What's Coming Up 54: Quince pruning, long bloom and late perennials, trumpet vine, crickets

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Its Table of Contents:
Summer cut that can damp quince's suckering pp. 1-2
Three perennials for five months of color pp. 2-4
Drinking from the garden hose: Is the killer Ms. Green in the garden with the lead pipe? pp. 4-5
Stumped by white inside the tomatoes pp. 5-6
Snap up a late blooming native: Turtlehead pg. 6
Amaryllis in a garden pp. 6-7
'Endless Summer' hydrangea never got going! pp. 7-8
Late, great garden tours pp. 8-9
Time for fine-pruning and bulb orders pg. 9
My mentor: Remembering Rudy pg. 9
Scrabbling in the garden: Flocculate pg. 9
The 45 mph garden: Trumpet vine pg. 10
Thumbs Up and Down to crickets and bandages,  pg. 10

On pages 1-2 of this issue: Many who take on a flowering quince don't realize how big it wants to be, in height and suckering spread. This Chaenomeles speciosa isn't done growing yet -- see the non-blooming tips of the branches? Only when a branch reaches its full genetic potential will it be full of bloom right to the tip.

On pages 1-2 of this issue: Many who take on a flowering quince don't realize how big it wants to be, in height and suckering spread. This Chaenomeles speciosa isn't done growing yet -- see the non-blooming tips of the branches? Only when a branch reaches its full genetic potential will it be full of bloom right to the tip.

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Quince (Chaenomeles japonica): Best pruned in two stages if you want it small but also fully flowered.

Quince (Chaenomeles japonica): Best pruned in two stages if you want it small but also fully flowered.

Some lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus varieties) begin blooming before April 1 and still look like they're blooming mid-June.

Some lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus varieties) begin blooming before April 1 and still look like they're blooming mid-June.

Japanese anemone (Anemone hybrida) is another perennial with a very long bloom period. We advise planting the double-flowered varieties ('Margarete' and 'Party Dress' in the pink range, 'Whirlwind' in white) which tend to be more sedate than the species, which can spread wide and rapidly in loose soil. 30- to 60 inches tall, most of that height in flower stalks, they will grow in sun or shade, but bloom their best and longest where they have sun that yields to shade during the hottest part of the day. They fare best in rich, well drained soil.

Japanese anemone (Anemone hybrida) is another perennial with a very long bloom period. We advise planting the double-flowered varieties ('Margarete' and 'Party Dress' in the pink range, 'Whirlwind' in white) which tend to be more sedate than the species, which can spread wide and rapidly in loose soil. 30- to 60 inches tall, most of that height in flower stalks, they will grow in sun or shade, but bloom their best and longest where they have sun that yields to shade during the hottest part of the day. They fare best in rich, well drained soil.

You can have a 1-2-3 hit with an assortment of perennial geraniums to follow,hellebore and precede Japanese anemone. Here, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)'Bevan's Variety' in a more saturated hue than the species)

You can have a 1-2-3 hit with an assortment of perennial geraniums to follow,hellebore and precede Japanese anemone. Here, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)'Bevan's Variety' in a more saturated hue than the species)

Lead poisoning is serious business that we try to steer clear of as we take that cool drink of water from the hose. Pages 4-5 of issue #54.

Lead poisoning is serious business that we try to steer clear of as we take that cool drink of water from the hose. Pages 4-5 of issue #54.

On page 6, meet turtlehead. See how this flower came to have that name? Pluck an individual flower, place thumb and forefinger on the hinges of the 'jaw", squeeze gently and the bloom will open and shut its mouth, much as it dragon cousin does. It's also host to caterpillars of the boldly patterned butterfly, the Baltimore Checkerspot. Want to learn more about playing host to butterflies? See pages 8 & 9.

On page 6, meet turtlehead. See how this flower came to have that name? Pluck an individual flower, place thumb and forefinger on the hinges of the 'jaw", squeeze gently and the bloom will open and shut its mouth, much as it dragon cousin does. It's also host to caterpillars of the boldly patterned butterfly, the Baltimore Checkerspot. Want to learn more about playing host to butterflies? See pages 8 & 9.

PAge 7 of this issue: An amaryllis bloms thanks to What's up advice...

PAge 7 of this issue: An amaryllis bloms thanks to What's up advice...

...while the flowering show of an "ever-blooming hydrangea" fall 'way short of the marketing hype (also on page 7)...

...while the flowering show of an "ever-blooming hydrangea" fall 'way short of the marketing hype (also on page 7)...

... ad we look at the trade-off in rose of sharon instead of hydrangea. Here, rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) 'Diana.'

... ad we look at the trade-off in rose of sharon instead of hydrangea. Here, rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) 'Diana.'

Another possible replacement for summer blooming mophead hydrangea is panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata), a white blooming 6-10' shrub (here behind purple Russian sage).

Another possible replacement for summer blooming mophead hydrangea is panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata), a white blooming 6-10' shrub (here behind purple Russian sage).

Hardy Hibiscus (H. moscheutos) can carry a garden in late summer, with varieties that range from 3 to 7 feet tall and bloom white, pink or red.

Hardy Hibiscus (H. moscheutos) can carry a garden in late summer, with varieties that range from 3 to 7 feet tall and bloom white, pink or red.

In our 45 mph Garden department in issue #54, we screech to a halt over trmpet vine in bloom. Campsis radicans, perhaps best grown with pavement all around it , as here...

In our 45 mph Garden department in issue #54, we screech to a halt over trmpet vine in bloom. Campsis radicans, perhaps best grown with pavement all around it , as here...

For more about trumpet vine, see page 10 of What's Coming Up #54, and check the ongoing discussion about this vine at our Forum.

...the hummingbirds love trumpet vine. Oh how we wish we could grow it without losing the whole garden to its suckering ways, and could be sure it would bloom reliably!

...the hummingbirds love trumpet vine. Oh how we wish we could grow it without losing the whole garden to its suckering ways, and could be sure it would bloom reliably!