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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #7331298

Well we came from here...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1056996/

Doncha just hate when the sunnies do that..

Well, Merry Christmas everyone, c'mon in!

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 3, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #7331311

looks like I feel...LOL
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #7331324

If you have dialup and are on other threads that I started and are falling out becasue the thread gets too long, let me know to make a new link. If I dont know we keep going on!

So where were we all? Whose here?
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #7331362

Oh, I got lost on here but found my way here. This is Sunflower "Titan"

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #7333175

LOL!!! Thaaat good huh P? I loved that sunny, it just had that "shoot me" look! Frat on it though as I lost her seed to the mush disaster of 2009!

Well Cheerup... better days ahead..

Um, I had a request for starting some 2010 threads sooo.. tyring to honor that.. If anyone is up for annual poppies.. Im working on it.

So whats your favorite carols while we wait for planting time? Gonna be awhile before I see any new babies like these...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #7333264

Well, shoot, RED beat me to the poppies.. go here...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1054993/

So as I was saying on the sunnies.. gonna be a long winter...

amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #7333286

Instead of sangin "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas" you could be sangin "I'm Dreaming Of A Green Springtime". That'll work.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #7333333

Well, if I know Red shes listening to sumthin like.. Jingle Bells Shotgun shells, gramma got rund over by a raindeere or some organic thang!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2009
3:18 AM

Post #7333475

I'm not touching that one!!! You know she's watching and we'll be hearin from her!!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:30 AM

Post #7333651

I kinda like the Oopers at Christmas.. theys just sooo country! And so Canadian... eh! (key word for Canadian.. all sentences end in ...eh!)

Course then again I like the Chipmunks too.. AL-VINNNNNN!...but thats a personal thing!

I like Bings version of WC myself. Love that old time stuff. Love that part when they pay respects to the OLD MAN.. you just dont get that much anymore. Or how about the Duke..all those oldie war movies.. Yano, the old Duke was one fella that never fought a battle in real life on the actual battle fieldfront, but got a PURPLE HEART for his efforts in war support in his day. Those old boys had it going! You just gotta salute them old boys for what they did and the men and women that are in the real battles. SAAAA-LUTE!

here ya'll go.. the White version of WC!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Christmas_(song)

Well, anyway Jon, I tried those African Daisys once... that was as far as they went... (ONCE!).. but the're a nice plant though.. make a great GH $ pot crop!

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2009
5:16 AM

Post #7333785

I speak much better "Canadian" than I do Southern, that's for sure. I'm usually in Toronto once or twice a year. Those African Daisy varieties have improved greatly in the last few years. The "Asti White" and "Asti Purple" ones are 2008 All American Selections gold medal winners. My two "Asti Purple" plants, on the side of the house, survived the Florida summer. Not many winter plants make it through the summers down here, ya know. I dug em up and have repotted them until I decide which sunnier location to pit them in. They make a great GH $ pot crop because they grow and bloom very very fast from seed.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
12:45 PM

Post #7334118

actually I prefer Brenda Lee's,Johnny Mathis and who's that new kid that croons like Sinatra,Dean Martin and others...even ole Bing has some I like...but I do occassionaly like some of the newer "rocked out Xmas" songs


Please no barking dogs Xmas carols!!!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
1:38 PM

Post #7334259

woof woof woof.. oops.. ! thems real not no record.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #7334388

That "Sinatra" like voice is most likely either Harry Connick Jr or that Canadian named Michael Buble. One of my neighbors has some electronic devise out in the yard that blares out Christmas songs. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the complete cycle of music. I'm 4 houses away and I can still hear it pretty easily when I'm sitting out in the yard, at night, looking at everyones Christmas lights.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #7334397

Well,love Harry to but it's Michael I'm talking about...sings beautifully and has them thar sexy eyes.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #7334490

Yeah, it took a few years for Michael to be popular outside of Canada, but it has finally happened.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #7335120

Barry White and Lou Rauls had voices smooth and hushy voices that were so fine.

