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Thanks Drew, I was just thinking I may start a new one, but you beat me to it. My baby, lol, seems to be doing great. I did find a little caterpillar on it yesterday! I looked for other but didn't see any.
How about just giving them a bath with a very mild solution of Dr. Bronner's soap. A teaspoon to a gallon in a hose end sprayer, it is just enough to break the surface tension of the water. Do that several times a week and "wash" everything in the yard until the subsequent generations of the mites are all gone. I often do this just as a preventative.
It's amazing how close tree frogs will let you toward them before they will move away. Somebody had a "brood" in the petiole region that probably holds a pint of water in one of my big Alocasias. There are 15-20 of those little guys about a 3/4'' long on the leaves in the morning, when, I go out and sit to drink my coffee.
That is a great tip Ardesia, I have used Neem this year to try to keep the lubbers at bay. I have had an issue with spider mites in the past so I will have to keep this in mind. I love Dr. Bronner's products!
My cheaper sprayer mix ... Windex, non scented soap, mollassas ( make it stick) , epsom salts, a can of beer, a splash of ammonia,a dollop of vegetable oil, and I add miracle grow or some kind of high nitro ferts along with a mosquitoe dunk in the sprayer ( it sticks to the bottom of the sprayer) and this year I added some mosquitoe killer, ( pyrethins concentrate) and some worm killer to my mix. It seems to help.. Mix a Gallon, shake and fill sprayer. That should last ya all growing season. drench soil with heavy soap suds. I use anti bacterial soap for that, it has really helped with all bugs in soil. I wish I had some more Forbid, one ounce lasted me two years in and out. I only used that inside, as it is not good for friendly critters. I also add a mega B vitamin tablet to th gallon. In winter I substitute the vege oil for tea tree oil. It makes the mix smell good.My local feed n seed store has the pryetins concentrate, but it is only 10%. I use a 70 Percent I get from Amazon, and after shipping, it is the same price as my local store, only stronger..
my tuberose is blooming too...buy there are so many weeds around it I can't take a picture. that last pic I think is Agastache..
I've been swamped. College kids cramming in extra riding lessons before they head off for school. Several are enrolled in equestrian programs at their colleges so it's been like
"summer school" around here.
gotta go picture shooting soon, it's a jungle out there with all the rain lately.
I've been away visiting my family for a week. I just walked out into my garden today, it looks like I will be trimming and pulling weeds tomorrow! It's been a full time job just to keep up with everything with all of this rain. I will have to take some new pics as well. My new barleria amethyst is blooming already.
Hello Everyone, like a bad penny, I am back. I enjoy these threads so much. Thanks to everyone for their comments and pictures. Like Kay I am fighting pests. It is something I go through every summer, it just seems to be worse this year.
Hi LiliMerci good to see you!
RachelLF, I will d- mail soon concerning a trade. I would like to see how much your aroids has grown.
I have nothing blooming at this time except a couple of Bromeliads and a new ginger but wanted to post something anyway.
Aechmea Del Mar
Anthurium with noid Bromeliad bloom
Bromeliad with grasshoppers
Bromeliad with frog
Bromeliad with pups.
Hey guys! Just got back from our honeymoon last night! I'll try to post some pics, along with a list of plants in each sometime later tonight (they had some interesting plants at the various theme parks, including those tropical epiphytic pitcher plants in the Hogwarts greenhouse at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure).
First one is a pic of the exterior of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. Second one is the hanging Pitcher Plants in the Hogwarts Greenhouse, which was part of the waiting area to get into the "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" ride... These Pitcher Plants are 100% real. Third pic is my wife and I standing in front of the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and lastly, a pic of our wedding rings.
Hello, I too am turning up like the bad penny, from a trip up to Canada. Got in at midnight, but my brain thinks it's 9pm so I am wide awake . . will post pictures tomorrow, hoping there's lots of new blooms out there.
Great pictures, everyone! Rita, what a lovely spot you have down there in Belize. HT, congrats, you two sure look happy.
Going back a bit further, wanted to comment on the various spray recipes - mine involves using my lavender liquid hand soap along with Deb's additive of a slop of Windex in each 2gal. sprayer. Lavender is supposed to be insect repellent as well as anti-bacterial and it does seem to have kept some leaves on my Brug. Charles Grimaldi which was heavily infested with spider mites the week before I left. I sprayed it thoroughly 3 times that week, and rinsed it off with the hose the day after spraying each time. I think the life cycle is so quick in the warm weather that you really have to stay on top of the little bugs, and spray repeatedly to get all the generations as Alice mentioned.
I also spray my brugs and other things with the weak orchid fertilizer that my orchids get misted with every day. That's in another sprayer. Read somewhere that lots of plants that live in warm climates feed more heavily through their leaves when it's hot and humid.
Lots of growth out in my garden since I left on vacation - I'm especially thrilled with these heliconias - H. Lady Di - which I bought just before I left, and just plunked the pots out into the border where they would get watered.
Drew, the leaf in your last post is big enough to be a jib for our sailboat! Wow, gorgeous.
