That last thread was getting very long! I have to say that my poor containers have really suffered this summer, mostly from the extreme heat and secondly because I've been so busy (neglect). Most of my annuals have expired and I've replaced a lot with Caladiums which seem to be able to take this heat well.
I hope everybody posts photo's of their great containers, as right now in the cooler areas they should be at their most beautiful! I look forward to seeing them!
Here's a pic of my old reliable Thai Caladiums which really came up well this 2nd year!
I spent a few hours outside today but it doesn't even look like I put a "dent" in the jungle! The lizard lounge is getting really overgrown! For now it's okay though. In a few weeks I'll really give things a renovation...
I so look forward to your pictures - your garden pics are beautiful and containers always very creative combinations. I've kept many of them for future reference of plant combinations - I even have a folder called 'KatG' for ideas in my little courtyard.
Thanks ge1836 - I just love those Thai Caladiums! I was surprised how nicely these guys came up this year again...a little mutated but really different!
Snowtop - those are California dwarf elephant ears. They're in a container about 24" tall by about 12" wide. The large leaf plants are Giant bird of Paradise and really need to be cut back. They've bloomed a lot this year, but they're really not the prettiest of blooms!
I'm as mystified as you are! They sure don't look like regular sweet potatoes do they? I keep digging them up out of my pots and this weekend I dug up the "MOTHER". Thought I had dug them all out of this container last year!
Okay...I'm curious too!
Just cut off a little bit and tasted it! It's kinda sweet, but not the texture of a sweet potato. Very starchy like a regular potato. I don't know what to compare it to! Leaves kind of a nasty aftertaste.
Okay...I tasted it! I know I disappear off these boards every so often, but if I don't return tomorrow you'll know it's poison! hahaha
Here's a pic of the one I dug up this weekend and I chopped half of it off in the process...
Here's what Jeremy from my Florida thread has to say and he really know's his stuff!
Hi, Kat. Yes, I think a monkey haired spiky brunette would make a great looking head!
I happened to pull up a fairly good sized ornamental sweet potato tuber a few weeks ago. I wondered, too, if they could be eaten. A brief search seems to indicate that some of them are:
Some varieties of sweet potato vines are so attractive, they're sold as ornamental foliage plants at garden centres. They're striking in window boxes and containers, and also make great groundcovers. Some even produce edible tubers. Pinched-off tips can be rooted in water and the tubers can be saved till late winter or early spring to sprout in water just like their grocery-store cousins
What you are probably experiencing as the aftertaste is likely to have come from nearly pure starch. The ornamental sweet potatoes probably don't have as much sugar content as their grocery store cousins and would have mostly starch. All sweet potatoes are in the same botanical classification, Ipomoea batatas, whether they are edible or ornamental
so I guess it is just a matter of personal taste as to whether to eat them. I can't imagine any of them could have any toxic effects (other than when cooked according to my recipe with a heavy handed pour of Jack Daniels added to pureed sweet potatoes LOL) I adapted the recipe from the one provided in the original "Joy of Cooking." I was so impressed by the instruction to start with "six shapely sweet potatoes" that I felt I had to try the recipe. I've spent much of the past several decades forever in search of a "shapely" sweet potato. LOL
According to what I saw on-line, you can cut off pieces of the ornamental sweet potato tuber and root it with toothpicks holding it over a jar of water, as you can with grocery store sweet potatoes.
Oh Kat - your slideshow pictures of Canada were just what I needed. I vacationed there for several years in a row and they brought back LOTS of memories for me. Met another DGer in NB and I am in love with PEI - in the summer. Thank you for posting the link!
ge1836 - Isn't that just the BEST gift!!! I LOVE your combo of Coleus and Caladiums! They look great together. But then again I am a freak for both of those plants! Sweet Potato Vine is good in there too!
bluekat...I'm so glad you enjoyed that little slideshow. I would go back tomorrow! And like you, I am totally in love with PEI also (in the summer! hehe). It's a place like no other. It just seems like time has stood still (all for the good!). Loved Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but PEI was my favorite. Would love to rent a cottage there and stay a couple of weeks. Pristine...is the word that comes to mind when I think about it.
