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Old September 22nd, 2010, 09:24 AM
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September in my garden

Just a few images of Spring colour here.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 09:37 AM
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Some brighter colours.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 05:20 PM
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Very pretty, but I don't recognize most of them! What are they? Especially the last one and first one and the blue spires in the first post.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:34 PM
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Your flowers are beautiful, mine are 90% dead, I'm jealous.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 08:33 PM
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Okay. First one is a Wallflower. Second is a rather dainty poppy I was given but I haven't a name for. The third is my latest addiction, a pale blue Echium.( I now have pink, dark blue, white and another I bought but have forgotten the colour of). I also joined the Digger's Club here, which have a lot of heirloom and rarer plants, because in an old catalogue I noticed they have a deep red and a yellow Echium that I must have, and you can buy things cheaper by being a member.
Next photo is a Lachanalia, followed by Freesias and in the background the dainty Linaria, while the last one is another Wallflower. I will show you some of the other colours in Wallflowers, I think they are beautiful, and they have a wonderful, fairly strong perfume.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 08:49 PM
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I rather like the purple wallflowers myself.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 08:59 PM
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Can you get this Australian native, Hardenbergia, in Canada? It's a climbing legume and puts on quite a display. Comes in white now, and I think a combination of white and purple.

Second photo is of a different Lachanalia, I only bought the bulbs of this one this year.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 09:44 PM
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I love all those wallflowers. I wonder if they'd grow in WI? Sure are pretty!

I was trying to see what zone they'd grow in here--are these in the mustard family? When you google wallflower most of what comes up is party info
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 07:22 PM
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Sorry, Hazel, I should have given you their proper name. Erysimum syn. Cheiranthus. According to my Botanica of garden plants, Wallflowers grow in zones 3 to 10, but sadly Canada is zone 2. I mainly planted them to help shade the roots of my young roses from the hot Summer sun, but I am really pleased with the display of flowers. With my older roses I just plants annuals, with poppies being a particular favorite.
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The third is my latest addiction, a pale blue Echium.
So lovely! I can see those mass planted .

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Hardenbergia
Gorgeous!!
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Sorry, Hazel, I should have given you their proper name. Erysimum syn. Cheiranthus. According to my Botanica of garden plants, Wallflowers grow in zones 3 to 10, but sadly Canada is zone 2.
Good thing I'm not in Canada, then. We're in zone 3b or some such... They're absolutely gorgeous!
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Old September 24th, 2010, 09:07 AM
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Good, then you want the right mix, which was Monarch Fair Lady, except for the purple ones, which were given to me by a gardening buddy. Could I send you seed, or wouldn't they make it through customs?
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Old September 24th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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They'd probably make it through customs, but I have dreadful luck with seeds. I can get hundreds to sprout and only 2 or 3 survivors by end of summer. So I'm gonna check out some of the nurseries and see if they have them already started or can order me some. But for the offer.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 07:45 PM
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Okay, and from seed they are planted Summer and Autumn (Fall) in my zone, which may give you some idea when to look for seedlings.
I'm designing a new garden bed this morning, also potting up 10 or more frangipani (oops!, Plumeria they call them now, don't they?) cuttings a friend sent down from Queensland. I don't expect them to survive but it's certainly worth a try.
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Just happened across this thread--actually, much of Canada along the coasts and in deep valleys is zone 3, 4 and 5! Even halfway up the province where I am there are pockets of zone 3. My sister on Vancouver Island can grow anything that needs zone 6.
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We are zone 4b....parts of the Niagara Penninsula is 5b and BC has zones 8 in some parts.

I love wallflowers, in England you can see them growing out of brickwork walls.

In this blurb it says it is a perennial in zones 5 - 9, or grow as an annual/biennial

http://www.seedsandmore-store.com/ca...andmore/pd9608
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What a nice thread to open. Most of us are tucking our flower beds to sleep in North America so the thought of spring/summer all over again is nice to see.

I really like the Lachanalia. Very colourful. They almost look like candy corn!
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KLM, I love the lachanalias too. The one you missed, because it flowered earlier, was this one - unless I put it in another thread? Lachanalia Quadricolor.

The latest thing to flower is the pale purple Honesty, a first for my garden. (And I mowed that long grass in the background yesterday. )
All my roses have buds on them and it will be such a shame if that locust plague happens. I reckon to save the rose bushes I could disguise them with white Derris Dust but that won't be very attractive for photo's. Locusts are mainly attracted to anything green, not white. Don't laugh .... no, you can laugh because I am, if white puts them off I have a lot of French chalk and potato flour that I used to use on my Sheltie's whites at the dog shows, I'd even use that to protect plants seeing I don't show anymore.

DoubleRR and Chris21711 - interesting about the zones there and I'm glad it allows scope for more variety in the gardens.
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KLM, I love the lachanalias too. The one you missed, because it flowered earlier, was this one - unless I put it in another thread? Lachanalia Quadricolor.

All my roses have buds on them and it will be such a shame if that locust plague happens. I reckon to save the rose bushes I could disguise them with white Derris Dust but that won't be very attractive for photo's. Locusts are mainly attracted to anything green, not white. Don't laugh .... no, you can laugh because I am, if white puts them off I have a lot of French chalk and potato flour that I used to use on my Sheltie's whites at the dog shows, I'd even use that to protect plants seeing I don't show anymore.
So dusting your roses with French chalk or potato flour will help steer the locust away? Would this dusting also keep other critters away too? Interesting.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 11:48 PM
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Locusts are so hooked on green that when they got into the garden centre nursery over where I shop, they took to the Yukka leaves but only ate the green in the centre, leaving the yellow band on the edge of the leaves. They say that they will try and eat green shade cloth, even green plastic. I would just hope that plants dusted white might be unattractive to them. Derris dust would be better as that is designed to kill certain garden pests. I think bees would still come for the flowers and be safe. As a friend said, we'll have to pray for strong northerly winds when they take to flight, so they blow on right by.
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Wow, such beautiful colours
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