All Things Gardening forum: Recap of growing season; lessons learned

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 30, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Zone 4b (-25/-20) our growing season is just about complete. This spring/summer has been very wet and relatively cool (we had a hot day yesterday 81!)
The named variety of daylilies have had their best year ever, lots of blooms and blooming later into the season than ever before.

It has been a great year for Hostas, no burned out leaves, just lush growth.

Tropicals, I have 3 different varieties of Canna, only 1 of them bloomed, and the overall growth has been very sluggish. Discovered watching a friend's Thailand Giant, that it had none of the small brown spots that mine seem to get every year, the only difference was that his gets mostly afternoon sun, while mine is primarily morning.

My containerized Dahlias, have had their best year with multiple blooms compared to other years, also noticed that a neighbors Dahlias that are planted in the ground have exploded with flowers this year.

Another surprise was that I had negligible powdery mildew, normally at this point all of my peonies are hammered with powdery mildew, only 1 out of 8 is barely showing, think even though we have had an abnormal amount of moisture, we did not have the heat we typically gets so the powdery mildew did not get going.

The crabapples that do suffer from Apple Scab, really got hammered from the apple scab this year, most of the trees are just about completely denuded of leaves because of the scab; again I believe it was from the excess water.

So cool and lots of water were the key this year.

Would be interested in knowing how your gardening season went!
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Aug 30, 2017 7:28 PM CST
This year was a bit strange here. Most of the plants bloomed earlier than usual, whiloe some stayed in bloom longer than normal. There has been something blooming through the whole season which has been a pleasant surprise. Veggies were slow to develop, bur are coming on strong now.
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Aug 30, 2017 8:49 PM CST
Veggie garden mostly a bust but I do have cantaloupes I'm waiting on and a watermelon. Peppers are finally doing something and tomatoes just need ripped out. They just wasted space this year.

Flowers are happy this year including the roses which are really exploding with some growth right now. My butterfly weed is still blooming and I had a daylily rebloom until recently. Neither has happened here before.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 31, 2017 8:40 AM CST
I got some ears of corn and some heirloom tomatoes, but I need more sunlight. On the other hand, the lettuces and basil were great this year. And celery is really good for leaves rather than stalks. The carrots were short but very tasty. Best year for romano beans ever.

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