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By zuzu on Dec 9, 2019 1:45 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Postillion')

Whenever I climb on my soapbox to declare that grafted roses are superior to own-root roses, I have to add the disclaimer that my own-root Postillion is one of the largest and healthiest roses in my garden. Its thick and sturdy canes easily hold the clusters of large blooms erect. It has no wispy canes or nodding blooms. The bright orange buds open to reveal golden-yellow blooms with copper tinges.

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By zuzu on Dec 9, 2019 1:27 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Folksinger')

I have three of these rose bushes in my garden, but not by choice. Three different mail-order nurseries sent me 'Folksinger' when I ordered other Buck roses. I can only assume there's a surplus of these roses in commerce. It wouldn't be surprising because this is a large and vigorous shrub that grows well on its own roots, so most cuttings of it would probably thrive, whereas the cuttings of other Buck roses might be less viable.

All three are among the tallest of the Buck roses in my garden and they have an attractive habit, but their blooms are of a ho-hum color and a ho-hum shape, so they're strictly background plants. They also have virtually no disease resistance. In particular, they're plagued with black spot, just as all of the Buck roses in my garden are.

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By zuzu on Dec 9, 2019 12:52 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Anna Zinkeisen')

When Vintage Gardens had a retail outlet in my town, there was a 50-cent table of overstock band roses. Some of my roses came from that table, and Anna Zinkeisen is the best 50-cent rose in my garden. The color of its blooms is the palest of yellows, a calming shade that provides a nice contrast to roses of more vivid colors. It's officially described as a rose that repeats only occasionally, but in my garden it's in bloom for much of the year. The shiny foliage is a dark shade of green, setting off the light yellow blooms superbly.

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By Baja_Costero on Dec 8, 2019 4:00 PM, concerning plant: Aloe (Aloe castellorum)

Upright, green, usually solitary Arabian aloe with yellow flowers. Leaves stay green even during drought. Juvenile leaves (only) are spotted. Flowers are glossy yellow with greenish stripes, appearing in late summer and early fall. Inflorescences have 1-5 branches (usually 2).

Described in 2000. Found at 4000-8000 feet in southwestern Saudi Arabia and northwestern Yemen. This area receives about 5-9 inches of annual rainfall. Plants are concentrated on west-facing slopes with regular fog. Found associated with A. rubroviolacea, but hybrids do not occur because the plants flower at different times. This species now includes the former A. hijazensis.

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By jathton on Dec 8, 2019 9:20 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'The Poet's Wife')

'The Poet's Wife' is another in a long line of awesome Roses introduced by David Austin. I say that because, when first introduced to his 'English Roses', I discounted them a bit... thinking English Roses could not possibly do well on the Southern Great Plains. Boy, was I wrong!
Since then every one of the David Austin Roses I have tried has performed admirably in central Oklahoma.
'The Poet's Wife' achieved an extra degree of prominence, however, when my friend Billie asked for a Rose for her decidedly shaded small garden. David Austin touted this Rose as shade tolerant... and our local nursery carried it... but I still had doubts.
Until, of course, we planted it and it threw blooms all summer long in a site I thought only a Hosta would thrive in. It is in its third year in the ground now and it still produces an admirable quantity of its exquisite blooms.
I highly recommend it as a shade tolerant Rose.

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By zuzu on Dec 8, 2019 1:12 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Federico Casas')

Federico Casas, one of Pedro Dot's hybrid teas from the early 1930s, is a Pernetiana rose, so the shape of its blooms is highly variable, ranging from high centered to flat, and always with a more casual arrangement of the petals than the exhibition-quality blooms of most hybrid teas. The bloom color is also highly variable, but always exhibits a combination of orange, yellow, and pink. In my garden it is also more floriferous than my other Pernetiana roses and blooms almost continuously rather than in separate flushes.

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By zuzu on Dec 8, 2019 12:56 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Three Weddings')

Three Weddings produces clusters of cupped blooms, cream-colored with pink edges. It is narrow for a climbing rose, so I grow it on a pillar. The canes stay pliable for a long time and can be wrapped around a pillar with ease. It is an exceptionally healthy grower. A storm once sent a heavy mimosa branch crashing down on the rose, crushing the pillar and breaking all of the rose canes. After I cut all the canes down to about 12 inches, the rose quickly grew back to its previous 12- foot height.

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By zuzu on Dec 8, 2019 12:33 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Terracotta')

Terracotta produces beautiful high-centered blooms with reflexed petals. It probably should be classed as a grandiflora because the blooms are carried in clusters. The bloom color is a russet blend of dark brick-red and a slightly lighter shade of brownish-red, fading to a russet tan. Although it's a sport of Leonidas, a famously finicky florists rose, Terracotta is a tall and vigorous rose bush that fights off disease quite successfully.

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By kes2 on Dec 7, 2019 12:19 PM, concerning plant: Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

I tried to grow this lovely plant but found when dealing with it that it caused a rash on any skin that touched it. If you want one, try testing a specimen to see if you react and prepare to wear effective protection if you do.

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By skopjecollection on Dec 7, 2019 10:51 AM, concerning plant: Euphorbia (Euphorbia enopla)

A shrubby, heavily branching stem succulent, with evenly arranged brown spines (that also can have a yellow or red tint), on usually 6 ribs.
It is among the more common, cactoid euphorbias, and one with the easiest care requirements. The plant prefers mineral soil, full sun to partial shade, and decreased (but not stopped) winter watering.

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