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Re: New plant acquisition...

From the Chicago Botanic Garden I found out yours is a T. caeruleum
Throatwort, Trachelium caeruleum 'Devotion Purple'

The listing in A-Z says it grows to 3-4 ft and is hardy in zones 9-10.  Tch,
tch, if you've been looking at it for a couple of weeks, you might have
looked it up b4 buying......but then maybe you didn't WANT to know, eh?

Since you've made the investment, I would try to overwinter it in the
garage.  As a back up, try cuttings.  A-Z says to take softwood cuttings in
early summer.  Trachelium are all woody-based perennials.

Last winter I brought in an Osteospurmum.  I cut it back, it limped along,
looked pathetic by May.  But you should see that plant now!  Four times the
size it was last year and putting out more flowers every day.  I took
cuttings from my Persian Shields last fall and have a nice row of them this
year, interwoven with some Verbena 'Homestead Purple'.  This year I bought
some interesting Alternantheras and a Cordyline, which I'll try bringing in
this fall, too.  Also, since I now know that Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' isn't
hardy, I may bring that in.

These experiments are not always successful, but it's worth a try.  Good
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 7:56 PM
Subject: [CHAT] New plant acquisition...

> I'm sorry I haven't had time to enjoy the group more lately.  I do miss
> of you.  I hope you don't mind helping me figure out what I need to do
> a certain plant.
> Today I couldn't stand it any longer and after seeing a specific plant for
> couple of weeks, I spent money I didn't have to buy it.  Here is the
> problem.  It was sold to me as a perennial (zone 5) but when I tried to
> some culture/zone info on the web, it comes up as an annual or tender
> perennial.  I purchased a gallon pot of Trachelium 'Devotion Purple.'
> it come back in zone 5?  Should I save seed and try to start it again next
> year if it isn't perennial in zone 5?  Should I try to over winter it in
> house?  (O.K., so I know better than to impulse buy, but the flowers are
> beautiful and unique!)
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (Zone 5, SW OH)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Cersgarden@aol.com
> Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 8:58 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Garden design mag.
> In a message dated 7/9/03 10:03:18 PM, romans8@comcast.net writes:
> << The latest has a good article
> about heritage roses of Dr. Griffith Buck. Roses developed for hardiness
> Iowa & like states. >>
> Tony, Dr Buck did his work at ISU.  ISU Reiman Gardens has almost a full
> collection of the roses he developed.  He passed away several years ago
> his
> wife & daughter Mary still live in Ames (home of ISU).  Mary gives talks
> his
> roses.  I have several of his roses which are not only hardy (own root
> stock)
> but disease resistant also.
>     Ceres
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