What are your summer flowers blooming?


#543

Guess what flower this is


#544

James,
People often show the best they have. My bee balms get a lot of sun, too, since they are next to the house foundation facing southwest. A lot of them look tired. Rain has often missed us, too, so that makes things worse.


#545

I’ll let Mamuang answer your trivia questions since we’re both a typin’. First word “c”, second “o” or c o b or other names. Right Mam?

Andy, I got a couple pods off Maho Mite tonite. I got a pod on a dark purple daylily, also.

Okay, Castor Oil plant, Castor Oil Bean plant.

@mamuang is that short pink bee balm of yours ‘Grand Parade’? Did I send that to you, possibly? I have a 2’ x 2’ patch of it. I’ve given away tons of it over the years. Bee Balm’s are my favorite flowers for flowering period.

Dax


#546

Dax,
I know little about flowers. Not enough to recognize castor oil plant.

I wish you sent me seeds of those beautiful flowers you have including your day lilies :grin:

My pink bee balm was from Home Depot. They got moved too many times and look like they could croak soon.


#547

Bee balms do that. They die off in patches and then run again filling in voids.

I wish I had a lot of daylily seeds Tip! A lot, cause they’re my fascination. You need more bee balm, I’ll dig some next spring. Remind me please.

Dax


#548

Many things look a little tired with this weather! But I do suspect my bee balm would benefit from a different location. They’ve been pretty consistently draggly where they are now.

Also interesting what you said about the scent of the leaves. I find the monarda leaves kind of skunky, myself (in contrast with the foliage on our catmint, which strikes me as very pleasantly citrusy, though I’ve heard that some people find it disagreeable).


#549

Sunflowers in the rain… July 27. This july has been very favorable for the growth and establishment of my many young fruit trees…


#550

Good for you!


#551

James,
Would you mind PM me your address?

I will send you leaves of my bee balm (pleasant) and catmint (stinky) so you and I can settle who have better sense of smell😆


#552

I also like the smell of my catmint!


#553

Roy,
My catmint leaves are so stinky (to me and my friend) that my friend refused to take the plant when I offered it to her.


#554

Have you been hand pollinating or are they unknown crosses? I actually break the blooms off after they’re done and have never saved seed pods. I should I suppose.


#555

I only figured it out cuz of the leaves but i also wanted to comment to @mamuang that catmint is a very pleasant smell.

My damn dog pisses at the base of my bee balms all winter and kills them, its extremely rude. He loves it


#556

Maybe it’s the variety, mine is Walkers Lowe


#557

Mine was from Home Depot years ago. It has past its prime. I will take pics tomorrow to show you guys.

Roy - Your catmint Walkers Lowe has fuller flower petals and brighter color than mine. beautiful.


#558


#559

Hi Andy, the few pods I collected yesterday evening are open-pollinated. Last years were intentional as you know.

There are certain cultivars that make seed pods w/o hand pollination at my house and the rest do not unless hand-pollinated. Every morning last year I found the flowers that had opened and pollinated them. I know of course which of mine are Diploid and which re Tetraploid so as to pollinate diploids with diploids and tetraploids with tetraploids. Gotta know that first.


#560

@Borer_the_explorer and @JinMA,
These are my catmint, past prime. I crushed leaves to smelled them and had my daughter smelled them. They smell foul.


#561

Why wait for seeds send corms.


#562

If you ever find yourself out this way, there’s a daylily grower that claims to have the largest collection of varieties in the US about a 15 min drive from me.

http://www.harmonhillfarm.com/

They do have mail order, too.