Nursery hop- Earthworks Fuchsias

6 Apr

So Saturday the 4th of April, we went down to Covington to Earthworks Fuchsias. It’s still early, even this year, for the baskets to all be in full bloom, but there were already several varieties blooming some. We went mostly for the little 2 inch starts, so I figured getting them early was probably a good thing, both for availability and for getting things started here.

So, we mostly got a ton of starts, but also “splurged” on two gallon sized ones (for just 6 bucks each! Great deal, especially since the ‘San Carlos’ is already starting to bloom!)

So these are the varieties we got, in no particular order, and some notes where appropriate-

‘San Carlos’- a dwarf floriferous type, already fully budded out, in a decorative little 6 inch “gallon”, small classic red and purple flowers. Still mostly buds, but the hummers are checking it out!

‘Strawberry Delight’- a semi double upright, but it has the most amazingly textured foliage with a really interesting red vein on it. The plant is beautiful even if it’s not in flower yet. I just hope the flowers are as nice as the leaves, and not so double the hummers won’t use it! This one is also in a gallon sized pot, as the little starts didn’t look near as nice.

And in two inch starts we got these;

‘Alice Hoffman’- pinkish tinge to the new growth with pinkish purple veins on new leaves too… Suppose. To be one of the hardier ones we got

‘Eden Rock’

‘Drame’- pink red ballerina like flowers

‘Queen Elizabeth’- one of the stars of what we got in the mixed baskets last year, and Beth insisted we replace it, since those I have no idea if they are going to come back or not?

‘Golden Marinka’- Beth loves the gold cused foliage, and they said this was one of the more sun/heat tolerant types, so it may end up in a basket in the front courtyard.

‘Mistress Birdie’- loved the name, and appears to have small, quirky little flowers. We will see

‘Marcia’- another small one

Fuchsia denticata- species, not hardy, but love the tricolor narrow flowers, and the narrower leaves are nice too. More tropical looking than the typical hanging basket types.

‘Doc’- got this one for Herb, who is a doctor. He has to have this one, lol

‘Grumpy’- cause well, half the time I am, lol

‘Janice Ann’- three of them, for the tipsy lots this year (instead of the Cupheas)

‘Old Sommerset’- interesting variable variegation, speckled now but may end up zoned on some leaves, and pretty flowers

‘Red Warrior’- red and dark purple flowers

‘Phyllis’- beautiful puckered foliage

‘Dying Embers’- red and black purple flowers

‘Balkonigan’- beautiful flamed purple petals

‘Hermiena’- white and “deep wine red”, hopefully it lives up to the picture, lol

‘Tom West’- classic pink and white and green variegated foliage basket type, again for the courtyard possibly

‘Machu Picchu’- beautiful pale orange pink flowers, a bit longer than typical ones, probably not hardy here, lol… But pretty

‘Grandma Mac’- a local heirloom variety, apparently it was on an old homestead, and the family kept propagating and moving it as they moved it along, calling it by this name. Supposed to stay fairly short, so gonna use several for Herb over on his mound for summer color.

‘Dancing Flame’- one of the basket types, no idea if it’s hardy, lol, but incredible flamed pink and purple petals. 

Also got a heliotrope, cause I liked the one they had in the center of the basket last year so well, and 6 Nonstop Begonias, lol. Beth likes them, I think they remind her of Dad. Oh, and a sixpack of pansies, lol. 

 Now what to do with them all,  lol… Some will definitely go in baskets in the back deck and hopefully in the entryway. Still have the triphylla types inside (‘Gartenmeister’, ‘Billy Green’, ‘Mary’ and ‘Fireworks’). Hopefully I find good spots for them all…


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