Yep Stormy, those are G.biokovo, such a wonderful little Geranium! Whether they're in rich, moist soil in partial shade or full blazing sun in dry soil, they just do their thing without complaint. That little combination is one of my favorites!
Sheryl, always ask me before you spend money! I'm the cheapest gardener on the planet, LOL, and if I can propagate something for ya, happy to do so :-)
edited to correct- those are Geranium biokovo 'Karmina'
I originally got them from Bluestone Perennials. They've multiplied beautifully, so I've stuck them here and there throughout the garden. If you'd like some for postage or trade in spring, just let me know :-)
Does anyone grow Geranium St. Ola? I had it last year for the first time that I bought from Avant. It did well for me, now to see if it comes back.
[quote]Geranium cantabrigiense 'St. Ola' 1 $7.95
From dark wine buds pop open white blossoms on short 8" stems over a period of six weeks, beginning in late May. Foliage is nearly evergreen and makes a lovely groundcover. Oh, did we mention it tolerates dry shade?
That second pic is really nice, Patty. Not that the other one is any slouch, but that's really pretty.
But I'm a little concerned - has your plant completely disappeared? My Johnson's blue and (I think) sanguinea still have foliage on them and I'm a little cooler than you are. Maybe not all of them are evergreen?
I find Geraniums to be tricky to choose the right ones.This summer I added about 10 new varieities. Some grow up to 20- 24" tall and others are the low spreader types. I think some of them didn't make it through that 6 weeks of no rain in the summer. It will be interesting to see which come up next year. I got quite a few nice varieites of a good size from Edelweiss Perennials.
This Geranium "Pink Penny", was put in just after Labor Day and it bloomed right through October. It is supposed to spread up to 4' and stay less than 12" tall. As the weather turned cooler, the blooms got deeper in color. This photo is from the end of September, but the color got much darker in October.
it will be taller next year. This was the 2nd year for mine and it was about 1 1/2' tall by 2' wide. Right now, mine is drooping over after the weather we have had, and I am wondering if I should cut it back or leave it until Spring.
So far... we had 2 inches of snow today and the possibility of 1 inch of snow every day for the next 7 days. At least the farther out they go with the forecasts the more remote the possibility of them being accurate... I am already hoping for a heatwave of some sort...
I got these allium flavum in a co op in the fall of 2008. Wishing I had put in more. They remind me of fireworks.
I have the Agastache Golden Jubilee. I put it in the year before last. I like the chartreaus foliage with the lavendar blooms... One thing that I really like about it, is that it is a real bee magnet. I was also reading that the goldfinches love the agastache seeds.
Common here Mary, we were overdue for it too. That's why we can grow stuff that's only hardy to Z7. We don't have ground freeze, and then get feet of insulating snow on top. I think this is going to be another year the ground won't freeze. It wasn't frozen when we got this snow, so unless it melts or we get sub zero temps, which is unusual, we won't freeze.
I was thinking how good it was for the plants. Right now we've got a lot of mud from those last 2 snow melts. We only got 2 inches on Wed, but that 18" from the prior week had just then totally melted. Do you never get heaving? Do you have any problems with Iris rot?
Katie - I like the darker purples and burgandys too and I do think those colors would be great. Last year I put in Clematis Negritianka (sp?) to the right of the pink clem (Clematis Comtesse Bouchard). I am hoping the dark dusky purple of the C. Negrtianka is showcased by the lighter colors in that area, when she is bigger...
Mary - I did not grow the A. Golden Jubilee from seed. I bought that plant - I really liked the colors, plus if I can help to draw the bees, I do try to do that. However, the picture I have attached of the Giant White Agastache, I did grow from seed. I received the seeds about 5 or 6 years ago in a trade and wintersowed them. I just love this plant!
We had horrible problems last year from the heaving. I lost several heuchera last winter as a result of the heaving. I am hoping this year is more normal in the way of winters. I put in quite a few heuchs last spring/summer and do not want to lose any of them.
