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you pic makes me think I need to be watching out for dinosaurs, LOL
Me too! is what I say to all of you. LOL
I love this place. I feel like I am on vacation every night.
So good to see that brug, Drew. Thank YOu.
hafta work in a few hours... All of your posts and pictures are educational, beautiful and entertaining.
jeri, that sure looks like i indica. I wish mine would come back every year.
sure wish some of you would consider some of my monardas. You could keep them cold in a cooler maybe?
*sigh* ad on craigslist... FREE!!!!!!! BRING SHOVEL< BUCKET< BAG OF POTTING SOIL AND DIG YOUR OWN MONARDA.
Leave potting soil in hole you dig. :P~
LOL, we can all rant about that - except the FL folks who drowned last week.
Drew, I think you are correct about the AeAe's being unstable. The photo below shows 2 pups from the same mama plant, certainly fraternal twins, not identical at all.
What is that fabric you are using on that post Drew? Looks like something a philodendron would like to climb on.
Absolutely breath taking!!!!
LOL!!! I tried to google Musa Tawnee and got into some kind of porn site. I guess I give up on finding out what that one is. It's bad when you are afraid to google.
By the way our news reported last night that there are people that are installing malicious adware to our computers and activating your web cam. They suggested that we put a sticky note over the camera until such time as you need it. Boy have things gotten tricky!!!
Sorry jeri, Possible Musa Namwah pearl 'Tawnee'... ? . Did not mean to confuse you. That name was one thrown around by a friend of mine on Bananas.org who sold me my AeAe. I could have misunderstood him (has happened).
Alice, would be happy to pay you for a pup of one of those guys when it happens. My pups are still not growing but the mothership is. I am hoping that the pups really get going as it gets closer to flowering. It will be too tall to bring inside this winter. I guess it will have to go in the garage diagonally.
Rita, these photos are in succession from L-R as per your request.
Deb, the other one was always eat up by spider mites and is about 3' tall and quarantined.
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Drew, those Ae Ae's were not mine, :-( A local friend bred them, I think I gave you his name a while ago. I bought those two for other friends who wanted to try them. I don't think either one of them lived, Ae Ae's are just so picky. I under stand the Thai variety that Clare is selling is much healthier.
Thanks Drew for that info. Clare has that variety but this is different. She got it from a friend in Thailand. I don't know why I thought it was a TC but I went back and read her email and it didn't say that.
Alice I have slept since then. LOL! I do remember talking to him last Summer/Fall?
Who is Clare!
Rita glad you think so... I think it is the worst I have ever seen it. We have had temperatures an heat indexes above 100 for about 2 weeks straight. with no rainfall at almost a month. Everything is lifeless green. (new color on the chart). I have lived here 22 yrs. and it has never been like this. Can't beat rain, as someone said about a week ago. We will get a break though with mid eighties the middle of next week. hopefully I can resurrect the dead. HEEEELAH...
I am so impressed with this Musella lasiocarpa flower, I had to show you guys how it is coming along.
That's really gorgeous, Drew. I like the panorama shots of your Garden of the Giants, too. "Be there dragons in yon forest?" Sympathies for the terrible heat, there! Makes me feel like a wimp for whining about 91deg. and we even got a little spritz of rain this evening. Truth be told, all we've had are spits and spats of rain since Debby moved on. Things are getting very lush but also somewhat dry here again, too.
Rita, that's a beautiful costus, even with the crispy leaves. I think I'm going to pot up some of my Heliconias this fall and winter them over in a warm spot. Most of mine look terrible, and only the one Lobster Claw, and a couple of the others are blooming. They need rehab.
Not much new here today except some jazzy looking Caladiums. Oh wait! the first one's a begonia.
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Clare is CLARE_CA here on DG. She has a friend in Thailand that has sent here some awesome plumerias over the years and these new variegated bananas. I believe she still has a few left. Shipping from CA is a bear though.
Drew you really have an eye for companion planting and your Musella lasiocarpa flower is a standout for sure.
Elaine now that I have some open space in the shade do you think I could plant Caladiums? I'll get some pictures later today and post to see what yall think would work. I've also got an open spot on the lania that is need of help asap.....LOL
Rita you must have acres upon acres for the amount of plants you post.... I miss having room to move around, but I guess a small price to pay to live in my homestate.
Thanks Jan, I really appreciate it. Dear wife is oblivious. I have to show her things, in lieu of her asking what something is.
No dragons Elaine, but, I do have my King snake going after the birds, frogs and other creatures lurking in the depths of the "forest". Beautiful Begonia and Caladium.
Rita your Marie is doing as well as I have seen! Excellent growing.
Alice, (or anyone) and how do I look her up please?
