We’re nearing the end of the growing season here at 7200 feet. There have been some disappointments in the AAS garden this year, but there have also been some great successes. The canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ is finally in bloom (albeit on plants topping out at about 12 inches tall) and the zinnias, salvia, kale, and tomatoes have rallied beautifully!
Our next (and last) plant walk and talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us!
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Several of the AAS Display Garden plants did not recover from the June 30 hailstorm here in Laramie. These plants were:
- Watermelon ‘Shiny Boy’ (one left)
- Squash ‘Honey Bear’ (one left)
- Peppers ‘Orange Blaze’ (four left), ‘Cayennetta’ (six left), and ‘Cajun Bell’ (one left)
- Melons ‘Melemon’ (zero left) and ‘Lambkin’ (one left).
Some never did well from the beginning:
- Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire’ and ‘Double Zahara Cherry’
- Watermelon ‘Faerie’
- Viola ‘Shangri-La Marina’ (has not flowered), ‘Rain Blue and Purple’ (two flowers open), and ‘Endurio Sky Blue Martien’ (has not flowered)
- Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry’ (no flowers)
- Snapdragon ‘Twinny Peach’ (no flowers)
- Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Olive’ (barely any foliage and no flowers – so dark they’re hard to see)
- Marigold ‘Moonsong Deep Orange’ (one flower open)
- Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose’ (two flowers open)
- Eggplant ‘Gretel’ (produced like crazy in 2012 but no flowers this year)
- Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ (one is about to open)
There are some that are clearly stars though:
- Zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’, ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’, and ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon – excellent and have bloomed all summer long
- Tomatoes ‘Terenzo’, ‘Lizzano’, and ‘Jasper’ – rebounded from the hail and are now loaded with flowers and even a few fruits
- Salvias ‘Summer Jewel Pink’ and ‘Summer Jewel Red’ – have been blooming all summer long
- Ornamental Kale ‘Glamour Red’ – has come back from the hail with stunning red and green foliage
The perennials planted in June 2012 are all in full bloom – Gaillardias ‘Mesa Yellow’ and ‘Arizona Apricot’ as well as ‘Echinacea Powwow Wild Berry’. Even one of the ‘Arizona Apricots’ planted just two months ago is blooming! We were hoping the new Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ might flower this year but so far no luck.
There are still several weeks left in the growing season up here in the tundra and we’ll take additional pictures in early September. Here are a few photos to leave you with.
The pictures pretty much tell the story!
We’re planning garden walks Wednesdays, July 31 and September 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The location is just northeast of the corner of 9th and Ivinson on the University of Wyoming campus – just west of Old Main.
Plants are bouncing back after the wicked hail on June 30! Check the blog from July 3 for comparison.
What were tomatoes last Saturday before hail storm Sunday. These are in the All-America Display Garden here on the U of Wyoming campus.
The second edition of the University of Wyoming’s AAS Display Garden was planted the week of June 3! My trusty assistant Shannon and I get it done in three chunks (the old knees can’t do it all at once anymore) totaling about 12 super-woman-hours.
This year 31 different varieties of flowering annuals, flowering perennials, and vegetables are in plain view for all to see! The annuals are:
Canna generalis ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ – new in 2013
Snapdragon ‘Twinny Peach’
Marigold ‘Moonsong Deep Orange’
Viola ‘Shangri-La Marina’, ’Rain Blue and Purple’, and ‘Endurio Sky Blue Martien’
Ornamental pepper ‘Black Olive’
Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel Pink’ and ‘Summer Jewel Red’
Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Cherry’, ‘Double Zahara Fire’, and ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’
Zinnia hybrida ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’ and ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ – both new for 2013
Pelargonium xhortorum ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose’ – new for 2013
Ornamental kale ‘Glamour Red’.
This year’s flowering perennials include three from 2012:
Gaillardia ‘Mesa Yellow’
Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Apricot’
Echinacea purpurea ‘Powwow Wild Berry’
Echinacea hybrida ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ – new for 2013.
Peppers ‘Cajun Belle’, ‘Cayennetta’, and ‘Orange Blaze’
Tomatoes ‘Jasper’, ‘Lizzano’, and ‘Terenzo’
Melons ‘Lambkin’ and ‘Melemon’ – ‘Melemon’ new for 2013
Squash ‘Honey Bear’
Watermelons ‘Faerie’ and ‘Shiny Boy’.
Many of the woody plants in our 7200′ Laramie yard are in bloom! The date is May 29, 2013 and here are some of the highlights…..
Grackles and robins always get the cherries before anybody else.
This crabapple is gorgeous for a few days, then develops fireblight, then drops crabapples everywhere.
Some of the viburnums do very well up here in the nosebleed section.
So close to flowering!
No fireblight! No fruit!
Our two high tunnels got new skins yesterday, May 14, 2013. We managed to pick a day with little wind and five of us available to help!