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Alice (December 28, 2005)
I found your site while searching for strawberry fields gomphrena. I looked at everything. Really, really nice!
MArianna (December 26, 2005)
Very good site! I like it! Thanks!
William F. Matthews (December 26, 2005)
A friend sent me seed of "Clematis tubulosa" (?) After searching online, and in my large A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, I figured this might be a synonym for Clematis heracleifolia.... The pic on the seed pkt is of a cluster of florets (blue-mauve), and the leaves appear rough/toothed. The name "Tube clematis" here is at least an indicator vis a vis the Latin.
Joan W. Hornett (December 18, 2005)
Only just found your site by accident when looking for a picture of Aethionema. It all looks terribly interesting but have no time until after Christmas to investigate it properly!! Season\'s greeting to you. Joan
karen-cheerpeople on GW (December 15, 2005)
Rob just FWIW--It took 7 weeks but the calla lily seed DID start to germinate in a dark but warm waterbed drawer in moist soil. So far the baggie method planted at the same time hasn't sprouted. They are not hardy for me either- but they can be a housplant or go dormant for winter here. :) Karen
Peggy (December 12, 2005)
Ok Rob,I find the pictures of your compost bins and seed box disturbing! Maybe that's because my garden refuse is just pitched into huge pile on the un-used portion of my veggie garden and my seed packets are tossed into an odd assortment of coffee cans,re-cycled plastic ice cream buckets and whatever I can lay my hands on to keep them dry in the seed frig. You people that are organized make me itch....lOL You realize this is my jealous streak talking. Keep up the good works. I visit your page almost daily and continue to find plenty to read with my breakfast omellete and last cup 'o joe before it's off to the susie homemaker drudgery.

So I fool you, eh? You should know that I only show the presentable parts of our garden :-). Right about now, my level of organization leaves a lot to be desired...

karen- cheerpeople on GW (December 09, 2005)
Is the reason zantedeschia (calla lily) isn't listed is because you can't it to germinate either? My baggie of it is doing nothing and it's been 40 + days- course my in dirt ones aren't germinating either...

Actually, my reason is that they aren't hardy in our zone 6 garden. I haven't tried to germinate them.

Nancy from Ky (December 02, 2005)
It was so enjoyable looking through your pictures. What a pleasant evening...
Tulsa Gardener (December 01, 2005)
Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the picture of your son with his bounty of carrots.
nina (November 22, 2005)
HI Enjoyed your webpage very much. Regards Nina
Barb: Zone 5 (November 19, 2005)
Hi I enjoyed your site and love all of the plant information and photos. When I clicked on a couple of the flowers (one of the columbine & one of the black eyed susan), I didn't see a photo as I am trying to find out what kind I have. Thanks for all the info. Barb
Peggy--z.8 (November 19, 2005)
Enjoyed your webpage very much. Wonderful pictures and the Dog Vomit fungus info was a hoot. Which tricyrtis is that,that appears at the top of each page on the right hand side? I'm a diehard toad fan and at last count I had about 8 varieties. PP

The one you see up there (which will soon be replaced by a more wintery image) is of Tricyrtis latifolia. I don't have nearly as many as you do!

karen -- zone 5 (November 18, 2005)
I was doing a search for seed for a black plant an ornamental pepper named black pearl. So you came up as having it however I don't see it listed. I think this is a search engine glitch but LMK if you do. Anyway I was so impressed with your site, photos and info that I have you in fav's now to reference later. Thx for all the time you put into sharing your info! Karen cheerpeople on GW

Nope, I don't have it - you're right, it's the search engine finding "black" and "pearl" both on the same page - but not together... Glad you enjoyed my site.

Pat Swink--Thomasville, NC (November 06, 2005)
Love your beautiful garden photos. You seem to love plants as much as my husband and myself. Please drop by for a visit at (Pat's Gardens).
Reinhild in Germany (October 26, 2005)
the website is great, i found many plants and informations.I´m so sorry that I can´t visit your garden and buy any plants. Thank you and greatings from germany
Renee O'Brien (September 28, 2005)
What a lovely web page, we are in Pottstown and would love to come see your garden sometime!! Maybe we'll make the plant sale next year (when is it?)

