love the 'passionate rainbow' gaura, but mine didn't come back this spring. I think they like to put down deep roots and I was trying to get it to be containerized. (1)
My glossy abelia bushes are blooming away. They bloom for me in just a few hours of morning sun. Sure do attract butterflies! They will bloom now til first frost. They stay evergreen here most winters. (2)
I'm also trying some large containers of 'Sun Impatiens' in two different colors. They top out at 2'x2' and so far are not bothered by Impatiens necrotic spot disease, (3 and 4) They sure are thirsty.
Each week brings a new suite of plants in bloom.
Twinny Peach Dwarf Snapdragon
Hyssop Skullcap - Scutellaria integrifolia
Showy Tick-Trefoil - Desmodium canadense
Monarda 'Petite Delight'
Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
Yipeee found 2 with color...except it looks like I didn't log this lily in my journal...hmph...now I've got to figure out her name. Her scent is amazing - the buggies apparently love her too. Gal #2 is growing by my office...such a cheery little thing
Chantel, Yes my glossy abelia is fragrant in moderation . like light honey.
Jen , I am not a fan of water crystals as they throw off one of my tests of when a plant/pot needs water. I found that MG with crystals was not a good mix for my many large pots of coleus and definitely not free draining as others I grow prefer...so, 'not worth it' to me.
As to the Sunpatiens being thirsty: they like all impatiens will droop and let you know they need a drink, but bounce back pretty well. The ones I'm growing this year were a special purchase item from Sams Club, 3 plants to a 12" hanging basket. I intended to separate the three and repot into containers but the roots totally filled the entire basket! Root bound there is little to hold any moisture and I don't want to use my large decorative containers just for Sunpatiens , so they will just have to make do with twice a dat 8counts of watering for now.
So sad that we may loose impatiens to Necrotic Spot and coleus to Downey Mildew and roses to Rose Rosette Disease Sigh
What you call "Sun Impatiens"--are they not called "New Guinea Impatiens"?
They like sun--but NOT the hot afternoon sun.
Very good plants--nice colors--grow to nice clumps--and are always thirsty.
Pop back from a wilted state in a matter of minutes.
I always plant some in the bed by the shed. They get various stages of sun as it passes over my trees.
BTW--our HD (and others too--maybe??) still have the 4" deep pots of "Proven Winners" annuals for $2.50.
Reg. price is $4.98. That is where you can get the New Guinea Imps. and also all the Million Bells petunias.
Angelonias---eic. Many other nicer annuals as well.
We also still have all the 6" (white pots--4 plants in each) sale of 4/$10. Reg. price--$3.33.
I pull the plants apart and plant them as individual plants. Comes to 60cents per plant.
I think they just got overstocked on the 6" annuals. People are not going for them as much as hoped.
I got a lot of nice Zinnias. LOVE Zinnias!!!
OK! I took a few pictures today of my "Summer Flowers. Nothing spectacular! Too hot! Things are wilting too fast.
--Big pot on rotting Birch Stump
--Heliopsis and Lantana
I hope by "Summer Flowers" you did nor mean just annuals????
I just realized that i am posting a lot of plants that are perennial as well. Sorry--if I goofed!
However--all these are in bloom right now--and it IS summer---many of the pictures taken today.
--first of many blooms from a huge Amaryllis bulb Susan at work gifted me. More bloom buds coming.
planted it in my veggie bed--as I had some space left--unclaimed...
--A rust Mum in bloom. Do you believe it????
--Not in bloom yet--but soon. The wonderful, bronze/gold/maroon leaves on the K.K. Hibiscus...
It is HUGE by now! Waiting for the dazzling show--any week now...
Group picture of the Sunshine Bed. The one that runs down the side of the Veggie Garden. Those white balls are last years onions that were never harvested don't they look pretty. Might not harvest more of them this year. LOL
For some reason the poppy seeds I sprinkled around in early spring are blooming like gangbusters and so many colors! May have to post this one photo at a time since the ones I chose never went through. These are basically varieties of bread poppies.
Man there certainly are some pretty lovely flowers here to see!!!
happy; I got that four or five years ago, that is about all I know as to age information.How long a yarrow plant lives nobody ever asked me that before,and neither had I. I may of heard once a long while ago that those are suppose to live about 12 years or so, not sure though.
Beautiful poppies!!! I started some oriental poppies from seed this year. They germinated beautifullyk but the container was dug into by critters (chipmunks?) the day I moved it outside :-(. Will have to try again next year.
donner and gardadore----Loved all your pictures! Never seen those Poppies you have!
Sally--How come YOU could post 5 pics.? I checked the size (right click--> "picture info") and they seem to be
about the same size as mine. Three pictures takes me about 2+ minutes to load. One---over a minute.
Haven't tried more than 3 again. I have been c/p the text so I don't lose that--in case the pictures don't send.
We still seem to be having problems. Anyone keeping up with Adm. re this issue?
Haven't seen anyone post on David's Thread re the Loading Problems.
Gita, what is your broadband access service? I have Verizon Fios. If you use DSL which is slower than Fios, your upload of 5 pics will take longer and it may time out before it is done. If you use cable modem, the bandwidth is shared among all the users on that same line. Try to avoid the peak time (between dinner and bedtime?) and see if that makes the upload faster.
Gita, Sorry, that would be your access to the Internet. so you have comcast cable modem. Try to upload pictures when fewer people are using the service in your neighborhood. Maybe early in the morning or late at night? I would guess that the line is pretty busy right after dinner which will make your upload slow.
When you export them from your camera to the computer just make sure they are exported at the smallest size
I found that it also helps to hit preview first then send them ( I still do not know how to "box" comments"...)
Jen---Your comment leads me to a question...
At what point of uploading ones pictures (exporting?) can you change the size--and--HOW??
If you "export" (upload?) any pictures that have been made a smaller size---will they still be a larger size
when someone opens them in a Post?
Many times I have seen people's photos at about 2"x3" even after I clicked to open them.
Almost the same size as a Thumbnail. I would not want to do that...
Lately--I have sent 2 and 3 pictures at the same time and it seems to go faster.
May be just the time of day...
On my camera--my ISO is set on 8.
I still have not called my provider (Comcast) to see if I may get a faster speed w/o any additional cost.
Something I have been procrastinating with...
When I opened your flower pictures above--#2-#3-#4-#5 measured 9"x51/2".
The Echinacea was huge! Mostly very long--at 17+" x 91/2".
