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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
Daniel, thanks for the info on blackberry species. I'm going to look them up. My wild ones just don't measure up.
"Corn" or "cone" flowers? I always say cone. Am I wrong?
Randy, you are right. Echinacea is cornflower. I think they are native in your area, but not here. They are nice to look at, pollinating insects seem to love them, and deer and rabbits leave them alone.
Today I dug up the first of the garlic. There are some nice heads in there. I also dug some potatoes.
Here are some more blackberries.
Prime Ark Freedom. - A very new introduction from Arkansas State University. Once established, this cultivar sends up canes in Spring that bear fruit in the same fall (Primocane), but also bears on year-old canes, now. I like these more than the Columbia Star - juicier, and more berry flavor. Some people don't like the seeds. I don't mind the at all. Very vigorous and no thorns at all. none.
Columbia Star - A trailing type, the Western type of blackberry. Also a very modern cultivar, I think form Oregon State University but I could be wrong. Not bad, also totally thornless and I think the seeds are the same as Prime Ark Freedom. Some people say these have smaller or few seeds.
Ebony King - old cultivar, supposedly thornless (but not really. but less than the invasive blackberries). Most days I think these have better flavor than the other two.
Echinacea must be the proper name for coneflowers. I have plenty of them.
As an aside, I'm not a Martha Stewart fan. Ugh.
Randy, that's thoughtful of you to plant them for others, since you don't care for them. I don't know if I do or not - I just like growing stuff.
Gooseberry/rhubarb - nice! I can't grow gooseberries here. Some kind of bug strips them bare and kills them.
Joan, I thought about electric fence. I think I'm at a stage were I need to streamline and cut back some. After this, I have a shed to build, then I think that's all I want to do, construction-wise. I've learned most of the plants that get eaten by herbivores, and when. I just need to be diligent and make better choices.
Here are some flowers those animals don't touch. Just starting blooming.
Echinacea - grown from seed 2 years ago. I read they don't like the Pacific Northwest winters, but here they are. I might plant some more again.
I keep having to divide and replant the Crocosmia. They do really well here. Nothing eats them, and they don't need watering. Hummingbirds love them.
I plant zinnias and marigolds in rows, like vegetables. Martha Stewart would scoff, but I like them this way. Just starting to bloom. They also don't need water and the herbivores don't bother them at all.
One of these days, we'll have pawpaws. I planted about 20 trees, not all of which made it. I won't be eating them, however.
A solar powered fence is a good idea. My regular electric fence is a pain to set up. It's for sweet corn, not hens.
My gooseberry/rhubarb pie is delicious! A perfect combination of tartness with sweetness.
What should have been a quick job of freezing broccoli turned out to be lengthy. My heads were so wormy, it took me several hours to soak (in salt water) and pick out dead "worms". I'm sure I didn't get them all--added protein, as they say.
Daniel, have you thought of using solar-powered fencing around your growing plot?
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Loam/Daniel, your blossoms and developing pawpaw tree looks very promising. I am curious about the taste of the fruit when it ripens; please keep us informed.
Your photos and comments enrich my day.
We still get scallions from the Egyptian Walking Onions, when in season. I was thinking something was eating those too, and they are stronger than regular onions. So I have them in a more protected place in raised beds.
A few years ago, I planted this cactus in a container with a lily. It gets no special care at all, just whatever the lily gets. I noticed it was blooming.
The pawpaw trees might actually produce this year. If so, this will be a first. Here they are so far. Probably 2 to 3 months to ripening, a guess since I've never had them get this far before.
They must have some serious bad breath!
Rick planted onions too, but he hasn't said how they're doing.
Either deer, or rabbits, or both ate some of my onions last year, and almost all of them, this year. i was very frustrated. There were about a hundred plants. They also ate garlic leaves for a while. I didnt think they would need extensive fencing, and never got around to putting in the big security fences I use for tomatoes and beans and fruit trees. Next year I intend to - home grown onions are a nice crop.
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