pushing envelopes

Russell Stafford odysseybulbs@earthlink.net
Sat, 26 Jun 2004 10:40:37 PDT
The main problem in these parts is that so few gardeners or nurserymen know 
what the envelope is.  Colchicums and fall-blooming crocuses and Juno 
irises and many other worthy "hardy" bulbs are practically nonexistent in 
gardens and in the trade, never mind agapanthi and crinums and rhodohypoxis 
and zantedeschias and the numerous other "exotic" bulbs that should be 
grown or at least tried.  Additionally, the "it won't grow here" mentality 
is all too often found among members of the horticultural profession.  I've 
had nurserymen/horticulturists tell me that Hamamelis x intermedia is not 
hardy in this area (as well as Nandina domestica, Erica carnea, etc. 
etc.)!  Cedrus libani, Albizia julibrissin 'E.H. Wilson', Sequoiadendron 
giganteum -- the list of edge-of-the-envelope plants that should be grown 
here but are virtually absent from nurseries and gardens goes on and on.


Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, zone 6

At 08:14 AM 6/26/2004 -0500, James Waddick wrote:
>>We need more people like Jim Waddick and Jim Shields in the colder zones to
>>take our lists and keep pushing those envelopes.
>Dear Tony;
>         I agree fully.

Russell Stafford
Odyssey Bulbs
8984 Meadow Lane, Berrien Springs, Michigan  49103

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