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gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #7410029

We came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1062270/

Please share your eye candy from the growing season, and lets dream together of warmer days :-)

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #7410092

Wow, Neil. That is a beautiful photo. Are those Geraniums in front of the Lamb's Ears?

All year I look forward to the sight of this Aruncus. It grows in almost total darkness.

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Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #7410221

Oh my. Here we go again. Not fair, Storms, so far there's only thing I haven't wanted - out of what, maybe 50 plants you've posted lately?
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7410405

LOL, Now it can't be that bad, Sheryl.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
8:16 PM

Post #7410493

Bad? No, it's good, great! >groan< ...

Oh, and Polly is the other one. And Neal. And ge, pirl, and ... all ya'll are bad for my purse.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #7410532

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'

This message was edited Dec 30, 2009 8:03 PM
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #7410551

gemini_sage

Where did you get the G. biokovo? I would like to find some for my garden for spring.
I love those type of geraniums.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #7410648

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 :-)
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
9:08 PM

Post #7410658

Yes, I'd love some. Look at my have list and see if I have anything you are interested in.
I'm adding to the list frequently.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #7410802

You're a doll, Neal. I wouldn't know where to start, lol!

Has anyone ever had any luck propagating the Clematis plants? I tried last summer, no go.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 30, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #7410841

Great photos - you aren't good for my pocketbook either.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #7411000

Neil, I would have never thought that was Biokovo. Mine are very white and all of the photos I've ever seen of them are white.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 30, 2009
10:56 PM

Post #7411017

Mary - that is so pretty...
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #7411319

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?

Zone: 5
Exposure: sun/part shade
Color: white

Price: $7.95 [/quote]

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bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #7411373

Another that I like that I have had for 2 seasons is G. pratense Double Jewel. Patti

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bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2009
1:12 AM

Post #7411425

Stormyla, I just saw that the pink one is actually GERANIUM Biokovo Karmina while the white one is just GERANIUM Biokovo on Bluestone web site. Pati
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #7411437

Stormy, I was mistaken, it was G.biokovo 'Karmina'. I've got both, but constantly confuse them, LOL.

Patti, I grow the regular magenta Geranium cantabrigiense, but no named or white varieties. 'St.Ola' is beautiful!

I love how both 'St.Ola' and G.biokovo have the subtle touches of pink.

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Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
1:16 AM

Post #7411443

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?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #7411763

Ha Pagancat. I live to enable.

What is the sedum in the top pic, Neal? Pretty.

Love that aruncus, Mary. That is white!

Patti, I grow St Ola, does at well as Biokovo and Karmina, and they all go together.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
3:31 AM

Post #7411841

Eupatorium Gateway with Joe White in the back.

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gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
11:54 AM

Post #7412646

Polly that's 'Black Jack' Sedum in the first pic, and I'm kinda thinking it came from you a few years ago :-). Love the Eupatoriums!
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #7412817

Well, Polly, consider your life fulfilled, lol! Those Eupatoriums are luscious - they grow wild down here, but I assume that's an improved cultivar?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
2:04 PM

Post #7412852

Yes, it tis, Sheryl. It grows wild here, too. There are tons of named cultivars of eupatorium, and they are soooooo nice!

Ahem, Neal, my Blackjack is not nearly that nice looking.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #7412972

Polly, That Eupatorium is so pretty and looks wonderful with the grasses. What is that pink flower on the distant right?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
2:50 PM

Post #7412982

Thanks. Phlox Nicky.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
6:36 PM

Post #7413604

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.

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Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #7413892

Ooo - I like Edelweiss' "6 plants for less" stuff. Appeals to the frugal but piggy side of me... I had no idea there were so many of these geraniums. Or hardy cyclamen.

Edited to add:

Wow, I can see where you get a lot of your stuff, Storms.

Has anyone had any experience with the Kaffir Lily, Schizostylis?

This message was edited Dec 31, 2009 2:57 PM
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #7414006

Coronation Anthem, Nepeta Walkers Low and Calamagrostis Overdam.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #7414031

That's a beautiful combination, Polly. I planted some of the Walker's Low for the first time this summer. It didn't seem to get more than a foot tall. Will it be taller next year?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
9:54 PM

Post #7414063

Probably. Walkers Low is an arching variety Mine isn't able to arch so much as it's in a crowded bed. Mine is about two feet tall. Could also be the angle of the picture making it look taller.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #7414077

Mary

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.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
9:59 PM

Post #7414082

You can still get to your garden? Lucky girl!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2009
11:42 PM

Post #7414422

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.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #7414452

Those are unique. They do look like fireworks. Cool.

