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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 4, 2010 11:46 AM CST
This is a new color of poppy for me!

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Name: Stephanie
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stephanietx
May 4, 2010 1:02 PM CST
My first purple coneflower opened up the other day!

Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 5, 2010 3:00 PM CST

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That's a gorgeous poppy!
Linda, do you think you could identify Henry Duelberg salvia from a photo? I was asked for a cutting and the one I bought at the MG sale a few years ago as HD looks right, but now I'm second guessing myself because there's another near it that looks similar, but different! I also have Augusta near by and the bees are cross pollinating the two. Augusta's blooms start out a little bluish.
The HD leaves are glossier and a little thicker than other salvias. Stands about 3 ft high, but is sprawling over the sidewalk now from the heat.

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Name: Stephanie
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stephanietx
May 5, 2010 5:06 PM CST
Does that die back in the winter where you are? I have some unknown salvia that dies back in the winter but comes back strong every spring.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 5, 2010 5:12 PM CST

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All my salvias die back in the winter and come back, starting in February.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 7, 2010 9:37 AM CST

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Mystery solved. I took the two salvia stems, blooms and leaves, to Barton Springs Nursery this morning and got confirmation that they were both HD. One is growing in full sun and the other in semi-shade of an oak tree. The one in full sun "I knew" was HD. But when I looked at the other one next to it to compare, I wasn't truly sure anymore. And the tags have long since disappeared. The Augusta Duelberg is smaller and has smaller blooms, even tho it's also in full sun.
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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May 7, 2010 10:11 AM CST
I like this kind of mystery! Learning little tidbits like this is probably what I enjoy most within the classroom of Mother Nature........

Thank you, Sandi Smiling
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 7, 2010 9:30 PM CST

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Hi Lee! After taking the wrong salvia to the Houston swap, I don't want to do that again!
Are you and Dee going to the San Marcos swap next month? Hope to see you there. I'm going to miss the ETRU. I had already committed to going to Jeri's in Louisiana the same weekend. Looking forward to it.
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 8, 2010 8:38 AM CST
Yes,....we will attend the San Marcos RU and lookin' forward to it as well. We'll miss you & Becky both at the ETRU.....I know y'all will have a good time while we're doin' the same! Big Grin
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
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stephanietx
May 11, 2010 5:58 PM CST
The blue bedder sage has come back in full force!

Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 1:48 PM CST
Black Gamecock La. Iris - outside

Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 1:52 PM CST
and the same inside - Dee arranged for it to be part of the bath decor

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Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 1:59 PM CST
another view

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Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 2:12 PM CST
Had some alien visitors recently ....this one I named "Big John".....you know the type.....as in...."didn't say much....kinda quiet & shy.....and if you spoke atall....you just said Hi to Big John...."

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Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 2:16 PM CST
His "Main Squeeze" was with him.....lettin' 'er hair down........

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Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 2:22 PM CST
This is lookin' down into her cranium.....strange....those aliens

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Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 2:36 PM CST
this small one........I think was somethin' like a "pet".....not sure....sometime's it seemed to be more in control

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Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
Tweedle_Lee_Dee
May 17, 2010 2:42 PM CST
You can almost hear it thinkin'........

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
May 17, 2010 6:43 PM CST

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Those are clever! Love the dark iris too...
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 18, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Pretty iris'! I heard the aliens were over your way, Lee!! LOL

stephanie, I just love the color of your blue bedder sage. Is it a perennial?

This little flower grows wild in wooded areas... I think maybe it's a petunia?

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