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Winter Sowing: Bloom's from WS seedlings, part 2

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #3670799

Brag away! Let's see pics of all those pretties! Here is my very favorite...'Flemish Antique' poppy--it's the only one I got to germinate out of the entire seed packet!

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #3670803

Snapdragon, first bloom:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2007
8:51 PM

Post #3670808

Not really a bloom, but I did WS this blue fescue grass:

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 28, 2007
11:37 PM

Post #3671423

Here's a few of my first WS blooms:

Poached Eggs

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 28, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #3671431

Double Shirley Poppy

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 28, 2007
11:39 PM

Post #3671435

Schizanthus

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 28, 2007
11:41 PM

Post #3671437

Bachelor's Button 'Black Ball'

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 28, 2007
11:42 PM

Post #3671442

And an annual Hare's Tail Grass. I will do lots of milk jugs of this next year. I love it.
I also WS Blue Fescue, zone5girl, but my plants are not nearly as large as yours.


Joanne

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2007
11:56 PM

Post #3671485

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
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2007
6:28 AM

Post #3672757

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?
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 29, 2007
11:57 AM

Post #3673091

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'.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2007
3:11 PM

Post #3673687

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).
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 29, 2007
4:17 PM

Post #3675158

Lala, did you check in the DG Plant Files? If you type Amaranthus in Genus and hit search, you'll come up with lots of different Amaranthus.

Joanne
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2007
5:02 PM

Post #3682367

hmmm - I missed this thread... Here are few of mine.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2007
5:03 PM

Post #3682369

oops.. Henry Eilers!

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2007
11:15 PM

Post #3687640

OK, here they are.

Is this diascia? I sowed tons but the no id thing was a problem. This is the only one that seems to have bloomed. I like it so much better than the ones I bought this year.

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 2, 2007
11:21 PM

Post #3687661

Carrie,
It looks like Anagallis to me. I just bought the 'Wildcat Blue' yesterday yesterday and they also had 'Wildcat Orange' that look like the picture you posted.

Joanne

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2007
11:33 PM

Post #3687695

No, not that. That's an anagalis I bought. Maybe this. Oh shoot, I can't find the darn photo. Did anyone grow diascia?

xxx, Carrie

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2007
11:35 PM

Post #3687703

Yes, Jo, I spent all that time trying to find the picture in question. Thank, though. :-(

x, Carrie
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2007
12:47 AM

Post #3688020

I didn't grow mine from seed...I cheated and bought one--Proven Winners Trailing Antique Rose. Tamara

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2007
1:11 AM

Post #3688144

Oh. I planted Angel's kiss OR blushing cherub OR something. I knew I wanted a lot. Now I have some that I bought and some that I grew.

xxx, Carrie
skimper
Greenwich, OH

July 3, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #3688189

WS Magnus Coneflower in 2005 .First bloom today.

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2007
4:23 PM

Post #3690353

This little cutie is called something like blackberry cream sorbet

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2007
4:24 PM

Post #3690359

some of the bachelor buttons

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Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2007
3:18 AM

Post #3692904

Anita, Dear Anita, Sweet Anita!

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.

Suzy
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 4, 2007
3:26 AM

Post #3692933

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.

Joanne



Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2007
11:16 AM

Post #3693549

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.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2007
4:40 PM

Post #3694573

Can we quote you on that Jo?

x, C
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 4, 2007
6:11 PM

Post #3695001

You mean the part about the number of WS containers? Nope. LOL.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2007
9:36 PM

Post #3695740

Also, next year I will LABEL what I plant so it won't be July before I figure some of these things out!

Honestly, I have really pretty flowers too, it's just that the USB port on this computer is dead, so I can't upload my pictures.

x, C
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 5, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #3696879

Suzy - if I remember, I will.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2007
1:08 AM

Post #3700977

Poppies and BBs

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Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2007
1:10 AM

Post #3700983

Painted Tongue

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:24 AM

Post #3701493

Way to go everybody! Look at all of those beautiful blooms!!!

Here are some of mine.

Alstromeria (1st year in bloom!)

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:25 AM

Post #3701498

Larkspur

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:26 AM

Post #3701501

Salvia superba, "Rose Queen"

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:27 AM

Post #3701504

Sedum

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:28 AM

Post #3701513

Cosmos, "Gloria"

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:34 AM

Post #3701532

Dianthus, "Carnation Pinks"
(sorry to repeat the picture, but I really love it)

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:36 AM

Post #3701537

Strawberry Foxglove

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 6, 2007
3:37 AM

Post #3701544

Shirley - really lovely blooms!

