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Beautiful pics, Sandy. Love that camellia. Can't wait to get to FL to see ours but have to wait until the first of Jan. this year -- doctors appointments pushed ahead way too far for our liking, but will spend Christmas in AR for the first time in about 10 years.
I am going to try to have a butterfly house next summer.
I will order the first butterflies from Shady Oak butterfly farm. Will get the Chrysalises, so I can get close up's after they come out http://www.butterfliesetc.com/
LOL Thank you
You need to go up there, it is at the National Camellia Society's Massee Lane Gardens near Fort Vally, GA
If you go they say that the best time is Feb and March. I am going to return both months if I can! LOL http://www.camellias-acs.com/display.aspx?catid=7,138
Thats OK flaflwrgrl,
A home is definitely worth sacrificing for. Don't forget my idea of us all helping with plants to landscape your new place.
We can call it a roundup. I have only been to 2 RU's but have many great memories and plants to show for it.
The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.
HAVE A THANKFUL AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
for your butterfly enclosures I forgot to mention I have remnant 8 foot wide rolls of black poly shade-cloth that you can stretch over any frame and tack-down similar to window screen except larger thicker weave and it lasts forever in the UV sunshine. Let me know to bring you some at the next swap meet. Helps keep-out the hungry wasps.
I am going to turn my PVC Pipe Shade house into a butterfly house. the first wrapping will be special fine screen that the tiny wasp can not get through. the second wrapping on the south side will be the kind of cloth that john had and I will also put wire fencing around the bottom.
I'm so enjoying them. Hope they last at least until first frost hits. Even the heliconia has first bloom coming out on it. I will heavily mulch and wrap with blanket as I know its cold tender.
Have a good week.
Thanks Wren...that is it alright...they might just look healthier up your way because of the cooler temps.
Driving back home on I75 and then took a shortcut through Ocala the fall colors were really awesome...of course once we hit here they were very sporadic...but around Gainesville almost like we were up in the mountains with all the colors.
here's a picture of our new chain link fence, on a small budget. The 50 foot roll of fence from lowes was $70 and the 6 posts were $5 plus lots of sweat equity. Planted it a foot deep so the doggies won't dig under. The back privacy fence I trenched-in some old aluminum awning panels, so they are dog proof now too. Still need to twist some fasteners to complete the project. Now with lots of new fence to use as a trellis, will look through my seeds to see what we can plant to make it pretty this summer.
dogs are happy to run around inside their 50x100 foot pen. Under the fence gate I dug-in some old rain gutters upside down, so they can't dig under. Tan puppy is named MyLee because she is a peekanese-poodle peek-a-poo. White one is a dwarf fox terrier named Lady. She loves to run in circles and has her own race-track trail in the backyard weaving in-and-out of the plant beds.
my latest project is done. topped-out the old oak tree in the back yard. reason for the trim job is the trunks join at the ground and it's rotting in between the trunks at the bottom. also last spring a large branch blew down and squished the north 30 feet of my hoop house. the right side I trimmed in July so it already grew some six foot sprouts. eventually this will become a wood-pecker tree and in about 5 years I will pull down the dried-out trunks and the termites and mushrooms will take over.
another view shows the crushed back of the hoop house. the neighbors house to the back is now out-of-range from any hurrican damage that could have been. when i was in the top branches 60 foot up, i could see all the way to the sun bank tower in downtown orlando.
here is the view from the top of the tree, peaking over the back fence, you can see the bowls of cat food, that explains why there are so many feral cats and kittens climbing the fences in this neighborhood. the lady who lives there has a twice-a-day session outside here porch when she talks baby-talk to the cats who gather. She calls them all by name even though they are wild. the neighborhood Possum who used to visit at 10pm every night got run over in the street last weekend and the buzzards came to dispose of what was left of his fat furry gray body. No more little holes dug in the yard where he used to dig-up grubs.
