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Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

For those who live in the Great Pacific NW and touch the earth and make it better.

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Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on November 5, 2009 at 10:33am
Hey everyone "Batten down the hatches" rain,wind and cold for the next week. You can feel it already. Maybe all the leaves on the big leaf maples and cotton woods will come down at once. Take all tender plants in NOW, it's time to snuggle under a quilt with a good book.
Comment by lynda backman on November 5, 2009 at 10:21am
Thanks for the tip, Diane...I'll look that cranesbill up. I planted a beautiful G. pratense called 'Midnight Reiter'...deep purple leaves that is semi-dwarf with large dark lilac flowers. But it just sits there! What's that saying? First year sleeps, second year creeps, third year leaps. I want it to leap the first year!
Comment by lynda backman on November 5, 2009 at 10:14am
Whoever started this group: can we get a nice pic up instead of the 3 resident brown silhouettes?
Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on November 5, 2009 at 10:12am
Hi Lynda, I have so many varieties of Cranesbill Geranium it is hard to pick out a favorite but if pressed it would be G.dalmaticum or Dalmatian Cranesbill Geranium which is evergreen and the leaves turn orange/red in the fall. the flowers are small, mauve to pink. I also have a favorite white with red stripes. blood-red and of course all of the lavenders,pinks etc. Several years ago I discovered them and made it a point to collect a lot of them, they all do well here and make a neat ground cover or border plant.
Comment by lynda backman on November 5, 2009 at 10:12am
Has anyone successfully wintered over purple fountain grass? I have some perennial pfg that does well, but the annual is so beautiful! I wondered if I dug it and
brought it inside, it would keep for next year (they're spendy!)????
Comment by lynda backman on November 5, 2009 at 9:53am
Diane, what variety hard geranium do you grow? And which is your favorite and why?
Comment by Jean Young on November 2, 2009 at 5:11pm
Thanks for the advice. The dead looking plants are for sure an eye sore.
Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on November 2, 2009 at 5:05pm
Jean, I cut mine to the ground when they die back just to not have dead looking plants around, in the spring they will green up beautifully. Mine flower well into the first hard freeze and last year they even peaked through a light snow.
Comment by Jean Young on November 1, 2009 at 8:10pm
Last year was the first year for my perenial geraniums (thanks Diane for the proper wordage). They are just beautiful and spread nicely but have not taken over (yet). I have not cut them back and probably won't this year at least. I'll be curious to see how long they flower and what they look like in the winter. I'm assuming since they are a perennial they will die back.
Comment by Betty Everitt Lochner on November 1, 2009 at 6:27pm
Thank you. I moved some to a pot and they did well this year too. I wasn't sure if I should just leave them alone or cut them back!
 

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