I know I keep posting these, but the flower heads on my Brazilian Red Cloak just keep getting bigger and better - they are a foot tall and 10in wide now. It's the prettiest thing I see when I look out my bedroom window in the mornings.
I also got a new Mandevilla that is dark velvety red, the picture really didn't capture the flower color very well at all. My little pale yellow Abutilons are much happier now that I potted them up - it sure is a good thing to go away for a vacation, you get so much done before you can leave!
Where is everyone? It is a perfect day here in Red Oak today, we must have done something right.
Thanks for all the nice comments on my vacation house. I have had a few visitors that planned to help me with yard work, but it all changed when they found the ocean and the beach side restaurant bars. lol
homer1958, incredible growth on your Alocasia!! It seems as if your white chair is shrinking.
Hikaro_akayama, Congratulations, wishing you a long and happy marriage! You guys make a very cute couple.
dyzzy, glad to have you back, I hope that you had fun on your visit.
Love the H Lady Di, I will have to check my local nurserys to find one. I seem to have good luck growing Heliconias.
It made my day to see you enjoying the Brazilian Red Cloak. I bought a purple Mandevilla a couple of years ago. It's still alive but no blooms so far, lets see your's.
I have a few oldies (shown before) still blooming
Crinum Queen Emma in the sun, it is great in pots, the leaves are 6"-8" wide, with Beautiful big fragrant blooms. I will have a few starts to share of each, with people on this thread, next month.
noid vine from my first trade on DG
These are a Blue potato bush from Rj, Castor bean from Kimarj and Red Ruellia from mj.
Kopsia fruticosa, with a few blooms today. Can't wait for it to be covered in flowers. from rj
Canna from Joeswife. The flowers are smalI but quite the hummingbird magnet.
I have to throw in a few Bromeliads, the last basket is a new noid from the sale rack
Rita, the Heliconia 'Lady Di' came from Home Depot, and they had lots of them. You should try there first if you want some. I had my garden helper plant them out in the front yard, but now I'm missing them where they were, so I'll have to go get some more.
Here's the dark red Mandevilla . . . I just can't get the color to come out right in the pictures, it looks magenta, but the real color is a velvety burgundy shading crimson. Love it.
I have that same Caesalpinia Pulcherimma, a dwarf form of Poinciana. Those flowers are so great, and it just blooms and blooms. My kind of plant! I've given up on the Crinums although I do love the flowers and fragrance. They just don't last very long here. So nice to be able to enjoy yours in pictures!
Rita, I am envying your garden and yes, I would spend all my time at the beach too, but it would be a hard choice - garden? beach? :) Oh, Rita, I think I killed that Vietnamese ginger. I have to take a picture of the one I have left to see if it is the one. No flower, just leaves though.
Those are some awesome Philos, mj. The second one looks like a giant passionvine in the leaf shape. Love the shiny dark green leaves on the grazliae. I see your Looking Glass begonia in that first pic, too. Looks great! Keep your gumboots handy, more rain in the forecast. We haven't had nearly as much as you, but it poured last night.
Cassie sent me a Philo awhile back that is so pretty and going strong, but noID. Anybody? Dark green mature leaves, red stems.
Speaking of begonias, Alice, my Don Miller from you has seeded itself and even came true! Check this out! There's a third seedling around the other side of the pot, too.
Red and pink Abutilons. Last pic shows a seedling of C.Pulch (pic above in my last post) that popped up while I was away. So the seeds are viable! Who wants some?
Rita - your plants are so nice! I think that is what I need - a garden helper. The three furry ones I have aren't very productive - LOL.
I just purchased the crimson mandevilla as well - from the sale rack at Lowes - a whopping $3. I thought it was a pretty good deal.
MJ - I like the vine in your last picture, it is so different.
I am so excited, I purchased some puya seeds (Puya berteroniana or Blue Puya) and they are sprouting already. I assumed from what I read that it would take much longer for them to sprout. Now if I can just keep them going :)
Elaine, I have the first Philo you posted also...hopefully someone chimes in with an id on these.
Now I'm going to have to go out and check around the Don Miller to see if it's been busy out there too !! I guess we are on Hurricane "Pre watch" now...Uggg, I have no idea where I'm going to put everthing if it comes this way.
Floribunny yup that's a favorite of mine...wish it was easier to propagate as I could fill out the pot faster. Takes it sweet time to root even in optimum conditions.
Ant Fern, from below and a close up of the Rhizomes. Cool plant...
Baby Staghorn, I need to update the pics of Momma Staghorn. She had her 34th birthday this year.
Mj, do you propagate your staghorns yourself? I have a huge one in the crutch of my biggest oak tree, and it's looking great this year, although the past two years it has not been happy. All the rain I'm guessing. Can I just detatch a 'plate' with a set of leaves on it, and mount it on some bark?
Sorry about the terrible picture, I have to stand on my step ladder to get a good shot of this fellow. Wish I could get a picture of the squirrels sleeping in the furry top of that fern. Hilarious!
