Now I am really mad that I was too lazy to get my Hare's Tail grass in the ground! The seedlings all dried up and died. After seeing how cute your's are, I'll defnitely be sure to take care of them next year! Tamara
Wow you guys, you have some great blooms and are giving me all kinds of ideas for next year.
Jo, what is that deep red plant you have growing with the hare's tail? It looks very similar to something I've had for years but never known the name. Does it get quite large with the same maroon colored plumes? And self seed like CRAZY?
Hi Lala, it's Amaranthus 'Fat Spike'.
I grew it from seed started under grow lights. First time for me, but I think Amaranthus does self seed. And this one will have fuzzy purple spikes. There are lots of types of Amaranthus - maybe that's what you've got. I have another purple one called 'Velvet Curtain'.
Thanks for responding Joane. After doing a search on Amaranthus 'Fat Spike' my mystery plant is still a mystery. Yours appears to have deep red foliage (like mine) but all the web pictures showed the spike as a deep maroon, but the foliage is green. Plus my plumes are more,,,well plume-like, LOL. I'll have to post a picture when it "blooms" it really is gorgeous (or else I wouldn't let a half dozen of them grow every year while I weed out the 586,946 other seedlings sprouting beside them).
Any chance you'd save some seed from that gorgeous Henry Eilers for me? Pretty Please?
Sea -- Nice blues. Love that Blackberry Cream Sorbet Voila.
Glad to see some of the folks up north have some blooms -- are you always just starting this late in the season? I just pulled the poppies that have finished blooming and am getting ready to pull the cornflowers...I'm in Zone 5.
Some stuff is a bit late this year, but we had a really late spring snow fall this year - May 24th, can you believe it??? It set us back a bit.
The other thing I found is that I didn't get my WS into the ground as early as I would have liked, so things are a bit later because of that too. Next year I will NOT sow 50 milk jugs. Maybe half that. LOL. Too much stuff to deal with all at once. I had to pot everything up and give a lot of it away and that was time consuming. Has been great fun, though.
Suzy - I think that I simply didn't get them in the ground early enough. While you discussing planting out lots and lots of itty bitty plants, I was taking my seedlings and putting them in little paper pots. I think had I planted them directly into the ground I would have had flowers earlier.
Anita, I'm not sure why you have bad luck with foxgloves, but sometimes ya gotta help them out a little. I'm sure you know all this, but I thought I'd type out what I do. I sow them on bare ground and spread that seed around -- consider each plant has a footprint of at least a foot when full grown. I keep it weeded and watered and don't mulch it. (Weed again) That's the main part I hate because the area is so large if I leave enough space for the plants to grow, which is why I may never have a giant stand of them. However once that stand gets going, it appears the bare ground problem will be history.
As soon as they are as big as a fist, mulch it, including underneath the leaves so they rest on the mulch. That way, if you get a gusher rain, the leaves are not touching soil and rotting. It also directs water away from the crown.
I know you are south, but I have to pull my leaves up over the crown to keep winter water out of it. Believe it or not, I use a rubber band and make pony tails. They do not last all winter, but they do last long enough.
Suzy: Thanks for the tips on growing Foxglove successfully. I have a much more 'scientific' method of dispersing my seeds. It's called, 'shake, shake, shake' the stalk and where the seeds fall they will grow! :~)
Shirley, Nice flowers; I wouldn't mind having a whole lot of Prunella -- it would be worth sowing from seed or wintersowing to get 50 or 60 of them. Yes! I would like some Foxglove, please! I just opened an envelope of commercial 'Camelot' and there were only 18 seeds! Ya can't shake shake shake with only 18 seeds, that's for sure!
Thanks Anita. Did you wintersow your Silver Dollar plant last year? Are you absolutely positive that you don't have any little itty bitty Foxglove plants hiding from you?
Did you still want some Lychnis coronaria? I've got to cut it back in half and I'm eager to start digging some of it up. Just let me know when you would like me to send it to you.
