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IDEA: Changes in the garden

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The Idea Garden, December

As our garden progresses, we enjoy the blooms and foliage! The garden attracts much attention, from delivery drivers stopping to ask directions and marvel at the mustard (they sure would be tasty greens for supper!) to Entomologists speculating on potential cruciferous pests! We are looking for a piece of garden art for the center of the bed. That has been the topic of many discussions, and a coworker has tried to locate a historic piece, such as a harvest ladder, an old wheelbarrow, or a hand plow. For now, we enjoy the plants!

I can’t take enough pictures of these dainty pansies! There is quite a range of bloom color in this ‘Antique Imperial Shades’ cultivar. Some petals are even ruffled!

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Pansy 'Antique Imperial Shades'

Pansy ‘Antique Imperial Shades’

The planting plan has worked well for us. The purple mustard has stolen the show, of course, with its broad and vibrant leaves. It is the plant of greatest quantity in the garden, too. In the morning, especially when it is cold, those purple leaves look metallic!

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Can’t wait to see the rosy-pink blooms of the snapdragons against the purple mustard leaves!

IMG_5978Horticulturists and fellow gardeners here on campus have taken great interest in our broccoli. The plants are still quite beautiful. They appear almost blue in color. This is a variety that has a long days-to-harvest (DTH) interval. We speculated whether or not the early cold spell in November would kill the plants. It did not. Now, we are speculating whether or not we will get to see the chartreuse, cone-shaped heads that this variety is rumored to have! See, the Idea Garden is good at generating conversation, debate, and engagement!

Foliage of Broccoli 'Romanesca'

Foliage of Broccoli ‘Romanesca’

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About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.