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Re: Lotus qstn

I talked to a local vendor at the H&G show and he said he had some - from cuttings he took last year, that might be far enough along to bloom this summer. He wasn't sure of the variety, just that they were flame red. So if the ones i ordered don't come through, I can get them from him.

I don't care if they shed. They'll be in a whiskey barrel, not a hanging basket. Sometimes these people get ideas about plants like this that are hard to find and part of me considers it a royal pain in th a**, while another part of me considers it a challenge to find it. I also find it encouraging that they are thinking about trying something different instead of filling the barrel with impatiens again.

The difficulty with our MGs designing containers is that they'll select plants they saw in a magazine or plants they saw at a greenhouse last year. This does not mean that we will be able to find them locally this year. Even something as simple as purple lobelia, was everywhere here in 2003, but no one carried it locally in 2004 and of course that's what they wanted because they'd seen it the year before. So when it comes to things like Diascias and Nierembergias and such in specific colors, I can't take the chance and figure I will find them here so I try to order them and then they cost a bit more. One garden ordered what came to $132 worth of these plants for 2 pots - and that's before freight. Their garden budget is $250 and they still wanted 4 flats of Lobularia, several verbascums and Lobelias and Anemones, 2 dozen Waves, and more. I really try to look for good deals, but they always go over budget because of the planters.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Betsy Kelson" <bkelson@ix.netcom.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 9:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lotus qstn

> I'm betting they're not after a true lotus, but the Proven Winner Lotus
> here:
> http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/default.cfm?doSearch=1&;
> searchKeywords=lotus

That is the one I suggested they may have selected.   I like the plant a
for containers.   It doesn't bloom much but I like it for the foliage not

AND sheds like a cat going to the vet. We have had it as a hanging basket at
the garden center. It gets about three feet long and sheds all over the
plants on the annual tables underneath it.


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