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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2010
2:22 AM

Post #8014858

Now that containers are at their peak,I took a look at waht was going on in my DeckGarden.
Its hard to choose but The kitchen door containre is just lush and the little coilpot on the deck steps with Coleus Elfers and CaladiumWhite Queen is beyond what I expected.Its another "toss and hope"situation.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2010
2:26 AM

Post #8014859

This is the kitchen door combo.
Felix,Glory,Fiesta,Elfers coleus and GreyGhost Caladium.
OOOPS forgot one of my fav.trailers in the lower left corner Swiss Sunshine.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2010
6:59 AM

Post #8019935

Here's my favorite combo, and since it's thanks to Jo Ann I have to post the picture.

Mahogany Giant coleus, that Jo gave me three of she started for me from cuttings. This is just one of them! The caldium is Blaze. I bought them from Ednie, and they were huge.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2010
7:38 AM

Post #8020010

I got so excited showing off my coleus from Jo, I forgot to comment on how beautiful your containers are Jo Ann. That White Queen and Elfers is striking!

Love that kitchen door combo, too!

i think I would be sitting on your deck all day, just in heaven.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2010
7:51 AM

Post #8020046

Thanks Polly it is a great place to go when the garden is in changes from May to August. Its waaay too humid for now and I believe the deck-gazing days are ending.
GordonHawk
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2010
9:12 PM

Post #8073879

it only looks like photo shop

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2010
2:52 AM

Post #8074011

WOW Gordonhawk. That is a beautiful photo

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2010
5:32 AM

Post #8074170

Here are my September containers.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/SeptemberTubs
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

September 3, 2010
11:11 AM

Post #8078391

ge1836 ~ Your containers are gorgeous. We've had such a hot, hot summer here in the south...most of my containers are looking pretty sad about now (even the marigolds and zinnias are struggling). It's nice to see your plants looking so happy and healthy!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
3:33 PM

Post #8089582

Does anyone know of a source for the mahogany coleus shown above? It is just gorgeous with the caladium. I have a big place in our church garden that would be perfect for the two, I have caladiums there now.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2010
4:09 PM

Post #8089649

Do you know how to overwinter coleus, Cathy? If someone would tell me exactly how to cut them and ship them, I would be glad to send you some now.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
4:15 PM

Post #8089665

Polly, that is so nice, thank you. I have a small greenhouse that I use for overwintering and propagation. I wonder if wrapping some stems in damp paper towels inside a zip lock bag would work. I'd be glad to pay shipping.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2010
4:33 PM

Post #8089691

No problem, Cathy.

Maybe there is someone on here who has successfully shipped them before, and can give us advice???????
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2010
4:34 PM

Post #8089695

I know, I bet Allison knows. I'll ask her to come over.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #8089866

you got it kids... Cathy is right... I use damp paper towels... and cover the ends with a baggie or even better... press and seal wrap.. and wrap the bottom like you would a bridal bouquet ... in the box it's self I use either newspaper or paper towels...(in case any of the leaves get wet.. they won't rot then)... if going a long distance in warm weather I will put some expanded polymer gels in the paper towel as well.. but for us northerners this time of year ... that won't be necessary

when shipping... the bigger the cutting the better... some don't ship well and you have a better chance if you can get 2 cuttings off of one.. if that isn't an option don't worry too much ... they do take a lot of abuse...

I have received cuttings from NC Farms that were an inch big.. and just stuck in a baggie sealed up... and had great success with them.. another example is Dale sent me cuttings from FL in the dead of summer... in a garbage bag and the majority of them made it.. only a few wilted badly...

coleus cuttings are the easiest thing to ship that's for sure!!!... I go over the top to make sure they arrive the way I sent them

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #8089875

oh one more thing.. Cathy when you get them... if they look good just re cut the ends and stick them in soil... sometimes they callus over.. if there are multiple sets of leaves... cut the bottom set off ... if the leaves are massive I will leave the tip alone and cut all the big leaves in half... if they arrive wilted you might want to cut the bottom ... soak them in water for an hour or two before you pot them up .. hope that wasn't TMI

:)
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #8089876

Thanks Allison! I knew you'd know. Much appreciated! Do I leave the leaves whole, and does it matter if I cut them anyplace special on the stem as long as I send quite a long piece? They are very tall, so that's not going to be a problem.

