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By TBGDN on Jul 6, 2015 3:52 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Health Kick F1')

This is my first year growing this F1 hybrid. It is similar in size and shape to the hybrid 'Roma'. It is also a deep red in skin color with reportedly (from several sources and the plant label itself) twice as much lycopene than other cultivars. Lycopene is said to be a powerful antioxidant, supporting healthy immune function of the body.

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By cats1 on Jul 6, 2015 9:20 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Italian Kaleidoscope')

Italian Kaleidoscope can have a white edge on it. The early ones don't, but some of the later ones do. I think the white edge can really set the flower off. :)

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By farmerdill on Jul 6, 2015 8:16 AM, concerning plant: Eggplant (Solanum melongena 'Black Knight')

This is a large-fruited hybrid, which is quite prolific. Fruits are oval, 4-6 inches in diameter, and deep purple. Large stout plant which reaches upward of 3 feet. Sturdy, as it holds up the big fruits well.

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By magnolialover on Jul 5, 2015 11:42 AM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Star Gazer')

'Stargazer,' though its own clone lily cultivar, has been often synonymous with an oriental lily. Many cultivars are sold as 'Stargazer,' but are not actually the Stargazer clone bred by Leslie Woodriff. Buying this Lily from a reputable grower increases your chances of actually getting the real clone, Stargazer, not just an unnamed oriental lily.

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By Natalie on Jul 4, 2015 10:36 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Isis Candy')

I grew this tomato from seed this year, having never heard of it until I saw the seeds for sale at Baker Creek, and it is now my favorite tomato! It really is so sweet that it does taste like candy! It was one of the first in the garden to ripen, and I will always grow this one from now on. It is really delicious! No cracking, either! And, I really love the orange color. It makes a salad look really pretty, as long as they can make it into the house to put in a salad. I enjoy eating them right as I pick them.

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By Natalie on Jul 4, 2015 7:24 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Vernissage')

I grew this tomato for the first time this year after receiving the seeds as a bonus from Baker Creek. I won't be growing it again as it is very bland! It did grow very well from seed, though, and the plant is covered in tomatoes. It is very interesting looking, though!

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By scflowers on Jul 4, 2015 2:04 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Flamingo Fantasy')

Although not listed specifically as a rebloomer, Flamingo Fantasy consistently reblooms each year in my garden. It is usually one of my first to bloom at the beginning of the season, and reblooms just as most other late bloomers are fading. Beautiful plant foliage also.

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By Claudia on Jul 4, 2015 1:31 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Traveler')

Growing this tomato for the first time this year. It has a number of green tomatoes on it already. It started setting fruit while we had temps in the high 80's and even a few 90 degree days in June. I know this one as Arkansas Traveler. This is one I grew from seed bought from Totally Tomatoes.

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By plantrob on Jul 4, 2015 1:02 PM, concerning plant: Cedarglade St. Johnswort (Hypericum frondosum)

The Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst', the great-granddaddy of all my current specimens, was a fine specimen, holding court atop our rock garden with a rounded habit and large yellow flowers. Its offspring, which I don't consider to be 'Sunburst', are still nice plants, but their habit is a bit rangier, the flowers a little smaller. Very hardy: They've lived without complaint in our driveway bed, which gets sun-baked in summer and snow-piled in winter, with some snowmelt salt as a chaser.

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By dave on Jul 4, 2015 11:29 AM, concerning plant: Galapagos Tomato (Solanum cheesmaniae)

Well, this produced upwards of a thousand little bland yellow tomatoes per plant. Extremely productive and similar to 'Yellow Pear' in nearly every way except the shape. Like 'Yellow Pear,' it produced fruits until we were so sick of them that we pulled the plants, fruit and all, and threw them to the chickens, where the fruit was quickly picked clean.

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By plantrob on Jul 4, 2015 7:32 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chicago Princess')

It's amazing to me how different the flowers on this page look - all with the same purple-pink and yellow center color scheme, but such variety in hue and subtle patterning! When I first grew this, I described the color as "metallic purple", and some days, that still seems accurate, but it all depends on the quality of light.

