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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8655572

Here are a few of the planter boxes I have on my deck this summer.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8655579

Here's another

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8655590

And another

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8655596

And a flat of new ones I got from Badseed.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
10:08 AM

Post #8655602

After a rain

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8655607

A tray my friend Betty brought me.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8655613

Here's what Chele's plants looked like after the rain.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
10:16 AM

Post #8655629

Here's a very lush OSP I have this year.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 28, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8660563

Very nice ! I think just about everyone here in Florida is getting rain THANK GOD !
I need to out there and take some pictures :)
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8665057

Sidney, looking good!

somebody else's pots>

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 30, 2011
10:35 PM

Post #8665496

Dale what is the light leaf in the above pot?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 1, 2011
7:11 PM

Post #8667106

It is Helichrysum petiolare 'Lemon' http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/90267/

It usually dies in the rainy season...

My new project out in Carrolwood is to make this house look good>

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

July 2, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8667845

Sidney...the day you stop your addiction, is the day the rest of us will all be sad gardeners...We count on you! :D
Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

July 2, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8668803

Dale ~ can't wait to see pics of what you do with your latest project. I'm sure it's going to be beautiful! The yard definitely needs some color :-)
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 2, 2011
10:30 PM

Post #8669022

Dale, I can hardly wait to see the showplace you create.
Mary, thanks for awhile I was wondering if anyone was even going to respond here. I was thinking maybe my planters weren't as pretty as I thought they were.
Most folks have gone to another site, but Happy, Pirl and a few others occasionally drop by.
I usually put everything in the ground, but this year I am overwintering on Taylor Creek, about 500 yards north of the Taylor Creek Lock on Lake Okeechobee.
Here they prefer all planting be done in pots. I chose a plain moss green pot from WM and they are mostly made in the USA. Lately they have brought in a few from China. I now check the bottom before I buy.
I also got 6 of these 'stone' colored deck rail pots from eBay. I may order another six if a friend will split the order with me.
We are getting a great long rain here right now and the fireworks ban has been lifted over at Palm Beach. I hope they lift it here too.
I may try to sell my Jacksonville house. The city cut down 2 of my big Live Oaks and my yard there is full sun now.
My love affair with Jacksonville is over.
Here is one of the big planters on the deck so it doesn't get tossed.

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

July 3, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8669214

Yipes! Cut them down? That's a shame!
I've kept all of mine in pots this year, none are in the ground. After the freezes, I had so much yard work to do (which still is not done) that I didn't want to make anything permanent just yet, so this year will be the year of the nomadic pots.
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

July 3, 2011
5:57 AM

Post #8669269

Hey folks glad to see you are still around.
I have no coleus this year none notta.
I came to see yours glad you all are still at it.

Lavina
georgiagarden3
Arlington, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8679789

Sidney, Great looking babies you have. They do like south florida and all the rain you are getting, Now could you stop hogging all the rain we NEED some too! Love ya!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8680271

Hi Sidney, my name is dalethegardener and I am hopelessly addicted to sending photos of coleus to your threads...

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
9:47 AM

Post #8680277

Speaking of rain, I have had almost 5 inches this morning and it looks like more is one the way.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
9:48 AM

Post #8680280

We really needed it - my newly planted peach trees were suffering, but, not anymore.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8680283

It is almost 1pm and it is still raining. That means it is nap time...

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 8, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8681216

Hi Lavina, Mary, Pheadra and dear sweet Dale.
I'm off to Keys in the AM.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

July 8, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8681249

I hope the weather holds off for you! I'm headed up to Flagler for the weekend...travel safely!
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

July 9, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8682576

Nice photos of coleus. They are so pretty, I think I like them :)))
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

July 11, 2011
3:52 AM

Post #8685298

Hey Sugar Dale and Alice glad to see you all are around. So many have gone.
We need rain bad It has rained all around us a few times but missed us. It rained for 10 minutes Friday.
Sugar wish I could go to the keys or to Visit Alice. Bet its cooler where Alice is.

Hugs
Lavina
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 11, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8685979

Here's the forecast for here in Okeechobee.
Monday, 92 | 72 F T-storms
Chance of
Precipitation50%Tuesday, 92 | 74 F T-storms
Chance of
Precipitation40%Wednesday, 94 | 74 F Chance of T-storms
Chance of
Precipitation40%Thursday, 94 | 72 F Chance of T-storms
Chance of
Precipitation40%Friday, 92 | 72 F Chance of T-storms
Chance of
Precipitation40%

We get some of this rain and I water alot too.
We have Temperature 91.0 Feels Like 105 Humidity 63% outside right now.
I'm inside and going swimming shortly.

I can only do planters this year so I have around 40 pots or planters.

So good to hear from all of you.
Sidney
TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2011
10:16 AM

Post #8723130

Sidney you have ben addicted to Coleus for a long time now. LOL I was but the weather wont let me be around here. Now setting all new records every day for temp and no rain. 120 days for my yard.
All my beds are gone now and will be looking for cuttings soon as the weather breaks. LOL
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8727890

When it rains here, it goes everywhere but in my garden.

It became so hot that I moved all the Heuchera and Coleus plants in containers. They were slowly bleaching or just not thriving. They went either to the east side of the house with only morning sun or in the garden beneath our large, tall oak tree with filtered light. Unfortunately the plants under the tree seem to be happy, but so do the bugs. They don't touch the irises, clematis or other perennials. They must be liking the sap as they have gone after the sweet potato vines as well. I think we now have cuttings of everything and plan to give them a fresh start. Here's hoping "Fishnet Stockings" takes off. I will post some more photos, but I know my gardens are not nearly as nice as yours.

With our cold spring, we tend to focus first on the blooming plants. Once they are done, we try to make the yard as inviting with foliage plants and late bloomers, like Dahlias.

