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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #6928164

We came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/976228/

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!

Kat

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6928188

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...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:22 AM

Post #6928202

Amazingly enough I still have some Petunias hanging in! Popped these caladium bulbs in a couple of weeks ago though and they've replaced some impatiens...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:24 AM

Post #6928211

These Crown of Thorns have to be the best plants! They bloom all year round. They're getting huge though and I'm not in the mood right now to transplant (judging by the size of those thorns!).

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6928220

Gotta say I have been fertilizing though and it's keeping everything green! We haven't had a lot of rain and it's been a constant watering by hand chore!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6928226

A close-up of my Plumeria (Pudica) tree - it's about 9' high now! The blooms are gorgeous!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #6928236

Now talk about neglect!!! Look at these two sorry looking characters! I think they need a haircut...or something!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6928242

My moonflowers I planted in a container to wrap around the columns of the potting pergola have done well though...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #6928254

This isn't too exciting but it has grown well - Tomtom caladiums and sweet potato vine...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #6928266

Ran out of room for containers in the back...so they're now gradually appearing in the front! LOL!

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TXdoodlebug
San Antonio, TX

August 10, 2009
1:48 AM

Post #6928309

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.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #6937108

Thanks TXdoodlebug! When you get to planting...I would love to see some of yours!

Kat

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2009
9:41 AM

Post #6937561

Katg !nice Thai caladiums
I love the hot color combo with the orange pig planter.
snowtop
Orange, CA

August 12, 2009
4:28 PM

Post #6938624

I too admire your plants and have kept several pics as guides too. In the last photo what is the large palm type? What size container is it in and what is the large leaf plant beside it?

Thanks for sharing your lizard lounge with us.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2009
4:48 PM

Post #6938677

very classy front
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 12, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #6939061

Guess What????????? My ornamental sweet potato has a sweet potato. Can I eat it????

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2009
7:12 PM

Post #6939149

WOW I neve r have seen one do that
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 12, 2009
8:31 PM

Post #6939392

The funny part is that the sweet potatoes that I planted to eat aren't doing that. I'm supposed to cut the vine back in order to help them form potatoes.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 13, 2009
5:12 AM

Post #6941135

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!

Tina Honey!!!!

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...

Kat

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
8:42 AM

Post #6941414

I'd check with horticulture people before I ate it.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2009
6:08 AM

Post #6948458

Oh ge...you're right, but everything is fine!

Here's what Jeremy from my Florida thread has to say and he really know's his stuff!
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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:

Quoted:
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

From Canadian Gardening http://www.canadiangardening.com/how-to/gardening-with-kids/...

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

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[com...

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.

Jeremy

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
9:49 AM

Post #6948614

cool ! ! !

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2009
10:00 AM

Post #6955615

I gifted containers to friends and sister this spring
Visited sis yeaterday and took pic of hers. I hadnt seen it since May 17th

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bluekat76
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #6956299

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!

-Kim
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 18, 2009
4:43 AM

Post #6959588

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!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 18, 2009
4:54 AM

Post #6959607

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.

Kat

(looking for flights from Tampa to Charlottetown! haha)

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2009
10:15 AM

Post #6959885

Katg! That is such a colorfull display of coleus. I racognise Lancelot Moca but what is the large red tipped leafed one.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2009
3:56 PM

Post #6960875

they seem to grow over night

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6960879

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 19, 2009
5:46 AM

Post #6963568

ge1836

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!

Kat

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2009
9:11 AM

Post #6963731

HiKat
The caladiums are Christmas
coleus The Boss and Wild Lime
yellow flowers:
Begonia Pendula and Lantane

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2009
9:31 AM

Post #6963741

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
clockwise left-right
envy
jungle love -trailing quees
wild lime-swiss sunshine
inly toes
oxblood
violet tricolor-
little copper ( my name for it)
raspberry ruffles - dexter
psycoleos - lord voldemort

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2009
9:38 AM

Post #6963748

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
glory
watermelon
fiesta
felix
swiss sun
wild lime
kona red
jungle love
trailing chocolate
dexter (again)
peter wonder
glory (again)

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 20, 2009
6:28 AM

Post #6967512

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.

http://katg.phanfare.com/1709026_4678153#imageID=78673723

View it in Fullscreen for larger and clearer photos!

