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Yang
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posted June 14, 2004 04:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message
Down here in South Africa it is winter and the garden looks dreary.Where I live we dont get winter rainfall-only in Summer we do.
The grass is either dead or dying out.There is hardly any bushes or flowers in bloom.No colour in the garden too.A real dead place to be in. That the scene that is played out every winter in the garden.HOWEVER there is one good thing.The moonflower bush is in bloom.Hooray.

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juniperb
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posted June 14, 2004 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Yang, splurge a little and brighten your home and soul up with colorful house plants. All green and bursting with blooms

I understand the blues that come with the dreary colorless days as winter here can be tough on the mind and soul. The plants give me hope and a promise of spring!

Color your world with a host of plants and feel the smile on your face !

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Randall
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posted June 15, 2004 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message

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juniperb
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posted June 15, 2004 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Guess Yangs on a buying expedition

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Yang
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posted June 15, 2004 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Guys.

Since I am on holidays now for 3 weeks,I have decided to do gardening.Planting,fixing up things etc.LOVE it when I dig my fingers into Mother Earth.

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Yin
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posted June 16, 2004 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yin     Edit/Delete Message
Yang, I LOVE digging with my fingers. HATE the gardening gloves!

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Yang
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posted June 16, 2004 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message
Gardening gloves take away the pleasure of getting to know Mother nature more intimately.

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posted June 16, 2004 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yin     Edit/Delete Message
Yang, your words just warmed up my

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posted June 16, 2004 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Me too me too. I have permanent stains on my fingers from hand digging and weeding

Yang what are you planting?

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Yang
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posted June 17, 2004 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message
Yesterday I bought Dianthus, Primulas and these other flowers I cant remember the name.


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posted June 17, 2004 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
I Dianthus. I have about a dozen varieties from sweet william to creeping pinks

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posted June 18, 2004 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message

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posted June 18, 2004 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TINK     Edit/Delete Message
A batch of primroses! Lovely. Any faeries in there?

Also a big fan of pinks. I think they use to call them gillyflowers a long time ago. I especially enjoy the scented sorts. *sniff* *sniff* Mmmm. Spicy.

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posted June 18, 2004 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Oh my goodness Yang Are the primroses all yours

Those are the exact Pinks I have in my edging this year . We grow them as annuals but they reseed so beautiful for a bumper crop next year.

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posted June 18, 2004 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Tink, gillyflowers rings a bell but I can`t place the plant. I swear I just read the name the other day...

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Yang
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posted June 18, 2004 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message
Oh,no I just wanted to show you what mine will look like when they bloom later on this year.

PS-I forgot to mention I also brought Phlox's

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posted June 18, 2004 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TINK     Edit/Delete Message
It's an Elizabethan name, if memory serves. I think that pinks and carnations have a common ancestor which was the gillyflower.

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posted June 19, 2004 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message
Wow! So many different colors!

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posted June 19, 2004 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
My insatiable curiosity got the best of me & I had to post this.

Ok, truth be told, I can`t remember for crap where I read it so I looked it up

GILLYFLOWER, a popular name applied to various flowers, but principally to the clove, Dianthus Caryophyllus, of which the carnation is a cultivated variety, and to the stock, Matthiola incana, a well-known garden favorite. The word is sometimes written gilliflower or gilloflower, and is reputedly a corruption of July-flower, so called from the month they blow in. Henry Phillips (1775-1838), in his Flora /iistorica, remarks that Turner (1568) calls it gelouer, to which he adds the word stock, as we would say gelouers that grow on a stem or stock, to distinguish them from the clove-gelouers and the wall-gelouers. Gerard, who succeeded Turner, and after him Parkinson, calls it gilloflower, and thus it travelled from its original orthography until it was called July-flower by those who knew not whence it was derived. Dr Prior, in his useful volume on the Popular Names of British Plants, very distinctly shows the origin of the name. He remarks that it was formerly spelt gyllofer and gilofre with the o long, from the French giroftde, Italian garofalo (M. Lat. gariofilum), corrupted from the Latin Caryophyllum, and referring to the spicy odour of the flower, which seems to have been used in flavouring wine and other liquors to replace the more costly clove of India. The name was originally given in Italy to plants of the pink tribe, especially the carnation, but has in England been transferred of late years to several crucifrous plants. The gillyflower of Chaucer and Spenser and Shakespeare was, as in Italy, Dianthus Caryophyllus; that of later writers and of gardeners, Maithiola. Much of the confusion in the names of plants has doubtless arisen from the vague use of the French terms girofte, crillet and violette, which were all applied to flowers of the pink tribe, but in England were subsequently extended and finally restricted to very different plants. The use made of the flowers to impart a spicy flavour to ale and wine is alluded to by Chaucer, who writes:
And many a clove gilofre To put in ale ;

also by Spenser, who refers to them by the name of sops in wine, which was applied in consequence of their being steeped in the liquor.


Your memory is mucho better than mine Tink. Thanks for the brain teaser

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* My bold on the Dianthus

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TINK
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posted June 19, 2004 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TINK     Edit/Delete Message
Neat info Juni. Thanks. I think the first time I came across the word gillyflower was in an interesting old book called Green Darkness. I don't recall the author offering any explanations though so I did a little detective work myself. Although my "detective work" only consisted in asking my mom. She was the Queen of useless, trivial information. I have inherited the gene but not yet surpassed her mark. Don't think I ever will. Hard to believe that was 15 years ago. The first time I read the word "gillyflower", I thought - this is a word druid I have met before.

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posted June 19, 2004 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message
Tink, I love trivia.

The gillyflower is a tantalizing name. It struck me the first time I read it. I wonder what it lexies to ...

What is Green Darkness about? Sounds interesting

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posted June 19, 2004 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TINK     Edit/Delete Message
Reincarnation, karma, catholic monks, England, Twin Souls, Protestant/Catholic problems, murder - good stuff. It occasionally teeters close to the edge of icky Harlequin Romance nonsense but the karmic themes are most intriguing. And I love anything with an historical bent. I snuck it off of mom's bookcase late one night ages and ages ago. I remember reading it by candlelight. What a melodramatic teenager I was! Anyways, my mother always told me reading it had cemented her belief in reincarnation. It just made sense.

I often find myself wondering what assorted words would lexi into. Unfortunately, I am the worst lexigramer on the planet. I think because I am an inherently bad speller. I suspect the little word druids won't cooperate with me until I learn to get their letters in the proper order. Frankly, I don't blame them.

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posted June 20, 2004 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yang     Edit/Delete Message
Ooohh, Tink how you make me laugh
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