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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8549200

Well my garden is finally blooming and emitting such lovely fragrances that I just thought I'd like to share with all my fragrant friends and see what you have blooming in your gardens (there maybe something I "need" to put on my list) haha

Enjoy and please share your fragrant beauties :)

As always my faithful, trusty Rangoon Creeper...I love the smell of melons. Such a pretty plant and never attacked by bugs or disease. I chop it down in the fall and each spring it graces me with it's pink, white and red fragrant blooms, over and over again.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8549216

Michelia Alba

I always wait anxiously for this plant to bloom each year, I love the fragrance even though it doesn't waft as much as my rangoon or some other plants I have. I can smell it in the evening when it's humid and I am watering the garden, especially when there are about 4-5 blooms on my tree. It's smells like sweet bubblegum to me right now (8am on a humid morning), quite strong.

I have it in a large container and it's been in there for 5 years happily, about 4ft high and in morning/midday sun.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8549316

Jasmine - Grand Duke of Tuscany

Heavenly fragrance. One flower in a vase of water in the house permeates the air for 2-3 days.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8549321

Wrightia religiosa - Water Jasmine

A beautiful plant with a faint perfume

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8549326

Love, Love, Love gardenia's. This one is in the ground and in it's happy medium of part shade in the afternoon sun.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8549329

My faithful Abraham Darby rose...old rose fragrance

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Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8551286

Samantha - Big hello and I am soooo jealous...LOOK at all your pretties!!! The Michelia Alba is the one plant I miss that didn't make it...I loved that scent!! Maybe I need to rethink getting another Grand Duke...I have no earthly idea where mine went...fairly certain I had one...sheesh. How are you girl??
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2011
10:18 AM

Post #8552266

HI Chantell...I knew I'd see you on here, I'd been missing in action there for a bit but I can't stay away for too long, Dave's is addicting, especially when the soil warms up and there's no one else to share picture's, stories or questions with.

Yes that Michelia Alba is a favorite of mine, she's been so close to dying so many times, I think I've finally found her spot in the garden that she likes. I do drag her in whenever there's a scare of frost though and the large pot she's in is a pain but she's worth it.

You lost your grand duke? I'm going to try and root some cutting so if any take I'll send you one, but so far every time I try I kill them off by either watering too much or forgetting them before their fully rooted. I'll let you know if any take. My neighbor wants one also.

I'm actually moving more towards veggies and fruit in my garden but I'll always keep my favorite fragrant flowers...I just can't bare to get rid of them. But my rule to be a plant in my tiny garden is you have to either give me something to eat, smell yummy or be an amazing flower...tough criteria I know but space is very tight! HAHA

Well I hope we'll see your flowers soon...I'm sure yours should be waking up now and gracing us with their scents...do show please. :)
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8552325

Samantha - I had to laugh when I read your criteria to be a plant in your yard. I have the same exact requirement for mine with one qualifier - in addition to being an amazing flower, you get a bonus point if you can double as a cut flower. I just recently did away with the last of my front lawn and turning that section into a raised vegetable bed.

I wonder if the grand duke will survive in zone 9a? Do you bring yours in when there is danger of below freezing? Chantell - was yours in a pot that gets moved?

I brought my mom a Michelia for mother's day years ago, and it is doing great in her yard, just finished blooming recently. Have either of you tried rooting cuttings from a Michelia? I tried once or twice, but I am not good at taking care of cuttings as they develop roots so 99% of all my cuttings end up dying.

astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8552709

Soilsandup hello again. I'd love to plant flowers for cutting and have a few but most of the cut flowers here that I could use get tall and I also have lots of shade in the front of my house due to a large oak tree taking up a lot of room. I do have lots of Caladiums though, they are actually a great cut "flower" so to say if you could call them a that...more like a leaf but just as pretty as a flower with their beautiful designs. I did buy a lot of Chrysanthemum plants last year that were tiny and this year they are wonderful, although falling over everywhere, I think I need to take cuttings to shorten them once they have flowered.

