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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 19, 2008
11:11 PM

Post #5573796

Time to start a new thread from Summer Blooms http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/885751/#new

Here we go . . .

What's left of one of our native onions, Allium stellatum

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 19, 2008
11:15 PM

Post #5573803

Impatiens balfourii and Impatiens glandulosa alba

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 19, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #5573813

Impatiens glandulosa can get to be a big plant in the right place. Here, flower and stem are equal distance from the camera.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 19, 2008
11:23 PM

Post #5573833

Corydalis ochroleuca has been blooming since May 19.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 19, 2008
11:36 PM

Post #5573860

Hosta clausa 'Lady Finger'. The flowers never open (clausa). Other plants in pic are Hakonechloe macra 'All Gold' and a Haquetia epipactus leaf.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #5577756

Love the shots, Leftwood. And thanks for starting a new thread!

I had to leave my garden behind (divorce, as I posted in another thread), but I plan to move a few plants. I just noticed that the toad lilies I planted this summer are blooming. They're so delicate and pretty! I'll have to get a snapshot, and then steal them away to my new house.

I noticed the aster I planted this summer putting out little blooms, but it looks pitiful. I have no luck with asters or mums.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 21, 2008
12:24 AM

Post #5578069

Never thought of toadlilies as being delicate. Intricate, yes, but the flowers always seemed rather sturdy to me.

I have never been married, so I can sympathize but not empathize. You do the best you can, and later I think you'll find certain things you thought were important then, aren't so important. --- A truism that hold for many aspects of life. I wish you wisdom.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2008
12:30 AM

Post #5578098

KayleRed heart goes put to you. Been there done that.

D-mail me if you need to unburden, yell, holler or scream or cry...

In my prayers.

Cherie
enya_34
Madison, WI

September 21, 2008
3:04 AM

Post #5578800

Leftwood, that is very interesting hosta. I never seen anything like this :)
I had to move my Hakonechloe as it was not getting enough light with the oak streatching out a little more each year. I am losing sun in my herb corner :(
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 21, 2008
9:00 PM

Post #5581480

Hosta clausa 'Lady Finger' size is between medium and miniature.

Hosta clausa var. clausa (another that does not open its flowers) is a medium hosta. Flowers pictured below. The coloring is actually more irridescent than it shows, and a very attractive feature. However foliage looks similar to lancifolia. clausa var. clausa is VERY stoloniferous, sending out stolons 1-4 ft. Great for a ground cover area, but not for a flower garden. There is a H. clausa var. normalis whose flowers do open. I haven't seen that myself yet.

Lady Finger does not stolon at all.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

September 22, 2008
5:45 AM

Post #5583531

I love that shade of almost steal blue. Thank you for the educational note too. I garden predominantly in the shade and any color is very welcome there :) Right now I am trying to increase the variation of the folliage color there as not many things can take the kind of shade I have. I'll take some pictures tomorrow of my most successful spots :)
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2008
3:56 PM

Post #5584875

Here is my Autumn Joy, just transplanted this spring from my MIL's garden. I'm very pleased with how well it is doing.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2008
3:59 PM

Post #5584898

These hitched a ride in with some lily of the valley from my MIL this spring. Looks like black-eyed susan? I'll move it to a sunnier spot next spring.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2008
4:00 PM

Post #5584901

Hardy mums potted near my front porch . . .

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2008
4:01 PM

Post #5584909

. . . and in the ground in a new little bed I made this summer. I'm hoping they'll come back!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2008
6:31 PM

Post #5589632

Love the mums, jcoakley! I've given up on anything but potted mums for one season. I can't seem to do anything but kill them. Yours look great, though.

I transplanted my toad lilies to my new house today. I just love these exotic-looking plants. I got them from a perennial gardener who sells divisions at the local farm market.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2008
6:32 PM

Post #5589636

Here's a more close-up shot. A little blurry, but it was breezy.

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #5589732

Kayly -- those are gorgeous... so glad you were able to keep them and add them to your new garden.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2008
2:27 PM

Post #5592993

Leftwood -- What sort of conditions do you grow your corydalis in? I have a couple spots I'm considering it for. Ideally, I'd like to put it in my dry shade area (and it's pretty deep shade, beneath a maple). Otherwise, I have another shade area that gets quite a bit more moisture, and I could use it there, too. I really love the foliage and the long bloom time.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 24, 2008
11:28 PM

Post #5595130

My C. ochroleuca grow in part shade, fairly moist soil. So I would think deep shade and dry soil or deep shade and moist soil should do fine. I would expect it to bloom less there, however, probably off and on throughout the season.

FYI, all species of corydalis are not cultured the same. The most common, C sempervirens, does take the same conditions as C. ochroleuca, and often seeds around to the point of invasiveness. Pretty much all the blue-purple forms you will find in the trade will fall into this category of culture (but not invasive). But there are many corydalis that grow corms, and live in drier, often hotter conditions and may go dormant as the season progresses. Most of these are not easily available in the nursery trade, but the one you might see is C. solida. In the wild it does grow in the aforementioned conditions, but adapts very well to our regular garden conditions. My C. solida plants emerge very early with the early crocus species, begin bloom within a week of emergence, flower for 2-3 weeks, and go dormant 2 weeks after. The corms look like round white marbles.
enya_34
Madison, WI

September 28, 2008
9:43 PM

Post #5610317

KaylyRed, I may be wrong but it looks like your toad lily has flower mottling similar to that
described in this article about an unknown toad lily virus.
http://www.perennialnursery.com/tricyrtisvirus.html
I may be wrong but I'd check it and keep other toads away from it for a while.


enya_34
Madison, WI

September 28, 2008
9:46 PM

Post #5610328

Here's my unknown flower from seeds that I did not mark and planted way late :(

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enya_34
Madison, WI

September 28, 2008
9:50 PM

Post #5610338

That is something I am amazed at - blooming black mondo grass :)

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
9:53 PM

Post #5610351

Cool little flower on that Enya.

