We're going to Costa Rica April/May for 3 weeks on a naturalist tour
of most of the country.
We are keen gardeners in England, in US terms about zone 9, and would
like suggestions as to what we could usefully bring back for the
outdoor garden. Seeds, not plants obviously. We have plenty of space,
our site is exposed to the wind, but only gets a degree or two below
freezing at worst.
Also some recommendations as to good places to obtain seeds?
Nick and Nick
If you looked around you'd find a lot of Canna growing, and I'd be happy to
pay postage for canna seeds from there. I once had one from there when I was
in Hawaii and it's bloom was unlike any others I've seen. Sadly I lost it
during the move so I'm always watching for anyone going there. I've been
told there's lots of many types of I.Canna growing down there.
I realize that Montezuma was near Mexico city, but Montezuma's Revenge is
diarrhea and related sickness caused by an e. coli infection, usually from
drinking contaminated water, something you can get just about anywhere in
Are you this pedantic outside of usenet?
Since we're quoting urls, try this one since it's much more topical. In
particular the 2nd paragraph.
Id bring back just information. Morgan & Morgan may have the seeds.
Also bring back your impression of a charming people.
Exporting plants may be possible but these days may require quarantine
Have a great visit!
Zone 5 S Jersey USA Shade garden in a Japanese manner
Vision problems? http://www.ocutech.com/ we own two.
There probably aren't many seeds you can't obtain from mail order or
online. I would concentrate on getting local lore on plants you see
and fancy. Keep in mind that "a degree or 2 below freezing" is fatal
to many/most tropicals.
True, but many turn out to be tougher than you'd think. Climate
change in the UK means that in some areas, it's becoming possible to
grow hardier tropicals outdoors , and UK gardeners are pushing the
boundaries all the time to make the most of it. It's more or less a
national obsession here atm, and there are some fabulous modern gardens
growing palms, bananas, gingers etc. I'd suggest the OP asks the same
question in uk.rec.gardening and catch the attention of Dave Poole, who
has a garden of tropicals to die for and is an expert on tropicals in
There is a terrific kick in bringing home exotic seeds from some
tropical trip to our cooler climate and seeing if , and where, they
grow/survive. This must be the thrill the Victorian plant hunters and
collectors felt :-) If they survive, the plant means so much more
because it's a souvenir of that trip. Buying the same thing from a
catalogue just ain't the same.
On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 08:28:24 +0100, Janet Baraclough
^_^ I agree completely. Just as bringing a seed home in your pocket
and starting your own plant is more (much) satisfying than picking one
out at the garden center. However, I still think it would be more
productive to spent time learning as much about the different plants
as possible, rather than poking around trying to locate a seed seller.
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