Mid Atlantic Ventures in Gardening forum: Containers, Tropicals & House Plants #2 October 10

 
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Imagestormyla
May 12, 2011 10:45 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Here's a pretty potted mix that I picked up at a historical society plant sale on Saturday. This lovely container was only $8

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Imagestormyla
May 12, 2011 10:48 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I got this unusual fuschia for $6 at the same sale. It's looking a little peaked there as Larry had hung it in the sun. I have moved it and it is now looking better. It's been quite a few years since I've had a fuschia.

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Imagestormyla
May 12, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yesterday I filled all of the cement planters. I also did two more of the long plastic big ones. I planted those with a mix of red and green chards and various annuals.

I have a bunch more to do today.
Imagesallyg
May 12, 2011 12:35 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
wow deals! I'd be tempted to trim that first one, root them ,and make two more. Is that dark thing some sweet potato vine?

I had a bright idea- a few of my tropicals can be sunk in large shade pots for the summer and dressed up with something to fill space. Hm, young Clivia with some white Impatiens? sounds nice. I'll need to hit someplace for some little transplants while they still have them.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
May 12, 2011 1:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes, sally. That is a sweet potato. I miss my Clivia!!!
ImageOnewish1
May 12, 2011 6:59 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
looks like the same one I just bought Stormy

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/285797/
Imagestormyla
May 12, 2011 8:57 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes, That's it Allison. Keep it out of the sun!
ImageOnewish1
May 13, 2011 4:04 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
I usually don't have a problem doing that Big Grin
luvsgrtdanes
May 13, 2011 6:40 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I agree Pretty fuschia.
They must be popular this year, looks like the one I bought for two of my containers Big Grin
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagercn48
May 16, 2011 3:02 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
luvsgrtdanes wrote: I agree Pretty fuschia.
They must be popular this year, looks like the one I bought for two of my containers Big Grin


I agree Looks like it IS popular this year... I bought one this weekend too! Thumbs up I had one a few years back and planted it in the front border. I potted it up in the fall and was actually successful bringing it through the winter inside. It looked pretty sad the next spring but with a little TLC and fertilizer it was full and beautiful again by mid summer. I think this year I'm just going to keep it in a container versus planting it in the ground.
ImageOnewish1
May 16, 2011 4:19 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
yeah I think mine is going in a container as well
Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I have never planted a Fuschia in the ground, nor have I ever seen one in the ground. That's pretty silly, because I'm sure that they must be native plants to some locale.
ImageOnewish1
May 16, 2011 4:03 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
they make such a great hanging basket plant.. but I guess it would be easier to keep even moisture if it were in the ground
Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 6:00 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yeah, but the blooms would all be dragging in the dirt. Thumbs down
luvsgrtdanes
May 16, 2011 6:18 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
There is a bush fuchsia, looks interesting Thumbs up
http://www.perennials.com/seeplant.html?item=1.219.050
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I have seen them on DG before and in catalogues, but have never seen one in a nursery. That leads me to believe that maybe it's not really fully hardy in Zone 6. Nursery folks always tell me that if it's at all questionable they won't stock it as they will probably end up having to replace too many.

When I want to try one like that, I go to a lot of places that sell it and see what zone they all rate them for. Lazy S'S is a good place to start because they always tell you the truth, so do Forrest Farm & Greer Gardens.
Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 3:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Here's the other Fuschia that I bought. It's very red in person.

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Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 3:15 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I really liked this calibroacha mix.

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Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 5:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ok you guys, Am I talking to myself on this thread? Confused

Diana/Wind gave me a great big Canna Tuber at the swap. It's not a dwarf. I was thinking of planting it in one of my really big pots. It is a red canna. What would you all plant with it?
Imagestormyla
May 17, 2011 5:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I have some of these, which I've never grown before. Do you think they would be OK in a pot with the Canna? I also have some caladiums and some white and also yellow calibrochas. I have quite a few annuals to choose from. Do these Amaranthus do better in the ground? Can they take dry soil?

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