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Joan (December 27, 2010)
What a lovely website. I came across it accidentally while looking for someone who might be able to sell me an arenaria glanduligera (but I suspect I will have to go to Kanchenjunga and collect one personally - except I wouldn't be allowed to, of course!) Just wish you were in the UK, but anyway will follow your gardening exploits and those of the kids - Happy New Year to you all.
Gina Roberson (December 13, 2010)
I would love a chance to talk with you. My husband and I are starting our own backyard/basement plant biss. and I have questions I know you could answer.

I have sent you an email, Gina.

Mike Finch (December 10, 2010)
Great site, well done! Very informative, frank, and down to earth (no pun intended). Thank you!
Panayoti Kelaidis (November 20, 2010)
Very impressive website: you make a botanical gardener like me feel like an amateur!

I'm delighted to count you among my site's visitors, Panayoti. I'll always be the amateur - which is just how I like to relate to the pursuit of gardening :-)

Pippi21 (November 19, 2010)
Rob..great job of this website and explaining the way you test to see if seeds are still good and if they will germinate. Can you go through that process using photographs to show each step and put on website? Do you use 4 or 8 cup filters? White or unbleached filters?

Most of the details about my seed-starting methods, including discussions of supplies and some photos, can be found at my baggy page and the pages linked from there. I use white filters, because it is usually easier to spot the germinated seeds on those.

Jim Hanger (November 16, 2010)
Would appreciate being on your mailing list if you have one--plant nut here down in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia...saw Delphinium elatum blooming at the Flower Factory in Wisconsin and cannot get it out of my mind--I'm 6/3 and had to look UP at the blooms! Wonderful site fella! Would love to attend your plant sale.

Jim, if you'd like to be on the mailing list, please send me an email (see "contact me" link at bottom of page). I have no way of sending you anything based on your guestbook entry. Sounds like a wonderful delphinium experience - mine have never gotten remotely as tall as that!

Hauswurz Karl (November 13, 2010)
Your photos are excelently. I am a big friend of rockgarden plants. Take a look at my home page, there are many photos from my rockgarden plants and sempervivum, at Greetings Karl
jim h. (November 04, 2010)
Just found you looking for information on Phlomis. I am in the Shenandoah Valley also in 6/6B and like the unusual or rare or?
E. K. Rose (October 26, 2010)
I appreciate your database, but I do wish that it was more botanically oriented instead of horticulturally.

I'm sure that other resources provide a better botanical reference - my primary aim with the website is to highlight the horticultural merits of the plants :-)

Jessica Kuhn (September 29, 2010)
this is a great site, well done. I'm one of your neighbors to the south, live in Camden County, NJ. very helpful information, good job. Many thanks.
Carolyn (September 27, 2010)
I just stumbled onto your site while researching a plant. It is outstanding! I can't wait to return when I have a lazy morning this winter.

Why, thanks Carolyn! I'm rather looking forward to a lazy winter weekend morning myself - maybe I'll have a bit of time to actually write another page or two on the website :-)

Hill Farm Nursery, BC, Canada (Barb Scharf) (September 07, 2010)
Just discovered your site while researching Ceratotheca triloba, and wow - very impressed! Have bookmarked this & will definitely be back. Thank you for the germination info - well done! You've put so much work into this; greatly appreciated.
Sheri (August 23, 2010)
Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. I have your site book-marked and use it all the time. I am based in Hampshire, England.
han heck (August 19, 2010)
Hai Rob, the seeds you've send me arived properly. When they bloom i send yo some beautiful pictures.Thank you for your excellent Customer-friendliness Greeting Han Heck The Netherlands

Great - I hope they provide you with beautiful results in years to come!

