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Re: Plant Police

You can't believe the number of comments I get on a pretty regular basis
about how unfamiliar my garden is to people around here...very little of
it "hugs" the house...it is all around and through what is left of the
yard...more gardens than grass with the eventual hope that there will be
no grass left in the front yard. It's like Americans grow up believing
that gardens only belong squished tight up against buildings...not my
concept of gardening at all. To me, lawns are such a huge waste of
space, soil, air, and water...plus really fantastic looking lawns are
tons of work to maintain that way. Why bother with that much work when
for the same amount of work you can have flowers and lovely foliage?

Hills, IA  zone 5

 --- On Mon 06/13, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center < 4042N15@nationalhearing.com > wrote:
From: Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center [mailto: 4042N15@nationalhearing.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 09:39:07 -0600
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant Police

Andrea,<br>You are so right. My first attempts at gardening were
disasters because I<br>had no background at all. So I read and took
classes and started to<br>experience success.. Of course there were
still failures (still ARE), but<br>fewer. Can't get it all from books;
need to get right in there and do - and<br>keep doing.<br><br>Plant
Police - they could spend half their time pulling mulch volcanoes
off<br>trees here. What bugs me too, in addition to ignoring scaling
plants to the<br>surroundings, is that people hug the house. They spend
all this money on<br>shrubs and tres and plant them just inches from the
house, leaving a huge<br>expanse of lawn, while the plants all look
squished and lean out. Why?<br>don't they realize that plants
GROW?<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original Message ----- <br>From: "A A
HODGES" <hodgesaa@earthlink.net><br>To: "gardenchat"
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 7:08 PM<br>Subject:
[CHAT] Plant Police<br><br><br>> As

my friend and I drove back from Hilton Head yesterday we had a<br>>
discussion about the lack of knowledge that many people have about<br>>
gardening. What seems so "common sense" to us is obviously foreign
to<br>> many when it comes to planting. A co-worker had commented to me
last<br>> week that she was born with a brown thumb. I told her that
was<br>> ridicuouls, that everytthing she needed to know could be found
in most<br>> libraires and on the internet. Why do people assume that
others are<br>> "born" with a green thumb? I've killed MANY plants and
still do. It's<br>> basically read and learn as you go.<br>><br>><br>>
Anyway, on the road yesterday my friend and I were talking about
this<br>> and how many houses have these horrible landscapes with plants
either<br>> completelyt in the wrong spot, or just the wrong plant
period.<br>><br>><br>> She commented that there needed to be a "plant
police" force in our area<br>which of course we laughed uproariously to

about.<br>><br>> Well, obviously, she was right. As we drove home
through my subdivision<br>> we noticed this TINY little house with these
GIANT (I swear these things<br>> are 6 feet tall and wide) Agave plants
on each side of the driveway,<br>> like it was some huge hacienda out in
New Mexico or something. Of course<br>> we immediatley said, see they
need a visit from the plant police.<br>><br>><br>> Well tonight, I went
for a walk. I rounded a curve and litterally did<br>> gasp out loud. A
house that was recently sold, now has a straight line<br>> of three corn
plants (the house plant not the vegetable) right smack in<br>> the front
lawn like littel sentries. OH my Lord, it is hideous. It was<br>>
previously a beautiful lawn, if needing a bit more landscaping, but
for<br>> the Love of God, not that kind.<br>><br>><br>> I think we
should petition a new show on HGTV called the Plant
Police.<br>Obviosuly, we need it!<br>><br>><br>> Andrea H<br>> Beaufort,

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