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~
Thanks you guys. A true labor of love.I love to go out and sit at night after watering. Does a mind well. Wish we could get some rain... it's the typical feast or famine I am sure I have "ranted" about in the past.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
I really lucked out with my bargain bag of Caladiums. I got 15 Carolyn Wharton and 15 white Candidum and they all came up except a couple of the white ones. Some were pretty small the first year, but have grown and increased beautifully. You can only get those bags in the spring, though.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Someone mentioned Caladiums-4-Less. . . I have purchased from them as well as Happiness Farms - both have great plants! I have mine planted under my Royal Poinciana and they do very well (when the pesky local armadillo doesnt dig them up!). Lake Placid is known as the Caladium Capital.
*sigh* I just love loking at all the plush green colorful posts here.
My one loney plumeria is on the front south fence, stillin it's original wesson oil tub from Tropicman, putting out leaves, not burned since the mimosa tree is sheltering it.
cut down burned monardas on the north east part of the fence tonight. Found three more orange milkweeds growing from seeds I planted this spring.
Big hibiscus tree is now downstairs, where hubby said it is saying forever, it's blooming branches are scraping the ceiling, I hate to trim it, but it is inevitable if it is to stay down there, moved the chalice vine and it is already looking even happier down there.. slowly bringing in the babys/tropicals I am afraid will not survive the non rainey windy summer here..would mail out nice named brugs but to hot to send right now. I am only keeping a few of my favorites, here is hoping they bloom for me before I bring them in this fall.
this queens tears is dying, but there are three pups.. is this normal?
Deb, on your bromeliad, as Rita says, it is normal for a mother plant to slowly peter out. Once they look scruffy, I do cut them out, or separate the pups when they have a stem and roots. Broms bloom only once from each rosette of leaves, then make babies and the big plant slowly declines. Even pineapples do the same, but they're very prolific in making pups, and the mother plants can last a year or two after fruiting.
Here's my Black Chanterii mama with a new pup. I separated two fairly big pups from her a couple of months ago, and see she's made a new one. Second pic shows how scruffy looking she's getting. Once she stops producing pups I'll roust her out.
Nope, Drew my Dr. Moy's are about 7ft. tall right now and in bloom. Their variegation isn't quite as regular as that green/white brom. More like somebody splashed white paint on them. I do have a couple of sports that have popped up in the clump with some interesting - how shall I say it - variation on the variegation.
Yeah, me too. They're all Dr. Moy . . he seems to be quite the sporting fellow. Or he's been playing around.
IF the next stem comes up like that from that stripey one, I'm going to cut it out and see if I can propagate it to keep the super variegation. Curious to see if the flower comes out the same. If the cultivar is reverting it might be white.
pretty! well the pups are growing fast. I have pups on my banana from KayJones, and pups on my agave and well pups every where..
is the varigated vitex hardy in my zone rita? If so, I would love some seeds? I took night pics outside of my stuff, wil post after shower. It rained for an hour last night, darling daughter put out all kinds of conatiners since I wasn't expecting any rain, and now I have tbs of fresh rain water to bottle up for the air plants and the other things that like rain water. ( pitcher plants, staghorn etc etc)
some flower blooms first..
peacock orchids are blooming non stop smell so good..
my little poodle face hibiscus is not little anymore
grown from seeds the cats claw is back..
grown from seeds is night blooming scented phlox.. I am estatic as it blends with the other night time smelling things..
around the pear tree, snow queen is about to pop out..
this corner was nothing but three honey wsuckles and wisteria, I have torn out the common honey suckle, placed the passion vine tub to the left of this area on the fence, and trimmed the wisteria and goldflame lonicera..to the right is trumpet vine, sweet autumn clematis, sweet pea, and morning glorys
Kaitlyn seems just in the right spot of this new arbor..
my favorite spot to sit right now
sticto cardia, gingers, brugs, and other vines in this corner of the back yard..
I can send you cuttings of the Varigated vitex...
Here's what happens when your not paying attention. Cissus amazonica high tailing it up the Oak Tree...pot sits on one of the small ladders at the base of the tree..
And Cissus discolor is creeping up the Grape vine stick I tied between 2 trees
Mj, welcome back (again). Good to see you've bloomed Leafhopper, it's really pretty. I have one too, picked up a scraggly one the week before they closed the place down. It's not making a spike yet, but looking a lot better with new leaves. Begonia is awesome - looks like the leaf is inside-out.
You have some beautiful new plant support structures there in the background of your Cissus picture. Or is it a swing set? I need something like that, both for plants and grandkid (well, our first is due in Nov.)
I have a similar brug that came from Deb - mine says 'Stardancer x pod 2' in case that rings a bell? I have a new label system using a cut-up black plastic pot and silver Sharpie marker. So far they seem to be lasting well and I like how unobtrusive they are.
My new score from Lowe's yesterday, yellow spathoglottis with 2 spikes in bloom and a third coming along.
Oh my gosh!!! MJ that begonia vine is to die for!!! Maybe that is what I need to do, just ignore it!!!
