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Re: plant ID/bad experiences

I doubt this is the case, that a person would quit gardening due to a bad  
experience.  They might shy away from that type of plant (been guilty of  that 
myself....although usually I have the three time rule).  
When my parents first moved to the US in l986 they did just this.....they  
ordered from Michigan Bulb company.  The experience was awful...first of  all 
the plants were in terrible shape, and secondly, had they been in good  shape, 
they would not have made it anyway, due to the fact that there was  absolutely 
no information stating what areas the plants were suitable for.   My parents 
just ordered what they had experience with in Europe....unfortunately  these 
were not good for South central Texas.   This experience didn't  stop them from 
gardening, but it did stop them from ordering any plants from a  
catalogue....and it has also kept me from doing so also.   We found  that the plants 
purchased locally were much more suitable for the climate.   Of course information 
now is much better than it was back then....however I do  believe that novice 
gardeners (whether to gardening as a whole, or to regions)  having bad 
experiences will move on to other means and methods.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/14/2006 3:37:06 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I wonder  how many fledgling gardeners started out with a purchase from
Michigan Bulb  and just gave up. If a person has no personal gardening
connection and sees  those MI Bulb ads in the Sunday papers, it can often
be the first theing  they try. And it is too bad, because even seasoned
gardeners might have  little luck with their plant material.

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