Greetings from New Brunswick, Canada

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maggiepie
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Greetings from New Brunswick, Canada

Hello,

I'm an Aussie who moved to Canada almost 9 years ago, last year I became a Canadian citizen so I guess that makes me a Cozzie.
Gardening in zone 4b is a lot different to gardening in zone10 but it is amazing how many plants you can grow in both lots of zones.
I love having 4 distinct seasons although I would prefer a shorter winter.
My favourite plants are hardy geraniums, clematis, campanulas but I am finding more and more plants of interest since I joined ORGS, SRGC, AGS and now NARGS.
I have been a keen gardener most of my life but have only discovered alpines and rock garden plants since joining these clubs and having access to the fabulous seed lists.
I love playing with seeds during the winter months, it helps keep away the winter blues.

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Welcome Helen,
A Cozzie contingent can really round out our membership. LOL
It is rather amazing how useful knowledge of tropical/sub tropical plants can be even for rock gardeners, as you've found out.

What is the identity of your avatar?  It's a most worthy flower, and a wonderful color.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

maggiepie
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Hi Rick,

Thanks for the welcome, the avatar pic is a seedling of clematis 'Pamiat Serdsta'.
It is one of my favourite seedlings, it changes a lot by the time it is fully open.

Helen,
New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

I had guessed it might be Clematis, with the four petals.  Forgot to mention, the form is just exquisite!  Definitely a keeper!  Thanks for the extra pics.

Rick

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

maggiepie wrote:

Hello,

I'm an Aussie who moved to Canada almost 9 years ago, last year I became a Canadian citizen so I guess that makes me a Cozzie.
Gardening in zone 4b is a lot different to gardening in zone10 but it is amazing how many plants you can grow in both lots of zones.
I love having 4 distinct seasons although I would prefer a shorter winter.
My favourite plants are hardy geraniums, clematis, campanulas but I am finding more and more plants of interest since I joined ORGS, SRGC, AGS and now NARGS.

Hi Maggie-Helen,  good to see you on "this side of the pond". ;D   Not too active here yet, we'll have to do something about that!  Although, the color scheme is a bit of a challenge, isn't it.  And only 3 photo uploads per message, I'm already suffering withdrawals.  Thanks to NARGS Web Master (Hugh MacMillan) wizardry, the few color scheme & text visibility issues have been resolved.  And image uploads have been increased to 10... AWESOME!

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

maggiepie
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Helloo Mark!!
I bet you stir things up a bit. ;)
I really like the colour scheme, except for the red text on black which I find very hard to read without hilighting first.
Hmmm I need to see where to turn the spellchecker off, it doesn't like my aussie spelling.

Helen,
New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

maggiepie wrote:

Helloo Mark!!
I bet you stir things up a bit. ;)
I really like the colour scheme, except for the red text on black which I find very hard to read without hilighting first.
Hmmm I need to see where to turn the spellchecker off, it doesn't like my aussie spelling.

Hello Helen,  I like the color scheme too, very distinctive, and now with a few of the black-text-on-dark-gray-background issues resolved, it's looking real good.  For over 26 years I worked with the industry standard CAD program; AutoCAD, for drawing construction documents in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interiors, Urban Planning, Civil Design, etc, and the software's drawing environment is a black background, with the bright colors used for everything that gets drawn.  So here at NARGS, the scheme seems truly familiar.  

Can you tell me where you're seeing red text, I see that the web master has changed the red text to a purplish color after he and I discussed it earlier.  There shouldn't be a need to highlight any text to make it readable anymore.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

maggiepie
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Mark, the only red I see now is on the home page, which btw still has some grey text on grey background (Main Menu,Meetings and Media and Sales).
I am finding the new purpley colour hard to read where the font size is smaller, in fact it is harder to read than the red.
I have a very bright monitor but my resolution is 1680X1050 so the smaller text is very  small.

Helen,
New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

Boland
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Hi Helen,  sorry for the delayed welcome but I was in Ottawa all week.  Guess you are my closest neighbor on the forum so far!  I'm sure we have similar growing conditions.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

maggiepie
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Sorry to say this is now a goodbye. :-(

I came to renew my membership a few days ago and found the notice that PayPal is no longer accepted.

Unfortunately, PayPal was the only option for payment for me. I do not have a credit card and fiddling with postal money orders ( not sure those are accepted these days either) is just too expensive and too much bother, especially when having to do it twice, once for membership and once for seed payment.

I will be very surprised if I am the only member who will have to lapse membership because the PayPal option is gone.

Regards, 

Helen Poirier

NB, Canada

Helen,
New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

Saori
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Joined: 2010-10-10

Umm..., that's strange, Helen. I just paid my membership last month by paypal. I hope somebody can sort it out for you soon!

It's been a while to talk to you and I hope you are doing well!

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

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