I know Qwilter. My pink is blooming good but the Natchez white, Watermelon, lavender & Dyaminte have just a few blooms, but all over town they are in full bloom. My purple magnolia is trying to bloom. Everything is so messed up with what season it is.
Hi All !!!
Jeri11, I am so excited to see you! I thought of you the other day while photographing the bright red Crape Myrtle you sent me. They are just now peaking in Texas. That is a picture perfect garden, you did a great job!!
Please don't be a stranger, we would enjoy seeing more of your garden.
Yellow Buddha belly
Thanks Rita, I'm slowly converting to all perennials and just covering the non-hardy plants with frost cloth. It has worked well for me. Here are my angel trumpets that I left in the ground and just covered with FC(picture takes 4/25/12).
I've popped in here and there but have little time now a days. It's worst than when I worked full time. LOL!!!
Elaine, how long does your gloriosas bloom. This is the first year that I have paid attention to mine. They had a ton of blooms on them but now they are just sitting there. I read somewhere that they bloom spring to fall. Is that right?
My gloriosas bloom at intervals all through the summer. They do put on a big flush, bloom for a month or so then take a rest for a while before coming on again. Give them a shot of fert when they finish blooming to stimulate new growth for the next flush.
Mine bloomed all the way into December last year.
The 'Chids are all cowering under the overhangs out there, hopefully not getting too much water with all this rain! Go Debby!
We've had over 5in. of rain since Friday, I just emptied my brimming rain gauge. Woo hoo, a tornado warning out on Longboat Key right now! Airport has gusts over 40mph. right now, too.
That's my favorite orchid, too, Alice. I love the simple flower form. It's a NoID Brassavola I got at the Master Gardener plant sale last October. This is the second bloom spike I've had on this one since October, and it has two more coming. Some of them are fragrant at night although this one isn't. I have six different types of Brassavolas right now because they're easy, bloom often and I love the flowers. You can see in the picture I just took a minute ago the new bud opening is sort of rosy, but as the flowers mature they get more yellow and end up almost orange.
KayJones, if you're going to start out with orchids, Brassavola hybrids are some of the best ones to start with. Find a friend with a clumpy Brassavola, they can give you a division easily, and it will be nice, easy care and bloom at least twice a year. They love to grow in a basket hanging in a tree for most of the year, and then (naturally) hang it in the greenhouse or indoors if the weather gets cold.
Just my opinion, but people who say Phalaenopsis are "beginner" orchids are out to lunch. They're the only ones I've had that are really fussy, don't like being moved, wilt and get sunburnt and generally are terrible divas. Maybe they do better if you grow them indoors, but that's not an option for me.
I do deadhead them, Paula, but only because they are right beside the door where I walk in and out all day long, and I can't stand to see the dying flowers. So, as far as I know I haven't had any seeds. But mine have been spreading on their own underground, so I'm pretty sure if I dug down there in the winter there would be lots of rhizomes.
Elaine, are you getting as much of the weather as us? We have had over 10" and that was by this am. now we have a lot of the wind whipping around. I'm so wanting to go out to the golf and see the waves, but to chicken to be on the road driving...
bad weather all around ... only hot here..
nice banana, drew.
Guess what? I found my red siam nanaer,,, Rita I had feared I would lose it if it wasn't in a barrell on the patio.. it is there and really growing now.. I had to clear out some violets and creeping daiseys to let the sun in and that is when I found it.
Everyone but Joanna and I are swimming, floating and sunning in cool water.. well, Joe is shopping.. but anyway, usually I am there with them at Dana's, but I hadn't felt like enduring the heat for a few days. I go out in the am, and do ten minute sprints to see what is up..I saw a cool misting system for 16.00 at lowes, going to southerlands to see if they have one, it would be great for the front porch that holds the tender shade loving tropicals.
I did pick up a new plant, just had to have it, it is really pretty.
have not seen my gloriosas anywhere..
Your Ensete is really lovely, Drew. I'm impressed that the leaves are still intact. Not too much wind in your area lately, huh?
Sure is windy here. Jan, I've emptied the rain gauge already today, and it's half full again so that's over 7in. of rain. Wind is nice, but very gusty too. If the rain would stay away more, I'd be out there gardening happily. So nice and cool!
Meantime, I'm trying a new plant label method - cut up an old black nursery pot, marked with a silver Sharpie. I got this idea from another forum member who said she labeled her black pots with the silver marker and it lasted for years! With our heat and humidity it will be a good test so - we shall see. Meantime, I like the look of the black labels, they're so much less conspicuous than the usual white ones.