Your making the best of this great weather. Your pups are cute and will be much safer in their own fenced in area. When you were here I'm sure you noticed all the fences and gates. Good fences make good neighbors. We certainly wouldn't want a cow to get out into the road as traffic here is fast and a cow could cause some serious damage. We try to be responsible pet owners. My husb. tells all the neighbors, you keep yours at home and we'll do the same. Learned a hard expensive lesson years ago when a dog that wasn't ours bite a child on our property. 3 year lawsuit. Don't need that ever again.
BTW the silk tree is growing very well. I moved it into full sun and seems happier. Was wondering how old your silk tree is? I remember the pic. you put on one of the fourms a while back. Sure was beautiful.
We lost one of the large trees out front just fell over roots were old and rotted. Any suggestions for a replacement that would provide good shade and possibly grow tall before I croak.
John it all looks so good! Love your little doggies & you made a nice safe yard for them. Three cheers for responsible pet owners! That does NOT include the cat lady.
You put us to shame doing such work. I could not climb 60' up & top that Oak. Talk about getting dizzy! And from this post I guess we can safely assume your cat bitten hand has healed just dandy. Thumbs up!
Thanks Dale for the suggestion to use those gray viney plants on the fence.
Yes, I was bit by the feral cat in November when I tried to grab him to safely remove him from our yard. He got the best of me, and the little finger middle knuckle and tendon have not heal completely. Still a little swollen and bruised looking some days, and tender when I pinch it. Hurts when someone does a handshake or if I try to write with a pencil. Now its almost February and its sore and stiff and won't bend over to make a fist. Some scar tissue. I still use it all the time and even click away all day on the key board at work and home.
Two weeks ago went to the neighborhood clinic and the doc gave me a prescription for a specific antibiotic. Hoping to see rapid improvement, but no. Got a referral to see a hand surgeon orthepedist who will take an xray to see how bad it is. Since there is no worsening and no unbearable pain at this point, we will wait and see. Hoping to wake up one morning and realize it is healing by itself. The big scare would be if there is infection inside the bone, called osteomyletus. Then they give you antibiotic IV strong stuff to get rid of it.
I grew-up around old farmers in Iowa, and many of them had one or two missing fingers from working with livestock and farm equipment. My oldest son broke his little finger ten years ago in football and it healed crooked, and he doesn't complain.
Wow John you have been busy...I can just see you up in that tree taking a photo of the neighbors back yard. We have a cat hanging in our backyard since the end of December. He or she is really big and seems to like the shelter our canopies give it. It takes off over the fence when we come outside. My cats are all indoor cats but love to stay out on our porch...they have all seen this cat...scares them off into the house when it comes around. We have something digging a nice hole under the front of our house...I'm pretty sure it is an armadillo, the one we chased out of our back yard last summer. One of the biggest I've ever seen.
Hope the hand does heal...a friend of ours last summer did get an infection in his hand and ended in the hospital for two weeks. You sure don't want that.
Oh and the doggies are really cute...I had a wire haired fox terrier growing up, she loved to run...spent a lot of time bailing her out of doggie jail.
Bonnie you are too funny. My DH says if this cat starts spraying he has a way to get rid of it...I bet his way is your way...lol.
By the way if you all don't mind praying for this baby girl...she is two years old now and this Friday she is having surgery to try and remove as much of the monstrous cancer that entwines her spinal cord. No other surgeon would take this on...they are in New York now preparing her. She went through Chemo, and the tumor never grew, but didn't reduce in size either. They discovered she had it when she was only ten months old. Her surgery will be 8 hours long and she goes in at 5:30AM this Friday morning. Her name is Sage Sierra Butler.
Well I guess no one saw this post above. I didn't think about it might be against rules of DG, I don't normally ever post a prayer request, just so worried about this sweet little girl. Her mother and father live in Clermont and have a landscaping business there.