Elaine I love that idea for labels. I'll have to try that also. I even think I already have the marker. Congrats on that new grand baby!! Do you know what they are having? You can not even imagine how remarkable it is to be a GRANDMOTHER!!! My oldest just turned 21 and keeps threating to make me a great grandmother soon.
Yes, I'm really looking forward to it, except now for the first time I'm having a little regret about moving to Florida! Both my kids c/w spouses are in Salt Lake City. Lots more travel in my future, I forsee! Really hoping they'll come here more often.
MJ - love your Cissus discolor. We used to live just outside Deland and really liked it.
Dyzzy - your yellow spathoglottis is nice, will have to look at lowes for one of those! I have some shady areas that I need to fill.
Joeswife - Your night phlox sound interesting. I have a center garden in my back yard full of Jasemine and have night blooming jasemine. Sometimes the scent almost knocks you down when they are all in bloom!
Flbunnie, the spathoglottis is one orchid that does like a little bit of sun to bloom well. Mine get morning sun and they bloom almost non-stop from spring through fall. Here are my purple ones from last year, but this year part of the clump has not bloomed yet, because the tree fern has been shading them. I hate to cut its frond off but I'm going to have to.
The two spots I have are in a flower bed around my house and between my mahogany tree and my fence. Many of my plants have grown over the last few years so I actually have some semi shady areas as compared to the desert I had when we moved in. I think the first year everything died. Now, it's all I can do to keep up with trimming everything - LOL. Its feast or famine. I did just plant a blackberry lily by my front foyer where I had a bare spot due to the dappled sun. I'm hoping it does well here.
those are very pretty, while I was at HD tonight I was looking around for something to put in the one spot by the spa and I just couldn't make up my mind, maybe we need to go to nursery on Tallevast Road to see what you would suggest.
how is your blackberry lily doing? I've always wanted to grow but when we lived up north it wouldn't too cold for it to make it through so I never started any from seeds.
no it is under the roof edge just before the pool. I'll take a picture tomorrow when the sun is out so you can see that it doesn't get direct sunlight. And any suggestions from yall would be great, keeping in mind dogs run through this area, so it has to be tuff plants.
oh you u guys are killing me.. I love the spathoglottis, but it sure looks like an orchid.
I love the leaf hopper too. unfortunately, things like orchids are things I see I am afraid of. I agree, the purple is beautiful.
my GS is 18 and none of the others have even married let alone thought about children. I have told them all not to wait until I am using a walker to decide to marry and have families. the three that are the youngest have all assured me not to worry. they are 35, 31, and 23.. the oldest two are in their 40's. Gosh, my 23 year old is regressing I think to 6.
stardancer crosses came from a brug grower here in DG. She just labled them as crosses with each pod since she had so many other brugs. the stardancer brug is white with the petals split instead of solid. I think they look like b suaveleons myself. pretty, tho.
we have enjoyed a cool 95 today, going back to trile digits next week. brought in a few more babys. I also have night blooming jasmine in large tubs out front and out back. today I moved the vines that were in hanging baskets on the back door hooks, to the south arbor. maybe now they will take off. the tall sunflowers have made great shade and poles for the other vines to climb on the nroth end of the patio, making my living wall complete. wish I had the tall plants all around like in 2010, but the past summer and what looks like to be another has kept the living walls from happening all around. *sigh*
Deb, spathoglottis are orchids. But it's a terrestrial, or 'ground orchid' so it grows in soil, and is really pretty easy. No misting, no special fertilizer or other orchid fuss. Down here they act pretty much like any other perennial. You get them in a spot they like, and they just grow and bloom. It's amazing to hear you're scared of growing any plant! You could totally grow orchids in that tropical basement of yours.
Love that clump of zingers. (my daughter called them that when she was little and couldn't say zinnias).
Elaine, Yup hang hoyas from them. We built them just as you would a wooden swing set. One is a bit smaller, and we pick it up and move it into the barn in winter to hang plants from...I need a couple more !
floridabunnie - actually just north of Deland...if you remember where St. Rd 11 is ? East of Deleon Springs..which actually is closer than Deland.
Out in the sticks..I love it here...still tropical but not too tropical..rolling hills, less Palm Trees and more Oak Trees.
Hoya bilobata and an unknown Begonia...I think it "might" be Begonia lisata ??
I don't have much time to visit today. I have my 3 younger GK and they are demanding equal computer time and my attention.
homer1958, The Philo. Imbe are climbers, the first picture is 5' and the last one is 3'. I have them planted in the ground and find them very easy to grow. I wish that the verrucosum was half as easy, they are the most handsome Philo. ever.
floridabunnie, the Jamaican poinsetta is a first for me, I bought a 4" pot last month after seeing a 3 gal pot for $275. It will probably take a few years to get that size but I know I will enjoy the journey.
Love that big Curcuma and the Costus! Is it French Kiss?
Hey mjsponies, Big smile on my face seeing you back, those are some nice (new to me) begonias you posted. I think your Philo is a dwarf xanadu. Great find!
