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Re: New or Tried and True?
  • Subject: Re: New or Tried and True?
  • From: Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:00:33 -0600

Tried and true for me.  I don't want to spend ALL of my time in the
garden fussing over them...I want to ride my horse and do some artwork
too.  So I like the tried and true that I don't have to worry about.
I like perennials and self-seeders too.

On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 8:03 AM, Daryl <dp2413@comcast.net> wrote:
> I used to be that way, Gene, but age and arthritis have me longing for
> things that I don't have to fuss over or replace.  Digging in this sorry
> clay is no fun anymore. I tried to prolong my enthusiasm for a long time by
> planting on mounds of landscaper's mix (the yard looks like I've buried a
> dozen horses) but even that has lost its appeal. I've converted 100+ feet of
> perennial border into flowering trees and shrubs, and 100+ of Roses
> likewise.
> That's not to say that I don't drool over a lot of things, but  I don't lust
> after them like I used to. And when I'm selecting plants for my clients, I
> want them to be happy. That means tried and true. If they're beginning hort
> heads, I'll steer them in the direction of plants with a good provenance
> match and let 'em have at it, but I always give them a good backbone of
> strong, worthy plants.
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@netsurfusa.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 5:51 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] New or Tried and True?
>> Daryl,
>> Running against the tide here, but I cannot resist a new, latest and
>> greatest" shade perennial. Love to experiment in my gardens. Part of the
>> excitement of gardening. Trial and error. I do try to read closely and
>> watch
>> the hardiness zones. But... but.... yes, I have killed a few perennials in
>> my time. Some was just me, some was plants that never had a chance, but I
>> am
>> having a good time playing.
>> Gene E. Bush
>> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
>> www.munchkinnursery.com
>> Garden Writer - Photographer -  Lecturer
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>> Behalf
>> Of Daryl
>> 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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