As for the Grand Duke, I'm not positive it would survive outside in 9a, mine looses all it's leaves and I try to cover it whenever it's getting below freezing here so I have never let it fend for itself, however I don't drag it in during winter, the pot is too big and it is so tall now. I have heard people grow them in a pot in a sunny window though.

I tried rooting the Michelia but as usual with all my rootings, I totally forget about them or water them to death when I do remember them. Sadly I've had no luck so far.

Here's one of the Caladium Leafs

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8552937

When does your caladium break ground? I planted a few bulbs a couple of months ago, but no sign of growth yet. I have them in the shaded area of the yard, so maybe that soil has not warmed up enough yet. And you are totally right in that they look great in arrangements - I never considered them until I saw them being used like that a few years ago.

With the few chrysanthemums that I have, I pinch them back around July so that when they flower in the fall, the stems would not be too tall. They root really easily - I pinched one of my yellows and stuck them in the ground next to the mother plant and about 5 of them rooted.

astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 11, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8554123

The caladium really didn't wake up until it got hot here, middle of May. Some are still just waking up so I think for yours just give them a bit more time, they will pop up when it gets warm enough for them. The great thing about caladiums is that in a vase they last a long time, usually outlasting any other flower I put in with it.

Thanks for the tip on the Chrysanthemum's I will try that this time round and also try rooting a few.



Even though Brugs aren't too good for cutting, they smell so divine on a humid night.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8583855

Astcgirl, I'm jealous of all those beautiful, fragrant plants you can grow in zone 9. I have zone envy really bad. LOL Your photography is wonderful too! Ooooh, I wish I could smell that AD rose! I might have to find me one of those.

I've only just discovered "fragrance" in the garden in the last year or two. I've been gardening for about 12 years now but my main focus was always on big, bold blooms and exotic foliage. I've discovered fragrance quite by accident and have become obsessed I'm afraid. LOL

One of my favorite fragrances comes from my moonflower datura bush. I love this plant. That lemon-Pledge fragrance it emits after dark is just divine!

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8583857

I do have some fragrant roses like Grenada which will knock your socks off.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8583865

I have irises and a few other scented flowers too. But most of my scents come from herbs and mints. I have about 25 different mints. Chocolate and Ginger mints are my favorite. And Lemon balm is just divine. But nothing beats the sweet smell of basil. Cinnamon basil is probably my favorite. I love to put it along pathways so when I brush against it, that fragrance is released. It's just awesome! People often seem surprised that I don't cook or use my mints and herbs in any culinary way. But I just love the smell of them. I do cut the mints and herbs and give to friends who do cook, and they love it. One day, when I get my gardens "done", maybe I take time to cook with herbs. But when weather permits, I just don't have time to be stuck inside with cooking and cleaning. I've got to get dirty! :-)

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 24, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8584120

ButterflyChaser...Thank you for the compliments...I can understand the obsession over fragrant plants.

Your datura looks beautiful, I haven't go any datura yet, but will put it on my list for next season. My mints are dying down now that the heat is setting in, I love my Kentucky Mint and also the Lemon Balm, I don't use them enough other than Mojito's with the neighbors...that's really the only main reason we all grow it for our Mojito parties :)

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Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 27, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8590841

Great pictures everyone. I just planted a new Grand Duke as mine died this past winter. We had a freak freeze and it got down into the teens!! I used to garden for unusual flowers until my friend introduced me to fragrant flowers and plants, now that is mostly what goes in my garden.

careyana

careyana
(Carey) Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 27, 2011
8:44 PM

Post #8591940

My Grand Duke impressed me! Left in its pot outside by the (heated) pool all winter...and we had FREAK weather. Actually had three straight days where we didn't get out of the 20's! Not long after that, the foliage all turned yellow. I was heartbroken, cut it back to the mulch (a rather thick 4" layer) but kept up weekly waterings because...you never know. Sure enough, it's now about a foot tall and going strong. :)

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8593176

You all are so lucky...be able to have those jasmines outdoors year round!!! I did happily notice a few buds on my confederate jasmine outside. Thank goodness...I've only seen blooms on that girl a couple of times in the 4 years I've had her in the ground. I should snap a couple pics...now that I think about it...

