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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3748341

This is Spinell.

It was a beautiful vibrant red and was instantly my favorite. I just planted it this spring.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 18, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #3748488

That is lovely Billy.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2007
1:07 AM

Post #3748527

Thanks! I was suprised by it. I planted a lot of astilbes this spring, but only a few bloomed. I can't wait for next year!
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2007
1:35 PM

Post #3749972

That's really pretty, billy. I really look forward to my astilbe blooming, as well, since I don't have a lot of plants that are real showy "bloomers". I planted Bridal Veil last year, and it was much prettier, fuller and longer lasting this year.



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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 18, 2007
1:36 PM

Post #3749976

one other pic from the side

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2007
9:19 PM

Post #3751755

I love it! I just planted it and haven't seen it bloom yet.
beverly710
Newalla, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2007
12:57 AM

Post #3760770

hi. I'm new here and trying to learn about gardening in the shade and from the pictures...
i've come to the right place. noreaster...the garden is beautiful...is that morning sun?
how much sun (or lack of) is considered partial shade? thanks.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #3761033

Hi Beverly- welcome! I still consider myself a new gardener too, so one of the experts will have to answer what is considered "partial shade"- I'm still pretty confused about some of that myself. But to answer your question about the pics- those were taken at the end of the day, which is the only time this part of my garden gets lit up like that. The astilbe and the hostas and things in that bed behind it do also get a tiny bit of morning sun/dappled light. But for the majority of the day, I'd call it full shade (but from high trees- so it doesn't feel super dark)
pegzhere
Bettendorf, IA

July 21, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #3761152

I planted a lot this year and have very few blooming as well. I will try and get a picture of my favorite tomorrow though!
beverly710
Newalla, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2007
4:18 AM

Post #3761331

thanks for the nice welcome noreaster! i'm surrounded by trees...mostly tall ones, so
if you don't mind, i'd like to use your beautiful pictures as a reference of what i'd like
in one particular shady area. i absolutely love the ferns!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 21, 2007
12:59 PM

Post #3761834

Noreaster, my answer is exactly yours. Sometimes deciding on shade is more personal observation than a set amount.

Welcome Beverly, you will have all your questions answered by someone here at Dave's!! Plenty of experts around. Tall shade is great! It gives a lot more options.

This is last year's spring picture of the shaded bed. Shaded by walnut trees.

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2007
2:05 PM

Post #3761992

Of course I don't mind, Beverly. I love ferns, too, and they are fast growing and don't seem to require much light at all to look great. I have Japanese Painted Ferns, Maidenhair ferns, Ghost ferns, and "Lady in Red" Lady ferns in this same area and they are all thriving.

Wow, Billy, you do have a lot of things growing blooming in that shade- looks great!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 21, 2007
2:56 PM

Post #3762135

I even had delphiniums do well for a few years. I just moved them last month because they were getting smaller. I have Cardinal Flower, Balloon Flower, Blazing Star, Lythrum, Franz Shubert Phlox and Tall American Bellflower blooming at the moment.

Well, I'm out to do mulch!
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 22, 2007
11:03 PM

Post #4220739

Billy, do I see iris in your garden?? I've wondered if I could plant iris in my bright shade balcony location.

Forgot to ask how big the Spinell gets. I'm looking for one on the short side. I had Purple Lance a few years ago and it's just too big for a container.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 23, 2007
3:14 AM

Post #4221241

revclaus, I'm not Billy but I do know iris. Some iris will do ok in semi shade but they need about 6 hours of direct sunlight. Even at that, they tend to lean toward the light to the point where they fall over.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 29, 2007
11:26 PM

Post #4244287

The delicate pinks and blues will hold their color better with a little shade. Since the walnut trees leaf out late, mine get the spring sun they need to start blooming.

Since I just planted Spinell, I don't know how big it will actually get. My notes say 2', and that it should bloom in July or August.

Sprite is a short one at 6'' to 1', shell pink and a late bloomer.

This is last year's photo with an old digital camera. There's a lot of Schreiner Iris in there.

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

November 30, 2007
12:59 AM

Post #4244699

Thanks, Billy. Looks like iris do all right in your dappled shade.
moonbaby8989
War, WV
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
12:13 AM

Post #4275705

I think this would have to be my favorite! LOL I need a good camera tho!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 9, 2007
12:17 AM

Post #4275720

It's a beautiful color moonbaby

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2007
2:34 AM

Post #4279203

It's beautiful moonbaby! I hope one of mine will be that color.
moonbaby8989
War, WV
(Zone 6b)

December 10, 2007
1:45 PM

Post #4280215

Thanks Doss and Billy! I've had that one 2 years! It is my favorite!

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