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RE: new introductions

  • Subject: RE: new introductions
  • From: "Sarah Jayne" <SarahJayne@comcast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 13:14:31 -0400

I couldn't agree more. I've never had the good fortune to live in one place
even 5 years so my main concern is how it will look ASAP!!!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@hort.net [mailto:owner-hosta-open@hort.net]On Behalf
Of michael shelton
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 12:32 PM
To: hosta-open@hort.net
Subject: new introductions

Butch Ragland says

Let's start with this quote from the latest journal,
pollock's tome, quoting Frank Cabot "When you plant
something try to visualize how it is going to look
five to 10 years later. Are you sure you've given it
enough room".

Doesn't that sound good, right and a proper way to
look at your garden?

Rhetorical, who gives a shit. I'm 64, two years past a
heart attack and may not live 10 years so if you have
a plant you like then I want to know about it NOW. If
I like it then I may want to buy it NOW. If its not
what I hoped for next year or the year after I can
throw it away or give it away. My place is full of
plants that didn't work out and I'm still alive.

Why waste years watching a plant before you release it
to please Pollock and others idea of the "proper,
right way" to do it.

Put it out there and let the buyer beware but have the
opportunity to buy it and judge it.

So, we have a new plant that might cost a super-sized
meal at the McAttack shop. Back up from a meal, slim
down a little, live longer and take a chance.

Ran, Mary, Chick and others have their methods which
suit their marketing objectives but I don't think they
are either right or wrong. And, they don't suit my
interest as a collector.

So, you want to keep junk plants off the market. In my
30 years in the business of selling and collecting
plants, nothing has kept junk off the market and
nothing will. Finally I say "get it as cheap and as
quick as you can and relax".

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