We have about six inches of snow now, so the garden is history until late March, early April.
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2010
12:02 AM

Post #7414510

Carolyn22, Love the allium flavum. I planted 10 of them but I don't remember seeing them last summer. I may have lost them, which is a hard thing to do with a allium.

Here is Geranium Orion with TBI Orinoco Flow with Sib Giggles in the back ground and a not yet eradicated yellow flag. Patti

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gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2010
12:38 AM

Post #7414661

Stormy, Pink Penny is delightful!

Carolyn, those Alliums are fantastic!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 1, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #7415341

Patti

I really like the different types of iris with the Geranium Orion. They all seem to go well together.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:01 AM

Post #7418392

Polly, I came across another taller gold foliage perennial. Here is Agastache "Golden Jubilee".

http://www.dianeseeds.com/agastache-golden-jubilee.html
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
3:04 AM

Post #7418404

I like that one, Mary! I love agastache anyway.

I don't do much at all by seeds. Do you?

I did throw the copius amount of poppy seeds I got from Jo Ann, Jack, and the ones I purchased before we got too much snow out there, so I have high hopes for them.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:10 AM

Post #7418422

Some years I sow a lot of seeds, other years less. This will be a big year for seeds.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
3:19 AM

Post #7418446

I used to start a lot from seeds. Veggies mainly. It's very rewarding. Slowly, my husband took over the area in the garage I used, so really all I have is a small area in the kitchen.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:45 AM

Post #7418519

I don't do them in the house anymore. I use the milk jugs and cold frames. Some are also direct sown.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2010
4:21 AM

Post #7418601

Polly

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.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
4:27 AM

Post #7418613

Carolyn, Did you grow that from seed?
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
4:44 AM

Post #7418655

That really is beautiful and looks exceptionally nice in front of your Clematis.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
5:45 AM

Post #7418770

That's a crazy/awesome combination. I'm a big fan of deeper burgundies and purples with chartreuse, but I haven't seen it with that light purple. Wow!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #7419005

Heleboreus foetidus(sp) is trying to bloom.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7419416

Must be nice Jo. We got our two foot of snow last night, with another foot to come.

Carolyn, that's a beautiful combo. I'm going to have to do that agastache. Sold!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
3:06 PM

Post #7419505

We didnt get that much snow but are due for another 3 inches.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
3:20 PM

Post #7419578

9-14 here. We really got dumped on. Some of the drifts are waist high. We're getting cleaned out now.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:33 PM

Post #7419651

That's a lot of snow!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
3:40 PM

Post #7419676

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
3:44 PM

Post #7419690

same here.I planted Asiatics in mid November.
Just a crust freezes here no deep freeze.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:49 PM

Post #7419714

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?
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:53 PM

Post #7419737

Boy, I sure learned what frost heaving was last year.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
3:56 PM

Post #7419751

Me too. I never had it that bad before.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
4:04 PM

Post #7419793

No heaving ever, and no iris rot, but we're on sand.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2010
4:25 PM

Post #7419871

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.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
4:51 PM

Post #7419944

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2010
11:54 PM

Post #7421142

just bought lilies
I cant believe it,spending and its only Jan2.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2010
12:38 AM

Post #7421267

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!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
9:42 AM

Post #7422334

There are only 2 co-ops that interest me.I got burned last year with Koi
RD and Caladiums are my faves.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
1:29 PM

Post #7422517

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.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
1:29 PM

Post #7422519

I have been in many co-ops and never been burned. But, I'm like Carolyn. Too easy to order.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #7422529

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

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
1:53 PM

Post #7422593

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.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2010
2:21 PM

Post #7422687

Jo Ann -

I am not offended...

I know that Bleek had something going with Amaryllis before Christmas, as I am on his mailing list, so I do get an email from him when they have something new.

I looked and he has some left, although quite a bit of his varieties are sold out. http://www.eflowergarden.com/SearchResult.aspx?KeyWords=amaryllis I also see these are a bit pricey, however I know they were running a group buy and there was a co op...

One other thing - if you have any issues at all, just let him know and he will take care of it.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
2:26 PM

Post #7422701

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.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
3:13 PM

Post #7422831

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
3:14 PM

Post #7422835

POLLY!!
This is Daves,I really cant let myself go.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
3:27 PM

Post #7422865

LOL, Jo Ann. It would be fun to see though.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2010
3:32 PM

Post #7422885

Jo Ann

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!

