I started as the first Director of Plant Select® almost exactly 2 months ago and I’m interested in finding out more about who uses our web site, what we can do to help you with your gardening challenges, and what you like or don’t like about Plant Select®. Please use this space to ask questions, post your experiences and let us know how we can help keep gardening alive in a busily changing world.
But first, a few comments from a personal perspective…
It’s been a really hard winter in northern Colorado for plants… weird – some things died (like thymes, Globularias, agaves, and some of my conifers), but then other, more tender plants survived – Salvia greggii seedlings, Acer buergerianum, and hardy jasmine. Did all my Plant Select® plants survive? No, but lots of them are alive and thriving, at maybe even better odds than some of my other plants.
I guess the first thing I’d like to say here is that not all Plant Select® plants are going to be hardy for everyone… but I think it’d be safe to say, that all Plant Select® plants are worth trying, especially for us here in the dry steppe areas of the west. I’ve killed my share of Salvia darcyi, Scutellaria suffrutescens, and even some of the Delospermas, but they were still worth trying. I love the challenge, the stories behind the plants, and the feeling of community I get every time I bring them home to try in my own garden in Masonville at 5400′ just west of Fort Collins. And this was true before I became officially involved. Now, I’m determined to push the limits of every plant, and will try to share my experiences.
So, now it’s your turn… we honestly want to hear from you – where do you live, and what Plant Select® plants are working for you? Which survive or even thrive, the deer attacks, the dessicating winds, the summer heat? Sure, we want to hear about the plants that didn’t make it, but I think it’s even more helpful to know what DOES work for you. I really believe that if we can help other gardeners be more successful, we’ll soon achieve world peace and end global climate change… oh wait, that probably won’t happen, but we can at least hope?!?