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2011
10:31 PM

Post #8593862

Blooms are just beginning in my garden, has been a cool spring and rainy. Yeah rain. Blooming...Iris--dwarf and intermediates just opening...thermopsis...dicentra luxuriant.. would have been blooming but a 4 legged bandit ate the blooms as they were beginning to open...*****!!!!!***!!.lol. jj's. Centaurea montana and m. alba...AND one of my favs. Hesperis matronalis...yum is so fragrant...common name is false phlox. Lilacs any day now, another yum. And many to come, yeah!!!!!

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 29, 2011
5:00 AM

Post #8594159

Pretty purples warriors, what a beautiful background. Now lilacs...that is one flower I "WISH" I could have in my tropical garden. It was one of my favorite fragrants growing up and I always picked a bunch from our garden for my mother whenever they bloomed. Sadly I can't grow them here in Florida (even though I did try). Please post a pic when they do bloom.

Chantell...yes please post your confederate jasmine, I'd love to see it. I started fertilizing my Grand Duke after it finished blooming and it sent out another flush, so I'm so excited right now with my morning walks. One of my plumeria's started blooming so I'll have to take a pic of it...smells of peaches.

Good to hear that everyone elses Grand Dukes are happy.
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 31, 2011
8:09 AM

Post #8599053

Well as I was inspecting my garden guess what I found? A shoot where I thought I pulled up the dead Grand Duke! I would say that is one tough plant.
Definitley pretty flowers warrior. I too "wish" I could have lilacs. astcgirl I tried to grow lilacs here in the desert. I failed miserably...
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8599773

Don't have a picture, but today I could smell my cape jasmine gardenia in bloom. Every day, I will go out and smell the fragrance until it quits blooming. Luciee {;^)
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2011
7:19 AM

Post #8601139

Fantastic news marieortiz that your Grand Duke is shooting up again. It's always so exciting when a plant you think you've lost decides it's not done yet.

Luciee that must be a wonderful smell in your garden right now...and I totally understand about going out to every day to sniff until there is nothing left :)
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2011
6:18 PM

Post #8602690

Here is the promised Plumeria...such a peachy scent. I really love this one, it's the strongest scent out of all my other plumeria's.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8602731

Look what opened for me tonight...My Queen of the Night. I actually had about 10 flowers blooming on 4 different plants so I picked one and took it inside so I could watch it open up. Such a wonderful fragrance also, almost a perfume.

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2011
6:54 PM

Post #8602791

astcgirl

I'm so thrilled to see your wonderful plants. I'm new to the area and have been trying to figure out what to give a try growing here. I know it won't be the plants I had up north, but gosh I've just got to some of them...LOL and now after seeing there are some great choices I'm starting to feel I will be gardening down here.

You aren't too far from me, do you ever open your garden for a tour?????

Jan
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2011
7:36 PM

Post #8602910

Hi Jan...welcome to Florida, your going to have lots of fun down here with plants...LOL I'm still learning about what survives the frost and what doesn't and even if it does survive, some winters like the last one just wreaked havoc on so many of my topicals, however I do baby my favorites and they earn their keep inside my warm cosy home during the winter time LoL, I'm in zone 9b so I have a little more heat but there certainly is still a lot of beautiful plants that will survive down here in Florida. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have (from my experience) and there's also the Florida forum that has a wealth of knowledgeable Floridians that know lots more than me.

As for the touring my garden...I had to laugh...the great thing about taking pictures of flowers is that you don't have to see the amount of "no garden" that I really have...I literally have a path around the house and that's it...it is however packed full of plants, top to bottom, mainly fragrant or edible, some in pots or the ground if there is a space.