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By plantrob on Jul 4, 2015 7:26 AM, concerning plant: Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis)

Quite vigorous plant, which I prize for its fuzzy buds almost as much as for its white flowers with subtle purple accents. Ours has grown right alongside our front walk for many years, where it reaches over four feet tall when in bloom. Although my dear wife has many times said it should really be (re)moved because it impedes pedestrian traffic, and I've even made some half-hearted attempts to do so, some bits always survive, and the plant lives on.

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By Marilyn on Jul 4, 2015 12:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wildcat Madness')

When I saw a beautiful Iris pic here at ATP that was named 'Wildcat Madness', I knew that the hybridizer had to live in Kentucky. I've only lived in Kentucky since the summer of 1996, but it is truly Wildcat madness here in the state, because of the University of Kentucky Wildcats that are in Lexington.

The hybridizer John Van Hook, lives in Somerset, Kentucky. I don't grow any Irises at this time, but if I did, this would certainly have a spot in my garden.

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By krobra on Jul 3, 2015 10:16 PM, concerning plant: Crocosmia (Crocosmia 'Lucifer')

I have tried for 7 or 8 years to get this plant to bloom. It always produces stalks and plenty of offshoots, and last year had a flower stem with buds, but it got chewed up by something and fell off before it ever matured. This year I finally have actual flower blooms on 2 stalks and a whole lot of extra offshoots, more then usual. Only thing I can say I really did differently this year was to water it every other day heavily at the soil. The hummingbirds seem to enjoy the flowers, as do I. It was a long time from bulb planting to actual flowering for me, but it is a very pretty flower and a hardy plant that has come back year after year in my zone. I look forward to the day when I have an army of them blooming.

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By Marilyn on Jul 3, 2015 7:13 PM, concerning plant: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Queretaro')

Considering the height and width of this Salvia, a larger container than a 3 gallon pot is needed.

Similar to Salvia 'Limelight', it is much larger overall and more vigorous.

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By MLewis on Jul 3, 2015 11:20 AM, concerning plant: Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Sarcodes is a parasitic plant that lacks chlorophyll and lives via a symbiotic relationship between the plant and native fungi. Sarcodes fixes carbon for the fungi, and gets nutrients it lacks in return.

Only visible in bloom, the bright red you see is just the inflorescence. Bloom time is late spring to early summer.

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By MissyPenny on Jul 3, 2015 10:06 AM, concerning plant: Pizza Thyme (Thymus nummularius)

This aromatic hybrid herb is flavorsome: delightful for use in tomato dishes or as a garnish.
I have had fine results drying the glossy leaves and stems and using the crushed herb as a seasoning in breads and on baked squash.
Quite easy to grow. Mine is in full sun, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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By dave on Jul 3, 2015 8:17 AM, concerning plant: Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Bradberry Wine™)

From the patent: "...upright to somewhat outwardly spreading plant habit; freely branching habit; dark green-colored leaves; large inflorescences with showy red purple-colored flowers; resistance to Powdery Mildew; and good garden performance."

https://www.google.com/patents/USPP20926

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By Dinu on Jul 2, 2015 10:52 PM, concerning plant: Bael Fruit (Aegle marmelos)

A juice prepared from the pulp is known to be of high medicinal value. The tree is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva, and in Shiva temples in India the ritual of offering the trifoliate leaves is considered very holy. This importance appears to be due to the medicinal properties of the entire tree, seed, fruit, bark, root, and leaf.

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By plantrob on Jul 1, 2015 8:32 PM, concerning plant: Chinese Green Dragon (Pinellia pedatisecta)

Quite the spreader - it seems like every seed it sets grows into a plant, and some pop up in unusual places, including spots in full sun, where they do fine despite their reputation as a shade plant. They quickly grow a small bulb, which grows into a large flattened bulb over the course of a few years. While I like them, they've gotten out of hand in a few garden areas, so I treat them with caution these days.

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