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Re: Chelone glabra Black Ace
  • Subject: Re: Chelone glabra Black Ace
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 22:29:13 -0500

Nope, soil drained very quickly & invaded by Maple roots, Chelone always struggling. I'm going to yank everything from that bed and redo it adding lots of humus. I'd like to find some sort of barrier to keep out the maple roots. How tiny would hardware cloth need to be to keep them out?

Or ... perhaps a lining of landscape fabric? Or would that prevent drainage? If so I could stick wet lovers in the bed - Juncus, Chelone, etc.

Hmmm..... any thoughts?

David has bloomed nonstop for me too, with Katherine at his side.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Patricia Dickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chelone glabra Black Ace

Sounds like good moist soil! I have layered shrubs, vines and such but
can't think of one like yours!
We are driving back from Colorado! Spent almost a week!! I never can
believe how FABULOUS the flowers are there in July and August! I took
some wonderful pictures of great combinations for great color!
It makes me want to give up at home though with the heat,( record #
days over 100), dry wind, and grasshopper invasion!  I think I should
plant more shrubs and trees to get color! Spend more time on early
spring or fall for flowers! The one plant that always comes through
for me in hot dry summer is 'David' or 'Mt Fuji' white phlox! Blooms
and reblooms with little care!
Great to hear of your good fortune Kitty!

sent from my i-phone
 Patricia Dickson

On Sep 1, 2010, at 5:42 PM, "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:

I have had this tall white turtlhead for about 4-5 yrs.  Because of
chipmunk activity and the fact that the soil was too well draining
for it to begin with, the plant hasn't done as well the past couple
of years.  I only now got around to digging it up, even though I
suspect spring would be a much better time to divide it.

While digging the clump I noticed one stem had bent halfway up so
it's head was in the soil.  What surprised me was that its head -
you know, where the flowers are supposed to be - had developed roots
and was starting a new plant.  I have layered shrubs this way and
I've had groundcovers like Chrysogonum and Lamium do this, but I
don't think I've ever seen a tall growing, clump forming perennial
root from the top like this.

Has anyone ever had this happen?  Is it normal?  Any input would be

neIN, Zone 5
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