Sat, 31 Jul 2004 11:52:15 PDT
Jim, et al,

I didn't mean to mis-inform, my apologies.  The typical named cv I have
purchased in Europe is of European origin, and the few of the USA ones were,
also, propagated in the USA.  I take it there is a much larger influx of
imported wares in the USA.  The few clearly imported plants I've seen in
Europe, other than the Chinese imports, were actually from Korea.  Not
surprising, as they have a long tradition with the genus as well. These
plants rarely carry a name, just a colour.  I wonder if many plants are
brokered through Japan, much like bulbs are brokered through Holland.  Be as
it may, I take a great deal of joy in their blossoms, regardless of their

Speaking of origins, I was not refering to cultivar origins, but the plants
origin (product).  We are seeing many European originated cultivars being
produced once again in Europe. (if you can afford it, L'Esperance is on the
market, again!) Much of this product comes from France and Italy and, of
course England , but there are many smaller producers in the new lands (term
we use for previous eastern block countries). A note, which may be
interesting to collectors, many older cvs are turning up in the Baltic
countries and in east Germany.  I have a few P. rockii hybrids that are just
wonderfull.  I have a thing for the simpler forms

Another trick I use with scions that would otherwise be buried; I plant them
in a hole, which I then fill as the scion grows, with a rich, but open soil
mix.  Works well, so far.  I've had a few lactiflora sprouts on some, which
have been a nuisance, but they seem to disappear after a few years.
Possibly the soil type has an influence on understock survival.  I have
heavy clay-type soil, slightly alkaline.

Jim Shields asked about good cvs for his garden.  A favourite for myself is
HIGH NOON. Very robust, repeat bloomer most years, but I do not know how
shade tolerant it is.  Both of my plants get 4 hours full sun, the rest of
also seem to be easy subjects.


Jamie V.

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