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By brerabbit on Aug 19, 2018 8:31 AM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Sungold')

I have planted Rutgers tomatoes and the vines are growing vigorously to a height of 5-6 feet but I am getting very little produce. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?

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By Paul2032 on Aug 17, 2018 11:04 AM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'SunSugar F1')

A comment in praise of SunSugar is probably redundant, but it is such a great tomato I will comment. My whole family loves it, as does everyone I share some with. Very productive.......enough fruit to graze on in the garden and pick for future eating. As long as I raise tomatoes, there will be room in the garden for SunSugar.

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By Paul2032 on Aug 17, 2018 10:45 AM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Dr. Wyche's Yellow')

I found a plant of Dr. Wyche's at a local favorite nursery this spring and as I love to experiment I couldn't resist trying a plant as it was completely new to me. It was a good choice. The medium sized plants produced a moderate number of well formed fruit. Golden Yellow in color and makes nice slices. Fruity flavor, sweet but with a little sharpness. Makes a great sandwich. A definite keeper if I can find it again. I can recommend it.

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By Marilyn on Aug 17, 2018 12:18 AM, concerning plant: Salvia (Salvia scabra 'Good Hope')

Jelitto Perennial Seeds introduced Salvia scabra 'Good Hope' in 2013.

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By ILPARW on Aug 16, 2018 8:49 PM, concerning plant: Bushy St. Johnswort (Hypericum densiflorum)

The Dense St. Johnswort has a native range from far southeast Texas to northwest Florida up to southeast Oklahoma & Arkansas to far southern Illinois to southern Pennsylvania & New Jersey in wet to wet mesic bogs, wet meadows, stream banks, roadside ditches, and borders of ponds and lakes. The leaves are about 1 to 2 inches long. The flowers are small of about 1/2 inch across and these flowers have little stamens in the middle and more dominant sepals (petals) around them. The dry brown capsules are 3-parted. I've never seen this species.

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By ILPARW on Aug 16, 2018 8:24 PM, concerning plant: Kalm's St. John's Wort (Hypericum kalmianum)

The Kalm St. Johnswort is native to central Wisconsin to all around Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie in bogs, dunes, and on cliffs in dry to draining wet soils in muds to rocky--sandy soils that are moderately acid to quite alkaline. The bluish-green leaves are whitish bloomy beneath and about 1 to 2 inches long. Flowers about 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter; slightly fragrant. The dry brown capsules are 4 to 6 celled. The root system is shallow and fibrous and it is easy to transplant. It is sold by native plant nurseries and some larger, diverse conventional nurseries. It is not a common plant in landscapes, just very occasionally used here and there, mostly by landscape architects and garden enthusiasts.

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By ILPARW on Aug 16, 2018 7:59 PM, concerning plant: Shrubby St. Johnswort (Hypericum prolificum)

The Shrubby St. Johnswort's native range goes from southern New England down to northern Georgia into areas of Louisiana to east Oklahoma to central Iowa to northeast Illinois through southern Michigan and the southeast tip of Ontario to central New York from swampy places to banks of watercourses to open upland woods and fields to upland shallow, rocky soils to cliffs in silt-clay loam soils to sandy or gravelly soils. The leaves are sort of shiny above, dark green, and to 3 inches long, with a poor yellow-green fall color. The dry, brown fruit is 3-celled capsules in fall and winter that rattle some when disturbed. The old stems get a heavy paper exfoliation revealing smooth glossy inner bark. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and is easy to transplant. I don't see this species very much in landscaping. In fact, I only see this Hypericum genus occasionally used in landscapes and gardens. It is known and used by landscape architects and some garden enthusiasts, but very little by the general public. Native plant nurseries sell it, but conventional nurseries really use more flashy selections of St. Johnsworts as the 'Sunburst' Golden St. Johnswort. I don't recommend lots of this Hypericum genus, but the use of some is good.

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 16, 2018 7:12 PM, concerning plant: Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy'

Attractive clumping spotted aloe hybrid which undergoes dramatic color changes in response to sun, drought or cold stress. In the shade this plant is green, and in the sun it's a dull reddish brown. Fresh cuttings turn reddish brown, then turn green again when they have rooted. Leaves have a few spots on top and lots of spots underneath.

