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Climbing Hydrangeas (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris)
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Note best time to prune after flowering in June. See Month by Month gardening in Michigan. Grows to a massive vine size. Will climb supporting structures reaching 30 to 80 feet (9-24 m.) tall - and can be pruned to shorter heights.

Climbing Hydrangeas Climbing hydrangeas (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris)


May 14, 2022: Miscellaneous Event (Pleased to see flower buds on the seven creeping hydrangeas after two years with no flowers. Excited to see them bloom in late spring this year!)

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Cottage Garden Wildflower Mix
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DT Cottage Garden Wildflower Mix. I have many lovely seeds that emerged from this mix. I even Winter Sowed some of them in a large gallon baggie successfully.

I have more seeds I will be growing this way, in jugs or even baggies, in 2023, winter sown.
March 22, 2021: Seeds sown (Sown in boxes, placed in new cold frame.)
March 31, 2021: Seeds germinated
June 15, 2021: Bloomed (This inexpensive mix turned out to have a delightful selection of California poppies, regular poppies and more. I planted them in my cutting garden and will collect seed for 2022 for Winter Sowing.)
February 2, 2022: Seeds sown (Winter Sown "Shade mix" version in jug. )

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Dahlia 'Golden Heart'
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Dahlias
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Tender Perennial (Michigan)
I'm 95% sure this formerly misidentified dahlia is Golden Heart, from Old House Gardens. 1955 origins, New Hampshire. It's also known as Aka 'Mary Poppins', semi-cactus, 6-7", 4-5'

I grew it for the first time this year. It bloomed in mid-July (given an early start, it's a blooming machine!) It is still blooming profusely in mid-October and looks like fire in the October setting sun.

More info about it:

TYPE semi-cactus
SUB TYPE cactus, semi-cactus, 4-5"
ZONES 3a-7b. (10bWC)
HEIGHT 4-5'
SOURCE Oregon, America
LIGHT full sun
October 21, 2023: Bloomed (Received this tuber in trade from either Marcella or Laura. 90% sure this is a vintage variety, Golden Heart dahlia, 1955 from Old House Gardens as Joanie is growing this variety too. It is robust, a tall, big, vigorous plant that pumps out the blooms late summer to late October. The photo was taken October 21st. I'll look up another photo taken earlier in the season. Definitely a keeper. Will grow again!)
November 18, 2023: Maintenance performed (Dug out the dahlia clump from the backyard birdbath area. It's a robust tuber, and am preparing for winter storage.)

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Midwest Wildflower Mix
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Midwest Wildflower mix 2020 (Ref: brown envelope ) Mix contains 20+ different species, including 10+ annuals for first-year color. Year two perennials will flower next year. Adapted to the shorter summers and cold winters of the Midwest.

Have started some wildflowers in the Project Grow perennial garden in 2021. Will see which return in 2022.
March 14, 2022: Seeds sown (WS in jug. )
March 17, 2022: Seeds sown (Direct sown in two spots at new Johnson gardens.)
April 11, 2022: Seeds germinated (Germinated well. By May, the jug is full of germinated new seedlings.)
May 7, 2022: Transplanted (Pricked some out of WS jug and planted in root trainer tray to allow some plants to grow unimpeded in their own soil space. )
  Wildflower Seed Mix
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DT Perennial mix sowed in seed trays March 22, 2021: Seeds sown (Seeds sown, DT seeds, put in new cold frame.)


Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
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Transplanted young trees in 2014 from friends (Marty's Goldenwood home). Now maturing as young trees in our backyard.

Yarrow 'Summer Berries' in November

Yarrow (Achillea 'Summer Berries')
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A strong perennial, mulitcolored coral, white and pink blooms throughout the summer months. Note that first blooms were all white in 2020. After cutting the flowers back (Chelsea Chop), new blooms emerged that were multicolored in August through November 1st (!) February 21, 2023: Seeds sown (Sown in CSS Project Grow garden, east inside border by Hollyhock. Fresh, pelleted seed from Swallowtail Garden Seeds.)

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Yarrow (Achillea Tutti Frutti™ Pink Grapefruit)
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Deep Pink Yarrow - Deep pink flowers rise above a mat of dark green leaves. Does well as a cut flower with a long vase life, and also holds up when dried. A reliable perennial throughout the summer months especially when cutting the flower back (Chelsea Chop) so that new blooms emerge in August through October. July 1, 2019: Obtained plant (Obtained plant from local store, Ann Arbor)

blooming with Royal Sunset lily

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels')
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Bought seeds in 2020 or so. Good plant. Doing well in backyard. Ordered more seed in 2023-2024. February 21, 2023: Seeds sown (Sown in CSS Project Grow garden, east inside border, pelleted seed, by Hollyhocks. Ferry Morse seed. )

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Yarrow (Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl')
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NOTE this is sown in several different ways for 2023.

Plants are reliable and vigorous in second year of production with good 24–36" height. They bloom mid to late summer. To produce rebloom, cut back within 2-3 inches of ground, after first flowers. Perennial in Zones 3–9.

Endures heat and low-water once established. Light is required for germination.
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers late spring to early fall
Medicinal Herb, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium), P (Phosphorus), Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies, Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Salt to lerant, Drought tolerant
February 25, 2023: Seeds sown (Winter sown in Dixie Cup. NOTE: Needs LIGHT to germinate. Seed from Swallowtail Garden Seeds, Fall 2022. Also known as Marshmallow Yarrow. )
March 18, 2023: Seeds germinated (Germinating in greenhouse using humidity dome, dixie cup method.)
March 27, 2023: Seeds germinated (Germinated in Dixie Cups in small tote and in larger totes. NOTE this is sown in several different ways for 2023.)
April 9, 2023: Potted up (Pricked out from Dixie Cups in tray, moved to next larger size in greenhouse, April 9 & 10.)
May 1, 2023: Transplanted (Set out in several garden spaces in the front yard, after hardening off for a few days outdoors.)