You can pull pups off, you need a very sharp knife, and you need to take them before they get too big. Cut around the pup, I make sorta a "cone" then trim a bit depending on if I want to put it in a basket or put on a slab.
Begonia Sophie Cecile, I can grow this like a perennial here, comes back every year. Variegated Salvia from Debra
White Veined Pipevine...has already been "Pruned to the ground" by the Pipvine Swallowtails twice this year...
Chocolate plant from Rita...getting ready to bloom
Hibiscus Snow Queen with a Purple Achinemes that I have no idea how it got in there and of course a weed...
I need a yard helper really really bad...
Mini coleus...I didn't realize it was really a mini coleus and should have planted it in the front of the bed...I'll
definitely take cuttings of this one.
And a sport of Coleus Blackberry waffle that I grew from seed a few years ago, and took cuttings as it is definitely not like it's parent, but that's ok.Cause I really like this one ! so it's a No name.
And Dipt in Wine...this photo does not even begin to do this Coleus justice. and it gets BIG...LOL
Wow, that Dipt in Wine coleus is just gorgeous, Mj. I shouldn't even be thinking about any more coleus since I have sports of my Florida Sun Rose coleus all over the yard, and they're all blooming just like yours are, so they'll be seeding themselves, too. Definitely going to look for that one! The pink mini is really pretty too, but it would get lost in my horribly crowded beds.
Good morning, everyone. Deb, I have a variegated Salvia with red blooms - I can try to root some cuttings for you - will stick some today and see how they grow. I am gathering plants to send to Sherry, Deb - I called her and she sounds positive and feels she's doing o.k. - prayers work!
Great eye and brain candy, I had to google the Ant fern and the blue Puya.
Kay Jones , thanks very much for the id on the vine.
Thanks to everyone for their nice comments.
LiliMerci, I lost my Vietnamese ginger as well, waiting for zone 9 to list them again. Let's see the plant you have.
dyzzy, That is a Great Old Oak tree! Thanks for showing your burgundy mandevilla. My white ones are blooming non stop but nothing from the burgundy plant.
I love the Dwarf Poinciana. I have the Pink Dwarf on the top of my want list, they are no problem to overwinter.
Joeswife, I hope you enjoy my pictures, they are mostly plants that I have shown before, and are still blooming. I have lost most of my new plants being away from home earlier this spring.
Eggplant, I dont like eating them, but it's a fun plant to grow.
mjsponies, the green eyed monster is showing its fangs again!! The painted lady is a beauty, I love all your pictures. Florida must be next to the garden of eden, everything is so big and lush. Mama Staghorn looks older than 34 yrs.
Rachel is our "go to" girl for Philos, I hope she comes back soon.
Thank You, KayJones. I can't wait until sept 5th when she sees the progress dr. I am proud of my lil sis. Still worrying about plants , even while sick. LOL
As always, I love ALL the photos of plants and flowers I have never heard of. Feels like I am on vacation when I come here to visit. This am the patio and fences are lit up in about 20 different morning glorys. Hopefully over laborday weekend I can get some good shots of everything.
I lost my candlestick, but it is nice to see one so big, I don't think mine was even half that size.
How can you not like eggplant? LOL I love it!
Oh well, it is a cool plant to look at.
Floridabunnie, I love starting things from seeds , don't you? Gee I never heard of a puya until this month.
I don't do a thing to my big staghorn except occasionally throw some coffee grounds up there for it, and if it's dry weather for a long time I spray it with the hose a bit. It came through the two bad winters with no protection, although it did pout a bit until this year. It's really pretty much out of reach up there.
I didn't put it in the tree, and to be frank, I wouldn't have done that, but it is well established now and there's no moving it. Every time I look at it I wonder if it's making the tree rot down the middle from keeping it too wet. Sure hope not! We'd be devastated to lose any part of that tree. So I'd advise you to hang it in a basket, and be prepared for it to need a forklift and a chain to move it in the years to come! They have one at Selby Gardens that is the size of a Volkswagen.
New this morning, Peruvian daffodils! I've been waiting a year for these to put up flowers. The plants are nearly 3ft. tall, and now the flowers are also E-normous! Twice the size of the ones I've had before. Guess it's most likely thanks to all our rain.
I also finally have some white Achimenes. Hey, did you all notice the new photo software allows you to delete a photo from a post if you put in the wrong one? It's great!
Paula, I will have corms for the white Achimenes by fall. But I got them from McLure & Zimmerman, and they have all the colors. They were not expensive, either.
Use the "Choose a File" button to load pictures. It works the same as the "Browse" button but now you can delete the picture if you mess up (which I do) - there's a red X on the thumbnail. Yay!! for DG for this improvement!
Rita, the Green Eyed monster is here in Fl...I've always admired your gardens and wished I could give my babies the attention they deserve like you do.
Hopefully more pics in the next few days. Weather has been good today and should be for the next couple, so will be devoted to the ponies and their riders.
And I'm supposed to be retired from showing/coaching. They just won't let me go. I want to putz in the garden, play with the plants, chill and let my champions who
deserve a hard deserved retirement rest.
