The Coleus cultivars grown in containers in the Fairegarden this year have been positively heroic.
Scorchingly hot and scathingly dry conditions barely annoyed them, perhaps a well mannered wilty leaf or two was the only symptom shown by the stoic lot.
Names unknown, three reds, a yellow, a combination of the two and a free spirited multicolor were planted outside in May in various containers, all glazed pottery and the red/gold in a wire trough with a coir fiber liner.
The trough needed the most watering but those plants also grew to a larger size.
Frost threatens nightly.
Coleus leaves are delicate and sensitive to cold temperatures. They will become unsightly soon. We are on the black leaf watch.
Some replacement troops are at the ready.
More are needed. But none will be as brilliant as the Coleus. They have served us well. We salute you.
But fear not, for cuttings were taken and reside safely in the greenhouse/sunroom.
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