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Re: symphytum

Good comfrey article.  Unfortunately only a few of the pics were able to be
viewed.  Those darned little x boxes.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 11:33 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] symphytum

> Kitty,
> You're right - that's what I was talking about.  If I hadn't lost
> what passed for my mind some time ago, I might have remembered the
> article I wrote about this genus 2 years ago...complete with pix,
> including your 'Goldsmith' AND the info. that 'Goldsmith' does not
> get as large as 'Axminster Gold'...sigh...here's the URL to that
> article:
> http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/222/76820
> I got 'Axminster Gold' from Ellen Hornig ( Seneca Hill
> Perennials)...have not checked her site lately, but she still may
> have it.  I see you found a source for 'Goldsmith' for Chris.  I
> think that these variegated plants may be a bit iffy to propagate.
> Seem to remember Ellen telling me this; that if you don't take
> cuttings from the right part of the plant, the resulting plants will
> not be variegated.  Now, if my mind is not up to its usual tricks, I
> think she's also the one who said you could - or needed to - take
> cuttings from the blooming stems to assure variegation.  Could be
> Greer did not do this or whoever they got the plants from did not and
> that's why you ended up with a plain Jane.
> I remember my first foray into a variegated comfrey gave me the same
> sort of result - no variegation and 'oh, it will show up next year' -
> this was years ago with a shorter version of the plant and some
> nursery up in New England whose name I don't recall, but that's OK as
> they aren't in business now anyway:-)
> As for the height on my 'Axminster Gold'...I am not sure if it would
> get this tall in more sun or maybe a cooler climate?
> Wonder...hmmmm...
> I'm not really sick of all the water we've had.  It's made it a tad
> difficult to do some of the major digging I had planned, but after 5
> years of drought, I am not going to complain about one wet year.  I
> could have lived without that damn hail, tho'!
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: kmrsy@comcast.net
> >
> > Marge,
> > I think you might mean Symphytum x uplandicum 'Variegatum'.  Does
> look lovely,
> > will have to check around for a source.  I tried hort.net's gallery
> to see
> > Chris' pics, but I think hort.net has the flu.  fount another site
> with a pic.
> >
> > My S. 'Goldsmith' never gets tall like your 'Axminster', just sort
> of mounds.
> > Mine is in dry shade.  I also have the plain comfrey in another
> shade spot; it
> > also mounds. (Greer sent me the plain one and when I called, they
> said, "Oh
> > wait until next year, the variegation will show up then." ???Ha! I
> suppose they
> > thought I'd forget, but I called them the next year and said nope,
> still plain
> > green, so they re-sent my ordered 'Goldsmith')
> >
> > We also have the plain and Goldsmith at the Display Gardens,
> growing in part
> > sun, and t,hey too, only mound.  Never saw any height on any
> Comfrey until
> > yours.
> >
> > Sorry to hear about all the damage you sustained. I'm sick and
> tired of all the
> > moisture around here, but I haven't had to put up with a lot of the
> problems
> > many of our list members have.  I've occasionally had to hand water
> a couple of
> > things that are more demanding, but otherwise, no hose-hauling here
> either.
> >
> > Kitty
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