Impatiens flanaganae

Ellen Hornig
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:08:51 PDT
In response to Josh: I knew I'd sound like a curmudgeon when I wrote what I 
did.  Of course (I hope!) nursery owners love plants.  But "loving to help 
other people in their quests" stretches the truth a bit.  There's still a 
bottom line, labor is almost always in short supply, profit margins are 
always tight.  That's why nurseries standardize their pot and box sizes, 
have minimum orders or minimum shipping costs, and things like that. 
Activitiers outside those established boundaries cost real resources.

You can't be everyone's friend or buddy.  As in other walks of life, you 
choose your own friends.  Not everyone who wants favors from you is your 
friend.  Trust me, I spend many happy hours trading plants and seeds with 
several people I've never met, but to whom I've taken a liking.  I don't 
keep track of the trades - they don't have to balance - they're just people 
whose enthusiasm I truly do enjoy.  Some are people I'm trying to help get 
into business, some are old friends, some are strangers.  The essential 
thing is that it's my choice to send them things.  The contrasting case 
would be, e.g., the perfect stranger who wrote recently because I was 
mentioned in Martha Stewart Living as a source of the author's info about 
some cultivars of Convallaria majalis and a RETIRED nursery owner; this 
person wrote that she saw on the website that the nursery was closed, but 
could I just send her a few of each of the selections I grew, for the garden 
she was putting in at her new house? Answer: no.  What I was tempted to add 
is "what is it about "closed" that you don't understand?"

Bottom line: being "wanty/needy" isn't the same as being driven by a true 
passion for plants.  Over the years, I have probably gained appreciation for 
the latter, but I sure as heck have lost my patience with the former. :-)


Ellen Hornig
Oswego NY 13126 USA
USDA zone 5b 

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