Good Morning everyone!
It is a very cold wet day today, the last couple of days were similar. I love that we are getting rain but hate having to turn the heaters on in the HH's.
teaxsbigleaves, it is very nice to see you!! And thanks for starting the new thread. Who knew that it would have lasted this long? I wish some of the folks that started with us would stop by and say Howdy.
Is that "Cherries Jubilee" in your first photo? It is really beautiful!
Debra: That is a beautiful puppy bouquet. I've never seen one like it, very fitting for the loss of a pet. I must have missed where you posted about the passing of your beloved "Duke". I am so sorry for your loss ... I know it is very hard to lose any member of the family, even the four legged ones.
Well, I had this long post to you all, but lost it in the send.. shortened a tad, now, THANK YOU to all of you. You all make my day with your rocking tropical photos, and I had even reported status updates of everyones sends to me, but too tired to re-type it all.
Like Rita, I miss the folks who used to come here too.. RJ, CANDELLA, Phughs, and all.. but I am so glad to see James. Holly, Kay, and Rachel and MJ and Homer and Kimarj and well all of you.
Today my first hummer sighting happened. I AM SO HAPPY. 34 low temp for one hour at 6 am. Predicted.. a few things might get cold, but it will warm up fast. I am a Mean Plant MOM .. if they get sad tonight, they will have to get glad in the same pot they got mad in. The Basement is empty and in preparation for deep cleaning and re-structuring for indoor gardening.
todays bloom: "Winky" columbine
If you get some green stuff that creeps, from anything I sent any of you, it will be this plant, which started out as a few seeds in a packet called "creeping daisey" the blooms are about a half inch if that..it seems to pop up now anywhere I had pots around it..
Poor queen emma.. she will come back and I bet she blooms this year after getting cold in the early am..sorry Rita.. we gotta get her to tuffen up so to speak, right? ( poor thing is already sunburned and wind whipped, hailed on and prolly peed on too..) that clematis there isn't looking like it is gonna come back..
Anybody got an IDea about this ginger? I dug it out from under the big oak tree, where it was making gangly stems about 8ft. tall, but not flowering.
Potted up some cuttings and it is about 4ft. tall, with these funny corkscrew-style stems. It makes closed flower heads, sort of like the pine cone ginger. When it blooms, one flower at a time pops out the side of the head. They are a pretty coral pink. It's a strange one, not really decorative, but interesting.
plantladylin,and GAgirl1066 thanks for helping with the identification of the cactus plant. It was hard for me to decide betwen the E. anguliger and E chrysocardium, they are quite similar and both have white blooms. I feel like it is the E chrysocardium. I would be a bit more excited if the flower was a different color. Thanks very much!
joeswife, those were lovely pictures, I am a little jealous of your columbine. I will have to plant a few more this spring. I had one yellow to bloom so far.
I hope that the Queen Emma blooms for you this year.
That is an alocasia, can't tell if it is purple cloak or coffee cup yet..
I love your photos , Rita. What is the vine up there?
Macho Fern is happy, still.. and so is everything else I am pleased to say.
Your picture of your Variegated Hibiscus ( at least i
thank it is ). Has it bloomed and do you have a picture
of it ?
All of your plants look like they are in FL.rather than in
All of my plants took a bad beating this winter.
Lost alot of plants this winter but so has lots of people.
Have you thought about a trip to Zone 9 and to R J's?
love that Shooting Star hydrangea , I almost got one, but decided I needed to see of other things can grow I have gotten first.
Rita my bananas all look so fried, but I do see new leaves trying to push up from the middle.
Work has had me so captive, I am good to get a shot of this Iris this am before I left..
Rachel, I am glad your cane begonia is going good, everything here is just now getting used to their new homes for the summer, unless I change their minds ..I saw my string of pearls and rosary vines are coming out fine.. need to take pictures maybe this weekend..
You know, I have never really grown Iris, *my grandma and great aunt did* but I am glad someone was kind enough to send me this one..
Hi guys I'm here...Debra I'm so sorry to hear about Duke...Here's a bloom for him.
Everyone's pics are great...been busy busy but hope to get a chance to walk around and take more pics soon.
Things are popping a bit slowly...we've not had any rain in over a month ! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Of course you have to go thru the dog run, out the gate and down the alley back there to see it... so since I was there I took my May photo of the Back Yard Project.. as I call it.. this is the far south west corner looking East
Kay, my Agapanthus are in a huge pot in full sun, but inside the pool cage, so slightly less intense sun than if they were in the garden. They stay out there all year, but I do cover at night in cold weather.
They like being pot-bound and hate to be moved. Up until this spring, my big clump was in the same pot for 8 years. I would add some soil on top of the roots each spring, and a sprinkle of time release fert, then just water maybe once a week if there was no rain. The old pot finally broke so I had to re-pot this clump. When we turned it out, you could hardly see any soil for all the roots in that pot!
