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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 2, 2014 10:31 AM CST

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I loved Dave's story on top 25 ATP daisies--so many beautiful flowers and photos.

Thought I'd share a few from my own garden.

Rudbeckia fulgida and hirta
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Aster
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Melampodium
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Marguerite Daisy


Well, it looks like what I have the most of is Rudeckia! Guess that's not surprising given that it's Maryland's state flower! Hilarious! Smiling

So, what daisies (or other plants) do you all have in your gardens?? Welcome!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 2, 2014 11:25 AM CST
Very beautiful. I love daiseys also but unfortunately my Shasta type daiseys only lasted two years and then just died out! My coneflowers died when I moved them. Bad luck for me.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 2, 2014 3:47 PM CST

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I have two of the newer coneflower cultivars right now, 'Secret Affair' and 'Raspberry Truffle'.

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They are pretty colors, but not a favorite of the pollinators. I am now growing some old-fashioned straight species Echinacea purpurea. Hope the pollinators like them! Smiling
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2014 9:19 AM CST

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A few blooms from this morning:

My Verbena 'Lollipop' is a huge hit with the pollinators, especially the skippers!
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Melampodium 'Showstar' is finally getting big. Was a slow starter this year for some reason.
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Coleus is always such a nice treat in the garden--such beautiful colors available. Too bad it's a tender perennial!! Oh, well, gives me a chance to try new things each year! Smiling


Marigold--always a staple in my gardens. I find it especially useful around plants I want to protect from munching bugs and rabbits.
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Cosmos sulphureus has been a big hit with the pollinators too, and I'm enjoying it with the Crocosmia.
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Aug 4, 2014 6:40 AM CST
Beautiful, Catmint!

I actually don't have a lot of composite flowers this year, surprisingly. But I do have this guy:
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Amaranthus cruentus 'Hot Biscuits'
Seriously, if I could hug it without destroying it, I would. Group hug

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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 4, 2014 6:58 AM CST

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Ooh, nice, Karen! You'll have to tell us more about it when you get a chance!

From my garden this morning:

Lantana and Sedum
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One of my sun beds
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Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Aug 4, 2014 1:03 PM CST
Oh I almost forgot about this little sweetie. It's pretty new, I think. I bought it for my garden at work (I'm the groundscrew there).

Helenium 'Tie Dye'
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Aug 4, 2014 1:05 PM CST
All those beautiful old fashion flowers just make my day. I just love the old standbys and unfortunately, I do not have many.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 4, 2014 5:46 PM CST

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I love that helenium, Typ! Lovey dubby Such a beautiful color! And the photography is wonderful, too! :- ) Still waiting for my helenium to bloom.

JB, be careful what you wish for--you may just end up with some extra containers to care for! All we need to do is plan our first swap! :-)

I went out a little while ago and discovered the very first bloom of the season on my aromatic aster 'October Skies'

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Aug 5, 2014 7:27 AM CST
What a lovely color. Green Grin!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 5, 2014 7:43 AM CST

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Thank You! Smiling thanks @JB I am hoping that soon the whole plant is lush with lavender blossoms and covered in bees and butterflies! :-)
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Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Aug 5, 2014 7:51 AM CST
Catmint20906 said:
Lantana and Sedum
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What is that other purple flower right next to your dazzleberry sedum? I love the combo. I think I need to move my dazzleberry. It's hidden under my switchgrass right now, but it's just too pretty to ignore. Need to put it front and center somewhere.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 5, 2014 8:31 AM CST

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I love the dazzleberry too Typ! Such a pretty color.
The other purple plant is Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst.' It has a unique color that I love though I don't think it quite shows up in this photo.
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Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Aug 5, 2014 11:03 AM CST
Your purple sedums are looking beautiful! I have two in part shade and they're not looking so hot. I thought they'd make nice ground covers underneath the tall hydrangea, but it might be just a little too shady.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 5, 2014 2:26 PM CST