Thanks Rita for that name. If it ever stops raining I will go and take a look and let you know. Anthuriums are one of my favorite plants. Has yours bloomed?
Drew I love that yellow banana. It is spectacular!!!
Clare is a very dear friend that is very knowledgeable about plumerias and a lot of other plants. Her profile is located at:
Alice I have gotten several shipments over the years from Clare and there was no problem with shipping. I order and have it within a week of the order being placed.
Elaine I don't recognize that caladium. Do you know it's name?
meadowyck I have a lot of caladiums in the sun on the west side of my house and they do remarkable well. They require a lot of water but last most of the summer and in our zone they come back. Get your caladiums from Caladiums 4 Less. They are an excellent quality and very reasonable. I think you will be pleased!! The box stores have bulbs but they are usually dried out and don't grow.
Jan, you'd definitely do fine with some caladiums in your shady areas. I've done better with them here by leaving them in pots rather than planting in the ground. You can sink the pots into the ground and mulch over the pot edges for a nice natural look.They come back like gangbusters every year for me.
Jeri, it depends which varieties you plant, whether they'll tolerate the sun, I think. Mine all get at least partial shade. They make different colors on the leaves in sun than in shade, too. I don't know the name of that one I posted above, it came from Home Depot. It wilted very quickly in the sunnier spot I put it in, but is happy now in almost full shade. They sure do need a lot of water, especially if they're in the sun. I also got C. 'Miss Muffet' (first pic below) from HD and it tolerates a lot more sun than my others.
Our box stores here have lots of caladiums fully leafed out, too. They're usually only about $4 each, which in July I'd definitely go for rather than start from bulbs. I've even scored some of the fancy Thai varieties at Lowe's.
The last pic here is C.'Carolyn Wharton' a very common variety I got in a bargain bag from Sam's Club 3 years ago. 30 bulbs for $13.95. It's been a real treat. There were about 5 bulbs in that big pot, and now it's needing to be divided and spread around. (pic was taken in April, it's much bigger now)
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Here the box store bulbs are awful. The bags are just full of fluff. I find that the green ones do burn but the reds do just great here in full sun but our sun isn't as bad as Yall's in Fla.
Oh Jeri, I didn't mean there was a problem with shipping, I know Clare and know she is as good as they come. I meant the postage costs of shipping a large plant from the west coast all the way east. Now that the PO is charging more for further zones and more for boxes that have a dimension more than 12" the costs have skyrocketed.
We're getting our afternoon shower early today. I don't guess I'll ever get finished with the fertilizer.
I haven't shipped much in the last year and didn't realize that it had gone up that much but everything else has so I'm not really surprised. Yes you are correct about Clare she has been very helpful with all my questions and throughout the years there has been many. LOL!!!
I really like that caladium, Elaine! Is it a Thai?
I think so, Jeri. It's another 'bargain table' find from Lowe's. In the same pot is the black one that is in the pic above. I'm going to separate them and re-pot this fall. (if I can get to them before they disappear underground, that is)
Here are some fresh pics from today of my caladiums - tough to get good colors in the noonday sun.
1. Miss Muffet has gone much greener since she's been out in more sun.
2. Jungle Rain
3. the mixed pot with the black and white Thais
4. Candidums in a pot stuffed in the shady border
5. Carolyn Wharton gets less pink/more green in more shade
Thanks jeri, for both!
Elaine ... I haven't heard Gangbusters since before my mom died! Love that word. Stunnnnniingg Caladiums.
One more, since I'm on a roll and you guys are encouraging me. This is the one from 'way above that I said I didn't know what it was. Went back and checked - somebody on the Aroids forum ID'd it for me (back in April, no wonder I forgot) as either 'White Queen' or 'Arno Nehrling'. They said 'White Queen' stays a lot whiter in a shady location, and that's certainly what's happening here.
Weather must be cooler, is everybody outside working today?
I have a big fat bud on my Dragon Fruit cactus! I'll be lurking out in the garden after dark c/w camera the next few nights. Would be a shame to miss its opening night! Also cuttings Cassie sent of 'Physical Grafitti' are putting up shoots.
Canna 'Ermine' and a red/yellow NoID sure got a boost from all the extra rain.
Variegated plumeria, thought I'd lost it but here it comes, bigger and better! Going to find a nice warm spot for it this winter.
Love that name - Physical graffiti!
I have an epi grown from a cutting and it is huge now. It has never bloomed and it was not blooming or fruiting when I took the cutting so I have no idea what it is but physical graffiti describes it to a "T". It is about 6' now and it goes in every direction. It is in a fairly small pot for a plant this size, do you think I should move it up? I'll try and get a picture of the darn thing.
