Sunday, May 27, 2007

Aroids, Part VI

The garden is always greener on the other side of the street... I've been having a little online discussion with a gardener from the U.K., who happens to be rather nutty about Jack in the pulpits. He rather proudly has shown pictures of a couple of Arisaema triphyllum (our American native) Jacks that he's obtained from this country. Heck, these plants pop up as volunteers in our flower beds; growing, if you let them, into big three foot tall clumps, which shade out my phlox. The Brit is awe-struck by this fact... I on the other hand am blown away by the fact that in Great Britain you can walk out in the woods and see wild primroses and wood anemones...I guess we always want what we can't have.
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I've enjoyed seeing your wonderful collection of Jacks. But most of all the Arisaema serrata v. mayebarie, which reminds me of a hooded cobra about to strike. Thanks for sharing your photos.
Ki... serrata is my fave, too. More than any other plant in the garden, visitors just ooh and ah over it.
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