Hi Everyone. Just had to share these hearty beauties with you!
The 2012 American Garden Award just announced the flower winners of their annual contest. Each year six flower varieties are chosen by their breeders for their great garden performance. The varieties are planted and put on display at participating gardens and the public votes for their favorite. These are the winners and should be contenders for your garden next year. My favorite, by the way, is #2.
And the three winners are:
Grand Prize Winner
Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz™ Sunset’ from Ernst Benary of America
Begonia Santa Cruz™ Sunset lights up your garden with an abundance of scarlet/orange blooms. Its elegant softly cascading form is perfect for hanging baskets, urns or mass plantings in your garden. Surprisingly heat, drought and rain tolerant, this summer beauty thrives in any location from full sun to shade.
Second Place Winner (My Favorite!)
Gazania ‘Big Kiss™ White Flame’ F1
from Syngenta Flowers
Gazania Big Kiss™ White Flame has huge white and rose striped flowers that cover full, bushy plants. This carefree, heat loving and drought tolerant annual loves the sun and thrives in tough conditions, all summer long. Extra large flowers and plants make high impact displays in garden beds or containers.
Third Place Winner
Petunia ‘Surfinia® Deep Red’
from Suntory Flowers
‘Finally, the true deep red petunia gardeners have been searching for! For 20 years, Surfinia® has been the best-selling vegetative petunia series in the world, offering superior garden performance with no pinching or pruning needed. Enjoy ‘Surfinia® Deep Red’ in container gardens or in the landscape from spring through fall.
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It’s official. I submitted my street-side tree garden into the City of Boston Garden Contest tonight. There’s still time for other Boston residents to enter. The deadline is Wed. July 18th at 5pm.
This summer has been a tough one for my garden. Today’s submission reflects my fourth planting since April. That’s well over my usual quota of planting through early July.
My current garden has lush, red, mandevillas, purple dahlias, bright purple and yellow petunias, pink impatiens and lots of English ivy.
My fingers are crossed that my garden earns a Finalist position. I’d love the judge to see the colors, textures and beauty that exists on a sidewalk in the middle of the city. Good luck to all the entrants!
An alert to all city gardeners:
The Back Bay flower thief has struck again!
Last year, three gorgeous dahlias were plucked from our street-side tree garden.
This past Friday night, an entire clump of yellow petunias was lifted straight out of our side-street container.
My husband is threatening to install a close-circuit camera!
I must admit this post does sound a bit like the game of Clue…. “He was in the alley with the dahlias from the garden!” Wish it was all just a game.
In the larger scheme of things, flower theft is small potatoes. We made a quick trip to Mahoney’s in Brighton to find replacements. There I learned that flower theft was on the rise all over the city! The young man at the register told me that I was the 11th or 12th person to come to the Garden Center over the past several days with the same lament. Misery loves company.
And yellow petunias? Very hard to find, just in case you were interested. Luckily, there were plenty of healthy and hearty Proven Winner purple and white petunias for sale. Did some serious rearranging in all my containers. Kept the tall, white “Crystal Peak White” False Dragonhead Physostegia (sometimes called Obediant Plant), removed the Shasta daisies and nestled the new petunias with the existing English ivy. All the plants seems happy in their warm, sunny space. Fingers are crossed that the flower thief has retired for the season. Here’s wishing that your flowers are blooming and staying where you planted them! Enjoy!
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Choosing plants for my garden is a creative and exciting process. Visiting a garden center, discovering healthy plants with great colors and textures, arranging them together until they look just right… that’s fun for me. It’s a good thing I like this process since I have to do it at least three to four times between April and September. City life is hard on plants.
Last week I had to do something quick. All of the impatiens in my tree garden and containers were wilted, leggy and needed to be replaced.
I drove to Allandale Farm in Brookline to purchase plants to add new color and variety. If you don’t know Allandale, it’s Boston’s last working farm and worth the trip. You can get fresh produce in the main building and usually they have a terrific assortment of flowers that thrive in city environments – vibrant pots of dahlias, daisies, impatiens, petunias and more. Unfortunately, the flower selection this day was slim. It took some looking but I found six pots of lively white and yellow Shasta daisies and two hanging planters of yellow, purple and red petunias. I thought I could easily break up the petunias and plant the flowers in the containers and tree garden. Overall, the daisies look great and are doing fine. The petunias… well, they are more of a mixed bag. About half of the transplanted petunias are doing well. The other half are struggling to thrive in one container and the street side tree garden. Ugh. I thought they looked hearty. My bad. My counsel would be to buy potted petunias. Using flowers from a hanging planter as a shortcut might seem like a good, money saving idea but I don’t recommend it. More replanting this weekend. Need to get my pictures off to the Mayor Menino Garden Contest by July 13th! Will visit Wilson Farm in Lexington to scope out their plant selections. Really want dahlias. More on Wilson Farm and my plant choices next time. Enjoy!
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