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Lucasville, OH

July 28, 2009
4:36 PM

Post #6875716

I always look forward to reading your column. Again I learned something new. I wonder if the name Pushki has some Russian origin from the time the Russians were in Alaska. The plant may have also been in Russia, or perhaps this plant resembled one they knew in Russia. That's a speculation, but people who settle in other lands often give new plants the names of ones they knew in their homelands.
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2009
4:41 PM

Post #6875734

Hi Dolly,
Thanks, Russia, being very close to Alaska, I am sure names cross borders quite easily. Even here in western KY, some of the same plants that I knew by one name in southeast KY, have a different common name here. Interesting how that works, I think.

We are getting rain today, the weeds are loving it.
Great to hear from you.
Lucasville, OH

July 28, 2009
6:33 PM

Post #6876239

Russia owned Alaska. In 1867, Andrew Johnson's Secretary of State William Seward signed a deal to buy it from Russia, which needed money, for $7,200,000. Many people, including Horace Greeley, derided the purchase for the United States. It was called Seward's Folly and Andrew Johnson's Polar Bear Garden, among other names.
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6876313

Yes, though I didn't know it was called Johnson's Polar Bear Garden, I did know about Seward's Folly.

Interesting history.

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