Not sure yet - I'll probably settle for an earlier than usual date, in late April. Stay tuned!

Fang (September 13, 2005)
I really love your website. Especially on those plant's details and seed germination tips. And pictures are great. Thanks for sharing your garden.
Troy (September 09, 2005)
Nice web site I enjoyed reading. I wish you and your family the best of luck.
Kolora (September 06, 2005)
I have been recomending the site to some of the people I have met through work
FesterBikes (September 01, 2005)
well done page, the reading level is at an average level so someone who dosn't know much can understand but you have infromation and links to other sites so someone who wants more than just a common name can have more.
Susan Tompkins (Nightnurse1968 on Gardenweb) (August 21, 2005)
Wow...fabulous website and obviously you have put a lot of work into it. I am especially curious about your garden "sketches" for lack of a better word. Did you use a program to make "maps" of your garden or is that something you did free hand in a Program like Paint? I have been looking for something like this for ages and unfortunately I am not artistically inclined enough to do something like to to the appropriate scale free hand. I am definitely going to bookmark your page. I found it will searching for a particular plant I got in trade. Thanks for your contribution to the internet garden community!

I think you're referring to my (now hopefully out of date) sketches of the side garden and driveway bed. I start by measuring the dimensions of hard features and lay the outlines out on graph paper. Taking rough measurements, I pencil in the plants onto the template as I walk through/by. On the computer end, I use Visio to put the lines and shapes into place. Other drawing packages (even Powerpoint) should work OK too, but Paint is too primitive to be useful.

James Young, Brantford ON. (August 21, 2005)
You and your's have done a magnificient job. I will bookmark this page and be back often. Very impressive work. So nice to see a gardener with ambition.Your comments reflect real working knowledge. Durgan
Hudsongardener (August 17, 2005)
WOW!!! (Add a thousand exclamation points) Awesome work. If ever I am down your way I will have to take a side trip.
Iris Hazen in Central Ontario (August 04, 2005)
I was searching for information on a new plant I had purchased. Yours was the first site I entered. What a delight! I not only have valuable information on my Gentiana daharica, but a marvellous picture as well. I will be back to your site as my number 1 source. Congratulations for a superb resource. Thank you!
Joanne Sweeny (August 02, 2005)
I thoroughly enjoyed your journal entries and pictures from last season. My husband and I are moving to Oregon next spring and we are looking to get invloved in herb and flower production. Any advice you could give me as a newbie? Thnak you.

General advice? That's a tough order! I think you'll find lots of good sites if you browse through the gardening area of the open directory project.

Mary in West Virginia (August 02, 2005)
I have enjoyed visiting your garden site [the best site I have ever visited]Thank you for all the time you have spent in sharing your ideas with others.Keep up the good work for all of us the gardeners and the "would be" gardeners~~
Evelyn in Ottawa, Ontario (July 27, 2005)
Hi! yr site is fantastic and it's so nice to see what plants look like in a real person's garden rather than just the pic on the seed packet. I can't even imagine how much time you must spend both in yr garden as well as maintaining this site, but pls keep it up!!! For newbie gardeners like me the combination of photos, botanical detail and personal experience are much appreciated! I've bookmarked your site and will be back to visit soon. Thanks!
Jim Mundy (July 25, 2005)
Rob, Excellent site and lovely pictures -- very well done. You've inspired me to try my own hand at this. My wife and I bought a house a couple of months ago with a very nice "jungly" sort of garden, and I'm still working on identifying all of the plants. Found your site while browsing Dave's Garden. Thanks.
Kathy Halpert (July 16, 2005)
I visited your garden today as part of the Parkland Garden Tour - it was a real discovery! Then I checked out your website, and I was truly informative as well as being quite delightful to read. I will visit it often, I am sure, and look forward to your next year's plant sale!
Deb Green (July 11, 2005)
Found your site looking for photos of New England Ironweed. I just planted one this year with other natives like Joe Pye (Eupatorium) Culver's Root (Veronicastrum), and purple coneflower (echinacea). Now I have ideas for many more! Great site. Very informative and well organized. I am a librarian in my other (non gardening) life so really appreciate an excellent, informative, and entertaining web site.
Karin Olsson in Sweden (July 08, 2005)
Helo! I'm not good in English, I hope you will understand. I have looked at all your fotos and they were lovely. You most spend very much time in the garden. Good luck in the future. Karin
mizzeliz Elizabeth Tongue (July 06, 2005)
I love the pictures of your flowers. Your gardens and pictures have given me much inspiration this morning. Thanks and God Bless, mizzeliz
Linda M. Frank (July 01, 2005)
I was researching Ligularia przewlskii (mouthful,huh?) and got a hit for your site. Needless to say, because of the professional, informative, innovative and friendly nature of your site (not to mention the pics)...I spent the better part of a half hour looking around. (Could have spent a lot more). I'm not too far away from your neck of the woods (Central Jersey) and write a garden column for a farming and gardening website ( called "GardenZone". I'm always blown away by sites such as yours in the course of my research. I plan on posting a link to "Rob's Plants". Thanks for the great eye candy and information.