I have a PlugLink Ethernet Adaptor plugged into my USB port.
On a very small CD that came with the PlugLink it says: "High Speed-85mbps".
My Son-in-Law got that for me. He said he learned of this PlugLink on the
Cameras and Photography Forum. He is very good with computers...
I keep all my pictures in dated folders by month (like--June 2012). Now I will start a new folder for July.
Makes it easier to find certain pictures by the month that they bloom.
Anyway--I slip my memory card into the slot of on the PlugLink and and it puts the pictures in
the current folder. I could choose any other folder too, if I wanted. I prevue them and ID all the pictures
of what is on them.
The folders are in my Documents---My pictures--and then in the dated folders.
To add a picture on a Post--I go the same route--Doc.--My Pics.--find the picture I want to post, prevue it--
and click "open" and it goes into the "Browse" image window under the text area.
At what point in this process could I minimize the picture before I put it in the folders? How?
Is this what you asked me to explain??? Thanks for your help. Gita
Will add a picture just as an example---When I prevued it--it measures 11"x81/2". bigger than yours.
It would be perfectly OK with me to have it a smaller size--like yours. Still big enough to enjoy.
edited to say that when I looked at it in this post I sent--it was now re-sized to be the same size as yours.
Haven't heard from a number of folks that the major storm that blew through on Friday night may have impacted like ruby, aspenhill, greenthumb and pat, ssgardener, donnerville, Bec, hart, speedy and catbird to name a few...Hope they will check in soon and that they are all ok.
If any of you reading this have a way of checking in with any of the above or other DG neighbors, knowing that they may be out of power and cell phone service, please do so and convey our prayers and wishes for their well being.
--stuck Memory Card in the PlugLink thingie.
--Up came this:..."Copy picture om Microsoft using Scanner CXamera wizzard.
--Next----Choose pictures to copy (like ones that have NOT been copied before).
--Next--Choose place to save Pics.---like my current Folder.
Now all the pictures copied are in the current folder. I go there for viewing and ID-ing each picture.
Now--the chosen pictures are in My Documents----My pictures---In the June 2-12 Folder.
I never get any options to resize a picture when I save them from my camera either, the "walkthrough" is pretty much just like Gita described. (by the way Gita, GORGEOUS Mandevilla!!) I'm wondering if we should find a resizing program online to use..??
FlowAjen, in the little strip next to your porch, are those Johnny Jump Ups I see? What sort of sun/shade do you get there? I've got some JJU's in a pot out back and they're finally just starting to bloom, but they don't seem to be as 'bloomy' as yours. Mine get morning sun, 'til about 11:00 or so, and then are in bright shade the rest of the time. Any suggestions to get mine to look like yours? =)
Jen, Is that picture from today? Mine always succomb to heat and have been gone about two weeks now in sun or shade. This year is about the longest they have lasted ever here for me. Do you cut yours back after initial bloom? Does that patch come back every year for you or is that from this winter/spring? Do you dead head them?
All pics are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks to all who shared. I haven't taken many flower pictures this year and it is almost like pulling a tooth to get me take the pics and then actually post them. Once I get started though, I tend to go over board. I too saw some real beauties amongst all these flowers and may have to start a wish list.
Sally, I was wondering if your red Day Lily isn't a King of Hearts also.
I do not think so--they do not look exactly alike either...
The Red DL I have used to be in my next-door neighbor's (Betsy's) yard.
She had beautiful Iris and also DL.
6 years ago, she went to an extended care kind of a place. The house was unoccupied for 2 years.
Her daughter spent all kinds of time throwing everything away, as she was in charge of
readying the house to be sold. You better believe I went through every trash bag! Horrors!
She even rented a dumpster and was throwing all kinds of good things in it.
I think that got raided by everyone in this neighborhood that dared do such a thing.
Then the salvation Army truck came to get all the rest.
She let me go look, and I ended up taking a beautiful, hand-crocheted Full throw. Also some other stuff.
The husbands sister always crocheted things.
OK! Getting side tracked here...
Betsy's father was from Holland and he owned a Bulb farm somewhere in S. MD.
Many of the bulbs that she grew were given to her by her dad. Including these red DL's.
I just think they are an old, old variety as I have seen them in many places. Even when I was in Latvia.
SO--as no one was looking I was digging up what I could from her yard.
She had oodles of naked ladies, but I did not have room for too many things.
The Iris I showed you all before--the "Snow on a Mountain" was also something I took from her yard.
Just as well--when the Pakistani family moved in, they cut everything down, dug everything up and got rid of ti.
Now the Old lady is cultivating quite a nice garden--but most of it in pots. She has a pot-garden.
Now that it is behind a 6" wall, I never see her any more. Nor my little buddy--Hamsah.
Sorry to be so long-winded...I always have to explain "why" and "how"...Gita
The Iris "Snow cap"...and my little buddy--Hamsah--2 years old. They say they built the fence to keep him safe
and to keep him from roaming all over with Granny chasing after him all day.
Now he will grow up in fenced-in cage--not exposed to any other people or kids. Sad!
edited to say--now Hamsah peeks through the cracks in the fence and keeps saying--"Hi!! Miss Gee..."
Gita, there are poker primroses behind the iris. How are they doing now? One of the three in my garden is thribing, one is barely surviving, and the 3rd has disappeared all together :-). They need time to establish themselves before summer heat arrives. I wish nurseries got them in earlier in the season.
Sorry! I lost one of my two also. Gathered up the remnants and took it back to HD for a refund. Had the receipt.
Hey! $5.98 is no chicken feed!!!
The other one is still OK. Being it IS a Primrose---I do not expect anything much out of it in this weather.
Lets face it. Primroses are a "Spring Thing". YES!--They die back in the heat of the summer--
but then re-surface in the spring. So I hope! NOT the dead one.
The one I lost is GONE! Totally Dead! NO roots. No leaves. No chance of an afterlife.
This may be a good example of plants that Bell Nursery pushes to bloom and to sell--but does not consider the
longevity of the plant as purchased. You see it! You LOVE it! You BUY UT! You PLANT IT!
Then--it does not survive in the average garden conditions...
It is the Reason i do not buy too many plants at HD. And these Primroses were under the name of "Proven Winners"...
Granted--Maybe they were a "New Thing"...So--we were the "Guinea Pigs'...
I have faith that the surviving one will make it to the next year...We will see...Gita
I do not know what happened??? At least I got my money back on one of them.