Tom Jones has a song we can't think of the name so I can find the cd. If you saw the movie The Full Monty,it was the ones the guys stripped to. You Can Leave Your Hat On? I'd love to find that one for one of my fitness classes I hope to start after the first and some other songs in the same vein. Gonna call it "Stripness Class"...LOL. If ya gotta exercise,might as well make it fun.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #7335261

Yes, Tom Jones had a song named "You Can Leave Your Hat On". Most people, in this country, thought he disappeared from the music scene for many many years, but he didn't. He continued singing and most of his songs were released in Germany first, and then in the rest of Europe. Earlier this decade he finally had a song, composed in Germany, that eventually became popular in the US. It was titled "Sex Bomb"...and that was the return of music in this country.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
8:08 PM

Post #7335368

Woo-Hoo I found Tom and sound track from The Full Monty on amazon.com
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
8:10 PM

Post #7335371

P, you ought to do the fitness class to the closing scene on Blazing Saddles! HAH! Now thaaaats funny! I can just see you oldie raisonettes running around in yer pilattes tights to that one!

Push out yer gut, put out yer butt..., ummmm hoz it go???
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #7335453

Wait a dang minute! I AM NOT a Raisinette.


Don't recall the closing scene of Blazing Saddles.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #7335595

well yer old and wrinkly like me.. aintcha? thats what I meant silly
...er is that pruney?

er are you still trowelling the makeup on ta hide those crevices? ...you must got stock in sakrete. I gave up sakrete long time ago when my bottom fell out.

Do you recall the part of where he abuses the horse and socks him in the snout?

That was mean.

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2009
11:33 AM

Post #7337312

BB...LOL. Well age is creeping up on me but other around me still swear I look like I'm in my late 40's but I think they may just be buttering me up to tape me for a loan...LOL.Plumb but body still in shape from all those years of slammin' iron. Muscles are still there...just covered up with that fluffy stuff*G*

I barely recall anything about Blazing Saddles.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2009
12:02 PM

Post #7337344

LOL! Well, push out yer butt, stick out yer gut! LOL! I can remember the tune of that, but thats all the werds! Well we dont neeed no stinking badges at our age either!

Ok, gotta run...the town of Rockridge is east of heyar! Gotta grab that gold hoss and gidyap!

How can you ferget a name like Heady Lamar! LOL! Or the babe that sang Im tared! Or MONGO!!! MONGO was sooooo sweet!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2009
12:07 PM

Post #7337347

Oh...I remember the "We don't need no stinkin' badges" part...and the "beans" part.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2009
12:16 PM

Post #7337359

Well, it was a rather untasteful movie in its day, but I think it made people realize we all gotta laugh at our sorry selves. We really all can be a dumb human race.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #7346595

Meanwhile back at the ranch...

JON!

I got the sunflowers you sent me! I was wishing for Jade and Starburst! Many thanks!

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 8, 2009
4:28 AM

Post #7347506

That's cool. I didn't know they were on your wishlist. Neat
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2010
4:53 AM

Post #7471995

I'm in for 2010! I'm hoping to grow Teddy Bear this year. I love that sunny!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

January 18, 2010
12:40 PM

Post #7472466

Hi Steven!! OooOh Teddy Bears sound so cute! Welcome back!

I just got a mixed pack of NOID pretty colors!

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2010
1:39 PM

Post #7472597

I got my "Chocolate"
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 18, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7472658

Chocolate is a nice one. It's similar to Moulin Rouge...probably the darkest one out there.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

January 18, 2010
2:48 PM

Post #7472755

Reeses?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

January 18, 2010
3:17 PM

Post #7472821

http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/seeds-hm/flowersS.htm

thars a chocky on this page!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 18, 2010
4:48 PM

Post #7473022

I'll have to try that "Chocolate Cherry" Sunflower again. Tried a couple of them last summer and they were a bit small. Doesn't mean there always going to be small cause there's usually quite a difference from plant to plant. Speaking of chocolate...someone at the hockey game on Saturday gave me this 44oz Hershey's Chocolate "Big Kiss". It's this monster sized hollow Hersheys Kiss filled with a package of the regular sized Hershey's Kisses. Gonna take me a couple of days to eat that thing!!! LOL
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2010
6:12 PM

Post #7473324

A hersheys kiss fill filled with more hersheys kisses? sounds pretty good!
do you have any pics of the Choclate Cherry?
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 18, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #7473478

It sure tastes pretty good. It's enormous. I didn't take any pictures of Chocolate Cherry Sunflower last summer. Growing very few sunflowers right now because the daylight hours are still short. Probably will start planting more of them beginning in March/April.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
12:40 PM

Post #7571219

I wanna get SUNNY SMILE! Its a cute lil minature!

