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Old 07-02-2018, 07:50 PM   #21
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Nice to see it all coming together.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:01 AM   #22
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I garden the lawn strip between the sidewalk and the street and have to look for things that stay shorter than some of the true species do--one of the compromises of in-town living.
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:47 PM   #23
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The garden has really come together. Probably should have taken these pictures a week ago but it was raining. The Hyssop and Monarda were both at peak bloom. They both still have flowers but are past their peak.



I had a flat of Mexican Sunflowers and False Sunflowers too meant for other parts of the yard and a friend's property. I had a few extra and put them in.



Looking forward to the Aromatic Aster and Aster 'Bluebird' flowering in a month or so.
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:53 PM   #24
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One major disappointment, I was at the Mt. Cuba Center this past Sunday and saw in their trial garden they were doing Coneflowers (again I think). And walking the fields there I thought to myself "Oh I guess they didn't include 'Rainbow Marcella' because it has orange and pink petals and that was nowhere to be seen, then I found it and realized it only has the orange on the petals when they first open and it quickly fades.



This annoys me because the whole reason I chose Echinacea 'Rainbow Marcella' was for that color. Also of all the cool Echinacea cultivars they were growing in their trial, it was one of the tiny ones and I believe of 5 plants 1 had already died. Plenty of others there that had amazing height, color, and bloom count though so I may replace it later on.
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:08 PM   #25
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I was disappointed as well with two I had purchased last year. One a yellow and the other an orange. Neither made it through the winter. Are some more hardy than others?
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:35 PM   #26
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Are some more hardy than others?

Oh Yes! What I love about the Mt. Cuba Center trials is if a cultivar isn't doing well they let it fail. Nothing is babied along! They recreate fairly standard garden conditions and plat ~45 cultivars of whatever and see how they do. Each one is represented by 5 plants (roughly the 3 gallon size). And if one dies they leave the spot blank for the 3 years.



Their trial with Monarda was great because almost all the plants got Powdery Mildew and it turned into an epidemic. They actually found some of the true species get hit the worst while only one of the cultivars was found to be immune (almost perfectly!) They also found that despite the Mildew problems a lot of the plants still spread considerably. Over the 3 year period they found some of the cultivars had expanded more than 45 inches out from their original spot, forcing the gardeners to thin them out so they wouldn't grow through one another. They had to add up the amount of inches expanded each year so this is a handy number to have when picking a plant for the right spot.



Their Phlox trial revealed one cultivar in particular stood out above the rest as a prized Butterfly Nectar Plant. Apparently when give 45 different Phlox cultivars to choose from they picked Phlox 'jeana' 5 times more than the next best picked option.



Now this isn't exactly a realistic setting. No one really grows 45 different kinds of phlox all in one spot. I personally have 5 plants of 'jeana' growing at the moment and have yet to see a single butterfly on any of them. Though really I'm at a loss to say I've ever seen anything work phlox. But it's these kinds of observations that I find interesting.



Back to Monarda a moment they did find ones that were favored by hummingbirds, favored by bumblebees, and so on.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:39 AM   #27
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Thanks for sharing the info about the garden trials, I have referred back to this thread a few times when trying to remember the name of that monarda cultivar.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:26 PM   #28
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Thank you.... I have yet to find a powdery mildew free monarda myself so unfortunately Removed MOST of what I had. Can't stand looking at it
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