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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9164588

Welcome to my garden in the summer time. We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1241986/
It has been a pleasant spring in the garden, our container gardening is transitioning from a mild spring into a warmer months. I'm pleased you're here to enjoy the garden along with me. Everyone is welcome.

#1 Container in the shade.
#2 Container grown in the sun.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 14, 2012
6:52 AM

Post #9164662

Lily_love,
What is the red/white flower in your sun shot?

Here's a shot of my window boxes in the front yard. Went with pink & white this year for the front yard and lavender with dark purple & burgundy for the back yard.
We got hit with hail yesterday so the barrels look a bit ruff

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9164758

Hi Joanna, welcome to the thread. I like those combos from your front yard. I can't see the purple & burgundy well from the photos. The big flower in my sun shot is a Pipevine. Here is the vine from DG's pf. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56130/

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #9165434

The Pipevine from another vantage point. The Canna is tropicana 'Phasion' and the lilium is Tiger lily.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9165437

The 'Blue butterfly' plant official name escaped me, it's a type clerodandron? The latter is Hoya blooms.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #9168785

The plumeria inflo. just about to open today. Next is bush morning glory, a tender perennials in pot culture. Both of these need winter protection where I'm.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9169387

Mexican petunia. These make gallion of seeds thus could be very trouble some in our mild climate. I pick the seedpods when they're young to eliminate future invasive problem. These come in two attractive hues, one is pink, the other is deep blue.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9169854

The plumeria inflo. today;

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2012
8:03 AM

Post #9169860

Other tender/tropical perennials in containers;

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2012
7:51 PM

Post #9176649

The weather is really getting hot! Some of these hanging baskets require water twice daily.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #9177701

Some more of the tropical/tender perennials in bloom.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9177740

others ...

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2012
7:31 AM

Post #9183187

Desert Rose first bloom in the season among other tender perennials in containers culture.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9183542

After MEM brug. First bloom for the season, it's getting ready to send out its first flush of blooms for the season. If one can only have one brug, MEM is the one to have!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9183792

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9184491

Hah, I spoke to soon about MEM, okay okay, one can have at least two brug. This one is another must have. ^ :-) ^

1st pix is MEM, 2nd pix is another cultivar.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9185069

Every year, I try to bring back a little bit of what were ... in the garden the preceeding year. I don't usually succeed, for time changes, so does the garden. For instance, I most enjoyed these Gloriosa lilies bloom this time every summer. This spring I tried to dublicate the same condition...or at least the same location for the vines to repeat their performance. Little did I noticed that although, the same location but other plants in the area were taking up all the sunshine here in this spot. As a result; the tubers refused to break dormancy. As of last month, I noticed a 'puny' sprout of Gloriosa. Not until then I realized I wasn't going to have these glorious blooms for this year as I did in years past.

So I de-clutter the pots, rid off the shading plants and moved the Lilies container into a full sun position. As of now, I've new sprouting -- but not as they were last year. Here is a pix of the lilies last June. (the large pink flower is Lotus blossom).



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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2012
6:11 AM

Post #9185886

One has got to love 'Miss Emily Mckenzie' (MEM) brugmansia. Here she's today.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #9185891

A different view of this flush of blooms. Fragrant emits mostly from evening to early morning hours.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2012
5:45 AM

Post #9187204

Pandora vine's initial blooms for the season;

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #9187206

Lots of trumpets shape flowers, here is the Desert Rose;

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9190610

Blue Skyvine, the color is enhanced with the heat wave. Earlier blooms were a lighter blue.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 2, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9190621

Very nice blue, Kim. It appears to be periwinkle blue to me. Nice and cool looking on these hot summer days.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9191079

Welcome to the thread Arlene, how is the heat wave affecting your garden up there? Hope all is well with you and yours.

#1, Padora vine's blossoms and friend.
#2, Sherri, this is for you. ^:-)^

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9191121

Kim - your containers and blossoms are wonderful. It's too hot here for me! The gardens are fine and I do go out to take photos but otherwise I stay in the AC.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9191764

Lipstick vine 1st buds. Or Aeschynanthus hybrid. Stay cool Arlene and those of us on the path of this heat wave. Arlene, it's way toooo hot down here.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9191842

What an almost magical looking flower that one is!

I managed to stay out for 30 minutes today, mostly taking photos. I'm hoping this heat wave breaks tomorrow but I don't want rain on the local 4th of July parade.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2012
4:38 AM

Post #9192387

Happy 4th everyone! Hope the weather will be nice there in NY for the parade Arlene. 1) The same 'Lipstick' plant or vine when it's fully open. Its currious calyx holding the red bud looks just like our lipsticks...but lipsticks resemblance ceases when it opens up. lol It's tropical in nature.