Joanne
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2007
3:46 AM

Post #3701578

Thanks so much, Joanne!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 6, 2007
10:22 AM

Post #3701989

*&^%$#@#$%^!!!! I have so many ws blooms to show, just can't do it because my USB port isn't with me any more. I think I got a diascia! And it's prettier than the store bought ones!

xxxx, Carrie
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 6, 2007
10:23 AM

Post #3701990

I love that foxglove - I'd love a colony in my yard, but they don't want to reseed themselves [pout]
Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2007
2:57 PM

Post #3702755

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

Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 6, 2007
11:31 PM

Post #3704686

Thanks Suzy
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
12:51 AM

Post #3704985

Do you want any Foxglove seeds. They're...ready!
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
1:09 AM

Post #3705057

Lobelia, "Regatta Sapphire"

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
1:10 AM

Post #3705065

Lobelia, "Regatta Sapphire" (close up)

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
1:12 AM

Post #3705077

Pansy, "Silver Wings"...almost ready to unfurl its beauty. I'm humming the song, "Anticipation" as I wait for it!

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #3705086

Polemonium liniflorum better known as 'Jacob's Ladder'. Probably won't flower until next year, but I like the foliage.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
1:20 AM

Post #3705124

Prunella grandiflora "Freelander" about to blossom. It's suppose to be a great plant to attract bees & butterflies.

Still in it's milk jug! Do you think I have one to many plants in this container?! So much for controlling the amount of seeds that were sown (LOL)!!!

Here's a preview. http://www.fleuroselect.com/awardedvarietiesitem.php?id=270



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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
1:32 AM

Post #3705169

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! :~)
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3705267

that's what I tried. I do that with my silver dollar plant and it's all over and quite beautiful in the spring...
Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:14 AM

Post #3705324

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!

Suzy
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #3705409

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?
Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
3:14 AM

Post #3705623

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.

I always wanted a stand of foxgoves :)) Thanks!

Suzy

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:50 PM

Post #3706769

Finally have some more to show! Here is another of the Antique Flemish poppies, but this one has much more red:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:52 PM

Post #3706778

What is this? A coreopsis? It must have been in a mix, because I wouldn't have planted it on purpose...it clashes with the surrounding plants.

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #3706784

My first ever sweet peas!!! This one is Miss Wilmott:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:54 PM

Post #3706791

Some different colors in the snapdragon mix:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:54 PM

Post #3706795

Purple alyssum:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
2:54 PM

Post #3706796

Red flax:

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Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
3:06 PM

Post #3706852

Pretty! The Coreopsis, too :))

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!

Suzy

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2007
3:22 PM

Post #3706921

Red flax??? I wsed salmon flax and got nary a sprout! Boo hoo.

xxx, Carrie
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2007
4:30 PM

Post #3707142

Suzy, thanks for the tip!!!
Carrie, I got very few to germinate, if that makes you feel any better!


Tamara
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
8:53 PM

Post #3707921

Shirley - I just toss the seeds when they are ripe. They form the plantlets that will become the plant the following year.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2007
9:55 PM

Post #3708172

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.)

xxx, Carrie

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 8, 2007
1:36 AM

Post #3708961

Here are a few containers I planted with WS'd plants...

Ensign Blue & Light Blue Flash Morning Glory:

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 8, 2007
1:39 AM

Post #3708967

In bloom in this one are Ensign Blue Morning Glory, Alyssum, Schizanthus, a Marigold. Also present are Bells of Ireland, and not in bloom are a couple of Zinnias and a seed Dahlia, all wintersowed.

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 8, 2007
1:42 AM

Post #3708973

Last one, a couple of Phacelia 'Tropical Surf' and two varieties of short sweet peas: 'Sugar & Spice' and 'Pink Cupid'. Sweet peas are just starting to bloom.

Joanne

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2007
3:37 AM

Post #3709526

I just love Phacelia. Here are some pics of my w/s zinnia

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 8, 2007
3:41 AM

Post #3709538

Oh, Anita - your Zinnias are absolutely gorgeous. I must do more of them next year. Mine aren't blooming yet, I'll be thrilled if they look half as good as yours. Mine are 'Diablo' and Pompom mix.