Whenever I have taken divisions or tried to get them going in the garden, they have died off. They also really like to dry out between waterings.
Here's a shot of the big clump in its pot. Looks like I have two varieties in there now - how'd that happen??
Here's a start I got from a friend that I've been ignoring and neglecting for about 3 years. It now has 3 fans of leaves and two flower scapes! It is outside the pool cage but right beside it, so it gets a little shade in the morning through the middle of the day. Hoping it is another color than the big clump, but I can't remember . . . sigh.
I had a number of them, this picture is from years ago, but all mine stopped blooming. When I dug them up I noticed they all had root knot nematodes and there were holes in the roots like you would see on iris rhizomes from borers.
I hope yours just need a different location.
dzy, I admire you for getting the Agapanthus to grow and bloom for you, I have tried more times than I care to admit. I am a little behind you with the Gloriosa lily. I am showing nice fat buds, thanks for sharing your pretties with us.
The long stalks in my picture are the Costus scaber, they are almost to the top of my hh.
texasbigleaves, I could not find a picture of the flowers. That is the little plant you gave me several years ago. It will bloom soon and Ipromise to take a picture then.
I hope that you have not lost your AeAe banana, and your big Alocasias from Lari Ann. How big is that variegated ginger plant?
I do not have any plans for Houston anytime soon, been spending all my money on e-bay. lol
mjsponies, I hope that you are saving seeds from that MG,
that is a beauty. Wishing rain for you, and no fires this year.
Joeswife, you have so much room in the backyard for flowerbeds. Someone sugested that I put a island bed in mine and I have been enjoying it ever since, much less grass to mow. Those are some beautiful Irises you posted. It seems as if I had the shortest blooming time in my perennial beds this year.
Prita, Thank you so much for the wonderful comments!
DYZZY, I usually plant from the pots in the spring except for a few that I kinda tour around in the sun in larger and larger pots through the summer!
I like to get a jump on things. you never know around here till about middle to end of May for everything to be normal temperatures. It was 36 Wed. am and 39
Rita, beautiful flowers on your Nong Nooch vine and no, I never got the Gigas to root but thats OK. I also never got the big, beautiful cutting of melanochrysum from ebay to root either. However, I did manage to get this ebay cutting to root;) Do you recognize which Philo. it may be? I have a hunch but I am probably just going to have to let it grow more.
Hi everyone, it was a beautiful spring day today, I managed to take half my potted plants out of the GH. I hope everyone had a very pleasant day.
Kay Jones, It can only be dumb luck, getting that vine to bloom. I lost a mature vine in the previous bad winter and even with extra covers on the HH, this new plant lost all it's foliage. It is in a spot where it gets morning sun and I try to never let it dry out.
RachelLF, I am having a hard time with the P Gigas. I might have to re-pot it to see if that will help any. I usually have good luck with Philos but this one is hard to please. I thought that if you got the cuttings to strike, maybe you would share some wisdom with me.
I will have to see a picture of your mature leaf before I can help with your new Philo. Kudos to you for getting it to grow. I will not buy any more cuttings from e-bay, having lost too many already.
homer1958, lets hope that is the last of the cold weather, and we can enjoy what's left of spring.
DH got me this Colocasia for Mothers Day. Let's see your your Mother's day presents.(even if you bought it for yourself)
Hey all...I got 2 new Hoya's I'll try to take pics tomorrow.. They are smaller leaved and one is Rosay colored foliage. It's late, the kids and grandkids are here and I'm just checkin in ! Yikes, it's all crazy with the grandkids here... LOL...but they keep us young !
ooo, Rita, I so want to come live with you. You have and find the prettiest plants!! I didn't get my surprise today, its coming Wednesday, so I am told. My kids said they could have expressed it, but would have been $90. so it must be kinda big. LOL
What a fabulous present. I used to have a licuala and sadly did not take good care of it one winter may it RIP.
I finally found something I absolutly cannot live without. Of course no one has it for sale right now. Agristarts will have them in July but they will only be tiny babies and it is famous for being a slow grower, not to mention I believe Agristarts is a wholesale place.
I hope all mothers have had a wonderful Mothers Day.
Rita, I've wasted enough money on cuttings from ebay too and thanks for trying to help with an I.D. I'm like you and find most of the Philodendrons I have, to be easy to grow but I do have one that seems to be almost as finicky as your Gigas. Wishing you the best with it and you received some extra nice Mothers Day gifts. They are both gorgeous.
Ardesia, you may want to check with LariAnn Garner, if you've not already.
GAgirl1066, thanks, you are good at finding those rare cool plants as well! I always look forward to your new finds.
