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By JamesAcclaims on Aug 31, 2016 7:24 PM, concerning plant: Afghan Pine (Pinus brutia var. eldarica)

These pines are very useful as windbreaks for structures or property lines--they grow very strong and sturdy branches. Their "drooping" and bushy needles provide a favorite and hidden place for birds and nesting creatures. When damp, these trees produce a mild and nice pine-like fragrance. They do very well in soil that ranges from acidic to alkaline, and from sandy to clay. They are very drought tolerant, but will also do well in slightly moist locations. They prefer full Sun, by they will also do well in partially shaded locations. They can and will grow quite tall and grow to a span of up to 45ft so keep this in mind if planting near structures or fences.

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By Marjorie on Aug 31, 2016 1:28 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Greenroe Lucas')

Hello, could anyone please help, l have looked everywhere for a Lucas daylily and cannot find one to buy anywhere, would be so grateful for any information. Thank you so much, Marjorie

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By GrammaChar on Aug 31, 2016 11:51 AM, concerning plant: Alamo Vine (Merremia dissecta)

A word of caution about the Alamo Vine. A long time ago, I gathered a few seeds from a plant growing at one of the missions in San Antonio. The seeds sprouted, the vines grew, and the flowers were lovely. They made more seeds. Those all sprouted. Now, sixteen years later, I'm still pulling out volunteers.

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By DavidR on Aug 30, 2016 9:31 PM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Marilyn Jean')

Does anyone have this Iris? It was introduced by my great aunt. Thanks!

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By Natalie on Aug 30, 2016 4:04 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Persian Market')

Found a rebloom scape today. Wasn't expecting that!

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By lauriebasler on Aug 29, 2016 9:44 AM, concerning plant: Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca 'Boulder Blue')

I adore this plant. Here in my Pacific Northwest garden, it seeds for me freely. I end up moving 20 or so seedlings each spring. With a gentle tug, they are removed, and sent to a part of the yard where I just let them grow to pass on to friends and family. If I did not want seedlings, I would just not allow the plants to flower, and there would be no volunteering. I like them, so I let them go.

This plant grows in full sun to part shade for me. It likes water and tolerates drought. It can be moved with ease at any time of year, and it pops so nicely with reds, and burgundies. It likes a bit of compost in spring. It looks best if given a haircut in the fall.

As I will have more again next spring, I hope some of you will consider trying a few of these in your gardens, completely on me, in hopes you will become as fond of them as I am. And, I just cannot throw these guys away. I will post what I have then.

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By Bonehead on Aug 28, 2016 8:12 PM, concerning plant: Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius)

Introduced from Europe, found in the Pacific NW on road shoulders, in fields, and in other dry areas at low elevations. Biennial or annual with milky juice from the taproot, which was chewed by some natives as a type of gum. The flowers tend to close up at midday or in cloudy weather, which explains one common name 'Jack go to bed at noon.'

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By Bonehead on Aug 28, 2016 7:47 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium columbianum)

Native in the Pacific NW, found in meadows, open forests, and clearings at low to subalpine elevations. The bulbs may be steamed and eaten, although they are bitter and peppery. Old wives tale: If one smells a tiger lily, it will give one freckles.

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By Bonehead on Aug 27, 2016 6:50 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'First Lady')

Small red salad tomato, very nice looking. Smooth thin skin, uniform color and blemish free with no cracking, a bit of a pointy end. Ripened early. I found the fruit to be firm and juicy, but unfortunately as bland as what one would expect to find in the grocery store mid-winter. No "wow" factor. Production for me was OK, but this plant was in a spot that did not get such regular watering, so could be better with more care. I doubt I'll try it again.

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By mjsponies on Aug 26, 2016 1:59 PM, concerning plant: Begonia (Begonia egregia)

Love, love this Begonia. Was a star in the greenhouse over winter and it's proven to be quite heat tolerant in summer. No wilting from heat, no spots on the leaves, no complaints. We've had a blistering summer and this Begonia has not missed a beat. So far I've had it in bright shade in a container. Taking cuttings and will try some in the ground.

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By courtneyjean on Aug 26, 2016 12:35 PM, concerning plant: Glossy Abelia (Linnaea x grandiflora 'Rose Creek')

When is the best time to trim these bushes?

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By KarenHolt on Aug 25, 2016 9:41 PM, concerning plant: Zinnia (Zinnia Zahara™ Double Salmon Rose)

These zinnias are outstanding. When they first bloom, they are truly a deep salmon rose color. The more they mature, the prettier they get. Even when they need to be cut, they are still pretty. You kind of hate to cut them. They perform much better in ground than in containers. I grew both this year. The blooms are at least an inch bigger if in ground. The bush size is also at least 6-9" bigger as well. They are definitely profuse. I live in OK and the heat here is incredible. This year we had 2 solid months of temps in the 90's with heat indexes of 115. The ones in ground performed beautifully. Container grown struggled even with me watering religiously. I honestly do not think pinching these is necessary. I did pinch one and didn't pinch the other for some reason. There was no difference in size and branching between the two for me. They have been blooming since June and now we are in the end of August almost. They are not letting up. Highly recommend these.

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By farmerdill on Aug 25, 2016 1:39 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'First Lady')

Introduced as an open pollinated alternative to Early Girl. Small salad-sized fruits of similar appearance, as is plant growth.

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By tx_flower_child on Aug 25, 2016 1:05 PM, concerning plant: Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Red oaks are beautiful trees but are susceptible to the potentially fatal Oakwilt disease. A certified arborist should be knowledgeable regarding this disease.

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By skylark on Aug 25, 2016 11:04 AM, concerning plant: African Evergreen (Syngonium podophyllum 'Holly M')

Mature leaves are very white with green margins and are more pointed than usual. It's a very full, suckering (non-vining) plant.

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By Australis on Aug 25, 2016 2:06 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Bethlehem Ridgeway)

At the time of writing, this hybrid is decades old (I have been told 50+ years) and may now only exist in the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. A photo of this hybrid can be found in the book "Growing Orchids" by Brian and Wilma Rittershausen.

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By bron on Aug 24, 2016 4:14 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis citrina)

Is it the case that there have been not registered offspring of Hemerocallis citrina?? Given its reputed fragrance that seems strange. Is it infertile??

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 23, 2016 12:40 PM, concerning plant: Agave (Agave 'Sharkskin')

Dark olive green to bluish green hybrid agave to about 3 feet wide with channeled leaves. Considered to be a natural hybrid between two Mexican species, A. nickelsiae (aka A. ferdinandi-regis, once a variety of A. victoriae-reginae) and A. asperrima. Inherits the rough skin of the latter (an inspiration for the name), the toothless margin of the former, and the slow growth rate of both. Offsets slowly via rhizomes. Enjoys extreme exposure and tolerates extended drought. Very similar to "Sharkskin Shoes", of the same presumed parentage. One common form found in cultivation was collected in Coahuila in 1971.

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 23, 2016 11:56 AM, concerning plant: San Diego Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus viridescens)

Barrel cactus from coastal Baja California (south to Bahia San Quintin) and San Diego County with greenish yellow flowers. Often found in rocky soil with a southwestern exposure. Habitat is foggy and mild. This cactus does not grow tall. Usually solitary but can form clumps. Size reaches about 12 inches wide. Young spines may be red to yellow but they fade to grey with age. Fruit is green to red, maturing to light yellow.

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By Dutchlady1 on Aug 23, 2016 5:30 AM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Pomelia Palermitana')

Also sometimes referred to as 'Pomelia Tonda', this is an old Sicilian variety.

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