Viewing tabasco's Garden Diary: Annuals -- Favorites for Summer Bloom
This year 2006 I have experimented with using 'reseeding' annuals and WSed annuals for painterly effect in the garden.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunflowers to know and growHere is an excerpt from a post by 'amore' from Florida who has lots of experience with growing sunflowers:
There are probably 100 or more different varieties and then there are names which are just mixes of the varieties. I'm guessing I've grown about 50 or so different varieties in the past 4 years. There are many good giant sized Sunflowers. A few of my favorites have been "Sunzilla", "Russian Giant" and particularly like "Mongolian Giant" which is yellow with a green colored center.
The only drawback with the super tall ones is that they all produce just one large sized Sunflower. for that reason it's always a good idea to mix in some tall multibranching Sunflowers. The blooms are not as large, but you get many more of them on each plant.
The multibranching ones that most consistently produce many nice sized blooms for me have been "The Joker", "Strawberry Blonde", "Solar Eclipse", "Ruby Eclipse". The mixed seed packs I've liked the best have been "Pastiche" (Thompson & Morgan) and "Large Flowered Mix" (Burpee). There are also a few varieties that produce very nice/uniquely different dark red blooms named "Red Sun", "Prado Red" and "Cappuccino".
There is even a very neat dwarf variety (24-30 inches in height) named "Sunspot" that produces the large 8-10" blooms we normally associate only with the super tall Sunflowers. Everyone should try "Sunspot" at some time. You'll be amazed at the size of the blooms on such a short plant. I mark every Sunflower I plant just that I'll remember/recall which ones I've liked the best over the years.
Hope this information is helpful.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Vines from Mountain Meadow SeedsThis list includes many of the Hummngbird Favorites:
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Japanese Morning Glory Germination
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water, or scarify the seed, and sow in individual pots in a greenhouse in early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at 22°c. Plants are extremely resentful of root disturbance, even when they are quite small, and should be potted up almost as soon as they germinate. Grow them on fast in the greenhouse and plant them out into their permanent positions after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away actively.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Cosmos for Late Summer Color and Butterfly Fun
Graham Rice's article about the various Cosmos available on the market. He makes some good comparisons between species.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Zinnias: Perfect Plant PartnersIt's zinnia season and there seems to be a lot of interest in them, so I wanted to post this list of 'perfect partners' for zinnias from an article in Organic Gardening Magazine online.
Here is an excerpt:
If there's one thing that's better than a hearty border of cheerful zinnias, it is a plot of zinnias accompanied by a partner that shows them off to their best advantage. Try these winning combinations:
'Benary's Giant Lime' and Verbena bonariensis
'Big Tetra Mix' and Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'
'Cut and Come Again' in mixed colors and red fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
'Persian Carpet' and 'Blue Horizon' ageratum
'Profusion Orange' and Salvia farinacea 'Victoria'
'Star White' and black-eyed Susans
'Zowie! Gold Flame' and 'Purple Majesty' millet
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
A Good Article about Zinnias//www.doityourself.com/stry/rediscoveringzinnias
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
W. Atlee Burpee and Garden History in America//www.burpee.com/contentarticle.do?itemID=574
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Zinnias Various--a butterfly favoriteWe are planning a edge for the somewhat visually chaotic Butterfly Border for summer 2008. I would like to use zinnias, at least for bloom from July 1 and later and have researched different cultivars and combinations that Ithink both the butterflies and I will like.
For the short edging: Dreamland series yellow, orange scarlet and red or the Parks Seed Dreamland Collections of 7 different colors.
'Dreamlands' have been trialed at the University of Georgia with excellent results for mildew resistance among other things. They grow to about 12 inches with 4 inch flowers.
Behind these will go Oklahoma Series at 36", smaller blooms but mildew resistant //www.seedman.com/image/2659.jpg
Also included in the medium tall group is zinnia 'purple prince' and 'royal purple'.
Here is the Plant Files link for zinnias [[email protected]]
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Annuals in our GardenTassel Flower [[email protected]] emelia javanica I first saw this little 'filler' flower at the Ault Park Flower Border last year. So cute and a nice companion for low-growing gold lantana and some of the other yellow and orange flowers in our garden. Not so many reseeded so I will have to order more.
Dill Anethum graveolans I grow dill for the swallowtails and for the kitchen and for bouquets. Love the fragrance in the garden, too. Dill vierling and Dill bouquet are two of my favorites for cut flowers.
Ammi 'casablanca' A close cousin of dill, I think, and supposedly a butterfly attractor. I like it as a white fill flower in the border. A twin of Queen Anne's Lace but not invasive like QAL.
Zinnia 'Zowie' I like this zinnia and the butterflies like it too. I wish I had more and will grow some from Burpee seed next year. Goes well with the Orange and Yellow milkweeds and purple flowers in the garden. Next time I would like to try Magellans in separate 'jewel' colors and 'Purple Prince' and other 'jewel' Benary Giants. And maybe Profusion 'cherry' in pots.
Parsley Petroselinum Another swallowtail host plant and a beautiful edger for the garden. Must grow more from seed. Sometime bi-ennial for me. I have both curled and flat leafed. Some from HD and some grown from seed.
Cosmos I like the red and orange cosmos sulphureus--it blooms for a long time and stands up well to dry conditions. Combines well with the milkweeds, too. Would like to try 'Red Crest' next time along with 'Ladybird Scarlet.'
Monday, September 4, 2006
Wildflowers in Ohio//biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Articles on Favorite AnnualsRoyal Horticultural Society article on 'Daisies'
P. Allen Smith "Rethinking Annuals"
Annie's Annuals "10 Favorite Annuals"
Old House Gardens "Heirloom Annuals"
Univ. of Illinois "Underused Annuals"
Park's seeds seems to have a wide selection of Zinnia seeds--in particular the Dreamland series, Uproar Rose, and Magellans, including Scarlet, Yellow, and Cherry which would 'color echo' with the Zowie.
Germania has plugs of many of these zinnias available, too. //www.germaniaseed.com/pdf/2007/784_plugconnect_spring.pdf
Stokes Seeds offers a 'Royal Purple' elegans, Benary Giants in separate colors including a purple, and Oklahoma series zinnias, along with Zowie, Uproar Rose and Magellan yellow.
Magellan Orange Zinnias from Home Depot