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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2012
5:47 AM

Post #9025552

March has been sneaking up on us and Spring is almost here! :)

This is 'Heinz's Seduction' and 'Allegro Appalachian Trail'

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 1, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9025659

Nice photos to get the new month started. Almost makes me forget the 6 inches of snow we got overnight. Stay warm!

Earle
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9025674

Thanks, Earle!

6 inches of snow? I better try not to think about that...

Olaf
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2012
9:29 AM

Post #9025837

Yesterday I thought we were about to skip March and jump right into May with 72F. Now we're back to 40s again but I just discovered I moved from Z5a to 6a. Have you seen the new USDA map?

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9025857

That's funny! Thanks for the post, Maria!

I just noticed that I moved on up to Zone 6a as well...

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 2, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9027092

Weird, I moved down from 8b to 8a and it has been toooo warm this winter.
Yesterday's Love

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9027093

Some micro mini Sinningias.

'Lil' Tiger', 'Mighty Mouse', 'Treva McDaniel', muscicola

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 3, 2012
11:42 AM

Post #9028374

great looking micros, Olaf!
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

March 3, 2012
1:46 PM

Post #9028501

"Fancy Trail"!

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tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

March 3, 2012
1:47 PM

Post #9028502

"Green Dragon"!

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9028549

Very nice Tommy!

Jamie and Olaf,yours look great too.

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 3, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9028651

love Fancy Trail. The leaves are awesome as well as the flower!!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 4, 2012
10:14 AM

Post #9029548

Rob's Jacuzzi Flozzie, Rob's Dodo Bird, and Rob's Cookie Crumble

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9029579

Beautiful Jamie! Are they wicked?

Lynn
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9029660

Sinn. bullata -- I'm probably the last one to get her bloom but maybe the most exited too

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #9029665

Sinn. leukotritcha, 2nd year from seed and out of dormancy

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9029670

They are great Maria!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2012
4:46 PM

Post #9029922

Hey Maria!

Very nice work on the S. guttata! (Not bullata...)

Check the leucotricha for buds. If the plant will have flowers this season, you can see the buds at this early stage.

Olaf

Oh, and thanks, everyone!! :)
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 4, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9029966

Oooooops, sorry for the wrong name, thanks for correcting it Olaf. Hope she won't get upset at me lol. Thanks for the nice words too.

No buds on leukotricha so far, maybe she's still young for blooming. BTW is it possible to propagate her from cuttings?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2012
5:50 PM

Post #9030010

You can try and propagate immature shoots (no flower buds) from an immature tuber but I would only try it if the tuber has more than one shoot coming up.

No guarantee that it will work but it's the only halfways reliable way to get this Sinningia propagated by cuttings.

The downsides are plentiful: If your tuber doesn't like the treatment, it might go dormant again and then, of course, there is the possibility that none of the cuttings will grow...

Olaf
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9031449

Great pictures everyone! Your off to another awesome month of blooming beauty's.

My beauty is grown from the GHA seed fund HCY 08-10 Sinningia (Mothers day x Pink Tiger) x Amanda's Penny.

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jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9031451

GHA seed Jack Evens speciosa mix.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 5, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9031459

Jan- those are beautiful, especially the red one. I wonder how many different flowers you'll get from that sowing. How many seedlings grew out?

Lynn- I don't use wicks. Those Rob's are in 2 half inch Oyama pots. Others just grow in solo cups and suck up the water from the saucer, no wicks needed.
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9031462

Not a gessie but is it spring or summer? Wish I knew what the vines name is.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 5, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9031469

Is that real? Incredible!!!
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9031484

this one popped up out of know where!

Hi Jamie,Thank you.The leaves on then speciosa feels like velet. I only sowed a few seeds of each,I have another speciosa that will open in a few days and 3 more of hcy's cross is going to be awhile.I love growing crosses.

Jan

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9031561

jannich. what in the world is it? is that a real flower? it's incredible.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 5, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9031586

Jan, your Sinningias are beautiful! :) As for those two yellow ones: Those are real hard to ID, aren't they? They look like they may last a while, though, and maybe that'll help you to get a positive ID... ;)

Oh, and Sinningias in bloom become VERY thirsty! Don't let their usually rather forgiving "keep me on the dry side" nature fool you: Once you see buds, watch your watering regimen!!!

