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I bought 2 Non-Stop tuberous begonias "in flower" this spring for window
boxes on the road-facing side of my house. They were identically labeled,
"Salmon", of the same size ( well grown in 4" pots") and the bloom in the
greenhouse was identical.
Now that they have grown on in the window-boxes, it is painfully obvious
that one was an upright and one a pendant, and the flower form in each plant
is double and Salmon but the shading is different between the 2 plants.
So I have a snaggle-tooth look on the road-side this summer, my planned
boxes have gone their own ways, the green-house owner has commented that
"something must have happened amiss somewhere" and I can only agree.
Thats OK, its not terminal.... I propagated some of that brilliant
shimmering orange long-tubular-flowered fuschia from which I lost the tags.
Next week those puppies will be in bloom enough to replace the SNAFU
Non-Stops. I also rooted some of the lime green ornamental sweet-potato (
darn, lost those tags a few years ago), and have a huge cascading potful of
a sweet heart-leaf ivy with a gold center . Yeah, that one had a Patent
Tag at some time in its life, too.
In a broad brush, thats my take on labeling/patent protection in the
greenhouse trade. Since no retailer can absolutely guarantee the right
label on the right plant, I ( client) ignore dire warnings against
propagating things I adore. I'm not selling my clones, I'm just a
consumer... and done this long enough to know that you can spend a bundle
every spring on JUST what you want, only to have a SNAFU in the height of
growing season when replacement or refund isn't a viable option.
It truly is not terminal Ask my Orange Oriental Poppies ( who were
supposed to be mixed white and pink). If their bloom threatens to overlap
with the Red Peony instead of the Lemon Daylily, I'll
go cut their throats. No seed pods, life goes on.
One truly doesn't garden by dollars, even though we all spend to the tune.
Hugs in color ( and leaving quickly to watch lightning)
sue in Western Maine
Breeze ( sue burnham)
| | I ordered a turks cap lily collection from ww.dutchbulbs.com last year.
| | Out of 2 red, 2 yellow, 2 orange, and 1 purple turks cap, I recieved 3
| | 1 white, 1 dead, and 2 not large enough to flower.
| | Just felt like airing that here.
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