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By Marilyn on Dec 10, 2016 4:18 PM, concerning plant: Sage (Salvia durifolia 'Elk Blue')

Salvia durifolia 'Elk Blue' is a new salvia by Flowers By The Sea and is one of their 2017 offerings. FBTS grows, sells and specializes in salivas and is located in Elk, CA.

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By Marilyn on Dec 10, 2016 4:05 PM, concerning plant: Sage (Salvia 'Elk Magenta')

Salvia 'Elk Magenta' is a new introduction for 2017 by Flowers By The Sea. FBTS grows, sells, and specializes in salvias and is located in Elk, CA.

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By mellielong on Dec 9, 2016 7:30 PM, concerning plant: Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica 'Premier')

According to the signage at Bok Tower Gardens, this is a dwarf variety that is good for growing in containers. So if you always wanted a Loquat, but just don't have the room, maybe this variety would work for you!

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By MarilyneConner on Dec 9, 2016 3:44 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Beverly Ann')

I would love to buy some bulbs of "Beverly Ann." Last year my mother (Beverly Ann) showed me her "Beverly Ann" lily. She was so proud of it. She passed away (suddenly) mid-May this year (2016). When I went to retrieve the flower from her garden, it was not found. I really do want to have this flower in my garden to remember my dear mother by. I hope that one of your members will oblige. I cannot find it elsewhere for possible purchase. Thank you for your consideration.

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By Bonehead on Dec 8, 2016 6:31 PM, concerning plant: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Non-native invasive, originally imported by early sailing ships. Young leaves may be eaten raw or cooked; the root as a vegetable or ground for a coffee substitute; and the flower petals for wine or beer. Very versatile plant. I use the first flush of dandelions as an "earth sign" for planting root crops (potatoes, carrots, beets, etc.). I also love the look of pastures awash with dandelions, both the yellow flowers and the white puffballs. Livestock will eat them, although they certainly don't eradicate them. I don't mind dandelions in my lawn, either. They bring some color to the green expanse, and they are not unpleasant to walk on like other lawn weeds.

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By Bonehead on Dec 8, 2016 5:58 PM, concerning plant: Table Grape (Vitis vinifera 'Interlaken')

I am fairly certain this is one of my grape varieties planted many years ago. The fruit is small, green, round, and very tender and sweet. I get a reliable harvest every year, although some years the birds or bees beat me to it. I mostly just eat this out of hand, so can't speak to how well it might hold after picking. I suspect not well, as the skin is very fragile.

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By Bonehead on Dec 8, 2016 5:53 PM, concerning plant: Grape (Vitis vinifera)

My mother gifted me 6 grape vines when we first built our home. I long ago lost the "key" to the varieties, although my guess is they are all fairly common (she likely bought them from a big box nursery). The main trunks are getting pretty hefty, and I still am rather clueless about the best method of pruning. Some years I prune back really hard; other years I barely touch them. Some years the birds eat all the fruit; other years it's the bees, and still others I get a good harvest myself. I treat the grapes as an architectural feature rather than as a crop. We have twice had to rebuild the trellis, both times from having mature evergreens blow down on it. Despite being totally laid out, the grape vines themselves have weathered through wonderfully. Very hardy and long-lived plant. An added bonus - the supple prunings are a great source for wreaths or other crafts.

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By Bonehead on Dec 8, 2016 5:37 PM, concerning plant: Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala)

Very robust vine. Be cautious where you plant it. Mine was quite slow to initially get established, then shot onward and upward with abandon. Secures itself by little suckering rootlets, which can be damaging to wood. It will also try to grow under and through nooks and crannies (think where your siding meets the roof). I have had one for well over 30 years and keep it pruned back to a deep "v" shape which vaguely resembles a tree against the barn. I also routinely prune it so the breadth of it stays about 2' from the side of the building. It is spectacular when it blooms, and is also very pretty in the fall when the leaves color up. I do not give this plant any supplemental fertilizer or watering and it does well for me. An added bonus is that birds tend to use this for nesting.

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By BetNC on Dec 8, 2016 5:16 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Mountain Merit')

I had high expectations for this plant, as it was developed locally; I was not disapointed! It THRIVED in the heat spells of our climate, continuing to set fruit...And the fruit was very juicy, with a good flavor. I regretted having to cut it down in the beginning of Sept. (personal reasons) as it seemed to be ramping up production, with many green and almost ripe fruit still on the vine. I will DEFINITELY grow this again; I'm eagerly anticipating its completing the season (allowing those many wonderful fruits still on the vine to ripen!).

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By Australis on Dec 8, 2016 6:03 AM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Alcan Old Lace')

Barbara Adams Eichendorf has kindly provided some information on this cultivar on the Yahoo Lilium Group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Lilium/conversations/mes...). With her permission, I have added her photo and her comments here:

'Alcan Old Lace' was introduced by a nursery called Alyssa's Garden which was located in Fort St. John, B.C. I don't know if that nursery still exists... I was on their mailing list for quite a few years but haven't received a catalogue from them in several years. I know that they grew mainly Asiatic lilies as well as some martagons. I'm quite sure that 'Alcan Old Lace' was one of their own hybrids, but I don't think it was ever registered. They also had another of their seedlings, a spotted white martagon called 'Alcan Dorothy White' for sale at the same time as 'Alcan Old Lace' was offered. I have no idea if they introduced any other martagons besides these two.