Elaine, That is a good idea to use the black pots and goodness knows, I have more than a few around, but I would use a Deco Paint Pen. Tony Avant recommends them as the Sharpies tend to fade in the heat around here. Deco is actually enamel and they do come in all colors including silver. You can get them at the craft shops like Michaels or AC Moore.
Debra, isn't it great to find something special hiding in the jungle.
Well, what a mess my yard is this morning! I have limbs down all over my yard, plants blown over, plants broken and split in half - what a mess! The good news is that no one was hurt that I know of. I hope everyone fared o.k. during this tropical storm, which is to continue through Friday. I'm not even going to try to salvage plants nor clean up the yard until the 30+ m.p.h. winds cease, so won't know how much my plants were damaged until I do that.
Its reached us now...rained almost all day yesterday and rained all night with wind. Have they decided where its going yet? Last I looked they still wasn't sure, but obviously its getting close. Just when I thought I would be able to plant my horse pasture...argh...I'm never going to get grass going for them!!
I'm going to be in the GH today cleaning, repotting, and organizing the ones I will trade/give away. I definately have to thin some out.
Just saw where tropiflora has Neophytum Burgundy Hill on sale today. They are usually pretty hard to find. This is a neat plant I used to have but it did not make it through the winter of 09/10 for me. My plant was much redder than these young ones are.
That's really an elegant little Alo, Drew. I do love things with black stems.
I'm with you, KayJones. Enough, already! Wish this storm would move along. Been raining and blowing all night here, and it looks like we are right under the "train" of a big juicy rain band this morning. I went out before it got dark last night and found several big pots tipped over. Decided it was better to leave them lying down, rather than to stand them up and have them blow over again.
Some of my orchids cowering under the patio table. I do have a few blooming, too.
we were doing ok, until last night, 5 foot roof venting pipe came off tore through the pool cage, 3 yard fence panels are down, have them temp fixed until the fence guys get here on thursday, had several leaks in the ceiling, numerous tree limbs down, other potted plants are staying on their side as well, don't want to keep picking them up until it has moved on. So all in all not too bad. One women was killed from a tornatoe, they found her holding her 2 year old who was still alive, the moms arms still wrapped around the child. This news makes you appreciate just having structural damage.
Jeri11, please pop back in whenever you find the time. I too, am in a similar situation. My time is no longer my own but I do love it that they need me! My GKs went home with chiggers last weekend, now I am in the doghouse.
dyzzy, thanks for the labeling tip. I hope that you are drying out and back in your garden. Love your Gloriosa lilies.
ardesia, thanks, I bought that Uncarina from Tropiflora, it has been blooming since spring.
homer1958, as usual, I am totally impressed with the size and rarity of your plants. Is that your Alocasia Borneo Giant in your first picture?
Kay Jones, Glad to hear that you did not have much damage from the storm.
Joeswife, that is good news concearning the Siam Ruby!! The mister for $16 is a good deal, I just purchased 10' for $25 from Lowe's.
Oh Rita...that is too funny! I bet the kids had fun 'getting' the chiggers! I remember getting them when I was a child and they itched like crazy!! My husbands swears by a chlorine bath...he runs very warm/hot water and pours some bleach in it and sits in it for 30 minutes or more. I have never tried it. Might not be good for little ones though.
So far we have only had a very few sprinkles, far less than we need but Debby has brought us a light breeze and a big drop in the temp. For the first time in weeks we can sleep with the windows open and the hedychiums are right outside the bedroom. Normally it is way too warm, the AC is on and everything is closed up tight when they bloom so we don't catch the scent but tonight it is different and lovely.
My favorite coleus and its many colors.
I have been air layering the hibiscus tillaceus, sure looks funny with the aluminum foil wraps.
FL Friends, please be careful with all this flooding.
Yes, that one is known by tillaceus, hau and even mahoe, the Hawaiians have many names for it. This one has grown in strange directions so I am trying to shape it and I have had excellent luck with air layering. I air layered the the top 20" and it grew long and ropy roots in just 4 weeks, that really surprised me. I scrape the bark a bit, making sure there are several nodes in the area, dust with rooting hormone and wrap with damp spaghnum and plastic wrap then I cover it all with foil.
These will be demos at a propagation class, it is always fun to open the foil and show the participants the new roots. I bought the parent plant at Zone 9.
Thanks, Alice. I need to try air-layering my Skeleton Rose geranium. It's gotten really leggy and ugly, but I've had no success at all getting any cuttings to root.
Weather is improving here, with winds turning more westerly and moderating. We did have a few more heavy rain squalls today, but it feels as if the worst is over for us, at least. I may even put the orchids back out in the garden so they can dry out and stand up my big pots again. Won't need to turn on the irrigation for a couple more days, though.