2) Angel trumpet blooms enjoy the cool breeze of the early morning hours. Our temp. is said to be in the 98F. max today.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2012
5:03 AM

Post #9192408

Best of my deck is in thei album
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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9192453

Oh Jo Anne! That's one terrific way to celebrate July 4th. Beautifully done, and all of my fav. flowers!!! Thank you for sharing them.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9192624

I must make notes on the best combos.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2012
5:53 AM

Post #9196231

I hope that everyone have had a nice Holiday, and returned to gardening. Here is 'Cherry Jubilee' Allamanda today. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/285563/

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9196883

Of the 'Football Lily' All the potential seedpod, only a few made it.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9196899

Allamanda blooms and 'Football' lily seedpod. 3rd pix is Jatropa seedpod.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9197051

The plumeria today.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 9, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9198726

Lotus bloom this morning.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9200138

1. Morning air is cool and nice; the peaceful bee is still snoozing on Lotus blossom before the busy day ahead.
2. Porterweed and friend.
3. Plumeria blooms.
4. 'Friendship plant' putting out new inflo. in the middle of summer. Kind of unusual, normally these will send out flowers during the winter/early spring or cool autumn, but summer? This is the first for me.

* All but #2 are in container culture.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9200151

Lovely, as always, Kim. I feel more like the sleepy bee today.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #9200183

I've morning likes it too Arlene. This little Blue bird is whispering; it's a beautiful day! Hoping you'll have a good day in the garden. Or just simply enjoy the view from indoor for it's going to be another hot day out there.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 12, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9202559

Friendship plant today;

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 12, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9203230

Various flowers in a bowl display. Following pix are the pics. from which these flowers originated. 1.) Blue Sky vine, 2.)'Cherry Jubilee' Mandavella. 3.) 'Dwarf Pink Singapore' plumeria, and finally the dark pink NOID plumera.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2012
4:22 AM

Post #9220141

My front porch container.Its a blaaaahhhh as far as I am concerned.The annuals didnt hold up so next year I will try million bells.

I will post the album because I cand post images in a edit.
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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2012
5:31 AM

Post #9220172

here is the deck
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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2012
12:07 PM

Post #9222548

Wow, there are some great combos you've put together there, Jo Ann! Thank you for sharing. Some of my tropical collections which are highlights of the garden during summer time.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9222568

looking great
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

July 31, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9224838

Have been lurking here but thought I would post a few of mine. Love all your pictures.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
10:06 AM

Post #9224851

Welcome to the thread, springcolor. Very nice combos you've got. Here comes the second wave of Angel trumpets for the season.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2012
2:26 AM

Post #9225655

Beautiful,wish they would fit in here.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 13, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9239780

'Queen Emma' in bloom. It's said to be hardy up to zone 8a. I tried one bulb in the garden, though it didn't make it outdoor. I kept these in container culture and had success.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9239800

SO pretty, Kim!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 13, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #9240500

Thanks Arlene, the beauty of the "queen" is ... she was only begun. After some rain this afternoon, more buds unfurled; and here she's!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9240518

Just wonderful, Kim. You have very lovely plants in your garden.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2012
2:32 AM

Post #9240850

Really beautiful.I have never seen anything like it.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2012
5:55 AM

Post #9240963

Thanks to both Arlene and Jo Anne, the Queen really shines this morning! Jo Ann here is pf for Queen Emma. The container culture is very easily cared for. I've several bulbs in this group. Should they decide to bloom all at once one of these days, they would be spectacular! BTW, did I mention of the fragrant? It's such a delight!

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/90355/

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9240985

Fragrant, too! How lucky can you get?

It reminds me of a fantasy flower someone might draw but you have the real thing. Please add your photos to PF.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9241077

Thanks Arlene, I'll find time to do so later on. Have a great week, be back soon.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9241196

We always look forward to your beautiful plants, Kim. Keep those photos coming.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 19, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #9246716

I saw the turtle Lily, I saw it before and could swear I posted afterwards, but don't see my post.

Love how beautiful the flowers are looking. The Queen Emma is just amazing. What a nice plant to have in the garden.

Springcolor, love those colorful containers.

My wonderful Aunt Phurby passed away this past month, she was 93 and lived a full life at home until her last days. She was a gardener and my mentor. I'm happy to have some items that were in her garden now in mine to carry on her love of gardening.

