What's Blooming in your garden - photo thread - PART 2 July 2013

pixie_louJuly 12, 2013

This is a place to post photos, and to discuss, what is in your garden. This is the SECOND thread for July 2013.

Here is the link for the
July 2013 part 1 thread

Here is the link for the July 2012 part 2thread and the July 2012 part 1 thread.

For previous 2013 threads:
June 2013 part 2

June 2013 part 1

May 2013

April 2013 part 1

April 2013 Part 2

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

To see all of the 2012 threads, please click on the December 2012 link. The first post will have links to all previous months.

I am (still) in process of moving all the 2011 threads over to the
photo gallery
. I need to look up who IâÂÂm supposed to e-mail. Plus I have to make the list.

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pixie_lou

I have a huge old apple tree that came with the house. I was surprised to see that I'm getting quite a few apples this year.

Another shot of my border gardens. Thread leaf coreopsis, day lillies and shasta daisy.

The monarda totally overtook this planter. Last year I planted the tiniest little bare root plant, and got only 3 or 4 blooms. Looks like I will be transplanting monarda this fall or next spring!

A charming little wild flower has shown up - pipsissewa.

I must admit that the double ditch day lily is one of my favorities. But this one is a close second. Noid.

I think these are lobster claw mushrooms.

Lastly - does anyone recognize this? Is it a weed?

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Pixie Lou - I think your mystery plant is either Campanula rapunculoides or one of the Adenophoras. Here's an article that helps differentiate. If it's that kind of Campanula, you might want to remove it before it seeds around.

Here is a link that might be useful: Adenophora vs Campanula rapunculoides

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Pixie Lou I forgot to say how much I like the combination of the daisies, coreopsis and daylilies. The colors look great together.

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spedigrees z4VT

I'm absolutely fascinated by your lobster claw mushrooms, Pixie! They are certainly aptly named.

Your bee balm took off the way mine has, also from a single plant. It seems very prolific. It's become one of my favorite perennials. Yours is very pretty. I like the red.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

pixie_lou: I have an adenophora/campanula that I inherited. It doesn't go crazy but reappears quietly in interesting places. I haven't inspected the flowers closely as shown in nhbabs' link but I just consider it adenophora until proven otherwise.

The color varies, here it is with meadow phlox. This is the usual color I see in a sunny location. The flowers should open more.

And here it is growing with hostas. When I first saw them I thought that some of the hostas that have darker flowers were blooming much earlier than usual. Then I saw the non-hosta leaves in with the hosta leaves. The hosta flowers are lighter, but the adenophora is lighter than usual, maybe because it's shady or maybe it's a variant.

The hosta flowers are behind the adenophora.

I like volunteers, within reason.

Claire

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stack316(6)

thought I would share my lily trees, I started with 12 bulbs, and now there are over 60

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molie(z6 CT)

Pixie, I think I also have an adenophora campanula. I'll keep an eye on mine and see what happens, that is whether or not it spreads. Thanks nhbabs, for the link.

Here along the coast my day lilies are blossoming. Sadly, the strong sun and heat we've had accelerated the whole bloom process. Some of them were not day lilies but rather hour lilies. Here are a few of mine:

Delia O'Bryan Brown--

Larry Grace --

Canadian Border Patrol --

Victorian Lace ---

Because of the bright sun we had while these photos were taken, the colors actually look a bit faded out. It sure has been a difficult summer for some of my plants.

Molie

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pixie_lou

nhbabs - thanks for the link to the identification. Since I don't have any record of planting campanula seeds - I'm guessing this is the weed variety. I tried to pull it when I was outside today, but the stem was fuzzy and kinda sharp, and I decided I would need gloves, which I did not have on at the time.

I learned my lesson about allowing pretty weeds to grow. 2 summers ago I left a stem of fleabane stay down at the pond. This year I have easily pulled 100 lbs of fleabane out of my gardens!

sped - the lobster claw mushrooms were in the old garlic bed - i no longer grow garlic. Made me start craving lobster with garlic butter over linguini!

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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Pixie lou, you mentioned it, and now I am wanting lobster with garlic butter over linguini too! I just had a salad................how sad is that?

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Molie -

Is Delia really that shade of bright pink? Amazing!

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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Yes, Molie, that Delia daylily is gorgeous! I just bought a few pink daylilies, but I don't think any of them is as beautiful as Delia!

Dee

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molie(z6 CT)

Stack, you have a beautiful lily collection --- and no pests bother them? The scents on your deck must be glorious! What is the name of the tall lily on the right? It has such unique coloration with that white edge all around the petals.