Joanne
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2007
11:28 AM

Post #3710117

They justed started kicking in this past week. I've ordered alot for next year as well. I never realized how many shapes, sizes and colors they come in.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2007
2:47 PM

Post #3710647

Ok, (drum roll please) some of MY ws flowers!

I still don't know what this is.

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2007
3:04 PM

Post #3710727

way to go Carrie!!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2007
3:05 PM

Post #3710731

This one was a NOID for a long long time, even ehile she (IT? he?) was blooming away. I finally figured out: it's the red mask flower (Alonsoa) that Tomtom sent me.

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2007
3:08 PM

Post #3710737

I was hoping these were black-eyed Susan vine, but I think they're Japanese morning glories instead. This is an old picture - one bloomed yesterday!!

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2007
3:12 PM

Post #3710758

This has to be godetia! I planted a lot of flowers from their descriptions, which only hints at what you'll end up with!

Sorry - so blurry...

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2007
3:22 PM

Post #3710795


Well, I'm still wrestling with my camera. But you see, I DO have SOME.

xxx, Carrie
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 8, 2007
4:21 PM

Post #3710989

Nice Carrie - congrats!
Your first picture kind of looks like Mimulus (Monkey Flower). Did you wintersow any of those? Just a guess...

Joanne
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2007
5:40 PM

Post #3711313

Carrie, My guess would be diascia or its relative, nemesia. Great pics, BTW! Tamara

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
12:40 AM

Post #3712630

Very nice, everyone.

Here are a few of mine, taken July 4.

Karen

Zowie zinnia

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 9, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #3712709

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.

x, C
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:10 AM

Post #3712763

OOps.. I left for a phone call.

Here's apricot profusion zinnia

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:12 AM

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A lot of pink ones

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 9, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #3712785

Oh, I think I have those too, but they were called Apricot Shimmer? They're little, right? (your Apricot Profusions.)

xx, Carrie

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:15 AM

Post #3712788

ummm... this 'n that

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #3712801

Carrie, so far the plant is small, but I've had profusions befor that turned into large bushes.

Here's salvia coral nymph, I really like this one.

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:19 AM

Post #3712807

rud. prarie sun

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #3712818

Last one- a really crowded bed

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 9, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #3712866

I want that Zowie Zinnia! Awesome. Goes on my list for next year's WS. Thanks for sharing your pictures Karen!

Joanne
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
1:45 AM

Post #3712931

I posted the wrong picture
here's the rud. prarie sun

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3712996

very nice. Here are a few from today..Poppies

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 9, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3713001

Karen,

That salvia coral nymph - is that a perennial you sowed in 2005-6? I think I planted it, just haven't ID'd it yet.

xx, Carrie
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3713002

I just love them - I might just throw seeds around the neighborhood!!!

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3713012

I also love the Mexican Sunflower..I wish there were more varieties of this

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #3713049

carrie: That coral nymph is an annual here. I wintersowed it this year. It really is beautiful and the picture doesn't do it justice.

Karen
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2007
5:28 AM

Post #3713724

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!!
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2007
11:24 AM

Post #3713970

I did Shirley and that's another plant that I love. It w/s well and is quick to grow and flower.

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Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 9, 2007
11:45 AM

Post #3714020

Anita, your flower collages are wonderful.

Joanne
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
12:18 PM

Post #3714114

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.

Karen
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2007
4:01 PM

Post #3714925

My W/S snapdragons...

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2007
4:03 PM

Post #3714938

My W/S celosia 'Pink candles' with anise hyssop budding in the background to the left...

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2007
4:06 PM

Post #3714950

My W/S zinnias with sweet alyssum...

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2007
4:07 PM

Post #3714955

My W/S coleus...

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2007
4:59 PM

Post #3715154

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
Tamara
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2007
8:09 PM

Post #3715736

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!
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2007
8:44 PM

Post #3715872

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.

Karen
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2007
9:16 PM

Post #3716007

Thanks Karen. I did ws 4 different varieties of Nicotiana in 2006. Yes, it does ws very easily, however, I didn't have any of mine re-seed. Bummer!
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #3716558

Shirley - I use Lumapix FotoFusion to create my collages. I've only had nicotiania reseed itself once.
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2007
12:11 AM

Post #3716588

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)

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2007
3:19 AM

Post #3717366

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.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2007
4:25 AM

Post #3717603

Thanks Anita. I'll have to Goggle 'Lumapix FotoFusion' as I'm not familiar with that photo editing software.