This plant may flower at almost any time year round, often in the summer. So it is an excellent complement to the more common winter-flowering aloes in a succulent garden, if your goal is to attract hummingbirds year round. It stays low and clumps but not out of hand.

An excellent companion for a plant that the South African grower Cynthia Giddy hybridized: "Rooikappie", which shares a few things in common: it stays low, turns reddish brown colors in the sun, and may flower year round.

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By Australis on Aug 16, 2018 4:34 PM, concerning plant: Bromeliad (Neoregelia ampullacea 'Tigrina')

This cultivar is not to be confused with the species Bromeliad (Neoregelia tigrina) (I am surprised this cultivar name was allowed, unless it is unregistered).

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By carlysuko on Aug 15, 2018 3:16 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Angel Face')

This rose has the most beautiful blooms. They start out in the high centered classic hybrid tea shape. The colors range from mauve to lavender. When the blooms unfurl the petals take on a lovely frilly edging to them. The blooms also take on a wonderful scent. These are the reasons I keep this rose in my garden. I have to say that the vigor of this rose is terrible, at least in my garden. It literally doesn't grow! I don't think it's even two feet.

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By Peanut058 on Aug 15, 2018 11:12 AM, concerning plant: Clematis 'Adrian James'

I have been looking for a source for Adrian James for a few years. Anyone know where to purchase this clematis?

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By oakslesly on Aug 14, 2018 6:05 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Just Joey')

One of my favorite roses, and I nearly lost it due to extreme summer heat. I deep watered it several times and put up an umbrella to provide some mid-afternoon shade. It is slowly coming back, but certainly dislikes full, hot sun.

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By oakslesly on Aug 14, 2018 6:03 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Scentimental')

This rose became a giant the second year after planting. It was five feet tall and four to five feet wide.
It was pruned back to a more manageable size, and it never really recovered. The extensive heat of summer didn't help either.
Hopefully it will thrive once (if) cooler weather ever arrives in Southern California.

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By oakslesly on Aug 14, 2018 5:57 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'The Ancient Mariner')

I purchased two of The Ancient Mariner roses this year. The smaller one, grown on its own roots, is holding its own in spite of a very hot Southern California summer. It is happier now that an umbrella provides some shade during mid-day.

The two-gallon-sized The Ancient Mariner died. It was planted next to several other David Austin roses that are doing well. It was planted in organic potting mix (as are all my roses) due to our clay soil. It received water in the early morning, but no shade was available, so hot sun baked it daily. Very sad to say it just couldn't take the heat of our summers. Just an FYI.

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By oakslesly on Aug 14, 2018 5:52 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Munstead Wood')

This rose has grown in mostly shade for several years in Ventura County, Southern California. The color has been a deep purple-red, with good fragrance. Our summers continue to be blisteringly hot, and Munstead Wood appears to appreciate the mostly shade location.

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By oakslesly on Aug 14, 2018 5:42 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild')

This rose spreads out like an octopus. I had to corral it in a circular cage to keep it upright. The spread of it is over four feet unless it is restricted. It's very vigorous, and very prickly.

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By kousa on Aug 14, 2018 8:25 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Willow Dean Smith')

This daylily, when crossed with Old Time Italian, produces very good looking offspring. I got some seeds on the LA with this cross, WILLOW DEAN SMITH x OLD TIME ITALIAN. The seeds gave me a couple of seedlings that have the nice look of Willow Dean Smith.

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By Frillylily on Aug 12, 2018 10:26 PM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Moon River'

small hosta with lavender flowers

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By Frillylily on Aug 12, 2018 10:17 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Vanilla Fluff')

This bloomed a lot for me this year in spite of drought conditions and very high temps for weeks on end. I did supplement water. It has a strong fragrance, every bloom is perfect, and double, and it is not diamond dusted.

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By Frillylily on Aug 12, 2018 10:01 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Rare Beauty')

Puts up new scapes in early August.

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