Same here - sprinklers will go back on Friday. I went out and picked up 4 trailer-loads of limbs and stood all the plants back up. We have not even a breeze here right now - think the stormy weather is over for now. Of course, the weather channel predicts we will have about 14 tropical storms this season, so it's just a matter of when.
Picking up after a little storm is always a royal pain you know where. It is the big storms I fear. I still have way too many containers around the garden, I am afraid they would become missiles in a real hurricane. I keep planting and planting so there will be fewer pots to worry about and when I think I am done I seem to promptly go out and buy some more! It is a sickness. :-(
All the large planters on my deck are on rolling stands so i can easily scoot them into the house when necessary.
I agree, Drew. Not only do we all have the disease, we all make it worse for each other and spread it around, too! What a sick bunch we are. Plantsilitis? Pneugrownia?
Jan, I agree it would be a tragedy if the oak tree ever drops that limb. It would take out a good piece of the fence, and a lot of my precious plants, too. That's a big old grand tree, though. It's so big and solid, I have a lot of confidence in it.
My big tall gingers got knocked down by the wind and rain, but the cannas sure love all that water!
ahem... kansas has highest temps in nation... ugh. 115 in Hill City... Guess I will be bringing in the tropicals since this pressure thing is going to stay with us again this year.. I can't stand to see them suffer.Good thing I didn't take out the chalice vine, it is all over it's space down under lights in the basement and it looks like it is going to bloom soon. I will be cleaning up the first room to make ready, if this is the only way I am to see things thrive..
I have to admit that I have the illness BAD! I have learned to say no thank you and I have no room and that has worked very well for me this year. If I could just quit looking online and at Logee's catalog I would even be able to say that I have some money but I was quite ill and looked online and bought and did manage to throw out the Logee catalog without even open a page but them they got me with the sales emails so I have decided that I'm really loosing this battle.
We had a sultry 99 today and it felt like a cool wave hit us. I was busy with different things that I have ongoing today and just sat down and it's already 10:00 P.M. Maybe I'll catch up tomorrow.
Got to admit, the good thing about these tropical storms is they do cool things off. We haven't hit 90 since a week ago, and tomorrow is supposed to be "low" relative humidity, too. Heading out there early to get more stuff picked up and ply the leaf blower to the pathways. Tried it today and barely would move the top layer of leaves and twigs, it's so wet.
Nope, Drew the only Colocasia I have is Blue Hawaii. I just like the feathering pattern on the new leaves. (and I hate to post without a picture) It has dark purple stems and leaf veins. Mm, well, I do have a start of 'Lime Zinger' that Cassie sent me, plus two 'Stingrays' but they're Alocasias, I think. Then there's the "mystery philo" with the red stems that Cassie also sent. It's taking off and I really need to ID it. Will take a new picture of it tomorrow, before I attempt to re-pot it. (it's just barely out of the pic below). Baby brugs.
Sorry I haven't been on much lately... Things have been interesting around here, in the ancient Chinese meaning of the term...
First, my one grandmother gets sent to the hospital with chest pains (the best they can figure is that it might be related to her radiation treatments), then my OTHER grandmother gets sent to the hospital because she collapsed, and she's now in a rehab home (thankfully). Then on Saturday morning, my plant-loving uncle in South Carolina was rushed to the hospital because he was going into convulsions. It turns out is was because he wasn't taking his thyroid medicine...
Then I find out that the listing agent finally got back to my agent in regards to the offer for the house I'm buying, so I ended up spending two hours at the bank yesterday signing loan paperwork... Since I couldn't find anything in the fine print about Souls, involving Virgin sacrifices, First-Born children or Arms and Legs, I figure I'm good, although they do have more extra fees than the used car dealers by the interstate.
Not much going on in the garden, although, while helping dad clear out some of the weeds near the bird bath, we discovered a true seedling of our old, huge Rose of Sharon... It is one of the varieties that have the white flowers with red centers... The seedling (well, more like sapling) is the perfect size for digging up and moving to the new house, whenever I finally get around to closing the deal on that (which may be as late as two days before my wedding. >:()...
Congratulations on the house and the wedding!! Its so much fun to have a new house, BUT so much work!! We just built a new one and six months later, I still don't have things unpacked or my landscape done. But when its just one person doing everything it takes time. Hope all the family is doing better!
Wow, Ben that's a lot of disasters to come along all at once. You've earned a reprieve.
Drew I don't think that philo's going to be variegated, see the mature leaves are solid, very rich green. New leaves are anemic because all the fert has been washed away. It certainly has the red stems like 'Painted Lady' though.
Anyway, I'm going to plant it by the stump and see what happens.