I also take Coleus cuttings because they are so easy to root in water. Unfortunately, hybridizers do not release very many varieties of Coleus to gardeners who wish to grow it from seed.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2007
4:26 AM

Post #3717604

Pansy, 'Silver Wings' is finally in bloom!

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2007
10:58 AM

Post #3718081

here ya go Shirley - http://www.lumapix.com/ .
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 10, 2007
1:52 PM

Post #3718494

Thanks for posting that link to lumapix, Anita. I'm going to check it out as well.

Shirley - really pretty pansy!

Joanne

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2007
7:07 PM

Post #3719762

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.

Pretty flowers, everyone.

x, Carrie
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2007
7:10 PM

Post #3719770

Carrie~ my W/S poppies are still blooming!
PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:01 PM

Post #3719974

Finally have some WS blooms to talk about:

Zinnia 'Profusion' Orange:

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:03 PM

Post #3719978

Melampodium 'Million Gold'

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:06 PM

Post #3719993

Balsam 'Peppermint Twist'

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:14 PM

Post #3720039

Yarrow and malva (prior years' WSing)

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:18 PM

Post #3720055

Yvonne's Salvia - okay, no blooms yet, but it's growing nicely ...

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2007
8:22 PM

Post #3720069

I love your malva, PVick!
PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:26 PM

Post #3720088

And for good measure, just so we know that WSing can help us produce food - here are my WSed tomatoes (if you look close, you'll see the toms);

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
8:29 PM

Post #3720097

Thanks, Seandor!

Judging from all the beautiful pics, it seems safe to say that y'all had a successful WS season!

PV
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2007
9:32 PM

Post #3720367

PV: Very pretty! You never cease to amaze me with what you grow up there! How big is that balcony anyway? I picture it the size of a football field.

How big is your Yvonne's salvia? Mine is just starting to bloom.

Karen
PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2007
9:52 PM

Post #3720461

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.

Do post a pic of yours - how tall is it?

PV
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:25 AM

Post #3720994

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.

This is the tallest- 33 inches.

Karen

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:26 AM

Post #3721002

This whole line of them.

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:30 AM

Post #3721014

Another group on the other side of the yard.

I created these beds just for the Yvonne's salvia, by lasagna garden. They both are extensions of previously existing border beds currently holding 4 o'clocks.

Karen

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:33 AM

Post #3721027

Tallest in this group

Karen

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 11, 2007
12:43 AM

Post #3721069

very nice everyone -

PV, I'm always impressed with your garden
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:54 AM

Post #3721122

Wow, so much variety! I love to see what everyone has grown.

Poppy 'Laurens Springer Grape'

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #3721130

Sweet pea 'Perfumed Delight' (this is the first little blossom, can't wait til it's all blooming)

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
12:59 AM

Post #3721142

Zinnia 'Pumila mix'...unfortunately this pink one is the only one that germinated, but it's cute, isn't it?

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
1:00 AM

Post #3721152

Salvia 'Victoria Blue' ... seeds cames all the way from England

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #3721158

Nasturium 'Princess of India'

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
1:05 AM

Post #3721170

Grape tomato 'Cupid'

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
1:06 AM

Post #3721172

Black-eyed susan vine

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2007
1:30 AM

Post #3721294

Karen, your Yvonne's are looking good! With the surround look, they will be beautiful when all are in bloom. And it looks like yours are well on the way to giant-hood!

Thanks, Anita! I do try - my problem is that I tend to forget (read "ignore") that I'm gardening in a very limited space. Gets me in trouble sometimes.

grampapa - nice plants! I envy you your sweet pea; tried them for the first time this year, and all the seeds rotted on me. Oh, well. There's always next year ...


PV
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2007
4:41 AM

Post #3722320

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!
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2007
5:20 AM

Post #3722379

PVick, your flowers are gorgeous, especially that lovely balsam, and that tomato! Too much! You've really done well with WSing.

And Grampapa, I love that sweet pea.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 11, 2007
2:37 PM

Post #3723127

So THAT's what Balsam looks like. Could we see a pic of the whole plant? I wish my guys would BLOOM more. My BESV's haven't even shown which ones they sre.

I've started avoiding this thread since it's so hard for me to post.

xxx, Carrie
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2007
4:24 PM

Post #3723615

Here's the W/S poppies this AM, with buds of more blooms coming...

