|[ Apple (Malus domestica 'Rubinette') | Posted on October 15, 2014 ]
I am fortunate that the orchard where I buy these apples grows a large variety of apples. I have tried most of them and Rubinette is my clear favorite for eating fresh. I also make pie and sauce from them. It is hard for me to describe the flavor, but it's the best apple I have ever eaten. It keeps well in the refrigerator and I buy several bags when they become available so that I can enjoy them through the fall. I often eat slices of apple with a bit of peanut butter on them, but Rubinette never needs anything on it. It's wonderful all on its own. I don't think it would win any beauty contests, being a smaller apple, and sort of a muddy greenish color with red blush, but I don't care how it looks! A couple of years back, I made Apple Pie Jam from Rubinette apples and it was better than the batch I made from Honeycrisp.
|[ Apple (Malus domestica 'Winter Banana') | Posted on October 15, 2014 ]
Although Branstool Orchard grows Winter Banana for a pollinator, I've bought a few bags from them. I really enjoy making applesauce with them, as they have a nice flavor and texture. They taste nothing like banana to me - I wonder if the name comes from the color. The apples I get from this orchard are very large - as can be seen by the photo I posted of them in a peck size bag.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Phantasy Sapphire') | Posted on June 27, 2014 ]
I bought this cultivar from Jim Biaglow shortly after it was introduced and grew it for many, many years. What a spectacular clump it makes! I wish I still grew it. Huge lavender purple flowers with appliqué throat. I remember the impressive scapes having very nice branching and lots of buds. I used to visit Jim's garden every summer multiple times while he was still living, and there were often many other visitors there as well. Phantasy Sapphire, although unlike Jim's other wide-petaled, ruffled, edged seedlings and introductions, always drew lots of favorable comments.
In my garden, I planted Spiritual Corridor next to it because the first time I saw it at Jim's they were planted side by side, and they make a wonderful combination.
|[ Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) | Posted on July 3, 2013 ]
I added this plant 2 or 3 years ago. It is under a mature crab apple, 'Prairie Fire,' along with hostas and a few other shade perennials. It is not in the easiest spot for growing, but it is slowly increasing. Now that I see some of the other photos here, I might move it this fall to a better spot where it will have a little brighter, yet filtered light and better soil with no tree root competition. The flowers are very unusual, and the hummingbirds do love them.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Little Wild Flower') | Posted on April 8, 2013 ]
Grown along the sidewalk at the edge of a shade bed, this plant does not get full sun all day, yet it rewards me with lots of scapes that have quite a lot of buds for such a little thing. It has lived here for many years, through very cold winters, hot summers, drought - you name it. Winter hardy with just a touch of mulch over it. I am not a big fan of eyes or doubles, but I sure like Little WIld Flower. It is definitely a keeper.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Little Wild Flower') | Posted on April 8, 2013 ]
Cute, tiny little blooms, and lots of them!
|[ Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) | Posted on January 19, 2013 ]
Although we might think of Cardinal Flower as a garden perennial, it can also be grown submersed in a freshwater aquarium. A friend just gave me several small starts to put in my 15 gallon planted tank. When they grow larger, I will be sure to post a photo. In my friend's tank, they were lush, full and quite beautiful.
(edited to say that I added two photos of this plant growing completely submersed in my planted aquariums.)
|[ Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) | Posted on January 19, 2013 ]
Creeping Jenny is also a popular plant to use in planted freshwater aquariums. A fast growing stem plant, it helps with water quality in a planted tank. Also used in ripariums, Creeping Jenny can grow both submersed and immersed.
|[ Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fuji Blue') | Posted on September 26, 2012 ]
I find that all the platycodon I have grown have lovely fall foliage.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Alpine Mist') | Posted on September 17, 2012 ]
This has been an important parent for me. It has thrown some really unusual colors. I was talked into selling what I had and now I am sorry that I did. Was one of the better performing Salters in my garden.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cognizant Dissonant') | Posted on September 15, 2012 ]
Parent of JERRY HYATT.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Troubled Sleep') | Posted on May 23, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's 1998 Crintonic Garden Catalog said: TROUBLED SLEEP
98 EM 36 SE
NOSFERATU x VINO DI NOTTE
From the moment I first saw this daylily in the seedling patch, I knew I’d hit the jackpot! As I stood spellbound in the allure of its ineffable qualities, I had to pinch myself to realize this is no dream. Here was a new purple with all the qualities that I can take to the bank. A triple crown of superlatives, TROUBLED SLEEP has “Stout Medal” written all over it. The best thing about this paradigm of beauty has to be the color, a rich and sultry shade that redefines Bordeaux purple. This fabulous color is accented by a deeper eyezone and chartreuse green throat! Better yet, this is one gorgeous form, voluptuous and full with wide ruffled “state of the art” segments which open perfectly regardless of the weather. And, best of all is the plant, ideal in every respect, outstanding vigor with lush green blemish free foliage and ramrod stiff scapes that display the “show bench” three and four-way branching to perfection! But what really makes TROUBLED SLEEP so special is that I have enough plants to list for spring delivery! Amazing but true! Can it get better than this? Yet, perhaps my enthusiasm to sell this flower has clouded my judgment. Worse yet is that my attempts to sedulously cultivate respect for my work will seem egotistical, insincere and specious. Equally as troubling would be that this arrogant and bloated verbiage be taken all too seriously, but what disturbs me most is that TROUBLED SLEEP is so fertile that anyone can set a ton of seed on it and in the right hands my entire purple program could be quickly eclipsed! Maybe I’m making a big mistake in releasing it at all! This is like a bad dream and worst of all, it is already January and everyone else has their catalogs out, and I dread that by the time you read this you’ll have no money left!
