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Old July 5th, 2009, 05:33 PM
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My Lemon Balm is loving the wet weather this year. It's huge!
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And one of my fav - Blanket Flower.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 05:36 PM
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One of my hollyhocks. I have a variety of colours coming out.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Oh 14+ I would love to get a few of these from you! they are perennials right?
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14+. you could write a book on gardens, your flowers are so beautiful
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Old July 5th, 2009, 09:34 PM
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I love that blanket flower. So pretty. I love lavendar too, but have never had any luck keeping it alive.

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The blanket flowers almost look like Zinnia's? They are so pretty 14+ Are they annual or perennial?
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That lemon balm must smell heavenly! And Coreopsis is lovely.

Beautiful blooms.

klmccallum the Blanket Flower is indeed a perennial. There are other types, like almost all red/maroon and different variations of color. Each is unique!

I agree, 14+ should write a book! A much better gardener than me.
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humph...note to self. Must look into buying some blanket flowers!

They are just georgous and thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures 14+ & CearaQC!
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The blanket flowers almost look like Zinnia's? They are so pretty 14+ Are they annual or perennial?
Blanket flowers (Gaillardia) are a short lived perennial but they self seed so well that you are never without tons of them. I think I have them in all but one of my beds. I love them just because they seem to wake up a bed with their colour.

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That lemon balm must smell heavenly! And Coreopsis is lovely.

I quite often go by and pinch off a leaf just so I can smell the lemony smell. It makes a wonderfully relaxing tea too.
Beautiful blooms.

klmccallum the Blanket Flower is indeed a perennial. There are other types, like almost all red/maroon and different variations of color. Each is unique!

I agree, 14+ should write a book! A much better gardener than me.
Ummm, Ceara, I will leave the book writing to you. Your gardens are wonderful. In fact I think everyone's gardens are unique and show the owners' personalities. I love looking at all the pics that are posted.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 10:01 PM
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humph...note to self. Must look into buying some blanket flowers!

They are just georgous and thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures 14+ & CearaQC!

And don't buy any of them! I will send you some seed when they are ready. I will have tons this year. Whoever else wants some PM me your address.
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14+ just beautiful!!

I use to grow blanket flowers, starting them from seeds, like most of my flowers. But I lost them from contractor's big feet. I forgot how much they do brighten up a bed! Next year I'm going to grow some. I'm so glad u posted that pic!

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So pretty, 14+ Such a big variety. I'm drooling over your coreopsis...

I'm afraid hazel's moldy thumb has worked its 'magic' on the seed you sent me :sad: Looks like only a few of the cosmos are going to survive... No malva...no campion...no coreopsis! Even the ones I started ahead of time.

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So pretty, 14+ Such a big variety. I'm drooling over your coreopsis...

I'm afraid hazel's moldy thumb has worked its 'magic' on the seed you sent me :sad: Looks like only a few of the cosmos are going to survive... No malva...no campion...no coreopsis! Even the ones I started ahead of time.

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Hazel - Just leave them for next year. You never know. Sometimes the seeds just like a year to "settle in". The campion is famous for that. Malva - weird. I never had any come back this year either and it was supposed to be a perennial. The cosmos - all you need is a few. They will selfseed and in a few years you may be cursing me. Coreopsis is picky too. They seem to like no attention and they do well.
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Well, maybe all isn't lost then. Certainly I can give them 'no attention' very well, since at this point I can't even see them!

I'm hoping the cosmos, at least, does get big enough to bloom and reseed--right now the seedlings are only about an inch-and-a-half high....but at least I know they sprouted!!
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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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Well, maybe all isn't lost then. Certainly I can give them 'no attention' very well, since at this point I can't even see them!

I'm hoping the cosmos, at least, does get big enough to bloom and reseed--right now the seedlings are only about an inch-and-a-half high....but at least I know they sprouted!!
Cosmos is a late season flower. Right now mine are only about 4 or 5 inches tall and they started before yours did. They can flower when they are tiny but usually wait till they are at least a foot. Mine get to be between 4 and 5 feet tall by the time they are done.
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And don't buy any of them! I will send you some seed when they are ready. I will have tons this year. Whoever else wants some PM me your address.
Me me! I was eyeballing that Coreopsis too.

Hazel I have some mixed named Malva types that I got in a trade and I'll save some seed for you. They are making buds now. I can't wait to see how they do because I've never grown them before. I started them in March indoors.

We're finally getting some sun after almost two weeks of rain and dark clouds.

Yes there really isn't a need to buy lots of types of flowers because so many gardeners will save seed to freely share with others. I don't think people realize just how much gardening stuff you can get for free from places like GardenWeb and some forums. But it takes time corresponding with folks.

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I'm hoping the cosmos, at least, does get big enough to bloom and reseed--right now the seedlings are only about an inch-and-a-half high....but at least I know they sprouted!!
Don't worry about the Cosmos. When they get up a bit higher, pinch off the very top section and then it will send up two shoots, get bushy and give you more blooms! I saw on a gardening show last year, they did a trial on Cosmos. One bed was dead headed and the other was not. They wanted to see if dead heading made any difference in performance. And it didn't. haha
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