I love surprises, I bet you will be looking out for the mail truck on Wednesday. Great Kids!
ardesia, I would love to have a few of those too!
Franco24, lucky you! Looking forward to seeing your bloom. That is a very healthy plant. Did you use bloombooster? Mine are not doing well.
yeah Rita . . .go ahead and post that rangoon creeper picture . . .just rub it in that you can get yours to bloom and I can't. LOL
Wouldn't you know that is the one vine of mine that won't freeze. It's coming back again. I need to try and acidify the soil and see if that will help with the bloom. I'm so tired of messing with it, but I can't bring myself to dig it up and give in. I wish it would die!
phughes - Supposedly Hibiscus fertilizer works great for Rangoon Creeper. I'm going to give it a try ...see Rj's Journal... or get Rita to tell us her secret ! Course mine is still a baby so I can't complain about it yet.
Rachel, I think that one of the three P.Gigas that I got on E-Bay will make it.When and if I get it big enough, I will get you a cutting. From what I have read they love fast draining soil that stays moist!
Drew, you are so very thoughtful. Thank you so much for thinking of me concerning a Philo. gigas, but for now, just concentrate on getting your plant to grow. I know that Rita and I will applaud you on growing this particular Philodendron!
from 34 to 100 in four days, it has confused everything here.. I was taking pictures of the brugs in their spots, and looked up to see this big guy watching me, he didn't move, and I noticed a smaller one on down the fence hiding in the bushes, it looked like it might storm at this time, but of course, it did not, but they were sure ready for what ever went north of us ( tornados)
I brought a few tropicals back inside.. don't wanna lose anything to the crazy weather..
Well we still haven't gotten any rain...Who stole Florida ?? It's been pretty warm, but breezy, so not unpleasant in that regard...just very very dry. The Leafless Beaked Ladie's Tresses is making her annual appearance...I manged to get two tiny babies started from it this year.
mjs--I have tried hibiscus fertilizer. RJ was my first DG buddy when I joined DG in 2002 I think thanks to that glorious rangoon picture he posted. I've tried bloombooster and hibiscus fertilizer. I've threatened to chop it down with a machete and make a midnight raid on RJ's place in Houston to steal his and his tree fern which I covet. . .nothing works. I need to get the machete out again but I just can't admit defeat while it lives! I should just dig it up, plant it in a pot and deliver it to RJ and tell him I want it back just as soon as he gets it to bloom. I know he'd take good care of it. HAHA!!!!
Where is RJ? I know he had a trip to his brother's planned. Oh RJ--where are you??? Inquiring minds want to know!!!!!!
Jo, your gloriosas are lovely, mine are just starting to come up this year. Very late.
This was an interesting find today. It is the newly emerged leaves of a cheesecake monstera that I thought was dead.
Beautiful flowers and plant blooms. It is still just starting here. Tropicals seem to be putting out new growth. meanwhile, since Duke is gone, the bunnies and crows and squirrels keep raiding the pots and stuff. I think I need Joe to go "mark" the whole yard LOL
anyway, here is Carribia all open and rained on..
Good evening everyone!
I can tell from all those beautiful healthy plants that we have the most talanted and dedicated gardeners on this thread.
GAGirl1066, beautiful hydrangea and pot combination, you have inspired me to get mine put together. I have a few of the plants already, but need to visit Lowe's for potting soil.
It is normal for the color change on the Rangoon Creaper, it is the same on the single flowering plant.
mjsponies,thanks for showing your Hoyas. I have to agree, the rosy leaf plant is my favorite. I will have to get one, your morning glory picture is perfect. You are the only person I have seen with those Leafless beaked ladies Tresses. They are special!
I have no new plants to show off tonight, but snapped a few pictures when I propped up the plastic on the hh to get some fresh air.
Joeswife, you can't give up on a plant until you have tried it 3 times, that is the gardener's code. Love your roses!
Phughes, Good to see you!!
I had to wait almost 4 years for my Rangoon Creeper to bloom. I bet your's is going to bloom this year. The only trick I know is what I have learned from Rj, trim it in the fall.
I love my Leafless beaked ladies Tresses. it was a matter of luck finding them growing on the side of our drive. I have two pots, but the deer ate the tops off of one. They ( the deer and the rabbits) have been pretty pesky this year. They are hungry. Lack of rain means lack of forage for them...so they are getting bold and coming up into the main yard.
She bloomed !
Epiphyllum, Orchid Cactus,Veneta
Debra, beautiful Carribia and texasbigleaves, sorry you lost your "Fourth of July" rose. It was gorgeous.
mjs, I echo everyone else on Veneta. Beautiful.
Rita,thanks for giving me an Aroid fix;) Love that Philo. and is that Anthurium crystal hope? I lost my Mehani and have no idea why. It was so easy to grow the first couple of years I had it. I'll get another one though.