Agastache and Salvias forum→2017 Salvia volunteers

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Name: Judy
NW MO (Zone 6a)
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jg0613
Aug 28, 2018 2:09 AM CST
Thought I would share what happened in my gardening life in 2017, when I was so busy caring for my parents and their affairs It was all I could do to keep my garden and Hummingbird feeders going.
The Good Lord gave me many volunteers- apparently (obviously) from seeds from Salvias I grew in 2016. In 2016 I had grown multiple Salvias from seeds purchased from Robin and from Rolando Uria. All of these volunteers looked to be Guaraniticas or hybrids with Guaranitica in them. In a couple of areas there were so many I had to thin them out so I transplanted some to other areas. Many had the usual blue or purple colored flowers but I got a few unique ones. Probably none would be prize winners but they grew adequately and provided lots of blooms for me and the hummingbirds to enjoy. And the trend continues. This year, even with the heat and drought, I had more volunteers. Apparently my yard has good conditions for Guaraniticas which is fine with me- I love getting the volunteers! Below are my favorites from 2017.


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Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Aug 28, 2018 3:22 PM CST
Judy,

Gorgeous flowers! Good for you!
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Name: Dan
East-central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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hawkeyewx
Aug 28, 2018 8:30 PM CST
Nice. That first one is unique. I had a bunch of guaranitica 'blue ensign' volunteers this year. I let them grow out to see if there were any interesting blooms, but they were all nearly the same deep blue as the parent.
Name: Judy
NW MO (Zone 6a)
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jg0613
Aug 28, 2018 9:58 PM CST
Thank You!
That first one was unique in more than one way. It became about 3-4 feet high and about 3 feet wide and all stems except ONE had the same pink flowers as the first picture above. Howevever all blooms on that one stem (leaves were the same) were a deep purple (pictured below followed by a close up of the pink and the purple). It was surprising and interesting- a nice surprise.


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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)
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Gerris2
Aug 29, 2018 6:18 PM CST
Very pretty salvias. I can well imagine the hummingbirds joy.
Saint John NB, Canada (Zone 5b)
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karimari
Feb 12, 2019 8:16 AM CST
Hi, I love salvias , just had my first Black and Blue last year. Live in NB Canada , so not a lot of salvias available here. I grew them as annuals in pots. I would love to add more varieties to my annual list , Can you be more specific as to where you got your initial seeds from ?

Just joined today and reading through the old posts.

Karimari
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Region: United States of America Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Salvias Charter ATP Member Birds
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Marilyn
Feb 12, 2019 7:15 PM CST
@Karimari,

Welcome! Happy you're here!

Here's the main page database (link) for salivas. https://garden.org/plants/grou...

Here's the main page database (link) for the anise hyssops (also known as, agastache or hummingbird mint). The Anise Hyssops Database

Here's the main database link for all the plants, if you're interested. https://garden.org/plants/

I, myself don't buy seeds to sow and grow, I happily just let the salvia coccinea varieties self sow themselves and I get volunteers. I order and buy plants to grow.

@jg0613 and @Gerris2,

Would you let Karimari know the name and address that you got your initial seeds from? Anyone else buy seeds to sow?
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Saint John NB, Canada (Zone 5b)
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karimari
May 16, 2019 7:40 PM CST
Marilyn,

The reason I am looking for seeds is because we do not have many independent nurseries where I live in NB, Canada just big box stores which have the same old same old seedlings every year. Salvia are not included in their stock. I found Black and Blue last year at two but this year they did not order them.

I would be willing to buy plants but I cannot find any Canadian suppliers of salvia plants.

I would love to get a hold of Wendy's Wish along with Black and Blue .

karimari
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Region: United States of America Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Salvias Charter ATP Member Birds
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Marilyn
May 16, 2019 8:11 PM CST
karimari,

I'm so sorry that you can't find the salvias you want in NB Canada. Have you asked them (the ones in charge of ordering plants) if they could get and offer the ones you want?

Marilyn
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Judy
NW MO (Zone 6a)
Hummingbirder Container Gardener Frogs and Toads Annuals Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Organic Gardener
Seed Starter Xeriscape Region: Missouri Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Salvias
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jg0613
May 18, 2019 10:39 PM CST
@karimari
Welcome to the forum! Sorry I didn't see your replies before now- still not having a lot of time to be on here.
S Black and Blue and S Wendy's Wish are both hybrids, meaning even if they do produce seed, the seedlings likely will not come true to the parent plant. If you are able to get a plant of each, you can take and root cuttings to overwinter so you will have the plant the next year.
Most if not all the Salvias in my photos came from S Guaraniticas originally grown from seed which then reseeded themselves in my gardens. Some came from seed grown from S Envy (S Envy being a hybrid) that did the same. This year is my third with these "volunteers". I guess there is something about my gardens conducive to these.
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Region: United States of America Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Salvias Charter ATP Member Birds
Echinacea Butterflies Tender Perennials Bee Lover Container Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Marilyn
May 19, 2019 11:20 AM CST
@jg0613 Judy

Hi and welcome back. Welcome!

I've been wondering how you and your salvias were doing.

Marilyn
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Judy
NW MO (Zone 6a)
Hummingbirder Container Gardener Frogs and Toads Annuals Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Organic Gardener
Seed Starter Xeriscape Region: Missouri Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Salvias
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jg0613
May 19, 2019 11:31 AM CST
@Marilyn
Thanks. Hopefully I can check in more consistently. Still have stuff to go through and still getting my house back in order. Then... oh the difficulty of weeding and preparing ground in my gardens when I was only able to barely keep up the past couple years!! Not to mention planting the plants from this year... and digging up and potting my Salvia volunteers so I can transplant them for best spacing and reseeding. The weeding would be easier if I could just take a hoe and go at it but I don't want to disturb and Salvia seeds/seedlings. It's a lot of work but so worth it. Already have 2 male hummingbirds that seem to be "in residence" and not just passing through. Smiling
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Region: United States of America Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Salvias Charter ATP Member Birds
Echinacea Butterflies Tender Perennials Bee Lover Container Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Marilyn
May 20, 2019 7:47 PM CST
Plus, it doesn't help with the high 80's this week and weekend, at least for me. The weeds will just keep bigger, taller here and out of control.
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