Here's a snapshot of my backgarden...if that's what you could call it...hehe

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8602915

This is the Queen of the Night finally fully open and just so breathtaking...I can't stop sniffing in the intoxicating perfume it's emitting on this humid night.

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Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8603033

That is one beautiful pathway!

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2011
4:03 AM

Post #8603335

astcgirl

I love your backyard, incredible how you have it set up... Yes, well you aren't off the hook yet in regards to a tour... just look at all those plants... oh my goodness... I would so love to see them... so hows that for a self invite... 8 ~ )

Jan
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 3, 2011
6:00 AM

Post #8605804

Thank you marieortiz and Jan.

I was so excited yesterday, for the first time I had my Portlandia Grandiflora or Bell Flower bloom. I have it in a pot so took it inside during the night so I could enjoy its fragrance...warm hot chocolate...yummy.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 3, 2011
6:03 AM

Post #8605808

Here is a closeup...the inside is so shiny.

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Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 3, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8606150

Warm hot chocolate fragrance. Sounds like the perfect plant. Can I ask where you bought it? I googled and did not come up with much other than TT which is very cost prohibitive!
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8606219

I just posted on bulbs forum about the regal lily I had grown from seed. Maybe I should have put it here since it smells wonderful. Luciee {;^)
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 3, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8606439

Marie it really does smell delicious. I think I bought it at Gardino's at the Spring Plant Festival at USF. They are online and great people, you could call them up and ask if they could ship you one. I can't remember what price I paid but it was less than Tops. http://www.gardinonursery.com/product_info.php?cPath=3&products_id=208
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 3, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8606445

Yes please post here Luciee I'd love to see your regal lily, what does it smell like?
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 3, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8606488

Ugghh they do not ship to Arizona!! Oh well I probably do not need anymore fussy plants. I will just keep enjoying your!!
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 3, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8606662

Sorry to hear that Marie...I will keep a look out for you and let you know if I see any other vendors cheaper than TT that ship your way. I don't think mine is old enough to take cuttings yet since it's only one stick at the moment, but it is supposed to grow into a bush/small tree.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8606775

astcgirl, I will have to have the film developed before I can put it on this forum. I might finish the roll and be able to do that by July 4th. It is yellow inside and purple outside. Luciee {;^) P.S. it smells like perfume, I do not know what kind.

This message was edited Jun 3, 2011 5:19 PM Actually, the longer it stays in bloom, the stronger it gets until now it fairly reeks. It has a cloying scent that I would not be able to stand on a regular basis. Luciee

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 3, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8606804

thanks for that linke astcgirl.

So now tell me about USF plant sale????? has it already happened for this year?????

Jan
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 3, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8607195

Ok Luciee I will be waiting for a pretty pic in July :)

Jan USF has 3 sales a year, one in spring, summer and then fall. I went to the one in spring (April I think) and it was as always amazing. This year there must have been over a couple thousand visitors, the most I've ever seen there. We went 10am on a Saturday morning (opens at 9am) and it was jam packed full of about 300-400 people already.

It is my favorite place to go each year (hehe or 3 times a year). My neighbor and I always go with our little yellow cart and usually buy way too many plants that we don't know where to stick when we get home but cannot pass them up. Every tropical fruit/flower, orchids, palm you could imagine. Prices are usually pretty good because you get a good size compared to mail order and you can pick the ones you want. I know the next one is around July 9 and 10 weekend, but you may want to check their website closer to the date to double check http://calendars.usf.edu/cgi-bin/webevent.cgi?userid=guest;cmd=listmonth;token=guest.69e518b11745c6afe5dc568eb51fbc4b;y=2011;m=7
They are usually held over Sat and Sun and it's about 5 dollars to get in. Getting in early is the best so you can pick the cream of the crop, although sometimes if you go near the end on Sunday you can pick up pretty good deals for left overs...oh well I need to calm down, talking about the plant sale gets me all excited :)

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 4, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8607756

astcgirl

you are my new best plant buddie here in FL... I'm already salavating over the fact that July isn't that far away... OMGoodness look out USF, I'm a coming... Maybe we could meet up. Thanks for the tip to bring a wagon...LOL You are such a good enabler...

