Islander wrote:We probably need a new place for Pics from the Test Gardens...but since I don't see how to do it, I will let CC start a new one.
Here are the first shots from Pt Defiance Test Garden in Tacoma, WA. It has been suffering from the same heat wave that Ted, Linda and I comment on...temps 10-15 degrees above normal and NO precipitation. ITs showing in the garden for sure...but there are still some mighty pretty dahlias mixed in with some that clearly resent the change they weren't prepared for. 1, 2, 4 This is the only really large one right now...its on the border of being AA and is just coming into bloom...
another view of #5
# 7 again
Islander wrote: #3
PNWGal wrote:Looks like there is a lot to see already. So far my prize money would be on that perfect little golf ball #8.
#16, the red & white one with the jokers wild look, is a funny one. The red petals are bigger than the white-tipped ones. My guess would be that the white tips got burned in the sun and didn't expand as much.
#10 is going on my wish list if it can keep that fiery center. #11 looks good as well - I bet it is a bluer purple than the photo can show. Form needs cleaning up a bit.
#15 Delicate and soft in tone are fancy words for.......
Linda., "Little Golf Ball" is looking quite good.
#16 is a funny one. It is totally loaded with flowers at a time when the rest are just getting going, and every flower is a different variation on the theme. Not saying it is the best one out there but I think it will be really popular with the visitors to the garden. It might be a fun one for cut flowers too.
#10 is one of my favorites so far. It is much more colorfast under our blazing sun then most of the others, and the flowers have have consistently nice form. Its on my "Watch" list.
I really like the colors on #15. Its just getting started but I would say it is also on my "watch" list.
I was careful this year to photograph the number post at each one before photographing the actual flowers, so when the results are in we can find the source for who will be selling it. Of course then I had to go back and get the number onto the photos I selected and that is where error entered, but I think now we can refer to them by the numbers I posted with them and keep track of their development over the summer.
John Spangenburg's MB Flame or orange has been in some shows but is not in trial gardens that I know of. It has created quite a bit of attention because of it's rolled up ray florets and very round shape. He has named it and I believe it is one of those that begins with "Crazy for..." and then a person's first name.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
Its fun for me to read your comments. this week has been much cooler and cloudier so I wonder how much the flowers will vary in color on Monday. There should be lots of new ones, too. Ted, I will try to get photos of the whole plant later when they are all upand growing.