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By farmerdill on Dec 5, 2022 3:57 PM, concerning plant: Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Trident')

Produced relatively small fruit, but lots of them. Mildly warm on the heat scale.

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By dnrevel on Dec 4, 2022 11:01 AM, concerning plant: Prairie Gentian (Eustoma exaltatum subsp. russellianum 'Echo Pink Picotee')

Glad to post that I had good success growing this lovely Lisianthus using a combo Winter Sowing and greenhouse technique in 2022 in 6a, SE Michigan. I had lovely blooms August - November. Check out my Winter Sowing blog post here via my profile if you want to give it a try. Details: WS in Dec-January. Put into the greenhouse on heat mats in March. Place outside in May to grow into full size plants.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 10:33 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Julia Child')

I love this flower. The yellow color is bright and the plant is constantly in bloom. Heat sensitive 90+. Full sun. Water daily. We were experiencing pretty severe drought in 2022 with heat. I am in zone 4b. Attempting to overwinter with 8" of dirt and 12" of mulched leaves to cover. I see it is listed in various sites as zone 5/6. I generally have success with zone 5 roses so we will see what happens.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 9:50 PM, concerning plant: Peony (Paeonia 'Laura Magnuson')

Purchased from Swenson Gardens in Watertown, MN fall of 2021. Planted in part sun under white pines. Soil was rich pine compost that is very well drained. Came up strong and produced 1 big flower. Swenson roots are very healthy. Hoping it keeps going strong. Swenson posted that it could be finicky (drainage?) but no problems as of yet. Bloom lasted for about 10 days. Even in the terrible early 90+ degree heat of 2022. Impressed so far. Color is vibrant.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 8:17 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Oscar Peterson')

Oscar Peterson blooms freely June until freeze. Bumble bees like this one - and Japanese beetles love the blooms. There are enough blooms for everyone to enjoy though. Disease is not a problem. Very reliable and steady, no fuss rose. Heat doesn't seem to stop it. Cute, white damsel blooms flower best on new year's growth. Don't be afraid to prune it back. Minnesota zone 4b no protection needed.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 8:07 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'My Girl')

One of my most carefree and hardy roses. Clusters of red roses that are nearly in constant repeat. Long lasting. Not fragrant. Japanese beetles rarely bother. Heat tolerant. Fairly vigorous. Not fussy. No disease or infestations in 2 years. 4 hours of sun. Minnesota zone 4b.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 7:57 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Munstead Wood')

One of my top 5. Gorgeous maroon/purple velvet flowers. Wonderful, strong, fruity fragrance. Japanese beetles really go for this plant (mainly blooms but some leaves). I pick them off several times a day. Surprisingly vigorous for zone 4b. David Austin has it at zone 5. Planted in about 5 hours of sun. Nearly constant repeat. Not a good cut flower for me. Wilts by the end of the day. Dried roses very fragrant though. Does well here in Minnesota. I cover it with 2 shovels of dirt and a foot of mulched leaves for the winter.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 7:50 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Princess Alexandra of Kent')

One of my top 5. Many pretty pink blooms of great form in June through freeze. I'm in Minnesota so not much blooms before the end of May. Second year from D.A. bareroot is vigorous in 5 hours sun. Takes about 2 weeks to form new blooms if cut, or eaten by deer. Lasts 2-3 days when cut. Moderate fragrance. Wilts in the 90+ heat. No disease or infestations in last 2 years. Japanese beetles mildly attracted to this one. Thrives well in zone 4b.

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By MNdigger on Dec 3, 2022 7:00 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Legends')

Huge, beautiful, absolute red blooms that are long lasting (1week or more). Did not see any disease or bugs. Japanese beetles were not very interested. Great cut flower. Fragrant. Moderately thirsty. Takes the heat better than most. One of my top 5. Zone 6 but I am trying to winter over in zone 4b after burying deeply and mulching with a foot of chopped leaves.

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By TheMainer on Dec 3, 2022 3:12 PM, concerning plant: Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Rosea')

The flower of the Bleeding Heart gives it the nickname of Lady in a Bath because if you pick a flower and hold the white center pointing up, then gently pull the two narrow pink pieces away from the white center, the lower pink lobes form a pink "bathtub" and reveals the form of the head, arms and body of the "lady".

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