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Re: Local lotus

I haven't read that one. I have one assigned for reading called A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines that I haven't gotten to yet. I started it but kept getting side tracked. So far what I found really interesting is that other countries suffer from invasives (for them) from America. I felt really narrow minded when I realized I'd never given any thought to our stuff invading other places. Who knew that Moose were a problem in Australia?

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Local lotus

I think you both might enjoy "Aliens in the Backyard" by John Leland.  He
makes numerous points about the fact that many...in some cases most...of
our plants are not native to this continent. Certainly most of the grasses
and foods we use.  Maybe a lot of people get confused non-native and
invasive since many of the trouble plants are non-native.  What surprised
me was that most earthworms are not native and create a different chemistry
for plants.

[Original Message]
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 8/10/2007 3:19:01 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Local lotus

I think it's beautiful, too, Jim, but for some reason it is listed as
an invasive around here.  I can't understand it, because the water
plants that are invasive in the areas I know are water chestnuts and
pickerel weed.  I don't remember seeing the Nelumbo  lutea anywhere
nearer than Nova Scotia.

In a message dated 08/10/2007 12:51:54 PM Eastern Standard Time,
silverhawk@flash.net writes:


james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
The lotus in the local library's retention pond is blooming. My
problem, no longer being terribly agile, was/is getting close enough to
the blooms to get a really good picture. For this one, I'd walked out
as far as I could on the tops of cypress knees that more-or-less define
the margin between swamp and upland. It must have been a spectacle to


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