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Re: Re: landscape

I agree, having been through many "endangered plant gardens" that most of their plants, included in a typical perennial bed, would not warrant a second look. Yet I have also visited homes that have, through their landscaping, so perfectly translated themselves into their local environment, that there is a beauty there transcending the showiness one sees in more forgiving climates. I trust I make myself obscure??
On Sunday, June 27, 2004, at 06:17 PM, james singer wrote:

I think "familiarity breeding contempt" is a large part of the problem. Another part is many, maybe most, are not terribly appealing--but might become so with a bit of hybridization. And the third part, I submit, is that there is no history of hybridizing them--no thread to pick up and carry forward. If you want to make Florida's gopher apple bigger, better, smarter, not to mention move it out of the piny woods, you're on your own. And ground zero crossing and back-crossing is very, very tedious. It's much easier to invent a new peony or orange or impatiens.

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