Olaf
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9031939

ha,ha.Can't fool ya Olaf :-)

Ladies that's a water bottle flower and the sunflower is made from a gallon milk jugs.hee,hee
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
10:23 AM

Post #9032170

They are beautiful Sis...both kinds LOL.

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2012
1:13 PM

Post #9032326

jannich, you crafty person, YOU . LOL fooled us all!! Now how about the instructions? I have time on my hands and plenty of water bottles and milk jugs too! They are AWESOME.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #9032484

I especially like the one that looks like a carrion flower.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 6, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #9032541

Hi everyone! I have not posted on this forum in a long time... I see a few familiar names (Hope you all have been well!) and many I do not know (Hi! How y'all doing?).

I still keep some gessies, though down to just a few epicias and one Sinn. 'Rios days Pedras' (sent to me oh so long ago by none other than jannich!).

I am wanting to get back to growing some Streps again, but having a hard time finding my faves now. I did order my two top faves (Spin Art and B's Party Boy) and they will be here tomorrow! I posted my wants on the want/have thread... Please, if you know anyone who may have these, let me know.

I may have some stolons available off a couple of my epicias later on in the Spring as well... Let me just watch them a bit longer, and see how many I can take.

Thanks... Take care and have a blessed evening!
Karen
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 6, 2012
8:02 PM

Post #9032797

Oh Jan, I've been duped! That flower really fooled me.
Welcome Karen. I've only been around here nearly 2 years. I love to trade with people, but will wait until Spring (soon in Alabama)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 7, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #9033366

Welcome back Karen :-)
Lynn
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #9033409

Hi Lynn! Hope you have been well!

And thanks Jamie! I've been in DG a long time... Just not on this forum much.

My gessies have lived by neglect more than by TLC for a couple years... Guess that's why epicias are all I have left! LOL! They are so forgiving!
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9035121

Glad to see you posting again Karen. Hope all is well. Good Luck finding your favorite plants. I don't do well with streps at all, but I do love their blooms!

I KNEW IT. I knew Jan was trying to trick us! You crafty girl you! They are so neat...you did a real good job. I bet they would be a really good seller at a yard sale!

tish
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 8, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #9035222

I love the huge blooms on Strawberry Wave.

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jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 9, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #9035600

hee,hee The devil made me do it ladies!!!!

Welcome back Karen! Nice seeing you here.That was many moons ago sending you Rio das pedras.Was it the regular rio or the dark form? I'm on the hunt for a few seeds from the regular one if you have a few. Can't help you out with streps.I kill them to fast.LOL.
imadigger,I'll take some pictures how to make the flowers,I'm not good a explaining.LOL.

Beautiful AV Sally! I love seeing your pictures.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 9, 2012
7:03 AM

Post #9035620

Welcome back, Karen. It's good to see you posting again. The RR should be starting soon. They will be violets, streps etc. in the box, I'm sure. Just remember to joing. It's fun and you get some 'good stuff' from the box.
@jannich -- I'll be looking forward to the instructions. Pictures are the best way for me too. Old age doesn't help with understanding. LOL!
Keep the gessies pictures coming. I love to add to my want list. I only have the same ones still blooming. I'm waiting for the baby violets from last RR to start showisng buds. !
The only think I have to share is my new Great-granddaughter. Ava. We think she is so beautiful.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9035885

She's just gorgeous Eileen!

What a pretty violet Sally!

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 9, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9035919

She's precious! That is an incredibly beautiful picture and I love the crocheted hat. It makes me coo. I'll have to show my daughters when they get home. There will be squeals of delight!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 9, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #9036098

What a beautiful baby!!!!!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 9, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9036333

Funny Bunny is the miniature, Sinningia barbata 'Jomar', foliage of Golden Eye, and Mac's Galactic Glory.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 9, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9036419

What is the 22nd one? I love it. Great pictures!!!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2012
11:20 AM

Post #9037028

Beautiful Jamie! Love the yellow look of that Sinn.
Lynn
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9037030

Little Ruby, thanks Jamie! I always thought of Optimaras as great performers but not too fancy but this one was just darling for sure

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2012
11:24 AM

Post #9037034

Azalea trail, just received her. She 's so tiny, reminds me of micro sinns lol. It's a starter so I wonder will the leaves get bigger?