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2010
3:44 PM

Post #7422932

I have heard great things about Ella. I will watch for her sales or co-ops.
TexasJan
Montgomery, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2010
5:01 AM

Post #7504241

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.

Happy 2010 to all of you...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
9:26 AM

Post #7504506

Here are some pix of my garden ,hope they arent repeats

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
9:27 AM

Post #7504507

It will be reds today.NOID Dahlia and Watermelon coleus

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gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7504815

Jan, thanks for reviving this thread! I can't believe I'd forgotten about it, Lord knows I've still got the winter blahs! Wishing you a wonderful 2010 too :-)

Gen, I love those monochromatic groupings! I've always wanted to do a garden of all red shades, with lots of red foliages and blooms.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #7504826

I love to make color arrangements.
How are your poppies comming?
It was your garden of poppies in with Lilies that made me take off last year.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
2:21 PM

Post #7504876

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.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
2:27 PM

Post #7504895

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?
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
3:04 PM

Post #7504987

I compared this pic to Pirl's no id, the petals aren't recurved like hers and the blooms are held more out facing. The Lily above is 'Red Dutch'.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
3:06 PM

Post #7504990

Hey I have that one and Shocking is on the other side of the path
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
3:31 PM

Post #7505062

Beautiful photos GE & Gemini. A large part of my house is white stucco, so I love planting vivid reds around it. Here's a truly RED Rhodo named "Vulcan".

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
4:30 PM

Post #7505325

I have that one too.Its around the fountain.This will be the second year.

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
4:32 PM

Post #7505330

More pictures! More pictures! I am getting such good ideas for my garden. Keep it up. PLEASE!!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #7505403

You asked for it
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/GardenBestShots

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #7505404

.http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/ShadeGardenSummer0903
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
5:02 PM

Post #7505431

'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!

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #7505453

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.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #7505464

Gemini, I know, this Rhodo is a perfect example. It was sold to me as a true red. Actually the buds are quite red, but when they open, the blooms are this deep magenta.

I tried my first Alstroemaria this summer. It had a few small blooms. I'm hoping that they overwinter and do well next year. Yours is quite lovely.

Ge, your photos are all wonderful and bring much sunshine to these dreary winter days.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #7505466

Looks like you folks went shopping together, you have so many plants the same.

Wonderful pics, everyone.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #7505555

Marti thanks my gardens are fairly new,I am retired and bored with nothing to do but garden so thats the sedret
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2010
6:24 PM

Post #7505655

Marti, you'll see amazing results in no time- I've only lived here 3 years, so I can tell ya, perseverance pays off :-)

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
6:39 PM

Post #7505701

gemini,
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.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
8:03 PM

Post #7515950

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.

Tam



Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
8:07 PM

Post #7515961

How cute is this bee?

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
8:13 PM

Post #7515976

Those are hard to photograph

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
8:24 PM

Post #7516018

Yeah... don't ask me to post the not-so-great pic's I took the same day. lol

Tam

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
8:29 PM

Post #7516034

This is the garden I am working on.I needed other plants to go with the lilies.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #7516072

Here's my project of many years. This is an extremely steep
hill of rocks and sandy soil. Pretty hot - faces south.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
8:47 PM

Post #7516077

ge - what is the deep purple lily? Its wonderful! Do you
have a picture of the area you'll be planting with those lovelies?

Here's another part of the same hill. I love looking thru
summer photo's - its hard to remember the bright colors
when the landscape is brown.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
9:11 PM

Post #7516162

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.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
10:54 PM

Post #7516507

I can't wait to see your photo's of the newly
refurbished garden there!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
11:16 PM

Post #7516566

Dreams are great arent they?

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
11:25 PM

Post #7516591

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.

Tam

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
11:33 PM

Post #7516615

DGer's have miles of files.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2010
8:27 PM

Post #7519420

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.

http://www.gardencrossings.com/_ccLib/image/plants/DETA-274.jpg

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 1, 2010
8:58 PM

Post #7519501

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

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2010
9:57 PM

Post #7519706

I've tried midnight reiter too I believe. It loses its dark
purple/black color in the folliage in the summer, right?

Morris Arb sale - yeah, pretty pricey but really fun. The
rhodo society sale is very good on prices (I think. I don't
buy a lot of rhodies).

