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Good morning, and it is colder this morning at 18 degrees at 7:30 AM. Partly cloudy sky today, high of 24 with a low of 14. Starting to get colder -15 Monday morning. If the sun comes out, then it will help, but when it is overcast and cloudy makes it feel a lot colder. I am not looking forward to that. Glad I don’t have baby plants growing yet for sure. I am ordering plugs, and here we go. It isn’t something I am ready to do right now, but when the time comes, I will be ok to plant. Stay warm, stay safe.
I am showing 5 more blue flowers for your garden. I don’t want to talk about houseplants today. Can you identify them? Answers for the pictures are here in the article.
1. Floss flower
Good for cutting, floss flowers (Ageratum houstonianum) are usually grown as annuals. ‘Blue Horizon’ is a cut flower we like for its fuzzy blue blossoms. The more you cut, the more flowers it produces. ‘Tall Blue Planet’ is another good variety for cutting.
2 to 3 feet tall Full sun Transplant
2. Dwarf lobelia
A tender perennial hardy that grows only in zones 9 to 11, Dwarf Iobelia (Lobelia erinus), so it is grown annually in most of the country. Prized for its bright blue flowers, it is frequently used in container plantings, hanging baskets, and window boxes. It blooms from spring through fall but prefers cool weather, so keep it well-watered during hot spells. If your plant dies back in mid-summer, it will rebound with new growth and more flowers after being cut back.
12 inches tall Full sun to part shade Seed or transplants
3. Forget-me-not ok gardeners does this one come back for us here in zone 4-5 in Iowa. I find this one is hard to get to come back.
This beauty is not one to forget. ‘Indigo Blue’ (Myosotis sylvatica) is an easy-to-grow heirloom. Plants are biennial, blooming in their second year and then dying back. Leave the spent flower heads so they can reseed themselves, and you will have plants to enjoy again next year.
12 inches tall Full sun to part shade Zone 3 to 10 Spring bloomers
Often called Bluestar because of its sky-blue, star-shaped blossoms, this North American native is attractive to butterflies, but rabbits and deer shun the milky sap found in its narrow leaves. There are several different native species and a few from Europe and Asia too. Varieties to choose from abound, including ‘Storm Cloud’ and ‘Blue Ice’.
2 to 3 feet tall and wide Full sun to part shade Zones 3 to 10 Blooms late spring to early summer
5. Virginia Bluebell
Another North American native, Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica) bears loose clusters of inch-long, trumpet-shaped blossoms that start out as pink buds and mature to light blue. A spring ephemeral, they thrive in moist woodlands. After blooming, the plants die back to the ground and go dormant.
18 to 24 inches tall Part shade to full shade Zones 3 to 8 Blooms April to May
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/20-true-blue-flowers-your-garden
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org 641-794-3337 cell 641-903-9365