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I couldn't agree more!

Not sure how viable it is, but I'd like to see something like a cutting-swap for local peoples as well as seed/bulb swaps.

LESS of nurseries carrying vegetables with fruit on them already.

MORE proper sales times (strawberries in spring are just stupid for Texas).

All these new hybrid coneflowers suck. Awful. I stuck in some regular ole species cones last spring and they shot up 4 feet in one year. Hybrids? I've got an orangey / red one that blooms in early July, then turns white, then black. The whole thing. What's with that?

Anyway, please hook me up with the Seattle fling thing. Maybe the money fairy will help a guy out this time around.

I want more hardy disease resistant roses. Did you know the New York Botanical Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden has more than tripled its plantings (in the same space!) over the past four years - and they are all healthy and organically grown?

I'm so with you on the fugly new echinaceas, and scentless boring roses... sure Knock-Out is tough, but why grow an ugly plant?

Those nuclear echinaceas do present appropriate application for the adjective "Gawd awful," don't they?

Less horticultural bullying. As in posting a photograph of some unknown persons pruning endeavor and then making moronic , demeaning and belittling remarks of someones sincere attempt at pruning and or gardening for the sake of cheap laughs and self promotion.
It's distasteful, pathetic and right in line with school age bullying.

Elizabeth, I agree with all you said (except I don't really care one way or another about colocasia). Add to that: MORE nurseries carrying plants that bloom in the fall in their spring inventory, and vice versa.

My inventory with over one hundres species identified with their botanicals:

Plants for people in zone 11, drought/heat resistant and even better collected,
propagated by yours truly.

I am a contrarian, but I like knockouts and easy plants. And all of the crazy coneflowers.

MORE regional gardening meetups without just fuddy duddy plant freaks devoted to one species.

I second MORE meet-ups with local gardeners--and they don't all have to be bloggers--but not through the garden clubs at our local botanical garden. These clubs only meet on weekdays. I have time on weekends.

MORE native plants with leaves and LESS agaves. I'm tired of agaves, agaves, and more agaves. And even more agaves. Did I mention agaves? They are the current fashionable trendy thing in Austin, Texas.

I would love to go up to Seattle in July. Please let me know on FB.
Ann Amato-Buttitta

Less complaining about this plant and that plant....more creative ways to use what we know so many beginning gardeners that have had success with Knockout and will now feel comfortable to try other roses, such as the wonderful array of antiques. Give the Knockout bashing a break people, it is a new day, a new month and a new year.

I also rise to defend Knockouts, the most popular plant in the U.S. and a great start for beginners. Which defense is entirely consistent with wanting to see fewer nurseries and IGCs go bankrupt.

Sorry, but I, too, like the various colored conies. And I do think there are good uses for Knockout roses (like Susan mentioned... they are great for beginners). We experienced gardeners need to understand that we don't define ALL gardeners' experiences... nor their taste. Nor should we try to do so.
Gardening, design and plant selection is so very personal. I say we let others have the plants they want (if they are zone/situation appropriate), and keep our criticism focused on gardening issues that cause landscapes to fail in a more technical (less artsy) sense... like improper pruning, inadequate soil preparation, failure to water correctly, failure to put plants into appropriate places, etc.

Don't you mean fewer echinaceas, fewer bankrupt companies, and fewer roses without fragrance?

I for one would like to see more articles about gardening in large publications (like the NYTimes) written by actual gardeners. I'm not asking for big name fancy gardener writers, but I would like to read the work of authors who actually stick their hands in soil a few times a year.

Hey Elizabeth--I can handle a meeting in Seattle in July :-)

My blog is and my Facebook name is Frank Hyman.

See ya there .

I want to see residential streets and neighborhoods where more boring, poisonous lawns are dug up and turned into sustainable landscaping. Imagine: summer late afternoons and early evenings where neighbors are chatting up and down your street over how big the cucumbers are getting, how gorgeous the PINK echinaceas are, how good their homegrown lettuce tastes in salad. And, just to add one more piece, set up a goal of how many pounds of harvest the street is going to donate to the local food bank.

This is all do-able, if we have the courage and the discipline.

MORE Agaves

LESS opposition to the promotion and use of Agaves.

...that's about all I can think of

Okay, then I say MORE AGAVE-eating snout-nosed beetles, and MORE tequila for all of us! ;-) I drive by only about 40 agaves in the 4.5 miles to work every day. It's a ubiquitous plant in Austin Texas, but to each his own. I just like to drink my agaves!

I am sick and tired of plant snobbery! We all don't drive the same cars or live in the same neighborhood or garden in the same zone. We all live different lives. I would like to see the bashing of plants stop.. grow what you like to grow be it ornamentals, veggies, lawn or the latest hybrid invented. The elitist mentality needs to go!!! If your not hurting the earth or your neighbor next door it's all good period.

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