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By dave on Jul 30, 2015 6:23 AM, concerning plant: Kiwi (Actinidia chinensis 'AU Golden Dragon')

SFA Gardens (Nacogdoches, TX) reports this as their best kiwi found so far. It's a patented cultivar from Auburn University and my understanding is that it is not currently being offered anywhere for sale. Paired with Kiwi (Actinidia chinensis 'CK3') it produced 140 pounds of fruit from 8 vines.

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By dave on Jul 30, 2015 6:20 AM, concerning plant: Kiwi (Actinidia chinensis 'CK3')

Male pollinator cultivar. Recommended for growing in East Texas with Kiwi (Actinidia chinensis 'AU Golden Dragon') .

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By bonitin on Jul 30, 2015 5:20 AM, concerning plant: Three-cornered Garlic (Allium triquetrum)

This is the only allium that is really happy in my shady garden, in fact it doesn't like full sun unlike most, if not all alliums. It even self-sets in spots which get hardly any sun at all! Beautiful in all stages even with seed pods, the leaves are pretty too another bonus, and it blooms the longest of all alliums I know..

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By DogsNDaylilies on Jul 29, 2015 8:23 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Damascus Road')

The three pictures shown here look like they are three completely different daylilies. How strange! Does Damascus Road really have that much variation, or are there a couple of incorrect photo submissions?

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By ARoseblush on Jul 29, 2015 3:14 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chang Dynasty')

For form, structure, and color, this is the perfect daylily. 'Chang Dynasty' will look as fresh at 6pm in the evening as it does at 8 AM. Year after year, its blooms glow in the garden, radiating those peach, coral, and yellow tones. Classic and elegant in form and structure, 'Chang Dynasty' is a beauty to behold. One of my favs!

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By DogsNDaylilies on Jul 29, 2015 10:21 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd')

Gentle Shepherd is probably my whitest white (I purchased it the day I took this photo). It starts out a little creamier in the morning and bleaches nicely into a whiter color. Its scapes aren't particularly strong, but are strong enough to support it standing straight up without bending or waving around too much.

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By Chillybean on Jul 29, 2015 9:56 AM, concerning plant: Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

I planted these for several reasons: Native to the US, not an annual, a lively spreader, and a natural food source for the birds. The Goldfinches just relish those greens and later the seeds as they dry. I have been concerned by the amount of pesticides put on bird food to prevent meal moths and the like. The birds get that in their mouths and we become exposed to it when we handle the seed.

Mine tend to bloom early, starting in July, but others wait until late August into September. The plant spreads mostly by rhizomes, but I have found a few from germinated seeds in other locations. It has not become bothersome in any way.

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By ARoseblush on Jul 29, 2015 9:09 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Florence Denny')

Daylily 'Florence Denny' is a monster of a plant. The 8 1/2 inch flower, with deeply ruffled edge, never hangs or droops with the weight of the flower. Florence always stands tall in my garden. This year she has outdone herself with 21 buds. This flower apparently is easy to hybridize. Fertile both ways. Because the flower is a neutral cream color, and if you are looking to promote a larger bloom size, this may be the plant to try. I will set pollen on it this summer. Always beautiful, and I believe underappreciated, 'Florence Denny' is an outstanding daylily.

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By materfan on Jul 28, 2015 9:14 PM, concerning plant: Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)

These are pollinator magnets! All kinds of little fliers love them.

I have a bunch filling a 6'Lx3" W raised bed. A few escape, and are easily pulled up, and relocated on an embankment for erosion control.

I can see that someone might get annoyed if they wanted it in a certain area, and it randomly kept popping up out of boundaries, but if it's used "correctly" and given an area to itself to spread in, its boundaries can be easily maintained by a lawn mower, weed barrier, stonework, or even raised beds and walkways.

It shouldn't be planted near persons with bee sting allergies, because it bustles with pollinators, including bees and wasps.

It can self seed, and individual plants pop up in various places, and that might be what they mean by invasive.

Self sowing plants, if left there, can start new colonies, that would be hard to get rid of, especially in unmowable places.

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By magnolialover on Jul 28, 2015 8:52 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wide Awake')

'Wide Awake' is one those daylilies that you remember being gorgeous, but only when it blooms are you reminded just how beautiful it is. It has amazing form and is elegant and delicate in both color and ruffling. A very special daylily indeed!