Thanks for writing, Linda. I ventured over to Farm & Garden for a look-see. It's always nice to see personal writing about gardening on the web - there are enough cookie-cutter sites out there :-)

Dr. HelenSheridan (June 30, 2005)
Hi Rob, I came across your site in a quest to obtain seeds of isodon species for a research project we are running in Trinity College Dublin. We are interested in establishing cell tissue cultures of Isodon species because these are powerful Chinese medicinal plants and plant tissue is in limited supply. Would you be able to supply some seed?
marcia (June 19, 2005)
Hi Rob; I just stumbled onto your website. I've been entrusted with creating an historical perennial garden here in Massachusetts (Cape Cod). I am looking for items that would have been planted in the 1850s plus or minus. While I have found some good reading about the plants, I need a source for those varieties (e.g. iris, lilies) that would have been available then. Any ideas?

I found a couple of sources that may fit the bill. I've no experience with either one, but take a look and see: Perennial Pleasures in Vermont, and Heritage Flower Farm in Wisconsin. Both offer mail order.

Alek (June 08, 2005)
Rob - stumbled across your site from your ODP profile and enjoyed taking a look at it - thanx for sharing and very impressive not only in terms of quality, but also quantity. Happy Gardening and good luck keeping the weeds away.
Chris - New Lenox, IL (June 04, 2005)
What a wonderful website! I am a Will County Illinois master gardener and stumbled onto your site while searching for plant info. Thank you for all this wonderful information. I only wish I could attend your sale! I do, however, have LOTS of pots you could probably use. I would be glad to send them to you if you would like to have them. I would nest them and ship them to you. Just let me know if you're interested. There are probably 100 of them! Thanks again for a fabulous website. I am listing it in our garden club newsletter for everyone to see!

Why, thanks Chris! I've sent you an email (and have removed the address from this page, to prevent spambots from grabbing it)

Anne (June 01, 2005)
Not all females hate spiders I infact love spiders and they are a large part of my artwork including my tattoo's. I love the picture that you have taken of the spiders though you could have added more to the descriptions, and while the daddy longleg is not a true spider its venom is more posionis then the Blackwidow spider though they cannot peirce human flesh. Anyway it is a lovely site and I hope to see more spiders on it soon.

Well, just for you, I'll add a photo of cheiracanthus mildei just as soon as I get around to it :-)

john christensen (May 29, 2005)
class 58 coaldale high my uncle and coysins still live in tamaqua. i was glad to find your site i found a lot of info on whwer to get the products i need to start my own plants. since i live in orlando i have three growing seasons and , therefore , always have plants in different stages . thanks for the info johnc
Sally Mathews (May 19, 2005)
Very nice web site.
Eric (May 13, 2005)
One of my favorite plants is the Serbian Bellflower. Its great for low ground cover it works well in full or partial sun and its a hardy plant too! Nice web page and photos are very nice!
Stiv (May 11, 2005)
Cool!!! information about painted desert
Mary Carr (May 06, 2005)
Last year my mother and I visited your sale, and she told stories about it for months. She was so impressed that you put such deviotion into your gardening hobby. We look forward to visiting again this year.
Zara, Upper Darby (April 26, 2005)
Thank you for this great site. I immediately added it to my favorites. I have two driveway beds that give me a hard time year after year, but seeing your driveway beds gave me inspiration to conquer the beds and have a great looking driveway. Thanks again.
Melissa Brown (April 22, 2005)
I enjoyed looking at your garden photos, I'm glad to see a few native plants mixed in. :)

Hi Melissa, I enjoyed your site as well. Your insect photographs are stunning!