Suzy: I'll be happy to give you some of my Foxglove seeds and a Prunella plant, if you don't mind a color suprise. Any Lychnis coronaria plants? Just remember to plant them in the middle to back of your garden bed. They do need some support to remember to stand up straight. Are you in the DG address book?
I remember that Seandor wanted some Lychnis coronaria. Does anybody else want some?
That's great, Shirley, yes, I am in the address exchange.
Don't send the Prunella or Lychnis, though, I think I need to just buy a package of prunella seeds because I'd want a bunch of them (as groundcover) and I wsd a boat load of blush pink with a red eye Lychnis (I forget the exact name) and they'll bloom next year.
So for the seed, I was thinking you could put a piece of corrugated cardboard in a business envelope and cut a little window out of it and fit the envelope of foxglove seeds inside the window to save on postage. Corrugated cardboard should be less than 1/4" thick and foxglove seeds are tiny.
Z5girl, keep an eye on those snaps and as soon as the last flower of the stem finishes blooming, pinch out the whole stem. If they act like mine did on 'Crown Royal Red', you will be amazed at what happens next in terms of bloom!
OK, these are NOT my wintersown flowers. This is a picture of Tomtom's that I saved because I liked it so much. But she sent me seeds and I wintersowed them. They were confusing me for a while (NOIDs) because from Tt's picture, you really can't tell how small they are. They're pretty small, bigger than lobelia, smaller then one pansy petal. But I love the habit and the color - they are stiff and stand straight upright. Just like Tomtom's. Only closer. LOL. (Tomtom posts from Japan.)
I had some Lilliput zinnias that were really cute yesterday; today for their photo shoot they were all wilted but it's been raining for a few hours now. I'll try again for tomorrow; maybe they'll be revived. Also, now that I know what they are, I transplanted the alonsoa into a nicer container.
Joanne, the more I look at that first picture, the less I recognize it. I don't even recognize the pot! And I don't remember planting mimulus. I did plant lots of diascia, but it was all 'cherub kiss pink' or something and I haven't seen hide nor hair of it.
OK, now I recognize the pot, but I think it's empty now! I don't remember that other stuff being in there. Sigh. And it can't be a senior moment; I'm under 50. Oh well. Maybe somebody hacked into "my pictures" and opened the file called "homegrown" and stuck it in there... it's possible.
Jo: I really enjoy your containers of ws flowers! I just love that color of Convolousvous, "Blue Ensign". That is one of my favorite flowers because I don't think you can ever have to much blue in the garden.
Tamara: Beautiful flowers especially the Antique Flemish poppies. I'm in love!
Anita: Great photo montage and very colorful Zinnias & Poppies! They always bring a smile to my face.
Karen: Your island bed is looking terrific this year! It's really filling out and is full of beautiful flowering plants. You realize that the more crowded a bed is, the less room there is for weeds to grow!
Did you ws the Nicotiana too? Which variety are you growing? They are so fragrant. I just love them.
Yeah Carrie! You were finally able to post some of your beautiful ws blooms! They are lovely!!
Shirley: Years ago I direct planted something called "nicotiana mix". I just sprinkled seeds on top of the soil in early spring. That was probably 5 or 6 years ago, and they have been re-seeding throughout my yard ever since, with many mutations. I actually compost more than I let grow each year because they're so prolific.
Another benefit of crowding the beds with flowers is that the soil isn't so baked by the sun, and since the sun doesn't hit the ground it doesn't dry out as much. Early in the year I was watering about every day. Now if it's watered well it can go a week before the soil really dries, despite the heat and drought. It's supposed to be about 94 degrees again today, and nothing has been watered since it finally rained last Thursday. I have to get out there and check now but I don't think it really needs to be watered yet.
Great pics, everyone! Keep 'em coming! Anita, your collages are wonderful and after seeing your nicotiana, I'm definitely WS some next year! I actually did buy some nicotiana sylvestris seed, but never got around to planting it and the seedlings died. :-P
Anita: Bright & colorful montage of Nicotiana. Well done! Which software photo imaging program do you use?
Karen: Since I love Nicotiana, I'm going to take your advice and sprinkle some seeds in my garden. I hope it will reseed with wild abandon. Yes, I agree that crowding a lot of plants in a garden does help the soil from drying out, as well as using mulch.