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 11, 2007
5:36 PM

Post #3723947

OK OK I got my new computer!!!! Got to finish setting it up but then... It'll be picture-posting city.

xx, Carrie
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2007
10:00 PM

Post #3725031

garden6: Pretty poppies! Gorgeous color. What kind are they? My 2nd year perennial ones are still putting out flowers, though less prolific than earlier.

Karen
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 11, 2007
10:18 PM

Post #3725106

Hey Karen, Happy Birthday!!!

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #3725219

Happy Birthday Karen!! They are papaver rhoeas' with the heat they're lighter in color, but still blooming.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 11, 2007
11:40 PM

Post #3725375

Happy birthday, Karen!
Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2007
11:51 PM

Post #3725422

Happy Brithday, Karen!

Suzy

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PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 12, 2007
1:00 AM

Post #3725693

Happy Birthday, Karen! Another July baby!

claypa - is that an azalea? Soooo pretty!

Lovely shot, Suzy!

Carrie - here's the best shot I have of the whole balsam plant. They're not as full as I expected (first time I've grown them), but they're young yet, so maybe they'll get fuller.

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 12, 2007
1:36 AM

Post #3725864

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.
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 12, 2007
10:21 AM

Post #3726790

Thank you for the birthday greetings. At my age you stop counting them, and don't tell anybody it's your birthday.

claypa: beautiful azalea, brilliant color. They don't do well here in out alkaline clay and I gave up on them long ago. I'm jealous.

Great butterfly picture, Illoquin.

Karen
Brent_In_NoVa
Sterling, VA
(Zone 6b)

July 12, 2007
11:17 AM

Post #3726835

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!

- Brent

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2007
1:34 AM

Post #3729845

Happy Birthday, Karen!
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #3730076

yes, Happy Birthday!!!
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #3730257

Karen, Happy Belated Birthday greetings!

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Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2007
6:27 AM

Post #3730550

Um Claypa? About those gorgeous Azalea cuttings? (You can't tell it but I'm batting my eyelashes at you). :D
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:25 AM

Post #3730582

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.

Tonight's pics
Larkspurs / Consolida regalis (I guess) getting started

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:27 AM

Post #3730583

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:

http://www.seedman.com/image/rha049.jpg

They should look pretty crazy with all the Echinaceas in there! There are dozens of those Heleniums. Maybe too over the top, we'll see



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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:33 AM

Post #3730588

Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' and Marigolds, from garden6. The Cosmos to the left and the small plants on the right (Baptisia) were WS too

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:38 AM

Post #3730590

That last picture didn't really show the Marigolds well, but they're a foot high, blooming well.
Nicotiana from a trade with LeBug

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:46 AM

Post #3730592

Salvia farinacea 'Strata', another LeBug trade. The unopened buds are very white and the open ones are very blue, very nice. You can see an Amaranth leaf on the left, it has a fuzzy bud starting.

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:51 AM

Post #3730595

Centaurea cyanus / Cornflower The seeds were from Sunoco of all places, and laying in the kitchen drawer for at least 5 years

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2007
7:58 AM

Post #3730597

Some more Nicotiana about 3' high

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2007
8:28 PM

Post #3732567

Beautiful flowers, Claypa! Love your "Arizona Sun"
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2007
9:07 PM

Post #3732701

Clasping Coneflower

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2007
9:09 PM

Post #3732708

first snapdragons :-)

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2007
9:10 PM

Post #3732714

larkspur - I was so worried they wouldn't germinate! Then suddenly, I had so many!

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2007
1:08 AM

Post #3733509

Very nice, claypa!

Seandor: Beautiful combination of your Larkspur growing with your Hydrangea! Was it planned or a happy coincidence?
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2007
2:13 AM

Post #3733764

Very pretty Seandor - where did you get your seed from? How tall are the Larkspur? I like the Blue Cloud as it is very airy.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2007
1:17 PM

Post #3734855

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.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2007
11:10 AM

Post #3737849

excellent!
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2007
11:30 AM

Post #3737878

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.

