www.powells.com usually has a few used copies.
I really should keep my copy in a fire safe. And, it's one of the few books
I'd never loan to anyone, unless they were prepared to die if they lost it.
once Crockett left I couldnt stand any of the subsequent hosts. why the hell
1. rebroadcast Crockett's series and/or
2. find a woman in the mold of what's her name from that gardening show she would
soundly thump pots to get the plants in or out, she was messy, sorta the Julia
of plants. after all, most gardeners are women!!!
they need to find a host by doing a reality show format. have all the
compete for who will be the show's host, with the viewers calling in to vote for
their favorite. because these guys on the victory garden really turned me off,
especially having somebody's wife cooking vegetarian everything and doing it in
a smarmy way ... blech.
I dont know why I am so turned off since Crockett, whether it is they are talking
down to people, they entirely lack any humor, they just look sour, smarmy, they
so obviously obsessed with organic, organic, organic. And they got this pretend
"hick" thing going with the Oshkosh by gosh bib overalls. Excuuuuuuuse me!!!
It really turned me off that they ran these "contests" where the people
NOT do their own work. Well it is nice to have an unlimited supply of money to
construct and maintain fabulous gardens, but it does nothing for me at all ......
garden as competition as sign of conspicuous consumption just turned me off.
They need to do some demographics and find out who their viewers are, what the
of "tastes" are and what they want to see.
Now it is very true that I have such a small garden area that most of what they
going to offer isnt going to be of interest to me, but IF it is entertaining,
might watch. But not somebody pretending to be a hick, nobody treacle sweet or
smarmy either. Ingrid
"Australian TV personality Jamie Durie, a horticulturist with a checkered past:
a former member of the male stripper group Manpower Australia, and in 1994 he
nude for the art magazine Black+White alongside former fiancιe Terasa
has been publicly speculated in newspapers such as the Boston Herald (August 8,
that his selection as host for the abbreviated 2007 season (only 13 new episodes
planned down from more than 30 during Swain's tenure, and 26 during Weishan's)
risky attempt to revive the show's failing fortunes."
I've read his books, read his articles in People, Places and Plants,
watched him on the same named show, and walked through the Boston
flower show with him not once, but twice! He's a wonderful guy, his
wife is lovely, and I feel very priviledged to have spent time really
talking gardening with him on several occasions.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
On 9/30/07 10:28 PM, in article email@example.com,
I've wanted to meet him, never get to be at the garden shows when he is.
I did meet Peter Seabrooks once - what a delight he was.
Now - if I'm really dreaming about a gardener I want to meet other than a
few of this gang, it's Alan Titchmarsh.
not orange daylilies?!
i have some ditch lilies if you want some...
funny story: a friend of ours is having his farm landscaped
by some big fancy company. he was showing me the plan to see
what i thought. i told him 2 things, no, you do NOT want to
plant a blue spruce right at the corner of the house
(seriously, it was 3 feet from the foundation in the plan),
and you don't have to *buy* the great swathes of ditch lilies
(est price on the plan was $350 for regular orange ditch
lilies) because i'll *give* you all the stupid damn lilies you
want. FREE! :)
i have a lot of perennial phlox (the tall kind that blooms
all summer) in my shade garden. would it be happier somewhere
sunnier or should i just leave it alone?
and if i have to cut back hard a lilac, is that best done
right after bloom? this thing is 15' tall with 5-6" diameter
trunks. i want it a bit shorter... like no more than 8'.
lots of suckers from the roots. i cut the ones that grow up
between the rock steps & on the garden bed side. the goats &
llamas eat any that sprout up on the pasture side of the
actually, come to think of it, i'm not sure if the suckers
are from the white or the purple... but both need to be
shorter. they're rather entwined where they are, & i'm pretty
sure they were originally planted there in the 1920s, but it
could have been as early as the mid-1800s...
do lilacs respond to layering as a propagation method?
Question with boldness even the existence of god; because if
Good. I've seen old lilacs that are reduced to only one trunk, they
don't seem to survive being cut back severely (the farm I work on has
lilacs that hadn't been trimmed for over fifty years, two of them died
when the Squire cut them back against my wishes. He's the boss, but
sometimes I really wonder why he asks me).
Cut back each plant after they bloom - and take out the largest trunks
completely. They say to get an overgrown shrum under control to cut
back by one third over a three year period.
Yea, but why not just dig one of the suckers with roots and use that
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
because i don't know which are from the white lilac. the
suckers don't (or haven't yet) bloom, probably because they're
so shaded by the huge overgrowth. there's several large lilacs
in the clump. the white is on the lower edge & the tallest. it
lost one trunk in the early spring snowstorm here. it has 2
major trunks left.
i did move a sucker from another lilac the previous owner
planted in dead shade. the main shrub fell over trying to get
to light... the poor sucker had almost no roots, but i kept it
well watered the first year & it's been growing. this year it
really added a lot of fullness & looks really good. hasn't
bloomed yet, but i figure it's been settling in. i think it
may bloom next spring. if not, well, it fills up a blank spot
by a stone wall nicely anyway.
Depends on the phlox, as I understand it. We have some sun phlox and
some shade phlox, and my books list quite a few kinds (both species
and cultivars). Since you have a lot, maybe try a few plants and see
how they do?
hm. well, it looks *exactly* like the phlox that is gtowing
in full sun on the other side of the house. it does start
blooming a week or so later, but i think that's because the
shade garden warms really late in spring.
is there a good website with different types of phlox photos?
i can't say i've seen any like this in catalogs, but it's
likely old & just reseeding itsself around.
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