© Curt Hanson - Posted with permission.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'All of Your Love') | Posted on April 16, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said: All of Your Love
SET THE STYLE/BEYOND THUNDERDOME X Salter Sdg. JT/MBM: (JT DAVIS/MANDALAY BAY MUSIC)
In a rapturous orgy of form and color, ALL OF MY LOVE exalts the early season in joyous exuberance. Voluptuous and finely appointed, these 6 inch blossoms are a particularly soft tone of shell pink. The lusty vigorous plants display masculine 43 inch erect scapes with 4 to 5 way candelabra branching. This consummate performer is fertile both ways.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Ammonites and Nautiloids') | Posted on April 16, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said: Ammonites And Nautiloids
Unfolding Paradox X Utopian Irrelevance
Long before our ancestors crawled out of the ocean in the late Paleozoic era, these cephalopods ruled. Like these 400 million year old fossils, Ammonites And Nautiloids appears to be engraved in rock. These highly textured and sculptural 5-1/2 inch flowers exhibit a bold dimensional presence. Full formed and voluptuous with precise deeply inscribed ribs. This dramatic rose-purple reveals a circular misty lavender pattern above the chartreuse throat. These robust plants display stout 30 inch scapes with wide three and four way branching. Fertile either way.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Catch My Fall') | Posted on March 24, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said:CATCH MY FALL
98 EM 26 SE
SWALLOW TAIL KITE x OTAVALO / COURT MAGICIAN
With fluid grace and casual motion, CATCH MY FALL provides a breath of fresh air in today’s sophisticated market. Elegant and tasteful, these well crafted 6-1/2" flowers are both round and full. With a consistently flaring petal, each blossom has an individual charm that avoids predictable formality. The color is a soft orchid lavender with a large starburst watermark pattern of delicate rose accented by a lime green throat. The combination of size, form and color along with the vigorous plants and well balanced three and four-way branching make this cultivar a wonderful garden subject. Fertile either way, CATCH MY FALL joins CHANNELED AGGRESSION, LOVE IN VAIN and WORLDS COLLIDE as examples of the superlative qualities found in the, OTAVALO/COURT MAGICIAN line.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Carnival Knowledge') | Posted on March 24, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said:CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE
96 M 26 SE
OCEAN RAIN x (DISREALI / LOVE GODDESS) x ASIAN ARTISTRY
In a flaunting display of vanity, this bright and gregarious flower of warm coral shrimp is accented by a distinctive round watermark of rose peach. The form is full and round with wide petals edged in delicate piecrust ruffling. Like it’s parent, OCEAN RAIN, CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE is a carefree grower and joy to behold even under adverse conditions. Fertile either way and a consistent parent.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Capernaum Sin') | Posted on March 24, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said:CAPERNAUM SIN
93 EM 26 SE
(VINTAGE WINE / PAUPER PRINCE) x tet GRAND MASTERPIECE
A significant development in color and form, these medium sized flowers are quite round and full with pansy-like piecrust-ruffled petals of clear, deep claret-burgundy, accented by a lime green throat. The form is flat to gently recurved. The rich, clear color is enhanced by the very smooth satin-like finish, sunfast qualities and heavy, flesh-like substance. Fertile and a magnificent parent.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Capacity for Wonder') | Posted on March 24, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said: CAPACITY FOR WONDER
01 ML 36 SE
ALPHA CENTAURI X PHAZERS ON STUN
As one of the most universally admired flowers in the garden, CAPACITY FOR WONDER sublimely exalts the classic appeal of the yellow daylily. This glowing fusion of golden hues is most succinctly pronounced with an effusive and lush green throat emanating well out onto the petals. A delicate violet pink midrib and soft cameo blush adds to the overall tropical panache. The flatly formed 6” symmetrical and triangular flowers gently reflex with delicate ruffles and fringe. The erect and stately scapes display well spaced three and four-way branching. Greatly indebted to the work of Brother Charles and a favorite of Jeff Salter. Pollen fertile.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Burning Hot Spot') | Posted on March 24, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said:BURNING HOT SPOT
04 T EM 40 SE
CELTIC CHRISTMAS X (Tet SILOAM VIRGINIA HENSON x LE PETIT SABOTEUR)
Pressing all the right buttons, these salacious cherry orange blossoms will unleash your gardening passions! BURNING HOT SPOT is a small 2-3/4" reflexed, round flower of exceptional heavy and wax-like substance. The bright coral red color is set off by a small green heart. This fabulous plant has tall 40" robust masculine scapes with tree-like wide 3 and 4-way branching. Topnotch show bench qualities combine with luscious color and lustful fertility to make BURNING HOT SPOT an instant turn on for collectors and hybridizers alike.
|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Borg Technology') | Posted on March 24, 2012 ]
Curt Hanson's Crintonic Garden Catalog said:BORG TECHNOLOGY
01 M 26 SE
ROMULAN DEFECTOR X ENCHANTED ELEGANCE
In my continuing exploration of space and time I have come to anticipate the occasional alien encounter. BORG TECHNOLOGY is one which I feel is worth sharing with the folks back home. A peculiar combination of color and pattern make this selection distinctive. The argyle purple petals exhibit an appliqued rose violet pattern around the large golden chartreuse throat, and this design is repeated in the sepals. The 5” flowers are flat, broadly triangular and show a subtle pleat deep in the throat, indicative of it’s ANASTASIA grandparent. The bold simplicity of these elements is not compromised by any distracting gold edge. The stout scapes display proportionate three-way branching. Fertile both ways.