No substitute for experience

Paul Tyerman
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:37:53 PST
>I use the word "could" because I have found that sometimes when I am able 
>to identify a plant that has been misnamed that I have left out in my rain 
>thinking it was from an area that got rain and learned it was really from 
>Namaqualand and shouldn't like rain I have found that there is no 
>substitute for direct experience. Some things have done fine that shouldn't 
>and some things that should have been all right were not.

Mary Sue,

VERY true.  I have Gethyllis villosa seedlings from the IBS BX (I think?  I
have just found out that they are not on my seedling spreadsheet which I
thought I had finally got everything onto  :(  ) and assuming that they are
correct then I have been told they will not tolerate being wet while
dormant?  Well no-one has mentioned this to my seedlings and they're still
growing happily now 3 years on <grin>.  This is also assuming that the
advice was correct.  So many variables that may or may not be true <big grin>.

It still IS a very important distinction to make...... because the books
say it should be such and such an environment, does not necessarily mean
that it needs that where you are growing it.  Above All...... If it grows
happily for you and it is technically in the wrong situation DO NOT MOVE
IT!!  I have found out the hard way that the experts do not grow in your
garden and so I have lost things in the past by obeying advice about what a
plant "should" have and found it has declined rapidly and even died.  If
you have mistakenly given something the wrong conditions and it has thrived
then "If it ain't broke don't try to fix it" <grin>


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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