Karen

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2007
2:24 PM

Post #3738299

Wow! Those are gorgeous! I can hardly wait to start winter-sowing!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 17, 2007
2:05 AM

Post #3744596

Michaela,

Couldn't the new addicts among us start wintersowing now? Maybe the size they'd be by winter would be too small to survive a winter? Annuals would surely be dead. Maybe they'd flower first, though.

xxx, Carrie
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2007
12:37 PM

Post #3745680

Hi Carrie

Here is a webpage that lists perennials that can be started in the summer:

http://www.stokeseeds.com/cgi-bin/StokesSeeds.storefront

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2007
10:48 AM

Post #3757912

Thanx!
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #3758416

Finally, a few more pics to post! Here is a strawflower which was from a seed mix of red flowers:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2007
2:28 PM

Post #3758421

This isn't really a bloom. It is a 'Miniature White' cucumber:

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zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2007
2:29 PM

Post #3758426

Another veggie--'Tigerella' tomato...you can see the variegation already:

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
12:57 PM

Post #3768362

OK, here we go. New computer, bluescreen almost every day, but I do have a bunch of WS flowers that I (yes me) grew from seed!!!!

I'll come back and edit what this is when I see it. Still working out the bugs in my system!!!


Oh, I think this is the calendula which I gave away and our ROUNG-UP!)

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
1:05 PM

Post #3768386

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?

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
1:07 PM

Post #3768392

Bachelors buttons (background is whatever else was blooming then).

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
1:15 PM

Post #3768404

mixed NOIDs. (tall and then, short and wide, creepy) They're much taller now

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
8:44 PM

Post #3770043

Godetia - I stuck a lot of these in different containers not realizing they were all the same thing! This picture is too blurry.

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
8:46 PM

Post #3770051

I'm afraid this is all there is of my ensign blend - these really are awful pictures,

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
8:49 PM

Post #3770062

My blushing susie guess was wrong - they turned into Japanese Morning Glories! This is pretty, it only flowers every few days or once a week. A restrained sort of flowerer!

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2007
8:52 PM

Post #3770073

I think your flowers look great and I really like your artistic approach to photography :-)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
8:52 PM

Post #3770076

My California poppies in Spring. they looked so perfect. then I thinned them, apparently thinning out all the cinnabar ones.

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
8:57 PM

Post #3770094

Right, my artistic approach influenced by the Romantic Impressionistic French painters of the late 19th century who specialized in blurry pictures of flowers?

:-p

More gorgeous California poppy seedlings; I think this is after the first thinning.

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #3770108

Same thing.

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
9:10 PM

Post #3770151

more convolvulous ensign blend?

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
9:13 PM

Post #3770162

Oh well, not really worth waiting for. I have more, I swear I do, I'm just not sure where they are. Stupid computers! Can't live without them, literally can't throw them away.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2007
9:19 PM

Post #3770181

I'm actually glad no one's reading this thread anymore.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2007
11:23 PM

Post #3770757

I'm reading it! I think you have great flowers. :-)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2007
1:08 AM

Post #3771157

Too bad they have such a lousy photographer!

me, feeling silly.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2007
11:33 AM

Post #3772523

don't feel silly - most pictures people take are lousy . . . they just take soooo many, that eventually one has to look good :-)
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2007
2:18 PM

Post #3773002

I edit all mine in Paint Shop Pro! lol I crop most of them to just frame the flower, and hide all the weeds. ;-) Tamara

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2007
3:43 PM

Post #3773345

I don't even have the ability to crop in the program I'm using now! I took soooooooooooooo many - these are the good ones.

xxxx, C
PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 27, 2007
10:38 PM

Post #3786965

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!).

PV

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Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 28, 2007
3:43 AM

Post #3788024

PV -

You have the coolest plants! Is your entire balcony planted in reds?

On this Abolution, did you take it inside and treat it as a houseplant? Does it need a whole lot of sun or anything? What I mean is are youjust sort of holding it inside, or is it actively growing?

Suzy

PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 28, 2007
4:47 AM

Post #3788188

Suzy -

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!

PV

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Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 28, 2007
5:35 AM

Post #3788268

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!

Suzy
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 28, 2007
11:50 PM

Post #3790560

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

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 28, 2007
11:54 PM

Post #3790569

There's a Hibiscus in the back of that last picture, I think it'll bloom too.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors', I think:

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 29, 2007
12:00 AM

Post #3790591

Larkspurs and Nicotiana. I like the pink, but some are purple and blue, kind of two-tone. Can't see it in the picture though

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carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2007
12:14 AM

Post #3790634

I like your bad pictures of good plants, and they're nice pictures. I have a lovely Asclepias 'Cinderella' which won't bloom because it's still in a dumb little container!

xx, carrie
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 29, 2007
12:44 AM

Post #3790732

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.

