My wife and I were driving from North Carolina to Georgia recently. As
we passed through the NC mountains, we noticed that the back roads were lined
by trees that had large light purple/lavender blooms that looked kind of
like wisteria. We were not aware of wisteria *trees* in that part of the
country. We love the dogwoods by the roads where we live, but were
entranced by these trees. Could anybody from that part of the country
tell us what is blooming up there?
That's it. Thanks. A quick Google on it comes up with repeated
statements that it is not an appropriate tree for landscaping,
but the sites weren't clear on why. It sure is pretty when
it blooms, and I don't have a problem with big leaves. What's
the down side?
The down side is that the large seed pods are full of a multitude of minute
winged seeds that get carried by the wind and plantlets will pop up
everywhere in the garden and elsewhere they were not invited. Being a weed
is bad enough but a weedy tree that overpowers native shrubs and trees is a
far worse threat. Only the so-called "Tree of Heaven" has been more
The Princess tree is invasive, invasive, invasive. I recently heard that each
of the little capsules (and each flower head probably has 50+ capsules when it
goes to seed) has more than 2,000 seeds in it.
If it gets started on your property, it's hard to kill since just the seedlings
are difficult to pull out, they sprout right back if you cut them down, etc.
I don't remember if you said where you were located but you might want to
consider crepe myrtles. They are quite showy in bloom and in time, the trunk
and branches have lots of winter interest.
Hey, I saw a garden center selling purple loosetrife and when I pointed it out,
the manager argued with me that it "wasn't the one which is the noxious weed."
I said, "yes it is." She walked away. She is also selling Nandina domestica
and wax leaf ligustrum and Chinese tallow. I may give misinformation here now
and then, I know I'm not perfect, but these garden centers suck. I reported her
only because she would not even consider for a moment that I knew what I was
There you go taunting those highly paid plant scientists working at the
garden centers again. Its bad enough that they are forced to make fools of
themselves on a daily basis catering to the great unwashed minions. Now you
have to remind them of the limits of their wisdom too?
Its bad enough that they are forced to sell the crap plants to the public.
You have to remind them that the crap is actually a threat to the
environment too? Should they be held responsible for any damage these plants
might do? Its not as though they humiliated Iraqi terrorist prisoners that
killed innocent citizens and American soldiers. (We don't want terrorists to
feel bad for committing unspeakable evil acts, do we?) What do you want from
them a apology?
Yeah, fancy that, huh. We have a problem with hydrilla down here. If they
think that's bad, wait till the loosetrife plants itself everywhere up and down
the lower Colorado River. Eh. What garden center pays high? I want that job!
Now, as for Rumsfeld...he should be stripped naked and made to perform on dubya
on Iraqi television. That would be some good watchin.
As for the prisoners being terrorists, well, I don't know who or what they are,
but I thought Americans were operating under the Geneva Conventions and that
soldiers who hold prisoners captive were properly trained. Guess not.
It isn't the fault of the employee that these huge mega box stores are
selling noxious weeds. These companies are trying to get the customer
to spend all their money there by creating a one stop shopping
experience. (That's why you will find air-conditioners next to out
door furniture. < grin>) They have no experience with gardening or
flowers--everything that is sold is a choice of someone at
'corporate', in some distant place, who has no idea of the local
growing conditions or laws. (In Idaho it is illegal to import garlic
and onions from out of state. You must buy from a local grower. This
prevents white mold from spreading. But every year Wally-world
brings it in extremely early, on big trucks,in the middle of the
night.) I call the county extention agent or the State Agricultural
board--they have the right to come in and demand paperwork and levy
fines. They also enforce local noxious weed laws. Contact your county
agent and explain the situation--in farm country enforcement of
agricultural laws- like noxious weeds- is taken seriously. Disease
like white mold can devastate entire crops. But please lay of the poor
wage slave--it's hard work ( been there-done that)
This is an example of just one more reason to patronise local
merchants and garden shops--even if the prices are a little higher.
On 8 May 2004 22:47:17 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (gardengal) opined:
This is a two store, high end garden center. It's called Red Barn Nursery and
Garden center. It's not a huge box store, doesn't have air conditioners next to
plants and the person I spoke to is the horticultural manager who oversees
purchases and sales of perennials. Clearly she was selling Lysimachia vulgaris
and she denied it was "the same one" that's noxious. I indeed did contact the
local environmental groups and hopefully they will address it immediately. I
grow very tired of pompous nursery workers, managers and the like who look down
their noses at customers because they point out something very obvious. She was
very rude and contrite.
Its bad enough when the dolts don't know anything about the plants they sell
but when they try to pass themselves off as experts at the same time, that's
Got into a disagreemant about some local celebrity that works at a local
well-known nursery. Some one said that she has been a manager there for
several years and really knew her stuff. I said she only knows what she
reads on the plant tags and after all these years she should have retained
at least some basic info about the stuff they sell.
My apologies--It sounded like you had visited a big box. No, that's no
way to treat a customer. I actually enjoy customers who have some
knowledge of what they're doing--it makes them more interesting to
talk to. I hope your environmental groups have some sucess.
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