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Re: todays experience

Heard a report on NPR sometime last week, Donna, that the Chicago botanical garden [something like that] had developed a pumpkin orange cone flower. Wondered if you'd heard about it or seen it. The were selling them at the garden, and when the sale was over and all the plants were gone, the guy who developed it realized he had not set one aside for himself.

On Saturday, May 8, 2004, at 03:21 PM, Donna wrote:

Personally think you have to do the tried and true plants to learn what
gardening is about.... then you need exposure to other plants before you
want them. If it wasn't for this group, I would not know about many
plants, got a whole list of plants to find saved on this puter.... So
far the list isn't getting any shorter, mostly cause I never did find
them for sale.

Last yr we discussed Oriental limelight. Since I already purchased the
plant then got scared by the discussion, decided to use it in a display
pot rather than plant it.

This planter takes the brunt of winter. Way above ground, against a
garage wall, on an asphalt driveway, no winter protection of mulch or
anything. It came back :)


Melody - I really didn't intend to come across as a plant snob, though
suppose I may be to some extent. I have Purple Coneflowers and and
Daylilies because I love their simple charm.  But I kicked the Shasta
Daisies out long ago because they're a royal pain.

I understand K-Marts carrying such items, actually I'm happy they
carry anything rare, as it would be a shame to see them gasping their
breaths when no one waters them.  But it would be nice for "bonafide"
nurseries to offer something unusual.

There is a huge world of plants to be expereinced and I hope to God
never be reduced to some "white list". Personally, I don't care if
are times when nothing is blooming. The week or two of that
be enough to carry me through.  I'm a collector, not a designer, so
keep hoping to find something interesting, breathtaking.

I don't argue the need for tried and true, but to tell the truth,
there is
more to try.


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