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August 19, 2015

Wow! We have had a beautiful summer. It has been a little cool, but the perennials have looked amazing.

Earlier this year I highlighted a few of my favorite plants, now I would like to point out a plant that isn’t always on my favorites list.

The Big-foot Geraniums are a group that I don’t really care for. This includes Beven’s Variety, Ingwersen’s Variety and Biokovo. Some of the reasons that they are popular is because they are deer resistant and very hardy. This group has very fragrant leaves and you either love the scent or you absolutely do not. I fall in to the latter group. A few years ago, when we bought our house, a friend gave me a Biokovo Geranium. Last year I divided it into 5 plants. They are beautiful! This spring, my Biokovos had sooooooo many flowers! I had tons of Bumblebees visiting them.

Biokovo

Lesson learned: Don’t judge a plant by it’s smell.

In the greenhouse world, our mums are looking very nice. Still a little green yet but that will change.

mums2015

We are redoing some greenhouse floors in Perennials by ripping up the old fabric, re-grading and putting down new fabric.

gh8dry

All the rain this week is letting us know where we need to add a little more gravel.

gh8wet

 

 

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling, and walking her dogs.