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9037221

Very cute.What's the white stuff you have in the pot Maria?

Lynn
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9037366

Thanks Lynn. It was packed for shipping with some cottony staff, have no idea what it was. Good for keeping soil in the pot.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2012
8:58 PM

Post #9037582

I use those flat round cotton disks they have in the cosmetic and baby departments.They work great and are super cheap.
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2012
5:58 AM

Post #9037762

Good Sunday morning to you friends!

Eileen,Congrats on your new great grandchild.She's a beautiful little girl.I think you won the blooming beauty's picture for this month

Jamie,your plants are beautiful as always.

carpathiangirl,that a very pretty violet and your new one is so tiny but will be a beauty when it gets blooming size.

My noid episcia needs to be topped and restarted cause it's long and lanky from growing in natural light but the darn thing won't quit blooming.It love's the soda bottle waterer.

Hey,wheres are friend Olaf been hiding? Come out and play dude :-)

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9037985

Thanks Jan. Ain't those soda bottle pots wonderful? I made my first too and love it, now not a single one gonna be wasted. Your episcia looks great, she probably thinks she's a kohleria, hehe

Can't wait to see Olaf's pictures as well

My vote goes to darling Ava too!!!!!!

Maria
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #9038259

Jan,
What a bunch of blooms on that Episcia and very clever pot.The plant reminds me of Butternut.Did I send that one to you?

Lynn
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9038261

Here's an old picture of Butternut.

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 11, 2012
2:00 PM

Post #9038303

Although there is still snow on the ground here, there are a few AVs starting to bloom in the house. The first is Thunder Surprise, one of my very favorites. As you can see from the picture, the flowers are an amazing lavender, edged in green. When the blooms really get going, you cannot see the plant, there are so many flowers. The second one is White Madonna. Lovely girl-type foliage with a pure white flower with the yellow pollen sacs in the center. These will have to hold me until Spring comes.

Earle G

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9038444

They are beauties Earle!
Sally0
Yardley, PA

March 15, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9043611

Just wanted to share a picture of how pretty my AV's are right now. So many in bloom. This is why I have a growing addiction! lol

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 15, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9043921

Those look great, Sally!! You are taking good care of them and made some lovely choices of plants. Spring will be here soon!

Earle G
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9044380

Episcia 'My Precious'

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 15, 2012
9:07 PM

Post #9044487

Wonderful photos. Love the "My Precious." Sally 0, they are so happy and healthy in the semi hydro.

Earle, glad you are getting spring there. We have mind winters.
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 16, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9044755

Hi Sally,

Not sure about Spring yet. I can still see snow out my window. Currently, New Hampshire is in the middle of a local phenomenon known as 'mud season.'

Earle G
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2012
10:27 AM

Post #9044965

Karen,
Love that Episcia!

Earle...'mud season' ?

Lynn
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 16, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9045103

Hi Lynn,

'Mud season' comes every Spring in New Hampshire for a greater or lesser time period. It is that time of year between the melting of the snow and enough sun to dry out the dirt roads. Last night's local news featured pictures of cars and even one school bus stuck in mud up to their doors. Right now I have a dirt road running beside the house where I cannot walk with the dog for fear of leaving my shoes behind. Warmer weather next week should help alleviate the problem.

I hope Spring is approaching in your neck of the woods.

Earle G
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9045296

Earle,
It gets a little like that here when we have a lot of snow,but this was a dry year.This past week has been sunny for the most part and 70's and 80's.It can't last...we usually have snow and cold into March and even April.Average planting date is May 10.Sometimes it rains so much and the nights get so cold I can't get anything into the ground until June or even late June.

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 17, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9045923

Earle- love your violets. My White Madona is having trouble putting out girly leaves. Mine has regular leaves. I think it my be the 'other' White Madona, but mine has double flowers like yours,. The 'other' is supposed to have single blooms.
Very pretty violets, Sally0. very healthy.
VA wild rose -Love the yellow epicia. wish I had one.
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 17, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9046191

Hi Eileen,

Didn't realize there were two 'White Madonna's. I checked the AVSA database and it indicates the 'other' is supposed to have single star flowers and dark green foliage. Mine is definitely girl foliage and double white flowers. Looks just like the picture in the database. There is no picture of the other one.

