Coleus forum: What is your favorite find this growing season season?

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Name: Pheadra
Southwest GA
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Pheadra
Jun 7, 2010 8:37 AM CST
It doesn't have to be a Coleus just anything that you had to have?

So far this season I have found 2..
Curly Splash .. love this one can't wait for it too get bigger..


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Name: Pheadra
Southwest GA
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Pheadra
Jun 7, 2010 8:38 AM CST
And this little gem from Home depot.

No id but I love the color..

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Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jun 7, 2010 9:05 PM CST
Can't make up my mind yet, But I'll get back to you.
How are you doing?
Follow the Drs instructions!
Sidney
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Name: Patty Hughes
Portland, Texas
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phughes
Jun 7, 2010 11:52 PM CST
My latest is Hibiscus 'Stolen Kiss'. Just bought it on Sunday and got up Monday morning to its FFO on Monday morning. I am in love . . . . .

Patty

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Name: Pheadra
Southwest GA
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Pheadra
Jun 9, 2010 4:03 AM CST
OHH! I love that!! Now I have nursery envy. Hurray!
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jun 9, 2010 7:37 AM CST
Wow Patty, that is beautiful.
Sidney
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Name: Judy
central Md
coleup
Jun 13, 2010 10:39 PM CST
New tuberous begonia. Here it is paired with coleus Merlot

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Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jun 13, 2010 10:44 PM CST
Love the Begonia and the combo. It almost looks like Fishnet Stockings.
Sidney
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jun 16, 2010 5:39 PM CST
This one has real potential of being a new favorite. Echinacea hot papaya:

Karen

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Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jun 23, 2010 10:24 AM CST
Here are my new Gebharts goodies.


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Name: Sidney McCollum
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Sugarweed
Jun 23, 2010 10:27 AM CST
And

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Name: Sidney McCollum
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Sugarweed
Jun 23, 2010 10:37 AM CST
Love these,

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Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jun 23, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Karen,
Just wanted to say how pretty the Echinacea hot papaya is especially against the white flowers.
Here is the last of Gebharts.
Sidney

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tobee43
Jun 29, 2010 6:38 PM CST
my ae ae musa

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Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Jun 29, 2010 9:20 PM CST
Oh Tobee, where did you get the ae ae? Wow that is beautiful.
I bought a Hot papaya echinacea a few weeks ago after seeing a huge clump blooming in Pennsylvania. It was stunning.
i was happiest to get some of the new hydrangaes this year, but sad now because in the heat they just wilt and wilt. Can't get them enough water to keep them happy.
And my new Bloomerang lilac isn't blooming. Don't know how old it has to be to bloom.
cindi
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tobee43
Jun 30, 2010 5:37 AM CST
morning cindi,

i had it sent in from thailand ...although someone told me someone had a clump...now that's right a "CLUMP" of them in tampa fl!! i would love to see that!!

i also got this very rare ginger...........doesn't look like much yet.......OK...........(don't say a word anyone about the davesgarden ginger caper) this is an extemely rare ginger one of only three that give actual fruit.....i didn't know what it was until a ginger grower just id it for me. a friend of mine, who has a rare tropical nursery insisted i took TWO...but i gave one to a friend that is a ginger freak....anyway...this is how it was described to me.

"VARIEGATED VANILLA ORCHID - VANILLA PLANIFOLIA VAR.
Vanilla planifolia VARIEGATA
RARE ** VARIEGATED VANILLA ORCHID – VANILLA PLANIFOLIA VAR. NATIVE TO MEXICO – WAS USED BY THE AZTECS. PRODUCES ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE SPICE ( NEXT TO SAFFRON & CARDAMOM) VANILLA ORCHID GROWN AS A VINE AND CAN REACH LENGHT OF 70-100FT. IN TROPICAL CLIMATES. IT CLINGS TO TREES. IN CULTIVATION IT IS MOSTLY GROWN ON POLE FOR SUPPORT. - THERE ARE AROUND 50 SPECIES OF VANILLA, BUT ONLY THREE ARE USED FOR FLAVORING. V. PLANIFOLIA , ALSO KNOWN AS V. FRAGRANS PRODUCES THE BEST FLAVOR. IT IS VERY EASY TO GROW- NEEDS VERY BRIGHT LIGHT ( BUT NO DIRECT SUN) TO BLOOM. NEEDS PLENTY OF WATER & LOVES HUMIDITY "....so i'm kinda excited!!

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jun 30, 2010 5:46 AM CST
Cindi, hydrangeas don't need water every time they wilt. They're just wimps in the heat. When they get hot they whine and wilt, but even without water will perk up again when temps drop at night.

My hydrangeas do best with only a few hours of sun a day. Watering them more deeply but less often will encourage deeper rooting.

Karen

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Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Jun 30, 2010 9:22 PM CST
Karen, thanks for the advice.
i just planted several last week, and we've had 30 mph winds every day. We're also very dry here--humidity most days is 30% or less. I planted them in filtered morning light in half soil, half peat moss, so I will try to withhold water for a few days to see if they do adjust. Our nights in the summer don't cool off much. We're at that point in the summer where we don't have dew in the morning. Your hydrangeas look lovely. My Annabelle, Endless Summers, Lady in Red, Quick Fire, Pinky Winky and Limelight from the last few years are doing ok. It's the poor Blushing Bride who has her pretty white blooms dragging in the dirt, and Invincible Spirit who is slinking along the ground that have me aggravated. The Twist and Shouts are half crispy too. Let's Dance pooped out. Oakleafs do ok here, and White Diamond and my new Deja Bloom seem to be holding up
without trouble. I think part of it is, they get shipped in from cool climates into our stores where they are mistreated and set out in the sun, so they start out unhappy before I even get them planted.
Sometimes I wonder why I keep buying plants that really aren't suited for my climate. Maybe it's the challenge. I will try weaning them off the water sooner. I do have really good soil and they should be able to put down some deeper roots.
That vanilla orchid is quite the find, Tobee. It's my fantasy to someday be able to travel and bring back supercool plants like that AeAe and orchids. I would be happy to travel and bring back photos even ! i don't think I've seen vanilla like yours even in a botanical garden. Wow!
Cindi
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

tobee43
Jul 8, 2010 3:40 PM CST
oppppppps...that's vanilla NOT ginger....but i also have a "rare" ginger...in bloom!! post some pix soon!
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
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chickadee
Jul 12, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Hello, I was looking around for more Cubits, and thought I would pop in here. I seem to have gravitated toward Coleus in a big way this year. I have always grown some, but this year I just found them to be irresistable.
I have, ummm, 7 containers filled with Coleus.
my camera never does them justice, but here's a sample. Two have Electric Lime, and in the middle is Lemon Twist. they are with a mix of Moss Rose, Angelonia, Vinca, Portulaca, Sweet Potato Vine & Pentas

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