I have some frustrations of the past to get over, lay them to rest and
move forward. I deal with plants in some way every day. My strength
is in the growing aspect of many plants, whether they are for Agricultural
or for Horticultural purposes. Iíve had four world renown plant men to
learn from when I decided that I wanted to learn more of the Horticulture
industry when my interest in Agriculture had been wavering for a number
of years. Honestly, it was the learning something new for me which
helped me overcome some of my reservations in Agriculture. Those
gripes were mostly due to the people involved in politics that were
making decisions for Agriculture which affected everyone involved in
production type Agriculture.
My enjoyment comes from asking myself a question about a plant that
I see come up for identification or from a thread from this HortBoard.
Many times I find myself looking up the plant in question online because
most all of my better plant books are at my cabin to see if what I remember
is still accurate or not. Just like in the thread dealing with Catalpa, the
answer I got about that tree being invasive is what made that whole thread
more than worthwhile for me. I learned the tree as being invasive and sure
enough a leading University confirmed it. From that point further I do not
care what the outcome is in that thread as I got what I wanted and for that
I am grateful.
We are going to have some derision in plants on occasion and to be honest
that same type altruism has been going on for years. I will say it is indeed
a pleasure for me to learn what plants are grown in areas other than ours
that we have not tried to grow from a nurseryman's view point or in some
cases know nothing about. It is not easy at all to learn from various web
sites what plants you' in British Columbia grow as the web sites are quite
limited in the number of plants listed as being grown where you are. I
do know that Mr. Don Kleim felt that the Fraser Valley was the best area
any where for him to grow his extensive collection of Japanese Maples,
Conifers, Camellias and Deciduous Magnolias. It is a shame that he was
not ever able to grow the plants he loved so much in what he felt was his
ideal location to grow his plants.
The UBC forums are still unsurpassed online for the ability to bring
people together from many countries to discuss plants, ask questions
about plants and to learn more about plants. These forums will continue
to expand as I know of some of the people I know that have found these
UBC forums recently and just wait until they start posting.
Any more the only online entities that I spend some time on other
than work related are the BBC for current news and these UBC
forums. Even when I am a little discouraged with both I cannot
stay away for a day, even when I am out of town and at times out
I completely agree that the staff and especially Daniel deserve more
than a great deal of credit. They have devised a means to bring people
together from a wide range of interests in plants and what may have
seemed like a slow beginning will indeed become in time a major,
quite possibly the leading, online resource for plant knowledge.
What they all have succeeded in doing will become an immeasurable
benefit to a large and expansive number of people world wide.
As for you jimmyq, the highest compliment I can give is that there
is no doubt in my mind you would be successful in what you do no
matter where you are located. There are not a lot of people I can say
that about, even people I've known for many years. It has to be a
passion, not money or the feeling that it is just a job that drives us.
There has to be much more than that and from what I've seen you
would be a real asset anywhere. The post you and Chris wrote about
the moving of the large Rhododendron is something that people
down here, even the experts, do not fully comprehend. Where
they would lose plants and have you guys already have the hardest
part to learn all figured out and I am just in awe of you guys!
Thank you for your nice comments but it should be me thanking
you for being such an integral part of these marvelous forums.
All the best,
Snickles Art Glass
Paigie(ms.shep) & Jim(mr.shep)