This is my new Philo. find, Spicy Dog
Porterweed from phughes
Hey Rita, Yes slowly getting back to being able to post some. How is your Philo. grazalie doing. Mine is winding it's way around the basket. They are slow growers for sure. I'll try to take a pic in the next few day. Some of the Begonia's I've gotten this year have been a disapointment. B. Purple Storm get's leaf spot with even the thought of higher humidity. Don't think I will try to carry it over. I like the one's I can put in the ground and let go dormant and come back bigger/better next year.
I'm tickled with the P. Xandadu..also got an ID over on the ID forum...I love it and hope it's happy living here.
I didn't grow the Purple Porter weed this year, and planted out the red a bit late, but it's getting tall now so hopefully some blooms soon.
Hummer's love them. The first seeds I ever had for the purple were from RJ...I think he's supplied half of DG with seeds/plants.
Have fun with the grandkids... !!
Here's the Monster white you sent...hiding in the weeds...( as I hang my head in shame)
Drew...Would you strangle the Grasshoppers that have been grazing on my Varigated Monstrera, and various outher Tropicals ? Jeese, they eat half the leaf then leave town and don't even leave a tip...Dang !!!!!
floridabunnie I have a concrete patio on the west side of my house that has a pergola over it for shade and I push the pointed end of the seed down into some seed starter soil and moisten the pot, then cover it with a dome cover(this holds the moisture in). Within about 2 weeks the seeds have usually sprouted. After the 1st true leaves appear you can bump it up to a gallon size pot. I usually wait longer than that b/c I'm not that efficient and it also gives them a chance to get a better roots system. I have pretty good success with this process. I hope it helps you.
So sorry about your Xantho, Drew. Squirrels are a plague.
I declared a truce, and have been feeding the squirrels with, ah, birdfeeders. Well, I do have lots of pretty birds too, but the squirrels eat more seed than the birds do. Truth be told, it bought me a few extra mangoes off the tree this year, because the squirrels weren't quite so hungry, I think. Now, the raccoon is another story.
The big green feeder is supposedly "squirrel proof" but the birds spill so much seed out of it, the squirrels just mill around underneath with their fat little bellies dragging on the ground. The cat is no help whatsoever.
Elaine, just like you we feed the birds and since the feeder is squirrel proof they mill around the base picking up the dropped seed and driving my dog crazy. I really have not figured out why squirrels, raccoons and deer were put on this earth. Not too thrilled with snakes either but at least they eat the cotton rats. My biggest nemesis are the raccoons. I just hate them and I spend big bucks having the ones that come up on my deck trapped.
Begonia Maurice Amey is getting huge, it is in a 3 gallon and set into a larger pot. I've used spanish moss both in between the pots for insulation and as a mulch.
This drought is getting to my other young begonias, they are so wilty.
I just had to buy B. brevirimosa, if I can keep this one happy, I will be happy - forever I think.
Luckily most of the roots are still intact. I propped it up and am hoping for the best.
Cold front has been sitting juuuuust a little bit South of us. We are in the cool air. Yea; that's right... we have had only 1/4'' of rain out of these 3, soon to be 4 days of clouds. Charlotte, 20 miles South has had boatloads.
There is a silver lining. I have been out watering in the AM. and the cooler temperatures are really giving the plants a rest from that devilish heat we have been having.
Thank you all for the wonderful pictures of your beautiful gardens and potted plants!
Oh my they all look great but your Gryphon looks unusually terrific (I think that is what the first one, last set is.) They can be so fussy. Mine is in the ground and it did come back this year but it is so slow growing.
I am adding cardinals to my list of obnoxious pests. LOL, they have poked holes in every tomato in my favorite plant. I just had to pick 5 and compost them. Darn, if I cover the plant I'll have to hand pollinate the flowers. What a bother.
I'm loving this mini crepe myrtle, lots of color in a tiny spot. .
We have finally listed our house. I have lots of plants to dig up and move in the next few weeks. There are several things there are multiples of and I was going to offer some to you on this forum (if you are a regular) for postage. PLEASE note...I will be gone for 10 days starting next Tues, so it would be at least July 30 before I could mail anything. Just send me a dmail if you would like some...
Piper - rootbeer plant...this does spread!
Colcasia - black magic...this one does't get that black, but that was the name on it when I bought it.
Colocasia - looks like illustrius
i agree with jeri.
Drew, i have found that putting chili powder around the base of potted plants together with braberry cuttings and rose bush cuttings has worked really well this year. I also feed the "birds" HA!
the hibiscus bloom was a three inch cutting last fall. I am so proud!
oh, someone sent me porter weed seeds, I am sure I planted them, I havn't seen anything come yet. ( or if they are up, i don't know what to look for until I get a bloom)
my mail man is awsome.. he always stops and asks me what is what if I am outside, and if he delivers a box of plants, he brings them up in the shade at the door.
hmm, well, the red/white is a mandevilla?, the second an EE, the third is a rose silk japanese mg, the 4th a banana, and my little salmon hibiscus.
then there is a zinnia, a begonia and a wild poinsetta not bloomed yet.
*hugs* to KayJones
Drew, your garden is always so neat and clean. I spent a steamy hot morning chopping back the jungle here, I wish I had a machete, it would be so much easier than using loppers. We will never be neat like that here. LOL
Humidity never went below 70% today, the air is wet but the soil is still dry, dry, dry.
oh, alice, that is a pretty flower. If you want to keep cardinals, and keep your maters intact, try a hanging red feeder. it is the color that attracts those birds.
