|[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Kellogg's Breakfast') | Posted on August 11, 2017 ]|
This is the first year that I have grown Kellogg's Breakfast tomato and I am well pleased. The plant is large, healthy, and vigorous and is covered with developing beef-steak type fruit, which are large. It has a mild pleasant flavor and the center is meaty and quite solid. Well worth growing.
|[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Fantastico') | Posted on July 19, 2017 ]|
I am always swayed when I read that a plant has received an award. This was All American in 2014 so it tempted me. My plant was covered with fruit when I bought it. It has stayed small and ripened lots of fruit. Flavor is OK but it has a tough skin which puts me off. Would probably be good in a container in a small garden. I have limited space so may not plant again next year.
|[ Rose (Rosa 'Day Breaker') | Posted on June 3, 2017 ]|
Day Breaker is a vigorous healthy rose here and I haven't had any cultural problems with it. The bush covers itself with nicely formed blossoms that age well. It grows quite large. I bought my mother one of these because the hybridizer is Fryer from England and that is my mom's maiden name. I would highly recommend this rose. A favorite. It is being carried by a local nursery and has been for years. It must sell well, An award winner in England.
|[ Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Spiced Peaches') | Posted on May 13, 2017 ]|
Spiced Peaches remains one of my favorite Iris IB's. Each year when it blooms I appreciate it more. Nice straight stems, good bud count. nice ruffled form and substance, and the blooms last. Best of all is the rich peach color, which carries across the garden. I'll be moving some starts to another location this year. Great for the show bench if you catch it on the right day.....
|[ Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Spinning Wheel') | Posted on January 23, 2017 ]|
Spinning Wheel and Rose Tattoo were the first two irises that I ordered. Both were Nearpass iris and I think they were very forward looking for their time.
|[ Amaryillis (Hippeastrum 'Red Pearl') | Posted on December 18, 2016 ]|
Red Pearl is a spectacular Amaryllis. Mine is tall with large blossoms, which are a very rich, intense shade of dark red. The petals are wide, giving the bloom a very full look. One of my favorites so far this bloom season.
|[ Hosta 'Hottsy Tottsy' | Posted on August 19, 2016 ]|
Hottsy Tottsy is a nice, bright golden-yellow, medium-sized hosta. Color stays bright all summer. In my garden it is a moderate grower , Good substance. A nice contrast to other hostas growng nearby. Well worth a spot in a shady garden.
|[ Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'She') | Posted on January 5, 2016 ]|
It's interesting to me that the pod parent of 'She' is 'Eye Candy' which is a Keppel BB from 2004.....
|[ Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Ovation') | Posted on October 31, 2015 ]|
At the time of its introduction in 1969, Ovation became the standard by which the pink irises were judged. It remained the standard for several years. Nowadays, pinks are getting better all the time.
|[ Rose (Rosa 'Tahitian Sunset') | Posted on October 18, 2015 ]|
Tahitian Sunset is one of the most satisfying roses that I have in my garden. The plant grows and blooms well. The blossoms have very nice classic HT form. and are pleasant even when full blown. Color varies according to the season, but is always pleasant. This is one that I will replace if I happen to lose it.
|[ Crocosmia 'Mistral' | Posted on October 3, 2015 ]|
|[ Dahlia 'Ketchup & Mustard' | Posted on September 26, 2015 ]|
Dahlia Ketchup & Mustard is a Dahlia regularly found on the winners table at shows here in Utah. Color is bright red with yellow border and tips. Form is Formal Decorative, 8 to 10 inches, and on nice stems for show and cutting. Plants grow 5 feet tall and hold flowers up. Nice in the garden or as a cut flower.
|[ Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Laced Cotton') | Posted on September 11, 2015 ]|
Laced Cotton is often listed as pure white. While it is mostly white, if you look at the hafts you will see some purple haft marks. I have read a number of times that it is actually a plicata with little or no plicata markings.
|[ Rose (Rosa 'Marilyn Monroe') | Posted on August 24, 2015 ]|
People who show roses call their best show roses "bankers." I don't show, but if I did, this would be a regular entry. Nearly every bloom has perfect form and it produces blossoms all season. It is from a cross of Sunset Celebration, which it resembles, and St, Patrick. A favorite....
|[ Potato (Solanum tuberosum 'Yukon Gold') | Posted on July 15, 2015 ]|
If I want a baked potato I choose Russet. Most of the time for other potato dishes I choose Yukon Gold. Larger ones I peel and boil for mashed potatoes. Smaller ones I boil and mash, skin and all, and add sour cream, butter, garlic and some sliced green onions....we call this mashers. Great in potato salad. I often boil a few extra ones and put them in the refrigerator for a quick snack.......wonderful potatoes.
|[ Hosta 'Cabaret' | Posted on July 15, 2015 ]|
Cabaret looks a lot like Hanky Panky to me, so I went to the Hosta Library and wasn't surprised to find it is a sport of Hanky Panky. I would like to see them growing next to each other for a comparison. My Hanky Panky was planted among larger Hostas so I dug it up, gave it to a friend, and planted a larger Hosta in the empty space. It was OK but not a favorite to me. Cabaret wouldn't tempt me. It is down from Striptease, which has many mutations.
|[ Hosta 'Dick Ward' | Posted on September 14, 2014 ]|
When established, a mature clump of Hosta Dick Ward is a commanding presence in a shade garden. It makes a large clump. The color is nicely variegated and it changes and brighten as the season progresses. The leaves have good substance and are attractively corrugated. Deserving of a spot in a Hosta Garden.
|[ Hosta 'Winter Snow' | Posted on September 14, 2014 ]|
Hosta Winter Snow is a sport of the classic Hosta Sum and Substance. I haven't seen all of the introduced sports, but Winter Snow is the best. Color is a nice Granny Smith Apple green with a creamy white margin. Leaves are shiny with prominent veins, broad and lightly ruffled. Plant is semi-upright and growth rate is good. Highly recommended.
|[ Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia maculata) | Posted on September 12, 2014 ]|
This is a very difficult weed when it is in the lawn in my area. It is difficult to eradicate. I often see it where a lawn is edged with a string trimmer and the short grass doesn't compete well then. My neighbor mows his lawn too short, in my opinion, and he has lots of spurge. I have none.
|[ Hosta 'Trifecta' | Posted on August 22, 2014 ]|
Trifecta, a sport of popular Hosta Little Sunspot, is a nice addition to the selection of miniature Hostas. It has heart-shaped leaves, which feature three distinct colors, hence the name. The centers are white and are edged with an irregular streaky green border, and there are also golden splashes of color. It has attractive lavender flowers and so far has been a good grower. Mature size is suggested to be 6 inches high by 12 inches wide. This is a nice plant for those of us who have limited space.