(looking for flights from Tampa to Charlottetown! haha)
WOW! You sure have put some gorgeous combinations together! I love your selection of pots also. Top right hand corner of the 1st photo - are those Whitewing Caladiums and what are the yellow flowers? They are so pretty. Love your petunias also and so many different varieties of coleus! Do you keep any going over the winter inside or do you just replant new varieties each spring?
Sorry, I don't know the name of that Coleus...
Thanks for the pictures of your containers...they're beautiful!
KatG I took 3 cuttings from my modest assortment last year.
I had never done it so wanted to be conservative.
I ordered 60 varietied from RD co-op and have taken over 20 cuttings for this winter.I wanted to see the true colors for my situ. and some I ordered were disapointments.
I dont know how I'm going to move around my tiny space but will probably go into DD's livingroom after the crismis tree comes down.
This is whats comming in for the winter
There might be dupes ,sorry Its early to be making collages
jungle love -trailing quees
wild lime-swiss sunshine
little copper ( my name for it)
raspberry ruffles - dexter
psycoleos - lord voldemort
There are some of the rest, might be duplicates.
If anyone sees a coleus miss ID'd speak up.
The copper was given to me ,I have no idea.
A closer look showed me I shouldnt try to make collages so early
top left to right
Ge1836 - They're fantastic and thanks for all the names!
I just updated my garden slideshow on Phanfare and there's a lot of coleus I planted this year. Unfortunately some of it has expired and I wasn't smart enough to take cuttings! A lot of these photo's have been posted on here, but there are new ones also.
I just finished looking at your slideshow Kat and am blown away at the beauty. The flowers, containers, pups--so much to look at. Would love to sit on your patio and have a glass of wine and take in the beauty. You also have the best looking pots. Love it all. Laverne
Kat... thanks so much for sharing your vacation slides. We have spent time in Mass and went as far as Portland. We could never find the time away from work to go further. It was great seeing all your lovely pictures. shirleyt
Does anyone have any idea of what this plant is? I bought it at Lowe's and the man working there (my dh) had no idea of what it is. Of course I knew that since he considers me his source of information. Tina
Love the Ming Aralia Tina! We were just down in Key West and there were a bunch of them on the property we stayed at. I'm going to a garden center in Sarasota tomorrow and hope they have some.
Oh ge1836...isn't it funny how things work. Your container season is ending and mine is just really beginning. I have a bunch of hardy foliage plants but It's just been too darn hot to plant any flowers and the nurseries have been so limited.
Here's my latest addition to my Lanai! I bought this fountain from my head supplier last year and had it stored in my office garage. It was in a huge box and I just thought it would weigh a ton. I needed the space as I have a large order coming in and surprise, surprise...it's really quite light!
I put it close to the sitting area so that we could look at him...
teacup: I have to say that I don't really spend a lot of time fussing over my containers. I pull out expired annuals every so often, tuck in a few "whatever is good for the season plants" and fertilize about every month and a half with miracle gro (liquid you connect to the hose). The advantage I have is that a lot of my containers are under the pool screen and this filters out a lot of harsh sun. Containers I have outside the screen don't do as well.
Funny you should mention Geraniums! I posted this on our Florida thread and nobody seems to want to get involved!
I really have a small favor to ask for anybody willing to drive to Port Charlotte ... Don and I are going away on vacation, and I need somebody to come over to water my plants while we are gone. I've really gotten into begonias and geraniums lately and in this hot weather, they'll probably only need water twice a day. We'll be gone about 21 days. .
Thanks so much and I promise to send you a post card!
You are too funny Kat! I have seen that pic somewhere before online - is it from Spain? ONLY twice a day - LOL!! At first I was ready to fly down and take care of anything you needed for 3 weeks at your beautiful house...I am from the Tampa area originally.
I buy seed starting trays at Home Depot and seed starting mix.