Drew, you garden the way Joe wants me to... will never happen. I am to flighty. I am always going 50 directions when I hit the backdoor.
Elaine, yes u did send them, and thanks for seedling ID, I am pretty sure I have a patch, will take a pic when it drops below 100 sometime this evening.I am supposed to be resting and re-covering from accute brochitus.
Debra, hugs back - I tried to call you yesterday, but Diane couldn't locate you.
Jeri, are you saying that siam tulip is a Ginger?
Elaine, you are SO GENEROUS with your plants - everything you sent me is going gang-busters! Thanks again and a million hugs! I am editing this post because it was CASSIE that sent me the nice box of plants - sorry for the brain fart!
Does anyone here keep a log of what you send to others? If so, it would be cool and helpful to send a dmail reminding those folks WHAT you sent them. I have so many plants that I can't remember who the wonderful person was, who sent it. I am going to start my OWN journal!
Debra, how many cardinals do you want? I must have 3 dozen if I have one, they are beautiful pests. There is nothing prettier than seeing the cardinals, bluebirds and the yellow finches together at the bird baths in late spring before the finches take off for cooler climes.
Kay the Siam tulips are curcumas, a type of ginger. Mine have not bloomed yet, I get so anxious when I see others are having better luck.
Alice, thanks, I have two pairs of cardinals here.. and two pairs of bluejays, a host of finches all colors, mourning doves and woodpeckers and well .. a lot. LOL Favorite is the baltimore oriole. jeri, you are lucky, I have had Gingers for three years now, and never seen blooms. I gave one to my sis in law, she got it to blom. I just don't know what is up.
KayJones, I am home sick. I am not surprised they didn't tell Diane.
Deb, so sorry you are sick! Drink lots of herbal tea with honey, honey. That MG is just a thrilling color.
KayJones, I keep track of my trades by my D-mail log. Whenever I do a trade with anybody, I send a D-mail when the package goes in the mail, and inventory what's in there. So I have an automatic record of every trade.
When I get plants, I make new labels for them, and write on the back side of the label who sent it (or where I bought it) and the date. This is the blue ginger Alice sent me in June. On the other side it says "Blue ginger" and on this side "from Alice 6/2012"
Next two pics, Brug 'Charles Grimaldi' still making small, very pale flowers. They will get more yellow then orange before they drop, but I can't figure it out.
Last pic, more gloriosas coming along on top of a very tall 7ft. vine. They've never been this tall or bloomed this long before.
Gloriosa's are still going strong here too...mine have gotten really big this year also...I'm thinking it's just that the tubers are probably getting to be softball size by now. I don't dig mine up
gonna be another hot one today...hopefully the west coast of FL shares some rain with those of us on the east...
That wisteria is a great color! My gloriosas stay in-ground all year, too. Only time I've dug in there was to find some tubers to trade. They even survived the cold winters with a heap of mulch. They've spread out 2ft. into the bed, and this year I found them trying to come up under a pot I had sitting near there!
We've had rain every day this week, and nearly 2in. yesterday - yay! Some of my border plants were looking a bit chlorotic from all the high pH well water they've been getting, but now the rainwater is correcting all that. The great blessing is that the afternoon rain keeps the temps down nicely. We've only hit 90 one day this week! Last night we went out to Siesta Key for dinner, and walking on the beach beforehand, there was a heavenly cool breeze. Saying the word "cool" in July here is a luxury.
Elaine, yes wasn't last evening just beautiful, took DH out for his birthday and we left in the rain and it stopped while we got out to go in and then on our way home returned again, then we drove out of it by the time we reached home, then later went out to AMI to walk the pier. The pier could make money if they put swinging hammock up on the boardwalk and you pay (like a parking meter) for say a half hour. I would be their first customer... I love laying out and watching the clouds move by and love seeing the stars at night. DH loves the fact that we are in the flight path of the plans coming to S/B airport. At the other house we were in the direct path, here at this house just 2 miles north/east we are just off a smig, but he still loves seeing them coming in and especially at night, he gets his scanner out to listen to them talk to the tower.
Yes I've been really surprised at how nice the events have been at this time of the year, so I hope we can share the rain with our eastern neighbors as it makes for the most incredible evenings. When we lived up north, when the evenings started getting nice, I would always be reminded that time was running out for summer and that the cold winter was starting to know at the door...LOL Don't have to worry about that anymore.
Your husband and mine would probably get along well. Mine is into planes too. We will be somehwere and he'll rattle off what type of plane it is. We're going to St. Martin in September. He has always wanted to go see the planes fly in right over the beach. LOL, I guess sometimes the boy in them never grows up :)
FLbunnie that is so right on "the boy never does grow up" when we use to vacation a lot there was always a day built in for us to go to the airport and sit out on the hood of the car (later we brought chairs) and him listen to his scanner and watch over head. We have seen some pretty close calls on plans either on track for the wrong runway or plans taking off into on coming traffic... scary, as to think of the folks who are inside the planes and they will never know it...