Joyce from Cumberland Rhode Island (April 06, 2005)
WOW!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe the amount of plantings you have. Their beautiful. You've done an awesome job!! I sit at our computer every night for weeks at a time for 2-3 hours searching for information about plantings and what to do in our yard. All I find is overwhelming information that makes me more and more confused as the minutes tick by. Tonight, I came across your site in my desperate search for info. Finding your site was like a miracle!! An actual site with REAL photos. I am the most desperate, frustrated, stressed out, non-gardener you will ever meet!!!! I've read magazines, books, been to the local nurseries, read all the Scott's Lawn Care junk mail I get, and searched the internet, and I am more confused than ever!! There is so much info. out there. I don't know where to start or what to start with. I am the most hardworking yard work person (well other than you obviously) when it comes to cutting the lawn, weeding, trimming, raking, fertilizing, grass seeding, watering, etc. I would love to just hire a landscape designer, but can't afford their outrageous prices and I don't know anyone that is smarter than I am when it comes to this issue. I know I am going to go to the local nursery this weekend to try and find something to grow. I also know I am going to leave the nursery this weekend totally empty handed like always. Would you help me? I don't want as many plantings as you have obviously to start but maybe some day I can get a quarter way to that point. I would just like to grow some flowers that are low maintenance and bloom all year long and come back every year!! Is that too much to ask??!! All the information drives me bonkers....when to plant, where to plant, what to plant, color, bloom time, shade, sun, sun/shade, shade/sun, dry, wet, poor drainage, good drainage, rocky, hilly, AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHH!!

Hi Joyce, maybe low-maintenance and all-season-blooming and perennial is a bit much to ask for :-) But maybe I can give you some suggestions - I'll send you a mail.

D. Hudson of Youngsville, NC (March 30, 2005)
I enjoyed virtually walking around your house and gardens. Great web site for plant info, thank you. I'm not a celebrity, but I've seen them on TV ; )
Dr. J. Matthew Durham (March 27, 2005)
I have suggestion that you may or may not want to consider. As a gardener/beekeeper I am always looking for plants that bees use as a nector source. My suggestion is that you make some small notation in your description as to whether or not bees harvest nector from the plant. It may be too time consuming but I just thought I would throw it out there. Great site by the way...wish I was closer so I could come to the plant sale (I live in SC).

Thanks for the suggestion. I've given that information for a few plants where the insect activity was particularly striking, but not consistently - probably because most of the flowering plants I grow (nearly all open-pollinated) get frequented by a variety of insects. I'll keep your suggestion in mind :-)

