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Maggie (November 30, 2019)
This site is awesome. I love the care and detail that has been put into it. I wish everyone would document their gardens in such a way so that everyone could understand what works best in what places. I'm glad I discovered this site randomly while trying to learn about persicaria virginiana aka. painter's palette. Bookmarking this for future use :) Thanks Rob!

Thanks for writing. I'm glad fellow gardeners still find my site every once in a while :-). Back when I started it, 15 years ago now, the internet was a different place, and Google's algorithms sent me lots of visitors. By now, those search algorithms have been adjusted in favor of much larger sites, but I'm happy to keep documenting my gardening efforts -- for my visitors, and for myself as well!

Freya Bjorndahl (August 20, 2019)
Love your web pages! I hope you are enjoying the Houston area; I attended college down the road in Beaumont and love the Gulf Coast area. I moved from there to Virginia, then Atlanta; previously I spent summers in Shreveport and Laurel, Mississippi...humidity and mildew were a way of life for many years, LOL! PLEASE CONTINUE to post and share on your wonderful site; your gentle posts combined with your wealth of knowledge is a much appreciated respite from daily, congestive worldly information overload.

Thanks for the words of encouragement - a post is indeed overdue. Judging by your name, you may be a fellow northern European, so I'm extra impressed with your humidity tolerance :-)

Mary Abrahamson (August 19, 2019)
Guess your my neighbor,I'm in Diboll,TX....Am excited to have found this page and very interested in what new plants you plant here in good old South East Texas

Howdy neighbor. I'm still figuring things out. For example, I'm finding out right now which plants can't deal with extended no-rain episodes...

claire fanger (July 25, 2019)
Ten years ago I also moved from a benign northern gardening situation (Ontario) to Houston where the learning curve is steep and probably 3/4 of all my new plants end up dying one way or another, usually after struggling for a year or so. Here I give things a three year trial period; I am always thrilled when something survives that long. I love finding new plants that can work here and will be watching this space with interest.

Yep, that sounds about right. Just because nurseries sell it doesn't mean it will survive. Starting anything from seed is an even iffier undertaking...

Thomas Carr (July 21, 2019)
I have loved gardening since I was a child. My grandparents were avid gardeners and that is where I got my green-thumb from. During the winter months I love to visit sites like this and dream it is Spring again. Great information here and the pics are heavenly.

Thanks Thomas - it's a long time from winter though! Unless you're in upside-down territory :-)

Andy (June 25, 2019)
Hi Rob, I experienced a surge of fondness for your good old website today. I spent many hours on your site learning and researching between the years 2006 and 2012 when I was seed starting intensively, in our zone 5 Illinois garden. Your travails and notes helped me massively and taught me a great deal about plant biology, botany, and plain ol' good gardening skills. Nobody puts together a densely detailed, own-research website these days, not like you've got here. I just wanted to drop a note of appreciation for the efforts you've gone through to share your experiences and insights. Thank you for the knowledge you've put into the world. Best, Andy

Thanks for the kind words, Andy. I'm just happy that some people still find (and find value in) my site, now that the big search engines favor commercial and fluff sites. Happy gardening!


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