Hmmm, your spouses might love it here where we have 9 squadrons of F/A 18 Hornets flying out of the local Marine base. They do not generally come over my house unless they are practicing touchdowns on a carrier off the coast but we can still hear them. It is locally known as "the sound of freedom." I love watching them fly in formation, it is an impressive sight, sort of like seeing the blue angels every day. The main (and only) road to the mainland goes right past the base and sometimes they literally skim right over the top of your car as you drive by.
Love that evergreen wisteria, there are few plants that are such a true purple.
I went to USMC boot camp in Parris SC and love the air wing, my first duty station was Andrews Air Force base and EL Toro CA,Yuma AZ was a little hard to take cause I was use to green being around...LOL I have never had a problem (like lots of folks who hate being near airports) being near plans, as having dogs it kinda cover their barks on occassion.LOL
I knew lots of the Blue Angel pilots many years ago. Honestly the air wing groups are almost like their own service within a service.
I live just down the road from Joint Base McGuire, Lakehurst and Dix...planes in and out all day. I sit on my deck and love watching all coming in. Since they have combined the three bases we have Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army and I am a USMC Widow. I am so happy when I see those transports coming in with our troopsreturning from overseas. They do a lot of training here and we have an old silo here on the farm that some of them use when they practice landings as the place to make the turn. They use a certain runway when they do that and you can always tell what they are doing because they all take the same pattern. It is such fun watching. I am so proud to be an American.
sorry, off topic here...but I came on to show you my babies. They just turned a year old and this is all that is left of 105 cuttings that I took last July. I lost them all in the greenhouse over the winter. It was a very difficult winter for me to try and keep the humidity and heat levels just right because it was such a warm winter. Things just got too hot and dry and that was the end of that. They are beginning to bloom and will continue until the day they die. These little guys never seem to quit blooming. Jasmine Sambac 'Maid of Orleans'...easiest plant to grow for containers or gardens.
I love jasemine. We had a round in our backyard where a palm tree was planted and the previous owner had filled with rocks (and weeds). We removed 20 wheelbarrow loads of rock from there. I planted several different kinds of jasemine and blue plumbago and mulched. The palm tree shot right up and has grown several feet since removing these rocks. Sometimes when you go outside in the evening the scent is almost overwhelming. The neighbors daughter even commented that she had smelled something sweet during her entire visit but could not figure out what it was. I'm sure you will be rewarded with these plants and their scent.
FLbunnie, on your gloriosa tubers, you might want to start them indoors, just until they sprout. Keep them on a windowsill in the a/c and not too wet. Last time I got tubers late-ish in the season like this, they all rotted before they could sprout. Too warm and wet in the ground outside now.
Little purple dendrobium from the bargain table at Lowe's.
I am thoroughly enjoying everyone's pictures and comments, thanks!!
mjsponies, the Philo. grazalie, is a goner, from too much water. I lost quite a few plants earlier this spring due to neglect. I would like to see how your's is prospering.
The red porterweed bloomed earlier this spring and is fixing to bloom again soon.
GAgirl1066, that is the biggest collection of Begonias I have ever seen, and they all seem to be doing great! I bet everyone's favorite is the Listata. I would like to have a few of your aroids if they are not all gone.
floridabunnie, nice pictures!! the Giant milkweed is a new plant for me to research, love it.
dyzzy, I hope that blue ginger blooms for you soon, it has been 3 years since I saw a bloom on mine.
Joeswife, I think of you every morning while walking around my garden, your MG has brought me such enjoyment. My gd would say lets go see joeswife flowers.
JBerger, thanks for introducing us to another great plant. I hope that they continue to thrive for you. I like that they bloom that size, I will have to get one.
This South African Jasmine is another with a great fragrance.
Morning glory from joeswife
Water well and wait a half an hour before doing anything.
First, take a long knife and go around the perimeter of the inside of the pot (if it does not slide out of the pot easily). It is probably fairly root bound. You should be able to take the entire root system mass out without loosing much dirt in the process. The largest of the smaller ones is probably a large offset of the big trunk. I would just cut it off where it attaches to the main trunk. It should have a good root system of its own. There appear to be three offsets off the small trunk you just cut off. They should have large enough roots also to cut them off and start each in a small pot of their own, or you could plant that entire mass (the second biggest plant with the smaller offsets) in your garden. Those very small ones closest to us by the large trunk you might very well loose if you try to cut them off, but, nothing ventured nothing gained! When you repot the big one, sink it another 4-5 inches down into the soil so it will develop more roots on the trunk.
I am quite sure some other folks will have good Ideas also. This system works well for me.
Alice, Did it recently get very wet and then you lost your largest leaves? Is it in a larger pot by itself? Check for spider mites on it also. Chunk all that dead tissue, dunk the whole plant minus the soil in a mixture of 1 part Clorox to 9 parts water a few times. Place roots, in a pot, with a gallon of water and 2 teaspoons of Superthrive in it for 30 minutes. Put it in new soil and downsize that pot. Give it a couple of weeks. I think it will be fine.
