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By trustmissy on Aug 14, 2022 8:50 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Watermelon Summer')

There appears to be quite a variation in both color and shape of this daylily.

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By bennysplace on Aug 14, 2022 2:47 PM, concerning plant: Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)

This is rapidly becoming my most favorite plant in the garden. Attributes that I love:

Long blooming
No supplemental water needed after second season (it will share its resentment of being watered too much by flopping over)
Hummingbirds flock to this plant favoring it over feeders
Will take the brunt of the hot summer sun

I wanted to share how I grow these. I created several penstemon beds where the medium is a gravely red breeze. That's it. No soil mixes, no nutrients, nothing. I kept them well watered the first two seasons and now they thrive without any help from me. The more you ignore them, the more they like it seems.

I tend to leave the seed heads in place. If you do that, you will be rewarded by many more plants. Oh! And, I have found that they truly are not picky about where they grow. I have a large specimen that started as a volunteer growing in a mass of river pebbles. The only water it has ever received is what falls out of the sky.

I truly feel that penstemons belong in all gardens.

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By Weedwhacker on Aug 13, 2022 9:45 AM, concerning plant: Cucumber (Cucumis sativus 'Saladmore Bush Hybrid')

Nice slicing-type cucumber for growing in a container or small space, surprisingly productive for the size of the plants. This is the first time I've grown this variety and all the ones I've harvested so far have been nice and sweet, no bitterness. (Growing in a large self-watering container on the deck.)

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By Bandita74 on Aug 13, 2022 6:43 AM, concerning plant: Morning Glory (Ipomoea obscura 'Keniaki')

This particular morning glory attracts a lot of wasps not only to the blooms for pollination but in general. The one I have is covered in all different types of wasps. They bury themselves inside the plant.

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By adknative on Aug 12, 2022 10:58 AM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Centennial')

When I bought this tomato for the gardens (one of only two this year not grown by me personally from seeds), the tag stated: "A Bonnie exclusive to mark the company's 100th anniversary." It's a determinate tomato and can be grown in a container.

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By adknative on Aug 12, 2022 8:14 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Polywog in a Bog')

'Polywog in a Bog' is cold-hardy to zone 3, I have been growing it now for several seasons. However (as one of my photos, above) will show - it does show water-spotting from the rain. Despite that, it does reliably produce poly blooms and it's fun to grow it in the gardens.

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By ShakespearesGarden on Aug 11, 2022 8:54 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Salusa')

Purchased and planted in 2021. Two fans up in 2022, one scape each, low bud count. Either rapid and complete summer dormancy or it is just dying. No green foliage remains, though the two scapes each have a pod and continue to mature.

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By arctangent on Aug 11, 2022 8:49 AM, concerning plant: Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Charon')

The breeder, Nate Bremer, has provided a rather complete parentage for this cultivar on its page in the APS registry. Named cultivars that contributed to recently preceding generations include Chinese Dragon and Zephyrus. Bremer also notes that he named it after the figure in Greek mythology, Charon, who was the ferryman for newly deceased souls, carrying them across the River Styx to Hades. Perhaps the name choice is a nod to one of the peony's parents, Zephyrus, god of the west wind in Greek mythology.

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By ILPARW on Aug 11, 2022 8:40 AM, concerning plant: Columnar Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata')

This 'Fastigiata' is the most common cultivar of the European Hornbeam. In fact, this columnar, upright form is used in the Midwest and Eastern USA much more than the mother species, which is wide spreading. I find this tree to be used occasionally by municipalities as street and park trees. I don't find the typical homeowner really using it. The European species of Hornbeam has darker, thicker leaves and darker gray smooth bark than the American species and is more tolerant of hot, dry conditions. Some specimens of this tree are offered by many larger conventional nurseries.

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 9, 2022 9:16 PM, concerning plant: Haworthia 'Yucatan'

Windowed Haworthia hybrid from Suculentas Dzityá in Merida, Yucatán. Named after the state where it was derived. The parentage is given as H. pygmea x H. cooperi vitata (in the database this is cooperi v. cooperi). Leaves are wide and rounded, with triangular windowed tips bearing irregular longitudinal lines and many fine bumps.

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