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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
bennysplace
Jul 11, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Related to Marie's chat a couple months ago, just wanted to take a moment to say hi. Smiling It is nice to see the usual fine people here and even though there may be some time in between posts, one thing stays the same, every now and again it is nice to check in on you all and just say hi. Whatever it is you all are doing, I hope all things are well with all of you.

Nothing but the best and blessings to you and your gardening.

Sincerely,
Benny
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
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quietyard
Jul 11, 2014 8:19 PM CST
Hurray! My goodness how nice to see you here Benny !! How are things going with you and your garden and family ? Are you still in Colorado ? It is pretty dead here so was pleased to see some activity ! Whistling Hilarious!
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
bennysplace
Jul 12, 2014 8:59 PM CST
Hi there!

The garden is wonderful and even more so with this recent bit of rain. We are still in Colorado and I am not sure about gardening here. I had to start completely over due to hail. Smiling Let's liven things back up!
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Jul 13, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Hurray! nodding
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
bennysplace
Jul 13, 2014 1:19 PM CST
So, what is growing in gardens down south?

Here, the cherry tomatoes are getting some blooms, the sunflowers are about to send forth a bounty of blooms, the bee balm is about to bloom and the penstemons are full of flowers giving the hummingbirds a smorgasbord to choose from.

I found this wonderful sunflower called Tarahumara sunflowers. You can read about them here:

http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/Sunflowers/Sunflower-T...

I love the back story on these and I believe they could be grown in Arizona.

Apart from this, the violas are still going strong and I have a miniature field of goldenrod which will soon send out a proliferation of blooms making the butterflies happy.

As always, nothing but the best to you all,
Benny
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Jul 13, 2014 3:57 PM CST
Hello again Benny ! I tip my hat to you.

I am growing a lot of very colorful Coleus the last few years here in Tucson. In the fall I take cuttings to start in water then pot them up and keep them in the house under plant lights all winter ready to plant out when it warms up. They are sensitive to cold. I just love all the color ! Also for color I have been growing African Rose Mallow which gives a deep red color and the leaves remind me of maple leaves. Thumbs up

I tried once again to grow sunflowers but as soon as they get tall and start to bloom the Gold Finches strip the leaves. Never seen anything like what they do to those leaves so I lost all those. Thanks for the site on sunflowers you linked. Sounds interesting. Big Grin

I love violas and grow them in the winter but as you know our summer heat finishes them off here. Sad
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
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