Carolyn, I lost a lot of Heuchera too last year due to heaving. Then the spring deluge drowned some. Then the July/August drought killed some more. It was a bad year for Heuchera in these parts.
Those snow storms in March seemed to cause most of the heaving, especially to young shrubs. I see your Herbstonne behind the white Agastache. I planted it for the first time this summer and it grew over four feet in 3 months.
I haven't even been looking at the co ops. Have to take it easy this year... I have found that if I even go and just 'look' to see what they have on the co ops, my fingers end up placing orders of their own free will!
Heaving was a problem in some unmulched areas here last winter too. We don't keep any regular snow cover, but the soil typically doesn't freeze very deep, and not at all in thickly mulched areas. Bearded Iris aversion to mulch makes that a pain.
I got burned with koi last year too, however, I am always looking for new dahlias and I will always do business with Bleek, regardless of whether he is in a co op or not. The service that Bleek and Ingrid provide is A1.
Here is a dahlia that I received from my MIL. It is Princess de Suede
I need to clearify.
I am new to DG and last year was new to co-ops. I am sure there are some fantastic ones.
If I had half a brain I would have been on the look out for an Amarillis one because I love them.I tend to take baby steps when I'm involved with anything new.
Sorry if some here were offended.
Its always good to have a recomendation.
If I had known the backstory with Koi I never would have gotten involved.
He was just overwhelmed ,thats not good for anybody.
I have co-ops on my forums list now and check from time to time to see if anything looks promising.
Classifieds also.Bill will list Caladiums there.
I doubt anyone was offended by that, Jo Ann. It's just your experience. No one would be offended by our Jo Ann, anyway.
I did the amaryllis co-op, and apprently there are some wrong named ones. But the ones I got are lovely, and I really don't care what their names are. I got Lemon Lime, and it's gorgeous. That was not the Bleek co-op.
But the best co-op I was in, for me, was one of the worst one for many. It was a hibiscus co-op. I paid very little for 6 of the Cajun hibiscuses, and they all turned out true to name, and are absolutely gorgeous.
another vendor that I have really liked in the past is starlight1153. Ella is great and she has the tissue culture plants.
I bought from her and received these plants from her last Summer. She had explicit instructions on how to take care of tissue culture plants and when we received our plants, she wanted us all to post pictures of what we received so she knew that everything we ordered arrived in tip top shape. She is also very accessible. I have all the new 2010 introductions for the heucheras and some of the newer echinacea coming in the Spring from her. I can't wait!
I just have to tell all of you how much I've enjoyed all your beautiful flowers as I've read through your two threads this evening. What a great group you are! Being in Texas I don't get an opportunity to grow a lot of the plants and flowers ya'll do as the heat and humidity just kills them off. Thank you for sharing your gardens with me.
Oh, there are scads of Poppy seedlings out there right now- I'm so excited! I think I'm even seeing some P.somniferum types out there overwintering? Odd to me, because last year...well, I guess it was year before last (fall of 08) I had lots of somniferum seedlings that all perished with the first hard freeze. Plenty more showed back up in spring to replace them, but that had me thinking they wouldn't behave the same as Shirley Poppies (that produce fall seedlings that overwinter). The '08 batch that froze were still tiny when it happened, so maybe that was why? That was also a drought year, so could be the seeds didn't have enough moisture to germinate till it was too late to develop enough to overwinter.
The California Poppies on the other hand, appear to have all diminished in the cold weather, which I kind of expected.
This combo came out better than planned- I love how the colors are reversed in the Lily and Daylily.
I sowed some somnifer's in October and the warm November germinated them, they are holding their own as of 2 days ago,snow covering today.
They are hardy little things.
That Lily DL combo is just wonderful.
Did Pirl see it?
'Vulcan' is GORGEOUS!!! And such a true red, isn't it irritating when hot pink blooms are sold as red (complete with color enhanced photos). Goodness knows I'd still want whatever knowing it's hot pink, but I'd plant it in a different spot, LOL.