Dee and Babs, Delia is really a fantastic daylily--- prolific and never fails. In no time at all I had a huge clump. Her "true" coloring is more like the deep pink/red on the top side of the bottom petal. Though in full sun her color pales to more pinkish. With all the hot weather, she shows more pink red than red pink, if that makes sense.

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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Thanks Molie! I am going to have to find her and add her to the garden!

Dee

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stack316(6)

Molie- "Stack, you have a beautiful lily collection --- and no pests bother them? The scents on your deck must be glorious! What is the name of the tall lily on the right? It has such unique coloration with that white edge all around the petals."

thank you, yes they have multiplied, I have lilies all over my yard. yes outside smells great, indoors too: here are some cut close ups

I don't have all the names but, I believe you were asking about the "garden pleasure' via brecks

as for pests, some have been stripped of their leaves half way up, I try to spray with sevin, but the Asiatic lily beetle just are a pain

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Another accolade for Delia, Molie. And I'm not a big day lily fan, but that one really is special.

Gorgeous lilies, Stack!

The pipsisswea are adorable, Pixie Lou.

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pixie_lou

Molie - I like all the ruffled edges on the day lilies. Quite pretty.

Stack - how do you avoid harming the bees with the sevin? I had considered using it years ago to control ticks, but after reading how it kills bees and earthworms, plus I have a small child, I decided against it.

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stack316(6)

Posted by pixie_lou 5 - how do you avoid harming the bees with the sevin?

I spray from the ground up and avoid the flower. I have only seen leaf damage on my lilies.

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molie(z6 CT)

Thanks, Stack, for the info on the "Garden Pleasure" lily which I did look up online. Also, very interesting technique you have for spraying from the ground up. Luckily we were not plagued with bugs on the lilies this year.

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terrene(5b MA)

Well heck, we're onto the 2nd thread in July already! Just wanted to say Bill your gardenia in the 1st thread is lovely, and sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Diggerdee I love that combo of daylily and Rudbeckia even if it's too much yellow. Pixie, your apple tree above looks great!

Tina, I'm sorry to hear of the unfortunate circumstances that have resulted in your insect phobia, lol. It is hard not to freak out when the creepy crawlies are near by sometimes. I am trying to get over my squeamishness because bugs are fundamentally interesting. Been looking at headlamps online - planning to get one to do nighttime raids on the bugs!!

PM2 said "Terrene, you are right, roses and lilies definitely need a little more of your time. You have a lot of natives though, right?"

Yes most of the "back garden" is natives but they're planted all over. The back garden peaks in bloom from mid-late summer, part of it is the hummingbird garden. Monarda didyma, 'Raspberry Wine', and Filipendula (from Diggingthedirt) are blooming. They are doing okay, but it's a little dry for these plants, and I've had to water once so far. There are now 2 hummingbirds having aerial dogfights over this Monarda -

Lots of daylilies blooming too - Pandora's Box and Paper Butterfly -

My first daylily seedlings ever are blooming - with quite mixed resutls. This one is my favorite so far. So delicate.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Love that spider daylily, terrene!

You have a hummingbird paradise back there.

Claire

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Terrene, Lucky duck, having hummingbirds fighting over your Monarda! Very pretty too. Are they in part shade or more sun? LOVE that spider daylily too. I think that is my favorite type of daylily. It's such a graceful bloom and great that it is your own seedling.

We've had to start moving the sprinkler around the garden too. My Hydrangea are wilting daily.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

All of a sudden my Annabelle blooms have morphed into giant size. I'm trying to figure out why. Maybe because I barely pruned it this year, instead of taking it back to the ground. Needless to say, these are definitely not staying erect.

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terrene(5b MA)

Thanks Claire and PM2. Guess I'm lucky to have a Monarda paradise, until that weird horsemint caterpillar shows up!

I can't believe the size of the bloom on some of these hydrangeas. They seem quite popular. I have only an H. quercifolia. It does okay in a shady spot under some trees. Don't Hydrangeas like a lot of moisture? That is definitely not my yard.

Edited to add: PM2, the Monarda is growing in about half sun.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

My variegated hydrangea (probably 'Mariesii variegata') is blooming, not that I'd notice it particularly. I planted it a number of years ago in a spot that seemed reasonable for a normal hydrangea, but this one struggled for a few years and only managed to bloom once. I've read that the flower buds are very susceptible to early fall and late spring frosts.