Other miniatures I would love to try are BIG SMILE and FIRECRACKER.. Would make nice pot crops
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2010
1:01 PM

Post #7571242

Woo-hoo! Finally found someone with "Chocolate" sunflower seeds to trade!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
1:26 PM

Post #7571275

are they minis?!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2010
1:27 PM

Post #7571278

don't think so
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
1:30 PM

Post #7571284

I've grown "Incredible Dwarf" Sunflowers and they're pretty neat. The blooms are very large (8-10") on short 18" plants.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
1:30 PM

Post #7571285

awww poo.. well gimme anyway! LOL!

Shoot, my water tank is leaking... here I thought the critters were drinking a bit much.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
1:31 PM

Post #7571289

Chocolate Sunflower is around 5-6 feet and multibranching.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
1:36 PM

Post #7571296

LOL! GIMME!

I just found in Johnies I could buy in bulk... oh so tempting...
Patty, Johnies has Chocolate...#1844
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
1:40 PM

Post #7571306

Johnnies is where I bought the "Chocolate" from last year. I guess I'm gonna try "Apricot Twist" Sunflower one more time. Wasn't impressed with it the first time, but sometimes there's quite a variance from plant to plant and this is a new seed pack.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #7571325

I just found in Guerneys (yeck.. not big on them...) but any way they have what they call a florist carnation... for what thats worth!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #7571366

Well,I think I have a pretty good line up for my "chocolate" garden. Ordered salpilossis in "chocolate" but it got back-ordered...WEEKS ago. Can't find the back-order letter and I can't remember who I ordered it from so I can't even e-mail to fuss about it.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
2:18 PM

Post #7571395

LOL! Doncha just hate that!

Guerneys is ok for seed, but I have gotten puny plants from them when I had expected better. Less they improved over the years.. its been awhile for me though on them so who knows if they got better in shipping plants
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
2:22 PM

Post #7571413

I would think you have enough stuff planned for your "Chocolate Universe" Patty. I remember seeing your long list of seeds/plants. Ya gotta watch those back ordered items to make sure ya get them. I learned to print my orders and then toss them when they're received. If something is back ordered I'll save the printed order and circle what is on back order. That just happened to me yesterday with some scabious zinnia seeds one back order.

Gurneys carnation is deceiving Blossom. They mention "just like the florist sells", but the small print tells you 1 1/2" blooms. I think we should both "el paso" on that one!!! LOL
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
2:25 PM

Post #7571418

Gurneys, Spring Hill, American Meadows, Michigan Bulb, etc, etc. All seem "just about the same" to me.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2010
2:46 PM

Post #7571485

well,there's a back-order letter in my file cabinet...somewhere in that black hole. I confess I'm lazy about putting them in proper file folders so it could be anywhere


Speaking of chocolate...and who wouldn't*G*...my Kissed by Chocolate delphiniums have sprouted. I don't dare hope to see them as perennials here but hopefully they will survive and bloom and be annuals for me. Now that I've got the knack of getting them to germinate,I can harvest seeds and grow them every year. Fingeres crossed..XXXXXX
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
2:50 PM

Post #7571498

I'd kill to get those tall Delphiniums to grow/bloom down here but it just isn't in the cards. It's a minor miracle that my Imperial Giant Larkspur seedlings are now putting out some blooms. Remember looking up that "Kissed By Chocolate" Dephinium. Very very nice.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
2:53 PM

Post #7571505

amorecuore wrote:Gurneys, Spring Hill, American Meadows, Michigan Bulb, etc, etc. All seem "just about the same" to me.


Yup! EL PASSSSSSS-O!

Me thinks they is all related...

And yeah.. florist sells them alright, but it aint the biggees like Im wanting.

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
2:54 PM

Post #7571509

BANG...





GIMME! LOL!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2010
2:59 PM

Post #7571519

Gimme what...delphs?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
3:04 PM

Post #7571531

YUP, and in any color ya want! Including BLACK! LOL!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 19, 2010
3:09 PM

Post #7571546

no seeds left and it remains to be seen if I can bring them thur a complete cycle to get seeds. I'm hoping the d.cardinalis,d.naudiacal(spelled off the top of my head)and d.zali will grow for me. First two are Calif. native ...alst one's from mid-east so will see. Suppose to de heat tolerant but our oppressive humidity my be the deciding factor.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
6:33 PM

Post #7572074

They throw that phrase "heat tolerant" on everything. It doesn't tell you whether that means 1 day at 90 degrees or consecutive months of 90 degree heat. Hehe
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
7:19 PM

Post #7572175

Hows it handle a flood! ^G^
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #7572190

Hehe. That would be a first if the seed pack says "flood tolerant" unless were talking water lilies or pond plants.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
7:37 PM

Post #7572213

Suitable for high tide. Now that would be in- ovation, especially for non-salt tide.

