|[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Peanut Butter Frenzy') | Posted on September 4, 2017 ]
This is one great garden plant. First year in my garden, it exceeded all my expectations. Averaged 10 branches and 30+ buds and bloomed from 7/3 to 8/20. No need to deadhead, spent blooms curl up neatly and don't interfere with new blooms. Tall, strong scapes that held up on my 45% slope. From a hybridizer viewpoint, it aborted all bee pods I allowed to form, long before they could mature. I've collected and frozen pollen, we shall see how that works next spring. Regardless of fertility, this one is a keeper for its great plant habits.
|[ Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii var. gerardii 'Red October') | Posted on April 19, 2017 ]
This is one tough grass! Last July I briefly lost my mind and decided to dig and divide my three 2 year old plants. Hubby was gone golfing, but how hard could it be, right? They were only 2/3 ft tall and 2 ft wide. When Bob got back an hour later, I was groveling on the ground with an assortment of kitchen knives. I had finally levered the first out of the ground, and barely made a dent in that massive root system. Sod forming indeed! He made quick work of it with the reciprocating saw, but had just as much trouble getting the other two out. Got ten divisions out of the three plants and planted them on the rocky slope. They looked like road kill the rest of the year and I was sure I was going to lose some. They are ALL coming up this spring like nothing happened! This is one tough grass! .
|[ Coneflower (Echinacea 'Hot Papaya') | Posted on March 23, 2017 ]
Have had these in my garden for 4 years. Originally purchased from Santa Rosa Gardens, have divided and transplanted in the fall with complete success. Well over 32 inches, leggy and prone to breaking in our July windstorms. Also a particular favorite of the Japanese Beetles who eat the petals (sigh). I removed these last fall to make way for Daylilies, but I will miss them. Glorious, glowing blooms, tough and vigorous plant. Also a unique fragrance, exotic and spicy. If you want to try the hybrids, this is one that won't disappoint.
|[ Bee Balm (Monarda 'Purple Rooster') | Posted on March 16, 2017 ]
This is my only Beebalm with no mildew, ever. Check out the review at Mt. Cuba. Amazing plant. That is all.