No worries, KayJones. I have a list of treasures I'll be sending you in another month. Guess the Achimenes might have to come along later, when the foliage dies down, though. These white ones were SO slow starting to bloom, they'll just barely be in their prime before the weather gets cold.
Mj, hard work, but it's nice to be in demand, too, right? Sounds like you'll get another break for rain after the weekend. Gotta tell you a funny story, a few years ago my DH, a consulting engineer, had the same beef. He wanted to not work as much. I suggested half-joking that he double his rate then he'd probably only get half as much work but the same money. To my great surprise, he did! And to his great surprise, he was just as busy after he jacked his price through the roof. But he complained less.
Here's my Opal Basil trying to look like a coleus.
I had the same problem. I clicked on "Tools" on top of page then clicked on Compatibily View to turn it off. After that when I logged on to another forrum I was able to see the box with "Choose a file" to get to my pictures. Hope this helps.
Hm, I'm using Firefox and had no problems. Somebody else on the Orchids forum said he contacted admin and they told him to log off, close out all the cookies he has running then log in again. I wouldn't know where to look for cookies . . . or how to close them, though.
I don't think its Windows 9...isn't that the latest one? I have had this on my computer for a while and have never had a problem until two days ago when I was trying to load pics to the Begonia forum. It was there...I selected the pictures...but when I posted them, they were not there and ever since...no Browse, no choose file. Weird. I even logged out and logged back in, but it didn't help. I'll have to ask my tech son and see what he thinks.
There was a time when I could roll the curser over a person's name in the left column and whether they were members or subscribers and for how long would pop up. That feature no longer works for me although, after much discussion on the DG forum, it works fine for others.
It seems different browers make a big difference. And, if I have to search for cookies I want chocolate chip too.
So did I show you folks the beautiful Chocolate Cosmos that I saw growing on my trip? The flowers really do smell like chocolate!
Unfortunately, they aren't exactly tropical, I tried twice to grow them, and as soon as the nights got warm, they went 'toes up'.
These are growing in a pot at Milner Gardens in Parksville, BC. I'm convinced they're really a type of dahlia, not a cosmos but . . what do I know?? Second shot is just a lovely little patio at the same garden.
I did see some tropicals on my trip, though. There was a spot called 'Butterfly World' with a large greenhouse, c/w a kiwi vine with fruit on it, orchids and lots of other tropicals, not to mention butterflies of course. Even though a lot of the butterflies were tropical species, they really liked the buddleia flowers. Adaptable little fellows, eh?? (oops, there I go sounding Canadian again)
Martha, I have the same problem with non-tropical perennials - they simply don't return after the first year - perhaps (as suggested by our state Master Gardener director) not enough chill time and too much humidity year around.
I've had good luck with regular cosmos from seed, but only in spring, and only until the nights got warm.
Here's a gorgeous bed of them up in BC. My general rule of thumb has been "if it grows through summer in the Pac. NW it will grow in winter here". Bugs the heck out of my friends and family up there, but I keep inviting them to visit in winter saying our weather is just like their summer.
great pics all !! thanks..
?? did anyone elses tropicals struggle this summer from the heat??
i do have to say first..my gardens get ALOT of sun..so..that said ..
my bananas did great..they loved this hot summer..i kept them well watered..and fertilized..
my EE's .. only ones that did really well..got BIG were the ones that were under the bananas..or got some
afternoon part shade (not alot) from neighbours big walnut tree..
everything grew..and my EE's are all pupping again..sigh..LOL just ones in full sun..didnt get big
like usual.. :(
?? anyone elses experiences?? i know many areas in USA got alot more heat than we did..
My tropicals that are on the front porch and under the pear tree are thriving, but the rest are now inside, Tropicalnut. None of the brugs were doing well outside, a few are still out under the pear tree, they may bloom this fall, but the ones I brought inside are budding all ready. *sigh* I hate this heat, but we did get rain today, thank goodness.
Drought, heat, floods, solar storms, and a fantastic (bad) year for bugs plus a really warm winter and early spring. Yup, I'd agree it's been a strange season everywhere, it seems. You're right, Alice, our crepe myrtles were late starting, too. My little white one is still in full bloom.
We have not had extreme heat here, in fact today was the second day all summer we have reached 92deg. But we've had bouts of heavy rain like the deluge from TS Debby, then a week or two of no rain at all. Must be confusing for the plants. Everything jumped up after Debby, bloomed, and some things grew bigger and bloomed more than I've ever seen. Then it seems as if a lot of things just stopped for a while - too much top growth and not enough water to sustain it even with irrigation?
I've had big success with the one EE 'Blue Hawaii' that is in the pool cage, and my begonias are variable, some are going like crazy and others are just sitting there looking at me sadly despite the same care for all of them. My brugs have not bloomed in over a month, and even then it was just a couple of flowers here and there. Insects have been their big problem, but still . . . . I water them every day and feed them generously. Who knows. Another deluge expected here from TS Isaac starting Sunday - maybe it will 'correct' things?
I think night time temps have a lot to do with blooming also. My passies pretty much shut down from mid July or so until mid Sept. or even later till there's more of a cool down in the evening.
