Leo A. Martin
Wed, 14 May 2008 17:53:34 PDT
Clayton wrote

> ...I still have to
> conclude, if it doesn't have fragrance,
> I usually will pass it by.
> ...
> Just curious if anyone else feels the same way?

I feel this way about lots of groups of plants. I don't plant roses unless
they have a very strong fragrance, and I don't mean the ones that smell
like  apple leaves. I've learned not to trust Armstrong's fragrance
descriptions. When browsing bulb seed listings I start with genera and
species listed as having strong fragrances. If I still like the genus
after the first ones bloom I might get some non-fragrant ones later.

Peonies just won't grow here in Phoenix, but I remember them from the
Midwest. My former neighbor across the street went to law school with the
proprietor of Cricket Hill Peonies (mostly tree peonies), who sent a large
tree peony to my neighbor early one spring. It bloomed, which enticed me
into buying a smaller tree peony that fall. Both lasted until about the
next July, even though planted in spots with dappled shade and excellent

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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