Earle G
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 18, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #9047417

earl, I really don't know what mine is. It came to me as White Madonna. It has double flowers, but leave are not girly. It still has the youg baby leaves in it, and the new leaves look different. Maybe the leaves will now come in girly. Here's two pictures, one of blooms and leaves, and the other is just the bloom.

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 18, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9047511

Hi Eileen,

You definitely have a mystery there. The leaves on your plant are not 'girly' leaves and I wouldn't expect them to change at this point. I have half a dozen 'White Madonnas' that I started from leaf cuttings last fall. They already have the girl foliage even though small. The flowers are dead ringers for what my plant is producing. Gotta love a good mystery!

Earle
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9047972

Hope I don't stir up any trouble by asking this...

Does anyone have contact for Gail from Taft, TX?
She used to go by gessiegail on here.
The reason I am asking is that she used to keep a ton of Streps,
And she may have some of the varieties I can't seem to find anywhere.
I'd like to check with her for them.

How about bigoldbuck701... Jim I think?
Same reason...

You can d-mail me if you have info.

Thanks in advance!
Karen
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9048352

I wish I knew were they were too! I miss them both. They grew some gorgeous streps. Hope someone can leas us to them. Maybe they are on another forum. I've been searching, but I haven't found them yet.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #9048428

Hey everyone!

Had to take a little break from posting due to moving. I also had to get rid of many of my plants but was able to keep my miniatures and quite a few of my Kohlerias. It's all good. :)

I am in touch with Gail and know that she doesn't grow Streps anymore. Maybe a few but not to the extend that she used to.

Here's Sinningia 'Country Crocus' being absolutely unimpressed by the move... LOL

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2012
6:46 AM

Post #9048439

Olaf!!! glad you're back, started worrying about you. Hope your plants will love the new place
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9048468

Thanks, Maria!

Well, the new place is an apartment with full Southern exposure on the 20th floor. No window sills. Not loving it but I will cope. Gotta be crafty... LOL

Well, and before you ask: I moved there because it's wheelchair accessable for my partner and that was more important than my plants. The decision was between accessability and living on the third floor with no elevator... :)

Olaf
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9048490

Hey,glad to see you back Olaf! We miss ya dude.Accessability for your partner is more
As for no window sills for your plants check out youtube for window gardening.Theres some great ideas there.

Jan
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9048502

Thanks Jan!

Practical as usual! ;) Thanks for the tip!!!

Olaf
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #9048935

Welcome back Olaf!

Karen,
If nobody has answered you I am in touch with both Gail and Jim.
Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9049236

Welcome back Olaf. Missed your pictures and postings. We do what we have to do, to keep us happy and safe. Our gessies are an added bonus. Mine are all going great. I'm waiting for the RR to get off the ground.
@Karen---you can find Jim at the funwithgessies forum.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/funwithgessies
I miss seeing gessiebgall's posts and pictures here. I feel she was booted unfairly. We lost a great member. She has some great looking streps. I know she also grew hoya. She may be on funwithgessies too, but with a different user name.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #9049286

Thanks Eileeen!

Gail is doing fine. I just got an email from her. :)

Well, after the move, I cleaned up the filthy fish tank that my micro minis and some other plants are calling home and here's the result:

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #9049305

Thanks for the info imadigger... I have asked to join their group.

Lynn, do you know if Jim still has a lot of Streps?

Olaf, you say Gail is no longer growing Streps?

Thanks all!
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 19, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9049314

I was in the AV club with her until I moved. Haven't talked to her since. Glad you did, B.

They are on Yahoo I think. I don't like Yahoo groups, seems hard to post and all. Pics, etc can't be seen.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 19, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9049542

I agree with you. I like the people on the Yahoo groups too, but this format for picture posting and discussion is so much better!
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9049951

I don't care for yahoo groops either. I love the people on there. I still don't know how to post pics there. I just read all the posts from getting the daily digest. I don't post to much at all on there. There's a lot of just little comments. It's good if you have lost of time to go thru all the postings. Lots of people from daves garden went there after the problems with just a few bad apples. Gail was caught in the middle. I miss her posting here. She tried to get me started in streps-sent me quite a few cuttings, the perlite, and even a box to root them in. I'm a dork when it comes to streps. Can't grow them al all. I'm going to try again. I got some seeds from bratpack 2 forum and just saw one little strep popping up. Maybe this one will grow up to be an adult. LOL.
ApopkaJohn
Apopka, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 20, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9050674

Picture shows gray cubicles at the office.
All my coworkers enjoy the contrast of the colorful blooms.

