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Kong times 2

Not long ago I posted something about my new Kong coleus, which I planted in a large container with an orange canna. This prompted a reader ("pootershow") to write in to tell me I was dead wrong. "Pootershow" attached a link to educate me on what Kong coleus really looks like. I don't pretend to be an expert and Lord knows I make a lot of mistakes, but despite "pootershow's" apparent righteous certainty, I don't think this was one of them. As you can see, my coleus is growing apace, thanks to all the rain. Not knee-high, but getting there. The plant tag identifies this as a Kong coleus called 'Salmon pink.' Unless my normally reliable garden center sold me a mislabelled plant, I rest my case. And of that, readers take note, I am certain.

Kong times 2

Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)
Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

Not long ago I posted something about my new Kong coleus, which I planted in a large container with an orange canna. This prompted a reader ("pootershow") to write in to tell me I was dead wrong. "Pootershow" attached a link to educate me on what Kong coleus really looks like. I don't pretend to be an expert and Lord knows I make a lot of mistakes, but despite "pootershow's" apparent righteous certainty, I don't think this was one of them. As you can see, my coleus is growing apace, thanks to all the rain. Not knee-high, but getting there. The plant tag identifies this as a Kong coleus called 'Salmon pink.' Unless my normally reliable garden center sold me a mislabelled plant, I rest my case. And of that, readers take note, I am certain.

About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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