The brug has been in the ground for over a year and we certainly have not had any water to speak of other than the irrigation system that runs several times a week while we are in this drought. It poured for exactly 4 minutes here this afternoon, never even wet the ground under the trees. That is the kind of rain we have had, nothing measurable and it evaporates as soon as it hits the hot ground. No mites or any other pests either. I am just a Brug killer, that one was the first one I had ever gotten to bloom for me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the white one stays healthy.
Drew, the Culculata is in a 20" pot, shouldn't be too root bound. It was originally in the ground and did not do that well so I potted it and it did fine last year, this year too - until recently. Guess I will dig it up and see what's in there.
Alice, as KayJones said, high heat plus spider mites will do that. Mine all had a plague of spidermites in May and they looked like that. It was hot and dry in May here, cooler now. Go figure. Give it an extra big shot of water each day for a few days? You really can't overwater them.
I routinely treat all my brugs weekly with soapy water spray (with a little Windex in the mix, as per Deb) on the assumption that they just will always have spider mites if I don't. Try running your fingers over the bottom surface of the leaves that are left. IF they feel gritty, they've got (or had) da mites. Often their webs are not in the leaf axils, but all over the backs of the leaves instead.
First pic, my brug 'Damien' doing a weird thing, too. All the new leaves are sort of crinkled up, and rolled under at the edges. No sign of any bugs, or caterpillars and two others the same size in the same bed, 3ft. away are blooming happily. (they're all in big pots, not in the ground) Ideas Anybody? Otherwise I'm blaming the solar storms.
That's a pretty little leopard frog you've got there, Alice. They have a really deep croak. We had a family of them in our pond last year. This year we have another type I haven't id'd yet. Little plain green ones.
Sorry the answer wasn't spider mites on the brugs. I'm mystified. Maybe roust it out and put it in a pot? My big Charles Grimaldi is still making flowers half the size they're supposed to be, and I'm faced with finding an even bigger pot for it now. ))sigh((
Elaine, if you need really big pots, and don't mind the black nursery pots, contact a nursery or landscape company that installs mature shrubs and trees. I found 15-gallon pots that were free - I just had to drive a few miles to where they were doing an installation.
Alice, cut the tallest stalk off, coat the cut part with some wax, treat it waith bayer three in one, spray for mites. Elaine, you need to de-leaf and do the same of the mite control on damian. there are other kinds mites you can't see, they live inside the leaf tissue. no feeding high phoshourous to brugs. when they have leaves coming out, be sure and keep an eye out for signs of mites and worms. the leaves do curl in the exteme heat of some brugs. They love to eat and be fed thru the leaves with a sprayer. I use buffalo chip tea for watering and spray with kens mix for foliar. beautiful pictures everyone.
got the lasanga bed done, yay!
thanks, i just write what I need to do on a sticky note and mark it done when I finish. G O A L S is my .life.
aww gee Drew, can't ya stand it back up?
sometimes I uproot the brugs if they are weird, and check out the root system..
off to work .. .
Poor ensete, try and stand and stake it I bet it will make a comeback unless it was snapped off the roots. What freaky weather you have been having.
Going to sprinkle some epsom salts on that brug, maybe magnesium is just what it needs. On another vein, we have way too much phospherous in our soil naturally, maybe that is the problem. It was mined here in the early days and I still find chunks of it sometimes. It may be it needs to be in a pot but frankly,I have too many pots to worry about now.
LOL, I can just see all those sticky notes Debra, with all you do, your refrigerator must be plastered with them.
Alice, give it a top-dressing of some compost or potting soil each spring and fall. Maybe that would be enough to keep the soil from getting too saturated with the natural phosphorus? IF the roots were in the original potting soil, and now have started reaching out into the native soil with all that phos, that could explain how it did well last year and is waning this year.
I do the top dressing with my two that are in-ground. Our sandy soil just lets all the organic material wash through, so need to keep renewing it. Down here, they get nematodes though, I discovered. I'm resigned to just renewing the ones in the ground every 3 or 4 years. When I finally bit the bullet and yanked my old original NoID pink one, the roots were completely knotted up with nematode damage.
Just came in from dousing all the big ones with Epsom salts solution. Had completely forgotten about that!
1. Monster white c/w top dressing and mulch (please ignore all those weeds . . .)
2. Cypress vine self-sows all over the place
3. Gingers and cannas are lovin all this rain!
I top dress with compost too, several times a year, I usually use my own home made stuff when I have enough or I buy mushroom compost. My dog does not seem to eat that like he does the cow manure. Also, I mulch with hay because it breaks down quickly into the best compost. The worms just love it and I love the worms.
Been planting a small bed, about 72 square feet, with dwarf mondo grass this morning, Boy is it hot out there today.
Good to hear your ensete is OK, they are resilient and it should be fine but it sure is scary when you see it on its side.
Thanks for the TAMU link, that is interesting and I do have some areas where I have used iron sprays in the past The soil tests came back perfect but the leaves were still yellowing. I never use ferts with any "P" and the mushroom compost is .05 .05 .05, so I don't think that is too bad but I guess I should just use pine straw for mulch and see what happens. The brug is not really showing signs of chlorosis though, the leaves are fine - at least the ones that are still there. I hate to dig it up but a look at the roots is called for at this point.
