Wednesday, September 5, 2012

This is why I started blogging

     Can you see that little purple Crape Myrtle in the foreground? This is the view that I have when I sit on the porch and look across the street. The house is the Burt Stark Mansion here in town. It was the site of the last Confederate Cabinet Meeting between President Jefferson Davis and all his men.
     The whole reason I started blogging was because in all my searching for ways to propogate crape myrtle clippings from this tree I discovered Tom at Seventh Street Cottage and then on to his favorites and commentors.
     So, five years later I have met so many nice people and I wonder what their weather is like in other parts of the world, and what they have been up to in their gardens. But, I still have not ever had one bit of success with even one clipping from that beautiful little old timey crape myrtle.
     Makes me sad.

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  1. Were'nt the black birds beautiful on the BSM lawn this morning? That makes me smile every time!

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    1. i left so early I didn't see any birds - glad you caught a quiet moment.

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  2. Ok David, will share a link of someone who does a lot of propagating. He is another David, one who propagates many plants. He lives in Middle Tennessee. http://www.growingthehomegarden.com/
    Again, check Cooperative Extension. I don't do a lot of propagation from Crapemyrtles, though I have seedlings and sprouts from the root that I harvest as new plants.
    Didn't know you lived across the street from the mansion. Right in town!!

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    1. thanks Janet - I'll check it all out. It's not that I am in love with crape myrtle trees in general - just that one tree.
      Yep, next time you come to Abbeville come by.

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  3. I know that there is a book in the gardening section that tells one how to propagate everything. I think it is Ken Druse who wrote it and one can see if there are any secrets to it all. Some people can stick things into the dirt and they just grow while others can not. I can make an African Violet multiply but I killed off a antique rose from my wife's home place. I hope you find success to have restart a crapemyrtle.

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    1. thanks Larry - my wife always said her granddaddy could stick a pencil in the ground and grow a tree.

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  4. Hi David, I've just found your site, and there's nothing I like better than a good propagation challenge! I'm terribly sentimental about plants and their origins, plus I have several great propagation books. (You've probably already read everything, but I'll take a look and see if there's anything that might be of assistance.) After all, we South Carolina folks have to stick together, right?! Look forward to visiting again soon--lovely site!

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    1. thanks for the help and the nice comments Julie

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