I found a few old galvanized metal watering cans around her garden, although they have a few rusty hole in the bottom they make nice for nice garden decor.

A very heavy cement birdbath, she has had this for as long as I can remember.

A nice strawberry pot, was very neglected but it does have some succulents still in it, with some love and tender care it ought to come back nicely.

Some more succulents, one she gave me years ago, the other I found hidden in some bushes in her garden.

She painted this vintage metal ash bucket a pretty pink, looks nice on my yellow chair I found at a garage sale for two bucks.

Now I can walk around my garden and always see her treasures...and hold a place in my heart for her always. ☺


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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9246725

You are blessed to have had such a loving aunt to also be your mentor. Having plants, pots and memories of her in your garden is a wonderful tribute to her.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 19, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9246966

May I echo Arlene's statement above? Sherri, you're so blessed to have had shared some wonderful time and inherited your aunt Phurby's love of gardening... thank you, for sharing a little bit of you among us.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9247606

I am so impressed with everyone's efforts. All your choices of plant combinations are so interesting and pretty, I cannot single anyone out! You are all so creative, and I hope you get to over-wintre at least some of them.

No matter how long we do this, we always have so much to learn from one another. I love recycling ideas.

Marcia
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9249202

My most reliebale container flower is the Penta. I have 3 defferent colors and they all doing good, the three day of rain helped a lot. Etelka

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 21, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9249262

It's beautiful. I had one in pink but it didn't survive indoors over the winter.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2012
1:25 AM

Post #9249689

Thats a great look.I will add it to my wishlist.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2012
4:29 AM

Post #9249713

I raise my Tersa sphinx on my Pentas. They do grow reliably here. Luckily our local nurseries stock them in abundant. Thanks kiseta for the added photo.
Other container blooms in the garden; Nelly Moser clematis, Blue sky vine bloom among pink Alamanda blossoms. The 3rd pix there is a Penta rejuvinated itself after last brood of Tersa sphinx successfully pupated. Within the pic. are Gloriosa lilium in blooms.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2012
4:56 AM

Post #9249730

The pentas do grow quite large. It's a great late summer/early fall plant here.

Love your photos, Kim. Nelly always looks good and your blue sky vine with your alamanda is lovely. Isn't it amazing how fast plants can recover? Gloriosa lilies are so exotic looking. Many years I miss the blooms here because, once the lilies are done, I seldom visit that garden. I should move them!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 26, 2012
12:07 PM

Post #9254433

Pentas re-seed in my garden, they pop up in planters all on their own. I have the best luck with bright deep pink and reds. They are so liked by the butterflies.

Hey Lily be safe with this storm heading that way.

Some more of my container plants.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 26, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9254534

sunkissed: I like your containers.There are times I wish I lived in the tropical zone just so I wouldnt need to bring in the succulents for winter.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 27, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9256372

Yes Jo Anne, let's move to Florida near sunkissed. :)

Hey Sherri, I'm keeping a close watch on that storm Isaac. Thanks for the well wishes.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2012
9:06 PM

Post #9256492

Oh, this is a gorgeous thread! How have I missed it??
I'm going to have to start spending a little time here, even if I mostly lurk!

Very happy to see your lovely pics again, Kim! What is that first bloom? It reminds me of a child's pinwheel, but much more beautiful.

Please stay safe any of you near the path of Isaac!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2012
4:50 AM

Post #9256585

Thanks n.a.n. The first 2 are those of Plumerias. Their tags faded so I don't know what the individual cultivar of each. The last 2 as you regconized, brugmansias.

1. Gloriosa lilies
2. Another NOID (NO I. D.) plumeria

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9256778

Gloriosa's are glorious! How tall do they grow?

Marcia
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9256781

Hurray for your success with the posting of photos, Kim. We were all with you in spirit. Love that Gloriosa Lily!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #9257180

Arlene, I'm so glad you were there offering me support. I was really stressed out there for the duration. Now that I am back, and learned new skills. I feel or so much better. Thanks again for your support. Marcia, the Gloriosa lilium are vine-like in growing habit. For me it's growing to roughly 4-5 feet stretch. But ask Jmorth, his must grow to be about 7-8 feet tall! He's magic in the soil ya know? LOL
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9257187

We can only try to help one another when a computer crises arises, Kim. It's maddening to the max and reminds me of Gibbs on NCIS when time was exceedingly short to eliminate a threat the computer posed so he shot it and then shot a lot more of them. That's what I feel like doing but I don't have a gun. Maybe that works best or who know what could happen! LOL