I moved it to the most protected spot in the yard that I could find, between the old greenhouse, the tool shed, and a big log, where it gets morning light and minimal winter winds. Protected, but also almost invisible. It's near the hose bib so I often loft some water over the log assuming the hydrangea will get it.

The hydrangea seems happy there so I'll probably leave it. Maybe when it gets a few feet taller than the log it'll be more visible. I just have to remember to check it when I go up to the tool shed.

The Phlox paniculatas in the Phlox Protection Zone are beginning to bloom! The roses on stilts overhead are going by now (they only bloom once). I deadheaded the meadow phlox hoping for a second flush.

There are still a few really tall phox that haven't set bud yet.

Claire

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spedigrees z4VT

Pixie and Terrene, I love your monarda, and am thinking perhaps I should add some red to my garden. My own bee balm is a purple shade.

Stack, your lilies are really gorgeous. It gives me hope that perhaps the red beetles can be overcome after all.

Molie, I adore the delia daylilies! They are so pretty! Also I would almost be tempted to plant some Canadian border patrol lilies for the name alone!

This is a photo of Primal Scream daylily that I planted this spring (with a green insect on one of the petals). It is still low to the ground and it produced two blooms this first year, of which this is one. It doesn't photograph well, but the color is positively fluorescent.

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spedigrees z4VT

This garden still looks halfway good, but perhaps for not too much longer, as the beetles are feasting on the marigolds and nasturtiums in the pots. I'm thinking seriously of not growing either again next year. The gerbera daisies (also in pots) and daylilies do not seem to be bothered as much. I've not had great luck starting gerbera daisies from seed, so I guess I'll just continue to buy them.

In the garden up the hill in the background my monarda is flourishing, along with weeds. I'm hoping to devote this week to weeding, if the sun continues to shine. Thus far we've used the only (partially) sunny days to mow...priorities.

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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

I've been enjoying all the photos from both of the threads for July. Lobster claw mushrooms?! How COOL! I've never seen anything like that before.

I like Aralia 'Sun King' mixed with this hydrangea whose name I don't know. It was a little cutting my mom gave me years ago. Didn't even know it would bloom with flowers that matched my house color! Bonus!

Oakleaf hydrangea is always one of my favorites this time of year and in the fall when its leaves turn color.

Cottage/veggie garden is kicking into full gear.

I like this daylily/hypericum combo.

Annabelle as lovely as ever. I had to put a girdle on her to keep her looking prim and proper!

I really like this hypericum with tiny flowers.

The daylily border is getting going.

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Tina_n_Sam(CT-Z6)

terrene, I like your field of natives.

PM2, the Annabelle bloom is impressive and very pretty.

Claire, you have the best phlox(es). I got some short purple ones that bloomed earlier in the spring. They smelled wonderful. Do all yours have the same good smell?

spedigrees, I love that bright Primal Scream color. As for the bug, I wonder what it is. I saw one in the garden. It's cute and has this pretty iridescent green color with bright spots on the antenna.

I want to do some planting of my rose cuttings since they rooted. Yea, they rooted! Too bad my Daphne transatlantica 'Summer Ice' did not. :-( I think I'm loosing my calycanthus too.

Do you think it's too hot in CT right now to plant the rose cuttings? It's in the 90's and will be so for the week.

I guess I could ask the Rose Propagation forum but I'm more comfortable with my friends here in New England forum. And, some of you live only a couple of towns over and know what the weather is like right now.

-Tina

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

thyme2dig, your garden is looking lovely! That Sun King Aralia is in a great spot and look at those clean leaves. Is that your Oakleaf today? Mine is already starting to turn pinkish brown. I really like the shape of that daylily and the texture of it. But my favorite is your Annabelle, what a great shot! It looks like a little pocket of light. What a difference it makes to give it support. Mine is such a mess. What did you use to girdle her? And how is your vegetable garden coming? It looks very full in your photo. Such a great full sun area!

Thanks, Tina. :-) Propagating is so exciting to me when I manage to have success with something. Congratulations on your rose cuttings! Which rose did you root?

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

PM2 and T2D: Your Annabelles are such show-stoppers, it's hard to believe those are real flowers. I could see ordering something from Victoria's Secret to control the plants in bloom. T2D's lacecap hydrangea and the aralia look so calm and sophisticated in comparison.

spedigrees: Your Primal Scream daylily is also in the category of "Exuberant Flowers"!

Tina: Ever since the first phlox paniculata bud started opening I could smell them, and walking by that garden the scent is almost overwhelming (and my sense of smell is muted by allergies). Smells great.

