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Re: common mistakes?

I started gardening late so I am not as familiar with some things.  However,
I know bindweed.  Still, when I took my courses through Guelph it was all
book-learnin' - no hands on.  For my weeds class I had to go on my own road
trip and photograph 30 different weeds and identify them and send in the
Later after graduating in 96, in search of 'hands-on' and commaraderie I
took the MG course in 99.  I was digging out the small planted areas in
front of my housing addition's brick markers to make way for new stone
markers at the time.  I thought I might try to salvage any valuable plants.
I didn't recognize one, but thought it might be of some value, so I potted
it up and took it to class to ask what it was.  The Hort Ed said that it was
a very fine specimen of Deadly Nightshade!  Boy, was I red-faced!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2003 3:39 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] common mistakes?

> LOL Kitty...well, she may know something about something, but it's
> obvious the poor dear has never met a Clematis - they look nothing
> like bindweed!
> FWIW, my SA seeds around like mad.  Generally don't notice them until
> they start to climb something, by which time, they've gotten a good
> foothold on life (sometimes in the middle of something else) and they
> can be very interesting to remove.
> BTW, think you guys handled that with great diplomacy, but someone
> has to tell this lady what bindweed is:-)
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> >
> > We had our final MG plant sale today.  7 of us work in a section of
> the
> > garden referred to as Propagation; I prefer to think of it as
> Nursery,
> > because most of the plants are purchased tiny and grown on.  In
> order to
> > expand our offerings we also bring items of our own that could be
> considered
> > special and only if we can supply 10+ of them.  We tag these plants
> as MG
> > Special Selections and get nicer prices for them than mosy other
> plants in
> > the sale.
> >
> > I had mentioned that some people had been asking for Clematis.  One
> of our
> > team said she had loads of Sweet Autumn starts.  We all agreed it
> is not
> > particularly "special", but perhaps we could move them because
> vines are
> > rarely if ever offered.  This woman is a 12 yr MG, very
> knowledgable.  I
> > said my SAC never puts out seedlings but I have heard some people
> say they
> > do, but not lots of them.  She was amazed at that and set to work
> potting up
> > the starts; said she had 30 quarts.  I thought we'd grow them on,
> but she
> > brought a dzn directly to the sale.  I couldn't believe it.  She
> had
> > actually potted up Bindweed.
> >
> > What to do?  I couldn't confront her, so I asked the Hort Ed, could
> he
> > please look at these.  He replied that, not only were they very bad
> > specimens, but indeed bindweed, picked the tray up and threw it all
> in the
> > sanitainer.  Said he would smooth it over with her.  During the
> sale while
> > she was making her rounds to make sure all was running smoothly
> (her job)
> > she remarked about how quickly her SAC sold.....
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> >
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