What a year for fuschias, etc.

kittymoonbeamMay 25, 2012

This is a great year for fuschias and tuberous begonias as well as hydrangeas! My peaches were so bitter with the cool spring into summer but man the fuschias look perfect!

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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

Yes, my fuchsia and my hydrangeas are looking good, but there has been a wind that is making one of the hydrangea Annabelle have wilted leaves. My tuberous begonia is just starting out, so I don't know if this will be a good year, I hope so. My roses are doing well this year ago, and the abutilons are blooming now.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 4:01PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I love fuchsias and hydrangeas! I'd love to see photos...

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 2:09AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Horrific spring for rose foliage though. Several of mine completely defoliated from black spot. Now I better appreciate how difficult it is to grow roses east of the Rockies. Yes, my fuchsias are going to town, and iris were the best ever.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 7:07PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

The north side of my house I have a Fuchsia magellanica planted in a planter about three feet high. It is in front of our picture window and favorite hummingbird viewing area. The roof has a 30 inch overhang which gives it some winter protection. In the spring when new growth starts I cut the oldest stems all the way back, and the rest back to about one foot. It grows fast and is now in bloom with stems between 3 and 4 feet long. Al

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 8:43AM
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It must be quite spectacular out the window. And you don't have to put up hummingbird feeders, do you?! You have a growing hummingbird feeder.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 4:09PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Oh, mine, too! I'll snap a photo of my 'Incrediball'. It is true to it's name. And my fuschias are just going and going and going.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 3:26PM
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The columbines and thalictrum are looking good as well. I still have good looking pansies violas and snapdragons. It's fun to have the winter flowers still around while the summer ones come on. Ferns think the weather is wonderful also.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 9:20PM
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lisascenic Urban Gardener, Oakland CA

My house came with a miserable old fuschia, apparently infested with fuschia gall mites. I cut the entire plant to the ground, and cleaned up all the leaves I could. I wasn't expecting success, but the lush new growth seems uninfected.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 9:46AM
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Where is the best place to buy fuschias in Orange County?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 1:41AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

saraann the best place is the OC Fuchsia Society sale in June, check their website. For this year...fuchsia season is about over. Now that real hot weather is upon us, they stop blooming. I've seen them at gardencenters, but mostly in May-June when they are looking their best. You might find a few here and there at the usual places: Armstrongs, Green Thumb, Roger's.

lisascenic, keep a close eye on the plant for reemergence of the pest.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 4:49PM
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Waaaah. Lost half of them in the heat wave. I even cut them back a week before. I was bringing the ones I could move inside too where it was cooler but I don't have AC just an evaporative cooler. I brought them out at night and let them get some early morning light before bringing them inside for the day. Even so, I still lost some of my best ones. Keeping them wet didn't matter- the nursery pro told me that in the 90+ temps they just collapse. If you are on the coast you will probably be ok. If I had AC, I would have let them stay by the lace curtained window. My gramma had one live year round that way in Riverside Co.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 12:30AM
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I love fuschias too, but I've only had them in hanging baskets? Do you guys have them in the ground? Any pictures you can share?

If you ever get to San Diego county stop into Weidner's gardens. That's my go to for fuschias. I've never seen so many varieties in one place and I want them all!

They grow everything they sell and are known for their fuschias, begonias, hanging baskets and dig your own events. They close in Sept and reopen for another planting season in Nov. www.weidners.com and here's a link to a slide show of the nursery. Can't help smile when walking under all those colorful hanging baskets! http://www.weidners.com/Tour_Weidners

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 10:32PM
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I love weidners gardens.It's just down the freeway from me.I got all my begonias,and fuschias there as well.Havn't been down there the last couple years,same with Cordova gardens in encinitas,along with sunshine gardens.

You can go down that way early in the AM and stay all day just going from nursery to nursery.That is if you're in good health.Unfortunately my knees don't allo me to do it anymore.Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 10:19PM
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Do you have any pictures? I'd love to see!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 12:36AM
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