Garlic Chives put on a nice floral display.
Great Blue Lobelia, a showy native wildflower.
Rough Blazing Star - Liatris aspera, now 5 feet tall and just starting to bloom. Another native.
Agastache 'Summer Love'
CAllicarpa - The clusters of bright, purple berries are as showy as many flowers.
I have a couple questions about my tall, red Cardinal Flowers. They are still hanging in
with a few blooms, but the stems were so tall, that they have long bent in in half
and are a mess to look at.
--These are perennial--right?
--How do they multiply? Me thinks from the roots getting bigger and bigger clumps.
Then you dig up and divide the root-ball. Right?
--The tall stems have, what looks like a lot of seed-like round "pods" all along the stems.
I have looked in some of them--but there is nothing (seeds) there. It has been rainy--so it is a mess...
Do Cardinal Flowers make seeds? How big are they?
--If I collect some of these "round thingies"--and dry them--will there be seeds inside???
Also---I want to dig these up and move them to my "YUK" bed. This bed can use some tall plants
in the background--as I already have a pretty massive New England Aster there--which I bought just
3 years ago on clearance. It is assuming quite a "presence" in this bed. It is also starting to bloom.
I have dug up two areas on either side of the .NE.A. and want to move the Cardinal Flowers there.
--Can I cut the plants back NOW and then dig them up? It is pretty much done for the season.
--How low can I cut Them back? I am thinkinf to "manageable stumps.
Mind you---even if I do not get the answers to my questions--I will do what has to be done anyway.
I just appreciate some more experienced opinions here...This are my FIRST Cardinal Flowers.
My Pakistani neighbor gave me a pot of it. She separated hers (only 2 years old) and came up with 5 new pots.
1--The cardinal Flowers in July
2--The same today...They have been like this for a while now...
3--The bent over stems. Can you make out the little seed(?) bumps along the stems?
1--All the Coleus are just beautiful this time of year. This is "Alabama Sunset".
2--My Dr. Seuss is "colonizing" this bed--It is its way of growing.
like an open umbrella. The Endless Summer Hydrangea is on the left--coleus on the right.
3--New flower buds forming on the Brazilian Plume. Dig the size of those leaves!!!
They just get bigger and fatter as the season goes on. The more stems--the more leaves--the more blooms!
Next summer this should be awesome!!! Like I said--NOT cutting it back this year...
4--This is a rather large planter. I planted the Euphorbia with the tiny, snow-like blooms in it
to accent the other plants. You may say: "WHAT other plants??? The Euphorbia has taken over!
I did not even know these were Euphorbias--just some tiny, filler in plant...HA! It has covered everything!
5--AHEM---This is why you should NEVER plant more than ONE Persian Shield in a container...
Again--this plant has smothered off everything else. It is in a 14" pot.
edited to ask if you think this kind of Euphorbia is also perennial? Like the other one I have?
Would save a lot of $$ not having to buy it as an Accent plant--for $3+.
IF you are willing to try to keep a Coleus plant over the winter as a houseplant,
I will take a couple cuttings of the Alabama Sunset and pot them up for you.
They will grow--like a houseplant--and you can take cuttings again and root those.
If you have a light set-up--they will do best under lights--or on a bright window.
A couple years ago, I did so many Coleus cuttings that I had no room for anything else...
Last year--I took them too late--and many of them died out. This year--I only have about
6 different ones.
Propagate them as you would coleus. I believe they are actually easier. Somebody jump in here if I'm off. The first time I did it the piece came from virginia at my brothers abode and he knocked the plant over while vacuuming and brought it to me a few days later. I just stripped it down put the nodes in the soil then with a watchful eye kept it damp.
*Mine has grown pretty funny, but I assume that is easy to correct with some attention.
Gita and Paul, We used to do strobilanthes cuttings at the green house growers I worked for a number of years ago now. In my experience strobes are a little more tricky than coleus: they do not take as quickly, they are more sensitive to moisture/drying out, they are harder to pinch back to achieve a bushy well shaped plant. I would suggest that cuttings be taken now while night temps are still warm to increase success. At the nursery we took cuttings in mid Spring and grew them on in a greenhouse that did not get cooler than 60 degrees at night. We did not over winter any stock plants, but started fresh with tissue culture 'plugs' late Feb. The cuttings we took were 6-8+ inches and we used rooting hormone.
