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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 16, 2011 9:03 PM CST
That will bloom between (better yet, overlap) the iris and daylilies. My perennial garden is very dull right now!
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Name: stephanie king
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STEPHANIEKING
Jul 17, 2011 12:09 PM CST
That is a hard gap to fill I agree. Other than getting some very late Iris and very early daylilies.
Bleeding Heart and Poenies seem to go between the 2 here but not much else. Anyone else have any ideas??
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sassafrass
Jul 17, 2011 12:09 PM CST
do you like asiatic lilies or orientals??

this is an Asiatic Lily "Menorca" it is actually one of my last ones for these to bloom


edited to add
the blooms usually last a couple days on these
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2011 2:21 PM CST
That's a beautiful lily, Sassafrass - and yes, i love them, but the ones i have are not yet blooming; maybe I have some late varieties, don't know what the varieties actually are (they originally came from some kind of "bargain bag"). I guess daisies would be blooming like crazy right now, but we have so many wild ones around I can't seem to bring myself to grow them in the flower bed. I'm going to have to drive around looking for flowers that are blooming and find out what they are! Normally i fill in the perennial bed with some annuals but didn't do so this year and I'm feeling the loss!
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Jul 18, 2011 12:47 PM CST
How about some phlox or some daisys?
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Steven
Jul 18, 2011 7:06 PM CST
How about Delphiniums? They bloom after the Iris and before the Daylilies!
Heres a dark blue one at the back of the border.
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sassafrass
Jul 18, 2011 7:07 PM CST
that is lovely!!
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Steven
Jul 18, 2011 7:10 PM CST
Thank-you! As a side note, plants like Delphiniums give southern gardeners zone envy, since they can't grow them like us Sticking tongue out
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sassafrass
Jul 18, 2011 7:26 PM CST
well I have garden envy. Do you start those by seed or is it an established plant?
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Steven
Jul 18, 2011 7:58 PM CST
that one I've had for about 3 or 4 years, another i've had for about 14/15 years but they aren't normally that long lived. You can also start them from seed too for first year blooms.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 18, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Oh, delphiniums - great idea, as is phlox. I've never actually had phlox in my garden, but did have delphs years ago and I love them! Thank you for the reminder!
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Steven
Jul 18, 2011 8:08 PM CST
I've never had phlox myself but it definitely causes envy when I see it others gardens!
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sassafrass
Jul 18, 2011 10:33 PM CST
I think it is a mountain phlox that we have which grows wild here Purple in color. I dont mind it as long as it stays in the trees..lol otherwise it comes up all over the yard. I'm going to have to try the delphiniums myself!!
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Steven
Jul 19, 2011 9:55 AM CST
My favorites are the 'Magic Fountain' series, they are always fairly dependable for me.
Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Jul 19, 2011 10:45 AM CST
Ohhh -- I like that Delphinium -- I ordered my first plant this year from a co-op -- it's tiny so hopefully it will grow.

Here is picture of my phlox:

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jul 19, 2011 1:33 PM CST
I love phlox and I have quite a few plants, I also have a beautiful blue Delphinium that is over 10 years old.

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sassafrass
Jul 19, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Monks Hood, does that come back every year too? it is very pretty.
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Steven
Jul 19, 2011 3:13 PM CST
I'm sure it will Christine, just be sure to plant it at ground level, not below and add a little manure, they are heavy feeders.

Margaret, your Delphinium is beautiful, they are very reliable for me but the clumps never get that large! Drooling
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jul 19, 2011 4:33 PM CST
Yes sassafras, the Monkshood comes back every year, a neighbor gave me some when she was dividing hers over 9 years ago, she gave me 2 colors, here is a photo of the other one.

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Thanks Steven, maybe they really like cold cold snowy winters. Hilarious!
Name: stephanie king
cut bank, mt (Zone 3b)
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STEPHANIEKING
Jul 19, 2011 4:48 PM CST
Love Delph's but mine are not quite ready and the Iris are done. They seem tobloom here with the Daylilies. I do have a Clump of pink Penstomen (SP?) that is in full bloom and goes for a long time putting up more bloom. It is quiite nice. Will get a pic. for you. Is starts with the end of the iris and goes on and on.

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