I was hoping to find some seeds, but they don't seem to be available. This was a very nice container plant and looked nice with the strong fall yellows & oranges. It was planted in the same container as the Cappuccino rudbeckia - stunning together. Scented as well. I will definitely try to find this one again. (I did collect some seeds, but not sure where I had put them)
Those are one of my must haves every year. I start them from seed. The Waves are very nice in containers and drape nicely. The Easywaves are a bit more upright and when we get to 12hours or less sunlight does stop the blooms. This year, I'm planning to try the Opera Supreme from seed. There isn't a blue, but the Pink Morn looks good. In the Stokes descriptions it states that has more flower power than the Waves. Tidal Waves are nice in a flower bed and are Huge.
My fav. last year was the Profusion Zinnia. I was really impressed with its blooming, size and durability. Another must have in my garden is the orange Cosmos. Of course I have many favourites...Nicotiana, and OMG, my brain just went totally blank!! I hate when that happens...I'll mention them when they come to me...
My favourite was this double red Portulaca. Don't know what variety, but I bought a flat and tried it in this bone dry spot down by the street and it bloomed away happily all summer. I save lots of seeds and hope to start my own this summer. I hope they come true.
I'm going to wade in here with two.
Number one: My favorite flower was the Chocolate Salpiglosis with the Kew blue one.
I had them in the same pot and they glowed in the dark. I had saved the seeds from the Chocolate and bought the Kew Blue ones. Now I've saved more for this year. They do benefit from planting lots close to gether as they hold each other up.
I have a favorite Vegetable too and I used it in my Pots . It is the Japonica decorative Corn.
there was quite a bit of spooling and they had pink stripes in the leaves. I pulled the corn off in the fall and used for decoration at Thanksgiving.
This it the pot I used to hide the downspout.
My favorite annual this year was wintersown cerinthe that Joannabanna grew and gave me a plant of. It was a gorgeous blue and grew together with a large dianthus plant that helped prop it up so it didn't look all leggy like cerinthe can. Can't believe I don't have a picture of it.
Hmm, I was rethinking my post above - Joanne - you started that cerinthe inside, didn't you? It was Fancyvan who wintersowed hers. Anyway, it's gorgeous stuff...I'm going to start some this year, probably wintersown.
Yes, it was started Mid-March indoors. Kiwi Blue from Veseys. It is a big seedling, like a bean, so you need room for indoor starting. My heater went out in the Greenhouse once in subzero temps. The Cerinthe didn't seem to have been harmed by the low temp, it was below zero. I had lost quite a few of other plants. I had to transplant the cerinthe into 6" pots within 4 weeks of seeding them. They are quick to germinate.
non-edibles: all the little volunteer double portulaca (pinks and reds) volunteer bright red peony-flowered poppies, several different 'florist' sunflowers (deep maroon reds, bronzes, oranges) double click cosmos, zinnias, and my seed-saved honeyworts- cerinthe, kiwi blue love the colour/texture
edibles in the garden from saved seeds every year: red romaine lettuce, deertongue lettuce, yellow pear tomatoes, big rainbow tomatoes
annual-but-I-cut-slips-and-keep-overwinter-to-start-again-in-the-spring - pineapple sage, my favourite herb!
Gee, drivenbonkers, I hate to be OT here, but when you mentioned your yellow pear tomatoes, I had to ask if you know the name of any yellow cherry tomatoes? My neighbor had a slew of them and kept us "topped up" all summer and fall. They were the sweetest cherry tomatoes I have ever eaten, but he doesn't remember the name of them. I don't have room for tomatoes in my garden, but I'd sure grow a big potful of those sweethearts if I knew the name of them. Any ideas?
I got the Japonica Striped Maize from www.seedsavers.org two years ago. The package contained 25 seeds and I still have some left so I will be starting some to see if they germinate.
Would you like 1/2?
I love the Cerinthe too and I was pinching it to get it to branch a bunch and it stood up better then too. Folks at work thought it was something from outer space when they looked at them in my cut flowers.
hey Don! I don't know names of the different tomatoes, and I'm not a big cherry tomato fan to begin with. ;) I do remember seeing seed packets for yellow cherry tomatoes last spring, tho...
the yellow pear seeds are a heritage variety, got them at a 'Seedy Saturday' in Ottawa a couple of years ago. They are, in my opinion, the sweetest tomato, non acidy too. Perfect for eating off the plant warm from the sun... or halved in a salad... if you are interested I would send you some?
I totally would say Sungold is the best tasting little tomato in the world!! It is very sweet and the plant grows like crazy. I had tons (not quite) of fruit off of my 2 plants. Caution they can get tall and I support them to as high as they grow and prune out the suckers in the middle.
Don't overwater or they will split on the vine.
Joanne, Yep I have 6 with your name on them. D mail your address and I will send them.
I grew cerinthe 3 years ago and i still get volunteer plants in the oddest places in the yard and yes i liked it too. but my favourite for the past 2 years has been the gazania. if you have a sunny spot they give you great bang for your buck and keep on blooming through frost to about -10 until there is too little daylight here to trigger blooms
annabelle I just love how you used the corn in your pot! I never thought of using that. It looks great with the height of the plant and the smaller ones around it. I tend to use just the spikes but I like your idea much more!!! Good job!