Aster "bluebird'

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enya_34
Madison, WI

September 28, 2008
9:53 PM

Post #5610352

Here's a pure white toad that I grew from seed. It's in it's second year and bloomed second time. First year I had a seedling 2 in hight with one flower!

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
9:54 PM

Post #5610354

I still have all my dahlias of course - here is the largest with my daughter

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
9:56 PM

Post #5610360

Cool Enya - I got some in a trade that all pretty much died - still have my one here.

Autumn Joy sedum

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
9:56 PM

Post #5610365

Aster 'Alert'

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #5610367

One of the queen's of my fall blooms - Alma Potschke

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enya_34
Madison, WI

September 28, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #5610368

Here's the second and the last butterfly for the season we'll grow :( We were hoping for more.

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
9:58 PM

Post #5610370

One of my largest perennials - aster 'Harrington's Pink'

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enya_34
Madison, WI

September 28, 2008
9:59 PM

Post #5610376

Al, your fall colors are terrific and pictures are great. I and Victor are your photo fans :)
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
10:02 PM

Post #5610393

Thank you Enya - I appreciate it.

We mainly had monarchs here this year - not much for hatching here though.

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #5610424

>>Here's my unknown flower from seeds that I did not mark and planted way late :(

Enya -- looks like Hummingbird Sage / Scarlet Sage
Mine are in full bloom right now.
and this is my first year with them... but for the color - they are now a must have.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2008
12:20 PM

Post #5612290

Gorgeous shots, Enya and Al.

How do you guys get such glorious asters? They hate me. I've never had one that didn't shrivel up and give up the ghost. The one planted in my old garden looks pathetic right now, although it bravely sent out a couple of flowers. It looks nothing like Al's monstrous and blooming plants.
enya_34
Madison, WI

September 29, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #5614733

KaylyRed, I am with you ;)
I see asters blooming everywhere right now and it seems that not all of them are getting
much attention, but I don't get more than a few flowers on a meager floppy plants. Maybe there's something in the soil they don't like.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2008
11:10 PM

Post #5614741

I dunno - I don't baby them - they are in average soil. I even have a few volunteers from them this year.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 29, 2008
11:15 PM

Post #5614779

Yes, nice pics.

And um, enya, nice dahlia head (giggle).
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
1:07 PM

Post #5616676

Enya - My mom, who's a very novice gardener and wouldn't know a dahlia from a daylily, dragged me out to her garden last Sunday when the kids and I were over for dinner. She pointed out this enormous sprawling plant that must've been a good 3 1/2 feet wide and a couple feet tall...a massive clump covered in pink blooms so you could barely see the foliage. Now, my mom barely takes care of her garden. She never waters, never amends the soil, never fertilizes--ever! She showed me this huge gorgeous plant and said, "Honey, what is this? I don't remember planting it."

I shook my head sadly and said, "It's an aster, mom." :P
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
2:37 AM

Post #5637711

Chrysanthemum 'Mary Stoker' has been blooming for two weeks now. Love the color.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

October 7, 2008
2:28 PM

Post #5643011

Beautiful! Mine seem too leggy this year and all 3 "fell down" :)
I wonder why, I did pinch them a couple of times to get "fuller bloooms".
Could that be a reason?
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2008
6:32 PM

Post #5643809

I didn't pinch mine back and they are about 2 ft tall. The plants do lean a little but did not flop over.

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 17, 2008
12:09 PM

Post #5682356

Last coneflower blooming now. BEV

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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2008
1:34 PM

Post #5686565

My favorite landscape rose 'Gnome'. Small, glossy floliage and blooms until first killing frost.

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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #5686572

Saliva 'Caradonna'. This is third re-bloom of the season.

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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2008
1:38 PM

Post #5686578

In my bog garden - aconitum with fall coloring siberian iris

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frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2008
9:31 PM

Post #5756329

Still blooming! This is my first year with this chrysanthemum. Got it in a trade last year.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 5, 2008
10:44 PM

Post #5756582

Hey, did that come from Maxine. I gave her one at a RU.
Bernie
frahnzone5
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #5756749

No it came from a gardener in Alabama. I did not think that plant would ever bloom. Don't know how it will perform if we have our usual cold fall weather in late October. Will see next year.

Felisa

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 5, 2008
11:46 PM

Post #5756784

I guess it is a little different. Ours is more of a spider.
enya_34
Madison, WI

November 7, 2008
6:14 PM

Post #5763399

I like the pink mums :) Mine are all on the ground now :( They are newly planted
this year in late spring and were shaded by the milk weed most of the summer.
But they are the only color (white) that I have right now. I am thinking now that
I do need more mums, possibly compact, scattered in the garden for late fall.
As time goes on and I am watching MY garden I am learning to love plants I never
cared about before like daylilies, mums, sedums, rudebeckias, ...

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