Take care all

Kat

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2009
9:17 AM

Post #6967578

very nice. I have zone envy now some of your tropicals are wonderful
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 20, 2009
9:48 AM

Post #6967598

Lovely containers, I especially like the ones with coleus...

one of my jobs>

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2vernes
Blytheville, AR
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2009
12:54 PM

Post #6967972

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
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6968094

Kat, you have enough material for a book! 10 min. of unadulterated eye candy. you've got the gift of combining eye pleasing and striking combos/
teacup754
College Station, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 20, 2009
1:57 PM

Post #6968131

Thanks for a gorgeous show.I love the bright colors all mixed together. Lots of great ideas for me..What do you feed all your containers and how often?
shirleyt
Pearl River, LA

August 28, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #6996340

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
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2009
7:25 AM

Post #6996845

Kat,
Thanks so much for sharing your vacation pictures! They are fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed them!

Jeanne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #7008773

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

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Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #7008778

Here is the second picture

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Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2009
4:33 PM

Post #7008788

And of course the third and final picture.

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Eclecticuno
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 1, 2009
1:28 PM

Post #7012381

Tina, I'm no expert, but it looks like some type of aralia to me!
Marianne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #7012769

Marianne,
Thank you so much. You are right it is a ming aralia. Now I can take care of it properly. Tina
Artwestallis
Milwaukee, WI

September 3, 2009
9:40 PM

Post #7022435

watched KatG's slideshow and all I can say is "WOW" my hats off to you.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 6, 2009
10:18 AM

Post #7031324

nice

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2009
10:38 AM

Post #7035238

very nice

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2009
10:21 AM

Post #7039486

guess the container season is drawing to an end
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 8, 2009
10:37 AM

Post #7039495

Hopefully not, I'm going to overwinter most of mine in the house. I just have to make room for all of them that I want to keep.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2009
10:40 AM

Post #7039497

There hadnt been a posting in a day.
I live w/ my children so my space is limited
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 8, 2009
10:55 AM

Post #7039511

My son and I fight over the computer too. One of the reasons why I get on really early on my nights off. He is homeschooled so he needs it more than I do.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
4:51 AM

Post #7054209

Thanks all! Glad you enjoyed the pics!

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...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
4:56 AM

Post #7054227

How darling is he??? Except for "heads", I'm not into a lot of Yard Art, but I just love him!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
5:08 AM

Post #7054249

Dale: That's a great job...but are my eye's deceiving me or is there NO Coleus in that group? hehe

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
5:13 AM

Post #7054264

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.

Kat

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2009
9:03 AM

Post #7054425

Beautifully arranged lanaie. Looks like a magazine shot.
The fountain is sweet, probably a cast fiberous material so it doesnt weigh so much.
They are doing wonders with that material
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
9:14 AM

Post #7054430

Kat,

Some of my clients don't like Coleus...go figure.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
9:15 AM

Post #7054431

I try and give them what they ask for when I am on the job.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 12, 2009
9:17 AM

Post #7054433

If those dark leaves with a green edge are geraniums,I am going to have to look into the geranium for next year.
Its not my favorite flower
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #7054440

I love Pelargoniums, even the common ones. They are easy and I am getting lazier as time flies past me.

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #7055140

Those are beautiful Dale - How does that Lobelia survive for you? Mine hangs in for about 3 months and as soon as it gets really hot...it's gone!
'
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #7055154

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!

Best, Kat

PS: I have a ladder!

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 12, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #7055167

The Lobelia in the photo above is in SF CA.

I live 100 miles north of you, about 2hrs away. I wonder how much gas that would use? I would offer to stop by, but...

I love Ivy topiaries>

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bluekat76
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 17, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #7075447

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.

-Kim

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2009
9:22 AM

Post #7076738

lovely
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 18, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #7077495

I've gotta take Vertie to the hair stylist. The harsh summer really messed up his hair or else, he has lice...

