Monday, February 11, 2008
Where in the Blooming World Are You?
Jodi from Bloomingwriter asked, "Where in the Blooming World Are You?"
At the Center of the Southwest Georgia Universe -- sixty miles from Tallahassee FL going south, Albany GA is 60 miles to the north; sixty miles from Dothan AL going west. Thomasville GA the Rose City, is 60 miles east. Zone 8. Eastern Standard Time -- when our last frost date comes, we'll be a week into Daylight Saving Time with spring five days away. We garden in sandy loam, using lots of compost. We have to dig a ways to find stones, but they're under there somewhere. This is the coastal plain; eons ago this was the bottom of the ocean; our rocks have sea fossils. It never snows. Well, maybe a flurry once a century. We do have freezes, but our winter days are generally moderate. If we have dry years, we're sitting atop the Floridan Aquifer in the land between the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers. Something blooms year around. We have lots of broadleaf evergreens. When spring comes, it brings Azaleas and Dogwoods. When summer comes, we have Crape Myrtles and Hydrangeas. Fall brings Camellia sasanquas. Winter brings Camellia japonicas and narcissus. Hyacinths start to bloom here in February. I used to mourn for tulips, which are too much trouble to grow here. I finally realized that tulips require lots of preparation and weeks of chilling for 3 days bloom. I can get up to 3 weeks bloom from Iceland poppies.