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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 1, 2012 - 9:25 am

DSC04140.JPGImage EnlargerThis is another Persicaria Filiformis, 'Lance Corporal'. I planted it this Spring so I don't know if it will bloom for me this Summer.  I grow it mostly because I like the foliage.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 2, 2012 - 4:46 am

DSC04131.JPGImage EnlargerDSC04129.JPGImage EnlargerHibiscus are a big WOW in the gardens. 'Plum Crazy' and 'Kopper King' have burgundy colored foliage, which I love. Unfortunately, the Japanese Beetles also LOVE these plants. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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August 2, 2012 - 6:01 am

This is a great time of year for plants that bloom under duress (SO hot and NO rain).  My chaste tree (vitex) is stunning this year (don't know if you can grow those in your zone).  My kerria (yellow rose of Texas) is reblooming and the crape myrtles are just getting started.  I still have annuals like zinnias, and those little orange Irish tassel flowers don't seem to mind the hot and dry at all.  

I am going to continue to eliminate (or cut back on) plants that don't do well here in late summer.  And I'm going to add more of those that do well in these conditions.  As soon as it cools off (some day) we are going to get started on some flagstone paths around the yard.  We have tons of stones left over from some stacked stone planters that were falling into disrepair, so we are good to go.

Hope to see you on the 12th!!  We will be coming from Two Rivers/Manitowoc so I will have to MapQuest the way.

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Lark
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August 4, 2012 - 10:05 am

SurprisedKeyWee, my Tassel Flowers are blooming. Sooooooooooo pretty.  Thank you for getting me started with your seed. Do you think they are perennials here in Wisconsin?  Or watch for self seeding next spring?Cool

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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August 4, 2012 - 4:02 pm

I think they are annuals, Lark.  But they self-seeded for me here, so maybe they will for you too?  Last year I had only one or two plants ~ this year, I have a dozen.  But I just love the tiny little orange puffs.  The seeds are very much like those of the white anemone, almost like fuzzies.  You could let some go to seed and save some too, just in case.  I still have some saved from last year but didn't have to use them.

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Lark
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August 16, 2012 - 9:06 pm

DSC04133.JPGImage EnlargerJoepye 'Gateway' is so stately and majestic in the gardens. It is amazing how tall it gets.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 21, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Today, my Daffodils and blue Scillas have started to bloom. Now I know that Spring is truely here. There is a bee hovering over and in all the Scillas.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 17, 2014 - 6:19 am

We have had a VERY COLD Spring and it arrived late.  About 3 weeks behind. The last 2 weeks we have had a lot of rain. The gardens are lush. Unfortunately the weeds are loving it too.

The Scillas are taking over the garden. I hope they don't choke out the perennials. I don't really think they will, but the reseeds of some annuals might not get light enough to germinate. I will watch and see if the poppies, verbena 'Buenos Aries' and dill will show up.

 

Some pretty blooms right now are:  Forget-Me-Nots, Prairie Smoke, Dwarf Iris, Woodland Poppy, Basket of God, Spurge, Tulips, Daffodils, Violets, Lungwort and of course Dandelions.  Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 6, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Right now one of my favorite perennial are the Oriental Poppies.  The screaming orange flowers always are attractive.004.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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June 7, 2014 - 5:42 am

My plume poppies are going to bloom any minute now ~ they are around six feet tall!  This is my favorite time of year ~ there is always something blooming.  Sundrops, daylilies, roses, spirea, lantana, and more.

So ..... yesterday, I ordered seeds for Siberian wallflower.  Do you know it?  Bright orange and so very fragrant biennial wildflower.  But ~ smallest order was (wait for it) 5000 seeds.  Want some ....... ?

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