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thanks, @ssgardener! They definitely love the full sun. I've had trouble finding enough full sun for all my sedums, and I can tell the ones that are only in part sun--they don't grow as much and they aren't blooming. Okay, more incentive for me to get out there and continue lasagna-ing my new sun space!! Smiling
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Aug 5, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Crocosmia 'Montbretia'


Nigella 'Miss Jekyll' with 'Red Sea' ageratum in the background


Sedum 'Dazzleberry' and Sedum 'Angelina'
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Still hungry for 'Hot Biscuits'!
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Zinnias are just getting going. Will have lots for cutting this year.
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Would like to get this Cockscomb identified. Anyone? I grabbed a seedhead off of a plant during a visit to Hershey Park last year. I have a few plants that I grew from seed and they are all super skinny.
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Heirloom phlox and Sedum 'Autumn Fire'
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Here you are, Catmint, 'Sum and Substance' Hosta on the right. She's doing pretty well in her new home, 2 bloom spikes!
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I thought that I had pulled up all of my Swamp Milkweed, but this volunteer escaped me. It doesn't do well in my yard and there aren't any monarchs in my alley, so I don't grow it anymore. The plant is a major aphid magnet for me. Oh well, it is beautiful right now!
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 5, 2014 8:31 PM CST

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Gorgeous, Typ!! Lovey dubby The 'Angelina' and 'Dazzleberry' are beautiful together. The crocosmia photo is so artful with the purple in the background--I can almost see the crocosmia blossom swaying in the breeze. Thumbs up

That is a really cool looking cockscomb! Guess I will need to look for stray seedheads when I'm out and about! Smiling

Sum and Substance looks wonderful--I can tell she's very happy! Smiling hey, I think I know someone who would be happy to rehome that swamp milkweed for you!! Big Grin
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Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Aug 5, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Thanks, Catmint! Yes, I'm always on the lookout for seedheads and propagative material to pick up off the ground. I was helping out the groundskeeping staff at Hershey by deadheading that cockscomb (still don't get why my husband was so appalled Shrug! ). I had a hard time finding that one tiny seedhead, the groundskeepers there are meticulous! Good thing cockscombs are so generous with seeds anyway.

I really love the contrast between the crocosmia and the ageratum. It almost hurts your eyes, it's so bright. But in small doses with lots of green leaves, it's exciting. I think I will try to divide that Dazzleberry this fall and plant my front yard with it and something else lime green... I love the Angelina but I hear it can be hard to get rid of once established?

This swamp milkweed is growing in a crack in the pavement so I don't think I can dig it out without killing it. I will, however, let it go to seed and save them for you. Then you will have more swamp milkweed than you know what to do with. Glare It becomes weedy and the plant gets big. You have been warned! Smiling
Name: Speedie
Southern Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Aug 6, 2014 4:39 AM CST
LOL Typ, "Deadheading with a purpose", that's what I call it, and I do it ALL the time at work! I have brought home so many packets and baggies of seed heads from work that it's just silly. This year I decided to "cull the herd" a bit... shared many with friends at a semi-local seed swap, and most of the rest I just haphazardly sprinkled liberally around my own "Big Bed". I hope the other recipients had better luck with their seeds than I did 'cause I got darn near squadoosh in germination! Shrug!

Just tell your DH what I tell mine: "Hey, free plants, how can ya argue with that??" Whistling
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 6, 2014 5:15 AM CST

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LOL you guys. Deadheading is a very important part of garden and nursery cleanup, right? :-)

This spring, I spread a couple packets of wildflower seeds in my 'new' space near the birdfeeder. A couple dozen varieties of plants, but only a handful of those actually germinated:

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Shrug!

I also purchased some packets of native seeds online but hardly any of those germinated. Sad Maybe because I sowed them later in the season, and the sun may have been hard on tiny seedlings.

Other seeds I sowed early in the spring have done really well, especially the cosmos!



The pollinators love the cosmos, too, so next year I'm going to sow more cosmos! Smiling

Speedie, the hollyhock seeds you gave me germinated and are still growing! Thumbs up

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― Thalassa Cruso

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