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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'When in Love')

Parentage: Layer Cake x 09-11S: (07-30G: (05-37D: (02-105A3: (00-56Y: (U98-1A, unknown, x 97-44V2: (lmpulsive x 95-1-T2: (U92-7-A2, unknown, x 93-90, Snowed In sib))) x 99-6R4: (97-16Q3: (93-90B x Dance Hall Dandy) x 97-58-13: (Puccini x 95-1-Q, Exposé pod parent))) x 03-39K2, Dazzle pod parent) x Smart Money) x Yours Truly)

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By admin on Sep 6, 2018 4:40 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wet Rose')

Parentage: 012-558: (010-211: (08-1082: (Mercy Marci x 06-88, Go Berserka pod parent) x Chunky) x 010-2418: (08-1041: (Air Hog x 06-23, Foolish Act pollen parent) x 08-1384, Meet a Geek pollen parent)) x 012-977: (010-155: (Cyber Chaser x Foolish Act) x 010-529: (Beyond Bubbles x Buginarug))

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 7:46 PM, concerning plant: Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Hughes')

I remember 'Hughes' being a fairly commonly sold cultivar in the Chicago area in the 1980's & 1990's. It gets about 12 inches high and has bluish-gray-green foliage, and has a distinct radial branching habit. It does not get as much purple-bronze winter color as most other forms of the Creeping Juniper.

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 7:41 PM, concerning plant: Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Emerald Spreader')

'Emerald Spreader' is a 1967 introduction into the nursery trade from the huge, famous Monrovia Nursery in southern California. It gets about 7 inches high and bears emerald green branchlets with a feathery appearance and is soft to touch. I have seen it offered in the Chicago area some by a few nurseries, though not common there, and offered by some mail order nurseries.

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 7:32 PM, concerning plant: Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip')

'Blue Chip' is a somewhat common cultivar that was selected by Hill Nursery Company in Dundee, Illinois because of its low habit of 8 to 12 inches high, its good blue color, and a nice aspect of vertical branchlets arranged in rows. Its seed source probably is from Denmark.

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 7:22 PM, concerning plant: Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Youngstown')

Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa Compacta Youngstown' is a compact Andorra Juniper that is more resistant to possible Phomopsis Juniper Blight fungus that can damage or kill some species of groundcover junipers, as the Creeping Juniper (J. horizontalis) and its cultivars, especially the Andorra types, during years with long, cool, wet springs. This cultivar is commonly sold at many conventional nurseries. It is also a male clone, so it does not bear the juniper "berries."

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 7:09 PM, concerning plant: Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Prince of Wales')

'Prince of Wales' has been a common cultivar of the Creeping Juniper for sale at many conventional nurseries since the late 1960's. It was discovered in southern Alberta, Canada and introduced into the nursery trade in 1967 by the Morden Experiment Station. It has bright green foliage, also usually with a bluish-gray tinge, and its foliage turns purplish-bronze in winter like most other Creeping Junipers. It has both soft scale-like needles and prickly awl-like needles, so it is sort of rough to touch.

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By ILPARW on Sep 5, 2018 6:50 PM, concerning plant: Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea subsp. sericea 'Baileyi')

The Bailey Redosier Dogwood was discovered in the fields of Baily Nurseries in St Paul, Minnesota, which is a huge wholesale plant nursery that has developed many new cultivars of woody plants that have been introduced into the trade. It differed a little from the straight species of Redosier in having some pubescent (curly) hairs under the leaves, not forming stolons (stems along the ground), and being more upright and denser in habit. (The regular Redosier Dogwood used to be labelled with the scientific name of Cornus stolonifera because it forms some stolons that teach out somewhat.) This cultivar is commonly planted and offered by many conventional nurseries.

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By admin on Sep 5, 2018 1:23 PM, concerning plant: Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Bam')

Parentage: 04-SDB-07-33: (All That Magic x 99-SDB-29-05: (Replicator sibling x Replicator)) x 06-SDB-20-06: (03-SDB-11-18: (00-SDB-20-01: (Buttonwood x 97-SDB-05-33: (94-05: (91-56-10: (Wake Up x Bisbee) x Wizard's Return) x 94-04-HR: (92-04: (Auroralita x Sam) x self))) x 96-SDB-22-49: (93-03: (91-62: (Pal Sam x Auroralita) x sib) x 94-18: (91-53: (Nimble Toes x Pal Sam) x Toy Clown))) x 02-SDB-01-12: (Love Unlimited x Yearling))

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By ILPARW on Sep 4, 2018 7:03 PM, concerning plant: Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii)

This Rough-leaved Dogwood shrub was named after the 19th century botanist of Thomas Drummond, who came to the southern US and collected plant specimens. The leaves are, of course, rough to the touch. Its leaves are 2 to 4 inches long and it bears white fruit. It spreads by underground stems (rhizomes). It is very similar to the Gray Dogwood (C. racemosa) that is more common and is sometimes sold by both conventional and native nurseries. The Rough-leaved is sold by a few native plant nurseries. I've only seen this species at Morton Arboretum so far.

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By ILPARW on Sep 4, 2018 6:37 PM, concerning plant: American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Techny')

In the Chicago region, the Mission Arborvitae, 'Techny', a cultivar discovered at a monastery in Techny, IL, has been a popular compact selection for several decades. It becomes a broad pyramidal form that holds green colour through the winter and it gets about 8 to 10 feet high by 5 to 6 feet wide in most landscape estimations, though it can eventually get to 15 feet high after many years.