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ApopkaJohn
Apopka, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 20, 2012
6:02 PM

Post #9050675

Some of the offices have windows,
so this pair gets to grow in the best light.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 21, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9051289

Gorgeous blooms in that office. That sounds like a good way to recruit club members too.

Rob's Whodunit, Optimara Little Chickasaw, Codonatanthus carnosa, Calico Queen, and Strawberry Fields

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9051339

john and jamie, your violets are so pretty. I have to take a few more pictures, exoecually of Nymph Fly and Violet Trails. They are blooming for the first time.
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 21, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #9051343

Hi John and Jamie,

Very nice pictures, both of you. I thought I would add a couple more African Violets to the mix. The first one is Edee's Rosebud Trail, a very prolific trailer. You might note that there are 2 distinctly different flowers on the same plant. The other picture is Champagne Taste. One of my favorites, along with King's Ransom, for the large flower size, over 2 inches across.

Earle G

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 21, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9051453

Is Edee's Rosebud a chimera? It looks like the leaves are 2 different types also. Very pretty and I love trailers but don't have that one.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #9051483

Wow,such eye candy everyone!
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

March 21, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #9051552

Hi Jamie,

According to the AVSA database, Edee's Rosebud Trail is suppose to have variegated leaves with a double pink flower. I have had this plant for several years and it did, initially have double pink flowers. Now, what you see is what you get. Neither flower is a double pink and, in fact, they are both singles. To add to the mystery here, the two different flowers are on two different crowns of the same plant. I have rooted some small cowns over the winter. I will just have to wait to see what kind of flower is produced.

I am attaching a picture of the same plant from two years ago. It looks more like a double pink flower. I love a good mystery.

Earle

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 21, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9051699

Beautiful pictures!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 21, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9051728

Well, it looks like you've got a chimera sport off Edee's Rosebud Trail on one of those crowns. I would think that you could register that. It's very pretty.
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 21, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9051879

Very pretty pictures everyone! Keep them coming.
Earl,your Edee's Rosebud is preety cool.
ApopkaJohn,Your office AV's are beautiful.
Jamie,What can I say girl,beautiful as always.


This is my newest kohleria seedling blooming from Thad Scaggs cross Kapo x Cinnamon Toast.

Jan

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #9051891

Nice photos everyone! I love the office AVs! I am hoping to bring one of my new Streps to my office.

Jan, I love your new Kohleria... Beautiful bloom!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2012
9:09 PM

Post #9052261

It's gorgeous Sis!
Sally0
Yardley, PA

March 22, 2012
10:11 AM

Post #9052780

Beautiful Earle and Jan!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #9053919

Great plants, everyone! Wow! I can't wait for Spring and Summer!

Speaking of Spring...

Sinningia cardinalis, 'California Gold' x leucotricha, eumorpha 'Saltao' x piresiana...

... and, of course not a Gesneriad, Drosera binata coming out of dormancy and loving the new, unobstructed Southern exposure... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9053922

Well, no flowers this time - only buds... LOL

Sinningia 'HCY's Bold Print', 'Yma', 'Orange Zinger'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9053946

Kohleria 'Peppermint', 'Peridots Tom Thumb'

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9053965

Looks like you will have loads of flowers soon.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9053976

Thanks, Lynn!

Here's Gesneria pedicellaris. I have never grown a Gesneria but from what I read, this plant should be happy among my micro minis in the fish tank... Oh, and for a whopping three bucks, I just wasn't able to resist... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9053981

And the one that almost got away:

Sinningia 'Star Eyes'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
10:19 AM

Post #9054006

Some Sinningia speciosa cultivars can make decent foliage plants as well...

Oh, and I forgot to say that this is 'Claire Roberts'.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9054494

Please forgive today's posting-overkill - signs of serious posting-withdrawal for several days... LOL

Some Sinningia species

S. helioana, araneosa, lineata "Highly Spotted Clone", bullata

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9054499

And a few more flowers...