LoL, Alice, I don't know if Physical Grafitti is an actual cultivar, or it's possibly just a blanket nickname for those climbing cactus in general.
Hm, being an epiphytic cactus I don't know if they actually take a lot of nourishment from the pot. Mine is in the same pot I bought it in 18mo. ago, sitting on the gravel pathway by that fence. When I lift the pot there are no roots coming out the bottom. It's put out roots along the stem, and I recently started spritzing it with my orchid fertilizer occasionally, being sure to hit the aerial roots. That's what I'm thinking may have caused the flower.
I have a very late-blooming agapanthus that I just got the start of this spring. It's supposed to be a variegated one, 'Silver Streak' but after the first couple of leaves, all the rest are green. Humph!
It is hard to tell in this photo but this darn thing snakes around the railing in several places. I don't know what to do with it, I know I don't want to bring it into the house again this coming winter. I don't do a lot of foliar feeding but maybe I need to try some and see what happens.
Elaine, I meant to compliment you on those Thai caladiums, they just love it at your house.
Alice, will you save me some seed off of the Turnera? I had that plant and loved it but the cold got it. I had some seed, but I guess they got lost in the move. Thanks
Das a Led Zeppelin album name from the late seventies."Physical Graffiti"!
Paula, I never even realized it set seed until this week, I also do not remember buying it, maybe a bird planted the seed in my garden. I was asked to ID a plant at a MG booth last Saturday this week and I said "Hey, I've seen that before". Thank goodness for the plant ID forum here. LOL I'll be on the lookout for the seeds.
This little heart shaped tomato has the best flavor I have tasted in many years. Naturally the plant came from my home made compost so I have no idea what it might be.
dyzzy, It has been like paradise the last two days here, cooler temps, a little rain and a promise of more to come have me running around doing things that I have been putting off. I can get a start of that ginger to you if you would like to have one. Those are some very pretty caladiums. The only caladiums that I have are a few Florida Beauty that are in hanging baskets, the others must have rotted when we had a flood earlier this spring.and a few Rubicundum about 4".
homer1958, I too am impressed with your Lasiocarpa and with all your other plants shown. With every good growing year we get 5 bad ones but we keep on trucking. I have been down in the dumps for a while but getting 7/10" inch of rain has got me back in the game. Sending good vibes and rain your way.
Musical note plant (Rj)
Jerii11, I can't get over how full and lush your garden is this year!!
The bloom on the Anthurium Marie is very unusual, borderline ugly but the foliage makes up for it. When grown in bright light the leaves are purple, almost black.
meadowyck, I only have 1 acre but wish it was a lot smaller when it comes to trimming trees, shrubs and mowing grass. My tender tropical plants are consolidated in a 40'X50 area that gets covered with plastic in the winter.
Good luck with your caladiums.
Alice, as to where to put your Physical Grafitti, if you've got a tree anywhere in the yard with a fairly thin canopy, it will climb up there and be really happy. They actually like bright shade to part sun. Mine is shaded in the middle of the day by an oak tree. I see them all over the place down here, on big low branches of the live oaks. Next time you come, you'll have to check out the one in the Selby Gardens parking lot. It's enormous! My favorite orchid orphanage had one that had climbed at least 25ft. up a pine tree, too. Anything with rough bark.
I've got the Turnera Ulmifolia in the white with black centers and I've never been able to collect any seeds, although it does seed itself so I know it has some . . . Anybody got a trick? Paper bags? Envelopes?
On the yellow turnera, after the bloom, there was a little pod and the seeds was in there. They would eventually open and you could shake out the seed.
so sorry about your philo....would you really get fined for putting up shade cloth? Could you put it lower, just over the plants so it may not be visible to others?
We are leaving on vacation next week and I have got to put up some timers so all my can get watered while I am gone. TOO many to ask someone to water them.
Monstera's a bute Alice! Did you ask me what I was using on my totems??? It is woven burlap like Ritas, I believe. I got it at Lowes.
Rita, Is that P. speciosum Rita? I need to get that A. predatorium? Alice! Is that the Variegated P. 'Hendersons pride'? What about the Anthurium before that H.P.? It's not Faustomirandae is it?
What about some flypaper type thing Elaine?
Rita, we cross posted! Thanks but I'm just barely keeping my head above the foliage around here as it is - I need to wait until September to trade any more plants. Alice sent me a beautiful start of her blue ginger, and it's growing nicely, still on my patio table in the pool cage!
But . . . I have been looking for that Musical Note plant. Could you possibly start me a cutting or a little division of that one later in the summer? I'm still working on another start of Dauben, the dwarf waterlily, for you too. I keep getting babies on the leaf tops, isolate them into a pan of sand and somebody eats them!