I guess that means that I need to get busy and do some "summer sowing". Certain fresh seeds such as Hellebores & Clematis need to be sown while the temps & soil are are like a heating mat. I'm going to take advantage of this hot spell and sow some more seeds!
garden6: Lovely flowers! When did you ws your Coleus? Which variety is it? It's gorgeous!
Shirley: I'm sure the nicotiana would do well wintersown in a jug, too. I did the direct sowing before I found WSing. But direct sowing is easy and skips the planting out stage. You can always compost the extras or transplant to other spots to thin out some. Like I said, I've never replanted in 5 or 6 years.
Nicotiana really does grow like weeds for me. Same for melampodium and verbena bonariensis.
Thanks Shirley!! The coleus was a surprise, it emerged with the impatiens which I W/S in March. Most of my impatiens ended up as duds except one camellia impatien with deep salmon blooms and the coleus!! I bought the impatien seeds at Walmart...Go figure, so I don't have any idea of the named variety, but it was a very nice surprise just the same!! ;0)
I had success with w/s impatiens, except they come into bloom so late in the season that I've decided it's not worth it. I will try coleus next year though. I also take cuttings at the end of the season and then come early spring start cuttings off of those plants. The ones in my garden this year are from last years cuttings.
My new computer was NOT delivered today - I wasn't home when they came... Booo. More and more of my NOIDs are revealing themselves by blooming! Can't post, but there's an oriental poppy flowering! Is that possible? Or maybe it's a different kind of poppy but does that mean it's an annual kind?
My ensign blend Morning Glory bloomed too - I think I was expecting more of a bush.
LOL, Karen! My balcony is 20' long by 6' wide ... I do manage to cram a lot of stuff in there, though.
The salvia was actually spring-sown; the ws'ed ones croaked in that Easter freeze. It's only begun to take off in the last couple of weeks and is now about 10" tall, and getting bigger daily. Can't wait to see the flowers. Since mine is in a pot, I'm not expecting any 6' wonders, but it should do fine anyway.
OK, PV, you forced me to finally get out there and take a picture of it. My smallest are just 20" and the tallest is 33". A few of the tall ones are starting to bloom but the smaller ones are just forming buds.
Anita: Thanks for the link to lumapix. com. I'll definitely check it out.
Karen: Love your Salvia, 'Yvonne'. Be on the look out for in coming hummers! Save some seeds, please, please, please.
P.V: Beautiful w/s flowers on a balcony setting high above the roof tops of N.Y.C.! Well done!! I especially love your Balsam, "Peppermint Twist", purple Malva and delicious looking 'maters. A very Happy Belated Birthday to you!
Gram: I'm so envious of your Poppy, "Lauren Springer's Grape" and Sweet Pea, "Perfume Delight". Both my Poppies & Sweet Peas pooped out on me from our heat & humidity before I could get outside with my camera. Bummer! Love your Black Eye Susan vine. That's incredible how big it's gotten in such a short amount of time! Just beautiful!
Yes PVick, it's a Kurume hybrid Azalea, not sure which one though. It's redder than the picture. My favorite plant, in this yard anyway. I have a tray of cuttings rooting right now!! I've tried for a long time to root evergreen Azaleas, I always messed up before.
Here is one of my most impressive first year plants...Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer' (at least its grandparent was 'Indian Summer'). This might be my favorite plant if they were longer lived. For reference the plant is 2' tall and the largest flower is about 4" wide. It has 7 more buds that will be flowering soon!
Don't bat 'em too hard, I don't want the cuttings to dry out!
I've cut as much as I dare to off that shrub. Ask me how they're doing in a few months, you can have some with roots growing. I've gotten cuttings in the mail before, but it was winter... I don't know if it's practical to send them in the mail now? I'd worry that they would perish in the back of a truck somewhere.