Not flowers--but odd things are happening--end of summer--to my big, old Silver Maple.
It has been shedding leaves early. Yellowing leaves--They are all over the lawn.
Usually, my Red Maple goes first--and the S.M. stays all green until wayyyy later.
Now it is shedding leaves...I am afraid it may be giving up the ghost...AAAGGGHHHH!!!!
Been wondering if i should top-prune it?? Been thinking about that a long time...
Has anyone else noticed this with their Maples--or other trees?
I realize the hot, dry summer may have cause this. Now we have had plenty of rain--
but it may be too late in the season.
I'm with Sally tree topping is last resort and is usually very hard on the tree. Ric did top the Black Walnut behind the house years ago and it has done just fine. He tried topping the Blue Spruce out front but that didn't work and now it is coming down to be replaced.
Ok I was not familiar with the term 'tree topping' - looked it up and yup THAT'S exactly what the folks our HOA hired did to our community trees! GRRRRRRRR!!!! I pulled up the other day after work and my jaw just dropped. I'm not even sure how to explain it - it just about pained me. I just kept shaking my head as I looked around getting out of my car. DD came out and said 'yup, I KNEW you were going to have a fit when you got home and saw what they did!' I'm certainly no expert but seriously - there had to have been alternatives to THAT! I realize the storms cost them a bit each time trees lost limbs and/or landed on someone's car...but seriously?! I'm just so upset over this.
Well you know what happens when nature is in the way of process, nature gets cut down ,run over, and driven to extinction. Small trees to the street and near the house ,large trees away from the house and wherever there is public room. It will be the only way to save some as long as such is as it is..
Only every time I ever saw an old white oak go to process that was hundreds of years old I felt much the same.Everything inside just seems to sink and you wonder who could of decided such a thing. Even makes you wonder who to give a bad time about it or get even with, but how?
They all get the tomatoes and the flowers and you get the mulch for next time.
Yep, seen it all too often... In fairness, sometimes there's just no alternative than to top or remove a big old tree... sometimes there's damage you may not have noticed that's made the tree unsafe... My in-laws have some huge oaks in their yard & nearby, and while I don't think they've had to take down a big one yet, some neighbors have. On the other hand, there's the neighbor who pulled out a lovely line of 50 year old boxwoods... LOL
Japanese morning glories are popping out surprises for me... I had 2 seeds of this one and 3 of that in my stash, so I started 1 from each packet and stuck the seedlings into various containers on the deck. Fun!
Yes Jill those MG's - God love em...once you have them...you always have them...LOL Pretty cheery blooms that they are.
Here we go for the end of summer bloomers...
1. NOID Crinum 'Podster' blessed me with a few years back...packs an amazing nighttime punch of fragrance. Think of a citrus/lily cross...Mmmm
2. Passi and PB shrub...between the two...my yard is rather filled...LOL - LOVE the scents
3. PB shrub is STILL blooming (white blooms) - flutterflies are thrilled
Yipeee...glad to hear that Holly! When she gets bigger that scent will fill a large area of your yard - more so at night than during the day (it's that 'white' bloom thang again - LOL). I'm wondering if some of the PB babies I passed on weren't '2 yr olds' that I didn't notice last year. I just don't think mine bloomed the first year someone blessed me with her. Must be your's and Ric's green magic!!!
So nice to see that there are still so many things blooming.
The bloom on this really surprised me. I put a bunch of pots in the garage last year and didn't mark them. All the rest have already bloomed (Callas, Begonias, Canna etc). I can't believe that I actually have a Tuberose blooming.
I will admit to occasional guilt of the same about trimming things , only the the nature of the business and being quick is that tree trimmers are'" CHAIN SAW HAPPY"!!! The trees and our eyes often are not as to the result!
OH well , I am off to plan about who to assault with a tree planting referendum.lol
wow Chantell--- Now thats a concept- PB shrub and passi together and let them duke it out. I am pleasantly and very surprised at how much that young PB shrub has grown while I was not looking!! You can advise me on where to plant- thinking it will take the place of my sick Japanese maple. That would be kinda near my bedroom window, for mild summer nights--AHHH!
Glad to learn that the PB shrub does its smelly-goodness thing at night... that will affect where I plant it, for sure! Might have to make a spot for it in the deck bed, maybe put it in the corner when the banana (yes, I'm down to 1! LOL) comes out this fall.
