Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Where Are You Planted?

This is a response to Janie's question Where Are You Planted?
I'm here at the Center of my Universe, State of Georgia, USA:

We are bordered by Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida. I can visit Florida and Alabama in a day. It is a long way from here to Tennessee or South Carolina.

It is well-known in the the state that there are 2 Georgias: Atlanta and environs, where the money is, and South Georgia, where the water is. Politics figure heavily in the distribution of the wealth and water wars continue, as Atlanta wants to keep the Chattahoochee River behind Buford Dam north of the city. Downstream, we clean up Atlanta's uh, toilet water which eventually pours out through Lake Seminole into the Apalachicola River in Florida.

There are more than political differences. The northernmost part of the state has foothills and mountains of the Appalachians. The Piedmont region in the center of the state reaches the fall line, below which lies the Coastal Plain. The Georgia Native Plant made the most telling statement about the difference in plant life when they gave our area over to the Florida Plant Society because of the different plants that grow here in the warmer, sandy flatlands, zone 8b, than in Atlanta, 200 miles north.

We have rich, sandy, acid soil as differs from the red clay of north Georgia. We just add a spoonful of lime to plants like pentas and other lime lovers, and decide whether our hydrangeas will be naturally blue, or get a spoonful of lime and turn pink. We accept that we will not be growing tulips, lilacs and peonies, consoling ourselves with warm season plants like azaleas, crinums, amaryllis, gardenias and crape myrtles. In winter, we enjoy Camellias from November when C. sasanqua blooms, continuing through with C. japonica after Christmas until April when the heat takes out the last blooms. A hard freeze will take out open Camellia blossoms, but tight buds survive to open on the next warm day.

The state bird is the Brown Thrasher, the state flower is the Cherokee rose, the state tree is the Live Oak and the state Butterfly is the Tiger Swallowtail. Signs as you cross into the state read 'We're Glad Georgia's on Your Mind,' a message from our governor, Sonny Perdue.

Please join us in sharing Where You Are Planted and link back to Janie.


  1. Hi Nell Jean, thanks for showing us where you are planted. We are so very close to Georgia, I accidently cross over when rambling around the country roads that lead south from my house. But it is the other GA, the foothills of the Appalachians, not your sandy Florida step sister GA that is more like the growing conditions we have. Love the map. :-)

  2. Great description of where you live! I like the topic.


  3. I love that map, too. Very good information, Nell. Thanks for participating.

  4. Now, I know clearly where you are planted.

  5. That really is a very interesting post - and full of warmth as well as facts.

    I'm trying to decide whether missing out on tulips is likely to be too much of a hardship, given the list of plants you grow instead.


  6. P.S. Isn't that a lovely name for a river - Apalachicola. I've not heard of it before. I suppose it's connected with 'Apalachian' but in the river form it sounds Spanish instead.


  7. Alalachicola is a Native American name, meaning 'the People on the other side of the River.'

    There were many musical-sounding names used around here, including 'Thronateeska' for the Flint River which means something like 'big water.'

  8. Hi, Nell Jean - Nice to know where you are planted. I appreciate your advice on my plant list yesterday! Have a good day :)

  9. Hello Nell,

    Georgia has always been on my list of places to visit, but I didn't realize that there were such marked differences between the north and south. I definitely need to visit your beautiful state.


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