Claire

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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Tina, I don't think I would plant anything right now. It's just too darn hot. Especially rooted cuttings. It is supposed to cool down a bit next week, but who knows for how long...?

Well, tonight I noticed that my aster Purple Dome is blooming! Isn't it just a tad bit early?

Dee

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Claire, now that is an image I won't get out of my head every time I look at Annabelle. lol

Claire, I have Phlox 'David' but I haven't found it all that fragrant. Are some more fragrant than others?

Dee, do you cut back your Asters? I sometimes do mine and my Chrysanthemums twice. I read that the last time you cut them back should be by July 4th, to get Fall Bloom. I did that exactly last year and they were a little late blooming in October. This year I trimmed them back once in June. I don't see buds forming yet.

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diggerdee zone 6 CT

PM2, I don't always cut them back - I intend to, but it doesn't always happen, lol. But even without cutting them back, I've NEVER had blooms this early! I think even not cutting back, they still bloom in fall....

Dee

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

PM2: I don't know about the fragrance of other phlox paniculatas. I used to have two Davids but the woodchuck got at least one of them and I don't remember any fragrance. There's a couple of tall ones in the Phlox Protection Zone that are not blooming yet, which could be David's Lavender, Franz Schubert, Blue Paradise or David, depending on which survived the evacuation from woodchuck territory.

Dee: No asters in bud here either - that's really early!.

My doublefile viburnum, which bloomed so nicely in May, is now forming berries. It's never fruited this much before and I'm thinking that the new little Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' may have pollinated it. Summer Snowflake is still small and not very showy but it has been flowering nearby along with the big one.

I saw a cardinal yesterday checking out the berries so I suspect the birds will be picking them off as they get ripe.

Claire

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spedigrees z4VT

Thyme2dig, I absolutely adore your cottage garden! It's so colorful! Your daylily border is very pretty as well.

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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Lol! Well, Annabelle is quite foxy and voluptuous, so maybe a nice little number from Victoria's Secret could really jazz her up!

PM2, I put in 4 stakes around her and then strung some jute around the whole shrub. My sister in law helped me with cinching it in enough, but not too much. I sometimes cinch in grasses and shrubs a little too much so they can start to appear a little deformed! It was helpful to have a second set of eyes while we were doing it. Also did the same with my oak leaf which tends to really droop with the big flowers. Mine have not quite started turning pink yet. Veggie garden is doing well. I threw in soooo much stuff between veggies and annuals. I always have to share with a woodchuck so figured if I over planted it would be just right. It may be a bit out of control in a month though!

Claire, how old is your 'summer snowflake'? Mine is growing very slowly here, although the deer have not exactly been helping. I have a 'pink beauty' which has never bloomed pink, but also gets berries like yours. Fortunately, one year I purchased a bunch of red one-dollar daylilies. It wasn't until the viburnum finally put out berries that I realized they were a perfect match, so I moved them all under/around the viburnum. Here's the daylily and I've yet to take a pic this year of the combo but will try to post one at some point.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

T2D: I bought 'Summer Snowflake' from Forest Farm in June 2011 as a size 1 so it was a little thing. It's now about four feet tall and seems to be in a growth spurt, but it's nowhere near as fast-growing as the big one. It's not in full sun but the exposure is the same so it should be OK. It had flowers and some berries last year.

It looks like it's had a few berries this year also and should continue alternating flowers and berries all season but it's still a gawky kid.

Those daylilies are indeed RED and look like a good match.

Claire

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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Claire, what year did you buy it? I think I'm confused because it doesn't look like it could have out on that much growth in a month.
Mine has been in for about 4 years and look almost exactly like yours. It's actually quite uncanny as to the similarity of them.

Here's a photo of the daylily/berry combo. Sometimes it does pay to plan!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

T2D: Sorry, I need to proofread more carefully. I bought it in June 2011, not 2013. I just edited my post.

This is from July 31, 2011 about a month and a half after planting:

Next year, May 17, 2012:

This year, July 17, 2013 (pic reposted), it's heading upwards.

Today, July 18, 2013:
I think the lighter leaves on the bottom half are the new growth this year.

Claire

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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Terene, thanks for the compliment, and for the kind words of sympathy.

The gardenia is still going strong. This is the most blooms it's ever had (so far about 15), probably because this is the third season in its final location. I had had to move it after only two years (2009-2011) during the 2011 construction. Now I just want it to get tall enough so I don't have to bend to smell the flowers! (OK well I picked one that was near the ground at the rear of the plant to take indoors for a few days, but I don't want to be cutting any of it yet.)