Thanks for the support, guys! BTW, I forgot to mention that one of my relatives from out of town was also in last week. Sunday afternoon, we went on an evening walk and it was dark by the time we got back, so I actually got to see our Yucca filamentosa flowers fully open for a change, and I even spotted a Yucca Moth!
Anyways, I had to water all the plants I have potted up because it's been hot and dry here the past few days... My poor hardy banana was looking rather sad when I got home from work. I forgot to take a pic of the recently discovered Rose of Sharon, so I'll try to do that tomorrow...
Jeri11, love your fish pot and your fountain is just beautiful, that is a great idea.
What is the name of your hibiscus from logee? It's not one you see everyday, if the grasshoppers would leave my buds alone, I would have a few blooms to show.
GAgirl1066, thanks for the show, the Begonia listada is one I will try to find. They are my new obsession this year. Love your plant stands as well.
Joeswife, a girl has to do what must be done to protect her plants, you should see my yard with shadecloth everywhere. My fingers are crossed that your chalice vine will give you tons of bloooms this year.
ardesia, the scent of hedychiums through the bedrooom window reminds me of my childhood days. Love your favorite coleus, did your hibiscus tillaceus ever bloom for you?
The Stephanotis and the Nong Noch vines are starting to bloom.
homer,I enjoy viewing your nice big healthy plants, I went back to check on the Borneo Giant and saw a new Alocasia Archetype Paisley that you bought from Botanical growers. What a beauty!! I tried to purchase one but their site seems to be down.
Ben, it seems as if it is going to be smooth sailing from now on with all the disasters out of the way.
Congratulations on your new home and wedding!!
Good job on saving the Rose of Sharon, I have other colors if you would like a few for your new garden.
Rita, such lovely pictures - that one of the Stephanotis is really sublime. You may be right about the red philo, but as Drew says, time will tell. Everybody gets a dose of fert tomorrow, so I'm thinking that may green up those new leaves.
I am so happy with the variegated spiral ginger you gave me, but still waiting on a bloom. Has yours bloomed? The one with the red/yellow striped flowers has almost finished and it is 4ft. away inside the pool cage, same light, same treatment.
First time in 4 years my Lobster Claw heliconias have one bloom. I'm thinking the mild winter and extra water made it work.
you are all such great Gardeners. I love all the flowers andplants posted here. Jeri, that hibiscus is beautiful. a 2 inch plug? your green thumb must go up to your arm.. good job!
Alice, I love the plants you show, I guess In My Mind you are in Flrida, and for some reason, I see all of you in Florida. LOL oh well, it is all a zone thing in my head. one state, one zone. duh. sorry.
Rita as always , your plants give me joy, and that Tibouchina grandifolia is beautiufl all grown and bloomed, because I saw one last month in real life!
I even have a small one and hope I can get it to be big. Fighting the triple digits with no rain, watering every night and keeping food in the water is a chore. I am still after that mister, but today I saw a FAN with a mister for 80.00. If I make bonus, I am getting that one.
Elaine, I finally have some buds on a couple brugs, but it has been hard getting them to a spot they don't fry in. I am making the last moves tommorrow evening when my Son comes over, no date night this Saturday. Just moving the things that stress themost in the short amount of time that they do in the sun sends me into moving action. I am sure you all do that.
Paula, I am glad to see you posting., We all miss you. I hope all your plants are doing well. Hope to see your new place someday.
Ben, your future is looking bright I can just see it. I bet you are ready for a lot of changes, right?
I miss my south shrub line they chopped down. it was over 11 ft tall and was great for shade and wind break and privacy.
plumeria is finaly outside south front garden. under the mimosa tree and the purple red self heading philo ( rubber tree?) cuttings from Esthers plant is thriving along with the gingers. I cut down all the wild honey suckle and sweet autumn clematis, and still need to trim the bamboo and start training it to run west.
mimosa came back from their chopping, and I keep it trimmed to the two yards at the fence line. the 4 trees they cut down at back keeps it sunny enough for the sunlovers, but too much sun for the tropicals. cleared out some space under the pear tree, we are looking at triple digits ofr the rest of summer. cannas on north fence are starting to bloom., kopper king hibiscus is three times bigger this year and loaded.
my A"s and C's and E's do not look anything like any of ya'alls this year. everything went dormant when they went out and are just now starting to come out of it. Can't wait to see if I still have half of what I started with . Caladiums are popping up in the oddest places, again.
new arbor on south fence..
This heat is getting to me already and it has only been bad for one day so far. We are supposed to go into triple digits tomorrow, not looking forward to that.
Debra, you continue to amaze me with your dedication to the plants in spite of your winter nad summer weather challenges - you are a true gardener. I am ready to move to FL too, I bet it will be cooler at Elaine's home this week than it will be here.
