2013 AAS Garden Hail Victims

August 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm (All-America Selections Gardens) (, , , )

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.

Salvia 'Summer Jewel Red' - photo 8-7-13

Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’ – photo 8-7-13

Geranium 'Pinto Premium White to Rose' - photo 8-7-13

Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose’ – photo 8-7-13

What should be melon 'Melon' but was wiped out in the June 30 hail. Photo 8-7-13.

What should be melon ‘Melemon’ but was wiped out in the June 30 hail. Photo 8-7-13.

Marigold 'Moonsong Deep Orange' - photo 8-7-13Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose’ – photo 8-7-13

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AAS Garden July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm (All-America Selections Gardens) (, , )

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.

Canna generalis 'South Pacific Scarlet'

Canna generalis ‘South Pacific Scarlet’

Ornamental Kale 'Glamour Red'

Ornamental Kale ‘Glamour Red’

Viola 'Endurio Sky Blue Martien'

Viola ‘Endurio Sky Blue Martien’

Zinnia hybrida 'Profusion Double Hot Cherry'

Zinnia hybrida ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’

We even have fruit! Tomato 'Terenzo'

We even have fruit! Tomato ‘Terenzo’

This was planted in 2012 and is finally blooming! Echinacea purpurea 'Powwow Wild Berry'

This was planted in 2012 and is finally blooming! Echinacea purpurea ‘Powwow Wild Berry’

Very slow this season - mid-July and this is what the north bed looks like...

Very slow this season – mid-July and this is what the north bed looks like…

...and the south bed...

…and the south bed…

...and the perennials circle of Gaillardia and Echinacea.

…and the perennials circle of Gaillardia and Echinacea.

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Garden Rebounds

July 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm (All-America Selections Gardens)

Kale is now recognizable again - and so are the weeds.

Kale is now recognizable again – and so are the weeds.Plants are bouncing back after the wicked hail on June 30! Check the photos from July 3 for comparison.

Plants are bouncing back after the wicked hail on June 30! Check the blog from July 3 for comparison.

Tomato plants have leafed out again.

Tomato plants have leafed out again.

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Hail aftermath

July 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm (All-America Selections Gardens)

Hail aftermath

What were tomatoes last Saturday before hail storm Sunday. These are in the All-America Display Garden here on the U of Wyoming campus.

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2013 All-America Selections at UW

June 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm (All-America Selections Gardens) (, , )

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.

The University of Wyoming All-America Display Garden is just west of Old Main on campus in Laramie. Karen at the site, June 19, 2013.

The University of Wyoming All-America Display Garden is just west of Old Main on campus in Laramie. Karen at the site, June 19, 2013.

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

Geranium xhortorum 'Pinto  Premium White to Rose.' Photo courtesy All-America Selections.

Geranium xhortorum ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose.’ Photo courtesy All-America Selections.

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.

2013 AAS selection Echinacea hybrida 'Cheyenne Spirit'. Photo courtesy All-America Selections.

2013 AAS selection Echinacea hybrida ‘Cheyenne Spirit’. Photo courtesy All-America Selections.

Vegetables are:

Eggplant ‘Gretel’

Peppers ‘Cajun Belle’, ‘Cayennetta’, and ‘Orange Blaze’

Tomatoes ‘Jasper’, ‘Lizzano’, and ‘Terenzo’

Melons ‘Lambkin’ and ‘Melemon’ – ‘Melemon’ new for 2013

Pumpkin ‘Hijinks’

Squash ‘Honey Bear’

Watermelons ‘Faerie’ and ‘Shiny Boy’.

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Woody Flower Power

May 29, 2013 at 1:47 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

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…..

'Montmorency' sour cherry

‘Montmorency’ sour cherry

Grackles and robins always get the cherries before anybody else.

Pink crabapple - Hopa?

Pink crabapple – Hopa?

This crabapple is gorgeous for a few days, then develops fireblight, then drops crabapples everywhere.

'Burkwood' viburnum

‘Burkwood’ viburnum

Some of the viburnums do very well up here in the nosebleed section.

Horsechestnut flower buds

Horsechestnut flower buds

So close to flowering!

'Spring Snow' crabapple‘Spring Snow’ crabapple

No fireblight! No fruit!

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Re-covering High Tunnels

May 16, 2013 at 1:47 am (Uncategorized)

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!

Double layers on one tunnel with Ethan Walter and Casey Seals debating the next step.

Double layers on one tunnel

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Mike Fernandez and Andrea Garfinkel trying to get rid of excess plastic!

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Working the wiggle wire on the second tunnel.

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North-south tunnel…we even got the roll-up side straight!

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East-west tunnel done!

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East-west tunnel complete with anti-billow rope zigzagged.

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Not-so-straight roll-up bar on the north-south tunnel. Maybe no one will notice.

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