Update: Her surgery was over ten hours long, and miraculously the surgeon removed 98% of the tumor, more than anyone could hope for. There is a small part that is still so embed in her spine it can not be removed, probably the Epicenter of the whole tumor. The last update from the parents was late last night and Sage had a fever, and lots of swelling in her face...hopefully this goes down today. Her recovery will be a good two weeks. I believe in Miracles.
DH bought me this Buddleia bush for Valentine's day. I love the butter fly bushes and have tried to grow them at least two times that I remember, and this one looks like one I tried before that died right away. Can anyone help with the species and Cultivar on this one...attached some photos, there are so many different species. I sure would like to not kill this one. The tag only says Buddleia.
Also if you have luck with this plant...do share...
I bought 6 of them from nursery in N. Fl. and lost them all.
Got 2 from RU I think from Molly and so far they are living. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Betterluck with yours they are beautiful. I'm thinking I may have to move them into shade.
Let me know where you plant yours and how they get along.
Well so far it is hanging in there, sure is a water hog. The gal at the nursery said enjoy it while you can because they usually can't take our hot humid weather, this is of course after they sold it to my husband. So it is not me that is killing them..it is Florida climate. I have it in filtered sun most the day. I kept it in the pot, but sunk the pot into the ground for now.
Yes i tried buddleia sold by a local nursery and they did great the first year. The FL heat and sun didn't bother them. The second year they declined and died and when i dug them up, the roots were covered with knots, probably nematodes got em. Someone gave me a different species, the survivor kind, at the last roundup swap meet, which has fewer flowers but guaranteed to grow...
Sandy, I love camellias, too. I have them planted around the foundation of my home. If I were a plant snob*, I would consider camellias to be a must-have. I especially like double-formal camellias, where the yellow stamen do not show. I don't know what I have against stamen, but I prefer my camellias without. Maybe it is the same as hotdogs and mustard. LOL!
*But trust me, I am not a plant snob - I will take home any little pathetic-looking thing anyone gives me and try to find a place for it!
My favorite flower is a Camillia---thus my DG name. The only bad thing about them, is that they are such slow growers.
Been a little out of touch lately with the shop & all, but trying to get back into the swing of it all!
I'm REALLY in trouble now!!! Went from orchid cactus to orchids!
My father grew them in his orchid houses all the time I was growing up, but never quite got into them as I saw all of the problems/deseases that were involved with them (not to mention the cost).
Have never been much on trying to grow them, until now!
This is a picture of one of them that I just couldn't resist when I saw it---it's called 'Mystic Blue'. It is NOT a true blue orchid, as there is no such thing but it is beautiful just the same.
When I first saw it, I thought it was fake--had to touch it to find that it was real.
Lori - you better head on over tot he Orchid forum... just don't tell anyone you have that Blue one!!!!! Aftert he blue dye is out of it's system is will probably bloom white.
But a healthy Phal is always nice to have.
Time for a good road trip & going with a friend to an orchid dealer only sweetens the pot!!! I am soooo ready to see something besides concrete!
Used to have a pretty good orchid house here on the west side, in J-ville when I first moved here & would buy orchids for my father that I knew he didn't have, to take to him when I would go down to south Fl. to visit. They acctually put it up for sale before they went out of business & I thought about buying it---would have been a good piece of property for any kind of nursery, but with Wally World, Hm. Depot, & all of the other big chains taking over the market of nurseries, the private owned, didn't stand much of a chance!
GET ME OFF MY SOAP-BOX!
Still, if you get back down here, and have a little time to play---let me know, will be glad to go!
Visit ApopkaJohn if you come my way. Not sure where all the orchid growers are. Lots of mom and pop nurseries around here grow them. Actually we have some large high tech wholesale propogators down here. They start with very tiney tissue culture babies, and turn them into full grown potted plants. If you are interested in a tour of their facility while you are here, I have some old friends who work there. Talk to me at JAX at the NEFL get together in a couple weeks.