Another question -- do you think this is a Nepeta (catmint)? Again, I posted it in Plant ID and got a response that it might be a Nepeta. But the leaves don't look quite right -- though I'll have to go back for a closeup. The photo was taken two days ago.
happy - re photo 1 - when you rub the leaves does it have a basil type scent? Had you previously had basil around that area. Mine all reseeded in the deck planter I had incl the lemon basil that has that light scent. Would be interesting to see what type of bloom comes up
I like the form and shape of that hibiscus. Preetty!!
The tiger lilies that looked like that decades ago may once been near the most popular flower ever, if they are hybrids now it is still nicer than ever to see them!!
The carpet rose is nice too!! Your flowers all seem to have a nice cooling effect.NICE!!!
I like my red hibiscus because it attracts the hummingbirds,it has not done near as well as some older varieties I have grown before though.
I had no idea that there are over 45,000 different daylily cultivars with more being introduced each day. Makes my chance of guessing which one you have from a picture mighty slim, even if I was a student of daylily! I'm much better with coleus lol. There are only about a thousand named varieties of them!
ONE BLOOM ,ONE DAY Last year there was about three weeks worth of blooms,this about five or six days is going to be about all. Plants are smaller and there are not as many canes as there would usually be.Everything seems to conserving energy,redundant sounding theme of recent times.
Happy, I believe it was David Greenthumb that was offering 'Golden jubilee' at our plant swap.
Your pic made me think of another golden plant : centarea "gold bullion'. Any chance you can cruise back by where you first spied it and check out any blooms? That sure would tell alot!
Your second "stump the ID ers "pic does look like a low growing catmint nepata to me--- after being rained on before it pops back up! Since the flowers don't shout BLUE to me it may be one of the white flowered cultivars?? Or just very sun faded? Flowers are not like oregano flowers but are like mint family spikes.
Thanks for letting me play. You have an eye and an attraction for the unusual and different! Cool.
Coleup -- I realized after I posted it that I don't recall where I took that particular photo (photo #1)!!!! Bad me. So now I can't track it down. Usually I am fairly careful to mark the location, but not that one!
I don't know -- it looks as if the edges are smooth (based on the photo), but I can't be sure. I took the photo with my Blackberry, which doesn't give great resolution, and the garden it grows in is about a mile away from my house so I can't just go outside and take a peep. That garden got me completely inspired -- not much is in bloom right now, but the variation in foliage color is huge, with lots of yellows and lots of strong foliage, which makes the whole garden "pop."
I'm not taking any credit...Chantell started it (or was that Happy????)
I'm just going with the flow !
And, speaking of Chantell, she has lots of dogs, BIG ones and she keeps planting fragrant plants in her little spit of a townhouse yard...hummm just sayin she may know more than she's telling about this marking plants thing!
And, I'm (still giddy from rainfall here and lack of sleep) just sitting here recalling that it was Happy who just recently bought oodles of fancy 'plant markers' which she offered to share at Hollys swap. Seems this marking behavior isn't new...and is expanding to even out of state!
PS If I had a working camera and photo program I would be posting pictures of beautious blooms. Enjoying this thread while I wait. Judy
Well here"s one my big fails,waited 4 years to see this bloom red as the first bloom appeared today,the plants dwarf like stella'd'oro with blooms about 3 times larger,nice big bloom size I like though; only with a phssst,and yick. What a bummed out dissapointment. I posted this on another thread earlier.
not really a good pick either,oh well.
Click the image for an enlarged view. Laughter scale 12 (rofl) !!!!!! to marking.
On marking...said large dogs have back yard (ok they share it with a few plants NOT used for medicinal or culinary purposes) - the Alpha Dog (read: ME) gets the front yard. NO marking allowed there or castration may be enforced.
BTW, my photo #2 (posted July 11, 2012 at 08:10 AM) is definitely a Nepeta (catmint); I went back to look at it and the leaves have the characteristic jagged edges. Still not sure about my photo #1 (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=9201360). I'm sorry for hijacking this thread for plant ID questions.
I got one Chantell, I planted it down by the back of the barn, I have been planting a few things down there to hide and pretty up the compost and stroage area. It is doing very well. When I researched it they said it was a spreader so I thought it would work there. I wonder if mine will bloom this year?
My hardy Hib is blooming and here are a few more of my lilies and garden phlox that are just smelling up the yard.
Chantell, is the passion flower hardy in your garden? I have never tried this plant. It grows outside in England. I once saw a passion flower vine covering the entire wall with loads of fruit. The fruit looked like dark green lemons. Never knew what they would be like when ripe.
Holly, what is that lily in the 3rd picture? Is it fragrant?
donner, I got passion vine about five years ago. Maypop, I think. The litle cutting survived very rough treatment and grew, The first year was amazing, The second year, I started seeing sprouts five feet from the mother. By the third year sprouts are coming up over ten feet away...
Chantell, what's your position on those passsion flower sprouts? Love the vine and just add them to the weeding list?
Oddly, my big vine last year is gone?!? Did I try to dig it out?? I tried to move it but in the nw location only see a very small sprout.
I have various sprouts I can try to share.
I do love how the bees dig in there.
"nom nom nom so yummy"
Love fragrant lilies. I used to grow them when I lived in VA, but I cannot keep deer off my current garden :-(. Am thinking about getting more lilies and putting a sign of "This is not deer salad!" to see if that will work. LOL!!!
#1--Cardinal Flower is blooming nicely
#2--My Kopper King Hibiscus is marching on---Butt he blooms seem to be "cupped".
May be because of the heat???? Never seen this before.
#3--Jill's Mom's/G-Moms Phlox has just begun to bloom...
#4--My red Epi blooms are just marching on...Happy smiles...:o)
Pretty flowers Gita, Love that Epi. My Hardy Hib is blooming as well.
I agree about the Passi, I love mine, it came from Sally. I have them popping up everywhere ten ft away, too. But they are so easy to weed out that I don't mind at all.
Just wanted to share my Hibiscus which look particularly lovely this morning. I have had the camera out for over a week waiting for a good time to take picture and many of these hot days has left the blooms wilting and not pretty enough to take a picture. We had some moisture last night, so they are very happy today.
Your red Hibiscus looks like mine. Mine is perennial--been in this spot forever...Is yours?
So is the white one. They used to be planted together--but then I dug the white one away and now it has its own spot.