Sinningia 'Freckles' and 'Orange Zinger', Kohleria 'Peppermint'

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 23, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9054535

bsimpson, the pictures are just beautiful.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 23, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9054697

Awesome pictures Olaf. I'm glad to see you posting again.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
9:00 PM

Post #9054732

Thanks Sally and Jamie! :)

Jamie: the seedlings survived and seem happy so far. Particularly the Paliavana and the Drymonia have grown quite a bit. The Neomortonia are a little lanky but that's kind of normal at this stage.The Gloxinia are tiny and literally waiting for better weather... LOL

Olaf
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2012
9:25 PM

Post #9055910

Some of my new strep babies are coming in...
And a couple of them actually have buds on them!
Today is my first bloom by a strep in over two years!
Yay for me!

Introducing Purple Panda!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9056039

That's a very pretty Strep!

Sinningia 'Orange Zinger', 'Yma', 'HCY's Bold Print', 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant'

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 25, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9056496

Congratulations Karen!

Nice pictures Olaf!

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 25, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9056532

Various blooms around the house.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 25, 2012
1:31 PM

Post #9056544

Spring!

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 25, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9056753

More wonderful pictures, I love them all.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2012
9:09 PM

Post #9057016

Sinningia 'HCY's Bold Print'

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 25, 2012
9:47 PM

Post #9057025

Great pictures all! What's the first one Jamie?

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9057323

Great bunch of pics, everyone!!! My son and DIL are visiting from up North, so I've been busy entertaining! No time to take pics of blooming plants. :(.
Just enjoying all the ones posted.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 26, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9057677

Have fun Eileen!

I have a few.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 26, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9057687

A few more

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9058291

Very nice Jamie, Olaf, and Lynn!
Sally0
Yardley, PA

March 27, 2012
5:58 AM

Post #9058820

Great pictures everyone.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 27, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9058930

Sinningia 'HCY's Coral Candy' x self, 'Country Crocus', 'HCY's Bold Print', 'Yma', 'Orange Zinger'

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 27, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #9059285

Lynn, that's Drymonia corytoplectus starting to get red bracts. Here's a terrarium blooming too soon for the up coming show.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9059290

It's gorgeous and so is your terrarium.I recently went to a show and Mary Jo Bradley showed an amazing terrarium.When they get the pictures posted I will send a link.
Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 27, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9059689

Wow! This has been a month of great pictures of awesome plants! Great growing, everyone!!! :)

Jamie: Could the plant that Lynn was asking you about be a Corytoplectus cutucuensis or speciosus and not a Drymonia? Oh, and your terrarium is wonderful!

Lynn: That mini Sinningia looks awfully familiar... ;) Glad that it does well for you!

Olaf

lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2012
8:46 PM

Post #9059893

Gee I wonder why Olaf LOL?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 28, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9060238

Olaf, It came to me as a cutting (I think from a RR) and I had thought it didn't fit its name. Thanks for giving me alternatives. I'll look into those others for a better fit.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 28, 2012
7:31 AM

Post #9060246

Olaf- it looks just like the Corytoplectus cutucuensis on the Gesneriads website. Thank you!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 28, 2012
8:12 AM

Post #9060304

You are welcome, Jamie! :)

Olaf

Sinningia speciosa 'Prudence Risley', 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant'

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 28, 2012
11:23 AM

Post #9060532

Really nice pictures, bsimpson.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9064234

I absolutely LOVE that Gabriel's Horn!
The colors are fabulous!
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 31, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #9064376

Come on everyone, we need you all to sign up for RR. The more participants the more fun it is. Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 31, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9064391

Thanks, everyone!

Here's some more 'Gabriel's Horn'...

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2012
3:53 PM

Post #9064659

I'm sorry,but I will have to sit this one out.
Lynn
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9064741

Olaf... I can't get over how pretty that flower on G'sH is! I have looked it up and the flowers on others I've seen aren't as pretty. I love the color combo of pulse and red!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

March 31, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9064865

Oh, thank you Karen!

There are two different "versions" of the plant:

1: The oiginal 'Gabriel's Horn' with gorgeous orange/red flowers without the purple/magenta and

2: 'Gabriels Horn Mutant' or 'Gabriel's Horn Sport' with the purple/magenta.

Both are very neat calyx doubles and well worth growing.

Here are some of my Sinningias...

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 31, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #9064882

They are so pretty, bsimpson.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 1, 2012
10:46 AM

Post #9065531

I shall have to look for the G'sH mutant or sport then!
Thanks!

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