John do you have friends at the Green Images Native Plant place out in Christmas? I've called and emailed and no one ever returned my messages. Are they still open out there to the public? I know you're on the native plant society and thought maybe you'd know what is up. I thought they were open on Sat. to the public but hate to drive out there and no one there.
I find nice orchids at the smaller individual owned local nurseries around here for a third of the cost of the chain stores. My local guy told me his are from local growers and he sells them starting at 7 bucks. I attached a recent photo of some that were 3 for $21.00
I have met the guy who runs green images. He comes to the FNPS meetings at Leu Gardens. Not sure why his business didn't reply. My guess is he is busy. Go ask them at the the Native Plant Society meeting.
You are welcome to visit monthly meetings anytime, and don't need to be a member.
Brugs are blooming for the second time this summer. Rain is really helping all the plants do well.
Heres 2 of them.
Haven't done much of anything this week in garden as I'm having serious problems with BP. Been living at drs. offices. Hopefully this too shall pass.
Thank you Jan and Sidney. Prayers need to go up and BP will come down. Right now its bouncing all over so that tells me it may even off soon I hope. I ran off the road last Sat. and haven't driven since cause I don't feel sure of myself yet. DH can drive me anywhere I need to go but right now I'm more peaceful at home.
I'm glad we got new pond finished and fish transfered to it before. A few more details to work on but they can wait.
Sidney, hope your PT is going well and you are bouncing back (no pun intended).
Take care all,
Would work better if I posted the pics...
1st - purple brug
2nd - my designer Mother's Day Hibiscus from lowe's
3rd - dinner plate hibiscus. Blooms are 9". It has 5 today.
4th - shot of the gardens in front of the house. Still a work in progress.
Qwilter, your first picture is a Datura.
Brugmansia, Datura and Loco Weed are all cousins.
Brugs, aka Angel Trumpet blooms down.
Datura, aka Thorn Apples, and Devils Trumpet blooms up.
I am really glad Datura's bloom up because we would miss all those pretty ruffles in those like yours. I love them all.
I didn't know there was a difference either, so don't think you are the first.
Bonnie! Please take care of yourself. Which part of Texas you are going to?
Thanks Sidney. I'm just THRILLED I finally have blooms.
Cold hardy, White hibiscus I brought down fm MD had it's 1st bloom open yesterday. Lots of buds.
All the plants (and weeds) are loving all the rain.
Sidney - it is a "work in progress" current;y over run with weeds. I spray them occasionally. Need to wait till it cools off a bit to get back out & "finish" the project.
I need to call some of the tree removal places & see if I can get some free mulch.
This plant looks just like an amaryliss until it blooms. White Spider lilly. I think it likes a little extra water.
Hymenocallis caribeae is an evergreen bulb that is native to the West Indies. It does best in full sun or very light shade. The fragrant 3 to 4 inch intricately designed white flowers are borne on top of 18 to 25 inch tall stalks in midsummer
Pics of new pond and 2 of old pond which is smaller. Plants are growing good along side and other side has walkway. Pic with squirrel statue is from Canelia at last Jacks. RU. He is pond guardian. Enjoy
Would just love to have you come over. Who knows I may have some plants you would like to take home. I have tons of nursery pots so can fix you right up. I remember you said your yard was loaded but you know theres always room for one more.
Just D-mail me so I can give you explicit directions. We are easy to find.
This little snake has taken up residency in one of the apartments of my favorite birdhouse. Hope you can see him. Not sure if its a black one due to sunshine so bright. For a month Cuban TF was in there.
Hi Bonnie, I've had Cuban Tree frogs in my birdhouses, but never a snake...cute. Your cleradendrum and brugs are beautiful.
Nice Papayas Tony, I hope they make it before any deep freezes.
We just got back from Wekiwa Springs camping and the October wildflowers are busting out, just so pretty and truly Florida fall color. If anyone has a chance to get over there for a hike, do it soon while they are blooming. This weekend should be really nice. Oh and tons of butterflies too.