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Tina_n_Sam(CT-Z6)

T2D, I love, love your garden. So nice to step out of the house to see all that. I'm still envious of your purple garden trellis.

Bill, what was the size of your gardenia when you first got it? Is it correct to say that its a slow grower?

-Tina

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spedigrees z4VT

Thyme2dig your colorful garden with the sunshine stake and the red daylilies under the color coordinated berry bush is splendid!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Finally, my first lily this year!
L. 'Casa Blanca'

Monarda 'Jacob Kline' with Pieris 'Little Heath' and a berberis:

Ditch lilies and hosta flowers:

Double ditch lily (Hemerocallis fulva cultivar) from my mother's garden:

AKA orange daylilies:

Rose 'Carefree Delight' and ditch lily:

Phlox 'Purple Kiss' in the Phlox Protection Zone:

Claire

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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Tina, the gardenia was less than a foot tall. As I recall it was in a quart container. It grows fairly well, but I can't really say it's a slow grower because I had to move it after two years in its original spot. Now it's been in the new spot for two more years, and it's doing well. I think I can judge better next growing season, since it has now had a chance to get established. It had more flowers this year than ever before, maybe 18 or so and has more buds forming too.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

And the second and third lily bloom this year. Viewed from my porch, I've been watching those buds for at least a week now. I thought this was late but I checked my photo files and this is almost exactly the same time as last year.

L. 'La Claridad'

Claire

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corunum z6 CT(6)

Claire, As a tiger, ditch, day lily lover, yours look lovely. It wasn't until you labeled one a double that I realized I may have one of those in my 'hell strip' street garden. Is this a double?
I'm sure the former gardener of the estate would be so pleased to see what you have done in her garden. Who among us would not want loving hands make our gardens joyous for several generations? Well done, it's beautiful. I really like the pieris combo.

Jane

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Jane: That looks like a double Hemerocallis fulva. There are two different kinds that I know of.

I found a post I saved from the GW Daylily Forum back in 2002:

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Posted by: JudyannZ7 z7aOK (My Page) on Mon, May 27, 02 at 8:42

There was a discussion about the KWANZO daylily some time ago. I've searched two forums so as to be able to post a link to it, but fail to find. So I have copied from my personal records the explanation that Sue ... top of Virginia gave. It cleared up so many questions. And it is as follows:

"There are two "double" forms of H. fulva.
KWANSO is very invasive and has "scrambled" petals.
H. fulva var 'flore pleno' is shorter than KWANSO, less invasive and the flower is quite attractive. It has a hose-in-hose arrangement. Variegated clones of H. fulva var kwanso exist, but have never seen or read about a variegated form of H. fulva var flore pleno.

'Flore Pleno', 'Kwanzo' and 'Kwanzo Variegata' are classified as clones of Hemerocallis fulva, not as subspecies. 'Flore Pleno' not only has a more symmetrical flower (hose in hose) but also the eye colour is much stronger than that of 'Kwanzo'.

While 'Flore Pleno' was found in China before 1830 both 'Kwanzo' and 'Kwanzo Variegata' are Japanese forms from Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushi and were first mentioned in 1712.
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Hope this helps unobfuscate the "KWANSO Konfusion".
Sue...top of Virginia"

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It sounds like yours and mine are probably H. fulva 'Kwanso' (non-variegated), and the daylily that Tina found might be H. fulva 'Flore Pleno'. If you Google you get lots of images of both.

Claire (who thinks ditch lilies/orange daylilies deserve more respect)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 6:20PM
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pixie_lou

The lilly photos on this thread are amazing!

I also have double ditch, and must admit it is probably my favorite day lilly.

The last of the trumpet lillies are fading away as the orientals are starting to open.
Easter Lily

Simplon

CTS - the red and white one reminds me of a candy cane!

And I have tiger lillies open! You can see how sad the stems are. I'm hoping to save seed this year and grow more from seed. I had good germination with a stray seed pod from my Easter Lilliles last year.

My phlox is the healthieast it has ever been. No sign of mildew.

And mixed in the border gardens with day lillies

An adorable rudbeckia I grew from seed this year.

Hydrangea Paniculata Tardiva trying to bloom!

And lastly - a 4 year old gerbera daisy. I have good luck breaking the plants at the soil line, and just putting the containers in my unheated garage. I get about 75% of the plants to regenerate each year.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 7:46PM
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Tina_n_Sam(CT-Z6)

Thanks for the ID on the daylily, Claire!