Well I'm off to a plantsale from a homeowner in Sarasota. Found it on Craigslist...so of course I'm off to go see, their pictures show LOTS of plants... I'm excited my first plant outing...since arriving.

Jan
candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8610025

astcgirl that is a great backyard. you have a plant that smells like warm hot chocolate? that has gone to the top of my want lists.

heaven scent gardenia

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8610034

very faint spicey smell. cane begonia.

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8610039

cattelayas

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8610044

michelia smells the whole yard up.

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8610058

candela, very nice shots there.

Well my plant sale trip was a success, I came upon a guy who had the most wonderful mature bamboo garden, alone with a hugh variety of other plants. Since I'm now down were I could try my hand at bamboo, I came home with a very nice black, clumping, container bamboo for just 10.00 bucks. Can't beat that. He must of had at least 20 varieties of bamboo. I've only ever seen pictures of bamboo, never seen a mature grove of them. All colors, leaf structure, sizes... just incredible. And his prices I thought were excellent. Most of his were 15.00, I think he gave me a break since it was my first bamboo and I wanted one that would do in a container so when we leave this house I can easily take it with me.

Jan
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2011
10:04 AM

Post #8610535

Candela beautiful pics...don't you just love Michelia...Mine is about to bloom again. Your's looks pretty big, is it a tree in the ground?

That Cattelya is so pretty, I have lots of catts but always forget to fertilize them so they don't bloom much or me. I have them inside my lanai so when I fertilize the garden I always miss the inside ones.

Jan...glad you plant trip went great, those are pretty good prices for bamboo.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 5, 2011
10:27 PM

Post #8611945

Most amazing fragrance and don't have to be near it.
Dianthus Itsaul White

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 6, 2011
3:30 AM

Post #8612065

ohhhhh that looks delicious flowAjen...I love Dianthus but they haven't fared to well here in Florida. They do have amazing fragrances as I remember.
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 6, 2011
9:38 AM

Post #8612730

That dianthus is beautiful!!
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 8, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8618913

The brugs are out in full force tonight...it's so intoxicating to water the garden on these hot balmy nights...the scent just wafts everywhere.

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 8, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8618918

This one doesn't have a scent (although...) but it's our new addition and I just had to share

meet "shadow"

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 8, 2011
7:44 PM

Post #8619089

too cute!

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 9, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8619432

great name as your shadow will follow you through the garden... I love our garden companions... makes it more complete...

Jan
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 9, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8619785

astcgirl shadow is adorable. That brug is magnificant!
islandgirl37
Marathon, FL
(Zone 11)

June 11, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8624123

candela wrote:michelia smells the whole yard up.


Mine is loaded with buds. They should be opening any day now. Can't wait!

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2011
9:06 PM

Post #8635355

Just love dianthus, does that one bloom all season or just spring? Have you ever tried growing X Loveliness yet, is sooooo fragrant, very frilly and blooms all summer if deadheaded, mine just beginning to bloom along with d. grationopolitanous and d. g. Fire Witch ( both d. g.s smell like cloves, yummmm!) Can't grow the chabbauds (regular carnations), not hardy here in colo. outside, tho grown extensively in greenhouses for the flower trade, they just love being so close to the sun at 5200 ft.. ... Speaking of bruggs., one of these days I should pot on, starting to get to the 5ft range, sure hope I get blooms this year. Here a pix of one of my favs. Peony "Duchess de Nemours", very fragrant...yummmmm! Love all the pix, thanks. Good Luck, Kathy.

