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Re: New or Tried and True?
  • Subject: Re: New or Tried and True?
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:37:37 EST

I may be a stick-in-the-mud, but I always go for the tried and true.
If a new plant looks especially attractive, I watch it for a few years
before I try it, but generally I stick with what I know will work.  What
annoys me is when I can't find an old established variety because it
has been crowded out by something new.
I have a great love of wildflowers, and I have a good friend who is also
a good grower, but she says she will not grow anything that has not
been improved by human development - she calls wildflowers garbage.
I think she is blinding herself to so much beauty with this attitude.
Sure, development takes placde and many things are improved, but
that doesn't mean that the the things we had were not worthwhile.
Just my rant on the topic.
In a message dated 12/18/2010 5:30:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
cathycrc@comcast.net writes:

My sentiments exactly!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 18, 2010, at 10:30 AM, andreah wrote:

> I'm really leaning towards the tried and true. I LOVE LOVE LOVE  
> those new
> Echinacea, however every single one I've ever tried has died except,  
> of
> course the original purple cone flower. Those, I can't divide fast  
> enough.
> I tried the Limerock ruby back when it came out. It died. So, I am  
> sticking
> with what I know will do here now. I don't want to spend the money  
> and I
> want my plants to thrive!
> A
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]  
> On Behalf
> Of Daryl
> Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2010 11:20 AM
> To: gardenchat
> Subject: [CHAT] New or Tried and True?
> I was reading a trade article and the interviewee was asked what he  
> thought
> of
> some of the new perennials. He replied, " Coreopsis 'Crhme Brulee,'  
> and
> 'Limerock Ruby': These were hot, hot plants five years ago.  
> Everybody had to
> have them. Now, they're like the lepers of the perennial community."
> I like that phrase, "the lepers of the perennial community." It  
> fits. The
> only
> thing good about some plants, like 'Limerock Ruby', is that they  
> make way
> for
> something else to kill.
> I've seen so many plants come and go in my previous hort-head life  
> that I
> now
> prefer to grow the tried and true. If they're newer plants, I want  
> them
> tested
> in my climate. I don't care whether a plant does great in Chicago. I  
> want it
> tested at UGA. Even though UGA is a bit warmer in winter than my  
> area, and
> the
> soil is better, and there are plenty of garden slaves (hort  
> students) to
> take
> care of the beds and to weed and water, at least it's humid - with  
> hideously
> hot days and many hot nights. If a plant thrives there, it's likely to
> survive
> in my garden.
> What do you think? Are you still wanting plants that are on the  
> cutting
> edge,
> or do you prefer to save the money and the aggravation?
> d

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