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Santa Fe, NM

October 15, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9305895

OMG, I need someone to come take my debit card away from me!! Just when I thought I was out, the crocus bulbs pulled me back in. As I write this, I anxiously await the rest of my tulip/daffodil order, followed by 5 bare root peonies. The crocus order just happened yesterday so they'll be along next week. Mercifully, I deleted the extra hyacinths I had spontaneously added.

I'm SO addicted to plants that I completely recognize the daze you describe in visiting ANY nursery or plant retailer. I was a landscape designer for many years and the Siren Song lure of plants is just too strong for me to ignore.

Additionally, I worked part time at one of those "big box" plant departments, displaying their flats, shrubs and trees according to their Plantogram. Unfortunately, they do NOT train people to water correctly which wouldn't require that much so lots and lots of waste.

The manager would have the underpaid and careless watering people watering what had already received a ton of rain water while ignoring the parts under the roof that had not been watered. I could write a book on how much money is thrown away by slip shod watering practices by the big boys. But it feeds our addictions so I guess it's okay. Maybe we should all have an intervention?
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2013
12:57 PM

Post #9375411

Thanks, drini7, for sharing and identifying. I agree, it is a shame that there is so much corporate waste of plants due to a simple task like training someone to water properly. But as you mentioned, the distressed plants on the 50% - 75% off racks at the big box stores do provide me with a less expensive means to satisfy my addiction, so when I see the attendants dousing rosemary plants in non-draining containers or hosing down the cacti and succulents with gallons of water or withholding water from the plants that really need it, I just think to myself that there will be another whole slew of plants to adopt soon. (Except in the case of rosemary with wet roots -- I've never been able to get one of those to grow after the rosemary has stood in water for even a short amount of time).



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