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Re: Local lotus

I think you both might enjoy "Aliens in the Backyard" by John Leland.  He
makes numerous points about the fact that many...in some cases most...of
our plants are not native to this continent.  Certainly most of the grasses
and foods we use.  Maybe a lot of people get confused non-native and
invasive since many of the trouble plants are non-native.  What surprised
me was that most earthworms are not native and create a different chemistry
for plants. 

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 8/10/2007 3:19:01 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Local lotus
> I think it's beautiful, too, Jim, but for some reason it is listed as
> an invasive around here.  I can't understand it, because the water
> plants that are invasive in the areas I know are water chestnuts and
> pickerel weed.  I don't remember seeing the Nelumbo  lutea anywhere
> nearer than Nova Scotia.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 08/10/2007 12:51:54 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> silverhawk@flash.net writes:
> B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L
> james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
> The lotus in the local library's retention pond is blooming. My 
> problem, no longer being terribly agile, was/is getting close enough to 
> the blooms to get a really good picture. For this one, I'd walked out 
> as far as I could on the tops of cypress knees that more-or-less define 
> the margin between swamp and upland. It must have been a spectacle to 
> watch.
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