I know this is not the thread for this, but would you all say a prayer for my little sister, Sherry, please? I am sure she will be alright, but I know a partial collapsed lung isn't good. There is a growth on her other lung. Dr asked her 5 times she said if she had ever smoked. I swear she has never smoked. Her lung doctor told her it looked like she did. I think it is from the radiation.
She has been calling me about her plants. I am hoping as long as she can walk around the block, mess with her plants and do her job at work until they decide what they are going to do, she will be ok. The wait time until she can get in for the tests and stuff is a week.
Debra - sending warm wishes to your sister. I had a friend who went through something similar. She was a health nut and had never smoked a day in her life and was diagnosed with lung cancer. They were able to remove the cancer and she did recover well.
Jeri11 - I just bought the same plant for my husband this year. He really likes the unusual, and I thought this looked like something from Dr. Seuss! Mine is orange as well.
Mjsponies - Love your P. Incense and your hoya is to die for! I think they have such unusal blooms.
floridabunnie, no it needs to be a branch. I remove the bottom branches so it looks more like a tree than a bush. I just stick them in some soil and sit them in the shade on hot concrete. They usually are showing some roots within 2 or 3 weeks. I don't even use rooting hormones.
Kay, the sambucas do not do well around here, too much heat and humidity, I hope you would have better luck where you are. On the other hand, many Japanese Maples do just fine, I have even seen them growing in full sun. I have several dwarf varieties in large pots that I have had for a number of years. They have not liked the drought this summer and it has been hard for me to keep enough water on them, the edges of the leaves look parched, but they will survive.
In my experience, Passionvines are pretty short-lived in general. Three or four years is the most I've ever had out of one of mine, then they develop trunk rot and die. I think it's just because they grow so fast when they take off.
My fruiting one, Purple Possum, out on the back fence is on its third year, and is just about done. See how corky the bottom of the trunk is?It still bore a lot of fruit this spring, and is lovely and lush along about 60ft. of the fence. But I'm fully expecting it to die off this winter.
Second pic, Brazilian flame from Rita putting on a lovely show!
This was just a rooted cutting last summer, and took a long time to bloom, then the one flower scape lasted for months! Be patient with it, it will come along. It's now a nice sized little shrub about 4ft. tall.
I have a Brazilian Red Cloak as well. It does bloom for a long time and is so unique. I receive lots of compliments on it. I think the more you prune it the better it does. Can I ask how you propogated your cutting?
Mjsponies - I am drooling over your hoyas! I have a plant that I thought was a hoya but I have not been able to locate a pic of the bloom to identify. It doesn't have a waxy like bloom it is more of a small red trumpet with a vibrant purple staymen sticking far out.
Are these hard to grow or do they need a lot of babying?
My cutting of the Red Cloak was already rooted when I got it. It was a twig with a few leaves, about a foot long. I potted it up in regular potting mix and it took off. We'll have to ask Rita next time she pops in to the forum, how she rooted it.
But with a lot of these vigorous tropical shrubs and perennials, you can often just stick a cutting in the ground or in seed starting medium, keep it watered daily for a while, and it will root. Especially in summer with our high humidity, it's like a greenhouse here!
I have "stuck" several cuttings of my 'Hot Lips' salvia, and also the porterweeds and had them jump right up. Of course, with coleus you can just drop cuttings on the ground and they'll root.
Dyzzy - yes, I have almost found that it is hard NOT to grow things here. With the rain that we have had this year I think I have spent more than half my time in the yard pruning and trimming. My plants are loving this weather and growing like crazy!!
Hi Kay - That is it! Thanks for the help. I am now on the hunt for a hoya. . .Mjsponies has prompted me to add these to my "must have" list.
Homer - yes, we have been one of the lucky ones this year. My family lives in Indiana and my parents can barely keep anything alive. They built a new house and had not put in a new yard yet, and now have to wait because they know that everything will die. The farmer that works their land had to wait until very late to plant his crops. My father said that many of the crops have been planted twice and have died - I fear that food prices will be going up because of this. You just can't count on steady weather anymore. . . will try to send some raindrops your way :)
Drew, those leaves are just works of art! Looks like they let you loose with that paintbrush again, huh?
We are feeling very lucky with our weather this summer, I'll admit. So far we haven't had hardly a day above 90deg. and down here at least too much rain is better than not enough. It drains away pretty fast in most areas.
I have brugs busting out all over, and some other interesting things too. First, Stardancer cross, second Monster White, third a pretty lantana with yellow centers, fourth Thunbergia battiscombeii, last, red canna with dark leaves just coming out.
Drew, you are such a good AeAe parent, they are so hard to keep alive and you are doing very well. You must have good soil to be able to dig that monster up each year so you can bring it inside.
Elaine, everything looks so good, my B. Alba is finally starting to look good again after the deer snacked on it.