Jmorth (Jack) does have the most spectacular Gloriosa lilies. I'll try to find a link for Marcia. They are breathtaking.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9257191

I found jmorth's blog: http://davesgarden.com/community/blogs/t/jmorth/1788/

Be sure to enlarge the photo where he mentions the Frank Lloyd Wright trellis: it's gorgeous.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 29, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9258081

Yes, Arlene, those tall ones really are breathtaking! Kim, even with only seeing bits and pieces of your garden, it looks like a tropical paradise!!
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9258529

His Gloriosas are truly glorious. I wonder if he leaves them to overwinter outdoors in milder Texas winters.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 31, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9260828

Well hate to inform you all but here in Central FL we still have to protect the succulents and tropicals. You have to move even further down south than where I am to avoid that. Every year I promise to stop potting tropicals that can't take freezes and yet every year we lug more into the Florida room...when will I learn?

Hope Lily is okay...not liking the floods I see on TV.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 31, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #9260974

Sunkissed, I'm guessing you still have a shorter cold season. Ours can be as early as mid-September and as late as mid-May.

Marcia
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2012
4:41 AM

Post #9261229

I've enjoyed reading through this thread and am inspired to dig up more plants and pot them up for better blooming.
I've been doing some of that to save some after the drought we've had for two years now.

Yes, I hope Kim (and her lovely plants ) are safe from the hurricane damage.

Enjoying all the beautiful photos and lovely blooms... Kristi

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 1, 2012
5:12 AM

Post #9261247

Marcia, we mostly have dipping into freezing from Dec. through Feb. That is the normal...but here the plants have to go back out, because it can be 29 one day and back up to 80's the next or they cook in the FL room. So we cover and uncover a lot, but some precious tropicals in their huge pots are lugged in and out. Some years it is a longer cold season and more lugging in and out...but it is all part of gardening.
I actually live in a very hard zone. North or South FL plants grow here but the heat and cold can make perennials an annual very often.

Kim is fine, she was far enough away from the storm to escape any damage or flooding. Thank goodness.
Sherri

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2012
6:15 AM

Post #9261284

Sherri ~ thanks for letting us know Kim is all right.

Do folks in Florida have shade houses for their plants? I've noticed many in Australia have them for their Bromeliads and have thought I need one. lol Kristi
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 1, 2012
6:26 AM

Post #9261290

Sunkissed, I start all the caladiums indoors. When it starts to get warm during the day, I take them out to play, and they flourish. Before the nights warm up, they have to come in. By early May there were days when they went for a drive in my car because it was still too cold for them. I lost a coleus nurtured over the winter with a sweet potato vine when it dipped into the 40s this spring. The sweet potato is still going strong.

I am certain there is nothing funnier than a chubby old lady running around to put her plants in a protected area. The first photo is preparation for Hurricane Irene last August as they were being herded up on my porch. The plants in the car had to come out before they cooked! I could really use a sun porch.

This year I know it will be a thrill as the containers have gotten even larger. The second photo also has a tomato in it (thus the netting). I'm just not worried that containers that size will blow around during a storm. The third is just a "holding" box for just rooted plants, but they seem to love it. Fourth is a begonia that is bloomin' happy and fifth is Gingerland. I did not know I'd like her as much till she was born!

What I love about containers is their portability and versatility: the ability to control light and other conditions; the ability to pull it out when it is no longer attractive; and the ability to make a quick gift to a friend or potential friend.


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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 2, 2012
6:14 AM

Post #9262138

Ditto Marcia. Containers also add a little "tropical touch" to my garden in late summer and early Fall in my climate when most hardy perennials were winding down for the season. Hey Kristi, welcome to the thread. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the photos. Thanks Sherri for the well wishes.

1. 'Lolipops" lilium bloom this time of year. It's in a container. The first for me. :)
2 & 3 Various gingers' blooms (tender perennials).
4. Duranta's (Honey Dew Drops) another tender perennial that needs overwintered indoor).
5. Bush Morning Glory, another tropical bloomer.

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 2, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9262874

Sherri, maybe a fan in your Florida room would help.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9263125

Just a few of the ones that are hanging on.Some nights in the 60's,leaves are dropping off.

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 3, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9263270

Your deck look like it had a very enjoyable summer. Still looking lovely.

