Something Old, Something New

@Modestah (11195)
United States
February 24, 2008 2:39pm CST
Are there any new varieties you will try planting this year? is it a new strain of an old favorite - or something altogether new for you? Are you excited about it? What oldies will you definately be bringing back again this year? Were they "new to you" last year and you were so impressed that you will add them to the normal repertoire? or is it something that you have just always grown?
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
24 Feb 08
We're adding loffas this year. They will have to be started from seed but hoping to get a nice crop - this will be something uncommon in Michigan. We, my ex-husband and I, did grow them 20 years ago down in Texas but it was much warmer for a longer period of time there.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
24 Feb 08
wow, interesting. will you be growing it for the fibre or??? are the squash of the loofah actually edible?
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
24 Feb 08
Never tried eating them - will be for the fibres and hopefully add to the collection of arts and crafts. I saw a show on HGTV a month or so ago where a lady decorated them, they were darling. But also great for bathing and people go for most anything that is 'home grown'.
• Canada
7 Mar 08
I grew luffas for many years....and the end result is so worth it! Gave bath kits with them for many years. I'm jealous, enjoy them.
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I'm sticking with the old. Strobolanthes, Passiflora, Brugmansia, Coreopsis, Iris, Sedum, Phlox, Dendranthemum and some others that I do not remember right not. I have a patch of Mirabalis that I started about 7 years ago. I culled the colors I didn't want and have had a nice magenta Mirabalis the past 5 years.
• Canada
7 Mar 08
Have you tried an old favourite...Dame's Rocket (aka Sweet Rocket)? The aroma is outstanding. Is your climate such that you can leave your Brugs & Passiflora outdoors? Another one that I grow for it's many properties is Echinacea! I tend to stick to the oldies, cause it's my way of revolting against gene manipulation.
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
7 Mar 08
You have to bring Brugmansia inside for the winter where I live. I like Echinacea. I am more familiar with Latin names. When you say rockets do you mean Columbine?