Fill the trays
Take cuttings of your favorite coleus and plant in seperate pots
These become the parent plants that you will take cuttings from all winter.The winter cuttings go into the seed tray cells
Dont over water,they will rot
Things have been really HOT here but things are starting to wake up again in the anticipation of cooler weather. This is the second year I've had these Catwiskers in containers and they're really blooming well...
This Stapelia has gone crazy in the past few weeks - It only bloomed a couple times in the spring, but there's about 15 blooms on it now! It's so Pretty, but it smells bad! Attracts lot's of fly's too! Weird Plant!
I am so hoping to get into my garden soon and start getting it back in good shape. I feel guilty I haven't had the time lately and am just doing the minimum, but the new variety of plants aren't out there yet! As I mentioned, it's been miserably hot for this time of year, record breaking temps actually!
In the meantime, I've had a slew of things to keep me busy. I had a bridal shower for a dear Gal who works for me last week, went to a wedding last night and have another next weekend!
Another one of my real passions, other than gardening is Cooking! I got this idea when I seen all these hard-bound photo books you could design and order online and thought I would make a cookbook. Over on the Florida Gardening thread, we have a section for recipes and I've been taking photo's for quite a while to include with my recipes. I figured I would make a Cookbook for my Gal just to add a personal touch to her cash wedding present. Well, I've shown a few friends and they're ectastic about it, so I figure I'll order a bunch of copies and give them as Christmas presents too!
I'm using Picaboo but doing my pages with Photoshop - They also have beautiful layouts, but it just didn't work with a lot of text.
A page example - OMG! I'm up to 29 pages and have to stop! I have a lot of ethnic recipes and just plain old good ones! My photo's aren't that great, but they put the message across! This will be 8 1/2" X 11", with a glossy hard cover and thick pages. I've had a lot of enjoyment putting it together and can't wait to see the finished product.
Well enough about the cookbook - My Plumeria Pudica has really been showing off lately also! It's about 9' tall and needs to be cut down, I lost a couple of branches in a storm and cut them shorter and just let them calous.Poked them into some large pots and they seem to be doing well! Go figure!
Kat, Your cookbook is wonderful and so professional looking. Have you done this before? The photos are fantastic, your kitchen is beautiful and the food is yummy. Can't wait to see the finished product. Laverne
KatG - How in the world do you have so much energy? I fell off my chair one time reading that you were canning (something) working full time (running a business) and all those beautiful containers. Many of which I'm sure have to be watered by hand...and traveling. Whew.
I'd probably do any one of those things and then call it a day. Your creativity and energy is amazing.
Oh My Goodness GE! Too early for that crap as I understand Summer hasn't been that great this year!
Thank you Laverne. It's my first time doing anything like this and I'm so excited as it's really starting to look good. I do try to cut expenses with my business and create my own brochures/websites, etc., so I have some experience with Photoshop. My problem is I'm kind of a nut-case and will over-analyze things Need to just get over it and send it to print!
TX - Thank-you! Trust me, my energy is not that high...I'm still hanging on to my business (General Contractor/Property Management) but it is so quiet right now I have time to do other things. I'm just so used to working so hard and it's kind of shock to the system. It's okay though...I'm doing creative things I really like. I'm sure you probably know, I'm in the "Head Business". I'm a "Pot Lady" and sell plantable Heads! hehe. I really am a very fortunate soul as HGTV featured me on the front page of their Landscaping website in June and their monthly newsletter. I've probably shipped about 300 heads since! I have wonderful people who have worked for me for years and this has really helped keep them in a job. I'm also really fortunate I have a tolerant and supportive Man in my life. Sometimes Don just looks at me and asks me what I'm doing...then after I tell him, he just walks away and shakes his head! He describes life as an adventure around here, but I probably drive him nuts at times! hahaha
Tonights thing was "Decorating"! lol
I had two pictures on this wall and a few months ago, one fell down and broke. I hung the one up and it looked lonely. I wasn't in any hurry to replace them but yesterday I found these at Marshalls.
Ummmm, before Don and I started to hang them I gave myself a good talking to! (Kathy, be patient, please be patient) and actually they went up fine and straight! Yippee!