As for your gerbera daisies, you overwinter them like a perennial or deciduous plant?

I have a datura from last fall CT swap. I was told to put it in the garage (cold but not freezing temp) and in the dark over the winter and water it sparingly.

Is this how I could overwinter the daisies?

If so, this would be great. I have four to try overwintering.

-Tina

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 3:06PM
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pixie_lou

Tina - 4 years ago I was lazy in the fall - my gerberas had died back - I hadn't watered them in about a month. So I just broke off the plant at the soil level and threw the pots in the garage. My garage is not heated, has no windows, and is only opened a few times a week - to put trash out or to get the snowblower out. I was totally surprised when I noticed new growth, in particular flower buds, the following May. So now that is what I do every fall. It really takes no effort on my part. The few plants that have not survived, I just dump the soil in the spring, put in new potting soil and buy a new plant. So I say give it a try.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 10:14PM
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spedigrees z4VT

Thank you for posting about overwintering your gerbera daisies, Pixielou. I am definitely going to attempt to get at least one more year out of mine. I particularly prize my gerberas because they have been one of the annuals to withstand the Japanese beetle invasion.

One question: Do you water the pots with the cut back daisies during the winter? Or let them dry out until spring?

The beetles' voracious feeding frenzy seems to have slowed down now, and my sunflowers are making a rebound. I actually have new flowers that are attracting pollinators instead of beetles.

My marigolds are shot except for one pot of marigolds on my front porch that survived the beetles pretty much untouched. Perhaps because it is up off the ground and out of the JB's home territory? Whatever the reason, my porch seems to be a marigold protection zone, similar to Claire's phlox protection zone. So next summer I will grow marigolds only on the porch.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:30PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Yay, spedigrees! So happy some of your sunflowers have pulled through for you. I've seen a sudden reduction in beetles here too. Maybe they are done for the year? We can hope. That last photo with the three bees just about hanging off each other is a great shot. Which variety of sunflower do you grow?

Pixie Lou you have some very pretty lilies there!

Claire I like your La Claridad. I have Casa Blanca still but it is shaded by a growing shrub and I need to move it. I think there might be a bloom on it but I'll have to check, I can't see it.

I saw yesterday that the blooms on 'King Kopper' Hibiscus are open but I haven't got a photo yet. I'll have to try for one tomorrow.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 8:40PM
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Tina_n_Sam(CT-Z6)

Yes, I will definitely try overwintering in the garage.

spedigrees, oh, beautiful healthy looking sunflowers!

I am so hoping that the beetles are done. However, I haven't notice any rebound in my plants.

-Tina

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 7:48AM
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spedigrees z4VT

I'm sorry to hear that your damaged plants haven't made a resurgence since the disappearance of the beetles, Tina. They may still surprise you though.

Prairiemoon, the sunflowers that are blooming for me now I bought from a girl on ebay a few years ago. She just called them tangerine sunflowers, so I'm not sure if that is their correct name. Some are pure yellow and others have red halos.

I'm hoping that my other sunflowers which have not yet bloomed will at least produce one flower this summer so I will have seeds for next year. They are 'red sun' sunflowers, an old heirloom variety that I bought from an online organic seed place that has since gone out of business. They are really pretty; the petals look like red velvet. I should have reserved a few seeds this spring instead of planting them all. The plants are up, but they are severely stunted from lack of sun, so who knows if they will flower.

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corunum z6 CT(6)

Hi Sped - I was thinking that next year I should plant something totally different in my big veggie bin on the deck because I have one (1) watermelon and some cukes all with lots of yellow leaves without me having to water anything; that's when I Googled the 'red sun' sunflower that you wrote about. I had not seen a red sunflower before. It is beautiful. Eden Bros. has seeds so I may click and have a packet sent. So tired of half-baked veggie failures every year. I think for a 2 person household I'll stick to the CT farmers markets and grow sunflowers for the birds! Thanks for mentioning the red sun - what a beauty - hope yours develops.

Jane

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Jane, I experimented a little this year and I had a six pack of peppers with 2 each of three varieties. I put one of each variety in a pot and the second one in the ground. Those in the ground are shockingly better. It's been awhile since I tried vegetables in pots, and now I remember why I stopped doing it. Tomatoes, the same story. Those in pots are doing nothing and the Tomatoes in the ground, while nowhere near where they normally would be are at least 3x better than those in the pots.

