Echinacea Chat forum: So long and thanks for the memories, it's time to say farewell.

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ImageSnapshot
Apr 4, 2018 10:09 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
I'm signing off and saying farewell to my dear friends. The winter was just too much for my echies and I lost way too many to keep going. All I have left is a few Hot Papaya and some Cheyenne Spirit along with Milkshake and some non-hybrids. Starting over is too expensive and too much effort. I may buy a few more Cheyenne Spirit as they're tough and very hardy. Now I will concentrate on my favorite hobby, fishing. Big Grin Thank you all for the friendship. This is a truly wonderful group and I will always cherish the memories and friends that I have here. I'll try to occasionally drop in to say hi and to see the latest new flowers. Gotta go now and get my fishing gear ready for my next fishing trip.

GONE FISHIN!
Group hug
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
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SummerPerson
Apr 5, 2018 2:15 PM CST
Name: Vicki
Missouri Zone 5b
Kansas Bob, we're going to miss your coneflower input, but I totally understand. It's either been cold or raining here so I haven't looked to see what coneflowers I have coming back. Coneflowers are too expensive to keep replacing when they don't over winter.

I planted a few of the Green Twister coneflower seeds. I am not sure how many I have coming up. Hopefully enough of these make it and will fill up empty places I have.

https://parkseed.com/green-twister-coneflower-seeds/p/52156-...
(On April 5, Park Seed has $1.50 shipping.)


My father has a pond and that is where he likes to spend some time, but it seems like something always pops up that keeps him away from fishing. Anyway, Kansas Bob, happy fishing. Keep that password so you can log back in sometimes.

ImageSnapshot
Apr 5, 2018 9:40 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
SummerPerson wrote:Kansas Bob, we're going to miss your coneflower input, but I totally understand. It's either been cold or raining here so I haven't looked to see what coneflowers I have coming back. Coneflowers are too expensive to keep replacing when they don't over winter.

I planted a few of the Green Twister coneflower seeds. I am not sure how many I have coming up. Hopefully enough of these make it and will fill up empty places I have.

https://parkseed.com/green-twister-coneflower-seeds/p/52156-...
(On April 5, Park Seed has $1.50 shipping.)


My father has a pond and that is where he likes to spend some time, but it seems like something always pops up that keeps him away from fishing. Anyway, Kansas Bob, happy fishing. Keep that password so you can log back in sometimes.


Thanks, Vicki. I hate to give up in defeat but nature beat me this time. The cost of yearly replacements finally did me in. I made the mistake of not protecting my younger plants which were from last summer and between the cold and the drought - mostly the cold I think - they just died. If I had moved them into my garage and watered them before winter I they might have lived. That didn't get done and now I'm paying the price. Maybe my summer water bill will be lower this year. Hilarious! Yes, I'll keep my membership and will check back once in awhile. Thanks again for the friendship and the fond memories of my time here.

Bob
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Imagekqcrna
Apr 6, 2018 7:03 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I understand. Like Vicki, I've had horribly cold/ wet/ snowy weather and haven't even checked around my yard yet.

I hope you'll take a break from fishing once in a while and drop in and let us know how you're doing. Happy fishin' !

Karen
ImageNJBob
Apr 6, 2018 8:47 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Please stop in once in awhile and enjoy your fishing. Way to early to tell what has made it here but it was a hard Winter and early Spring. Even in a good Spring they do not come up till May around here.
ImageSnapshot
Apr 6, 2018 8:57 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
kqcrna wrote:I understand. Like Vicki, I've had horribly cold/ wet/ snowy weather and haven't even checked around my yard yet.

I hope you'll take a break from fishing once in a while and drop in and let us know how you're doing. Happy fishin' !

Karen


We had virtually no moisture here and it remains dry. When/if we're going to get measurable moisture is unknown.

A fish tale before I say goodbye.....last Saturday on the way back to my truck from an unproductive fishing trip I was carrying multiple rods WITH hooks, in a rod carrier that sling over the shoulder and I kept feeling hooks getting caught in my jeans. After arriving at my truck I began trying to get unhooked and in the process I hooked the ring finger of my right hand BEHIND my back. I was stuck (no pun intended). Luckily I could get my phone out of my pocket and call my wife to come and get me unhooked. Unfortunately my finger was still hooked and I ended up at the VA emergency room to get it out. No damage done other than my pride and a little embarrassment. Only the 2nd time in my many years of fishing did I have to have a hook removed. It proves that it's not if you will ever get a hook in you but when.