This is an interesting topic and I scribbled furiously as I read. I am off to the seed catalogues to look for the ornamental corn and chocolate cosmos.
As for my own favorite annuals: the many unusual variegated leaf geraniums and black leafed geraniums, Carmencita castor beans, ornamental cabbages in the rose colored hues, anagallis, cardoon, cleome, and nicotiana sylvestris. The Bolero mix salpiglossis is right up there too.
Maybe it is just me, I ended up ripping out most of my cerinthe, I did not like that plant. Obviously I am missing something here. Mine was sprawling everywhere and looking really lame.
Hi My Cerinthe was great. I thought it was a bit leggy so I pinched a lot and then grouped the plants in a bunch at each site. That seemed to do the trick and they had strong stems and looked great as a bunch. I found the same method worked with my salpiglossis.
They also looked super in bunches of flowers for picking. I loved the color.
Okay Ann will try cerinthe again. I think salpiglossis is great so we must have the same taste. Joanne, I just saw chocolate cosmos in the Breck catalogue, a plant, listed as a perennial! I am sure it is, somewhere. Maybe Holland.
Guys I ordered from Brecks in the Fall and the Alliums that I got were undersized and some were moldy. I couldn't get through to anyone who would talk about it then so I sent an email which was not returned , I will NOT be getting anything through Brecks again. My order was about 120.00 too!
Just be careful and if Brecks has it someone else will too. Last year I found these plants flourishing at the Arch green house in Edmonton.
My favourites last year were 'Molten Lava' and 'Copper Glow' Oxalis...technically a 'tender perennial' that I have been able to over-winter some years in the garage, but most years it doesn't survive. Fills out a space very quickly and blooms all season.
I had mine in AM sun till about 1030 only and it was protected by dappled shade for the rest of the day. It was in a big pot with black eyed susan vines. It loved it outside and didn't get burnt or leggy I fed it the timed released granule food. Any one else with info?
I think because zone 7 is that much warmer you could put the plants in a protected spot and there maybe a survival chance. Here we would need to bring it indoors for sure.
I know that with my Canna's, I allow them to go dormant outside and then cut them back, clean off the soil and pack them into big rubbermaid containers and store them in the basement where it is like a big fridge.
I don't know if that would work with the Oxalis maybe a5footsea could answer this one.
It's always worth a try as you maybe pleasantly surprised.
I read somewhere that if you cut back an oxalis and bring it indoors like a houseplant, it should do well with minimal care, like indirect light and water. During the season outdoors - my yellow varieties do very well in part shade and almost full shade, also morning sun. They look great beside hostas.
This photo is June Hosta and Oxalis Copper Glow
The purple I find more difficult and it doesn't bloom as much outdoors, but indoors, does just fine.
my best annuals last year I have to double impatients in dark pink and white and also the geraniums, I got all of them from veseys a slips and they looked so lovely that I brought them all inside and they are still growing and blooming
they will go back out at the end of may mind you a lot bigger than last year
Oxalis regnelli can take incredible abuse. I keep them in pots indoors, and sometimes don't water them for weeks. They become completely dry and look dead. But when I pull out the dessicated looking little bulbs there are always a billion of them. I pot them in fresh soil, give them water, and within weeks they are lush and blooming. I've done this over and over again to them - I first bought them about six years ago.
now this year I am growing japanese morning glories for the first time
I have been growing the regular ones for year
and yesterday I found a bud on one plant then this morning three more plants have buds but they are only six inches tall
its crazy how excited I was to find those buds
I planted them mid january
didnt expect them to bud for another month or two
I have the red and the and the yellow in the garden and now I grew this one from seed today I checked to find about 100 or so babies coming up
I am thrilled since this one is very expensive about 15 dollars or more per plant
I stole the seeds at tim hortons coffee shop lol the seed head kept calling my name so I took a couple the next week I saw the gardening guys pulling them all out lol so I asked why they pulled perennials and they said the boss told them to take everything out except the bushes lol I guess the boss didnt know that they come back but to late for the plants they used the mulcher on them lol a few minutes earlier and I would have taken them all home
I have gotten myself into trouble taking seeds at garden centers lol they dont like people taking the seeds off the plants lol hahhahah oh well then they should deadhead the plants right Im right right if they are there they are meant to be taken hahahhahah
I just knock on the door and ask people I complement them on how beautifull their lanscaping is and then ask if I can have a few seeds and they usually collect them for me and give me a baggie to put them in hahahhaha flatery will get you everything with gardeners ahahhahah I know it always works with me
annuals are great since they all mostly make seeds, I always allow my annuals to make seeds at the end of the season and I collect them for the next year so I only buy each kind one time and save lots of money that way since buying the plants is to expensive.
my house is a jungle right now since I started to sow seeds in january which are the tender perennials that I what to have bloom the same year then the hardy perennials and for the past three weeks I have been planting annuals this week is vegi week, I cant wait to start planting these babies outside since I really miss having a house lol
Scicciarella, I've been trying more annuals now. Some re-seed very well and those I did last year, I hope will be hardy enough. Cuphea came back for me and I wasn't expecting that. I hear you on expense. The perennials are getting unaffordable. I invested in a few propagation books instead.
I got behind on sowing. I did more seeds yesterday. The peppers and monarda Bergamo, from the first sowing are breaking thru now.