Deb your Brug cross is budding up again like crazy...the plant itself looks like poo-poo after a bout with Spider mites, and I ended up moving it to afternoon shade. This
summer sun here is just too much for them to have full sun. Monster white has not been OUT of bloom at all. But it's on the north side of the house and gets filtered shade from a lemon tree that we only let grow to feed the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars.
Cyrtosperma johnstonii wants a real pond
Orchid SL Jinn Jungle Beau and another one " something or other" Gem Sunspots...
Elaine, are you home or away? If your away do you have someone to batten down the hatches, (so to speak) before TS/Hurrican Isaac arrives? If you are away and need someone to check, let me know I'll be glad to run over for ya.
I'm here, thanks Jan. I have great neighbors that take care of things when I'm away, too. From the looks of the 5pm map, the storm is heading further west anyway. I might have to go get the sailboat from the club if there is a surge, but other than that, no plans to batten down this time. Just bringing the orchids in under the overhangs so they don't drown in the rain. KayJones is in the crosshairs, though. Bury all your pots, and git outa dodge if it comes your way, Kay.
Upside is, 3 days of clouds and rain coming up - it's planting time! I have more heliconias to go in out front, and am going to put a bunch of my Achimenes in around them, since they seem to be mostly coming up purple.
Kay, I haven't checked the weather site yet this morning and don't know what is happening today but I can tell you if it looks like the storm is coming your way - get out now. If you wait until they call for an evacuation the roads will be jam packed and it will be like the world's longest parking lot. This area was last evacuated in 2000, we owned this house but were living out of state and had renters here so we were not personally involved but the governor called for an evacuation and all of a sudden our tenants and neighbors were stuck on the interstate for 14 hours, in the rain I might add. Good thing there are lots of wooded areas along SC's highways because everyone had to use the woods when nature called. One neighbor still carries a potty bottle in their car in case that ever happens again.
Kay it's looking more and more like you may be on the worst side of the storm. I think I'd be at least locking everything down.
Looks like we'll just get rain and some wind, but here probably no worse than the normal thunderstorms we get.
Alice, I have Grandsons who have to go to school and a very old dog, so won't likely leave unless absolutely necessary. I am watching the reports very often, but they tend to sensationalize every report. Several of my neighbors tell me to sit tight - they've been here 20-30 years and have never evacuated. Florida's building codes require that buildings be constructed to withstand 75 m.p.h. straight line winds. Of course, one of my main concerns is my plants - I will bring in as many as I can, but I have lots of Adeniums and Plumerias - a big worry right now.
I do tend to be a little hyper having lived through the major destruction of Hugo - 200 miles inland! I just don't trust storms. Remember, the schools will be closed and most houses that were constructed prior to Andrew do not meet the same standards that are required today.
We can always help to rebuild your plant collection but we can't rebuild you. :-)
Beautiful morning glories, Deb. Glad you got rain. Drew that big guy is really gorgeous! What's the pretty shrub to the left in your picture? Are those white flowers, variegated leaves, or just shiny leaves reflecting in the flash?
Um, this might be a good time to invite your family in Mobile to visit. It's in the middle of the "cone of error" right now.
I just got home from the Sailing Squadron with the boat, and it is safely tucked away. We had a strong squall while we were letting the mast down, horizontal rain going fast enough to sting your face, black clouds racing by, very impressive. Phew! That's my share of excitement for the week . . .
Thanks Alice! That is my fig tree. Leaves are emerald on top and kinda silver green on bottom! I think it's a Turkey Fig. I have a bad habit of not writing down plant names. I have other family on the Northeast side of Montgomery (Auburn) They are going there, should the cone of error be "correct"!
Kay Jones; you stay safe in that Northeast Quadrant!
Somebody remind me to cut the dead leaves off Please!
floridABUNNIE: DO NOT BUY ANY MORNING GLORY SEEDS//// oops//// dmail me and I will send you a lot for you to play with.
Drew, cut those yellow leaves off! That is what I have been doing all day here,in between munching snacks and tagging the vines.( I am tagging the mgs such as large white, or large pink white no mai. etc/ lots of NOIDS there. Yellow leaves are a no no for me here. I hate them! LOL
Just checking in for the first time in a long time. Worried about all of you with Isaac rolling across you. I am less than 10 miles from Rita and can't even begin to duplicate her Eden. We are at risk for tornados in the spring. Never any warning...just on top of you all at once. I share your anxiety and am praying that none of you will have ill winds at your doors.
Just a little hiccup this week. DH is having knee replacement in the morning. He has been in such pain for so long that he and I are looking forward to it. Probably be a little uncomfortable for awhile but there is light at the end of the tunnel. He has a very positive attitude and that counts a lot.
Still concerned for all of those in the path of Isaac.
So glad to connect with this wonderful group of people again. I have truly missed you.
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dyzzy, I would have loved to see you getting that mast down in the storm, you are my kind of girl! Great looking Peruvian flowers, it's a shame that their bloom is short lived.