Rita, I have gone bonkers for begonias this year too. Forty years ago I had a small GH business and I specialized in ferns and begonias then I sort of got away from them as we moved here and there. All of a sudden they are fascinating me again and I am compiling a nice collection. It will be too hot to ship plants and cuttings for a while but let's get together in the fall and we can compare notes.
Sounds like everything is finally coming together for you Ben. Closing on your new home will be a wonderful wedding present.
Yes, despite our blazing sun, it is cooler here. We will have 90 or 91 at most this weekend. When the normal summer pattern gets established, the breeze comes in off the Gulf in the afternoons, and often it clouds over in the hottest afternoon hours. Saved by geography! All summer, the evenings are lovely especially out on the beaches with the breeze. Nights are hot, though.
Deb, my brugs are not doing well this year either. They were badly set back by the spider mite invasion while I was away in May, and are just now showing a few blooms. Charles Grimaldi had two flowers that were half the normal size. Cherub has been struggling all spring and has one flower open now. Even the Monster Whites (I have 3 going, 2 in pots) are still pouting. Still no sign of a bud on Damien although he has the healthiest leaves of them all. I am blaming the solar storm we had last month . . . for lack of a better excuse.
How about a picture of Esther's philo?
1. little flowers on Monster White
2. supposed to be royal purple Achimenes - magenta at best in my book!
3. now this is what I call royal purple - vinca from Lowe's in a color I've never seen before
4. shot of the whole plant of Rita's variegated spiral ginger - I potted it up last month and it needs a bigger pot already.
I was just gifted 6 med size African Elephant Ears. Met the Mother & she is huge. Luckily I have the perfect place for these and also a smathering of smalled palnts to go under them.
But, that planting will wait till evening after it cools off some.
I agree! I have monster white from Donna, mine has always been white. Brugs will take off again, Elaine, wait and see. Thanks Alice, I feel for you if you aren't used to the heat. I used to be, but now, I find myself extremely uncomfortable. It may be the 20 pounds the doctor said I gained since this time last year. and that sarian is awsome, mine is still downtairs , but perky and growing. Havn't had a chance to take pictures, but I will in the morning, since i am not working.
I did bring in the brug and the philo Rita sent me, they are happy up off the floor and in front of the south dining room window. lots of light there,all day. it has already perked up. Son comes over tommorrow to eat his free bbq meal here, and then move some big pots and tubs for me.
KayJones, we seem to have inhereted a few florida critters, a small bright green frog that makes noise and a small bright green lizard. they stay out front with the things I came home with. I was telling my sister I bet we bring home critters without meaning too.. LOL
I am happy , but worried they will perish in winter. Hopefully their homes are in those pots, and when they come in so will the critters?
I made a lasagna bed out by the back fence north side, and Joe noticed right off I stole another 6 inches of lawn. I soaked heavy newspapers and laid them down, then compost, and then soil, and then the bricks. I will plant impatiens that are waiting out front to that back area under the shade.
( hopefully in the am while it is still cool) 103 today, no rain yet.
103 with a 105 index. Never seen this kind of heat, for so long, anywhere I have ever lived. No rain since the last flood! Just wanted to vent... knew you guys could appreciate the situation with all my "water hogging" plants. It's ok if you want me to "SHUT THE FRONT DOOR"!
That is right Homer!! I have the hummingbird bush there too but you can't even see them b/c everything else has grown up so much around them. Here is a shot of the same brugs above a couple of days before.
Thanks Alice I will look all of that up. I've heard of the shampoo gingers. I got a grape ginger at the New Orleans Botanical Plant sale in the spring but no flowers so far.
Homer your plants look so healthy! I love the split leaf. Is it a philo or EE? I have an aunt & uncle that live in Mobile and it is truly one beautiful city. They live on Gill Rd. off Dalphne Island Pkway. He raises and grafts camellias. The ones with the hugh flowers.
You got it, Alice. Jeri, your Siam tulip gingers will have bigger flowers, usually pink, mauve or white, than the pinecones which only get those little ivory flowers. The Siams do look a bit like tulips when they're in bloom, too.
Drew, yes they put up separate stems for the flowers, about 18in. tall. Leaf stems are 4 or 5ft tall. After the flowers are done, the pinecone turns bright red, and lasts for a couple of months. They are juicy, and the common name "Shampoo Ginger" comes from the juice you can squeeze from the cones that is gingery smelling. I put it on my legs to keep the skeeters away. Works for an hour or so at best, but I'm never outside that long when it's so muggy anyway.
I'll have a whole summer's worth of 'shampoo' from my 7 big fat cones this year - Thank you, TS Debby! Funny, we think we're watering enough, then a deluge happens and all these fabulous extras pop up because of the wealth of water!
