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By Bluespiral on May 28, 2015 8:57 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Celine Forestier')

After approximately seven years in my garden, with either one or no roses produced in a given year, Celine Forestier finally produced 12 - 18 blooms this spring, in spite of growing at its northern limit here in zone 7, 3/4-day's shade and no spraying.

These are divine flowers of transporting fragrance, many-petaled shadows and elegant form. Perhaps growing up through a Sciapytis verticillata has given it an edge in surviving our winters on our NW-facing hill.

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By Cyclaminist on May 27, 2015 11:42 PM, concerning plant: Thyme Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia)

Thyme-leaved speedwell is weedy, but it makes a good thick groundcover and can be walked on. We have it growing in a path.

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By Heidlberg on May 27, 2015 10:45 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Blueberry')

I've planted this tomato two years in a row with not much success. I planted two plants each year and they both yellowed and died just after setting fruit while all my other varieties did fine. I did get a few fruits (one branch) the first year and they were very pretty. They looked like little sparkling purple grapes in the sunshine. I may try one more year before I decide that they just won't grow in my area very well.

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By gingin on May 27, 2015 11:48 AM, concerning plant: Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

I've never really paid too much attention to this plant as the area where it is was very much overgrown. Today while taking pictures of it I realized what the wonderful scent I've been smelling is...saw palmetto blooms. Bees were all over it collecting nectar and pollen.

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By Moonhowl on May 26, 2015 3:48 PM, concerning plant: Aloe (Aloe 'Minnie Belle')

This Aloe is an Ed Hummel hybrid named for his wife, Minnie Belle. It puts out spikes of small bell-shaped, dusty red-orange flowers and is excellent for use on windowsills and in dish gardens.

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By Marilyn on May 26, 2015 8:16 AM, concerning plant: Blue Mist Spiraea (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'First Choice')

Hybridized by Peter Catt at the Liss Forest Nursery in Hampshire, England, and introduced in the US by Plant Haven.

A hybrid that is a cross between two Asian species, Caryopteris incana and C. mongholica.

Cut back in early spring to within 6 inches to keep its growth compact and vigorous.

If a branch touches the ground, it will sprout new roots.

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By Frillylily on May 25, 2015 10:39 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wimberlyway Sand Pebbles')

purple base foliage

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By farmerdill on May 25, 2015 8:09 AM, concerning plant: Snap Bean (String (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Landreth Stringless')

A 19th century snap bean that is still around. Does reasonably well here, although yields are low compared to modern varieties. Controls were Amethyst and Igloo. Landreth was about 5 days earlier but less than half the yield per plant. Flavor is good.

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By critterologist on May 24, 2015 4:30 PM, concerning plant: Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt')

I cut a bloom from 'Sarah B' to bring into the house this afternoon. The scent is intoxicating, sweet but not musky, a lovely floral perfume. My little row of peonies is getting too much shade this year (something I can correct with a little pruning of the willows on either side of the bed), but 'Sarah B' bloomed anyway! My neighbor has a peony growing very happily by her south-facing foundation... pretty sure it's also 'Sarah B', and it's huge this year, at least 4 feet across and covered with blooms!

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By kidfishing on May 24, 2015 12:14 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Fancy Face')

Fancy Face has perfect blooms every time, and it is also a good increaser.
This is one of my favorite daylilies.
Overall, a great daylily.

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By Marilyn on May 23, 2015 11:20 PM, concerning plant: Turkish Mountain Sage (Salvia hypargeia)

Prefers soil that is gritty and has sharp drainage and low fertility.

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By LizinElizabeth on May 23, 2015 5:29 PM, concerning plant: Peony (Paeonia 'Nosegay')

This is a very tough little peony! It started opening just before we had a very heavy snow storm this Mother's Day, followed by several nights of below-freezing temps. Most of the other varieties had some damage, but not Nosegay. I highly recommend this variety if you live in an area with late spring freezes.

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By Bonehead on May 23, 2015 4:57 PM, concerning plant: Black Stemmed Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Kesselringii')

Dark purple stems, green leaves, cream flowers, white berries.

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By GardenQuilts on May 23, 2015 10:53 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Ingrid Bergman')

I just bought this rose from Home Depot.

What a gorgeous, big, red, fragrant bloom!

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By GardenQuilts on May 23, 2015 10:49 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Orchid Romance')

I just bought this rose from Home Depot. Blooms are fragrant, peony-pink colored, and old fashioned. They age to a lavender-pink.

Star Roses is marketing this as a "floribunda romantica." Very confusing marketing, but a nice rose.

I am glad to see more Radler roses available locally. IMO, this rose is much nicer than the ubiquitous Knock Outs.

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By Dutchlady1 on May 23, 2015 8:34 AM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Makaha Sunn')

In addition to being vibrant and gorgeous, this plumeria also has a strong fragrance.

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By Weedwhacker on May 22, 2015 11:53 AM, concerning plant: Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Grandma Nellie's Yellow Mushroom Bean')

Pole bean type. This bean originated in Russia and was obtained by Nellie Chernoff, of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1952. The pods are yellow and are said to taste similar to mushrooms when cooked. Of note, the pods tend to open ("shatter") when dry.

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By admin on May 21, 2015 2:03 PM, concerning plant: Iris (Iris 'Fine Fixin's')

Parentage: 08-618: (06-30, Din pollen parent, x 06-18: (04-355: (Elijah's Fire x 02-317: (99-465: (98-860: (95-410: (Pagan Pink x 93-444, Osay Canuc pod parent) x 95-338: (93-59: (Quick Pick x Shy Star) x Godsend)) x 97-727: (95-102: (Mind Reader x Deity) x Lightning Strike)) x 99-304: (95-110: (Gnu x All Aflutter) x Planet Janet))) x Lost and Found)) X Air of Mystery

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By admin on May 21, 2015 2:03 PM, concerning plant: Iris (Iris 'Cornbread n'Honey')

Parentage: GG 1138-B: (CC 759-A: (AA 1316-A: (N 502-FF, see Fashion Queen pod parent, x Gypsy Woman) x AA 674-A, Bold Fashion pod parent) x Conjuration) X KK 103-1: (FF 16-2: (AA 369-1: (S 186-B: (Master Touch x N 462, mixed seed) x Hello Darkness) x Thunder Spirit) x Twilight Blaze)

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By admin on May 21, 2015 2:03 PM, concerning plant: Iris (Iris 'Dylanger's Deal')

Parentage: Grapetizer X 08-489: (Dance Recital x 05-287: (02-14: (Fogbound x A-303, see Different Take) x 03-288: (01-224: (97-273: (Gnu x 94-91: (Cloud Ballet x Deity)) x 99-484, see Materialistic Mama) x 01-167: (Pieces of April x 97-479: (Lackawana x 95-94: (Deity x 91-345: (Blackout x Inaugural Ball)))))))

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