As a follow up to our February meeting, I am very interested in knowing what you all are planning to plant--either from seed or from seedlings, in your veggie gardens this spring, and what kind of luck those of you who attended last night's meeting have with Lil's Old Gate Rudbeckia Blend seeds. Please post any brainstorms and advice here.
I am still waiting for a few catalogs to arrive, but I am also making lists of tomato and pepper seeds, and deciding what I want to experiment with. I am a chile head, and am always looking for a good new hot pepper that grows well in my back yard.
I agree with Ralph DeFilippo that one of the best parts of the summer squash plants are the blossoms, and that chard rocks, so I am definitely allocating space for a couple of cultivars of each. I am also going to try to replicate our past president's, Ceil Greber's, luck with eggplant. I have toiled in vain to produce a decent crop of eggplants, but maybe this year will be different. ;)
Nancy Del Presto
2/6/2011 11:07:27 pm
J, do you think I should think about trying verbena from seed? I really have not tried to research where to find seeds if they are available but wondered if it is worth an effort. I would love to save the club $$ for the annual corner plants. N
2/7/2011 02:12:13 am
Nance, I think most of the hybrids we've used the past couple of years were propagated vegetatively, and if they have a patent, you can't take slips, but I will look around and see if there are any commercially available seeds or mail order seedlings that would work well on the corners.
2/8/2011 11:23:39 pm
OK and I will look around too. Not sure I know what "propagated vegetatively" means, though.
2/8/2011 11:37:26 pm
It means it was propagated by taking a cutting, or by some other means beside planting a seed. The resulting plants are clones, as they were produced by asexual reproduction. When you have a hybrid plant, the resulting seeds typically do not grow true to type, so vegetative propagation is used widely in the industry. Many time plants reproduce vegetatively on their own, such as when they send out suckers, like lilacs do, or when tulip bulbs or crocus corms produce new bulbs or corms on the original.
2/20/2011 07:53:19 am
Hi Judy and Nancy: I successfully started verbena from both Harris and Burpee seed last year. I used the plants on both Old Gate corners--Peaches and Cream. Some reds, pinks and whites I grew were used in my own yard. Harris Seed had a variety of colors last year. Burpee had only Peaches and Cream. This year, Harris is listing even more varieties at http://www.harrisseeds.com/storefront/search.aspx?SearchTerm=verbena Some are back ordered until May, but many are available now at various prices. Burpee again has Peaches and Cream available at http://www.burpee.com/flowers/verbenas/
L ilia Huguley
2/20/2011 08:39:48 am
About the GGOM, hellebores have become one of our favorites since we first planted them for our daughter, Piper's, wedding 12 years ago. The h. orientalis varity is what we have the most of in the front and over the years, the blossoms have varied in color from a frosty greenish white to a light pink, with an occasional darker pink. The blossom and the leaves have become more and more prolific. They are so completely filling the space in the front that I am having difficulty finding space to try some of the new double and apricot colored varieties. But like Lucy in Peanuts, I have grim determination!
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