Mjsponies, you are fortunate that you work with things you love. There is no need to retire from them, they will keep you going. I was so taken and focused that everything except the Johnstonii went blurry after viewing the picture, not because I lost my good glasses. It seems to be very happy where it is. lol
Joeswife, if you would like, I can include some candlestick seeds in my next package. They are easy to get going in early spring, the ones I started are about to bloom. The plant in the picture is the one I overwintered. You must have gotten quite a lot of rain, your garden is bursting with beauty. It has been raining in Texas but not at my house, I got a sprinkle last night.
Tropicalnut777. Glad to hear that you are having a great growing season. It seems as if Drew is too, the plants he has shown are monsters. I, on the other hand am not having any luck this year with EEsbut my flowering tropicals are blooming their heads off.
floridabunnie, I have a little variegated heliconia that is doing very well, do you have a picture of the mother plant? I hope you survive Isaac without any damage.
love them all.. here is a tropical from a friend in southern florida, I need to ask what it is ..
leaves in first pic, bloom in second pic
more tropicals from another friend in florida.. love you guys so much for sharing with me..
some red white and blue
my thunberiga? is blooming!
That is Pseuderanthemum alatum - chocolate plant. I have one...I love it. It does reseed and you will probably find them coming up in other plants next year. I have a couple left and I have been trying to catch the seed, so I can have a controlled environment for them. That is one of those plants that's very hard to find.
Here's info. on your first plant, who's common name is chocolate plant and it's botanical name is Pseuderanthemum alatum. This plant came to us from Floridaheat aka Patti. It will spread like wildfire, via seeds.
Hi Rita - I have attached the pic of the mother plant of the heliconia I sent. No blooms yet, but I am still hoping I might see a glimpse of one this year. Your japanese blood grass is very cool, I will have to look for this. I think ornamental grass is so under-utilized.
Debra - I love your thumbergia pic.
GAGirl - the chocolate plant is cool as well. I will have to look for some of this. I kind of like plants that reseed themselves and show up in other places around the garden - kind of gives the yard that natural look.
White Chocolate Jasmine (it does smell just like white chocolate)
love the chinese hat, too florida bunny. I just planted some of the seeds from my little choclate plant, so if one pops up, I will send it your way.. I also like things that pop up around the yard.. gotta have that white choclate jasmine.. I love jasmine.
KayJones, the 4th pic is a baby setosa, I started it from seed for you.. ipomoea setosa it gets big soft thorny looking stems and nice lav pink blooms ... the leaves are HUGE...3rd pic is lav moon vine, the stems look like rose thorns, but are soft, and it blooms at night. Started one of those for you as well, both are prennials in your zone ( I think) f anyone wants seeds of these two lanky beautiful vines, ( they do get beefy) let me know..
last pic is of the native blue day flower, wanders like a jew, blooms one day, posp seeds everywhere and roots in the wierdest places, also a good filler. I pull them out when they are overtaking an area. easy peasy.
I brought the Varigated ginger in to debug, clean up and stop sufferRing in the heat.. the hibiscus downstairs is all flushed out, so tall and big
( TREE ) i KNOW i WILL HAVE TO CUT IT SOON, i AM WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, i HAVE SLOWLY BEEN BENDING THE BRANCHES DOWN. i USE WOOLLEY LIONS YARN TO TIE AND BEND AND SHAPE AND FORM LIVING WALLS AND THINGS.
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floridabunnie, , I am getting your mg seeds together.. should be okay to send stuff in another couple of weeks. My white knight brugmasnia from Tropicman has a bloom on it downstairs, after two years finally. it had 6 buds, but 4 fell off out side so I brought it in a couple weeks ago. I was just hoping for a double, but it is a single small white.
here is I. setosa...passion vine from KayJones is vining ( off the patio living wall north east side) I build my living walls with the woolley yarn and bamboo stakes and sunflowers to hold the morning glorys and other vines..I had to bend the sunflowers down to keep them from knocking the power lines, so now I have arches of sun flowers and morning glorys as part of my outside patio room, forming my living walls.. here is one view tonight..3rd pic is the morning before I did the arching..here is the sunflower right behind where I sit now.. ready for the vines all around the patio to join up on the yarn..last pic is how it looks right now...
Beautiful pictures everyone! Deb, the little dayflower is just heavenly. I love that wisteria, too, but can't think of anywhere I have room for it.
Come to think if it, . . . if I can rent a suit of armor and get somebody to remove one of my huge bougainvilleas, that would be a great spot for a wisteria like that.
Thereby hangs a tale - I was backing my car out of the garage last night and I hear this terrible "nails on the chalkboard" sound. The big bougie beside the driveway has suddenly claimed that whole side, flopping down to about 2ft. off the ground and is screeching along the body of the car! I had to get to a meeting, so when I got back and it was still light, I parked outside the thorny mess- for those of you who "love" bougainvillea from afar, yes it IS beautiful but it has many huge nasty thorns! Got my loppers and proceeded to do "a little trimming". About an hour after dark and a gallon of sweat later, I had mound of prickly branches the size of a volkswagen. I can now drive my car into the garage again without scratching the paint off it. Also can open the front gate, which come to think of it may be why the package I've been expecting hasn't been delivered yet . . .