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #7077570

He does look like he has fallen on hard times
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 22, 2009
6:19 AM

Post #7090745

Voss...I think Vertie needs some deep conditioner...But then again, don't you think he might really get along with Grizelda??? This could be a match made in Heaven! hehehe

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 22, 2009
6:24 AM

Post #7090755

Thanks Dale and BlueKat...that's so thoughtful of you but I managed to talk the neighbors into watering! hahaha
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 22, 2009
6:27 AM

Post #7090757

Dale...found a great Coleus yesterday. "Kong?" Will post a photo!
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 24, 2009
3:51 PM

Post #7099486

Is Persian Shield considered a tropical plant? I have a plant swap on the tropical forum and trying to decide what to send. Tina

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 24, 2009
5:27 PM

Post #7099784

Yes it is.
Some northerners take it in for the winter but I was disapointed in how it looked for me.
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #7137679

KatG,
Hey what are you up to? I'm cleaning rooms to put my outdoor plants into so that I can overwinter them especially my brugs.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2009
9:03 AM

Post #7140191

coleus winter cuttings in a unused jacusie

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Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #7147569

ge-

what a good idea! Do you just cut some off and put it in dirt?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 8, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #7147703

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
Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #7152184

thanks ge. I am going to give it a try.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2009
9:34 AM

Post #7153998

your welcome
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
3:55 AM

Post #7159937

Oh Geez Tina! Sometimes I forget that the climate isn't year round like it is here! I know that when you were in ND you had rooms full of plants...that takes a lot of care! Good for you!

GE...The Coleus cuttings look great and I had to LOL when I seen them in the Jacuzzi! Hey...why not? If you're not using it, WTH? Nice bathroom by the way! Love the paint color!

Here's that Coleus I picked up at Lowes a couple of weeks ago...Have any idea what it is?

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
3:57 AM

Post #7159944

I've been waiting and waiting and waiting and I finally had my first Plumeria Bloom this week! It's so gorgeous and the scent is just incredible.

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
4:02 AM

Post #7159951

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...

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Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
4:07 AM

Post #7159964

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!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
5:04 AM

Post #7160125

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.

http://www.picaboo.com/

If anybody is interested in this, here's a 50% off discount code - 1P50PO-P

(hope this works, as I'm ordering a bunch!)

Here's my cover -

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
5:06 AM

Post #7160128

Inside page...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
5:12 AM

Post #7160146

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.

Kat

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Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2009
5:24 AM

Post #7160164

KatG
Wow you are always so busy doing things that it is a wonder that you have time on your hands at all. You really are an inspiration to some of us. Tina
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
5:38 AM

Post #7160187

Thanks Tina! I think I'm just one of these people who needs to have something going on constantly...but I actually do finish my projects!
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
5:40 AM

Post #7160189

Here's a 2 page spread...

Page 1

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
5:42 AM

Post #7160192

page 2 ^_^

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2009
6:02 AM

Post #7160215

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!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 12, 2009
8:35 AM

Post #7160302

It's 31 degrees out.
Frost predicted for last nite so I think the container season is over.
2vernes
Blytheville, AR
(Zone 7a)

October 12, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #7160898

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
TXdoodlebug
San Antonio, TX

October 12, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #7161369

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.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 13, 2009
4:50 AM

Post #7163778

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!

Kat

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #7170783

Kat,
The link to picaboo didn't go to your cookbook. Hope you are doing well.

Jeanne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2009
8:16 AM

Post #7199659

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.
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 23, 2009
12:56 PM

Post #7199965

Tina, that the way it always is ,I live in zone 9 and want to live in 10. The grass is always greener. lol
Linda
TXdoodlebug
San Antonio, TX

October 23, 2009
3:15 PM

Post #7200341

Come on down to Texas, Tina.

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...
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #7201351

Linda,
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

Txdoodlebug,
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.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #7208661

Linda: I live in a zone bordering on 10a and I look at some of the great things you can grow in CA and drool! Must be the humidity! We're just never happy are we! hehe

Kat
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
3:01 AM

Post #7208671

Hey Jeanne...Not doing too bad. Hope you're well also! I'm still working on the cookbook, but will post the link when it's done.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
3:08 AM

Post #7208690

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.

I really liked what Ge1836 did with the jacuzzi!

Kat
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
4:19 AM

Post #7208873

I had such a great day in the Garden…

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.

