Thanks for coming and What shall we do now?
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:39:54 PDT
On 16 Mar 2009, at 15:43, Jane McGary wrote:

> . . . there was some untoward laughter when remarks such as "five years from
> sowing to flowering" were heard. 

Must not have been *real* gardeners who were laughing. *Real* gardeners are 
patient people: some have waited forty years for a seedling of Magnolia 
campbelli mollicomata to flower -- or so the legend goes! "Untoward" is quite 
the right word to describe the giggles.

And Dykes, the famous iris expert, had one iris species germinate nearly 20 
years after being sown.

The correct response to "five years from sowing to flowering" is a bowed head 
and respectful silence, coupled with a resolution to become as patient, if not 

I won't mention the aged gardeners who plant trees that will take a century to 
reach full maturity.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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