Re the Brazilian Plume---I find it amazing how much sturdier the plant looks and grows as it gets close to blooming.
The leaves are massive--and the stems fill out. I don't think I will cut it back this year. You all now have one...
You CAN just bring it in for the winter and keep it as a houseplant. it will continue growing...
Happy to hear that you all will get to see this beautiful bloom. When the blooms die off--pinch them off and more will come.
And don't forget---it likes a bit of shade--NOT sitting in full sun all day. Even though--I did not know that until last year.
And it still bloomed nice for me every year. Dappled, sporadic sun.
I just hope none of your Brugs are getting chewed up like mine. Holly--You got several How are they doing?
Pictures please! G.
Yes Gita, my Hibiscus are all perennials. These are the newest planted three years ago I believe. Sally, hahaha...I sent John out to snap the photo. I could have taken it from the back deck I suppose, because I didn't want to get my footsies wet yesterday morning. I did go to the front deck yesterday morning and snapped some more photos which I will post after getting them downloaded...added to say that I do own a Tropical Hibiscus that Sally gifted me with two years ago. It bloomed several times during the winter months but isn't doing anything bloom wise currently. Will have to do some research on when it is supposed to bloom. Will tell you that it was nice to see blooms on it in the winter time when nothing else much was in bloom.
I am now getting envious of those telliing me about the Brazilian Plume Flower getting ready to bloom. I need to go out and check and see what mine is doing. I haven't paid close attention to it, so hopefully mine is doing what you alls are. Will report back later.
We are having the same gray skies and lots of moisture in the air as we had yesterday. I am sure all the plants are happy for the relief from the temperatures and the beating sun. Here is hoping it is cooler for all this weekend and that everyone has some time to play in the dirt.
Aw heck...lost the first photo...will try again...first, this is where I sit and chat with you good folks. Second photo is taken indoors looking at my bay window and the few houseplants that indoors instead of spending the summer outdoors. Notice to the left a very happy African Violet from Donnerville which is currently in crazy bloom. Third pic of one end of a table under awning, for some houseplants. Fourth pic is other end of same table.
More...one end of screen porch, double of Banana Plant from Coleup and a Begonia from Ric and Holly. The fourth picture is one that I need an ID for. This plant just last week had lovely dainty purple flowers on the end of the stems, but they have faded before I was able to take a picture. Have had this lovely for two years and not known what it was or who it came from. Any ideas?
First picture is unknown plant but beside it is the result of some Zinnia seed from Jill and Joyanna. One yellow bloom as of yesterday. The second picture is of Bloody Dock from Ric and Holly and added to say the hit of all my visitors this season. Everyone just loves the look of this stuff. I too love it and have really enjoyed having it. Huge pot of Elephant Ear from Coleup and two un-named Coleus.
WOWSA!!! You have a few plants!!!! Must take you forever to water them all.
The Livingston Daisy----we had them at HD last summer! I remember looking at them and wondering
what they were. Very pretty! Looks like a succulent? May be easy to root in that case.
Still have time before the swap...
Very pretty porch Ruby!! Everything looks very healthy.
Enjoying the drizzly day here- EXCEPT that its wreaking havoc with yard sale plans. Still, I sold ten dollars of stuff between showers. One neighbor did a great job organizing and making a map to show anyone which all homes 'planned' to sell stuff. The last visitor was a nice gal who was delighted to pay a dollar for a large goldfish bowl, esp after I threw in a goldfish and food. We're trying to offload a ten gallon tank setup that had three goldfish.
I feel like yardsaling is at least half just a favor to your community, giving people the chance for cheap thrills.
I had about ten small plants out. The plants are what caused the last gal to stop, and notice the goldfish bowl and two pair boys swim trunks.
Good going Sally, I keep thinking about doing a Yard Sale but it never does seem to materialize. Josh's town has a yearly yard sale and the last 2 years I wanted to take things down and couldn't make the date. A neighbor organized one in our little neighborhood but we were way that week I never did find out how it went.
The rain still comes down. The one day of the whole summer I had not wanted it! Funny.
Grand total 17 dollars- for accumulating and walking around a pile of crap for a month, to save it for the chance to make a few bucks, and now box most of it and take to charity. The highlight- selling a large glass tank and screen to two boys who want to get lizards. That was one item a real pain to carry to charity, or to ship if offered on ebay. COulda/shoulda tried craigslist...but we still have the ten gallon setup to try there.
Oh Sally, Not quite what you had in mind and with the weather acting up you probably didn't even have fun. I have been trying to decide what to do with my extra water plants. I just have water hyacinths and water lettuce, a pot of Water Willow and 2 small Illustris. So do I put them out front with a sale sign or a free sign? Do you think anyone would want water hyacinths and water lettuce now?
Its hard to say. Do you get much traffic pass by?
I sold a four inch pot of Rosemary for $2 and two small pots of rooted jade plant cuttings a buck each. I had four pots of snake plant 'moonshine', which I saw at DJ Liquidators for $6--but no takers. Still. traffic was so very light.
The rosemary lady said she was looking for fall color.
Gita - what a sweet idea. The only challenge would be for any stuff that didn't sale having to haul it back...I know what a pain it is simply bringing it in from out front when my DD's done them before.
Yikes, have had enough yard sales to know that they are a lot of work and usually in my case, not a lot of pay. I am taking this opportunity while sorting through every item we own having been boxed up in order to have the carpeting installed last month to go through each individual box upon its return indoors to pare down on some things. I have three boxes of possibly sell on ebay, and so far three boxes for yard sale.
Please note that in my case, I am taking the easy way out and in both cases are having someone else do the actual work of selling, and I will split proceeds with them. Before finding Dave's Garden and spending so much time chatting about gardening, I did have two shops on line in which I sold antiquey and collectible types of items. This was in the days before any of my sons moving back home or in the days before having grand children, so I had lots of extra time in those days. I am lucky if I find a few minutes for myself these days. Anyway...
A co-worker of John's is taking some of my better things and selling on ebay. He has about one hundred dollars for me whenever we can get together. When he arrives here eventually, I have three medium sized boxes of nice, often never a page turned new books for him to list. Another of John's friends has offered to hold a yard sale at his place with my belongings and split the proceeds with me. That should take place some time in September. I still have many storage totes to go through and decide what stays and what goes, so I am sure I will be sending even more things out of here eventually. Yippie!!!!
