first summer(now Roman hyacinths)

Jim McKenney
Wed, 03 Mar 2004 20:28:38 PST
Thanks so much for responding, Cynthia. Almost forty years ago I was in the
Army and stationed in Texas for about a year. I fell in love with the place.

I'll never forget the first time I saw Rosa banksiae in full bloom in
Texas: I stood there wondering what kind of Clematis it was!

You mentioned "Jackson vine (a form of Smilax greenbriar used for
old-fashioned Southern floral arrangements".

This is Smilax smallii, right? Believe it or not, I have a huge plant of
Smilax smallii on the south side of the house here in Maryland. Of the
plants in the garden, it's one of which I'm very proud. Each year it puts
up sprouts twenty or more feet long; it's a stunning evergreen. 

I collect Smilax and have several other species, too. 

Unfortunately, when I was younger I would not have looked twice at
something like French Roman hyacinths. Now I would very much like to have
some.  I don't recall ever having seen French Roman hyacinths sold locally.
I've known the name all my gardening life, but until recently I never
realized how they were different from typical garden hyacinths.  They are
not supposed to be as hardy as typical garden hyacinths, and I've never
seen them in local gardens. 

Whatever it is that I have is hardy. I'll try to post a photo on the wiki
later when it blooms. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland zone 7

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