You are all making me so jealous, still no rain here, I am ready to move! I dream of a place with soil that drains and one that has adequate precipitation. (LOL, sounds like S. FL to me.) It hurts to watch the rain across the river while I am standing here with my hose in hand. The Beaufort Water Festival, a really big deal around here, has had serious rain every day since it started. Aggghhhhh, I sound like an old farmer, always complaining about the weather.
In spite of the unpleasant weather I still broke down and bought a couple of Sombrero Salsa Exhinaceas, I have heard they do well here so I am going to try even if I will be watering them twice a day for a while. I had to work in a lot of compost, the soil was like dust.
The other pic is of a small area that originally had grass but the trees got too large and shaded it so I added compost and bagged soil and planted it with what felt like at least a million dwarf mondo grass plugs. Talk about an achy back. LOL
Thanks Elaine. It truly is a beautiful banana (camera does no justice), I hope for a variegated pup (so far notta). Will throw a couple of pictures of the Philly and offspring later on this evening.
Last fall, I hired a guy to help me double dig that area Alice. We placed mushroom c., cow m. and compost from my bin in there. That area is around 20' x 8'. This clay we have in the piedmont is really compact as you know. I would like to have 60% / 40%, your soil to mine (after the composts). You could grow anything in that.
I would like to see some of everyones gardens one day! I see so many beautiful plants and I am envious of your zonal temperatures.
I know Florida is pulling me like a magnet because there is so much I want to grow and nearly all of it is tropical in nature! Being born on the Gulf Coast, well..., It's kinda hard to explain to the average person (not saying you guys are average mind you!).
Love it, and what a great variegated plant... What's that name again Alice?
Got this on E-bay with 2 leaves and three aerial roots a little over an inch long
Drew there is plenty of room down here, should you decided to move south... besides just think you wouldn't have to limit your plants because you wouldn't have to worry about taking them in during the winter... if that isn't a reason to move south I sure don't know what is...LOL
Great shots everyone, Gosh Elaine, I need to stop over your display is really incredible this summer. We had some northern neighbors come down last month and they didn't stay long said it was too hot, and DH and I were talking about how great this summer has been, especially compaired to last summer. The rain really does make it wonderful to grow in.
I would like to suggest a get-together - I propose we have several and we will invite everyone EXCEPT one from our group each time - we will go and raid that person's garden. We can then have another and so on, until we have all these plants we drool over - who's in?!!!
Homer & Dyzzy - your foilage is awesome. Makes me wish I had more shade!
Ardesia - I hope you have good luck with your Somberro Salsas, I love the color. You will have to share pics of your patch of mondo when it grows together. Sometimes something as simple as grass looks so nice.
I can honestly say that we loving living in FL, there are so many interesting things to do and people. And the plants and flowers are amazing.
KayJones was that kid who was always in trouble in school, right?
I am jealous of your beautiful Echinaceas, too Alice. I've tried and tried to grow them here, with no luck. They sit and bloom a bit then just dwindle away. I imagine I should start them in the fall and let them get a really good root system before summer sets in.
The mondo 'lawn' will look really beautiful and be easy care, too. I'm sure with your good soil, you will do better than I have. I tenderly planted it, watered, fertilized. It sat and sat, did nothing, and 4 years later is dwindling away. However, I'm going to try again as it's the only thing I can think of for the particular spot in question. Think I'll have to replace all the soil. Here's a pic of the pitiful tufts that are left of my plantings.
Well - yes, Elaine, I was that kid! FYI - you were the first person I wasn't going to invite to our get-together, THEN - we would hit Rita's house, then Martha's. If we could find Alice's house, out in the boonies, we'll visit her yard, too! As for Deb, we don't have to raid her gardens - if she knows you want it, she'll just send it to you!
You are right, that dwarf mondo takes forever and a day to fill in, I have it in other places and in some cases it looks spotty, other areas look great. I planted these on 6" centers and I will baby them and hope they take off in the next year or so. I may raid some of the older beds and fill in between the new ones when I have the time and energy. The regular mondo is another story, it is hard to keep that in check but at 6" to 8" tall it is a snake haven around here. They love hiding in there.
The only echinaceas that reliably live here are the old fashioned pink ones. All those pretty sundown colored ones fizzle out quickly. This new red one however has been grown successfully at a friend's home for several summers and they just get bigger and better each year. I am hoping for similar results.
Way to go with that rainbow costus, I can't wait to see the flower.
Kay, I like you idea for the sneaky get together. LOL
You can't believe my yard - I now have 'patches' to mow! If I didn't throw down big pieces of carpet, I wouldn't even have paths. Everything has gotten so overgrown I almost can't see my neighbor's house.
Dyzzy & Kay - I'm in the same boat (no pun intended), my plants are growing faster than I can prune and I think the weeds are sneeking in the yard at night and bringing all of their friends. I am thankful for the rain though.
Dyzzy - glad your hubby is ok, I'm sure that was scary.
Up until this past week, I faithfully went around and pulled off yellow leaves and trimmed errant stems, but after all this rain, I can't keep up with everything. I do a bit each morning, before it gets too hot to breathe and a bit in the evening. I mowed this evening - the air was stifling - it will need to be done again in about 4 days - geeze, it doesn't end until ya die! Let me add that living in Florida beats living in Missouri ANY DAY!