Friday, November 9, 2012

In Which I Give my Bidens a Talking To

You Bidens obviously did not read your own plant tag description.

Bidens ferulifolia 'Goldilocks Rocks'
According to Proven Winners, 'Goldilocks Rocks' Bidens are supposed to be, and I quote,

'Vigorous,
heat and drought tolerant;
bright gold flowers spring to fall'.

Bidens ferulifolia 'Goldilocks Rocks'
Spring to fall?!  We both know that this is the best you've looked since early June.  And it's freakin' November.


Okay, okay, I must admit I didn't put in you the best of soils.  

And you were on a rather exposed, very sunny site during one of the hottest summers on record.


And I didn't really fertilize you. At all.


Okay, I'll admit that I didn't ever water you, either.  But you're supposed to be drought tolerant, right?


Don't look at me like that.  I'm still blaming you for this.

28 comments:

  1. Why do plants never cooperate? Actually, I thought your bidens looked pretty good. I am not familiar with them - they look a bit like coreopsis. Are they related?

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    1. Thanks, though this is the best they've looked all summer! They are closely related to coreopsis - in fact, I think both have the nickname of 'tickseed'. These bidens are annuals (or tender perennials.)

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  2. Funny post and great title. Plants rarely preform to the plant tags. I do like bidens and I use them in pots because they are drought tolerant and vigorous.

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    1. I think it was just too hot for them here this summer. (And, okay, I should have probably given them some sort of care other than total neglect..)

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  3. I love these bright cheery plants...funny how plants just have a mind of their own.

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    1. I love the color on them. I just wish they would have bloomed more!

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  4. Most of my flowers sulk through the summer, then rejoice in the milder days of fall. Your bidens are lovely!

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    1. I thought since these were supposed to be 'heat and drought tolerant', they would keep blooming. Though I could have possibly been a little more attentive to them :) Well, at least they are blooming nicely now!

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  5. That's how I feel about some of my plants. I don't care if they're stuck in clay mixed with sand (basically concrete), I want them to perform!!!

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    1. Exactly! They should rise to the challenge, right?

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  6. Better late than never. Today actually felt like a spring day here. It is confusing isn't it?

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    1. It was 75 degrees yesterday here. Crazy!

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  7. I often wonder who rights plant tags...politians? I feel the most often lie!

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    1. I usually have to look at the tag and then look up the information about each plant online. I especially hate when they say that a plant can take full sun when in reality it needs some shade down here in the South!

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  8. Glad to hear they're doing well now, even if they struggled during the summer. That happened to a lot of my plants, too. They're beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! At least they are finally getting in some more blooms!

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  9. Almost everything picked up in October...go figure.

    Jen

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    1. It was such a hot summer this year! All the plants are rejoicing the end of the heat!

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  10. I'm with you(and Holley) - it's their fault if they're too wimpy to cope where we plant them. :)

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    1. Ha, exactly! What is it with these weak plants?! Rise to the challenge, I say! :)

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  11. You can't give a plant a much better recommendation than this! I've never grown Bidens before, but we planted some in a large planter in our MG Idea Garden. When we put the garden "to bed" at the end of October, they were still blooming away, and we didn't have the heart to pull them like the other annuals.

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    1. It's such nice weather still, they might be blooming until Christmas if things keep going like they are! A lot of my plants are still going this year! Making up for summer, I guess.

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  12. What you need for Bidens is Aberdeens cold Summers, an annual which blooms continually from June till October. Plants which are said to need shade, very often do well in full sun over here for obvious reasons. Enjoyed your amusing post and pondered for ages trying to think of an appropriate reply, couldn't come up with a bleedin thing, what a bore.

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    1. We are like climate opposites! I do envy your cool summers for a long bloom time for a lot of plants (I can't get over the fact that my lilies are stunning for only 2 weeks out of the year here.) Ah, but the price of the long winter seems like quite a large one to pay!

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  13. I love your blog posts. They always give me such a great smile.

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  14. Bidens your look beautifully.
    This year I had a big pot or Bidens.
    beautifully looked.

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  15. Your bidens are bright and cheerful enough despite the niglect. I hope you don't try to extract the last drop of sap from them ;)

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