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warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2011
9:13 PM

Post #8635373

Heres a pid of X. Loveliness, enjoy. Kathy

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2011
9:55 AM

Post #8640204

asctgirl / island girl
my michelia is in the ground. last year the leaves were light yellow didn t look good and didn t flower much. i put bags of oaks leaves as mulch everywhere and this year it is doing great. it must be 15 ft.! there is a nursery in ft. lauderdale, living color that has the orange one would love that one but not sure where i would fit it.

brunfelsia (my favorites)

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8640209

this orchid just opened it smells like citrus in the morning.

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2011
10:04 AM

Post #8640219

frangipani's (so much more fun to say).

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candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8640230

hedychiums are just starting

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 19, 2011
6:30 PM

Post #8641127

Kathy...Lovely pictures...Wish I could grow Peony down here but I'll leave that and Lilacs for my "next home" :)

Candela that Orchid sounds yummy...I had one open but sadly no fragrance. Beautiful ginger, I'm hoping mine start flowering soon. Funny thing is that I thew a couple of bulbs in a pot and forgot to put soil in there, they have been "surviving" for 2+ years in that pot with no soil, I really should put them down in the ground LOL

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2011
3:56 AM

Post #8641788

astcgirl

if you put them in the grown it might kill them... they aren't use to dirt.

Jan
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8642268

Love that Peony!! Wish we cold grow them here!! That orchid is lovely. I had no idea they even had fragrance.
islandgirl37
Marathon, FL
(Zone 11)

July 12, 2011
10:36 AM

Post #8688132

candela wrote:asctgirl / island girl
my michelia is in the ground. last year the leaves were light yellow didn t look good and didn t flower much. i put bags of oaks leaves as mulch everywhere and this year it is doing great. it must be 15 ft.! there is a nursery in ft. lauderdale, living color that has the orange one would love that one but not sure where i would fit it.


15', NICE!! You must be doing something right. I have the orange one(Michelia champaca. It's a young tree and probably won't bloom for another 2-3 years. I might get a larger one also. I got my Alba and Milky Way at Tree World Wholesale in Homestead. Their trees are amazing... BIG, healthy, reasonably priced. My Alba was about 8' tall and 3-4' wide when I bought it from them. Not a mark on any leaves and loaded with blooms. It's been blooming non stop this summer. The blooms weigh the limbs down. I put mine in the ground too and one thing for sure, they like a lot of water when the temps reach 88-89 and above, especially until they are better established. They like acid soil so I use lots of Pine Bark Mulch and feed it with Fish Emulsion fertilizer.

I have never smelled the champaca but supposedly it is nothing like the alba. Some like the alba better, others say the champaca is way more fragrant but one thing everyone seems to agree on is that they do not smell the same. Alba has that juicy fruit scent, apparently the champaca doesn't smell fruity. I have 2 Ylang Ylang trees also. One was 30' and I cut it off to 8'. It took it a month but it's sprouting new growth all over the place. There was nothing left but a stump 8' tall, no limbs or anything. My other one is a 3 foot 3 year old that has been trained to stay compact. I got it just in case my big one didn't come back after we cut if off. We had another one that was about 30' and it got a vertical split on the trunk during Hurricane Georges. We cut it down and removed the stump. I didn't know at the time that we could simply have cut it below the split and it would have come back. Apparently you can cut them right to the ground and they will come back.

Here is the link to TWW where I got mine:

http://treeworldwholesale.com/main/inventory/plantDesc.php?sku=3524540

astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 13, 2011
9:04 AM

Post #8689959

Islandgirl37 please please please show some pics of your beautiful trees...I keep pretty much all my tree's/flowering plants in pots due to no room and the freezes so I can never get them to go to their full potential...I love looking (drooling) over those that can unleash them.

I also have the Champaca (in a pot nonetheless) it's not grafted so I'm not sure I'll ever see flowers but I'm hopeful, it's about 5ft tall and seems happy in it's pot. I had a ylang ylang in a pot 2 years ago and it bloomed for me but the frost killed it, I did like the fragrance but not as much as my Alba so it never got replaced. Plus I have the dwarf ylang ylang hidden in a corner and that blooms non-stop.

