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Re: Chinese ginger - Yo Kitty!


Auralie,
Your club member sounds a bit controlling for sure.  But for some people
spreading does need to be considered.  Some people don't have the time to
spend protecting valuable plants from thugs.  Some people don't have the
space to accommodate plants that don't stay put.  At our display gardens,
the hort ed has pretty much ruled out things like Lamium and Sweet Woodruff
except in certain areas because of their rampant nature and the knowledge
that no one is around to keep it in check.  I think these people are all
trying to grow a garden that suits their individual needs and personality,
as we all do here.

I used to dislike the lax behavior of certain geraniums like G.x magnificum
and G.'Rozanne', but I'v e found that they work well with lilies weaving
around the tall stems.  These are vigorous plants that I was tempted to get
rid of until I found a way for them to work.  However, I tried Campanula
punctata 'Cherry Bells' then realized only the very next spring how
disastrous it's potential could be and ripped it out.  Pretty plant but I
couldn't allow it the kind of room it would consume.   Lamiums are fine by
me.  They march on and I dig them out and sell or give away.  We have a sort
of working relationship.  Sweet Woodruff grows out of its place toward the
sun, then it gets fried out and dies off.  So the problem takes care of
itself.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chinese ginger - Yo Kitty!


> In a message dated 08/09/2004 8:41:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> genebush@otherside.com writes:
> bad rap for I am hearing "if it grows that fast I do not want it
> in my garden"
>
>
> I have never been abe to understand people who don't like plants that grow
> vigorously.  One of my club members has a splendid formal garden but
> will not allow anything that spreads or reseeds by itself.  She must be
able
> to
> control the plant completely.  Unfortunately, she is a bit that way about
> other
> matters as well, including people.  Other people seem to think anything
> that spreads will be like Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. I guess my
> garden is a mess (not guess, know) but I enjoy things that appear to like
> to grow for me.
> Auralie
>
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