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chrise

10th January 2013, 19:34
Indeed, rosalind - it was introduced as a border plant. It just has a distressing tendency to put itself everywhere!
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aristophanes

10th January 2013, 19:57
I do know the plant, and it grows here, but I haven't noticed it in my neighborhood. It's called fireweed because it takes over in burned areas. What we do have a lot of here is purple loosestrife, a European invasive that chokes out native wetland plants. The Charles River runs through my town (well upstream from Boston) and the flood plain is breathtaking when this plant is in bloom, but local beauties like the cardinal flower just can't compete with it.
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chrise

10th January 2013, 20:01
It is a shame that foreign plants can take over in that way. Over here, purple loosestrife is a fairly uncommon (and sought after) plant, considered attractive.

I have seen Fuchsia as a "weed" in Connemara (Ireland).
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aristophanes

10th January 2013, 20:15
So nice to chat with other plant-lovers. So many of our neighbors have turned their land into virtual deserts (you know, the suburban look) and seem to look askance at us because "there's a there" here. Really, I can't imagine anything more magnificent than our native flora. Why would anyone want to replace Aronia arbutifolia and Viburnum dentatum and V. acerifolium with Japanese yews?
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chrise

10th January 2013, 20:18
Yes indeed, aristo.

Are you in contact with any other US fern enthusiasts? We have met a few.
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rosalind

10th January 2013, 20:23
I know what you mean, aristo, though I do love the tranquility of some Japanese gardens, even those made of raked gravel and Acers (and enjoy Japanese cooking). But, if a Japanese yew is really a yew, why is anyone growing it in their yard? The berries of our common yew are pretty poisonous.
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aristophanes

10th January 2013, 20:31
No, chrise, I'm not. I'm a steward rather than a collector, and that's perhaps why.

Nothing against things Japanese, Rosalind; in fact there's a gorgeous Sharaku looking down at me. It's just the idea of buying plants by the yard and bulldozing the ones that grew where they've grown forever to make way for them.
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chrise

10th January 2013, 20:36
And very valuable, as such, aristo!
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rosalind

10th January 2013, 23:26
Well I absolutely agree with you there, aristo
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aristophanes

10th January 2013, 23:33
Oh! The lovely Rosalind, up late. Sorry about going off on a rant.
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