Houston: we have a problem...SIZE!!!!! I'm going to have to do some ummm pruning next spring...have mercy...I hope it handles pruning. My townhouse back yard is not quite up to handling a full sized tree. I mean it's called a shrub...I missed the original memo on it's possible size...gulp. Yes, definitely night scented - I don't detect much of any fragrance prior to dusk approaching,
I have a question that, actually, goes back to the May Swap at Holly's.
I have a memory of asking for--and someone giving me a start of a Mock Orange.
I remember thinking that someone at work had lamented that these cannot be found anymore,
so I asked for one because someone was offering one.
I came home with several little pots of "things" that I had not really asked for--like Beebalm.
Remember planting these here and there...they were in a 4" pot.
I am attaching a picture of one of these plantings--it is NOT a Beebalm.
Could this be the Mock Orange baby??? Hope someone knows.
If it is--it cannot stay in this tiny place it was planted! I had nowhere else to put it at the time
so I stuck it between a rock and a hard place...:o)
Gita - yes, Jen's photo is a SAC. I finally got to smell the scent folks talk about this weekend. Very pretty...but I'm telling y'all - the one I had and gave to Jill (I think) I could not detect a scent on. Who knows. Gita, back to your Mock Orange 'might be' - I will do my best before going to bed to upload the pics off my camera and post what my smaller one looks like. The photo is only of leaves so maybe that will help a little.
Hmm. There's a little un-tagged shrub out in the nursery pots area I've been wondering about... maybe it's Chantell's Mock Orange! Weird about it having no scent... but I have a witch hazel that I planted by the corner of teh deck so I could enjoy the "wondrous fragrance" of its early blooms... zilch. nada. I wonder if it's grown too big to move? I'd rather have Chantell's PB shrub in its spot! Maybe if I prune it back pretty hard in fall before digging it up... it'll be fine back in the tree line, just no reason for it to occupy a prime "near the windows" spot.
Jill...sorry about my post...guess it's a tad confusing. It was my SAC that I thought had no scent. I seem to remember you getting it...but maybe it was someone else. Glad to hear your exp with the witch hazel b/c that's been on my "wants" for a bit due to what I'd read about it's fragrance. It's now official scratched off. Good thing too...God knows where I'd find room for another shrub/tree. I came home from my medicine makers class yesterday with a vitex tree sapling (berry tincture is supposedly great for just about all female issues) and I'm thinking hmmmm - where did I dream this was going? Ugh!! I'm using the hill behind my house. I think I'll baby it till next spring before planting though...
My now-gone-and-unlamented Sweet Autumn Clematis came from Brushwood, I'm pretty sure. What a thug! Scent was present, but slight. I do think some witch hazels are probably fragrant, but I would buy one in Feb/March when blooming to be sure!
Buckeye enjoying end of summer blooms on a sedum (Joyanna says the big cushiony blooms are "very pattable")
Holly's blue pickerel plant (it's sharing a 20 inch pot with a hardy water lily),
morning glory (Grandpa Ott maybe?) peeking in window (took over the Lonicera americana),
Obedient plant (Physostegia) with variegated leaves
we have lots of blooms now. I'm thrilled that our Plumeria from NOLA is finally (after 3 years) blooming. Every year I move the pot to a different location hoping to find the right spot and it's blooming on the porch!!! I've always wanted to see it in person. I've seen bloom pics over the years here on DG and I've always loved them.
our Job's Tears just started putting out "bead" seeds. That's another favorite too.
and Critter, we LOVE all the wonderful tomatoes from you. We've had the best tomato season ever thanks to your plants. Thanks again so much.
Lovely! I'm going to try Sally's way with my plumie this winter, keeping it semi-dormant rather than pulling it for full dormancy. Maybe I'll finally get a bloom. I'm not sure I have any idea what color it's supposed to be any more... would have to check back several years...
Diana, I'm glad the tomato plants did well for you this summer... they did squat-all here, zero, zip, nada. Peppers weren't much better, but at least we got a few. So my veggie bed got totally neglected, and I've been having fun playing with the perennial garden areas (undergoing a total overhaul).
Hmmm Portulaca went MIA..let's try again (it's fuzzy - sorry). BTW all kinds of great markdowns on Southern States plants to include Sweet Olives (50% off) and ALL kinds of semps, succulents, sedums etc.