Here's sweet little surprise I had last summer, an Alstromeria that had never bloomed after a couple of years of digging in fall, trying in various containers in various positions, till I finally planted in the ground and left there to freeze out during winter. Low and behold, it not only survived the winter, but bloomed too!
ge1836, Love the pictures. I loved the poppies and that beautiful dark purple iris and all the other plants. I want my garden to look like that, but it will take a couple of years, I know that. I'm just impatient with the cold and I can't get out there and get planting. I've got a couple of orders to nurseries for some stuff that I want, including my elderberry bushes. Won't have berries for a couple of years, but will be watching them closely.
great garden. Gives me hope that mine can look like something and not have to wait 10 years. I have lots of seeds I've been sent by the great people here at DG and I've ordered some things. Now just give me a good break in the weather and I'll get things going.
Hi everyone! What a wonderful thread. Your pic's and chat sure
did chase away my blahs today.
ge - My very first attempt at a planned garden was a red garden.
It was awful! Reds are harder to mix than most colors. You've done
a lovely job there.
Neal - its already three years? Wow. From your pic's there, looks like
you did a great job of digging in and making it a paradise.
Carolyn - I just love those jubilee agastache. I'm going to have to find a
spot for them. They do well in very dry soil - right? And that collection
of heuchera's & heucherella looks wonderful! I love them.
Stormyla - Love the vulcan rhodie! Do you ever go to the Rhododendron
Society sales at Morris Arb? They have their sale during Morris' Rare Plant
sale in May. Oh and where did you get that Pink Penney geranium? It
sounds like one I'll be looking for.
The deep purple lily will bloom for the first time this summer.
Its Midnight from The Lily Garden http://www.thelilygarden.com/pages_lilies/trumpet_1.html#mid
This small strip under my bedroom window already has lilies and poppies and sedum.
I removed half the hydrangea to make room for more garden and planted more lilies Montenegro and Sherazahd this fall so it should be popping in June and July.
So how many of you have shown friends your
wonderful new garden bed - before a thing has
been planted? I think my gardens are at their
very best after the dirt has been fluffed and there's
nary a weed (nor flower). The next best time is
in the winter as I look back at the season thru pictures
that capture only the beauty and none of the weeds.
Tammy, No, I've never been to the sale at the Morris Arboretum. How are the prices?
I bought that Geranium Pink Penny at Pickering Mill Seed & Feed in Chester County. They were end of season 50% off plants in 3 gallon containers. Last year, I couldn't find it anywhere, but now I see that many online nurseries have it. The prices at Lazy S'S seem to be about the best. While you're there, check out the Geranium "Midnight Reiter". That will be my next Geranium purchase.
I bought everal Midnight Reiters last year. They are slower to acclimate than the other Hardy Gers.I have.
I have high hopes for the survivors.Ithink 2 out of 4.I bought them from Eminence Meadows,First and only purchase from them.Plants were dried out due to poor packing
I find it very strange that some of the plant societies have really expensive plant sales. Around here, the Daylily and Iris societies have good prices, but the Hosta Society charges 3 times what the plants can be bought for elsewhere. The plant sales for the Hardy Plant Society are always great with multiple vendors. Look for a branch in your area.
Tammy, these catalogues and websites rarely tell you if the foliage color remains or changes. I have Geranium Victor Reiter, but not the Midnight Reiter.
Around here a lot of the societies prices are very high. Our iris society people sell irises themselves for very high prices. I really think it's because a lot of them are not internet people, and really don't know what's going on in the world.
Thank god for primaries.
No it wasnt the red nastuerteum came up as a result of composting the dead plants from the year before.
I didnt have the heart to yank it.If things get too out of hand I will weed out some offending colors.
Very nice, don't you love those surprises. You can always yank the surprise stuff if you don't like it and you don't have to worry about wastin money.
