Before I start, allow me to thank you all for the kind comments on my recent posts, it's really appreciated. I've been asked on several occasions, on how I achieve some of the colors that I do etc. I've been hesitant to respond, because I don't feel qualified to do so. There are some very talented plant people on this forum and I still feel like a rookie. With that said, here are some of the things that I do and a few observations I've made along the way. Keep in mind I'm retired and have unlimited time to devote to my hobby. Most days I'm in the garden all day and it's pure bliss for me. For those of you holding down jobs, kids and commitments, you may find some of the things that I do, simply impractical...and maybe a little overboard.