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Re: heather was: soil types and pH

I guess I'm lucky they don't live down here, sounds like I've been
spared a lot of anguish! Like the fools who keep planting peonies here.
Don't bother!

My favorite Master Gardener at my favorite nursery was telling me the
other day about some woman from California who berated him for not
having redwoods for her to plant. In Texas, can you imagine? She got
severely snotty about it. He handled it well.

I wouldn't have.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Ray & Nora Edwards" <raynora.edwards@worldnet.att.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Thu, 4 Sep 2003 15:59:10 -0700

>It's one of those mysteries of life Marge. I thought heather was supposed to
>be so hardy and fool proof, but it's not. There is a long list of things
>that bug it. Looks like our long dry hot summer was one of them.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Monday, September 01, 2003 11:33 PM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] heather was: soil types and pH
>> > From: Ray & Nora Edwards <raynora.edwards@worldnet.att.net>
>> > Yeah Tony I ripped a heather out also. It's been a hard dry year.
>> Lot's of
>> > plants lost their leaves or they turned brown. What is it with
>> heather
>> > anyway? Like you said it was one heather (and a large one ) that
>> went belly
>> > up , its neighbor is fine.
>> ----------
>> I've lost a bunch of heathers over the years - only have one that has
>> stayed with me - in my sand bed and every spring it looks so ratty
>> I'm sure it's a goner; I trim and it returns.  Sometimes they'll last
>> for two or three years in other beds and sometimes hardly a year.
>> Had a bed with 4 of them in it for 3 years that I thought were doing
>> fine; all were growing well, got old enough to bloom, bloomed and the
>> next spring all were dead as doornails...
>> I think it basically likes cool summers and relatively mild winters;
>> or at least winters that don't go up and down in temperature like a
>> roller coaster from really cold to warm.  Also likes really sharp
>> drainage but doesn't want to dry out - tough combo.  I have given up
>> buying new ones...sigh.
>> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>> mtalt@hort.net
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