Gita, I do like your idea though. In the past whenever I have had large amounts of things to get rid of, I try to wait until I see an organization running an ad saying they are looking for yard sale items, and contact them and have them come here and get the items. I suppose a good way to find these organizations is on Freecycle or Craig's List, or to run your own ad on either of these sites and have folks contact you about taking your extras off your hands.
About two winters ago I took the opportunity to do what I called a major de-clutter here. Funny, how two years later, I am at it again. Anyway...when I first began getting rid of things, I was just sending for charity. When I reached the point where I was getting furnishings and other larger items I contacted a local auction house and piggy-backed on some other auctions. This brought me in the neighborhood of about three hundred bucks. While going through old jewelry during that time, I took things to a pawn shop and came out with a check for over seven hundred dollars. Anyway...I was quite thrilled with both instances of cash in hand and haven't once missed a thing that went out of here during that time.
I suppose I should wish you better luck next time Sally. Very interesting topic and one that seems to be a theme in my life over the past fifteen or so years. Really love talking about it.
Hope you are each having a good Sunday. We will leave later to visit a three week old new member of the Watts family, baby Jesse. After that is dinner out to celebrate the almost completion of a new roof that John has spent the last month putting on here. Busy day ahead for us.
Ruby congrats on the new family member. Bet Jesse is a sweetie.
Gita, Here is a pic of the Frans Hals you gave me, It really is beautiful. Oh and the big Brug that is doing very well but not blooming yet.
Wow, so many beautiful flowers! Wind, your hydrangea is the most beautiful hydrangea I've ever seen. It is such a dark blue and it's so big! Gorgeous. My hydrangea's didn't last long, with it being so hot. Have your dahlia's bloomed yet? I try to get mine to stay blue, but they all turn pink after about a year.
Well mine's a LITTLE darker than it looks in this picture! I guess the picture was overexposed. It's not dark like yours though. This one started out blue but is now lavender.
Gita, I've been checking everyday to see if the Dr. Seuss is blooming. It's looking really healthy and growing well, and it's already "y"d, so I'm hoping it's gonna happen soon!
Holly, the cannas you shared with me are about to bloom! My first cannas! :)
I read somewhere that you should deadhead black eyed susans to encourage reblooming later in the season, but I have so many! Is this really necessary?
I couldn't even keep impatiens alive in the summer heat. What's doing really well for me now are caladiums, coleus, elephant ears that Coleup shared with me, Golden Jubilee agastache from donnerville, Dragon Wing begonias and petunias from the swap, and the purple oxalis Gita shared with me.
HM, I think the purple oxalis is supposed to be hardy to zone 7. I can't get enough of the purple leaves and pink flowers. So pretty! Mine's already big enough to be divided (I think?) if you'd like one at the swap.
Sally and Gita, what do you do with your oxalis in the winter? Mine's potted, so I should probably bring it indoors, right?
1--Keep it watered (as a houseplant) and let it thrive--
2--OR---Let it go dormant for a rest period. No worry--if it loses all of its leaves.
That is what "dormant" is all about. Come February--or so---start watering.
Either way--it will survive and grow and bloom.
I keep mine outdoors all summer in filtered sun. Water as usual. Pull off dead stems and blooms.
I have heard that it "may" be hardy in our area. Not sure I believe it...Not taking the chance...
Some new bloomers for me:
-Spotted bee balm, Monarda punctata started from seed this year. Such interesting spotted flowers above a ring of pale lavender bracts.
-South African Foxglove, Ceratotheca triloba from seed this year from Gita. Thanks Gita, they sure are lovely.
David--The S. African Foxglove WILL keep growing and setting blooms till you get tired of it.
The one I grew out, till the end of the season, made me think I will never grow ir again.
Geez! It got to be 6' tall and wide--and sprawling all over the place.
Seed collecting is difficult--as the pods dry and become very woody.
The pods are made up of about 4 narrow, tubular growths and the seeds are inside these.
You can remove the pods when they are totally dry looking.
I actually did a photo primer where the seeds are--and how to remove them.
Sally used this picture in her article on S. African Foxgloves.
Let me find some pictures:
#1-The process of removing seeds from the tubular pods. Ger out your pliers!!!
#2--Here is one plant that has grown to about 6' tall--and is no longer flowering a lot.
The branches are all scrawly and bare. There are a few blooms stil forming at the tips of the plant.
Nothing pretty to look at. The blooms did host a slew of bees---and, if one had a good amount of
space--I would imagine this flower could be quite attractive.
Mine grew in a mini-bed (2'x3') next to my home's foundation--so I cannot say how well it would
have performed in free, rich soil in a bed with no boundaries...
It IS lovely--- Here is a link to Sally's Article...Gita
Since the South African Foxglove is actually a tender perennial rather than an annual, I was considering keeping it in a pot and overwintering it inside. We did this with our American Bush Violet, Browallia speciosa, and it has rewarded us with continuous blooming since summer of 2010. Its blue flowers add a welcome splash of color to our kitchen windowsill during the gloomy months of winter. Apparently the South African Foxglove would require a much larger pot and a position on the floor by our patio doors rather than on a windowsill.
Critter's heirloom tomatoes from Ric and Holly's swap all have lots of green tomatoes on them. I can't wait for them to ripen so I can ID which is which. TY Jill!! If it weren't for your variety pack, we would of only had cherry tomatoes. Love swaps!
Here are a few more pics. Hardy hibiscus are blooming. Our dahlias are too; they're small, but pretty. The cream marigolds behind the welcome sign came from Holly from her swap =) I don't have a pic of them yet, but I'm also loving the double bloom petunias from Holly's too. Thanks again Holly if you read this!!
Beautiful Diana! That Welcome picture is lovely composition. Write an article for it LOL. I have some of the same cream marigolds.
Robert Poore phlox- the plant is suffering terribly but a small part of the flowr head still looks gorgeous. Okra, Naked ladies
Really enjoy the pictures. Ric and I have very spotty internet service. Wind so glad you like those Marigolds they are a real favorite of ours. I will say there were some really spectacular plants passed around at the swap. I took a pic right before we left on vacation I will post it as soon as I can. It is really beautiful and I have no idea what it is or who gave it to me.
Your Blushing Suzy vine has grown to the top of her trellis--BUT--so far, not a bloom in sight!
It gets half day of sun--and then dappled sun through my Maple tree.
It is in a really big pot (not in a bed) and looks healthy. Just NO blooms!
