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Team Cold Season Annuals, or Team Done for the Year?

By Trish
October 30, 2011

Are you a gardener who plants annuals for the cooler season, or do you call it a year and let your landscape be bare until spring?

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Name: Ron Brooks
Middleburg, Florida (Zone 9a)
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homerduck
Sep 28, 2012 2:35 PM CST
My back is breaking from putting out four flats of violas and snap dragons today Blinking . Pansies have not arrived yet at my local nursery, but when they do I usually use 6 flats of them. They will be here in another couple of weeks. I have color for the entire fall and the pansies usually make it all the way through to spring - so I don't have to put in spring pansies - they are already there and blooming like mad Rolling my eyes. ! I also installed a number of lettuce plants. Lettuce is all I deal with in the veggie garden this time of year.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 28, 2012 4:01 PM CST
Wow, that is a lot of violas and snap dragons Ron. And still 6 flats of pansies to go. I would love to see photos when you are done planting. It sounds beautiful.
We are winding down and don't have much during out winter. Mostly just green with an occasional dusting of snow. I look forward to your photos so I too can have winter color. Hurray!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 28, 2012 5:44 PM CST
Agree with Lynn. Love violas and snapdragons. Lovey dubby
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Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Sep 28, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Usually I plant a bunch of pansies every fall. But, not this year. To much work getting the house to sell as it is
I did plant some really nice yellow & white mums Lovey dubby
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 28, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Ron, how about some flowering cabbage & kale? They are beautiful & will also make it all the way through spring! Hurray!
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Name: Ron Brooks
Middleburg, Florida (Zone 9a)
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homerduck
Oct 2, 2012 9:30 AM CST
Never have tried kale or cabbage. Maybe I will look into that!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 3, 2012 10:08 AM CST
Team done for the year with annuals.
Work now is to finish planting spring flowering bulbs.
Then to take in canna roots, dahlia tubers and acidanthera bulbs.
Hoarding geraniums (pelargoniums) in the house.
We have a coating of snow on roof tops this morning.
Happily it won't last!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Oct 3, 2012 10:31 AM CST

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Oh Caroline! Snow!!!!

I am doing some fall annuals this year. With our severe drought last year, I just didn't want to even think about plants at that time. We had such a good year that I'm not quite ready to quit yet!

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Oct 3, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Snow Blinking Blinking Here I am thinking how chilly it will be this weekend when the front comes through and the entire day's temperature range will be 50-60 degrees. Hilarious!
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Name: Ron Brooks
Middleburg, Florida (Zone 9a)
Daylilies Region: Florida
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homerduck
Oct 3, 2012 11:57 AM CST
It snowed here once.... I believe it was in the last ice age Rolling on the floor laughing Actually we got about 3 inches in the Jacksonville, Florida, area at Christmas time in 1988 I believe. I've seen a flake fall every now and then. But we do get some cold in the winter. In 1984 we had 8 straight days below 20 degrees. Pipes were bursting and well pumps were freezing! Last winter 25 was the coldest morning - but it was also bluebird clear skies. We cover plants that can;t take the cold and bring others indoors. The best solution for me is to grow plants that are cold tolerant. I get a big laugh at all the crotons being sold by the big box stores (Home Depot, etc.) in the spring. People take them home and plant them. Then the first frost comes along 8 months later and they are all dead. What kills me is that they buy them again the next year!! I raised crotons and air layered tens of thousands of them in the 1970's in South Florida for Caple Farms. They can't survive below about 40 degrees in my experience.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Oct 3, 2012 12:33 PM CST

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We were in Disney World on December 20th in 1996 and it was snowing. There was a run on gloves in the park Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Oct 3, 2012 4:29 PM CST
Wow, snow at Disney World. Blinking
And Caroline already had a touch of snow. Blinking

We still haven't had frost, but could get some next week.
The only plants I am still putting into the ground are the sempervivum and hardy sedum. They don't seem to mind the cold at all. : )

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