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Re: OT: Rare plants

From: "Robert Campbell" <rbcamp@neptune.on.ca>

Rare is of course all relative.  We have a perennial specialist nursery near
us that sells some first rate heucheras, and has about twenty varieties of
perennial geraniums, and I might add not the same twenty all summer.  I
never see anybody buying them but me, and nobody around here has them in
their gardens.  Except me of course.  Particularly the geraniums, which self
seed like crazy in my garden.  I guess that makes them "rare" here.  I even
talked our club into starting a special class for foliage plants so that
things like bergenia ( which makes a first rate foliage contrast with tall
bearded iris by the way), hosta and heuchera would be able to compete for
prizes.  No entries to speak of this year, but maybe next year.
So in our are, bergenia (of all things), fancy heucheras and perennial
geraniums count as rare plants, even though they are widely available.  In
your area, something else might be rare, but common in mine.

Bob Campbell

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