Awww just shoot me.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 19, 2010
7:44 PM

Post #7572237

Sounds like you're thinking of sea weed.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2010
7:51 PM

Post #7572253

Nope, thats salty
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2010
11:12 AM

Post #7696983

Well, I got my black oil and my giant striped sunflowers sown today!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 11, 2010
12:44 PM

Post #7697213

Lyng's California Greystripe Sunflowers or something else? What is black oil? We're you drilling for oil and struck it rich?
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #7714815

D**n squirrels are digging up stuff as fast as I can planted it out so I guess it'll do little good to sown my sunnies...D**n squirrles!!!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2010
11:13 AM

Post #7715316

Those squirrels can be a real pain with Sunflower seeds. It's like they have radar and can find the seed immediately after you plant it. One area in the backyard I can't direct sew Sunflower seeds. They dig them up within a day. I have to start them in small pots and transplant when they're a few inches tall. More work but at least I'll get Sunflowers that way.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2010
8:06 AM

Post #7717863

Well, the squirrels here are behaving. Now its the turtle doves digging and scratching for seed in my lil field plot! LOL!

Maybe patty could live trap the lil snots and export them to gator land. Her gators must be plumb full.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2010
9:12 AM

Post #7718084

Well my neighbor doesn't help when it comes to the squirrels. He tosses sunflower seeds and peanuts still in the shell onto his driveway every morning to feed the squirrels. I'm always digging up peanuts and peanut shells in my yard.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #7718258

Dont it just make ya want your own island?

I put dibbs on Hawaii... already ordered my no squrriel sign...LOL! (That goes for 2 legged or 4!)

Whaddya think? LOL!

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2010
10:38 AM

Post #7718334

Hehe. I just don't want neighbors feeding the wildlife. Those squirrels come over into my yard and start begging by standing on their two back feet. Over the weekend I saw someone parked up at the corner feeding the wild hogs that live in this huge vacant lot. I just shuck my head.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2010
10:55 AM

Post #7718372

Owee, that had ta hirt..

I can just see you shacking yer head.

Takes all kinds to make the world go round.

They know not what they do, I keep saying... somehow, there is no consolation in that some days though yano. And some folks just refuse to be educated. So all ya can do is just stand there, hands on yer hips, a zip on the lip and shake the head.

Somehow though I suspect if your neighbs are like mine, you might garner a wave back with a finger. People just think others is strange thas all!

amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2010
11:19 AM

Post #7718429

Yeah I was shakin the head and a few words were mumbled out of my mouth. LOL I don't recall that I've ever shuck any of my fingers at people. I just register it in my head and move on to something else.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2010
4:41 PM

Post #7722128

Good man. Well, im sitting here thinking and yano how irritatered I got with the neighs and their dang ducks lose on the road last season, well im still iritated because they have no business on the road, but again, these people know not what they do. Really makes me sad the people dont know how to take care of the animals and children and such. No regard on the law there too. Its not a free range the highway yano. I mean, these are the same people that try to drive ATVs where they arent supposed to and they are the first to grip that people are picking on them when the law comes down. Irks the heck out of me to see they allow their kids on these machines too and break the laws.

Well, Jon, I dont know what the answer is. Somebody is alwasy gonna have a gripe on someone else some how. It just dont end. The way I figure it, if you stay on the righteous side, you will be ok. The others just got a bit of the devil in them that one day wil catch up with them.

But on the good side of the moon today, my sunnies popped! Looks like the Black Oils an dthe grey stripes will be rather populous. Guess we got enough buryied in the till so that the doves were not gonna get them all before their time.

amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #7722342

I'm not gonna let it bother me Blossom. It's not all that important in the realm of life. Sure enough, yesterday, those squirrels dug up a few Sunflower seeds I had planted the evening before. I came inside got the seeds and planted some more. Then I came back inside and put on my coyote costume and went back outside to get some things done. That coyote costume keeps a lot of the critters...and the neighbors away!!! LOL
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2010
6:48 PM

Post #7722463

ROTFLMBBO!

