from ruin, she seeks backing from Elizabeth Lawrence. I remember having petunias that had that virus. They were kinda pretty.
Funny, it seems Elizabeth Lawrence talks more about gardening than Katharine White. I do know that I recognize the plants that the Southerner, Elizabeth Lawrence mentions more than I do the Yankee, Mrs. White!!
Although, after all the talk of tulips, Mrs. White mentions some species tulips that I ran to look up. I will be ordering some of those, in the fall!! Here it is:
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Tulip Clusiana Lady Jane Special
Mrs. White does not call it the Lady Jane Special, she only mentions the latin name, but Bluestone carries them and calls them, "...Specie Tulip Clusiana Lady Jane - Ht. 8-10" zone 3-8. White blossoms have reddish outer petals . Best for rock gardens and naturalizing."

Tulip marjoletti (from Brent and Becky's) marjolettii - lovely pale, creamy white with raspberry edges and blush; Heirloom; 10"-14"; very late spring; (9+cm bulbs).

A very interesting note about the latter, (am I starting to sound like that book???!!!):
Tulipa marjolettii (synonymous with T. perrieri) is a wild tulip native of the Savoy Alps. It was first described in 1894 by Eugene Pierre Perrier de la Bathie & Andrew Songeon.

In the 1970s it was reported to have completely vanished from its natural range, probably from commercial collecting. It is today a protected species in France, though unless there is a project to reestablish it in the Savoys from cultivated stocks, protection comes a mite late.

This is the part of gardening I find facinating!! With Mrs. White mentioning those species tulips and me looking for them, I discovered that a tulip grown in her garden was going extinct, just as she was writing that. The cause of it's extinction? Commercial collecting. Proof you really can love something too much....


  1. Hello Sissy,
    Sometimes I still listen to WGN on the computer, and love Kathy & Judy. They are pretty cool in person, too.

    Wow, I'm sorry to hear that your town made the news for such a crummy reason - I thought minus 26 was the coldest ever in the Chicago area!

    For me, "Two Gardeners" was a lot of fun, but I've read and owned books by both Elizabeth Lawrence and Katharine S White for years. Reading what they'd written to each other while these books were new was fascinating to me.

    Well, I hope you enjoy the Karl Capek book, Sissy! It's a fast read.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    PS Henry Mitchell also wrote about the clusiana tulips. I grew them in Illinois, myself.

  2. Sounds like it is going better with the book? If a book gives me a new idea or I learn about a new plant, that's a good thing!

  3. Those tulips are just gorgeous, I had never seen them before. It is sad how so many things are going extinct because of the commercial collecting. Now you know what kind of temperatures we usually have to stand all winter long! lol Stay warm my friend!! Hugs xox

  4. Sounds like you've gotten further than me or I missed something. I'm glad you've found something you like. I've never had good luck with tulips so I'll be waiting to see how your's do.

    I'll trade your -26 for our 5' of snow. lol I never thought I'd say that. I guess I hate snow slightly more than I hate cold. Hope it warms up there soon.

  5. I thought our temps were pretty cold, but yours have been worse. I hate the cold! We have sunshine on our snow this morning, but very cold temps and wind chill. They're predicting a warm-up for this week though. I can't wait!
    I just ordered that book (with the letters). Hope I like it. The others sure made it sound good!
    I really love those tulips. What a lovely color combination. I'm glad Apple has gone where there's less snow for a while...she deserves the break!


I would love to hear from you and if you can leave a comment, I will visit your blog, too!