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It is too cold to almost be March!

February 28, 2015

Although the thermometer says 37 it still feels bitterly cold outside. If you stand out in the sun, it is bearable, but in the shade, or when the sun goes in, it is COLD! I still have a deck covered in snow and it is still in several flower beds in the shady areas. pansies snow feb26.15. I may have uncovered my big Dinosaur kale too soon. It looked gorgeous Thursday afternoon, but may just be frozen now–even though the temperature is well above freezing. kale feb28.151

kale feb28.152
Tomorrow the temperature is supposed to get into the low to mid 40’s but rain is in the forecast. I can’t imagine running in the cold and rain. Good luck to all the marathon runners.

I looked ahead to the forecast and it is a rollercoaster. Everything from 64 on Tuesday to 19 on Thursday. Let’s hope things straighten out.

Today I took my best friend to lunch to celebrate her birthday, and she will be happy the picture did not come out, so I couldn’t add it. We had a great visit and really good food at Terry’s French bistro. I also ran some errands and now I am ready to sit by the fire and warm up.

Here are your mystery plant answers for the week.
Mystery plant A – afgs sunday.15.15 is a perennial edible ornamental called Rumex sanguineus (ROO-meks san-GWIN-ee-us) called sorrel or bloody dock. If used as a vegetable, only the tender young leaves are edible raw, with a flavor like spinach or chard with a hint of lemony tartness. The young leaves can also be cooked as a substitute for spinach or chard. Older leaves become tougher and bitter and are essentially inedible. Although considered edible, it does contain oxalic acid so should not be ingested in large quantities; when eaten all parts may cause mild stomach upset and contact with the foliage may irritate the skin. It is native from Europe into southwest Asia and northern Africa. It is in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae) is a hardy perennial for full sun to partial shade.

Mystery plant b – afgs2015.015 is the English primrose Primula vulgaris – (PRIM-yew-luh vul-GAIR-iss). In Arkansas, these are a lovely short season annual to add color in the cooler transitional months between cold winter weather and hot late spring weather. They will not tolerate hard freezes, nor will they take heat and humidity in stride. Normally by now I would have a few outdoors for color by the front door, but it is too cold right now. They also last for several weeks up to a month indoors provided you keep them moist without overwatering. They come in a wide array of bright colors.

Mystery plant C – afgs2015.022 are two species of oxalis. Oxalis (oks-AL-iss) triangularis comes in both green and purple leafed forms. Common names are shamrock or wood sorrel. They are hardy perennials for the shade in Arkansas.

Here are your mystery plants for this week:

Mystery plant A- afgs2015.041 is considered a winter hardy plant in central and southern Arkansas.

Mystery plant B – afgs2015.066

afgs2015.067 is a perennial.

Mystery plant C – mystery plant c march 2.15

mystery plantc march2. is an evergreen shrub growing in NW Arkansas outside. These pictures were sent to me for identification. Let’s see if you agree with what I said it was!

Good Luck!

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