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Apr 9, 2017 9:55 AM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
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Hi dirt,@dirtdorphins I'm slowly following your paths with my rock garden project. Quite a few penstemons on my list that were successfully grown from seed are awaiting fall transplant into the ground.I'm absolutely hooked on that incredible N.American genus. A few more are on my seed wish list and many more in the back of my mind. Looking at all your "disaster" color pics, my feeling is that if that were to happen in my garden I wouldn't care at all!! I actually have fun moving things around. I live in a relatively simmilar environment with dry summers with cool nights, but not very cold winters and no permanent standing snow. So I expect many of the species dapted to arid conditions should do very well here. Now a year later I wonder what happpened: Could you update the "disaster"?What happened next? If you think that this post should be moved to the rock garden forum let me know. Thanks. arturo
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Apr 9, 2017 12:51 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Rolling on the floor laughing
I had just about forgotten about this thread *Blush*
Hi Arturo! How are things coming along in your rock gardens? Yes, I do think you ought to post your progress in the RG forum Thumbs up but no need to move anything from this one.

As far as an update, we have another blanket of the white stuff again as of this morning, so, alas, there will be no fresh pics for a while--
The biggest take away from that whole disaster is certainly the acquisition of the animated orange accent Hilarious!
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and his brother
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here is another bad lighting pic of them as rock ornaments in a new rocked out area that I was working on last year
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anyway, what happened next? I don't remember exactly...something along the lines of ripping out a bunch of pink stuff and putting in some other stuff...
like this fiery semp and Eremurus
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still need to keep working on it though--that verbena is insidious along with a running strawberry, and lotsa volunteer salvia cropping up where the shorties are supposed to bask in the sun...

I did end up killing that penstemon upon extraction and had to get another one for the hummers--I hope I made a good enough space for it in another garden by a big blue rock Smiling we shall see, so far it seems alive and well--unlike some others I planted last year (we had a brutal hot summer last year and I had some major fail, both with under-watering and over-watering and a lot of stuff didn't even make it to the snowiest winter challenge).

Everything kinda went off the rails for me last year being overly ambitions with new projects plus the unexpected--I've been away from home for the last seven months caring for my mother, who was terminally ill. Only just now back home to pick up the pieces. Can't seem to find many pics of that area from last year, but here's a few



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Apr 9, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Ah, Dirt, end of life care is difficult. But so important. I hope your mom had a peaceful passing. And here comes spring! New life, new cats, it's all good. Take care.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Apr 9, 2017 2:37 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Very sorry to hear about your mother.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Apr 9, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Group hug Group hug Dirt. Wishing you a good recovery of your gardens and dealing with your loss. It's especially hard when it's a parent. Sighing!
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Apr 9, 2017 6:20 PM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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@dirtdorphins You have my deepest sympathy. Losing a parent is difficult. Group hug (BIG HUG) Group hug
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Apr 9, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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awe, Thank you all so much Group hug it is hard and I'm kinda overwhelmed at this point--so enough about that Sad
yay spring Hurray! "incremental progress" and "next year" are my mantras--going with that eat the elephant one bite at a time thing and trying to find the joy wherever it is...in small things mostly

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NOID tulips Hilarious!
not what I ordered, but dang they are cute aren't they?
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Apr 9, 2017 8:54 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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The tulips look like Tulip Humilis Violacea!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Apr 10, 2017 3:18 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Welcome back dirt. Your RG looks beautiful.
Love the cats.
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Apr 10, 2017 6:05 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Wise words and a great attitude Dirt. Group hug Those garden shots made me gasp, absolutely gorgous! I'm so loving your red-violet combos!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Apr 10, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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thank you! it'll probably never look like that again, alas Sticking tongue out

so yeah, I think it is a humilis--just from the look, the yellow base, and the bloomtime, but it's much more red than the violacea that I have.
It was supposed to be a later blooming little one, red-red, black base w/crinkly leaves--wilsoniana--I love that one but it's apparently hard to get it right. I'm 1/3 on that one so far Hilarious!
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Apr 11, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Dirt, sorry to hear about your mother. Of all people that we lose, I think mothers are the most difficult.
Digging in the dirt will be good therapy Angel
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Apr 11, 2017 5:36 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Cinta said:@dirtdorphins You have my deepest sympathy. Losing a parent is difficult. Group hug (BIG HUG) Group hug


I agree Group hug Group hug Group hug

Lots of hugs and sympathy!
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May 2, 2021 12:35 AM CST
Name: Pat
Columbus, Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ge1836 said:Frillylilly. I had tried to get an ID for the early yellow lily years ago. No one had a clue but all believed it wasnt Stella. I guess I am back where I started.
These buds have purple on the backs of the petals as they open. I havnt checked them later in the bloom period.
Here is a pix from today
The dark petal back stays thru the bloom period

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Hi JoAnn @ge1836
The dark red sepal backs and tightly clustered buds of this daylily suggest it falls within the general description of Hemerocallis dumortieri, a wild type. Pretty far removed from Stella de Oro. 😄

The Plants Database has a few images. These flower earlier than
most hybrid daylilies and most do not rebloom. I find them graceful and charming. Most are at least mildly fragrant.
Pat
Using my middle name Ann wasn’t working well. Back to being one Pat among many others. 😄

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