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By Baja_Costero on Feb 11, 2016 12:33 PM, concerning plant: Dudleya x semiteres

A naturally occurring hybrid between Dudleya attenuata orcutti (the northern form of this small whitish blue finger succulent) and either D. brittonii or D. candida (larger rosette succulents), depending on the location. The latter two species are closely related but candida (which has smaller rosettes that branch heavily) appears only on islands off the coast of Baja California, while brittonii (larger, mostly solitary rosettes) is found on the peninsula itself.

The hybrid semiteres (named after the semiterete, or half-round shape of the leaves) is intermediate in form and flower (small, branching, powder-dusted rosettes; cup-shaped blooms). It is quite uncommon but can be found in limited numbers where the habitats of the species overlap (much of their range).

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By AndreA33 on Feb 11, 2016 9:17 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Veilchenblau')

A very easy one to propagate! Cuttings take at 100%

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By Marilyn on Feb 11, 2016 1:41 AM, concerning plant: Catmint (Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic')

Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic' is a sturdy and a non flopping Catmint. It is a new introduction from the UK.

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By Marilyn on Feb 11, 2016 1:29 AM, concerning plant: Spike Speedwell (Veronica Magic Show™ White Wands)

Veronica Magic Show™ White Wands was introduced in 2015 by Walters Gardens, Inc./Proven Winners®.

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By Marilyn on Feb 11, 2016 1:19 AM, concerning plant: Speedwell (Veronica 'Spike')

Intrinsic Perennial Gardens of Hebron, Illinois introduced in 2014, Veronica 'Spike'. It was named for an employee that had been there a long time.

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By Marilyn on Feb 10, 2016 9:36 PM, concerning plant: Speedwell (Veronica 'Very Van Gogh')

Walters Gardens Inc. is the breeder, as well as the 2014 plant introducer of Veronica 'Very Van Gogh'.

'Very Van Gogh,' in my opinion, appears to be a wonderful and colorful Veronica choice for the garden and one that I'd love to grow.

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By Whitebeard on Feb 10, 2016 12:43 PM, concerning plant: Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Purple Magic')

Here in zone 7, my 'Purple Magic' doesn't begin to leaf out until late June or early July. It does bloom late into growing season, but the bare spring branches don't make for the best look.

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By Marilyn on Feb 9, 2016 9:18 PM, concerning plant: English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Big Time Blue)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Big Time Blue' is a Concept Plant introduction. The original name for this Lavender was 'Blue My Mind'.

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By Marilyn on Feb 9, 2016 8:45 PM, concerning plant: Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Ave Maria')

Meadow Sage 'Ave Maria' is a new introduction by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 9, 2016 2:54 PM, concerning plant: Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis)

Fast-growing, drought-tolerant, mat-forming groundcover. Very easy to start from cuttings, very common locally in public and private areas.

Two serious problems with this plant. The first is that it's an aggressive grower in the garden and not good at sharing space with other plants, above or below ground. The second is that it's prone to escape, and has the potential to outcompete native plants in many areas (including coastal California and Baja California). At least one other purple-flowered Carpobrotus species shares the same features.

There are many better options for succulent groundcovers, depending on your needs. Don't plant a Carpobrotus unless you're prepared to cut it back regularly. And don't toss your cuttings by the side of the road, because they'll get started growing there too.

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By plantmanager on Feb 9, 2016 12:36 PM, concerning plant: Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa)

This plant is considered a weed by most people in our area. I love it, and often will transplant them to better spots around our place. They transplant easily and keep on blooming for months. It's such a wonderful bit of color and doesn't require much water at all. Our landscape is overrun with deer, rabbits and Javelinas, but they don't look twice at these little flowers.

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By Polymerous on Feb 9, 2016 12:02 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Snow Maiden')

This daylily is being sold by Greenwood Daylily Gardens, in S. CA, with the notation of "PPAF" next to the name.

Given that I have been unable to find an actual patent issued for this plant (although I did find patents for other daylilies hybridized by Matthew Kaskel), I strongly suspect that no patent was ever issued.

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By plantmanager on Feb 8, 2016 3:24 PM, concerning plant: Mirror Bush (Coprosma repens 'Lemon and Lime')

This is a very vibrant evergreen with brightly variegated green and yellow leaves. The leaves get tinged with pink as the nights grow cooler.

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By Marilyn on Feb 6, 2016 11:29 PM, concerning plant: Petunia (Petunia exserta)

I planted a small pot of Petunia exserta in 2014 into a 20-inch container on our sunny patio, together with Salvia 'Elk Hot Tamale' growing in it. First time growing these two beauties. In 2015, I didn't disturb the soil in that container, and to my pleasant surprise, I not only had salvia Elk Hot Tamale blooming, but petunia exserta also! I'm hoping they both survive our winter and bloom for 2016 and I'm not going to disturb the soil other than gently pulling any weeds. Beautiful and bright flowers on both plants.

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By epsilon113 on Feb 6, 2016 10:18 PM, concerning plant: Million Bells (Calibrachoa Superbells® Dreamsicle)

Hi, I have fresh seed for Calibrachoa / Kablooms. I started some a week ago and they are peeking green already.
Could Someone put my excess to use? I have 50/60 each of three colors. White, Pink, & Blue/purple.
I would like to see these grown. No charge!!!
I have 30 of each started, more than I need for my flower tree.
Email me your addy I'll send them right out.

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By krobra on Feb 6, 2016 6:25 PM, concerning plant: Rabbit Ears (Ruttya fruticosa)

Just a small word of warning: If you are trying to save any seed pods, harvest them as soon as the pods turn brown. The pods will explode and eject the seeds soon after they do.

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By CaliFlowers on Feb 6, 2016 12:48 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Crintonic Acquired Taste')

Fairly susceptible to rust. I'd give it a 3 rating.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 6, 2016 12:47 PM, concerning plant: Dudleya candida

Island endemic from the Coronado Islands off the coast of Baja California near Tijuana. A low, whitish blue, powder-dusted succulent which branches profusely and can grow quite wide over time, relative to the size of individual rosettes. Flowers are similar to the related D. brittonii (greenish yellow and tubular) and attract hummingbirds. The two plants are similar in appearance when young, but candida tends to make shorter, narrower leaves and relatively abbreviated inflorescences compared to the usually unbranched white form of brittonii.

Very difficult to produce viable seed in cultivation, but quite easy to propagate from short-stemmed cuttings.

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By Marilyn on Feb 5, 2016 10:00 PM, concerning plant: Sage (Salvia 'Elk Ruby Ruby')

Flowers By The Sea of Elk, CA, has a new introduction that appears to be another exciting and "must-have" salvia. The flowers are a deep ruby red color that is stunning.

It's listed as hardy to zone 7. I've grown some of his Elk salvias and have found that they are hardy to my zone 6a garden and were grown in containers. I hope to be adding this new one to my garden this year. Looks like "another winner of a salvia."

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By valleylynn on Feb 5, 2016 5:53 PM, concerning plant: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rosa Spumanti')

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

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