HAPPY NEW YEAR!

coleuslady's picture

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (post #19760)

Happy New Year!

I have been unable to participate in the forum for several years and now can finally return. I don't recognize any names from the old days but am looking forward to reading posts and sharing ideas with the present group.

Wishing all of you a good year and the kind of renewal which a garden can bring. Has anyone spotted a surprise volunteer yet?

Best Wishes to you all, and good gardening,

Elizabeth, Gardening in Zone 7, Mid-Atlantic

“Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.” -- Terence McKenna

SteveA's picture

Welcome back! (post #19760, reply #1 of 3)

Our garden is under snow right now, so everything is still perfect!

Since you call yourself "Coleuslady," what kinds of coleus will you be growing this year?

--Steve Aitken, Editor, Fine Gardening

coleuslady's picture

Interestingly phrased! (post #19760, reply #2 of 3)

Hello, Steve!

Interestingly phrased question! Several years ago, when I could share cuttings from numerous coleus, a neighbor who hadn't yet learned my name referred to me as the coleus lady. It was fun then, but now I am limited by how many houseplants can summer on the porch, protected from the invading deer. And I'm such a softie that I can't bear to leave annuals to perish, so the other criterion is their ability to survive the winter indoors.

Right now one of the coleus among the plants is an anonymous bright rose pass-along, still doing well. "Saturn" has been with me for almost 17 years and threatens to expire every winter. It is the first to go into shock when moved indoors, dropping lots of leaves immediately, and usually, as now, dying gradually until I desperately rescue one last stem. The stem refuses to guarantee hardiness until May but is growing roots anyway.

The third coleus is my champion. It is the descendant of a 25-cent seed packet from a discount store, which was irresistibly priced  and contained 21 seeds of unnamed variety, all of which grew.  It's an old-fashioned looking tri-color oval leaf, the "variety" in the packet being that some were pinker, rosier, or peachier, perhaps only depending on an inch more or less in the sun. It wants to grow more avidly than any other coleus I've had and pops its seeds to grow in surrounding pots, lawn, and even cracks in the porch. Isn't this what all gardeners want? A plant that just won't quit!

Thanks for your question. I hope we get to hear about what is waiting under all your snow!

Elizabeth, Gardening in Zone 7, Mid-Atlantic

“Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.” -- Terence McKenna

southernsoil's picture

coleus (post #19760, reply #3 of 3)

I have to say my favorite coleus for the last few years has been 'Redhead'. Every fall I take cuttings to overwinter in the greenhouse for planting in the gardens the following spring. This baby grows in any location I plant it, sun or shade, wet or dry. Love it! I have not been on this forum in a long time and I really need my gardener/gardens fix this time of year. Happy New Year Coleuslady!