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Re: CULT:Gardening Advice

Had a wonderful "Blooper" in our local newspaper recently, in gardening "Ask
the Experts" page. There was a query about lifting Dutch Iris. The advice
given was good but accompaning the column was a photo of Tall Bearded
irises, with a caption about lifting iris. Arrrrrgh!!!!. I spend enough time
trying to teach the general public about the diffrences between iris species
and their care. I emailed them to get a correction but they haven't
corrected it. I can just hear it for the next several years "....but
according to the Sunday Mail......."

Colleen Modra
South Australia
----- Original Message -----
From: wmoores <wmoores@watervalley.net>
To: <rainacre@aol.com>; <iris-talk@egroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2000 4:51 AM
Subject: [iris-talk] CULT:Gardening Advice

> Unfortunately
> > there are publishers and writers who think a writer can write about
> > anything assigned to them. And of course they can, but they usually make
> > poor job of it. I do believe the term "hack" applies in many of these
> > cases.
> >
> > Fred Kerr
> > Rainbow Acres
> >
> >
>       This also applies to gardening articles in newspapers that were
> up by a wire service and distributed nationally.  The author may live in a
> completely different from yours, which means the information is all
> wrong for your area yet some people believe it merely because it is
> in print.  I remember a syndicated garden columnist in Dallas who
> lived in an apartment.  He never gardened but had a ton of reference
> books he consulted for his columns.
>      Gardening radio talk shows with call-ins and advice from the
> moderator are a hoot here, particularly when the caller asks about
> irises.  If you follow their advice, you will surely kill the plants!
>     Walter Moores
>     Enid Lake, MS 7/8 USA (where we have been in an unrelenting deep
> freeze since December 11....just cold weather without any frozen
> precip  or power outages...thank goodness).

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