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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 1, 2011 5:06 AM CST
We came from The thread "Show Us Your Cottage Garden & Chat (October 2011)" in Cottage Gardening forum



Another month away from summer means another month closer to Spring!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 1, 2011 5:16 AM CST
Thought I'd just bring my last post over here:

Yes, Janice, I am a semp lover. I have a lot more but couldn't locate the pictures. Well, that's enough for now anyway since it's probably time for a new thread. Beautiful photos of your late bloomers up there! I have a few Cosmose still going. Bottom middle ... is that a hardy Geranium or?

I'd go with the Arachnoideum semps, Jo Ann, Living Stones (Lithops) are very tricky. They like it warm and dry ... period. Absolutely no tolerance for anything else. But they are from South Africa so that's their mother climate. About one extra drop of water and they are history. :(

I finally coaxed a bloom out of this one. I love them but they try my patience.

Janice, Have you had success with the hardy Geraniums in your zone?


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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 1, 2011 5:41 AM CST
Thanks, Tee!
Yes, a hardy geranium it is and my favorite. Forgot the name. They do quite well in this zone. How bout yours?
Just moved a piece of it to the back garden near the steps.
The scent of the leaves is a perfume like nothing else. Every time I go out there I take a 1/2 of a leaf. I am surprised there is anything left !! Hilarious!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 1, 2011 6:16 AM CST
Hilarious! Someone gave me one earlier in the year. It came from zone 5 and seems to be doing okay, but I guess next year will tell the tale. Where do you plant yours?
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 1, 2011 6:19 AM CST
I had the same plant in zone 7A in Mass. , then planted one here as well. I planted it in sunny spots both places and they did fine. I know they are shade plants too....
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Nov 1, 2011 3:36 PM CST
? Sorry to ease drop in on the conversation , but I grow several hardy geraniums and they do not smell nice . Am I missing something?
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 1, 2011 4:24 PM CST
Hi Cinda -- Mine have a rather pungent and sharp smell. I wouldn't describe it as nice, but not totally awful. However, a little goes a long way. I wouldn't want it in the house and I wouldn't grow these for the scent, let's put it that way. Shrug!
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 1, 2011 4:53 PM CST
Hi Cinda! Join in anytime, please! Smiling
I believe mine is Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'.
It is described as having a pine scent. I have also seen it described as a sweetbriar scent. Whatever it is, it is wonderful.
Has magenta pink flowers, gets 12" tall, blooms May-July, and is very hardy, and has that leaf scent all year.
My favorite,"don't want to be without" species Geranium.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 1, 2011 5:37 PM CST
I found a picture, Cinda, of it blooming along the walk here in April.


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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Nov 1, 2011 7:39 PM CST
Ok, now I have to go out and smell my hardy geraniums ...well maybe I' ll wait till morning Smiling
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 1, 2011 7:51 PM CST
Love, love, love me some hardy Geraniums. I have Rozanne (can't believe she's still blooming - one tough cookie, I planted her in late May and she's been blooming non-stop for a couple of months now) Orion (taking a long time to really settle in, got only 3-4 blooms this year, second year) Johnson's Blue (my favorite of the flowers, if not the plant itself) Wargrave pink (barely survived a hot and dry summer - only one plant out of 3) Espresso (milk chocolate leaves, no blooms yet) and a NOID that might be Sanguineum - that dark pink that the catalogs call 'rose' - blooms for quite a while and is spreading nicely (pictured below).

Most of mine are in mostly sunny areas except the Rozanne, which is under some viburnum with an eastern exposure.
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 1, 2011 7:57 PM CST
Sorry, this is a November thread and that's a late April picture... *Blush*

Well, as long as I'm off track I may as well as really do it up. For folks who were asking about buying succulents, this is a nursery that used to be *really* specialized with stuff almost no one had heard of. The original owner sold it and went back to school and I haven't shopped there since, but here's the URL, anyway - you can probably still find some pretty interesting stuff there.

http://www.shoalcreeksucculents.com/Webasyst/shop/
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 2, 2011 4:45 AM CST
My Rozanne is still blooming, too. It started in late May or early June and has never been out of bloom since. Incredible plant.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 2, 2011 6:23 AM CST
Shoal Creek is good ... thanks for the link, Sheryl. I use Simply Succulents for a lot of semps, jovis, heuffs and so forth. I've gotten nice things from them.

Do you have a picture of your geranium, Karen? Do you have others? I have no idea what the name of mine is since it was sent to me in a swap and had no tag. Sad Time will tell.
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 2, 2011 6:36 AM CST
Great, Sheryl! Love those geranium varieties. Lovey dubby
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 2, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Tee, do you have a photo of your Geranium?
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 2, 2011 8:55 AM CST
Tee, the most recent photo I have of my Rozanne was October 4
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August (center of photo)
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June - it has never been out of bloom since, still flowering today.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 2, 2011 8:59 AM CST
Karen, that Rozanne is beautiful and what a long bloomer! Hurray! See, I don't care about the smell if they are spectacular bloomers like that. Well, within reason and outside.

I could take a picture of the foliage, Janice, but I don't have one of it in flower. And for the life of me I can't even remember what color it is. If anyone spots my brain going by, please return it to the owner. 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: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 2, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Hilarious!

Really and truly, this plant is amazing. I bought it as a tiny little thing from Bluestone last fall, planted it then. It overwintered well, started blooming in very late May or early June, I forget which. I swear, it has been blooming ever since. And not just a few blossoms- loads of them all the time. Even today, Nov. 2, it still has pretty many flowers. Several nights of frost haven't fazed it. Like the energizer bunny, it just keeps going and going. In summer it gets sun from late morning to early afternoon. Now it gets little direct sun, 2 or 3 hours max, but is still blooming.

I have never been so impressed by a plant. I recently bought another from Santa Rosa for another spot. Bluestone's prices have skyrocketed, I won't be buying from them any more.
The thread "Did Bluestone's prices go up A LOT???" in All Things Gardening forum

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 2, 2011 9:30 AM CST
Beautiful Rozanne, Karen! Love that it is blooming so long! Lovey dubby

Hilarious! Tee! Yes, a pic of the leaves may ID it, if you can post.

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