Show us da pic! LOL!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2010
7:31 PM

Post #7722611

LOL Ok, are you scared yet.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2010
7:23 AM

Post #7723831

Skaking in my flip flops I am! LOL! Now you stay away from my babies or I will just have to bop you in the he-yad! Course I hird you got emphazeeema so you cant blow nobodys huas down... You you you and them thar Cuban cee-grrrs! hehehe!

Im a new mamma of 6 goslings and well I got a pitchfork yano. It will fit right under your tail it will if you mess with my kids! honk honk hoooooonk!

What the heck are you playing next week Texas A N M? LOL! Hird them long herns are gonna poke some butt!

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 21, 2010
7:34 AM

Post #7723857

LOL. This is South Florida. It's "swagger" and "All About The U"...the Miami Hurricanes. Whether its the wolf/coyote or the Hurricanes, one way or another were gonna "huff & puff and blow your house down". LOL

Keep an eye on them goslings. Wild E Coyote is lickin his chops.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2010
8:09 AM

Post #7723930

You you you coyote you... stay out of my bog.






(...thats the cranes nest there in the middle, to the lower right just on the water...its huge! Cant tell for shure but think there are 2-3 eggs! Cant wait to see the babies, but taking pics of the adults has been a no can do so far.. I need a better camera... telephoto would do me a grand service...hello Verizon... you hear that?)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2010
10:20 AM

Post #7935622

Ok, the newest snap...yano, I think I pulled most of the snaps out of the cutting garden thinking they were weeds.. oh how bad is that!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #7935642

then to top it of, I post it under sunflowers.. how lame is that! LOL!...

NOTE TO SELF: READ THE HEADLINES.. after getting new glasses.. that might help too!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 1, 2010
11:16 AM

Post #7935741

Like the snapdragon. Still have a few blooming here which is shocking for July. Usually they bite the dust once it starts to really heat in up mid May. Here they are today. Not tall like they should be, but not bad for highs in the low 90's and lows around 80 every night since beginning of June.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2010
7:44 PM

Post #7936713

Oh drooooool! Slobbber slobber! Those are gorgeous!

I swear its the water around here and the dirt.. um make that sand.. its feast or famine in growing some kinds of flowers.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 1, 2010
8:03 PM

Post #7936750

Thanks Blossom. Up until the early 1980's this immediate area was undeveloped, and was grassland on the eastern edge of the Florida Everglades. It's a pretty good mixture of dark soil and sand and not rocky at all. It's decent soil to work with.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2010
9:43 PM

Post #7936914

I have a diversity of soils.. part is some good dirt, but the ph is funky and it has lots of calcium. Then there is the gold sand. They used to mine the sand off this ground mnay moons ago. Took the better grade and left the course clayish sand. Some spots you can dig down and find blue clay. On the praire, dont sneeze you will blow all of the topsoil away as there is only a fine dusting. There is no fertility and if one was to put like a commercial fertilizer like the farmes do on their fields, it does not help becasue it disapates really fast. The land needs humous to hold the fertility in and it is what it is, very poor soil,

In the bog, there is this awesome peat layer.. its weird and pretty deep. If you get out on it at certain times of the year it feels like its floating on top of the wetland.

The water table is very high being that the area is a former lakebed. Then the water sources run weird.. I think the quality of the water has dropped drastically in 10 years. And its fickle. I would say its higher in nitrates over what it was when we first came and then the calcium levels seem to go up and down. That makes it hard to water sometimes because some plants do not like the changes and sometimes I get plant kills for no explained reason other than the water is wild.

Only a short list of plants will grow here. You cannot force them to thrive. One ounce of neglect and some plants are done before you start.

It is what it is, a very fickle freaky ecosystem. You either love it or hate it.. I have grown found of it. Simply because it truly is unique.

Makes gardening a challenge. And the prairie, the bog and oh yes, the savannah, every changing, never the same vegitaion in the same area from year to year. The plant colonies seem to come in wafts where one year they are very large, next year, nearly fizzeled.

Poison ivy, clover, some grasses, raspberries, maples, oaks, sassafras and a few more are prevelant natives.

I am amazed the sunnies like it where we have them year after year, but then we ammend that patch of soil each year with a dosage of unadulterated horse manure.