So, there's a down side to tropical gardening, going from zero to Sleeping Beauty's castle in one rain storm! Oh, and of course pruning bougies just makes them grow all the more, so it's an ongoing battle. )) big sigh (( I just went out to get these pictures and spent another 20 minutes adding to the pile. Reward was the pretty little water lily. First pic is my variegated bromeliad, Mj, I think the one you showed above is from me. Glad it's finally blooming for you!
Elaine, Great Thank You for letting me know. There "used' to be a tag in the pot...I tipped it out to see and it is long gone to where ever it is tags on plants go off too.
I now have those slip thru tags and they seem to be working much better so I'll make a proper tag for it now.
I've given up on bougies, they freeze in the ground here and don't come back, and I'm not gonna deal with one in a pot.
Your pond looks so cool and inviting !
Alice...gonna show SO that Arbor...hint hint...LOL..
Thanks all for the comments about the Chinese Hat. I thought it was so unique when I saw it.
Deb - thanks again for the MG seeds! I love, love, love your sunflowers. Is that night blooming Jasmine I see in your middle pic? I finally got the lubbers to stop chewing on mine this year. I have a small obsession with jasmine. I found a jasmine tree this year and the blooms smell so unique! I can't wait until it gets bigger.
MJ - very cool passie! I have a few seedlings and am hoping that they continue to do well.
Dyzzy - I have the same love/hate relationship with bougainvillea. I had the pink/white one and had it on one end of the house. I got tired of bandaging my husband (and hearing the complaints) every time he mowed the front yard - so out it came. I looked like I got in a fight with a badger by the time I was done - LOL!
One more bougainvillea story - we had a low hedge of dwarf bougies at our other house that the previous owners had planted. They never did very well, and weeds would grow up under, around and through them. When we would go out to weed those things, my DH would say "hm, another session of Weed 'n Bleed, huh?" Even with thick leather gloves with gauntlets, we'd both give blood over that exercise.
At least these ones are huge, and (usually) up out of the way.
o my gosh.. LOL I had NO CLUE they got that big! I have to show my sis in law this photo.. she clips hers in pots and brings them in every winter, and then takes them out and clips them again and off they grow.
Florida bunny, I have jasmine sambuc, night blooming jasmine, and did have a yellow one, but it didn't make it. I have had my other two for three years now and they just bloom all winter inside the basement gardens.
lavender moon vine
assorted morning glories
That pic was taken back in Feb. There's another bougie just as big at the other corner of the fence, and they both bloomed again in May. The other one is closer to one of the big oak trees, so it's not quite as vigorous as this one by the gate, though. Thank goodness!
There's a big old house along the street from us that has several quite a bit bigger than mine, too. Probably near 20ft. tall and wide. I'll have to try to snap a picture of them from the car next time I'm driving by.
One thing I can tell you for sure, nothing but snakes and birds get through a bougainvillea hedge!
Those were all very interesting and enjoyable garden photos. Due to all the helpful tips and advice given, I feel like I have improved immensely. I have been re-arranging my plants in the hoop houses according to their needs and requirements not just because there was a vacant spot.
Joeswife, I am your #1 fan! I so enjoy all your gardening adventures and look forward to your post. I see you in my garden everyday through the plants you have sent me over the years. On a bad note, I lost the Thunbergia mysorensis vine.
mjsponies, Awesome pictures!! the Evergreen Wisteria is almost 20 yrs old. I saw your Alligator fern in the background of one of your pictures. Will you please give me a few tips on the care of it? The leaves on mine are turning black and falling off.
floridabunnie, thanks very much for showing me your Heliconia plant, I hope it blooms for you this summer. It is similar to a variegated pine cone ginger I once had. Love your red Chinese hat plant as well and have the purple/pink that has been blooming since spring.
I have the Chocolate plant and will be happy to send you a start but need to transplant and give it a little sun before mailing. Will d-mail to let you know when it is posted.
dyzzy, It is great to see your plants thrivng!! Sorry that you had a bad experience with your bougainvillea. I don't have to worry too much about them getting that big here in Red Oak. There are a few thornless varieties that I am trying to find for my hanging baskets.
Is that a Pony tail palm in the background of your bougy. Trash picture? WOW
buds on Plumeria and Dragon fruit plants
Kay...re: Black Bat...l think I know someone who can send you a pup...;-)
Rita, Alligator Fern likes Bright light but NO sun, and it's not happy about drying out at all. Also I've found that it's not real happy about being pot bound in the least little bit.
I've up potted it several times thinking I was staying ahead of it...so next time I'm going to over pot. Spray with a fungicide and let sit in the shade for a few days before returning to bright light. Don't let it dry out, and it's a heavy feeder.
Rita I have Rising Sun also...seems to be a slower grower ??? I'd like to move to a basket but am worried about over potting.
Jee, it's was "Only 89º here today, and the greenhouse "only" went to 85 percent humidity...and the only things in there are the stuff that loves it...I have to
take a towel with me to go in there and work. I feel like a walking sponge.