Tammy--Indianapolis, IN (August 16, 2010)
Thank you so much for a wonderful, helpful page. I will definitely refer back to it again in the future! :)
pam ridley (August 16, 2010)
for the information about the plant i was looking for, thanks alot. Brill will use again. Hope the plant does well in northern england. Thanks Pam
pam ridley (August 16, 2010)
for the information about the plant i was looking for, thanks alot. Brill will use again. Hope the plant does well in northern england. Thanks Pam
Fran (UK) (August 12, 2010)
Agree with Peter and Roberta below - you are consistently among the most useful gardening websites. Well done and thank you.
Peter D. Heidgerd (July 19, 2010)
Rob: I have been on your site before, but this morning, while looking up the correct spelling of 'yuccifolium' so I would get it right in an email to friends of mine at Nearly Native Nursery here in Georgia, I found a link while looking at Rattlesnake master to Kemper/Missouri Botanical Garden... and there, found an answer (staking these plants in an acceptable manner) to yet another related question that I had not been thinking about while looking up the spelling... I commend you, and will keep your site now as a favorite as this was a real awesome way to 'prove' your site (at least with me... a real critic!)... I will be refering to your site from now on for even the most routine! Have a GREAT day! Peter

Thanks for your comments, Peter. I'm glad to hear that among the multitude of horticultural sites, mine still has its own value from time to time.

Roberta (July 18, 2010)
The best photos and most concise information I have found online. Thank you very much!
Robert Whynott (July 18, 2010)
love your flowers
Caroline (July 09, 2010)
Thank you! Fantastic garden, fantastic site! I looked around a bit and will be back for more later.
Tammi (July 04, 2010)
Hi! I didn't have time to view your whole page today, but it's cool to see that someone else is interested in the bugs that come around gardens. Maybe you could visit my site sometime? I'll be back to see more of your site when I have the time! So far it looks like it's going to be cool! :)

Glad you like my critters, Tammi. Looks like you're working on quite a collection too!

PHYLLIS HALLORAN (July 02, 2010)
Rob, your flowers and plants are gorgeous. You are also a very good photographer. I love your site and will come back often. I live in Sydney,N.S. Canada, on Cape Breton Island.
Karen in Graham WA (June 30, 2010)
I stumbled on your web site and I'm spending a enjoyable evening on our deck, (garden records,camera, paper and pencils scattered across the table), traveling through your wonderful garden. We had the wettest May on record and it has been cold, cold ,cold. After a fourty-six degree morning it broke seventy today! Still, at the moment the sun is out, the tree roses are blooming, hummers are at the feeders and my husband is in watching the Mariners and they are winning. All is well. Thank you for your time and effort. I've book marked your site and will return often.
susan from on canada (June 23, 2010)
you have a beautiful garden, i have so much enjoyed your site. thank you for sharing it. you should be very proud.
Vivian (June 21, 2010)
Hi Rob, I just came upon your website while looking up Campanula alliariifolia, very nice! I will come back to check on it as often as I can. I garden in Northern California, the Sierra Foothills, so my zone if very different from yours. I love to garden, I am more of a plant collector and enjoy going to nurseries when on vacation to find new and different plants. Thanks for sharing you garden with us.

Hi Vivian, glad you enjoy the site. I just had the pleasure of roaming around your area a few days ago, on our family vacation. Stumped by many of the beautiful but unfamiliar plants I saw, of course.

paula burkard (June 21, 2010)
just found you/your site and think it is great. will stop by when i have more time to browse.
Barbara Doll (June 15, 2010)
Rob: Can I use your fragrant waterlily picture for an educational sign in Currituck County, N.C.? Please let me know if I have permission. And if you have a higher quality version of the picture Nymphaea odorata, please send it. Thank you very much.

Please email me, using the link at the bottom of my web pages.