Tam
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2010
10:22 PM

Post #7519783

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 1, 2010
11:31 PM

Post #7520012

I think the foliage turns greener in summer.If I remember right its dark again in fall.Maybe cooler weather.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
12:42 AM

Post #7520239

I think the worst I've run into are Herb society prices, consistently.

OMigosh, ge - I've spent the past 1/2 hour at the Lily Garden...

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
12:48 AM

Post #7520259

Morris Arb's plants are very nice. Typically there are
plants you can't find elsewhere. But what's more common,
you can usually find cheaper elsewhere.

I had a very bad experience HPS members sale but really
liked the market sale.

Anyhow... sorry for the hijack of your thread Neal. How's
this for spring color? Our dogwoods are just a delight every
spring.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
2:44 AM

Post #7520694

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.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
9:39 AM

Post #7521506

apparently those different plant societies are getting those prices or they would not be charging them. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
9:44 AM

Post #7521508

Good morning everyone

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gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
1:49 PM

Post #7521821

Ge, that is such a lovely garden spot! I love your use of primary colors there, was that intentional?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
2:12 PM

Post #7521910

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.
Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
2:56 PM

Post #7522062

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
Veronica

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
3:06 PM

Post #7522093

pretty good
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
5:34 PM

Post #7522582

Oh, I hope my vitex survives winter in a pot and looks as nice as yours, Indygg. Is that a special cultivar or something?
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
5:37 PM

Post #7522586

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 :-)
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
5:39 PM

Post #7522589

Sheryl, I'm growing a Vitex I started from seed last year. Its a new plant for me, but it really surprised me- bloomed the first year from wintersown seed!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #7522635

Tammy, Have you tried any of the shorter Gaillardia on that slope? They love to be parched and thrive on poor soil. Some of the shorter Asters might do well too.
Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #7522649

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.
Veronica
Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
6:07 PM

Post #7522653

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.
Veronica
Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #7522677

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.

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #7522846

I have some seeds for a Vitex. I wondering if I should start the seeds now or wait till spring.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
9:13 PM

Post #7523282

Marti, I wintersowed the Vitex with no problem, so they may require cold treatment?

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
10:38 PM

Post #7523473

Indy - I love those gigantic blue salvia's. I've gotten seed
from the Hardy Plant Society exchange but none germinated
for me.

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
bloom.

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
year.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
11:22 PM

Post #7523611

Tammy, that's a shame about the seeds. Sounds like they might have been too old. I put in an interesting Saxifraga last year. It's Saxifraga Silver Velvet.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/82177/
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
11:34 PM

Post #7523662

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 :-)
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
11:40 PM

Post #7523675

Gemini, I'm glad to hear you say that as I put in a lot of it this summer. I was however, very busy with the fall chores and forgot to take cuttings of the Pineapple Sage, which I loved.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
11:43 PM

Post #7523686

Stormy, did your Pineapple sage bloom? I grew it once, and only had blooms just before frost. It bummed me out, so I never tried them again.
Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
11:46 PM

Post #7523699

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.

This message was edited Feb 2, 2010 6:47 PM
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
11:48 PM

Post #7523708

Veronica, it looks like you've got that bed well mulched. I'm sure a good blanket of protection will do the trick.
Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
11:50 PM

Post #7523714

You have given me hope.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
11:51 PM

Post #7523718

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.

This message was edited Feb 2, 2010 5:52 PM
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
11:57 PM

Post #7523738

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.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
12:06 AM

Post #7523760

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.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
12:11 AM

Post #7523769

man you guys are chatty! I can't keep up... forgive
the response to an older post.

I've killed that saxafraga. I didn't realize it needed
such a wet area! My wet areas are full of primroses
(well... almost. I actually them them seed into my
grass last year).

Neal - I'm trying the seed again but a cutting would
be really cool! ;-)

Tam

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
9:56 AM

Post #7524929

Nice plant
Picture for today.

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Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 3, 2010
2:43 PM

Post #7525417

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)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
2:45 PM

Post #7525422

Indy Yes that garden is on the west side and pines keep the sun off for much of the day.I would give your west side a try,it might do the trick.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
5:42 PM

Post #7525950

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #7526014

good info Stormy
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
7:43 PM

Post #7526295

Oh, and Ligularia are not bothered by Juglone.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
9:22 AM

Post #7528160

Whats tha Juglone

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Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2010
4:13 PM

Post #7528972

That's the substance Black Walnut trees secrete that often kills off plants near them.

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