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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 12, 2020 12:31 PM CST
I have yet to be successful with hollyhocks. I keep trying. I have seen beautiful stands of them in my area.

On the other hand dwarf phlox and day lilies are blooming very well. Some really nice colors in both. I am not very good at color coordination. I like the cottage garden look. When I asked an older nursery person what she thought about colors not going well with others, she stated "there is nothing wrong with a riot of colors." I like her!

It is interesting to me that the same garden viewed both in panorama and walk through can be so different and both be beautiful at the same time.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 12, 2020 2:25 PM CST
I agree with your nursery person Gary Thumbs up
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Jul 14, 2020 9:06 PM CST
Me too; I like "the riot of colour", which suggests lots of different perennials blooming at the same time.

Still, I do think there is some colour coordination on the part of the plants themselves. With the range of garden perennials here, the plants tend to colour coordinate themselves; for instance, certain colours tend to dominate different parts of the growing season (viz. "cool' colours in spring and "hot colours" in summer). In addition, if you have a wide range of cultivars of one particular plant (in my case, garden (tall) phlox), the full range of colours seem to go together.

Many of the daylilies have started blooming. Bought six daylilies of the Rainbow Rhythm series, on sale, last fall. 'Primal Scream' is the first of them to bloom. It has the largest flowers of all of the daylilies we have.
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'Hello Yellow', a butterfly weed.
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The first Culver's roots are starting to flower. I'm taking it that that's the wild type in front. The 'Fascination' behind has the fasciation (at the tips of the flower spikes).
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 15, 2020 3:38 PM CST
Pretty blooms Charlie and I still have Culver's root on my list.

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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jul 16, 2020 5:49 AM CST
I finally got Primal Scream this spring from Mary Burgent at morningstardaylilies.com a wonderful lady to do business with. DW does not like the riot of color or colours in your case Charlie nodding Like Gary the daylilies are doing their stuff around here.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 16, 2020 7:52 AM CST
An array of Japanese irises always seems to self-coordinate as well.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 16, 2020 8:26 AM CST
Beautiful blooms Pirl and I love the colors Thumbs up
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 16, 2020 8:38 AM CST
I have some oranges that make Primal Scream look like whispers! I was in an orange phase for a while. I have some real beauties. They work with others because some of them really lean toward red while others have more yellowish undertones.
I wish I could grow Japanese irises!
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Jul 16, 2020 9:45 PM CST
Those are lovely, Arlene. As per Gary, wish they did well here.

Mike, cute comment. I like your spelling too!
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jul 16, 2020 9:49 PM CST
Love the Irises also. Charlie my first twenty two years was under the "colour" scheme in the West Indies nodding
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Jul 22, 2020 3:04 PM CST
Am a big fan of bright colours too, Mike.

More of those Rhythm series daylilies planted early November, last fall.
Ruby Spider
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Storm Shelter
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Like the Real series of Shasta daisies. They're not as vigorous as oldies (like Becky), but personally, I think the flowers are more interesting. Have sometimes seen the plant labels, apparently, with the wrong picture on them.
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My favourite monarda (Gardenview Scarlet). Believe it is more powdery mildew resistant than some of the other older cultivars. In around 15 years, I've never seen the mildew on it. However, as with the garden phlox, I agree with David (MH) that powdery mildew can be a sign of stress on a plant (including not enough watering). There's also no doubt that poor air flow around the plant and poor plant hygiene, generally, can lead to powdery mildew.
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Carol's brother and SIL were over and the latter snapped this picture of the hummingbird. Needless, to say, look for the red.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 22, 2020 5:43 PM CST
Beautiful blooms Charlie. I really like those Shasta Daisy's too. I only have the purple monarda, no clue on the cultivar. I love the red. Awesome hummingbird shot Thumbs up
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 22, 2020 11:14 PM CST
71 was my high for the day! What a pleasant respite from the heat. Took time to just enjoy the gardens today. I pulled a few weeds. The phlox are really coming on strong now. With the various heights and colors it is beautiful. Still a lot of lilies, daylilies, monarda, delphiniums and cannas blooming too. The phlox and lilies have wonderful fragrance too.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 23, 2020 6:57 AM CST
You're enjoying the fruits if your labors, Gary! That's wonderful!
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jul 23, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Nice humming bird picture. I have the red Jacob Kline Monarda. Tried the short purple one some years ago which lasted a couple years. Saw my first Hummer yesterday. Seventy one sounds marvelous
Gary. We got up to eighty one today.
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jul 24, 2020 12:34 PM CST
Thanks, Vic, Mike.
Sounds lovely, Gary.

As Gary, have quite a few daylilies. Only problem is space with too many in a small garden;
same with peonies.
A favourite small one (Lacy Doily).
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Crocosmia (Lucifer).
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Garden phlox coming out here too.
Peppermint Twist
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Bright Eyes
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Flame series (Coral and Purple)
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Need some more stronger purple.
Bit of Nicky out.
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The stand of Culver's root (Fascination) in the front garden usually attracts multiple honeybees. Have often worked (deadheading) in it surrounded by bees. This year, so far, have only seen two bees when there. It's probably, as suggested by David (MH), that some local hives have been removed.
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jul 24, 2020 3:41 PM CST
Looking good Charlie I tip my hat to you.
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"Life as short as it is, is amazing, isn't it. MichaelBurton
"Be your best you". "Mikedon" on the LA.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America
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vic
Jul 24, 2020 5:14 PM CST
Charlie - That daylily is a beautiful double. Love the color. All the blooms are so pretty. I wonder why the hives have been removed?
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 25, 2020 6:36 AM CST
It was back into the steamer yesterday! I planted some short growing astilbe and a hello yello milkweed. I do like the mini seed pods produced by the tubarosa milkweeds.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jul 27, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Vic, the usual reason for things disappearing around here, that goes for farms, golf courses and maybe bee hives, is urban development.

Keeping it looking good (that is always being ready to do watering) seems to be the real challenge, Mike. Have water bills weighing on my mind.

Sounds really nice, Gary. Have seen a few monarch butterflies around here already.

Remembering/experiencing another problem with daylilies; namely deadheading/removing spent blooms, primarily for cosmetic reasons. The dead flowers often seem to look the worst on the daylilies with large double blooms (some of the most eye-catching!).

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