John (June 10, 2010)
You helped us to id Box Elder Bugs.
Sue, Mentor, OH (June 06, 2010)
Thank you for the information I found on your website. Thorough, concise and just what I needed. Bookmarking for the future!
Theresa (June 02, 2010)
Wow! That is all I can say! I happened onto this site through a link someone posted on Though they were talking about bugs I was drawn into your site with all your information you provided. After looking around all I can say again is WOW!! I love all the pictures. Flowers are one of my favorite things to photograph and you do such a great job! Thanks for putting this site here and all the information you provide.
Eileen Sproule (May 29, 2010)
Oops! I guess I should have mentioned I was from OREGON if I was going to make a crack about the 'other side of the map'. :)
Eileen Sproule (May 29, 2010)
What an awesome site! How do you have time to manage this website AND garden AND do a plant sale AND work? W.O.W...You must have more hours in your day than I do! :) Thanks for sharing...its fun to see how the other side of the map gardens!
Diann Hettinger Cheyenne Wyoming (May 25, 2010)
I enjoyed "walking" through your gardens. Enjoyed your comments and your families never ending jurney of gardening. I just bought my last home and have a great deal of work to do, the yard is "done" in white rock. Ugly!! I am a grandmother and love plants, water areas and the feel of dirt. So it will be a lot of work but a lot of pleasure. I hope my carrots do as well as Max's.
M.Grotendorst (May 16, 2010)
Great Site!!! My girlfriend and I are daylily - collectors from germany and like your site a lot! Hope to see u at our site, too. Greetings from Germany
E.A. Force (May 11, 2010)
Rob, thanks for the vast and informative website! I was able to make it to your plant sale for the first time this year, and although I arrived after the plants I wanted had disappeared (I'm camping out at the end of your driveway starting at 7:30 next year, I warn you!), I was thrilled to deposit a few trashbags full of plant pots that I haven't any use for anymore. I hope you were serious about needing a lot... :-) Ellen from Windsor, CT

Thanks for the pots, Ellen! too bad you left without some items from your want list. I'll try to have more of those fast sellers next year...

Larry Crosby (May 02, 2010)
Rob - as promised, here is our 2008 garden video. I am sure that we are both busy - our nite temps are now in the low 40's and climbing - spring is just around the corner. Good gardening. Best regards, Larry Crosby Castle Rock, WA
Betty Mackey (May 01, 2010)
I enjoyed your site -- found it when I googled an unusual species. I like the attention to seeds and the direct observations. --Betty Mackey, Chair, Delaware Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (

Glad you stopped by, Betty. I'm enjoying all those new seedlings from this year's NARGS exchange - even though I'm fully aware that more than half of them won't survive our summer and/or winter!

Patricia Degnan (May 01, 2010)
I love the photos that you have. They are the "real thing" not some perfect photo from a nursery where all the right conditions exist! Tks!
Martha (April 27, 2010)
It would be most helpful to have your state and planting zone and microclimate infomation. Keeps my hopes in perspective; I live in a cold zone 4 in Maine.

See the very first paragraph on my front page - we're in zone 6.

Vernette Hilbert (April 23, 2010)
Your website and all you do for the sale is amazing! I don't know how you have time to do all of this. I'm looking forward to the sale!
Larry Crosby (April 23, 2010)
Rob - excellent web site. Your effort is commendable. I have used your information to improve my gardens. You are so precise, that I bet that you have been accused of being an engineer. I have been working on my gardens since the early 90's, with the biggest step a greenhouse and growing my own plants for the last two years. All of the oaks and maples were planted in the early phases - I am from the midwest, and we have very few fall color trees here in the NW - so we planted many. Thought you and gardening fans might like the you-tube video I have put together for your enjoyment. This is our 2009 garden - I am working on a video of our 2008 garden which will follow soon. Larry Crosby Castle Rock, WA

Hi Larry - thanks for sharing. Beautiful gardens, wonderful presentation!

kerstin edholm sverige (April 03, 2010)
Kul att se dina växter,här har vi 1 meter djup snö så då har jag tid att se på fina växtbilder.