James R (Sonny) Griffith (March 23, 2005)
Great Web Cite. Very inspirational. Hope to buy some seeds and such from you soon.
Mary A. Whitesell (March 23, 2005)
I learned of your website at the Toastmasters Speech Contest last evening (March 22, 2005). I've only had a few minutes to peruse your site, but found it fantastic. Will definitely revisit at my leisure. I look forward to your plant sale on May 7!
lisa (March 21, 2005)
I found your site from a post on Garden web. I'm in love. Your gardens are what I'm dreaming for my own yard. Luckly for me I will be at you plant sale on the 7th of May, as long as we don't get lost. We are in Northumberland and should be all right. My husband loves the fact that you are willing to recycle my pots for a discount. You may get more pots then you plan on.LOL I have lots to share. Look forward to meeting you. lis
Paul and Richard, (San Francisco, Ca) (March 19, 2005)
We live in SF with just a couple of planters around the house. I found your astounding website and garden when looking up Physocarpus opulifolius "Dart's Gold," I love the lime-yellow leaves and just bought a little one to grow in a container. We are retiring finally and to satisfy our love for growing things, we just acquired over 13 acres of agricultural land in Hawaii, old sugar cane fields with a year round stream. No house, just wild boar, rats, mongooses and jungle. But it's a warm weather paradise, my bones don't ache when there. will send you photos. Thanks for the inspiration and photos of your paradise. Paul
Marsha (Richmond, VA) (March 19, 2005)
What a wonderful web site! I have spent over an hour reading about your garden and enjoying all the amazing photos you've taken of your "flower children". Hmmm, I might just try to grow an allium plant after all, since seeing your real picture of how one looks in a home garden/yard setting. Thank you for sharing the fruits of your hard work. I'll be back!
Jeannie Francis (March 17, 2005)
Wow, great site and I live close. I'm in Cinnaminson NJ I'm an herbalsit, Master Gardener, Historical Garden Researcher and Restorer, my business partner and i also give lectures on The Plants of Lewis And Clark, and Hubs & I do the second to largest amature display at the Phila Flower Show. I also am an heirloom plant grower with a plant sale too in MAY. This is a wonderful site I will be sending it out to all my garden buddies on the net. Please feel free to look at my web site and you can see pics of my display in,, in the Phila/southjersey site. John Fisher the monitor of the site takes awesome pics. I'll stop by often to see the update to this site!! Thanks again Rob Sincerely Brassi--aka Jeannie Francis
Sheila Katayama (March 15, 2005)
I've enjoyed your webite. I'm gardening in Keyport, NJ but my garden is about a year old. Not quite as far along as yours, eh? Maybe we will trade sometime in the future! Sheila
Jennifer Griffithe (March 15, 2005)
The spotted blue/white Platycodon - splendid. Magnificient.
Mark Westerman (March 12, 2005)
What a great collection of pictures and information. I do design work in Minnesota, and am always looking for good pictures, I will look here first. Great site. thanks.
Karen (March 08, 2005)
Do you have a seed source for Abelmoschus? You have a great site!

It's on my trade list, Karen. Take a look at my seed pages (use the link up above).

Cory Baggen (March 06, 2005)
Rob - thank you for sharing your garden! I'm up in Alaska, dreaming of spring.. You've given me inspiration. Thank you!
Karen Lovely (March 06, 2005)
I am from New Hampshire and would like to get information on different and unusual type plants

I like to grow unusual plants, and I like to write about how they do in my garden - so keep coming back, and I'll have something new regularly!

Erica Glasener (February 24, 2005)
Rob, I am a horticulturist and host a TV show about gardening. Discovered your site when I was looking for info about a particular plant. Well done!

wow, my first celebrity endorsement :-) Thanks Erica.

Nancy Henderson (February 21, 2005)
What a great resource!
Copperlilac (February 20, 2005)
Great site. I wandered in while looking for info on starting some plants from seed. Took a tour around your site and it really made my cold, dreary February day a little brighter. Keep up the great work! :)
hummingbirddaisy (February 19, 2005)
I have really enjoyed looking at your site. I ran across it doing a google search for seed trading. I have learned allot from reading about your experiences in starting seeds. Keep up the good work on this site!!! I would love to come to your next plant sale, but I live in Iowa, so that is highly unlikely. Will check back from time to time and see what you have added. Enjoy the Spring as it is almost here. :-)
Beverly Jacobs (February 12, 2005)
I'm opening a Tea House in Ohio and want historical plants. Thanks for the great sight.
Pam Berwyn, Il. (outside chicago Zone (January 28, 2005)
Ran into your great web site looking for a plant description. I can tell alot of time and passion went into it! Not to mention your beautiful garden too. A definite bookmark! Thanks.
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Caprice from Sweden (January 18, 2005)
Hi Rob..! What a amazing site you got..! It´s executed and give´s so much inspiration... I´m so sorry that I can´t visit you in your garagesale.. It would be a thrill.. :-)
Sharon - Bellaire MI (January 18, 2005) (January 18, 2005)
Hi Rob....been visiting here for quite awhile now. Love the much useful information as well as entertaining. You are truly an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing all your hard work with the rest of us.
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Michela (January 15, 2005)
Thank you for a wonderful site with so many pictures! Such inspiration for my garden this coming spring!
Alison (January 07, 2005)
Great site! A great place to visit on a snowy winter's day.
Rachelle Towne (January 01, 2005)
Loved touring your garden through your journal.

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