The land here is nothing that a bunch of organic manure would not cure or kill... dependign on what you are trying to do. And the rare species, well we certainly do not want to kill those.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2010
6:30 AM

Post #7937487

Not too many variables here, although this summer it's been WAY hot and unusually dry. This winter was the second coldest on record and we've followed that up with the hottest May and hottest June on record. The average temperature for June (averaging high & low temps each day) in Ft Lauderdale was 84.9 degrees. 15 of the 30 nights in June the temperature did not drop below 80 degrees for a low. June is normally the wettest month with an average of 10 inches of rain. This June we had 4.5 inches. More of the same predicted for July.

Anyway, the Sunflowers are "very forgiving" and adapt to anything. Took a photo this morning of Sunflowers "Apricot Twist" behind the "Black And Blue" Salvia.

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2010
6:32 AM

Post #7937492

And the bees were busy at work on the "Velvet Queen" Sunflower. Sunflower "Strawberry Blonde" is hoping for some attention lurking in the background.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #7937541

Very nice...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2010
4:42 PM

Post #7941035

Ok, Jon, here it is, the sunflower in the hanging basket.. and yep, it bloomed.. um, its one of those...a-hem cant say the name of it ... B_ _ _ _ _ O _ _ ones..


Oh and the cranes are back! Only one baby made it though.

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 3, 2010
4:47 PM

Post #7941046

That's a nice Sunflower. I guess its a dwarf variety? There are some big ones coming along down here. They're still growing/getting taller.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2010
6:14 AM

Post #7942128

I dont know how tall they are sposed to get, but out in the big B.O. patch, they are blooming at waste high, so I would say the one in the basket is stunted. The one in the field are hurting now for water.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2010
6:36 AM

Post #7942176

They'll grow 12 months of the year down here. They grow their best, and reach their maximum potential when they're grown to bloom at the very beginning on summer when the daylight hours are the longest. The best choice, in Florida, during the short days of winter are the "Pro-Cut" series Sunflowers. They're daylength neutral and grow just as well during the shorter daylight hours of early winter.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2010
8:15 AM

Post #7942403

Wonder if I could get a second crop if I "babied them in pots? I think its too late though myself.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2010
9:36 AM

Post #7942539

I think it's bordering on "too late" also.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2010
4:59 AM

Post #7944137

Story of my life, always too late.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2010
10:39 AM

Post #7947366

Alright Jon, is this a calendula? If it is I got two of them and one is orange and this one.

Found them blooming in the cutting bed.

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amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 6, 2010
12:27 PM

Post #7947647

It's hard to tell. Could be, or possibly an Osteospermum (Cape Daisy/African Daisy)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #7948096

no. its not any African daisy.. the leaves are not right for that.. Guess I should tak a better pic of that and show you.. ok.. back to the garden..
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 15, 2010
6:40 AM

Post #7970029

Sunflower blooming today. The seed package was purchased at Agway and it's labeled "Sunflower Orange Mahogany"

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2010
7:01 AM

Post #7970077

Well that sure is gorgeous!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 15, 2010
8:19 AM

Post #7970262

Thanks. It has some real good branching traits, so there will be quite a few blooms off of this plant.
Flinter
St. Annaparochie
Netherlands

July 16, 2010
2:33 AM

Post #7972070

Last year i got a few packages seeds with only the subscribtion 'Sunflower' on it. I like these ones and would like to know there names.
1.

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Flinter
St. Annaparochie
Netherlands

July 16, 2010
2:34 AM

Post #7972071

2.
Helianthus annuus 'Velvet Queen' ????

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St. Annaparochie
Netherlands

July 16, 2010
2:36 AM

Post #7972072

3.

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St. Annaparochie
Netherlands

July 16, 2010
2:36 AM

Post #7972073

4.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2010
4:46 AM

Post #7972161

Aww man flinter those are awesome!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 16, 2010
6:52 AM

Post #7972456

They're nice blooms. Not sure about the names on any of them. A couple of them look like a crossing between two different sunflowers.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2010
7:19 AM

Post #7972537

I agree there Jon!