Elaine, you may be on to something with your theory about excess water and blooming. My pinecones are growing much slower than they would normally do and we have not had any rain to speak of. I do remember them being much larger and blooming earlier in wetter years.
Some pics from previous years. The mass planting of curcumas was at Longwood gardens.
Alice beautiful collection! I have always said that God in an instant does more for my garden with good clean rain than I do in a month of Sunday's with a watering hose and sprinklers. Things just pop after a good rain.
Thanks Homer for that info. I always thought they were Philos.
There's sometimes nitrogen in the rain, that's released from the air by lightning according to one of our guest lecturers. So rain can actually fertilize your plants, if it comes from a thunderstorm with lightning. And all the weeds as well, of course.
However do you tell the difference between a philo & monstera, Homer?
That is interesting Elaine about the rain but makes perfect sense. I know what the acid rains we some time get can do to the pool. I wish we could hardest that survival & growth hormones from weeds. Can you imagine vegetables on them.
Hello Everyone!! As usual, I am late to the party again. I totally agree that there are some top notch gardeners on this thread.
I wish that I could be counted along with all those lucky people that received measurable rain. It sure would lift my gardening spirit.
dyzzy, I am too embarassed to show my variegated costus, you have done wonders with that little cutting. I have not seen it bloom. A friend once told me to give my Heliconia lots of water if I wanted it to bloom . Congrats. on your first flower!
The hibiscus and ginger are the plants from you.
Joeswife, nice pictures! Take good care of that yellow honeysuckle, I have looked everywhere for a replacement for mine that died from the drouth last year without any luck. Your arbor on the south fence looks nice. What are you planning to plant on it?
Remember that little stick you sent me a few years back, it has taken over.
ardesia, I have to admit that I do not know the names of the Begonias I have but would love to trade with you in the fall.
Great pictures you posted, can you please save me a few seeds from your Musa Velutina?
Quilter, We would love to see your finished flower bed. I too, work in the early mornings and late evenings to avoid the heat.
homer, that is a million Dollar shot!! The variegated Philo. Giganteum is Awesome, mine suffered terribly last year and is just now making a comeback with leaves the size of a teaspoon. I purchased two other plants from e-bay but were mush on arrival. Neadless to say, that one stole my heart.
Jeri11, Great pictures!! I love them all you seem to be having a great start to the growing season, I find myself peeking in the background to see more. Thanks!
Philo. Rising Sun
Heliconia starting to bloom
well we are without A/C again for the second time in less than a week and the guy who came out tonight said it most likely will be a week before anyone will be back out as (of course) it is a part they don't carry and with tomorrow's holiday, no one is doing anything, and they should be allowed to enjoy the holiday as well, but it sure worries me as DH with his heart condition. So we are going to go and try and find a window A/C tomorrow as a hotel with two large dogs isn't my DH's idea of fun...LOL
Beautiful show of colors Rita. I too love the sunshine plant. but then , I am a sucker for wierdness in plants. That Cestrum has really grown! Shheese! What the heck do you feed it? LOL ( I use buffalo chips in a huge tub of rain water with mosquitoe tablets and compost.) Don't know why I had to share that, but it is good and natural. And I use the fish tub water and filter rinse water in everything.
Is the blue flower a blue pea flower? kinda like a sweet pea? I have rooted some the the john clayton already, let me know when you want some.
( the yellow honeysuckle) Now, Blanch Sandman is blooming ...
I have started cutting down the fading prennial MOnardas, does anyone want to try chilling some seeds and planting in spring? That is what you have to do, or some root balls in peat to store in fridge, let me know..
Happy Fourth of July, the last of these blooming now..
the last two pics are from the front tropical area, they are special to me..
Jeri, beautiful Tropcal Hibiscus, I have no clue why they don't perform right sometimes, I notice that in the hardys, sometimes, too.
Kopper King on Last bloom flush
Tropical Corner NorthWest side
Tropical Corner NorthEast side
Can't remember the name if this Beauty from a Lovely DG'r. It is blooming, tho and is right off the south end of this front porch.
Rita, I forgot to ask for for some seeds of the two bell shaped blooming vines you posted. I especial lke the pretty red ones.
Alice, I love your begonias.
Gee Drew, I don't think I like my plants outside, it is too hot to take care of them, so I am ready for a few plants to come in now..
But not any of these. ( first pic)
This is the East facing middle part of my front Garden. Most of it is either annual orr tropical, so the miriblis that are small now, will be great next year for hiding large pots.
This room is already for a few more plants..
peace lilly from a DG swap.. is very happy with the fish.. Soon I will either have a pond form or build around a childs pool..
