Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quasar - Bush

'Quasar' is often grown in hanging baskets, but I prefer it as an upright. It creates a mounding shrub which contrasts well with all of the giants I've got growing this year! Even 'Vinegar Joe' is surprising me with it's height. Many of the uprights I added to the collection last year, which I purchase in little 2" bands, are taking off like rockets this spring. I had transplanted almost all of them into five gallon containers by fall of last year, just in time for winter. Most of them barely made it to the rim of their containers. Now those same ones are making me decide who needs to go into 15 gallon containers first! 'Sundial', 'Convention 2004', 'Ain't She Sweet', and 'Lottie Hobby' will be followed closely by 'Sylvia Barker', 'Margery Blake', and 'Carmen Maria'.

I admit this photo of 'Quasar' is from last year. But it is doing just as well this year and is currently covered with big white flower buds. When those pop open, I will certainly be taking a new photo!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Preston Guild - Bush

'Preston Guild' is amazing me this spring! It has never grown so tall before or even grown so emphatically skywards! For the first several years, I had it growing next to a fence and it never did very well in the shade there. It was with some concern that I moved what I considered to be a weak stemmed plant, out into the full sun. But the full sun seems to be exactly what this guy wanted. This photo was taken this morning 5/1/2010.