Cathy, if you want to dmail me your address, I'll get them out to you Monday. It's starting to get cool at night here, so probably the sooner, the better.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
6:10 PM

Post #8089879

I usually cut above a node to get a nice stem to wrap

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8089882

a 4" cutting will ship nicely
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2010
6:14 PM

Post #8089888

Will do.

Thanks again, Allison!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #8089896

any time!!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
8:30 PM

Post #8090163

Thanks again for this info and sharing, I'm thrilled to look forward to a very special addition to the garden at church next spring.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 10, 2010
2:34 AM

Post #8090401

I'd like to chime in here and add.
If the leaves arrive wilted, dont assume the cutting is lost. Just take a bowl of tepid water and lay the entire cutting in it and next morning it should be fine.
The same goes for planted cuttings. They all tend to wilt a bit at first,just keep them watered until they pirk up.
Duering the winter I let mu cuttings get quite dry before watering.Too much winter water brings on mealybugs.
Mahogany Giants winter well and respond to cuttings nicely,no problem with that variety.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 10, 2010
3:19 AM

Post #8090413

I posted an album showing how I take cuttings. I just found it.
Others might do this differently but this is my method and so far it has worked.
Certainly Allison is the champ,she has been doing it longer than I have.
There was a good sequence of "how to take cuttings" a couple of years ago. I cant remember who took the time to make it but I got a lot of info from it.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/ColeusCuttingsHowTo?authkey=Gv1sRgCILs4Y-os9fsHQ
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
12:16 PM

Post #8091194

I have about a mile of the dark sweet potato vine and a smaller amount of the lime green, would anyone want some? I put the cuttings in damp sand and most root easily, much like the coleus. Send a d-mail with your address with what color(s) you would like. It likes full sun but will do well in light shade, too.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/80500/
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 10, 2010
6:39 PM

Post #8091858

Thanks Jo, the pictures really help. I didn't know about laying them in tepid water either. Good advice!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 10, 2010
8:10 PM

Post #8092025

cracked me up that you use your scissors to make the hole... I do the same thing

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 11, 2010
2:14 AM

Post #8092464

I use anything thats long and pointy ,except my finger.The wilted coleus cuttings in a bowl of water trick was from Pirl.
It must be the same principal as refreshing lettuce except the coleus doesnt go in the fridg.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2010
4:56 PM

Post #8124691

The cuttings Polly sent are going great, thanks again Polly! I took small cuttings from the big ones, and rooted them in sand and put the large cuttings in water since the stems were thick, they are already putting up new growth. It is so fun getting new plants that way.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 27, 2010
6:49 PM

Post #8124928

Whew Cathy, I was almost afraid to ask. I had the lovely instructions, but then the leaves were soooooo big. Glad to hear they are OK.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 27, 2010
7:16 PM

Post #8124981

good for you
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 27, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #8125061

My cuttings are doing well too, thanks to you Allison, and Jo.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2010
2:24 AM

Post #8125278

Thats a reliefe.
Mine are getting taller and sending out branches.
There has been frost suggested for next weekend .Extreemly cold nights in the low 30's.If you have cuttings outside they will not make it.
Coleus dont like temps below 50*
I expect it will be the end of the ones in planters and the garden.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 28, 2010
2:38 AM

Post #8125280

yeah!!!... good job Polly!!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2010
2:41 AM

Post #8125283

I just checked YAHOO weather, they are predicting temps in the 40's.
It's still too cold for the coleus.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 28, 2010
2:50 AM

Post #8125287

yeah it's about time

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2010
3:07 AM

Post #8125294

Thats what I say.
DD's are still outside. She brought 1 in.
I might have to do it. There are only 3 but they are hers.
She took a cuttinh of Sedona which barely made it for me last year.
It spent the summer in the garden and finally made a decent height about 2 weeks ago.
I will buy some from RD for next year.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
8:54 AM

Post #8127573

Our Master Gardener group plant the planters in the city. This is the one I did. I wish I would of used some more contrasting colors, I planted different types of foliage but the potatoe vine took over so it didn't stand out very much, and I never got the one plant to bloom, it should of had little white blooms all over it.