Here's a shot of my red white and blue garden
Good job Veronica! Don't ya get irritated with plants sold as red being pink or sold as blue and turn out purple? I've seen red, white, and blue mixtures sold that I knew were pink, white, and purple, LOL. You've done a great job of picking the right plants :-)
PG I have had it 3 years and it has survived. I hope it continues. Don't know the origin but someone bought it at a local grocery and gave it to me. I think they get their plants from some lady in KY
Neal fortunately those look pretty true. Don't know how it will turn out next year as I am sure there will be a few different plants in there. You really have to watch those for sale combos unless you can see the blooms.
If anyone noticed the plant just in front of the Vitex it is my one and only Cherry Brandy rudbeckia. It started out great but by summers end it had crashed. Was hoping at least to get seeds but no it would not hold out for me. boo hoo... In the picture it had not bloomed yet..
Just remembered I have the tag that come with the vitex and it is Shoal Creek.
This makes me long for summer. I had 3 of those large 'Black and Blue' salvia that I had kept over for 3 years from one plant. I didn't save any plants this year except my rosemary and some pelargoniums that I pulled up. Guess I better start saving my money for plants and try to grow some from seed.
Indy - I love those gigantic blue salvia's. I've gotten seed
from the Hardy Plant Society exchange but none germinated
Stormy - I have not tried gallardia. I've been on a pennsetmon
and dianthus kick. I've got all sorts of sedums going there too.
I have a number of more exotic plants too - saxifragas (silver
encrusted), erigerons, delasperma (not so exoctic but newish)
and such. I'll try the gaillardia - they would add a later summer
I love the fluffy pink of soapwort / Saponaria ocymoides. I
was given a tray of plugs to share with a friend a number of
years ago and they pleasantly self seed themselves each
Tammy, I love B&B Salvia, and I'm sure you will too- its been completely winter hardy for me. I've had it 5 years now. If my luck holds, I'll either get a division for you or some cuttings rooted this spring :-)
Neal that is what I hope will happen to my B and B salvia. My weather and yours is not too different so I am hoping...
Stormy I also didn't get any pineapple sage cuttings. Last year it did not bloom much and was later; too late for the hummers (which I didn't see many of) I was disappointed but will get me another plant and start over. I hate to see my list when I go to get my plants as I didn't keep any of the ones that need to be taken in. I better start writing them down now.
Neal mine always bloomed before this year. I thought it might have been in too much shade. They grew so big maybe all the growth went to foliage because of all the rain.
Neal, that's what the pineapple sage does - it blooms just before frost. I remembered to take cuttings, they just didn't survive my negligent watering. I always forget how badly a wood burning stove dries the air out.
Edited to add: it isn't often you see such a nice stand of the Black 'n Blues - seems like they're only onesies or twosies.
Gemini, They bloom very late for me. I have them in several locations and they all seemed to bloom around the last week in October. They were still in bloom when they froze about the second week in December.
Indygardengal, I don't think shade or rain was your problem. Heaven knows we had constant deluges here from Spring through Fall. The PS over in this area only gets the amount of light that you see in the photo after 3:30 pm, in October. That's not more than 2.5 hours of dappled sun a day. Of course, there were longer hours of sun earlier in the summer when it was growing, but still not much before 3:30 to 4 pm.
Stormy your pineapple sage is very nice. Mine just grew so big is the reason I blamed the rain... They just didn't bloom seems like years before they started in late Sept and bloomed heavily until frost. I plan on trying again for sure.
1836 That border around your house is very attractive..Is that Ligularia? Is the bed in shade. I have a bed on the w side of my house that has quite a bit of shade due to some maple trees. Wonder if the Ligularia would survive there. Sometimes I have problems with the tree roots but would be willing to try something new. I have always admired that plant( if it is what I think it is)
Indygardengal, I grow 4 or 5 types of Ligularia. They do love shade, dappled shade, not complete dark. But you might have problems with the Maples. Ligularias are very thirsty plants and the Maples will win hands down in that competition.