TOW N.H.Do in May - Garden

Rand Nicholson
Wed, 05 May 2004 08:56:54 PDT
Of course, that should have read "... after flowering *and setting seed*." Sorry for being unclear. The seed setting part was meant to be implied. See what I mean about being lazy?

Rand (who hopes to have fatter bulbs for next year)

>Sorry to bang on about this, but I realised that there is another point to
>counter in Rand's earlier question:
>>I have been told (and please correct this if necessary) that most annual
>and dormancy prone plants, in general, consider their job done after
>A plant's job is 'done' after SEEDING! Life is about reproduction, and
>flowers are merely a means to that end. Annuals will grow, flower and seed
>in proportion to the moisture available; if starved and thirsty in a dry
>year there may be one small flower on a tiny plant, but even that can
>produce a few seeds. Perennials of all classes, once established, can
>usually survive an adverse season, and if they miss a year's seeds it is not
>a great calamity.
>John Grimshaw
>Dr John M. Grimshaw
>Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens
>Gardens Cottage
>Nr Cheltenham
>Gloucestershire GL53 9NP
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Rand Nicholson" <>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] TOW N.H.Do in May - Garden
>> Dear John:
>> Really? Are there studies on this? I am sure that I am not the only one
>here that has been deadheading their bulbs faithfully each season, simply
>because it is part of the the accepted lore and advice that has been passed
>on as gospel for generations. As an intrinsically lazy gardener, I am more
>than interested in this statement. I have been told (and please correct this
>if necessary) that most annual and dormancy prone plants, in general,
>consider their job done after flowering.
>> Rand Nicholson
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