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8728059

Cathy166, what's the name of the coleus above this post? It has a good strong color that I love.

Dale, Do you grow all of these coleus or you have a great friend nearby?
If you grow these yourself, please share with us the best place to get plants, plugs or seeds. We would be forever greatful.


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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2011
5:05 PM

Post #8728312

That coleus looks like Defience to me.
Sidney
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8729559

Of course that tag just said coleus. It is a lot like Defiance although the leaves are broader at the base, but it could also be Hotspot or Walter Turner.

I bought 3 plants last week that all had the same tag Twist and Twirl. One was Golden Twirl, but I've yet to identify the others. Never fear I'm still in love with them all.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 2, 2011
2:50 AM

Post #8731461

Sidney, Getting any rain down on the lake?

Peg, The above photos were taken at a local wholesale grower. They have stock plants which provide their cuttings.

I saw this recently, at the Mall, it is Vinca>

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 2, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8732101

Not vinca vine as I know it. Dale, do you have your own nursery and greenhouse?

At least 3 of these were labeled Twist and Twirl. One of them is Golden Twirl.

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 2, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8732104

I think this may be my new favorite coleus. The camera picked up the pink, but I cannot see it unless I look really close.

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LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

August 3, 2011
4:00 AM

Post #8733678

Hey you all.
Glad to see all are well. I am not looking at Daves as much as I used to cause it annoys me to have to schroll(MSP) over since the format has been changed.
I still have no coleus this year, can you beleive that.
Maybe next year
hugs to all
Lavina

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

August 3, 2011
6:41 AM

Post #8733916

Cathy I have twist n twirl too, and it does indeed put out sports so that I have all three variations too, and they all came from my same twist n twirl. Interesting plant! I've seen the red sport labeled 'hot embers'. I have one like your dark purple one too. I purchased it as 'blusher'. It looks very similar but my pink is a little brighter. I have it in dense shade. Here is a picture of my 'alabama sunset' before it got eaten by the ground hog. I'm glad I have a picture at least! I actually caught a ground hog in my trap. There are more of them though since they ate more after I caught one. Fortunately they have not attacked the coleus in the front yard nor inside my little fenced patio area, so I still have a lot of coleus.



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coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

August 3, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8733928

There are a lot of different kinds of vinca. One variety that is frequently used as a vine is 'periwinkle' with bluish/purple flowers and comes in a variated leaf (as well as a non variagated version). It is fairly invasive, but I don't mind as I have a big area I like it to cover.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8734744

Beware, beware
My sweet mother had a large area that was hard to mow so she planted Vinca/periwinkle.
It was fine the first 5 years and then It took over a whole acre.
The stem type can be great in companion planting, but the blue vine is straight from Hell!
Sidney
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 3, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8735252

Sidney,

The cure for vinca vine is round-up...

Too sunny to see it well, but, it is cute>

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coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

August 7, 2011
6:53 AM

Post #8741556

Well any fast growing, spreading plant in an UNWANTED place is certainly bad, but I love my vinca vine. I have a 30x 8 concrete porch that is about 2 ft high, and I grow vinca vine all around the base to soften the look. It's shady for most of the area and hard to grow some things. I like the vinca vine here. It's also nice to put into hanging baskets.

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

August 7, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8742401

That is beautiful. I have never seen the variegated. I would only be able to use it in pots because here it gets very leggy and ugly.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 9, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8746278

coleuslover, you have a perfect spot for vinca major! Pretty. I have vinca minor, vinca major (as in your pic), liriope, and winter creeper covering various ares in my mostly dryish shady yard. I find that if I do my Fall or early Spring maintainence by cutting off last season's growth that each stay put and look good.

Also, I have found that where a "ground cover" has "taken over" an area that it can be mowed with mower at low setting which seems to keep the plants {like english ivy} busy growing new leaves rather than spreading.

Do you trim your vinca back?

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

August 13, 2011
4:01 AM

Post #8753266

Yes, I trim the vinca frequently. Oh that's a good idea to mow the ivy. I think I'll try that. I have an area in back by the stream that is about 100 ft wide, and I'd like to keep the ivy down by the stream but not up by my grass. I want to grow hostas and other perennials up by the grassy side. Last year I was able to put some coleus in there, but this year the ground hog ate them all. It's very shady there.

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 13, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8753316

I love the coleus. They really add color which I love.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 28, 2011
6:13 AM

Post #8780780

Sugar, how are you doing in the summer heat?

Some living things actually like this time of year. You will find no coleus here>

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2011
9:00 PM

Post #8782233

I am actually at Brinda's in Yukon, Ok. She said to tell everyone "Hi".
She has a great new pool and we are having a terrific time.
At 10PM it's 96º.
I have been to Santa Fe, Red River, and Taos, N.M.
Will be back in Fla next Sunday.
Sidneyy
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 26, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8825646

Hi Sidney,

My name is Dale and I am becoming hopelessly addicted to Philodendrons,

Showboat, looks like a cross between Zanadu and selloum>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 26, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8825650

I have driven past this a hundred times and never noticed it until last week, go figure.

Here it is again from a different angle.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 26, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8825652

Here is another Philodendron. Has the same stem and size as P. selloum, but it's leaves are very different.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 26, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8825657

I have been researching, looking for a name, but, haven't found a photo that matches it exactly.

I might have to go over to the ID forum or Tropicals or...

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 27, 2011
5:09 AM

Post #8826233

Have you tried propagating the P's. I have been tempted several times to top mine and try propagating it.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 27, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8827357

Dale, have you checked out the Aroids forum?
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8830569

I know the Philodendrons that grow as house plants are very easy to propagate.
Those are quite pretty.
Sidney

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