What do you see wrong???
1&2--Blushing Suzy vine--
3--Morning Glory--Blue and Pink "Picotee". Very different!
4--One of the prettiest Zinnias. These are tall and sturdy stemmed. Bought one last year--
saved some seeds and now have them here and there...
5--Three new blooms on my Brazilian Plume...
Have you had them outside this whole time? In sun? If not they have to slowly be acclumated to the sun
They def are too crowded, need to be separated. Usually put them in ground when about 4" tall or so
... Oh my gosh, I almost just asked "Jen, what flavor is that Hib?" LOL, "flavor"!?! I mean 'variety' of course, it's fabulous!! I really really love the Petunias though, those are getting to be some of my favorites, big time! Such rich gorgeous color, WOW!
Mine were also coming up in all the sidewalk/edging cracks after I had THREE MG's growing in 2009.
Same as all the 4-O'clocks . They all ARE in the same family of plants---right?
I grew Grandpa Ott MG's about 4 years ago. maybe more...It climber to my 2nd story windows.
They are STILL coming up--twining all over my Rose and my Clematis in that area.
The 4's look just like MG as seedlings. Hard to tell them apart--until they grow their true leaves--
The 4's leaves are pointed. The MG ones are heart-shaped. Then you can tell which is which.
I miss having a 4'Oclock this season---but I just do not have room for a 3x3 foot "shrub".
I remember a house I used to live in in So. Cal., my Mom used to grow 4 O'clocks in a bed all along the front porch, man they were beautiful!! I used to think they were called 5 O'clocks though.. there isn't any such thing, right? Anyway, we sell the seeds at work, been thinking about growing them again... I could make room! =)
You got it!
And--you will have 100's of seeds from just one plant--IF you are vigilant about picking them.
AND--beings they are not really hardy in out area--you can dig up the root and keep it dormant for the winter.
Then, in mid-spring--throw some dirt on it, water it a little--and patiently wait to see new green growth.
Then re-pot it in your garden--and stand back!!!!
1--Close-up of flowers. They are never the same...
2--a one-year old root system dug up. The stems will wither and drop off over the winter.
3--Close-up of a seed. If you don't get them--they will roll off and fall to the ground.
Gita, I was very pleased when I got home today to see the bloom on one of the Brazilian Plume flowers you gave me. I was thinking I was going to miss the bloom and there is another one coming on another plant as well.
Gita, YES!!! I remember those seeds on Mom's flowers!! Wow, yours are so gorgeous, I just LOVE the combo of colours on each bloom!! God bless you, you've made another yardener very happy!! =D
We got some major storminess last night too, lots of thunder rumblings and rain.. will check the gauge in a little bit to see how much we got. Was just happy that neither the power nor the cable (internet) went out like it usually does. ;) I hope you got a long gentle deluge!! (oxymoron? LOL!!)
Happy that your Br. Pl.'s also bloomed! Seems they all are on somewhat the same schedule.
Will throw in seeds from another 4'Oclock I have grown. Don't have much! Hope I have a few...
It is called "Limelight"---as in Lime color leaves. The blooms are bright magenta.
This one grows quite small---no bigger that an average, healthy Mum.
It does not bloom all that prolifically--but the leaf color is very complimentary to other flowers.
All my Brugs, by now have survived the horrible Spider Mite attacks.
The chewed up leaves have all yellowed out and dropped off--or I have pulled them off.
All three of my Brugs are in bud. The stems are a bit bare--but the plants are thriving.
--"Maya" is the first to bloom.
--Dr. Seuss is in serious bud--with a few blooms opening.
--The pink NOID is the barest (of leaves)--but it also has a bunch of buds...
Gita, those magenta blooms against the lime leaves are absolutely gorgeous!! If you can spare 2-3 seeds it would suuuure be appreciated, but if you can't, then please don't worry, and thank you so much for the thoughtful thought. :)
Sally & Gita, any way you could share a pic and some of the aroma of your brugs in here? =)
Later- I can post pics from last year when it grew much bigger. I had one by the front door and it 'flushed' with bloom 4 times..ahhh! This year is much smaller. It must have suffered from lack of water earlier.
Haven't pruned it since it was planted 5 years ago. Maybe it will get a hair cut this winter. Maybe. The other one is only 2 years old (Tonto...slightly darker pink) Just planted 2 red and 2 lavender. They add such color this time of year when only the roses, hydrangea, caryopteris, hibiscus and dahlias are really putting out colors. I do feed all my plants and bushes (especially flowering) with Aggrand's 4-3-3, bonemeal and kelp.
Wow Jen, that Hopi is gorgeous, and waayyy more smothered in blooms than the ones we've got at work. It actually makes me think I might want another Crape Myrtle again.. Hmmmm... Your Cardinal Climber is really lush looking also, Yummy!! =) Love the colour of your Echinacea as well.
There are tons of crepe myrtles around here and pretty much all blooming well. I doubt most people around me take half as much good care as Roses does. My sister has crepes in FLorida and often has poor bloom, blaming it on shade, But one year they bloomed great after a hurricane drenched them.
My Maya is also blooming--3rd flush--I believe. Maya was NOT affected by the S.M. Odd...
--Behind it is the pink NOID--still nor fully open--but will be tomorrow.
--Remember--this one starts yellow in bud--then opens milk white (tonight?) and tomorrow
will be all pink. Notice that it barely has any leaves left on it...
--And here is Dr. Seuss--doing its "Umbrella thing"--sprawling all over. Leave have re-grown. Looking good.
--And--remember we talked a while ago about the Zinnias with NO petals?
I have these in 3 places--and they all look the same. Weird! Also--interesting...
It is just the way they are growing. Big buttons.. Anyone have any info on this?
edited to say--I forgot to change the Macro setting--so now all the pictures above
have a slightly hazed over look. I was wondering WHY???
Either the Kopper King hasn't bloomed for me yet, or this one had an erroneous tag on it. Either way, I like it. I'll continue to look for "Kopper King" to bloom some where, Gita. It sure has a beautiful flower!
Coleus 'Alabama Sunset' is also known as 'Texas Parking Lot' ! Should give you some idea of this old variety's tolerance/love of heat , sun, and drought!
Coleus need nite temps above 50 . Cuttings will root easily now but become progressively harder to root as we start to cool down to winter. Keep flower buds pinched off. Take some cuttings now and stick 3-4 in a 4" pot of potting soil and they will be nice plants by swap time. Also while temps are still warm, larger, longer cuttings can be taken and will readily take. Water from bottom...even set in saucer of water...for one to two weeks, til roots take (ie don't let dry out).