So who has to make room for their containers in the house. Since I moved to Oklahoma from North Dakota I got to wait longer to have to bring plants in. I got many more brug flowers because of being able to wait. Now I need to move further south so I can enjoy them just about all year round.
I live in zone 8 but have a beach house in zone 9. Zone 8 is pretty good for tropicals (we leave them out longer than when I live in Dallas) but Zone 9 on the coast is like Jurrasic Park for plants. The wind can be an issue but everything grows huge. Example - I planted a 2' duranta two years ago and now it's above the roof line. Hibiscus blooms year round - I wish I could live there full time but can't right now...maybe someday...
I know what you mean about the grass being greener. I should be satisfied after moving from 3b to 7a but I want at least an 8 just so I can grow tropicals in the yard for longer stretches of time. Maybe after I get done with my degree when I'm 60. lol
My dh might have a job offer in TX, but I don't think that I'm going to be in zone 8 still. I love Texas, that is where I was born and spent half of my childhood. I'm a military brat so we were the exception to moving around. My dad only went to 2 different bases after I was born, Lackland in San Antonio and Nellis in Las Vegas. I really want to move to Galveston or Charleston SC.
Tina: Glad you're getting a little more longevity out of your containers. I guess I really take things for granted here. This week I'm going to plant a bunch of tomato plants in containers which should probably be ready in January. I told Don that if we get some freezes before then, we could just move them inside and he just looked at me like???? He's worried I might want to bring in the other 150 containers! hahaha.
An unexpected cold front came down (it only hit 85 instead of 95) and just cut down the humidity and it was so pleasant to work outside. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to stand more than an hour out there lately because the heat has been miserable, plus I’ve just been so busy doing other things on weekends. When I first got out there this morning it was like…okay, where do I start? But as you get into it, It just makes you feel so good!
Well, the garden centers here are starting to get a little more variety than a month ago, but not still as much as last year. It seems they’re using their garden space for Christmas? Are you all finding that too in warmer locations?
I got a few nice plants though…I needed to replace the dead (don’t know what happened?) topiaries I had planted in these pots a few months ago. Found some real nice standard Bougainvillia and just planted a few petunias…
As you can see…the Potting area looks like an advertisement for “Miracle Gro Soil” and is definitely not so pristine these days…but hey, that’s what it’s for! I had the big pots with vines trying to train them up the columns of the Pergola, but gave up on them as they were just too high maintenance.
I had moved this big planter before I planted it to the place I was CERTAIN that it was going to stay. About 20 minutes later I’m looking at it and thinking it was looking pretty lonely. Don and I hauled it about 30ft after it was watered and it weighed a ton. Still not sure it’s a good spot, but at least if you’re sitting out there (which we’ll do more now that it’s getting cooler), you can enjoy it.
I also had the pleasure of several visits today from “Tank” my neighbor’s dog! You just have to fall in love with this one…He was an adoptee and has just turned out to be the best Dog you could ever wish for. I tried to get my two little snotty Yorkies to pose with him, but they were very un-cooperative! Haha. What a great fit for such a good family!
Oh how I wish I could be in Galveston with you. The job is in Greenville near Dallas. I sure hope that they offer it to him. It would be beyond wonderful if by some chance he got a job in Galveston.
Weather in the last 3 days here has just been gorgeous! Highs in the low 80's in the day and 60's at night. I was starting to wonder when this was going to come? Hope you get some good news Tina...You are a Hot-weather plant lady! hehe
Spent the weekend outside and got a lot of cleanup done. Don's truck was full of cuttings, weeds etc.! That is probably one of the best gauges...when you see that, it makes you feel good about how much you accomplished.
The Potting area got a good workout this weekend, but is also looking pretty flowery!
My pal Hetty (Plumeria Queen) from my Florida Gardening thread gave me the most incredible Plumeria. I'm just amazed at how these plants bloom. Once they start, it's constant. They are so exquisite and beautiful - this one also smells incredible! This could become an addiction.
