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Re: OT: Rare plants

From: HIPSource@aol.com

In a message dated 7/15/99 5:18:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
glsimmon@swbell.net writes:

<< Anner, I always considered "rare" to be cooked just a little less than I 
prefer! >>

Tee hee, darling boy.

Seriously, I do wonder what people mean by this sometimes. A catalog with a 
mailing list of four thousand comes in containing a "rare" plant. How many 
you figure they got? Three, twenty, coupla hundred? A cutting edge new 
nursery pops up with stuff hitherto unheard of and that in itself is 
riveting.One of the pundits raves about some weed that has sported and 
creates instant demand beyond all measure of the plant's intrinsic worth.  An 
insider slips one a piece of something that is making the elite rounds with 
the whispered instructions not to give it to just everyone, and two years 
later it is in the corner plant shops with the F1 pansies. The rare gets dug 
up because it is no longer sufficiently rare, or because something rarer 
becomes available. It rarely--no pun intended--seems to have much to do with 
conservation, which you would think it might. We all get sick of seeing the 
same stuff at the local nurseries, and in our gardens, and we want to grow 
interesting things, certainly, but I do wonder what group of factors plays 
into our desire to have plants seem to be defined first as hard to come by.

Just a rhetorical question.

Anner Whitehead

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