Last Pic is front south fence line, and under the mimosa and hacked away sweet autumn clematice and native honeysuckle, is the rubber tree?, lilly of the valleys, gingers, Cape Honey suckle, and red firespike.
Be careful witht that Jatropha gossypifolia, the plant is so beautiful but they are also agressive as all get out. Once you have one you'll find them everywhere in the neighborhood. That won't be a problem in Kansas however.
You must have a very fast connection Elaine. When I post photos it takes almost five minutes to completely go through and it does not always happen so I have to try again - if I have the patience. We do things slowly out here here in the boonies. LOL
btw, forgot to say Deb, that dark blue flower Rita posted is what we call Blue Butterfly Pea because (of course) it is very attractive to butterflies. It's a lovely delicate climbing vine, and you can start it from seed. I had a big one at the other house, but haven't yet found the right spot to plant it here. Love it, though. Isn't that a stunning color?
Alice, yes we have Fios and it is very fast. My DH is an engineer and must have the newest, fastest, most technical . . . you get the drift.
Happy 4th, everybody! We are suffering the local teenagers setting off firecrackers all week around here, the poor cat has hardly come out from under the bed since Sunday. I love the big professional fireworks, but wish so ardently they would ban the noise makers.
Elaine, one of our sons is an IT director so he keeps us as up to par as possible. We use DSL but we just have bad phone lines, even worse cable and spotty satellite connections - when available. I have joined the new world myself though, I got a new Razr Maxx last week. :-)
Rita, I have never thought about growing M velutinas from seed, have you tried that before? I should have many, many seeds shortly. I checked the plant this morning and there are some babies coming up but they are still too small to divide. I learned bananas should have a little size on them, not too much, but these are still pencil thin.
Kay that is why I upload only 1 at a time. I'm waiting for my son or daughter to run by and fine out how to re-size my photo's to a smaller size and then maybe I'll be able to upload 5. I have a mac and I can't find in iPhoto a way to do it.
Alice, try posting from your new phone? I'll bet it will be faster than your DSL. If you have good cell phone reception, it will bypass all the phone line and cable woes for you. (This advice coming from a person who has just barely mastered sending e-mail from her Android phone, which she has had for a year . . .)
That being said, I take almost all my garden pictures with my phone. I joke to DH that it is a great camera that also gets phone calls.
Update on a couple of my orchids, blooming their little hearts out.
I am saying WOW also but because of her phone talents (the orchids are nice too, LOL)
How do you post directly from an android? Inquiring minds want to know???? I have taken pics with the phone but it does not have the one feature that I cannot do without on my camera - image stabilization. Old ladies shake and my camera takes that into consideration, whomever designed the camera for my phone never figured that someone as ancient as me would want to use it.
BTW, I can send and receive emails, listen to my music, text with the grand kids, search the web, check traffic and the weather, the map feature is way faster than the gps in the car, etc., etc., I love this phone. But, sadly I have not mastered photos. :-(
Ah Ha! So that's why some of my pictures are blurry? Guess my hands shake too, huh? Anyway, if you can get online with your phone (which is what you do when you check traffic and weather) you can very likely sign onto DG as well.
But to post pictures to DG, I think you'd have to take the pictures with the phone. I know how to get pics from phone to computer, but don't know how you'd get them from camera to phone.
oh Elaine, that is beautiful especially with the euphorbia in the back ground. I have a old motorola that takes pics, but I don't use any internet or transferring on it.I takes about ten tries for me to get one good shot of the same subject. drives me bonkers
Fantastic - now the price of admission to this geek club is . . . we're expecting to see lots more pictures from you, Alice!
What is that, one of the swamp hibiscus? It is just gorgeous!
I'm not getting that pretty blue-ish cast to the leaves on B. Don Miller like yours, but it keeps popping out these cute little pink flowers. I'm overdue to fertilize, maybe that will boost the blue color.
Wow great blooms everyone ! I'm still in catch up mode, and we are catching up on the rain too, Thank Goodness...
Gonna have to give everything a good shot of fertilizer soon tho as everything's had a good flush...
I'm procrastinating going back outside...got a little overstressed from the heat yesterday but I've got things to get done.
A few pics to pay the admission price
Varig.Monstera deliciosa - I love love love this plant...Thank You Rita !!!!!
Beautiful, beautiful flowers Kay. My Siam tulips have not started blooming yet, are yours in the ground?
This agapanthus inapertus has not bloomed in many years. For a while the deer kept getting the buds then it got root borers and I left it just for the foliage. I was so surprized to see buds this year. It is much lighter in color than it used to be but I am happy it is blooming again.
Ti, Philodendron Xanadu Gold, variegated fatsia and a late blooming clivia.
beautiful! oh how I love to come here at night and get my nightly flower fix of things I have never heard of.
