cyprinella: Rosemary sprigs on a white background (rosemary)
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I'm still going through the catalogs to figure out my veg order but I fell down the wildflower seed rabbithole. I ended up with a large bag of native wildflower seed mix from American Meadows with which to do some Concern Citizen Tired of Looking at Non-Native Weeds gardening over some finished road construction sites in my neighborhood. Anyone else have something cool on order?

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Date: 2017-01-09 09:13 pm (UTC)
gairid: Lobelia in iron pot (Seasonal - Garden - Lobelia)
From: [personal profile] gairid
Anyone have a good source for scented geranium seed or plants? I love them, but rarely find anything besides citronella where I live.

On order at the moment, several varieties of nasturtiums which I dearly love, nigella, borage, cardinal vine, zinnias, calendula (yellow, orange and that lovely peach colored one) and a really pretty pink agastache which I like to plant in a large urn near the front door---the hummingbirds are mad for it.

Veggie list is unsurprising, cukes, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes (Beefsteak and Cherokee Purple), a bag of yellow seed potatoes and onions (Spanish yellow). Next up I will troll for a few perennials to try.

I always get so zealous when I start looking at the seed catalogs!
Edited Date: 2017-01-09 09:14 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-01-09 10:43 pm (UTC)
theora: the center of a dark purple tulip (Default)
From: [personal profile] theora
If you've got space for a woody climber, scarlet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is an amazing hummingbird attractor. You will need a sturdy structure of 8+ ft to train it on, however. There's also scarlet runner beans, climbers too but annual and not so heavy, so you can grow them on poles or trellis net. And the beans are edible.

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Date: 2017-01-09 11:29 pm (UTC)
sam_gardener: Close up picture of foxglove blossoms  (flowers)
From: [personal profile] sam_gardener
Scarlet runner beans are reaiiy yummy, they've become my favorite bean.

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Date: 2017-01-10 12:40 am (UTC)
theora: the center of a dark purple tulip (Default)
From: [personal profile] theora
I believe you can eat them both dried and fresh, but I've only eaten them as fresh.

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Date: 2017-01-10 01:02 am (UTC)
sam_gardener: Close up picture of foxglove blossoms  (flowers)
From: [personal profile] sam_gardener
I've only eaten them as green beans but they're apparently also good dried, here's a link https://agardenerstable.com/2013/01/30/a-bean-worth-drying-the-scarlet-runner/ . I want to try that this year.

I've grown Scarlet Empress and several different varieties and colors from Territorial Seeds. I thought they aii tasted nice but can't remember if any were tastier than others.

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Date: 2017-01-10 02:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sam_gardener
They were happy in Seattle for sure, though they make some beans here in southern Oregon during the heat of summer. We do usually have cool nights, which may be a difference. As long as they make flowers you can't lose. :)

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Date: 2017-01-10 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] katertot
Oh so that's why I never got any! I tried them for a few summers and thought something was eating them. Mine didn't flower much, either. :( Iowa has hot summers.

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Date: 2017-01-10 01:41 am (UTC)
gairid: Summer Garden, backyard (Seasonal - Garden)
From: [personal profile] gairid
Agastache is definately a good plant for hummers! They also love salvias of all types (I like S. guarantica 'Black & Blue' because of the deep blue color, so I plant that - also S. elegans (Pineapple Sage) if you live in zone 7 or 8, because it blooms late(usually late Sept. and into October and if you are in a cooler area, the hummers have usually begun their journey south. It's worth planting, though---bright red color later in the season, good height (up to 4') and the leaves smell deliciously of pineapple.

Here is a close-up of Agastache (aga-stacky)

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Here's a shot of it in the pot - the background tall green plant is Aloysia citrodora (lemon verbena) and blue salvia (S. farinacea) 'Blue VIctoria' and a little upright fuchsiawhish I later dug out and replanted because it was being overtaken). The agastache has a bit of a unkempt appearance and works better if it has another plant to help support it (thus the lemon verbena)



This is a shot of the back garden in late August - cardinal vine (Ipoemea sloteri) -it's on a bit of fence that you can't really see in the shot-, Gallardia grandiflora "Oranges & Lemons" and the S. guarantica 'Black & Blue' te hummers like both cardinal vine flowers and the salvia.



Another annual hummers love is Penta lanceolata - best grown in a pot and placed where you can observe; they need to be deadheaded fairly often.



Other plants they like - lantana, bee balm, hosta flowers, diascia and mints of any kind when they flower though be careful where you plant it lest it take over your part of the world. They also visit butterfly bush.

Aren't ya glad you asked? :)

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Date: 2017-01-10 02:03 am (UTC)
theora: the center of a dark purple tulip (Default)
From: [personal profile] theora
My son wants to grow watermelons in his little patch, so for the first time I'm ordering them. We probably don't have space - his patch is only about 3'x4' and he also wants to grow a tomato in there. I figure I'll try and direct the vines in a circle on the ground around the base of the tomato. Maybe it'll work? Any watermelon growing tips? I'm in the northeast, so not your prime melon growing territory.

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Date: 2017-01-10 07:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sunrisescholar
I have a bag of pantyhose that are going to hold my large trellising produce. We'll see how right Pinterest is....

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Date: 2017-01-10 02:55 am (UTC)
sam_gardener: Close up picture of foxglove blossoms  (flowers)
From: [personal profile] sam_gardener
I've grown a varity called blacktail mountain that was developed in northern Idaho and is supposed to do well in cooler climates. Mine did fine in a not very cool summer and was earlier than the other water melon variety I had. I got them from Terratorial Seeds but other companies also have it.

Jonny's Selected Seeds from Maine might be a helpful resource. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/fruits/watermelons/ I haven't used them for years because the climate I'm in is so different but when I did I liked them a lot.

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Date: 2017-01-10 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] katertot
Orange Banana Tomato - these are amazing tomatoes and have been my go to for a few years

Oriole - Zinnia - just an orange zinnia

Miss Willmott - Zinnia - lovely huge purple zinnia

Polar Bear - Zinnia - big white ones

Redman Super Cactus Zinnia - one of the pricier "rare" ones, pink with greenish tint

Queen Lime Red - uhhh I guess another zinnia 8)

Echinacea - Tennesseensis - like I need more scraggly coneflowers... "rare" so I hope they're nice

Goldilocks - a double black eyed Susan / daisy thing. They're big and fluffy!

Cosmo Velouette - random cosmo I threw in

Lucid Gem Tomato - new for me this year, but it had good reviews

Freebies:
A small black tomato variety with poor reviews (mealy and not much flavor.) don't know if I'll waste space on it. Could be people are waiting too long to pick, since it's a black variety?
Purple carrots- eh why not.

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Date: 2017-01-11 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] katertot
I just found it: Black Vernissage
There's one good review and a bunch of bad.
I grew Black Krims last year and they were pretty good but not amazing.

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