I have a milky way tree in a pot, I tried it in the ground, a pot, in the ground again and now in a pot shared with tropical wisteria. It kept getting some weird stuff on the undersides of it's leaves, it sits in its pot and doesn't grow, I"ve had it for over 3 years, I really need to put more effort into it, maybe put it back into the ground and add compost to it/treat with fish emulsion...it has kind of gotten left alone since it is so finicky...would love to see it's flowers someday.
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

July 13, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8690548

astcgirl what is tropical wisteria? I did not realize you got cold enough to worry about freezes
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 14, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8692065

The tropical wisteria I'm referring to is Millettia taiwanensis http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/126206/

As I said it hasn't bloomed for me yet but has a cluster of buds forming. Will post a pic as soon as it does.

Desertdenial5 we don't get many freezes down here (Tampa area) however there are some brief freezes down into the high twenties...I lost quite a few plants this year because it was a really cold winter. Everytime there is a warning on the TV about a freeze for the night I herd in all the plants I have in pots that I can into my Lanai and garage, then bring them all back out again when the freeze is over, this past winter I think they were in and out about 6-8 times which is not normal.

I do have another type of wisteria I got when we traveled to Williamsburg, VA and it does quite well in a pot and blooms every spring, lovely smell also.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 14, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8692845

astcgirl

you need to create a temp greenhouse for protection. Some pvc pipe and plastic (make sure none of the plastic touches the plants, which I'm sure you knew anyway). You could even create the frame work, have your plastic rolled up to the center line support, with plants spread out all along the sides of the greenhouse and when threats are reported, just lower the sides and the plants will have protection.

Since this will be my first this is what I'm planning on doing. When I get it constructed (won't be till end of this year) I'll try to remember to come back and post pictures.

This tropical wisteria is very interesting.

Jan
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8694368

Git it also know as chinese wisteria. I grow that one in my willow tree.
astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 17, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8697607

Meadowyck I may try to rig something up this year but I'm pretty lucky to have the lanai, although it's all the dragging in/out that is hard work. I'm not sure what our association rules are for constructing mini green houses all over my yard LOL then again they have never said anything about the spongebob/dora/princess comforters all over my plants in the winter!

Looking at the link I posted for the tropical wisteria, one other Daves Garden member who posted their picture is in 8b in Texas and it bloomed for them so it may do pretty well for you up there in Bradenton.

My favorite plumeria is blooming right now...it's not as showy as my other ones but the fragrance more than makes up for it, if you could own just a few Plumeria (and EVERYONE should! LOL) then this is a must. It's called Champoo Paan and the fragrance is to die for, it's hard to describe but in between perfume and candy and very strong. Don't get me wrong I love my Aztec Gold Plumeria and it's strong peach fragrance plus it's a little/big bloomaholic but Champoo is just unique and I love it.

Here's a pic, sorry there's not a lot of blooms...I picked about 5 off for my birthday to bring into the house to sniff repeatedly LOL

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astcgirl
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 17, 2011
9:47 AM

Post #8697619

Had to post this plumeria I got from Thailand years ago, it blooms without fail in the shade of an oak tree and even though it has only a mild fragrance, it is so pretty.

Sorry it's almost past it's prime, should have taken the pic before the rain the other day.

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islandgirl37
Marathon, FL
(Zone 11)

July 23, 2011
8:22 PM

Post #8711590

astcgirl wrote:Islandgirl37 please please please show some pics of your beautiful trees...


I will take some pictures tomorrow if it is sunny. My yard is so densely planted it's not easy to take photos of each individual tree. I cut my big Ylang Ylang down to about 7'. I didn't believe it would resprout, even thouth Botanic and Fairchild Tropical Gardens assured me with would. Well it did and at first I thought they were coming out of nodes, not the top where FTG thought they would. They are just coming out anywhere they can on the bare trunk. Really weird.