Our snow disappeared quickly this year - it's quite warm this weekend!

cathy mckee plant grower (April 03, 2010)
just bookmarked your have a very useful database...many thanks from ireland
Vicky Palmer (April 01, 2010)
Thanks for the wonderful site. Great close-ups of some insects that I've not seen before. I will remember them! I'll be back for more.
Nat Mulcahy (March 18, 2010)
Love your blog! would love to help you with some biochar. drop me an email and when I am back in the US I'll be happy to send you some just for fun. all the best Nat of WorldStove

Hi Nat - good to hear from you. I guess you're in Haiti right now? You didn't leave an email, but do get in touch with me when you can. Good luck in your endeavors!

Vesna M., Croatia (March 18, 2010)
This is a great website! Happy to see people who love gardening as much as I do. I put this site to my favourites so I can keep on visiting it. Thanks!I too have a garden which grows more beautiful every year. Won the first prize last year for the best looking garden in the area. I am certainly going to use your advices about making the pond because that is the next step I am going to take on in my garden. My best wishes to you!
Rene' B. (March 11, 2010)
Wow! What an incredible website you've put together; informative,visual and easy to understand for practical usage! I am new to gardening and am loving the tranformation of my home in Valencia ,Ca. I have borrowed so many of your ideas and have applied them... What great results! My wife is now excited at what is begining to transform before her... that is very welcomed,knowing she was very upset with me for pulling out almost every tree,plant and shrub on our property! Thank you for all that you have given so liberally!
Teri Schneider (March 05, 2010)
Many of the people that I have met on and live in the lehigh valley area. I am a newcomer here and am looking forward a trip to your gardens on May 1st.

Welcome to the area, Teri. Looking forward to meet you this spring.

Monique (February 23, 2010)
Oregon here, I just got my first shop light with Ecolux F40T12, set it all up today, am so excited to get started with seeds. Came in to find what the next step would be, stumbled across your site by accident, what a good one! Your pictures are great, esp. love the heleborus, would love to get every species. Have bookmarked your site and plan to visit weekly. Thank you so much.
Toni Doyle (February 19, 2010)
I'm in Arkansas, it would be helpful to know which zone you are in.

Zone 6 (it says so right near the top of my homepage :-)

Vic (February 15, 2010)
Awesome site! Thanks for all the great info and links!
Amy L. of Minnesota (February 15, 2010)
You have a great website with WONDERFUL pictures. You keep it updated too it seems, which can be a tough job from what I've experienced. It looks like a lovely area that you live in.
Susan W. of NE OH (February 11, 2010)
You have wonderful pictures and comments. I wanted to let you know that the two unlabeled caterpillar pictures--the white fuzzy one you speculated might be an albino wooly bear and the yellow fuzzy caterpillar are both the same species: Spilosoma virginica or Yellow Bear or Virginian Tiger Moth. The caterpillars can be any color from pure white to dark reddish brown but perhaps 50% are yellow. The hairs are different lengths and the hairs at the head end are often a shade darker than the rest.

Thanks for the information, Susan!

Nick F., Nebraska (February 06, 2010)
Wow! This is a fantastic website! Keep up the good work!
Linda, SW Washington (January 07, 2010)
It's been awhile since I last visited your site, so must have spent a good 2 hrs. just taking in all that I could. Love the site and the info.. Your photo's are excellent, refreshing to see pictures that are so clear. Will look forward to my next journey into your site.
Lupe Cook (January 04, 2010)
I have Mexican Poinsetta/Euphorbia cyathopora that are about 24 inches tall and leggy. My question was can I trim it so it will be bushier. Thanks for your response. Will try two containers and see what happens. And will pass on my results. Great website!!

Thanks Lupe. I'll be interested to learn of your results.

Claudette Talmadge (January 02, 2010)
I really enjoyed your website. It is snowing here in coastal Ct. so it gave me a refreshing respite and brought spring in for a while. I Just wish you were closer to be able to attend your 2010 Sale!! Keep up the good work.

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