Larkspurs / Consolida regalis (I guess) getting started
Agastache 'Honey Bee Blue' from critterologist
edit: that's a Helenium autumnale (?) next to it... either 'Red and Gold' or 'Autumn Lollipops' - I got the containers mixed up, I had seeds for both, one didn't germinate much at all. I think they're Autumn Lollipops, take a look:
Well supposedly they are supposed to grow about 36" eventually! I think I bought the seeds at Wal-mart. Anyway, when it comes time for the October seed swap I will have larkspur seed to swap - including "genetian blue" which is a short version - just 9-12 inches.
Seandor: Don't you just love the gentian blue? Although T&M lists them as a HA, they might come back for you. I WSed some last year, they overwintered for me, and came back with a bang this year. In the 2nd year they got to about 2 feet tall and full and bushy. I suggest you leave them in the ground over the winter and maybe you'll get lucky too.
This photo was taken June 7 of this year, 2nd year for the plants. They got much bigger, but I just cut them back yesterday.
An actual POPPY I grew, me, which bloomed over and over again. Unfortunately, we didn't think it was anything in particular until its stems were way twisted. Now it's in the sun! Is it an annual, or will it come back?
Carrie - your pictures are just fine. I'm one of those that takes about 90-jillion pics of the same plant - at least one of them has to come out to my liking ... or maybe not. Even fuzzy pics have an interesting look to them. That said, I love those pics of your California poppy seedlings - looks like a lovely green mat! Have they started blooming yet? Do post some pics of them.
The pic below is of an abutilon sown in 2006; this plant started blooming last July when it was about 8" tall, and it hasn't stopped yet! It's not winter-hardy here, so I took it inside for the winter - never missed a beat. This pic was taken a few minutes ago, while the plant was getting a much needed drink (and it's one of 9 that I took before getting the one I liked!).
I think the only reds I have out there this year are the abutilon, monarda and the Yvonne's salvia; I do have a lot of purples, though - love purple! And I like the "hot" colors.
I sowed the abutilon last February/March, I think. It was my "leap of faith" since it's a tropical/tender perennial - out of a color mix of 10 seeds, I got one plant, that red one. I'd seen it advertised as a blooming houseplant, but I really didn't believe. Until I took it in this past fall. I get really good morning sun in the winter, so I just stuck the plant on a table where it could take good advantage of the light. When I say that it has not stopped blooming since last July, that's exactly what I mean! This plant bloomed, and grew, the entire time it was inside - not one or two blooms, but constantly covered! It was always full of open blooms and buds waiting to open. Even when I took it back out this May, it never skipped a beat! On the terrace, it's growing in a primarily shady spot that gets filtered morning sun through the clematis vines. It doesn't seem to care. I am totally impressed by this plant.
I saw some yellow ones in the farmer's market a few weeks ago, and was really tempted, but passed on buying. I like growing from seed too much. Hoping to find some more seeds, but no mixes. I want a yellow, and a peach, and a ... you get the picture. LOL!
I ordered some seeds for a Firecracker Plant (some type of crossandra) today; this one is also advertised as a blooming houseplant. It will be orange. Red and (now) orange blooms in the winter - should be interesting!
Well, it's just gorgeous! One of those things I'd like to try from seed, but life gets in the way, and other things come up to take it's place on the Things to Do List, I expect. Sounds a lot easier to buy one. Ooops, will I get kicked out of the Ws forum for saying that? ROTFL!
More bad pictures of nice winter sown plants. The Heliopsis helianthoides is flowering and has lots of buds. The Cleome is ready to bloom, too. There's a Milkweed Asclepias curassavica in there, etc., all WS
Gee, I forgot you were talking about photo skills and lack thereof - please don't think for a second I meant your pictures too! I got to use a buddy's camera last week, same 'megabips' or whatever but his has the optical zoom, which works a lot better than digital zoom. Except I took too many pics and couldn't fit them on a disk to bring home, and I was in a hurry so I didn't figure it out.
So here's another pic of WS Asclepias incarnata. One of them is white??? Never saw that before.
My cardinal vine is blooming! Well, it has a bloom on it. My Japanese Morning Glories are going bananas, and my godetia are almost done, or maybe they'll be back for round 2, but I don't think so. I found my blushing susies, but they're still in a flat, because I'm a bad mother. As a revenge, they're each still 2" high.
