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.