I've tried CSAs, I've gone to at least four different farmer's markets and I just can't find enough organic produce to keep us happy, so I keep trying the veggie garden at home. We had a fair amount of snap peas, a LOT of bush string beans and that's about it so far. I'm still waiting for some summer squash that are slowly still growing and for the tomatoes and peppers to put on some more growth and push out more flowers. I have some onions that are almost ready and plenty of parsley and basil. We had asparagus in the spring and I am planning to put in some fall crops soon. Broccoli and greens and lettuce at least.

I'll try to take a photo of the difference between the pot and the veggie beds tomorrow.

Spedigrees, well I hope you are able to get at least a few of your heirloom sunflower seeds. Or you might try to see if anyone on the seed trading forum might have one. They're often full of surprises.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 2:57PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

pixie_lou: It looks like your double ditch lily is also H. fulva 'Flore Pleno' like Tina's. Your true lilies are lovely; I particularly like the candy cane one.

My lilies are just now showing up one at a time. Today Lilium 'Arabesque' opened.

And another daylily, H. 'Autumn Minaret'. I moved it into better sun last fall. That's Carefree Beauty rose in the background.

I moved another daylily last year but I made the mistake of planting it next to the birdbath and something has been biting the buds off as they get within reach. I'll move it again this fall.

My wisteria has seedpods, placed so I keep hitting my head on them as I walk by.

Claire

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 3:43PM
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pixie_lou

Sped - I don't water them at all. I keep them watered and healthy thru the end of September. DDs birthday is the end of September, so I like the patio to look nice for her party. After the party, I ignore them. We go on vacation the 3rd week of October every year. When we get home, I'll tear off whatever is still above ground, and stick the pots in my garage. I do not stack the pots. It still amazes me when I see the flower buds poking up every spring on really sick looking whitish stems. But I put them outside and they green up right away and bloom.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 6:30PM
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spedigrees z4VT

Thanks Pixie. :-) I will try this!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 7:59PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Claire, âÂÂArabesqueâ is very colorful and I like the way it opens down that way. Is it fragrant?

Jane, I did get some photos of my peppers at least, to illustrate how different they grew in my vegetable bed and in containers.

Here is is a pepper in a container, it had a free draining potting soil, with organic fertilizer added and has had fish emulsion /seaweed fertilizer a number of times.

This post was edited by prairiemoon2 on Fri, Jul 26, 13 at 14:01

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:43PM
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And I have two others that although aren't duplicates of the varieties in the ground, they aren't doing as well either....

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Here is one pepper that looks pretty good in a container, it's a Chocolate Habanero and I don't have a duplicate in the beds either. It hasn't any peppers on it yet, but has a few flowers...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:47PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

And here are the pepper plants in my vegetable bed, and they also received the same amount of seaweed/fish emulsion that the containers did, but I don't use any fertilizer in the beds beyond compost.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:48PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

The yellow peppers are called 'Gypsy' and they seem to be doing the best....

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:50PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I think this one is 'California Wonder' that is the only pepper on the plant so far, but the containers have no peppers coming along...

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

And 'Kopper King' is opening buds and always amazes me how huge the buds and the blooms are.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:53PM
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It is lanky and flopping from the weight of the wet flowers right now, but I think next year, I'm going to try to prune it back once to try to get a denser, sturdier plant.

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pixie_lou

prairiemoon - interesting comparison of your peppers. In my garden, the peppers do much better in pots. I only grow hot peppers. Not sure if that makes a difference.

claire - i really like your casa blanca lily. I may need to add that to my white garden.
Simplon is in full bloom It is very fragrant. Since I've had the doors and windows open the past few days, the scent just wafts through the house.

More CTS - NOID lillies. The one I've named candy cane is still my favorite.

I "borrowed" these seeds heads while hiking in the Comanche National Grasslands last summer. I wasn't sure if they would grow here. But they have. And I don't have to water them!

Part of the rudbeckia border

Ozark Coneflower

Double Decker Coneflower - that isn't double decker! With some butterfly flower.

An overall view of the Tithonia Planter that was overtaken by monarda. Unfortuneately Charles has eaten the tithonia.
And I planted all my tithonia seed this year.

The seed pods are abundant on the Lunaria this year.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:42PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Enjoying all the photos and info on this thread.

Here is a hydrangea that usually has white outer sepals but they are quite pink this year. It is planted near our foundation so not sure if that is making the soil near it a bit basic.

There was a thread on perennials about daylilies and a lot of dislike of them and ratty foliage. Maybe I'm just lucky, but the foliage on mine doesn't get brown until well after they're done blooming. I love the daylily border.