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
4:20 AM

Post #7208877

I just loved the color of these Bougs...a little different than the normal ones I've been finding.

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
4:22 AM

Post #7208879

I had this faux bois log planter and basically just filled it with some Autumn looking plants – Petite Yellow Ixora, Coleus, Marigolds and Salvia. Not exotic, but kind of different.

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Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2009
4:22 AM

Post #7208880

I've already brought them in although it was early because the temps have been across the board. I'm probably going to put them out in the AM and bring thrm in at night.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
4:24 AM

Post #7208885

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.

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Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #7208953

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!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 27, 2009
6:28 AM

Post #7212752

You just never know who's going to show up in your backyard!!!

Introducing Punk rocker sensation, Johnny Agave - Lead singer for the "Silent Heads" (hahaha)

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 4, 2009
6:01 AM

Post #7239708

Hi Kat,
We are doing OK. The weather is just gorgeous! It is supposed to be great all week and thru the weekend.

Tina, sure wish you could come to Galveston!

Jeanne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #7241326

Jeanne,
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.

Tina
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2009
5:35 AM

Post #7243249

If you go to Dallas then you won't be too far from LouC (Christi) in DeSoto Tx. She is very sweet. You would like her alot. Best wishes in your upcoming changes. Will keep you in our prayers!

Jeanne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 5, 2009
9:16 PM

Post #7245042

Thanks Jeanne,
Hopefully we will know something soon. Tina
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:40 AM

Post #7281658

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!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:42 AM

Post #7281661

Garden centers are still not stocked, but I did get a few nice specimens to plant! Looks like "Yellow" is my new favorite color!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:46 AM

Post #7281669

The Gerber Daisies are just beautiful...I try every year with them and they don't do great. This year I've decided not to water them so much! Any ideas????

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:49 AM

Post #7281676

A couple pots filled with Tropicana Canna, pansies, coleus and lantana...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:53 AM

Post #7281683

Gerber daisies, fuschia runner petunias, lime coleus and impatiens...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:56 AM

Post #7281686

I can't wait to see what this one looks like when it grows up! Gerber Daisy, Dwarf Mondo Grass, Lime Coleus and Purple Petunias

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
7:59 AM

Post #7281689

Renovated a few pots with annuals. I just cant bring myself to yank the Caladiums, so I planted around them with Salvia. I'll add something else when they expire on their own.

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:02 AM

Post #7281691

I planted this guy a few months ago...but it's just the prettiest color Bouganvillea...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:04 AM

Post #7281694

Gave this little guy a renovation too! Planted a backdrop of "string of banana's" to show off the Ghost plant! I love succulents!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:07 AM

Post #7281696

I found another Stacking planter. Replanted both with herbs. Did the top layers with foxtail ferns, petunias and lantana...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:10 AM

Post #7281698

Talk about Lantana!!! I had so many butterflies in my yard. I need to get more!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:14 AM

Post #7281700

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.

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:21 AM

Post #7281704

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.

Vanda Blue Sensei...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2009
8:23 AM

Post #7281705

I don't know the name of this one, but it's another Vanda and it's HUGE and beautiful...

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snowtop
Orange, CA

November 17, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #7282709

Your flower talent is incredible --and inspiring --I want to run outside and start digging. Thanks for sharing with these beautiful pictures.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 20, 2009
5:40 AM

Post #7291976

Oh thank you so much Snowtop! When you eventually get out there and dig, you've got to share! Come back and post!

Kat
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 24, 2009
11:02 AM

Post #7305255

Hello everyone,
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
TXdoodlebug
San Antonio, TX

November 24, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #7306049

Welcome to Texas Tina! You'll love it. I'm in San Antonio - great place to live - come on down.
Happy Thanksgiving you all.
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 8, 2009
3:31 AM

Post #7347342

TXdoodlebug,
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.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 11, 2009
7:21 AM

Post #7358023

Oh Tina! Now that's good news!

Next thing I'll know, you'll be living South of me! 5:00pm Margarita's? hehe

Good Luck with the move!