I'm not an Orchid Person...but I have a few that are so beautiful. I have these hanging on a tree on my Lanai. They get a shot of water on the roots when I'm watering the plants and the odd shot of Miracle Gro. I'm afraid to actually pay attention to them as they may take a turn! hehe. I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.
Well it is official, we will be moving to Texas. My dh goes down on Monday and then we will join him hopefully by the first of January. I get to go from 7b to 8a. I'm trying really hard to get to 9 or 10 so that my dh doesn't have to complain about all the plants iln the house making a mess. lol Thanks to everyone Tina
Thanks for the welcome, I can't wait to get there. I'll be moving on the 2nd of January. Hopefully the weather is much better than it is now. I will be leaving some plants with a friend but this time I will eventually get them all home again.
I know exactly how you feel. Last year I was living in North Dakota getting ready to move to Oklahoma and now I'm moving again to Texas. To be honest I kind of miss the cold, but not that much. LOL I really wanted a greenhouse when I lived there. I think that would be such a lovely thing to do during the long cold days of winter, to be able to sit in your gh and watch winter from a warm and humid place.
I don't know about everybody else, but it just seems that Christmas is coming so fast! I've been so busy doing stuff that it was only yesterday I had a chance to put up some decorations. My heart wasn't into it and I spent and hour and half trying to straighten some skinny old tree! Gotta say that a bloody Mary and some nice Christmas songs on Pandora settled the mood and I now have some Christmas spirit!
I have a real big tree and left it in the garage...put up these two little guys in my living room...
Well I've moved once again and this time I was able to bring most of my plants with me to Texas. I had to rent a van to do it but they are all here wlith me now. I have some major repotting to do as well as gettting some new ones started so I'm looking forward to doing that. Tina
Our plants that are in the ground really took a hit during our week long freeze!
Hopefully some of them will come back in the Spring. I had been sick, so wasn't able to go cover them. Most everything in pots were moved under the patio before it snowed. My Son hung plastic so they'll be OK.
Last year we lost 10 banana trees when it snowed. Whatever dies out completely is getting replaced with Hardy Hibiscus!!!!
Tina, good luck and Best Wishes in your new location!
Before you buy from them check out the wormdude's website, he has a mountain full of information. That's where I got all of my worms and worm stuff from. He is also willing to answer any and all questions that you might have.
I love this thread, especially Katg's pix. I have five acres of cedar and such, but close to the house only two large patches of sun and that's just over half day. I put tons of containers on my deck in back and experiment all the time with soils, etc. I'm interested in worm castings in pots.
KATG..where she lives has great weather for all her plants. While they do have some "cool" weather sometimes in the winter, nothing like we would have up North. We couldn't keep any plants like hers outdoors in the wintertime. I live in Md. near DC and we even have to dig up Dahlias and store them to keep them from freezing. That's a hassle and nowhere to store them so that's why I don't plant dahlias anymore. Learned my lesson the hard way the second year I had dahlias..they froze and rotted in the ground. Even if there is a cold spell that comes through her area, her house is large enough, I'm sure she could move her planters away from the cold temperatures temporary till it blows over.
KatG..I love looking at all your container creations and your home is so beautifully decorated. Have you ever thought of making tuitorials on how to choose plant combinations, the right type of pot, and how to plant them? You seem to know your way around the computer and have fantastic computer skills. Did you ever get your cookbook finished and published that you were working on last year or year before last? One of my challenges when I make up a container is not knowing how many of each plant to buy and when I run out, and get a chance to go back to garden center(Home Depot is 1 mile away, thus you know where I buy most of my plants but they surely didn't have great selections this summer. Of course, since I tried wintersowing for the first time, I didn't buy a lot from HD this summer. Plus in January, my husband had knee replacement surgery and so that meant 2 mo. of pt. 3 x a week. We had such a hot summer, you'd have to work early morning in the flowerbeds and come inside by 11 am. It's been a long time since we've had a summer with constant temps 90-103 for so long and little rain.
I'm happy that you were able to reap the benefits of being feature on HGTV with more head creations. That's wonderful, you deserve it.
You seem to have great sources for beautiful patio containers. Have you ever revealed your sources and will they ship outside of Florida?