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By Marilyn on Dec 7, 2016 9:16 PM, concerning plant: Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens 'Elk Mauve')

Salvia splendens 'Elk Mauve' is a beautiful 2017 introduction by Flowers By The Sea. FBTS grows, sells and specializes in salvias. They are located in Elk, CA.

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By Bonehead on Dec 7, 2016 7:13 PM, concerning plant: Honeysuckle (Lonicera 'Gold Flame')

This is a very colorful honeysuckle, quite striking with its vivid contrast between hot pink and yellow. Fills in a trellis quite quickly, and takes heavy pruning in stride. I have mine on an entrance trellis into my herb garden and keep it sheared to about 1' on either side of the support. The evening/morning fragrance is sweet, but not as strong as other honeysuckles I have. Very nice vine. I have not had any health problems with it.

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By Bonehead on Dec 7, 2016 6:14 PM, concerning plant: Clematis (Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift')

I got this as a replacement for 'Apple Blossom,' which succumbed to some sort of fungal disease. Snowdrift is much hardier, but the blooms are not as striking. It does put on a good show, with lots of pure white blooms in early spring. After the main bloom, it continues blooming sporadically through fall. I have this along the edge of my deck and must be diligent to keep it pruned so it doesn't take over the entire railing and spill onto the decking itself. Nice evergreen plant for year-round interest. I have a daylily planted at its feet for shade, with the main vine in full sun.

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By BetNC on Dec 6, 2016 7:23 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Jasper')

This was an outstanding plant: my neighbors clamored for its fruit! Its fruit was just the right size to pop into one's mouth, break the taut skin and enjoy the generous juicy burst of intense tomato flavor! Although the plant outgrew its 5' stake (estimated mature height of 7'), the weight of scores of fruit clusters brought the upper-most branches down to tippy-toe reach! It had 2 flushes and continued to set fruit even during the heat (a daily 10 or so), then the twice-daily harvesting of its 2nd flush of mid-August. I will DEFINITELY grow this plant again!

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By BetNC on Dec 5, 2016 12:04 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Siletz')

This plant was a disappointment; it is not suitable for both the climate and the method it was grown. I grew it in a 5-gal bucket and it was in protective shade from midafternoon on. It was a poor producer (only 24 harvestable fruit, only 3 after 8-8), with most ripening fruit having to be discarded because of cracking and rotting. It is prone to cracking (in body of fruit, leading to rot setting in). It did not continue to set fruit in the heat. I will not grow this again.

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By Marilyn on Dec 3, 2016 4:29 PM, concerning plant: Anise-Scented Sage (Salvia coerulea 'Elk Argentina Skies')

Anise-Scented Sage (Salvia 'Elk Argentina Skies') is a new introduction from Flowers By The Sea and is superior to the 'Argentina Skies' salvia.

FBTS grows, sells and specializes in salvias. They are in Elk, CA.

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By Bonehead on Dec 2, 2016 9:05 PM, concerning plant: Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Native in the Pacific NW. Found at the edges of swamps and wetlands. Very prickly stiff needles, which purportedly have special powers for protection against evil thoughts. I find my native spruce trees look somewhat like cheerleaders - the upper branches reach to the sky before they get heavy enough to drape down. Makes it easy to pick them out when looking down at a stand of trees.

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By Bonehead on Dec 2, 2016 8:59 PM, concerning plant: Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

Slow growing, very symmetrical evergreen. Quite striking with its blue-green needles, very prickly. The inner bark and young shoots are edible. The bark and pitch may be used for medicinal purposes. Legend has it that the sharp needles give it special powers for protection against evil thoughts.

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By Bonehead on Dec 2, 2016 7:05 PM, concerning plant: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Wood')

This is a tall vase-shaped Japanese maple, with distinctive red bark. The leaves are smallish, emerging green with a red margin around the edges, and turning pale yellow in the fall. Mine is growing in full shade under mature fir trees, with elderberries and snowberries at its feet.

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By lauriebasler on Dec 2, 2016 6:07 AM, concerning plant: Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

I have several Pony Tails, and after separating 3 in a pot, I found that one seemingly healthy plant got the droopy leaves some of these plants have. I prefer the ones that curl out roundly; they look healthier.. After being diligent at giving it the same conditions as the ones that were not drooping, for many months, with no change, I decided to cut my losses on it, and experiment. I took a rubber band, and pulled the leaves up like a pony tail, securing it loosely, and it did look strange. Then I let the plant get much drier than the others, for a month or so. To my surprise, it worked. The plants leaves are as bouncy and graceful as the others now. I am careful to let it get quite dry between waterings. Hope it works for others.

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