Can anyone guess why my screen name here is coleu p ?
I took some coleus cuttings just over 2 weeks ago and stuck them in containers of water and sphagnum moss. They have a great root system and will go out into the gardens in the next few days.
The HGHA had a speaker come in that roots begonias. He talked about rooting plants in water and sphagnum moss instead of just glasses of water. The roots grow stronger, although I'm not sure you would want to put a bunch of them in the same glass like you can with just water.
FYI During June July and August any coleus or begonia (like 'Dragon Wing' that happens to break off even up to two feet long will easily root by just sticking the stem about two inches deep into the same pot it broke off from! Or any container or pot that has some room. The Life Force is strong in these plants.
The bummer is that there is an uncurable viral disease as well as a Downy mildew that has infected much of the seed and cutting grown stock of coleus world wide. Very similar to that devastating impatiens(INSV)..and roses (rose rosette disease)
So, if you have healthy coleus this would be a time to redouble your efforts to overwinter some to be insured of future healthy stock. All of my usual coleus sources this season displayed for sale plants clearly 'infected' so many growers and suppliers to our area haven't caught on to this or are hoping it will 'go away' on its own.
I personally lost my collection of over 100 named varieties from an infected shipment of new varieties from a reputable on line source.
SO sorry to hear about all the Coleus issues you talked about.
You have seen pictures of mine--I hope...I do not know their names...but I will be glad to replenish
your collection of varieties with cuttings at the Swap. OOOPS!!!! You will not be there...:o(
I had quite a lot of cuttings doing great in 2009 and 2010. My HUGE rooted stock was a wonder to behold...
Last year--I tried to take cuttings to root--but i think it was too late in the season. Not all of them made it...
Thanks for the reminder to take cuttings NOW! Yes! August is also recommended as the time to take Brug cuttings.
What makes the latter so hard is that--in October the Brugs usually put on their best bloom flushes.
They just like the cooler weather--and take a fresh breath...
SO--If you took cuttings now--you would be giving up the greatest bloom flush of the season in October...
We all have to consider the price we are willing to pay...Gita
Gita, thank you so much for your kind offer, but I will "pass", ONLY because I am so new to Coleus that I'm not sure I'd be able to do them justice for over-winter, and it would be so disrespectful of me to get a gift and then accidentally kill it. < =x Oh, and, YES!! That was the plant that I was referring to above. It accents your Brug so beautifully and perfectly!!
I'm pretty sure that Alabama Sunset are available from our growers, so I'll just look for them next Spring.. space in my basement is sooo limited, especially space that gets good sunlight.
I was also wondering (like TERP), where you get your Brugs from. According to some books we have at work, they are not "supposed to" be hardy in our area, not even the Dr. Seuss, but seeing as you all prove otherwise, I'd rather take y'all's word for it and try one next season. First though, I think I need to take the time to figure out where I'd put it, LOL.
Oh Coleup, Aren't you going to the swap? I was so hoping that I would get a chance to spend a bit more time with you at this one since I wasn't hosting. I also thought you might like a Pup from the Banana you gifted me.
I have been propagating the same Brugs forever.
They are NOT hardy!!! I bring mine into the lower Shop level where they spend the winter in a
"suspended life"--with almost no leaves...No light...and very little watering.
bring them out in early summer--and...BAM! They strt growing.
I have been on DG since 2003. Before that, I spent about 2 years on "Garden Web"
where I was introduced to Brugs by some people there. Probably got my 1st couple ones
because someone sent them to me.
I have had different ones--but some did not make i--got some creeping crud or such.
I used to think water rooting was the way to go, but I never had much luck with it.
You have to, diligently, keep the water clean. Even tried the "bubbler method"--
and, again, there would always be some kind of mold or fungus that got the cuttings.
Now I can confidently tell you that sticking stem cuttings straight into fresh potting mix works
As you can see my Brugs grow wide and tall. I do not have room in my Shop for such big plants.
So--I cut them back before bringing them in. That is how I propagate them and have new ones to share every year.
I don't "get" them from anywhere...They are all "children" of themselves...
Gotta get ready for work. Talk to you all later... Gita
1--This is from Sept. 2009. This is a "Maya"--it grew to 7'x7' that year (NOT from a cutting. Had it already).
After 2 weeks of begging--Cylburn Arboretum accepted this monster plant and came and got it.
Thy have been propagating it from cuttings and selling them on their :market Day"...
2--This is what I had to do to it the previous fall (2008) so I could get it into my basement.
It was hard to cut it back--as it was in full bud and ready to bloom.
I guess it liked being cut back--as it grew into the monster in pic. #1 the next year.
HollyAnnS wrote:Oh Coleup, Aren't you going to the swap? I was so hoping that I would get a chance to spend a bit more time with you at this one since I wasn't hosting. I also thought you might like a Pup from the Banana you gifted me.
Holly, Gita has me (Judy) mixed up with Buttoneer (Judy) who I believe said she (Buttoneer) would not be at swap. I'm hopeful as always to be at sallyg's on the 15th! Also hope to spend more time with you and Ric and everyone else attending as just dealing with plant swapping took up most of my visiting time at my first swap at your place...
I've had more success with leaving pups with mom over the winter as they dry out less and then have early boost in spring. I've even left them for two years or more!
Great Googley Moogley, Pickle-Lady, that is one MAGNIFICENT Brug!!!!!!!!!! Approximately how warm is the shop where it over-winters? I'm thinking I could do that, my basement is the only place inside I could over-winter anything, but it sure doesn't get much light, if any at all, unless I open the blinds... then gotta remember to close 'em in the evenings. =/ I think I need to start checking out more online gardening shopping. =)
My house is a 4-level split.
The lowest level used to be my Ex's Shop. It is about 80% underground.
It has no heat registers down there--and the only window is a small.maybe 2'x18" at the back end.
The only light down there is a shop light--IF it is on. It is not--unless I am down there.
Te temps down there may be in the high 50"s???? It IS part of the house...
That "Magnificent Brug" just outgrew its quarters and I had to find a new home for it.
I tell you--the "Maya" is a VERY hardy specimen.
Even the Spider Mites this summer never attacked it...even if they chewed up the other two to no end...