I've been on vacation and have so many posts to catch up on. And gardening to catch up on! All I seem to do out there is water. Doesn't seem this heat and drought will ever end. Temps have been in the 90s and our rain deficit is over 8 inches now.
Thanks Michaela. Yes, I would collect the seeds from Agastache, "Golden Jubilee" this Fall, sow them in Winter, seedlings by the Spring and blooms the following Summer. I'll try to save some seeds too if anyone is interested in trying to grow them out.
garden6: Love your Cosmos. Pretty bloom and I love their foliage too.
Well back Karen! Hope you had a fun & relaxing vacation.
Where did you find that clear gulf water? I tried to go swimming in Galveston one year.
Do Cosmos self-sow? Some people sort of near us have planted, in their tiny side yard, a field of cosmos. I don't know if they replant them every year or if they self-seed, but they're lovely. A delicate enough scale of a plant that it doesn't overwhelm the scale of New England. (I don't care for the hardy prickly pear cactus in the front yard in this area.)
As usual, I'm a wee bit jealous, but I'm biding my time and buying more seeds!
Anita, I'm having the same problem with my datura, and I didn't even WS! The ones I did all died, so I bought 2 plants. They look anemic and are small. I doubt I'll get any blooms from Ballerina Yellow, and I have 1 lonely bud on Ballerina Purple. :-P Tamara
Carrie: the clear gulf water was in Panama City Beach. Sometimes that area gets a lot of seaweed, and this year there were small patches of that visible here and there in the water. But most by far was just completely clean and clear- as good as in the Cayman Islands. Standing in 4 feet of water you could see every speck on the bottom, and see well when swimming underwater. Just wonderful- the best I have ever seen it other than in the Caribbean.
Beautiful ws blooms, Anita! Vibrant colors, beautiful form, and repeat bloomers. I like your Datura in spite of a few nibbled leaves. Daturas grow so easily as annuals that there is need to over winter them.
Wow, Karen. I love the Caribbean. Our first experience there was in 2002. I had just been in the hospital for 5 weeks NOT following Doctor's orders (24 hours to live) and we needed to celebrate, but neither of us had passports. St. Croix, here we come. (Now, of course, you need a passport to cross state lines, I believe.) I remember seeing a conch shell on the bottom, and diving to get it. Opening your eyes underwater is no problem in warm salt water! Maybe our next tropical trip should Panama!
Nice, Anita! What makes you think you won't get another bloom, tho? I'm sure it will keep blooming. I was disapponted in no frangrance, too. I was also disappointed because my WS daturas were so big! 6 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter, and I had 6 of them! They were really taking over the world, so I saw a bloom (just like yours as a matter of fact), and decided I could live without the gigantic stand of them and pulled them out.
Here's my gorgeous Cosmos, Sunny Red. It is not as attractive to the butterflies as the taller orange ones like yours, but the color is so cool and the plant is so little and cute...still airy and nice, but only about 12-14" tall.
Oh, and yours will self-seed perfectly. If you have a huge stand, just collect some seed for trading, that way the seedlings won't come up too thickly. The seeds basically drop straight down, but you might have one plant coming up here and there around the garden. The seedings are a dead ringer for ragweed.
I have grown this for years in front of Trumpet lilies and I love it!
Well, I have six HUGE datura planted on a mound - basically took over - and I have three blackberry swirl datura in pots. I think I much prefer the datura in pots - but frankly, I prefer the brugs for their scent.
The brugs I will bring into the basement and overwinter. I will grow new datura from seed - and keep them in large containers.
Ha! How funny is this? It took over 8 months, but I finally have a blanket flower to boast about. The ones I sowed inside started blooming in the middle of the summer, but my WS plants just started blooming yesterday. So late or not, I'm posting a picture!
Gosh, I can't wait to start again. I'm hoping to be more selective this time - I have to be 'cause DH 'thoughtfully' bought lots of perennial boring EASY things from HD this spring and used up all my space!