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By DogsNDaylilies on Jul 28, 2015 5:25 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Goose Bumps')

Very strong scapes on this cultivar!

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By GDJCB on Jul 27, 2015 10:59 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Coral Majority')

Coral Majority, is a late bloomer, and one of the last plants blooming here, Central Washington State. Coral Majority is a very bright bloom, with a glow that can't be captured in a picture. It also has very high scape density for lots of blooms.

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By GDJCB on Jul 27, 2015 10:54 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chicago Apache')

Chicago Apache is a mid-late bloomer for me, and it is one of the last Daylilies in bloom here, Central Washington State. Scapes are over 30", and color holds very well for such a dark red.

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By GDJCB on Jul 27, 2015 10:47 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bold Heritage')

Bold Heritage was the only Daylily to set pods well during an early heat wave here, in Central Washington State, average temps from high 90's to 114 for two weeks. One of my favorite eye/edged Daylilies, it is a great performer for me, although it takes a few blooms before it begins to open well.

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By flaflwrgrl on Jul 27, 2015 8:49 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sanford Toad Hall')

I am totally enamored of this daylily! It is in full sun for 8 to 10 hours per day and never skips a beat. The scapes are nice and thick, never once flopping over but standing bold and straight. The blooms retain their deep, rich color despite blazing sun and monstrous heat. This year we had horrid humidity, uncommon for here, and it never fazed the plant or the blooms. There has been no sign of rust either.
This is my first full year with Sanford Toad Hall and it began blooming April 30th. It bloomed continually from that time through July 23rd, never skipping a single day without at least 1 bloom open.

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By chelle on Jul 27, 2015 9:32 AM, concerning plant: Gladiolus (Gladiolus Glamini® Mix)

I'll dig these up and plant them again next year, but for all the hoops I jumped through to get some this year, I'm not convinced it was worth it. Until about a week ago our entire summer had been predominantly cloudy and very wet, so I'm sure this had an impact on my plants' growth, but plants flopped even worse than their taller counterparts, and they developed distorted stems. My plants had early morning shade this year, but next year I'll choose a spot in full, all-day sun.

Plants are perhaps a bit more than two-thirds the height of standard glads. They're a bit shorter in stem length, and distance between buds is much less, giving the bloom stalk a rather cramped appearance. In comparison of the two, grown in the same year, I prefer the gracefulness of the the full-sized plants rather than this tightly compacted style of gladiolus.

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By Joy on Jul 26, 2015 7:16 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Urandi')

I grow my lilies in containers. Last fall I potted my Urandi into a larger container because it had outgrown the container it was in. It was so heavy that I left it in the area I potted it in. It's now in a full-sun area, whereas it previously had shade during the hottest part of the day. What I've discovered is that it's more of a white lily in full sun. It was much prettier, with more color, when it was in part-shade. The color reminds me of opals. I think I'll move it back to the part-shade area. This is a very tall lily. I didn't measure, but it has to be 7 ft or taller, with many, many blooms starting low on the plant and going up to the top. One of the longest-blooming lilies I've grown. Impressive!

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By Joy on Jul 26, 2015 6:48 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Cancun')

I tried growing Cancun two separate times from two different sources. Both times, by the second year, the lily was affected by the color-breaking virus and I had to dispose of the entire plant to keep it from spreading to my other lilies. I don't know whether I just had bad luck with this one or if this is common with this cultivar, but I won't be trying it again.

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By Chillybean on Jul 26, 2015 5:18 PM, concerning plant: Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

This is one of my favorites that I do not have to work on. I enjoy the color in and around the lawn every spring. The growth hides unsightly utility doodads that come out of the house. I like how the growth surrounds the spruce trees and even the propane tank. I do not feel that this plant overwhelms; it just fills in around other greenery.

One interesting thing about this plant is that, besides the flowers being pollinated by insects, it also has closed flowers in the late summer that self-pollinate.

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By DogsNDaylilies on Jul 26, 2015 8:09 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Thanks Two Friends')

A comment that is on one of the photos but that bears repeating is that this cultivar has very unusual stamens! The stamens (that hold the anthers, or pollen), are actually attached to the petals!

This may make it more difficult to use as a pollen parent since you can't just pluck the stamen to dab on other plants. I don't know whether the pollen is actually fertile or not, but if you attempt to pollinate with this, you'll need to either rip a whole petal off (to which a stamen is attached) or use something else (like a Q-tip) to collect the pollen for dabbing.

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