This is collge girl erm.. working girl, with our new bug eater, Elmer. Elmer was rescued crossing a busy hiway out of winfield on the way home from vacation, on that little stretch of hiway were five other squashed turtles. I couldn't let this one end up as road kill. Collge girl has found out elmer is a girl, and is about ten years old. she gets let out in the back yard and spends her days roaming the flower beds eating things. she is an excellant slug and snail catcher/ and loves rolypoly bugs. She is very very tame and I swear when Joanna calls to her she shows up.
the first morning glory is called "rebecca"
the second is shibouri
the last picture is milk weed I grew from a seed this year, the pod came from a plant in the country. I am hoping it will be able to travel to florida this fall.
Just love that turtle your pretty girl is holding. Love that milkweed too, what a bright color it is. Vitex do get huge around here, they are one of my favorite shrubs, I have a pink one but it is not as showy as the lavender. That is a neat little old lady you have guarding your inside plants, no aphids would dare go near her, she would stab them with her needle. :-)
Thanks! I found a garter snake in thebasement garden, he went back out where he started from. sheese! They knw it is cool down there.. another day of 103 and then after saturday, we start a cool down they say to the 90's. I just want rain.
Elmer is fun to watch eating our grape tomatoes.
Drew, your aroid abilities blow me away. mine look like miniatures compared to yours.
off to work for half a day. yay!
Deb, will you keep Elmer in the basement over the winter? She's great, and so is college girl. Beautiful MG's, too.
Drew, that's a beautiful specimen there. I (to be honest) still can't get used to the idea of purposely growing a brown plant, though. My big colocasia seems to be popping up a new leaf about every 4 days! Amazing. As I keep saying - "I'm gonna need a bigger garden".
My fave NoID orchid has a new spike opening. I like the color variation, they have rosy buds, open with pink petals and an almost-white lip, then suffuse gradually to the yellow-orange.
Drew, do you think Kona Coffee could stand having it's feet wet? I am thinking of putting mine on a ledge in the pond, just so the bottom few inches are in the water. It just does not get enough water where it is now and, compared to yours, it is pitiful.
Elaine, your noid is almost (but not quite) enough to me make me get interested in orchids. I just can't handle another obsession. LOL Such a lovely flower.
Bougainvillea arborea and my little gold mac, I thought it was gone but some littles ones popped up.
Jeri11, thanks very much for the invite, dh's new fishing spot is Lake Ponchitrain. I might just go with him on his next trip. One can't help but love that Cajun lady hbiscus.
Joeswife, save me a John Clayton please, I will try to get those plants you wanted, going for a fall trade.
Your college girl is a beauty!! The neighbourhood kids thinks that my pond is their private turtle and frog sanctuary
dyzzy, Yea, for your Brazilian plume and my goodness, what a nice big Zingber "Silver Streak" you have going on there.
Your Orchid is gorgeous, mine from Rj are still alive, just not thriving. I have repotted and moved them to a shady spot.
ardesia, I have grown the Musa Velutinas from seeds before, I just checked Zone 9 and they have quite a few specimens in stock. I will try to get the Musa siamensis and hopefully trade seeds next year.
That is a magazine quality picture of your Texas star hibiscus, great shot for the first time use of your phone. I only use my phone to lurk on Daves on road trips when its my dh turn to drive.
I am jealous of your Xanadu Gold, Tropicflora offered them on their VIP special but as usual I was too late to get one.
mjsponies, We are happy to have you back. The monstera seems to be showing much more variegation than the mother plant. You know that I love that Hoya.
Beautiful flowers and plants, Rita, and KayJones! You both have such wonderful collections.
Drew, on the brown leaves thing, I know the breeders work to achieve that color, just like they go for variegation, or red leaves etc.
It's my mind set, I guess. Brown leaves = dead plant to me. As a lovely - obviously healthy - specimen like yours, indoors as a feature, or in a collection just for curiosity they are wonderful. In my landscape it would hit me - clang! - in the eye every time I saw it. Partly my point of view, as well. I don't have indoor plants and everything has to integrate into the landscape here. Even my orchids are gradually being assimilated. (Resistance is futile.)
P. Gloriosums are both doing equally well. I'm going to dispense with the pot and let them ramble through the jungle now.
Alice's Begonia Odorata Alba is the success story of my garden this year, I think. Try as I might I can't get a good picture of it, but it is at least 3ft. tall and wide.
Hello everyone!! How is it in the tropics in your areas? We had extreme heat today and then the rain came along. Now there is steam coming off the highway. It is truly fun trying to breath outside. I have really drooled over everyones pictures. I took some pictures this morning before the heat became unbearable.
This is a pitcher plant that I got out at LSU plant sale.