As I said before, thank you all for the friendship and I promise to stop in every so often. Heck, I might even buy a few Santa Rosa close-outs in June. I still have a handful of Echinaceas and they're in my blood now. Big Yellow Grin
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
ImageSnapshot
Apr 6, 2018 9:00 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
NJBob wrote:Please stop in once in awhile and enjoy your fishing. Way to early to tell what has made it here but it was a hard Winter and early Spring. Even in a good Spring they do not come up till May around here.


I've checked all of my plants and those that lived are green but the small pots rotted away so there's nothing left but dead matter.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
ImageNJBob
Apr 7, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
And you can show us whatever you are growing, does not only have to be Echinacea. Happy Fishing.
ImageSnapshot
Apr 7, 2018 8:43 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.

NJBob wrote:And you can show us whatever you are growing, does not only have to be Echinacea. Happy Fishing.

Thumbs up
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
ImageSnapshot
Jan 16, 2019 7:30 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Greetings AGAIN. I'm back at least for a little while. Summer is a distant memory and I'm getting cone fever again. Before I order any new plants I'm curious know what everyone or anyone has experienced with New Garden Plants. I'm undecided whether to trust them or put my money toward Santa Rosa with whom I've ordered from many times. The real dilemma is that Santa Rosa ships 3.5" plants and New Garden ships quart sized. There is a slight price difference but I'm wondering if the slightly higher price for larger plants is a better value.

Anyway I'm back and wanted to say hi to my old friends.

Bob
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
ImageNJBob
Jan 16, 2019 9:01 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Great to see you here Bob, hope you have been well. As for Santa Rosa the prices have been rising, but they still have good sales once in awhile. New Garden plants on avg. are a decent amount larger, but say you order 10 you might get 2 pretty small ones, mostly on new releases. Make sure you add no substitutes in your notes because they will do it without asking if you do not note it. Customer service and backing up their plants is better at Santa Rosa but their selection is limited. I would go with Santa Rosa if they have what you want. I have ordered from both and most likely will again.
ImageSnapshot
Jan 16, 2019 9:17 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Hey, Bob. Thanks for the welcome back. Actually it was a tough year health wise. I've been diagnosed with COPD/Emphysema (non smoker ever) and last year was a tough go. I made several ER visits including a week ago Sunday. At least for now I'm breathing freely again.

I'm really torn between SR and NG. Both have new plants that I want and right now SR has a 30% off until the 31st and their shipping is reasonable this year compared to previous years. On the other hand NG has a wider selection but their prices are a bit higher overall and their shipping ends up being about $5-7 higher on 5 plants. If their plants are stronger then it's worth the higher price but if like you say that their new varieties are smaller then I'm better off with SR. SR has always been good to me and I'm really leaning toward them. I'm only ordering 5 plants this year in order to minimize the risk and SR had some nice new varieties but not all the same as NG. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Well, I think I'll ponder it a bit longer then place an order. Next winter I'm going to change my overwintering if I grow in pots. Otherwise I'm going to see if I can find a spot to dig in my yard. The biggest issue that I have is clay soil which is very hard to dig in thus the reason I've always grown in pots. In any case, thanks for the suggestions and now I've got a decision to make.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
SummerPerson
Jan 17, 2019 12:58 AM CST
Name: Vicki
Missouri Zone 5b
Kansas Bob, I hope your medical problems get straightened out and you can stay out of the emergency room.


After reading your post, I checked out Santa Rosa Garden's web site. It seems like they've really gone up on the price of coneflowers. I'll have to check out New Garden Plants tomorrow.


I wish it was planting time now. One of the positives of winter is that the grass doesn't have to be mowed.
Imagekqcrna
Jan 17, 2019 8:17 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Welcome back, Bob. I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope you're on the road to recovery.

Stick around for a while. We're such an exciting group. Hilarious!

Karen
ImageNJBob
Jan 17, 2019 9:33 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Bob I hope they can keep it under control for you. Bob let us know what you decide on the plants. I have not really looked at anything this Winter, a few to many bills I need to catch up with before looking at them.
ImageSnapshot
Jan 17, 2019 10:29 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Well, I'm still breathing and following the doctors orders. Since COPD is chronic all I can do is treat the symptoms. As far as new plants, I placed an order with Santa Rosa but several varieties won't be ready until summer. My response was if they're not going to be ready this spring then I'll cancel the order and buy from another source. They're going to let me know soon so I can decide whether to cancel or not.

Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome back. Over the summer I bought only one new plant a Sombrero Granada Gold and it did quite well. My Sombrero Baja Burgundy survived last winter and bloomed too which surprised me. I bought some new Sedum and they did very well. Mostly I concentrated on a few dozen hot pepper plants and I had peppers and more peppers and even more peppers.

I'll be posting an update about Santa Rosa and yes, their prices went way up this year but they're still the only bargain in town.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright

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