One of the backyard beds.

Some of the cottage garden.

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corunum z6 CT(6)

PM2 - at least you have some veggies! Thank you for the pictures. To date I have 1 green watermelon, 1 yellow watermelon and 1 yellow squash. Tomatoes are happy, green beans are just vines. Next year, farmers markets.

I don't have tons of perennials to show, just my streetside hellstrip full of monarda, lilies and cone flowers (and asparagus) because I've intentionally planted more flowering shrubs and trees and the odd bit of wild lettuce for entertainment. However, this morning I found a perfect sunflower in a wonderful place. Naturally, it's 10 feet from the bird feeder, but it's a flower!

And, I'm starting a new fad: Sedum Hoops.

That's sedum frosty morn in the peony hoop. Its tag reads 12"-18" tall. Uh-huh. Try 45" and nearly ready to bloom on 8/1. But, last night a faint whiff of Autumn crossed my path, so maybe the sedum knows we're running a good 3 weeks ahead.

Jane

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spedigrees z4VT

Pixielou, I'm sorry to hear of the demise of your tithonia this year! It was such fun last year to watch it grow! I adore the red monarda though. Your planter really pops with all those red blooms. I guess we'll just have to substitute Jane's wild lettuce weeds for the tithonia for entertainment!

What a nice surprise that sunflower must have been, Jane. Ivy looks totally at home on your garden path. She's such a pretty cat.

I love your daylily border, Thyme2dig. I read the thread too on the perennial forum about dissatisfaction with daylily foliage. My daylilies, like yours, keep their green leaves until fall, at which time I think the yellowing foliage blends well with the turning leaves. In fact daylily foliage is one of the best attributes of these plants in my eye.

Speaking of daylilies, my daylily bed is so overgrown with weeds right now that I had to hold this lily out away from the tangle of bindweed to photograph it. (Yes weeding out this bed is on my to-do list!) As far as pleasant surprises go, my lone tigerlily to survive the past years of the red beetle invasion is now blooming! I assume that the parasitic wasps must have spread to my area.

The tigerlilies were/are the only true lilies in this bed of daylilies, and I think I am now getting brave enough to plant some other true lilies in a sparse patch in this same garden. Everyone else's lilies are so lovely.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Pixie Lou, you have a lot of nice lilies. I only have a few because of the RLLB. I just couldnâÂÂt keep them clean if I had too many. As it is, the âÂÂOraniaâ this year looked fine until after it bloomed I noticed the foliage has a fair amount of holes in it. You canâÂÂt cut the stalks back to the ground after blooming, right? I would like to have enough to smell them in the house, but nope. The âÂÂOraniaâ does make the whole front walkway a very pleasant trip when they are blooming.

And thanks, glad the comparison of peppers was interesting. I think growing hot peppers does make a difference, they seem to be a more vigorous and shapely shrub that produces more and smaller peppers. The large sweet peppers seem to be more difficult to get more than a few per plant.

Thyme2dig, what a pretty daylily border! IâÂÂm not always pulled to purchase a daylily and some of that is the way I see them being used. The way you have planted them all together that way without competition from other plants and with that great shrub border behind it, I really like it a lot. What is that dark shrub in photo #3? And is that Nasturtium at the base of your purple tripod?

Jane, I donâÂÂt blame you about the FarmerâÂÂs Market next year. I took a couple of yearâÂÂs off from the vegetable garden and I missed it and here I am still doing it. :-) But is this year an exception? I think some years are not the greatest and this year just wasnâÂÂt. IâÂÂm going to try to salvage some of the season and go for some fall crops of Broccoli and Lettuces and Kale and other greens. This weekend IâÂÂm probably going to start. I have three squash plants without a squash between them. *sigh*

Spedigrees, thatâÂÂs a good looking lily and the foliage is a lot cleaner than mine. :-)

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corunum z6 CT(6)

Amendment to above post: Currently this year's crop is as of now, 1 yellow watermelon. This morning I found the green melon had cracked open and the 1 yellow squash rotted on the vine.

thyme2dig - forgot to say how beautiful all your gardens are. Lovely.

Jane

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Jane, we've had some real downpours in July, Veggies and fruits react to a lot of rain at once, especially when the fruit is growing. My Black Cherry Tomatoes are splitting too. I've never seen a watermelon do that! Wow. And you had it growing so nicely on that trellis.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

That watermelon looks like a big green Pac-Man.

Claire

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