Kat
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 11, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #7359141

Kat
I have major zone envy with you and the others who are 6 and above.
As I sit here typing and looking out a window at a foot of snow and a high of -25/c
Ohh what a lovely break!
Thank you
Ann
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 11, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #7359545

annabell52,
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.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 11, 2009
9:30 PM

Post #7359675

Tina
That is why I look at my computer and all of the lovely photo's on this thread. It would cost me an arm and a leg to heat my greenhouse all winter!
Ann

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 12, 2009
11:11 AM

Post #7361113

me too
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 15, 2009
4:37 AM

Post #7369922

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...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 15, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #7369926

I did a couple of Christmas containers in the entrance...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 15, 2009
4:41 AM

Post #7369931

A couple of small trees in the foyer...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 15, 2009
4:44 AM

Post #7369937

I rigged these up to have fountains and trees...

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 15, 2009
6:01 AM

Post #7370094

And that is it! Enough decorating!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 15, 2009
9:39 AM

Post #7370197

Thats ALL ?

LOL
not bad for someone who had no spirit.
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 15, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #7370426

WOW, I'm tired just looking at it. You sure were working hard with no Christmas spirit. Lol Your house looks fantastic.
TXdoodlebug
San Antonio, TX

December 15, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #7370660

Your house and decorations are lovely!

I'm ready...what time's the party?
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2009
5:24 AM

Post #7379067

Kat, you do such a wonderful job! It ALWAYS loks gorgeous! Merry Christmas to all!

Jeanne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2010
8:52 PM

Post #7470652

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
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2010
6:46 PM

Post #7473438

So glad that you are getting settled in!

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!
Jeanne
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2010
5:34 AM

Post #7484625

Check it out!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1070930/

Jeanne
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 11, 2010
6:40 AM

Post #7550118

I have a huge monstera that i need to prune, but I'm scared to do it. Has anyone ever pruned theirs and how did you do it? Did you root the cutting and how did it do? Thanks Tina
lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2010
9:14 PM

Post #7551758

Wow, what an inspirational thread!! I bow down to all you container planting masters!

I have a question for you KatG... are those very tall straight terracotta planters with the bougainvillea in them actual pots or are they chimney pipes? They are absolutely smashing!

Susan in Tn
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2010
1:10 AM

Post #7582878

Hi all,
Has anyone tried growing containers in just worm casings? Please let me know what your results are.
Thanks Tina
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 28, 2010
8:17 AM

Post #7593940

Susan...those are actual pots, but they do look a lot like chimney pipes! These are about 24" hight and 10" wide.

Tina...I've used some worm castings in the past but only mixed it in. Things grow fantastic. I've been looking at the "worm factory" where I can make my own! It's a cool system.''

http://www.worms.com/worm-factory.html

Kat
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 28, 2010
11:02 PM

Post #7595261

Kat
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.

http://www.thewormdude.com/

Tina
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 1, 2010
5:04 AM

Post #7596128

Thanks Tina...I'll check them out!
Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 4, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #7604314

Ok everyone,
I have replanted some of my plants into castings, 1/2 castings and potting soil, and then potting soil with a tblsp of castings. I will be taking pictures and posting later.

Tina
terichris
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2010
9:35 AM

Post #7718154

KatG - how's the worm factory?
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2010
10:41 AM

Post #7748585

KatG any updated pictures for us. This is where I come when I need a lift. Your gardens are so cool. Love your lizzard lounge.
ColibriGardener
Baker, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 1, 2010
6:07 PM

Post #7850055

Where's KatG? Has anyone heard from her? I'd love to see what she's done this spring. Last year was so inspiring to me.
sylguy
Austin, TX

June 11, 2010
8:01 AM

Post #7878343

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.

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sylguy
Austin, TX

June 11, 2010
8:04 AM

Post #7878356

This is an enclosure on my deck that is an ever changeing array of containers.

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Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

November 30, 2010
1:56 AM

Post #8237050

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.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2010
4:26 PM

Post #8241303

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?

This message was edited Dec 2, 2010 8:32 PM
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2010
4:34 PM

Post #8241312

Do you buy your caladium and coleus locally or order than from an internet source or catalog? Can you recommend one that you feel has the best plants? Or do they sell seeds for those?

bivbiv

bivbiv
Central FL, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 2, 2010
4:42 PM

Post #8241317

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