What's Blooming in October: Very nice article

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What's Blooming in October

By LarryR
October 17, 2011

October usually spells the end of the gardening season here in Iowa. This year we've been blessed with an extended season as there has been no frost yet. Come on in and see what's still blooming at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens! Check out the photo contest at the end of the article and take a moment to scroll down farther to the forum to show us some of the flowers blooming in your garden right now.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 17, 2011 4:10 AM CST
As always, a good article.

I am still undecided about Lespedeza due to its reputation as a weed. Confused People seem to have good success with it. I was just recently given some and I'm trying to decide what to do with it.
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plantladylin
Oct 17, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Larry: I really enjoyed your article about what's growing and blooming in your part of the country. Your photograph's are beautiful and I know your gardens must be spectacular! I love the looks of the Persicaria polymorpha and that Bush Clover is gorgeous! We have so many plants down here in Florida that are considered noxious weeds but some are very pretty. I remember many years ago saying someday I wanted to have a strictly "weed" garden ... now that I'm older I grumble at the work it takes keeping the weeds in check.

Thanks again for a great article and also for sharing valleyLynn's photo's of her interesting succulent plants. I saw a photo of her wreath on the Garden Art Forum and marveled at her creativity ... that indeed is a beautiful living wreath!

Lin

p.s. I will be very curious to hear the identity of that wonderful Hot Pink Mystery flower!!



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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Oct 17, 2011 1:20 PM CST
Glad you enjoyed the article, Tee and Lin. I appreciate your kind comments.

The Lespedeza species that is a weedy offender is actually Lespedeza capitata:

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I don't think that Lespedeza thunbergii is at all weedy, but I could be wrong. It doesn't get a chance to be a pest here, because in our zone 5 garden, the season is not long enough for the plant to produce seed. It just produces a clump that gradually gets larger each year. It would be interesting to hear from gardeners who have grown it in warmer zones.

Tee, if your Lespedeza is thunbergii and you decide to grow it , please let me know the result. Thanks!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 17, 2011 1:40 PM CST
Thanks for that info, Larry. I knew I was having a disconnect somewhere. I do believe this I was just given is similar to yours. I recall the gentleman had a large clump or two of it (and I do mean large). I thought to myself at the time that it didn't look too weedy. If these starts live, I'm going to give it a try. Worst case scenario, it certainly won't be the only weed I have in my yard. Glare
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 17, 2011 1:44 PM CST
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