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Hi, bet you thought you'd never see a "Glick Pick of the Week" again huh? Well it's not like I've been sitting on my butt watching Seinfeld reruns. Yes, I've even given up my only luxury, Seinfeld. Why??? Because it's Spring and it's INSANE!!! Not that it's ever not INSANE here. You know, 68,000 Hellebore stock plants to pollinate and almost 500,000 Hellebore seedlings to pot up and visitors and lectures and plants to photograph and stories to write and plant sales to attend and and and, well, why should I whine about it,
I LOVE IT!!!
Anyway, I'm gonna try and get back on the stick, whatever that means, and let you know about some of the cool plants that are popping up around here, so welcome back to the "GPOW", a somewhat less verbose, but still enlightening version, perhaps.
This "GPOW", Disporopsis
pernyii, is a very
easy to grow plant in the, well already we're gonna
get into some
controversy here, Liliaceae or Convallariaceae family
depending on who you
talk to. If you want to see the classification for
familial traits for the
Convallariaceae family, go to http://lpc-
I grow it in full shade and although I would be stretching the truth or telling you a downright lie if I said that it was completely deerproof, I'm hoping that they ate it last year because they were so close to some savory Hostas.
They're vigorous growers producing several new offsets in a year and make about a 12" clump in a couple of years. You could easily divide a clump and have a huge colony. I've never tried growing it from seed, but that's most likely another easy option for propagation.
Just the facts
Dr. Jim Waddick, of Kansas City Missouri, author of Iris of China with Zhao Yu-Tang and published by Timber Press - and Bananas You Can Grow, with Glenn Stokes - which, by the way, just won The Garden Writers Association Of America's prestigious 'Quill & Trowel" award as one of the top garden books of 2000 adds the following comments:
"You know most of
these new Chinese plants don't have common names yet, and I
am not a big fan of
common names. Hard enough to recall the 'real' name, but
nursery owner needs to start making up some logical names.
Tony A has done this
with quite a few plants. I suggest you check out what he
has called this and
continue this. Maybe something Like 'Chinese Fairy Bells'
or such. I think there
is a need for good reasonable new common names - some of
interest to either AHS
or PPA even. You might inquire with both on how this is
Also, "You might mention that this essentially or
nearly evergreen in
milder climates- It sure tries to be even here (Kansas City
thought has melted by the end of winter, stems hold up
through some pretty rough
frosts in early winter. I brought this back to the US in
1989 and have a number
of other related Disporum, Disporopsis, Polygonatum
etc - love em'."
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