Some of the cooler evenings have encouraged the tomatoes to ripen. It hasn't dropped below 62 yet. Keeping a close eye on some of the coleuses.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9263296

If there is a run of cold nights,say 3 in a row,coleus will go bad. I believe they will really look awful in about 3 weeks,thats when we get verycold nights and frosts.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 3, 2012
9:49 AM

Post #9263325

Yes, Jo Anne, our growing season is winding down.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 3, 2012
11:32 AM

Post #9263429

The Wrens have been gone for a few weeks,not many Hummers lately and Robins long gone. Squirrels are storing black walnuts from neighbors and I can hear Nuthatches and Chickadees in the evergreens.
They always remind me of quiet winter walks.Guess its coming.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 23, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9284351

Yes, Fall is officially here. Cool temp. in the air, hummingbirds are migrating South, they pass by here in number. Saw many hummingbirds at neighbor's feeder earlier today. Quiet walk to enjoy this beautiful time of year. Yes!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #9292368

The flush of flowers are pushing through their final blooms for the growing season. First two pics. are those of Thunbergia grandiflora, the last two are MEM brug, then 'Eternity' brug. And last one is a lamb-ear turning red as it's in full sun. :)

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podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 1, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9292533

As always, beautiful blooms Kim.
Isn't the last flush of blooms bittersweet in the fall.
I really like the succulents in the last photo and love that container.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 2, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9293413

Good morning Kristi. The succulent plant is a cool plant. Remember the 'Mother of thousands' plant? This one is similiar. However, not as prolific. The "mother" plant produces "babies" on each mature terminal tips of the leave. A local gardening friend gave me one of these "babies" leaflet several years ago. Now I've ton of them to share. They're tender perennial; I've to dig them up and bring them indoor. The pot, it's heavy and durable, so I'm going to leave it out.

Speaking of succulent; the last pic. in this serie is of our 'Starfish' Geez, I've got to remember to de-buds those flowers to rid of the larvae that's being deposited there by the flies! Middle pic. is of the Nightblooming Ceurus 'Queen of the Night" and the first; an unlikely 'Bonsai' I'm making. I just transferred the ficus into a driftwood hollow. It's temporarily situated on the pot that I had planted it this past year.

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podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9294037

Kim ~ I like that driftwood planter. It will be very attractive when settled in.

I made a mistake of planting a bromeliad in a piece of firewood that was hollow in the center. Now that it is time to move indoors, I find the roots are embedded in the wood and it can't be removed. Nothing to do but move the whole thing into the greenhouse.

Hope you don't mind but I'll post a photo of it here. The second photo is from the other side. It is a bit lopsided but the bromeliad doesn't seem to mind. So you see, I like your driftwood idea. Very nice. Kristi

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 2, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9294138

Mind? I'm delighted that you're sharing your gardening joy with me and others. Yes, the short coming of using woods that it will eventually degrade, though driftwood may last longer I surmised? I've a piece of driftwood that I purchased coming home from Fla. vacation eon ago, and that piece has stayed with me over the years, it has been too long, I'm unable to recall its age! It has been that long.

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the idea. So you now see where I got the driftwood idea...from a memory of a distance vacation that I took when my children were little. :) Oh, by the way. I sparked the thought of planting that ficus into the wood hollow because I saw one of the branches that was injured. There at the injured site it formed an aerial root. Yes root! So I thought to myself, if the roots will over time intertwine the driftwood that it's mounted on. I'd have a pretty neat conversational piece in the garden. What say you? :-)

#1. The driftwood before I worked the tree into the hollow.
#2. The ficus in its pot prior to transplant.
#3 The driftwood in a different angle.
#4. Another 'bonsai' made in early spring with a cotoneaster.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2012
2:33 AM

Post #9294368

Beautiful drift wood.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 3, 2012
3:43 AM

Post #9294387

Good Morning! It is a beautiful piece of driftwood.

Kim ~ my first thought was that it may be bad for your plant due to any residual salt from the driftwood but it sounds like you have weathered it outdoors for years before planting so shouldn't be an issue.

I think it is amazing that your ficus air rooted that easily. I will be interested in seeing how your driftwood planting progresses. I am sure the driftwood will endure. I know my piece of firewood will deteriorate but that will be all right as the Black Chantinii will also die after it blooms so should work out about right.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9296084

Kristi, and all;

Okay here is an update on the ficus driftwood container.

#1 I am air-layering the injured branch into a new plant. I first applied moist spagnum moss around the site ...
#2 I dressed up the driftwood container with same moist spagnum moss.
#3 & #4 The airlayer site is wrapped up in plastic strips.
#5 Happy Fall grouping.


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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9338572

Please come and join me on the new thread. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1288445/

Autumn is here, happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

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