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Re: Athyrium color??

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Athyrium color??
  • From: "Marge Talt" mtalt@hort.net
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 02:50:52 -0400

Thanks, Judith.  I was wondering about this, myself, as I have
acquired a few variations on that theme and most seem to not be a lot
different than 'Pictum' - one is larger; can't remember which right
now - taller and more erect, but colors all seem similar.  Of course,
I am not growing them in a  line for comparison, but let's just say
I'm not seeing enough striking variation to make the different clones
jump out from their locations in the garden:-)  All are as lovely as
'Pictum' and I enjoy them, but as I watched them this year, I did
wonder why I wasn't seeing something different enough so I didn't
have to keep unearthing the tag to see what I was looking at.  Your
explanation answers my mental questions...

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Judith I Jones <judith@fancyfronds.com>
> Terra Nova put this on the market from Thurman Maness who is a
> hobbyist.  I didn't think much of this form to begin with.  It is
> probably an inconsistent character, such traits are often noted one
> and not another.  But big business has found that american
gardeners will
> buy any "new" form of japanaese painted fern.  The race is on to
see how
> many can be named befroe the public wises up.  I do think that
> Lace' and 'Silver Falls' are nice typical variations that one can
get in any
> large sowing of 'Pictum'.
> Judith I. Jones

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