I'm very familiar with Brandon. I lived in Tampa for many years and both of my sons live in Brandon so I know how frustrating it can be to want to grow tropicals there. You can easily grow Plumerias. Put them in the ground in April, lift them out and store them bare root in the winter. You can do it in pots too but they never get as big or bloom as much as when they are in the ground. I think they like their roots cooler and their heads in the sun. You can sink the pot in the ground and get decent results too but I always found it easier to just stick them back in the holes they were in before.

Let me know which trees you particularly want photos of. I wish we could post more than one photo per post on here. I will upload them to an online album and post the link. I have so many, that would be easier. I found a photo of my 2 Lignum Vitaes when I got them in 2005. Amazing how much they have grown and I have pruned them several times over the years. I want to post that to show how fast they can grow down here in South Florida.
candela
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 25, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8714693

Islandgirl37 I had no idea you can cut back an ylang ylang like that mine is close to 20 ft tall and the lowest branches 10 ft so I can t reach them. I can smell them still but would love to cut it back so I could get some flowers. I would love to see a picture of how you cut it.



islandgirl37
Marathon, FL
(Zone 11)

July 27, 2011
9:25 PM

Post #8720156

candela wrote:Islandgirl37 I had no idea you can cut back an ylang ylang like that mine is close to 20 ft tall and the lowest branches 10 ft so I can t reach them. I can smell them still but would love to cut it back so I could get some flowers. I would love to see a picture of how you cut it.




My lowest branches were way up there, around 15-20' and not many of them. I just cut it off. I have another one that is 3 years old and this one was so tall, with only a few branches at the top. I called Botanica and Fairchild Tropical Gardens, they both assured me I could cut it down to 1 foot if I wanted to and it would come back.

It took about a month or a little longer, I had my doubts until I saw a picture on the internet where someone had lopped it off and it had grown back. You will always be able to tell it was cut off, but the blooms will be lower. If I don't like the way it eventually looks, I have a replacement that will bloom next year. It's 3 years old now and it has been pruned to keep it lower and bushier. I lost my other big one after Hurricane Georges. It got a vertical split. At the time I didn't know I could have just cut it off below the split so we removed it. The one I just cut off is a seedling from the one that cracked during the hurricane. It is too close to my Bismark but I just couldn't being myself to remove it and I heard once in the ground, they don't take too well to being transplanted. It has given us several summers of incredible fragrance but it got too tall and leggy and reached the point where it had only a few branches at the top and it was impossible to reach the flowers without an extension ladder.

I wish you could post more than one picture per post here. I put them in an online album, here is the link to photos before, after and the new growth emerging:

/photos/64872314@N06/sets/72157627298392466/

islandgirl37
Marathon, FL
(Zone 11)

July 27, 2011
9:27 PM

Post #8720167

Here is a photo of a new limb emerging:

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HopeSue
Laingsburg, MI

April 26, 2012
6:54 PM

Post #9099295

ButterflyChaser, are the members of the mint family invasive ?

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2012
12:12 PM

Post #9100155

Sue... sorry to say most mints are from my experience, tho probably some exceptions.

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #9102492

well I finally have a plant for this thread to share...LOL Our new rental house has this gardenia right at the front door, I so love smelling it, but DH doesn't care for it, thank goodness it is a rental or he most likely would like me to remove it and place it somewhere else...LOL


Jan

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Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 1, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9106529

BEAU-TI-FUL!! Tell DH thou shall not touch the gardenias!! LOL

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9109323

sorry for the dying bloom, I tried to pull it off before the picture, it had its way of saying not yet ready to fall off...LOL

Jan

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 6, 2012
7:33 PM

Post #9113300

This iris g. just started to bloom and is soooo fragrant, just a dwarf tho. My garden is just coming alive, and blooms are beginnning, my next fav. is hesperis m. or false phlox, yummy

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