Actually there is a theory by, not sure I have names right, D. Bess Lyare
and Ponti Mython that says all plants die during the winter and only come
back because they are repropagated from seeds carried by migratory
Swallows are too small to carry large seeds or seed vessels, such as a
coconut, and this is why coconuts do not usually grow in cold places.
from firstname.lastname@example.org (Marley1372) contains these words:
The (only) swallows in Europe are migratory. They arrive here every
summer from Africa, breed in Europe, and depart from Europe every
autumn, back to Africa for the winter. They therefore have ample
opportunity to import large seeds to the frozen north if their
air-baggage weight allowance permitted.
Janet (Scotland, in Europe).
When I first heard the theory a long time ago, I asked the same
question on rec.birds. Most of them agreed that African swallows
could possibly carry a coconut, but do not migrate. Then they
started arguing about technical details like what the air speed
velocity of a swallow carrying a coconut would need to be and I
stopped paying attention, although there was one interesting (East)
Indian guy who would repeat substantially the same message in
several different postings. Apparently this a common disease spread
by buying stuff like Adirondack chairs over the Internet. Anyway,
he claimed that if he could figure out a way to get swallows or
teams of swallows to migrate and carry coconuts, he would start a
coconut and neem products export business. I wonder what ever
happened to him.
Thanks. I can't really take credit though. I heard it on business trip in
Africa. I trying to find out if it would be profitable to import elephant
dung for use as a soil amendment. The guy that told me the theory also
told me that elephant dung was okay, but bull shit is much easier to spread
<< I never notice if anything in my garden
makes it past winter.
Can anyone help me? >>
If you are not trolling, I suggest this spring you go out & look at your garden
carefully. Then come back & ask us.
Central NY, Zone 5a, Sunset Zone 40
"A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense." - Woody Allen
Our garden is beautiful here in Zone 6. We have:
winterberry holly with red berries - ilex verticillata
witch hazel with flowers - hamamelis virginiana
lenten rose is preparing to bloom - helleborus varieties
rhododendrons with fall foilage - especially PJM
red twig and yellow twig dogwoods add color to the garden
spring bulbs preparing to burst into bloom
trees preparing to burst into bloom
evergreen holly keeps their berries all winter.
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