I love the pics you guys have posted and can hopefully help me next year.

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cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
9:35 AM

Post #8127631

Happ, I like the planter you did, maybe a dark potato vine next year? We do the gardens at church, and I find I have to chop the potato vines back, but they sure do fill in and keep the weeds away. Do you lift the potato before a freeze for next year?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2010
9:51 AM

Post #8127643

Happ, I think your container is lovely.
I agree a darker vine next year.The combination of different plants is "spot on"

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2010
9:53 AM

Post #8127646

This is the latest view of my deck

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cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
10:25 AM

Post #8127699

Ge, what is the small vine spilling from your pots? it is so cute!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #8127708

Love the coleus and the pots ge. Do you know the name of the red bloom? is that firecracker or something like that?

Cathy I usually lift the tubers in my personal pots, I will lift these also. I have different degrees of luck the following year from the tubers, does any one else have any experience with that?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2010
10:37 AM

Post #8127726

Cathy4 The spiller is Mezoo.Dont ask for the latin.Its some kind of succulent and it roots easily. It is soooo lovely I am growing 6 cuttings this winter.
happgarden! The red blooms are Cigar Flower.
http://www.naturehills.com/product/livingstone_daisy_mezoo_trailing_red.aspx

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8127756

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1338/
ge, Plant Files says Cigar Flower, firecracker vine, and candy corn vine.
Is yours a viney type plant? I love the blooms and bet the hummers do also.

Thank you for comments on the city planter, I think next year I want to do BRIGHT colors. I must of been in a quiet mode when I picked the plants for it this year...rofl. I am not normally a dark plant person, but the last couple of years I have noticed I have moved more that direction. Strange.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2010
10:53 AM

Post #8127774

Happ, mine is a plant and the bloom look likr little red cigars with the ends lite.
I'll see if I have a closeup.
LOL I responde to moode too. Your choices were great.Just remember there isnt anything better than your first idea.Every idea after that is just a "different" idea, not right or wrong.
syndicate1
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2010
9:20 AM

Post #8197504

Thanks for sharing the pics everyone...greetings from a newbie here in Ontario Canada. All the pics look so lovely and inspiring. They sure gave me ideas for next year.

Mick
shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8355191

Cold February morning so I found this thread to give me inspiration for the warm days ahead.

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shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8355192

Caladium Bill is to thank for this beauty. Of course I forgot the name. This in an old galvanized tub

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8355213

I am wishing for the thaw too.
I love Bills caladiums.
Miss Muffet

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Caladiums4Less

Caladiums4Less
Lake Placid, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 6, 2011
7:53 PM

Post #8358151

Kathy - That's Brandywine
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8358202

We are buried in snow and ice, these pictures keep me going knowing spring will come eventually. Thanks for sharing. Bill, my caladiums (from you) were the best ever last summer.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2011
1:42 AM

Post #8358360

I love tropicals in a northern garden.
There is dripping off my roof so I know there is thawing going on.
I have been looking to see if the average daily temps are going up.Not much.
When I am outside the sun feels warmer.No migrating birds yet. Redwings are first,no sighn of them.

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shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8407885

Bill,
Guess you're getting ready for a busy season. I wish coops were easier like the good old days. I would love to host a caladium coop but I wouldn't want to offer them from any other source.

Brandywine is a stunning caladium and I may go that route again this year. Just love those HUGE leaves. I think a pot of one packed full color really catches the eye. The impact is WOW !