I love them all, but the #4 is my fav. I like the light and dark in the petals, that is very unusual!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 28, 2010
5:35 PM

Post #8003200

Here's Sunflower "Mongolian Giant" opening in the front yard this evening. It's about 10-11 feet tall.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 28, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #8003284

Yummy! Real nice thar Jon!
We ar egetting about ready to mow our patch. Its about spent. Dont know if we will dave any seed though. The birds pretty much done them in!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 28, 2010
8:55 PM

Post #8003635

Thanks Blossom. I was outside tonight planting more Sunflower seeds. They can be grown all months of the year here, but the biggest/best blooms occur in the summer. I can't let them go to seed down here or else the wild parrots trash the flower beds. They'll even land on the Sunflowers that haven't bloomed yet and the weight of those green parrots will snap the Sunflower stalks.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2010
3:09 AM

Post #8003813

didn't get my sunnies planted this year but I do have false sunflower Lorraine's Sunshine"

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2010
3:31 AM

Post #8003826

Oooh pretty Red!

Oh poor you on the parrots Jon! I grow my sunnies for the birds so tell your parrots to visit Blossom! LOL! Saw bluebirds, finches and a few others that appeared to be in bird heaven with the feast.

The birds here pretty well "trashed " my plot now and I will be mowing it down soon. I hope they liked them!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 29, 2010
6:11 AM

Post #8004050

Very nice Patty. Like that Heliopsis and what looks like Torenia in the background. This is what we call "Beach Sunflower" (Helianthus debilis) in Florida. It grows along both coasts of Florida and is hardy in Zones 8-11.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2010
6:47 AM

Post #8004122

Well, if I had a beach, Jon, that purdy thang could come this way anytime!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2010
7:53 AM

Post #8004234

yup...torenia,one of my best annuals
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 29, 2010
8:31 AM

Post #8004295

We know Torenia well since it's a tropical plant.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2010
11:49 AM

Post #8004691

I met torenadio once... dint do me no good up here.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 29, 2010
12:04 PM

Post #8004727

Maybe it was too damp Blossom? It likes it hot and dry...similar to annual type vinca.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2010
4:00 AM

Post #8006026

I'm growing the yellow Susie Wong this year too...it's a keeper

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2010
4:04 AM

Post #8006031

Lemon Drop is nice too

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2010
4:08 AM

Post #8006034

here's Plum

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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #8006036

and Violet...sorry about the blurry pix

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2010
11:09 AM

Post #8006735

funny looking sunnies thar P
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2010
3:32 AM

Post #8008119

I know ...I OT'ed but it's amore's fault...LOL...gotta blame sumbody*G*
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 31, 2010
6:36 AM

Post #8008308

I know. It IS my fault, but who cares. As long as the primary focus is Sunflowers, it doesn't matter if we stray offtrack for a little while. I'd rather read a post and look at a picture compared to no post at all.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2010
8:37 AM

Post #8008576

yup,too dang hot to be outside passed 10-11 am so we needs picture posts
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 31, 2010
8:45 AM

Post #8008597

Agreed. Inside for the day here. May sneak out again after 6PM when the temperature drops to 90.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2010
8:49 AM

Post #8008610

I'm debating if I really wanna go out there and mow...forget the weeds. I've weeded these beds upmteen times and they're weedy again and can stay that dern way until colorer weather.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 31, 2010
9:46 AM

Post #8008727

I've been slowly getting at the weeds the last few evenings. Can't get much accomplished in the 1-2 hours its semi-bearable in the evening. None of the beds are real bad, but there are enough weeds to keep the issue on my mind. I can't wait for October when it will cool off, the humidity will ease up and it will be the beginning of the winter gardening season...the one I really like.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2010
10:02 AM

Post #8008757

Raining here.

Jon, we-ins is jess gonna havta call you the Wanderer.

Nas sunny BTW!
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 31, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8008827

OK Blossom. Everyone is a "wanderer" in the garden. Definition: a gardener easily distracted/set off course by something in the yard. A wanderer usually ends up doing something completely different than what was intended once they've been outside for a couple of minutes. Hehe
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2010
11:55 AM

Post #8008947

Snickers!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2010
11:57 AM

Post #8009005

Well, we jess caint call you Bubba, goodness knows that wun s taken!
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

August 1, 2010
3:12 AM

Post #8010298

So? We're call him "Snickers"?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 1, 2010
8:18 AM

Post #8010709

suture sef!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2011
6:53 AM

Post #8360570

WHOAH! Time to say bye bye 2010...

look for SUNFLOWERS 2011 - linking it soon!

But first something to enjoy!

Simply Sunflowers
http://www.alighthouse.com/sunflowers.htm

See yain 2011?!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8506106

GOING HERE!!!

SUNFLOWERS FOR 2011 - WHOSE IN?

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1174322/

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