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RE: New varieties for 2004

> Have you
> tried any of the new introductions for 2004?

I ordered the CD not so much for myself but for our Trial Garden and for use by 
any speakers at CES.  The head of our Trial Garden had mentioned she is getting 
seed for the Gypsophila, so when I saw it on the list I figured it would be 
helpful to have it. (I draw up the Self-guided tour at our gardens and it helps 
to have photos - it is sometimes difficult to find photos of new 

Personally, I've not been too "into" annuals, but in recent years I've come to 
appreciate them more.  However, I still tend more toward tender perennials that 
are reffered to as annuals here.  I have a large sunny bed out front  - well, 
large for me - that, because of the Silver Maple, I can't plant perennials in 
it.  At least none that I'd be able keep there long.  I have it tilled up every 
spring  with a monster-tiller and replant.

The AAS winning Wave Petunias have been a blessing out there for the past few 
years.  And last year I utilized a very pretty moss rose in an apricot color 
scheme.  But this year I changed to featuring deep red-purple plants.  Last 
year's AAS winning Pelargonium 'Black Magic Rose' has deep purple zones on the 
leaves and the bright cherry flowers add brightness.  Other red contributions 
include Alternantheras, Purple Fountain Grass 'Rubrum', and another AAS winner, 
Millet 'Purple Majesty', and a Cordyline.  Silver Squill has the color on the 
bulb and leaf undersides.  Greens include Osteospurmum and my tnder bulbs that 
summer in the soil - Tulbaghia, Amaryllis, Agapanthus, and Theresa's Queen's 
Tears.  I do let a volunteer Cleome or two grow to full height if well-
positioned.  Last years moss roses reseeded and i've let them stay too.

I use a new, bigger, thicker Portulaca and Diascias for accents and several 
Persian Shields, other Alternantheras, and my very first Pansy in other front 
borders.  this week I'm going to have to seriously consider what will/won't be 
saved over the winter - plants to dig, cuttings to take.  Lows are still 50 and 
50+, but I see 40s coming soon.

Sorry, Sheri, I sort of got off the topic - annuals - my appreciation is 
growing, I'm just not quite there yet.  I don't do - don't like - baskets and 
other containers for myself, but do appreciate them elsewhere.

> Kitty,
> Thanks! I was in Chicago at the Garden Writers Symposium near the time
> when my newsletter arrived and I have not had the time to check it out
> yet.
> I did forget that you do have to return them within 30 days! Have you
> tried any of the new introductions for 2004?
> The Celosia Fresh Look Red is simply beautiful. It performs very well. T
> & M has a new 5 ft double sunflower that will be in the upcoming catalog
> that is to die for. I also like the new Caledula they are promoting.
> The Sugar 'N Spice Sweet Pea has not bloomed yet but it is very compact,
> so it is perfect for hanging baskets and bags.
> Lavatera Novella is nice until it begins to set seed.
> The new Baby's Breath Gypsy Rose has a wonderful mounding habitat
> however the flowers are very tiny, not at all like the florists baby's
> breath.
> I have a lot of this information up on my website at
> http://www.exoticgardening.com I do however have to add you manually
> once you register so it may take me a day or two.
> Sheri

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