Kathy

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 5, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8407959

I had planted a few clems in containres last spring.
By July I could only find 3 that were still going.
It occurred to me to transplant as soon as the container soil was thawed.
Yesterday the soil was too stiff.
Good thing these clems were marked with growers little stake.
I was disparing of Kilan Donehue yesterday and was told clems sometimes take a time out.
Surprised and thrilled to see a live sprout. I still have to move the plant as its in a clay planter. The fiber planters dont crack when left out all winter.
I sound like I am rambling and the last post dealt with Caladiums but just had to express how happy I am.
Ita hard to choose a favorite combination but here is another one of mine.
Coleus Fiesta and Trailing Red

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8408137

Nice combo, Jo Ann. Glad to hear you're happy. You can always drench the soil with warm water a few days before you plant the clematis in a pot. Have fun.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 12, 2011
12:09 PM

Post #8422495

Was the source to purchase the Mahogony Giant Coleus mentioned or did I miss it?That with the caladium is breath taking! Thanks for sharing. I just remembered I got a catalogue from some caladium growing co. in Fla. this week. Guess it's in the pile to be read/looked at. Thanks for the reminder; will see if it is in there.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8422523

My Mahogany Giant came from Rosey Dawn. Calasiums from Caladiums 4 less.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8422761

Pippi, thank you! My Mahogany Giant coleus came from cuttings from a friend, and the caladiums came from Ednie. They were absolutely huge. I see Rosy dawn carries the Mahogany Giant coleus still.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 12, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8422862

Just did a internet search and it showed Rose Dawn Gardens is the only vendor that sells it. The coleus and caladium are shade lovers, right?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8422920

I had my combo in part shade. No direct sunlight, but pretty bright.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 12, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8423002

Who's Caladium Bill or where is Bill's caladiums located? Is this a internet company or DG member?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8423010

DG member Bill, who has his own caladium company named Caladium Bulbs 4 Less: http://www.caladiumbulbs4less.com/servlet/StoreFront

He's in the Garden Watchdog top 5:
http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/5978/
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 12, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8423011

Bill is a member from Florida, you can find him in the marketplace: http://davesgarden.com/products/market/view/10377/

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
3:03 AM

Post #8423622

Love his bulbs
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8423811

Bill is terrific and so are his caladiums. This is Miss Muffet, Pippi.

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roseycats
Dayton, OH

March 13, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8423916

Very pretty picture. Pirl
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8423942

Thanks, rosey.
shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8424041

Pirl, that is stunning! I love that combo. Do you have pictures of your beds verses just close ups? I've got a few things that need redone and need fresh ideas. Yesterday in the rose beds really bummed me out. Oh so much loss.
Kathy
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8424080

Kathy - Do you need sun or shade ideas?

I change plants often so I seem to have either close up photos or long distance shots.

Astilbe have been divided and daylilies moved since I took this photo.

Behind Petals is 'Lady in Red' hydrangea. The cuttings root so easily.

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shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8424999

Pirl
You opened that one up - how about a cutting of Lady in Red - LOL shipping and a trade?

I'm 90 % sun. I have several trellis to make with copper and we did lots of mulch today (enjoying 62 degrees for the past 2 days).

I really need plants to fill in gaps below roses/clematis or the like. Something that will hold true most of the summer. I have beds that are not mulched but are a mix match but need low growing, full spring/summer coverage. I move stuff around so much.

The bed I have a problem with is on slant. I have a few small evergreens, a few roses/clematis, an orange butterfly WEED (not bush) and bulbs but need something, full sun, that carries the low growth to cover up as many weeds as possible. Do they make such a thing? If I mulched my beds I would be broke. I guess I need a new perspective on those beds.

Over the last 2 years I've cut out almost all iris, daylilies and anything that leaves a mess when not at top speed. I have no patience so it's all or nothing for me.

I'm so tired right now that I can barely type, let alone think. It will all be brighter in the morning...except for more rain for the next 3 days.

Thanks for the RAMBLE
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
5:49 PM

Post #8425037

I don't know when Lady In Red was intro'd but watch your plant patents. I don't want to get into the discussion about how it's OK to do it in your backyard, of course it's not, but the plant police probably aren't coming knocking. But try to do it privately at least, to be safe.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8425045

Thank you, Polly. I bought it in '05 but don't know when it was introduced.


Edited to add: Introduced 2002 by Dirr.



This message was edited Mar 13, 2011 8:56 PM
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8425054

Kathy - how about Angelina sedum mixed with ajuga though the ajuga is a very strong grower and could overpower the sedum but hasn't done it...yet, here.

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