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By kousa on Sep 3, 2018 7:53 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Handcrafted')

Late bloomer; flowers have nice gold edge but bloom below foliage; rebloom

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By Australis on Sep 3, 2018 4:13 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Arachnid)

Cym. Death Wish and Cym. Arachnid were originally produced by Royale Orchids in Australia and to my knowledge, all plants were diploid. The Arachnid grex has been remade several times; the remakes I am aware of are:

Orchid (Cymbidium Death Wish 'Dark Invader') X Orchid (Cymbidium erythraeum var. flavum 'Paradise') (released 2015)
Orchid (Cymbidium erythraeum var. flavum 'Paradise') X Orchid (Cymbidium Death Wish 'Withering Glance') (released 2018)
Orchid (Cymbidium erythraeum var. flavum 'Paradise') X Orchid (Cymbidium Death Wish 'Dreamtime') (released 2018)

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By Australis on Sep 3, 2018 4:11 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Arachnid 'Wendy Dhu')

This is a known diploid (2N). All the Cym. Arachnid and Cym. Death Wish plants to date produced by Royale Orchids have been diploids.

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By ILPARW on Sep 3, 2018 2:46 PM, concerning plant: Freeman's Maple (Acer x freemanii Autumn Blaze)

This is the most commonly sold cultivar of the hybrid species between the Red x Silver Maples. I have worked at nurseries where it was sold in both Illinois and Pennsylvania. In the Chicago area, the good quality prairie soils usually have surface pH of 6.8 to 7.1, even higher, and so the Red Maple, commonly planted as a good shade tree, maybe about 1/4th to 1/3rd of the instances develops magnesium deficiency leading to yellowed foliage because it must have a pH not above 7. Because Silver Maple is good to about pH 7.5 or so, the hybrid tree does not develop chlorosis as easily in the area. The hybrid also grows faster than the Red Maple. (The Silver maple is not a recommended shade tree because it is softer wooded and subject to breakage and often grows too big. It does not get a really good fall colour either. I have seen a few Silver Maples get terrible yellow chlorosis of foliage in the Chicago area where the soil reaction was definitely alkaline.)

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By TreeClimber on Sep 3, 2018 6:42 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Elizabeth Peacock')

I would caution anyone in the north (I am z 5a) against purchasing this in the fall. I purchased a double fan in the fall of 2017 from a Ohio grower, and it dwindled to a fragile single fan by spring. It has survived, but barely.

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By jg0613 on Sep 3, 2018 12:26 AM, concerning plant: Salvia (Salvia coerulea 'Sapphire Blue')

I ordered one plant from Flowers by the Sea -- planted in ground in location receiving morning sun and light shade in afternoon. This is the first year I have grown this particular S Guaranitica. The plant needed a lot of supplemental watering June, July, and into August as we had moderate to severe drought and higher than normal temperatures, but since mid to late August we have had frequent rains, some accompanied by storms with strong winds. This was very late to bloom -- do not know whether this is usual for this Salvia or the result of our unusual summer. During June, July, and early August it grew fast and filled out nicely with good upright habit and got about 4 feet tall. With the rains and wind many of the stems began to sprawl sideways, so pruned the worst. Buds began about third week of August with first blooms the last week of August. But, oh my, they were worth waiting for: very deep blue with a hint of deep purple! Blooms are becoming numerous and are large. I am hoping that it survives the winter and returns next year. Definitely would grow it again whether this one returns next year or not.Hummingbirds are still around and they love it. I consider its performance adequate given the challenging weather this year, not to mention rampant spider mites! Definitely recommend this Salvia!

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By RWTreasure on Sep 2, 2018 9:42 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Rockin' Robin')

Love this rose! However, I'm finding it impossible to find it for sale (retail). My sister's name is Robyn, & this would be the perfect birthday present!
Anyone have an online purchasing link for it?

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By ILPARW on Sep 2, 2018 8:25 PM, concerning plant: Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)

The original native range when discovered by western botanists was just in east Texas, southeast Oklahoma, and southwest Arkansas. It was once much more widespread when very ancient large mammals as the Mastodon and Mammoth were roaming around and eating the fruit and dispersing the seed long distances. I once read an article that was about several trees that miss the Mammoth, including Kentucky Coffeetree & Honeylocust. Squirrels do like to eat the seeds. The fruit can be brought inside the house for a citrus fragrance. It was planted around in the 19th and 20th centuries around the borders of farms to lessen wind erosion as part of a hedge row all over the Midwest, into the Mid-Atlantic, and New England. There still are remnant rows in these other regions. Like its relative the Mulberry, only the female plants bear the large horse-apples. It is a fast growing tree of about 2.5 feet/year and lives over 200 years. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and is easy to transplant. There are some thornless male cultivars. I don't know of this unique plant being used in any landscapes nowadays, as it is a messy tree. There are some specialty and mail order nurseries that sell some, recommending the wood as excellent for fireplaces, making bows, and rot resistant fence posts and still recommending hedgerows.

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By ILPARW on Sep 2, 2018 8:03 PM, concerning plant: Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Leadplant Amorpha is sold by some native plant nurseries in the Midwest. Its native is range from most of Oklahoma up into southern Manitoba and from eastern Colorado & Montana over to northwest Indiana & southern Michigan.

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