Six on Saturday - October 17, 2020

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On this Six I will be sharing my five new American Meadows https://www.americanmeadows.com/ perennials.  They arrived last Friday, right as I was starting to feel the worst of my short viral illness.  I unpacked them, removed the cardboard from the containers, watered them, and set them aside until Tuesday, when they were all planted.   Five new plants, but only four types, so that leaves two more, one for a division, and one for transplants from seeds.

1 - Rose Marvel Sage

Two, one in the Pollinator Garden (below surrounded by rocks), one in the front yard.  The new front yard plantings are surrounded by wire protection from cats, in this case, a sage cage!  A tall stem was growing on one, I cut it off and am hoping to root it in water.


2 - KICKIN® Pink Chiffon Aster

That's right, not merely a Pink Chiffon aster, but a KICKIN® Pink Chiffon aster!  It's thanks to all the aster photos in Six on Saturday posts that I finally broke down and ordered one.

 3 - Maricachi™ Siesta Helenium or Sneezeweed

Don't ask me the difference between TM and R (Trademark and Registered trademark), go try to figure it out yourself! All I know I recently learned from reading how Banksy lost a trademark on one of his own works. Not sure if the same sort of thing applies to plants in the US, but it was an interesting read.  Back to the sneezeweed, this is another "first" plant for me, and is planted in the front yard.

It was in the roughest of the bunch, but the best as to root system, and new growth is looking good.  As with many fall plantings only Spring will tell how it does.


4 - PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower

What names these tradmarked and registered plants have!  I do see a pattern though.  The protected name (KICKIN®, Mariachi™, and PowWow® are all the name of a series of plants.  For instance, there are Mariachi™ Bandera, and Maricachi™ Salsa, and so forth. 

While I wasn't terribly impressed, after years of wanting them, with my purple coneflowers, I got this Wild Berry one to break up the goldens in the Butterfly Garden, add a bit of pink to the coreopsis, false sunflower, and butterfly weed.  

5 - Baptisia or False Blue Indigo

These two I grew from seed this past season (wintersown milk jug) and since they don't take to being transplanted when mature, I did it now, into the front yard.  They are very pretty with their bluish foliage.









 

6 - Walker's Low Catmint

I divided my Walker's Low catmint, which has been in the same container since I got it in 2017.  It still had plenty of growing room, but the center was rather compacted and hard.  I just chopped it with the trowel and got three good-sized pieces and two small ones I put in pots.  One was returned to the original container, with some new compost.  Another is in the old asparagus bed (which needs a new name), and the last large chunk is in the front yard.  I hope I don't grow to regret that. My own cats do not care for the smell of the leaves, but will the neighborhood cats?  

For the first time Walker's Low self-seeded into a nearby pocket of the Juniper thyme pot.

 
 
This is the second autumn I have taken advantage of end-of-season prices on perennials.  I was less than impressed with one company, whose plants were mostly dead on arrival.  They did give me credit, 
although credit for sale prices and free shipping is not enough for a new plant!  So, I use them for bulbs only and have gone to American Meadows for this year's sale plants.  I could get most of them locally, but I am not yet hopping in person.  Shall I set my sights on spring?
 
Have a nice weekend all you gardeners out there!
 



Comments

  1. You're right there've been a fair few asters shared on SoS recently. I hope all your plants grow away strongly. They certainly look healthy!

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    1. Today I saw the Lady in Black aster, and that one's different. It looked like a shrub.

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  2. I have here a white 'PowWow' and it's a very nice and easy plant to care for. The plant was small last spring and has grown well, giving me many flowers. Hopefully it will be the same for yours.

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    1. I hope mine does as well. My purples grew from mixed seeds last year, and this year are huge plants. I may have to move some.

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  3. New plant arrivals feel like Christmas! Looks like you've got some healthy ones there, Lisa. I've learned that healthy small plants bought in their 3-4" pots often outgrow gallon-size ones.

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    1. It's better than Christmas! You are right about the small containers. They catch up quickly, and I think start out with better roots.

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    2. I hope you’re feeling much better now Lisa, You would have been looking forward to getting your plants into the ground when they arrived.

      I have three small plants of Salvia Rose Marvel too! Mine arrived during last week but I’ve been spending so much time painting that they’re only heeled in at the moment. Your new plant haul is exciting!

      I also have Baptisia Australis and it has now grown into a substantial plant. The foliage is quite dense now and beautiful. Good that you mentioned that they don’t like being moved when mature - I was thinking of moving mine, but I’ll now leave it where it is.

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    3. Yes, I feel much better, thanks. I had cold symptoms, but then a fever, so of course I needed to call the doctor about that out of precaution. I read that baptisia has a big taproot that doesn't take well to transplant.

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  4. A fever! That would be scary right now! I wonder how you got a germ or virus? I was thinking that being masked up, I won't get any colds or anything this year. That aster looks nice! I have some New England asters that seed around and they're 5 feet tall and very invasive. I'm trying to dig them out. I like the ones with little teensy flowers, ericoides I think. Little tiny leaves, too, very dainty. The bees love them. That sage is nice too, brighter than the purple one.

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    1. I saw a nice aster on someone's Six on Saturday post, Lady in Black. You ever buy plants at Shooting Star? I haven't been this year of course, but I've had good success for the most part with their plants.

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    2. Yes, shooting star has nice things! I have some Lady in Black and Prince. They look similar and are very pretty. The black leaves with the tiny white flowers and pink centers is very attractive.

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  5. Looks like a good haul. I'll look forward to how they look in the spring.

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    1. Which seems so far away, but it isn't! And wintersowing season starts in about 8 weeks!

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