I have a new "baby" of it growing. Hope this one does not become another "Godzilla" Brug...:o)
Here it is--on the landing in front of my shed...Cute! AND--blooming away!
Wow, your baby suuuure is growing up!! =) And I love that pot it's in! The whole plant looks like the happiest little umbrella ever!
I've already begun looking through all our grower's lists and availabilities at work, but have only scratched the surface. Gonna see if I can find one that carries Brugs and get BossLady to get me one, or 2... (or more?) =)
Come a couple more months--I will be cutting mine back to get them in the house.
Will be glad to mail you some of the stem before they are put in pots to root.
You should get them in less than 2 days. Just for postage, OK?
You have seen the 3 I have at this time.
You can also go to the Brugmansia Forum and see what people have to offer there.
Just brace yourself---they are not as congenial and friendly as we all here...some may be...
They talk a lot about cross pollinating and what new varieties any one has created...
Growing Brugs from seeds, etc...Lots of pictures, though to drool over...
Gita, Here are two pics of the Dr. Seuss Brug you so kindly bestowed on me this spring. It took a long time to get growing and I wonder if it will bloom? All growth is from beneathe the soil and nothing on old branches. The old branches do a great job of holding up the new growth!
I'm hoping that you will not be offended if I offer this specimen to Speedie for her to try overwintering as I will be unable to do so? What say you Speedie? It will be waiting for a winter home at Sally's swap
#3 Hardy begonia
#4 large sedum, (very pale pink flowers) remind me of ice crystals
Heavens NO! Once I give yo something--it is YOURS!!!! What you do with it--is none of my business...
You have a generous Soul--same as me...Sharing is in our blood...
I am sure "Speedie" with love the Brug...I will have more cuttings this fall--unless i tire of all this
rooting stuff. Hate to throw them away, though...and so my compulsion to root everything thrives...
Gita, that is such a kind and generous offer, I simply cannot say "no", so I'll say "yes, please, and THANK YOU". One cutting will certainly be enough, please, IF there's no one else in line waiting before me. I will trust you to choose a nice cutting that is easiest and most convenient for you, whatever you choose will be wonderful. I'll try to remember to remind you (LOL!) and will gladly cover LOTS of shipping, in advance if you prefer. =)
And, while I'm being greedy, Coleup, I will also say "yes please, and THANK YOU" to your generous offer of the cutting. I've already got a spot in mind in the basement as home for my over-winters. =) What size container should I put it in? I've got 1-gallon, 3-gallon, and there's a big 5-gallon growers pot at work just sitting around waiting for someone to give it a home. ;)
I did some more cleaning up at work the other day and have MORE containers to bring to Sally's next month; I sure hope y'all need pots! < =D
I'm sorry this has taken me so long to reply to, have had computer problems that I talked about ... errrrr... around here somewhere. ;)
SOOOO??? Which cuttings of which Brug would you like me to send you?
If Coleup is giving you the Dr. Seuss---than the other two I have is the "Maya" and the
NOID pink one.
The "Maya" is still very small--and the tip cuttings, which I would be pruning off, will not be
good rooting material.
Am am sure you have seen the monster it grew into in 2009. Nothing little about it!
That would leave the pink NOID--a VERY robust growing, pink Brug.
These cuttings would be mailed to you asap after I cut back the Brug.
I do VERY good packaging and you should get these on good shape.
Do you mind telling me WHERE "somewhere in MD" is???? Just curious...
Seems, by your zone 7a, that you may be a bit north or West of Baltimore...
I live in the Perry Hall--White Marsh area. Right off of I-95---exit 67B.
Pretty Jen. Boy it is hot out there. I thought I would do a little weeding but I don't see that happening this afternoon. I did spray some weed killer around the pool, walkways, driveway and patio. I don't like using it as no matter how careful I try to be it always seems I get some on a plant where I didn't want it.
Well pretty much all the impatients are dead, the petunias in the hanging baskets are shot. Lilies and iris are finished. Quite a few of the plants especially those with large leafs are filled with holes. So I am having the HGHA over for a tour in 2 weeks not too sure what they are going to see. Right now the Glads on the walkway to the GH are just beautiful but I bet they will be finished by Sept, too. I have a lovely Rose but it is the only one on all the bushes and most of them don't have any leaves either. Doesn't look too bad from a distance but up close it is a mess.
I am so sorry for how you pants look--when you want to impress someone on a "WALK"...
If they live in the same area--and, IF they know what the weather has been like---
WHY would they plan a "WALK"???? That is putting undue stress on you Guys in the garden.
Tell them to come next spring--like end of May--beg. of June...Gardens are so beautiful then!
Not much left to brag about in my garden either--the Coleus are marching on----the Brugs are recovering--
and have bloomed. I expect one more big flush beg. of October...
Zinnias and Dragon Wing begonias are beautiful. I just read that the D.W. Begonia was developed as a cross
between the Angel Wing Begonia---and the Wax begonia. WOW!
It is hard for me to even step outside. Even if the temps. are not too high--it is stiffing to go outside...
Been sitting inside--working on a Craft Project--and shelling seeds from all kinds of collected seed pods.
This is a picture of MY INERTIA. Glowingly comfortable...:o) Glowingly filled with procrastination...;O(
I thought of that a few weeks ago but there isn't much in the way of annuals left in the nurseries and what is there isn't looking very good. I figure I will weed dead head and cut back anything that looks really bad when the beds are cleaned up I can always mulch. I figure that their gardens probably don't look much different. Not like I'm having hundreds of people here just about 30-35. A month ago I had a ton of really nice looking plants maybe a bit chewed on but they had beautiful blooms and scents.
Someone stopped by so I let my post sit. We did a walk around the gardens showing her the PB Bush, Beauty Berry, Glads and a few other things and she just raved about the beauty of my gardens. OK, So maybe it isn't as bad as I think it is.
Holly, all of my impatiens looked dead in the July heat, but they've all perked up again in the past few days, with all this nice rain we've had. I guess they were taking a break in the heat of the summer!
I'm going to plant something else next year though. Maybe Sunpatiens will do better in our summer heat.
Sunpatiens did well for me this year. (Remember that impatiens all over the world are suffering and in jeopardy from the INSV virus, so alternatives are in order whatever the weather may be next year.)
Holly, Too bad your 'walk' is preswap or I could have given you my 10 3gal pots of them to fill in! lol
I do agree though that your gardens would be and are impressive to me in the dead of winter with 6 inches of snow!