Close up of Crinkle Leaf Plant

Crinkle Leaf Plant (Adromischus cristatus)
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Tender Perennial (Michigan)
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Grew well in 2023 as a new plant. Is overwintering well and making babies. Looking forward to potting up more this spring in 2024. February 3, 2023: Obtained plant (To replace the one the squirrels attacked & destroyed.)
July 17, 2023: Maintenance performed (Moved to the greenhouse from the garden window. Doing well. Flourishing. Did well in the garden window indoors during the winter.)

Aeonium Kiwi Succulent

Aeonium (Aeonium haworthii 'Dream Color')
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Is growing well. Needs adjustment for protection from too much rain or too much sun.

"That exquisite coloring that is unique to the Kiwi Aeonium is largely dependent on getting sufficient sun. However, these guys are prone to burning more than other succulents might be. Where a Kalanchoe might thrive in direct sunlight all day, the Kiwi only wants direct sunlight for a couple of hours.

Use a grow light if you have trouble getting enough light indoors."
June 4, 2021: Obtained plant (Obtained at a local nursery)
September 16, 2021 - September 21, 2021: Cuttings took (Plant grew well with sunlight for part of the day. Will move to give less direct light in 2022. 2-3 hours of direct sun, and then indirect might be better.)
July 31, 2023: Maintenance performed (Moved to the greenhouse from the garden window. Doing well. I have a number of cuttings growing well after keeping this plant out of bright sun. Did well in the garden window indoors during the winter.)

Courtesy Fleuroselect, used with permission

Anise Hyssop (Agastache 'Astello Indigo')
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New in 2022
Prairie plant. Leaves: Fragrant Plant Height: 20 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 14 inches Flowers: Showy & Fragrant
Flower Color: Blue, Light blue with deep purple bracts, Deep indigo-blue, Blue-violet
March 18, 2021: Seeds sown (Winter Sowed, Swallowtail Garden seed)
April 15, 2021: Seeds germinated (Good germination & growth in May to June. Winter Sown.)
May 29, 2021: Transplanted (Planted in front yard dahlia garden. NOTE, May need a "Chelsea Chop" to prevent legginess.)

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Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
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Received seed in 2022-2023 seed swap. Packet lists "Blue Delight" - will winter sow. Grew ok but plant was not sturdy. Ended.

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Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum 'Licorice Alabaster')
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Winter Sowed this lovely plant and found it was a robust and gorgeous addition to my new dahlia & perennial garden beds. Highly recommended. The bees love it! Definitely keep growing this robust white variety. December 17, 2021: Harvested (Harvested seed for 2022 sowing. Lovely scented, robust plant.)
March 30, 2022: Plant emerged (Five or six robust plants are re-growing in March, April)
March 22, 2023: Plant emerged (Seven to ten plants growing in front and backyard. Split one backyard plant into three sections and planted two at Johnson Project Grow.)
May 22, 2023: Plant emerged (This plant is growing in many places in the garden. Self seeding, but not too aggressive. Am transplanting to another garden plot offsite, Johnson Project Grow.)
July 1, 2023: Bloomed

In front yard gardens, purple hyssop

Purple Hyssop (Agastache pallidiflora)
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January 31, 2023: Seeds sown (Winter sown in a tote. Seed from Michigan Gardener.
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March 28, 2023: Seeds germinated
May 2, 2023: Transplanted (Planted out in front yard garden by the Star Magnolia.)

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Anise Hyssop (Agastache rugosa 'Korean Zest')
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Received the seed in a 2023 Seed Swap. Will winter sow.

Ageratina, Chocolate - Snakeroot Collage

White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate')
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New in 2022

Received this plant from Joyce in June. Attractive leaves. It prefers to have water, especially when transplanting, but handled it well and did well in the heat in Michigan summer. Pretty flowers in September when not much else is blooming. So far does not seem aggressive.

Is toxic to humans if ingested, especially if cows ingest it and then humans drink the milk or eat the meat. (Story of Lincoln's mother.)
September 26, 2022: Bloomed (Lovely white blooms)
October 1, 2022: Transplanted (Received plant from a friend (Joyce). Transplanted and needed plenty of water to help it settle in. Once it was watered well, it handled the heat just fine. So far is growing well in the border. Does not seem aggressive. Attractive flowers when not much else is blooming.)

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Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow')
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May 14, 2018: Obtained plant (Bought from a local nursery. Spreads, but not too aggresive. Beautiful color.)

Light Pink Hollyhocks at CSS garden,  Fordhook Giant Mix,

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Fordhook Giant Mix')
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Will start to replace these plants with natives: There are significant downsides to hollyhocks: beside some disease issues, it is a biennial or a short-lived perennial. Most of all, Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. According to the U.S Forest Service, Invasive species have contributed to the decline of 42% of U.S. endangered and threatened species, and for 18% of U.S. endangered or threatened species. Invasive species compete directly with native species. There are significant downsides to hollyhocks: beside some disease issues, it is a biennial or a short-lived perennial. April 28, 2020: Seeds germinated (First Winter Sowing of Hollyhocks)
May 7, 2021: Bloomed (First blooms, biennial, CSS coordinator garden, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
August 9, 2022: Bloomed (Second year of blooms, as a biennial, CSS coordinator garden, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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