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Re: American Gardener/ Gentiana


This bed tends to stay damp for a long while after a rain especially the
lower part where the lobelias and parnassia are. The heavily mulched bed is
on the north side of the house with no nearby trees or shrubs to suck up the
moisture. When I put in this bed years ago, I dug down over a foot into very
hard clay and filled it with a mix of good soil, leaf mulch and compost. The
clay must prevent the moisture from draining away too quickly. The parnassia
does get extra water when needed. I'll let you know when the seeds are


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2003 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] American Gardener/ Gentiana

> Hello again Dan,
>     Curious... I see you have lobelia and parnassia as companions. Those
> usually give some extra moisture. Especially the parnassia. Is the area in
> your garden a seepage are or wet spot in the garden. Area that floods
> regulararly?
>     I would be interested in fresh seed of andrewsii if it becomes
> this late fall. Hopefully will be able to trade some g. saponaria.
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> > Hi Gene,
> >
> > I do collect seeds from G. andrewsii and sprinkle them in pots for next
> > years swaps. Let me know if you are interested in seeds. The G.
> asclepiadea
> > seems to be growing nicely and will bloom for the first time this year.
> The
> > Gentians share a space with a group of Arisaema, Lobelia siphilitica and
> > cardinalis, Ginseng and a Parnassia palustris. Quite an odd mix and
> > certainly not color coordinated but it is one of my few shaded areas
> > plants do extremely well.
> >
> > Dan
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