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2007
2:01 AM

Post #3790959

Very nice blooms everyone! Love the color combos...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2007
7:17 PM

Post #3793317

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.

xxx, Carrie
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2007
3:08 PM

Post #3809351

Blanketflower blooms from seeds that my son threw in a pot last winter.

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Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2007
3:12 PM

Post #3809363

These were WS from some oramental gourds that I bought for fall decorations. I let them dry out and am surprised they did anything at all. My son calls them 'his squash' LOL

Susan

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 2, 2007
11:13 PM

Post #3811080

here are my melampodium

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2007
1:48 AM

Post #3811673

Great pictures everyone! Look at all the ws blooms!

Agastache, "Golden Jubilee" ws last year and blooming for the first time.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2007
1:50 AM

Post #3811680

Prunella, 'Freedlander' (mix)

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #3813102

Shirley1md - love your Agastache, "Golden Jubilee" - I have some . . . do you think if I collected the seeds, they could be winter-sowed?
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2007
2:48 PM

Post #3813181

W/S cosmos in bloom...

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 3, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #3814346

Pretty pics, everyone!

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.

Karen
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #3815564

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.
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

August 4, 2007
1:53 PM

Post #3816495

Thanks Shirley!.
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2007
8:17 PM

Post #3817565

Thanks Shirley. I was a fun vacation of relaxing on the beach and swimming in beautiful clear gulf water.

Karen
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2007
4:16 AM

Post #3818992

Your vacation sounds wonderful and soooo relaxing!
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2007
10:27 AM

Post #3819357

Here are more zinnia from w/s'ing

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2007
10:28 AM

Post #3819358

My one Datura flower - the plant itself is nothing to look at and is half eaten. I doubt I'll get another bloom. I was disappointed as there was no scent either.

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2007
10:29 AM

Post #3819359

I think my favorite for this time of the season is the cosmos...

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kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2007
12:01 PM

Post #3819461

Very pretty Anita! Do you know the name of that first orange zinnia?

Karen
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

August 5, 2007
1:48 PM

Post #3819767

Pretty blooms Anita, the datura reminds me of lemon chiffon pie...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2007
2:01 PM

Post #3819831

Karen,

Where did you find that clear gulf water? I tried to go swimming in Galveston one year.

Anita,

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!

xxx, Carrie
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #3820056

I've been told they self-seed. I haven't experienced this yet. The Zinnia is Persian Carpet - http://www.parkseed.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10101&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&SearchText=2188&mainPage=textsearchresults&RequestType=NewRequest .
I'm not too thrilled with the Datura - very leggy - perhaps a different spot next year. I would have to grow it from seed every year as I have no room to bring it in anywhere come winter.
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 5, 2007
3:00 PM

Post #3820076

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
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 5, 2007
7:02 PM

Post #3820968

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.

Anita; thanks for the name on the zinnia.

Karen
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2007
7:30 PM

Post #3821055

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.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #3822161

Sorry to be so off-topic, but...

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!

xxx, Carrie
PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2007
12:58 AM

Post #3822230

Sr. Croix, huh? My home town!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 6, 2007
1:01 AM

Post #3822249

St. Croix, USVI?

xxx, Carrie
PVick
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #3822332

Yup, that's the one! Born and bred ... in Fredericksted.

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Illoquin
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2007
5:33 AM

Post #3823093

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!

Suzy

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2007
11:15 AM

Post #3823281

Thanks Suzy. I want to try some other cosmos too next year. I'm thinking I feel the same way you do about the Datura. I don't think it will be a repeater next year.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2007
12:31 PM

Post #3870490

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.
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2007
3:21 PM

Post #3870967

Seandor, you must show us some pics! Tamara
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 19, 2007
10:13 AM

Post #3873487

Yeah Michaela - pictures would be great. I didn't find that the datura had any scent. I'm not sure that I'll repeat that one next year.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2007
5:17 PM

Post #3878254

Well, the datura blossoms smell nice - but the plants smell horrid. Okay . . . I will take some pictures this afternoon :-)
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 10, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #4066648

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!

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

October 10, 2007
1:03 AM

Post #4066667

Gorgeous!!
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 10, 2007
1:07 AM

Post #4066687

Thank you so much! I haven't been around this board much lately. How crazy it seems that it's time to start thinking about WS again.
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

October 10, 2007
1:09 AM

Post #4066694

Well it's good to see you again...busy in the garden, collecting seeds will do that for you! ;0)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2007
9:24 AM

Post #4067495

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!

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