Oh, Martha, I can relate to the humidity and heat - mine only has the Night-Blooming Cereus in it and they don't seem to mind the climate. I also have my new vanilla Orchid (thanks, Floridaheat!) in there - thought it had rotted, but a small bit came back.
Love that golden Naked Lady, they're so graceful. I planted some bulbs of the red ones a couple of years ago but haven't yet seen a flower. Is the white flower the Costus Specosus? Just lovely!
LoL, yes, that is a nice little ponytail palm that just carries on out front there with no care and attention at all. I'll tell her you noticed! It's doing much better now that there is a little bit of irrigation water going to that bed.
Love the yellow spider lily! Elaine. don't give up..I had my first one open just yesterday and several more are poking their heads up. If you need more, let me know, just dug up some at the other house...may not bloom now, but oh well..gotta get them moved!
Deb - I just love seeing the pics of your morning glories, and the windmill is a nice touch.
MJ - your bat plant is awesome! I have admired these for a while - they look hard to grow, are they? Do you have your's in the ground or a pot?
Rita - What is the plant in your 4th pic above in the large hanging basket? We had to cut a large limb from our Royal Poincianna and it asked my husband to leave a stub so that I could hang a large plant from it. Plus I think I might place some epiphytes bromeliads in the crook.
Dyzzy - I had buttercups at our house in C. FL, they popped up everywhere. I didn't mind though. . .
bunnie, I've got the bat's both in pots and the ground. My white one is in pots but I'm thinking I'll probably put one in the ground also. They come back a little slower in the spring than the blacks do. I've got Green Bat's also, in pots and after they make some more pups I'll put them in the ground also. gotta keep snail/slug bait around them and they like good drainage and not to dry out too much.
Rita, Glad you posted the pic of the Philo. Rising Sun...gonna show it to my little guy...
I can't compare to Kangaroo Paws has the 2 times I tried to grow it I killed it...won't try again..( as tempting as they are when I see them)
The Bats grow mostly in morning sun/afternoon shade, some get a sun/shade/sun/shade kinda thing.
mjsponies, I thank you very much for the info. on the Alligator fern, I will definitely have to re-pot and relocate.
I can tell that you are getting the Philo. bug. lol. You have shown some of my favorites. My Rising Sun is planted in the ground. I admire anyone that can get those bat plants to thrive, I love them but after several years of trying, I have to admit failure.
dyzzy, that is a costus Specosus. Would you like a start of it after blooming?
The Bromeliad, like mj's from you, is doing great. It is not as pretty as her's but has a few pups.
That is quite a big Ponytail plant, can we see a picture, pretty please?
KayJones thanks, that is only one out of six bulbs planted. Darn squirrels, they must be tasty because all the red ones are gone as well.
GAgirl 1066, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! and many more.
floridabunnie, that is a Bromeliad Aechmea Alvarez. It needs to be in the sun where the colors would really pop. It is variegated green and yellow with a pink line down the center, the flowers are cool looking, very unusual!
happy birthday Paula! beautiful bat flower, MJ. I love the Daturas, Rita. I am glad the Lilac de Fleur bloomed for you in an earlier post.
Hi, KayJones.. hot here and dry.. hope you all have a safe weekend.
Here's the pic of the Ponytail, Rita. It's nearly 8ft tall now, could not get the light very well, but ..
Alice, here's my bigger of the two Begonia Don Millers you gave me - this one sort of 'flopped' over after all the hard rains we had last week, and despite my best efforts to stake it up again, it is sprouting from the horizontal stems. So I gave up and just put a couple of handfuls of potting soil over the exposed roots. I think it's going to be a monster - but wasn't this the one you said stayed nice and small for you? Just joshing you, I love it and the bigger it gets the better.
Speaking of monsters, third picture is B. Alba Odorata still growing and blooming and refusing to be photographed.
Relaxing after a long day working in the yard (what else, right?) We had to cut a large branch from our Royal Poincianna last Sunday before the storm came. It was hanging over our roof a little and we were worried that if we got high winds we would see it up close and personal. We had to do it on Sunday because my husband (who travels for work) cut his trip short and arrived Saturday night just as the airport closed. Needless to say, I thought I was "helping" and went to pull a limb he trimmed that was laying on the roof and a larger one came tumbling down right on my arm. I'm OK, just a little bruised. Anyway, we finished cleaning up our mess today.
Dyzzy - love the pic of the ponytail. I just love these when they get bigger. How long has your neighbor had this one in the ground?
Happy B-Day Paula!
Rita - thanks for the id on the bromeliad. I had my husband leave a nub on the tree so that I could hang a big basket from it. I think I'll get a big basket like you have with a brom as it is a part sun area.
Here are some pics from this week.
Epiphyte bromeliad in bloom (again, it's bloomed like crazy this year!)
Varigated devils backbone
Gold Rimmed Swallowtail buzzing my Jasmine Tree
Blue Pea Vine
y ephiphyte brom blooming (again, it's bloomed like crazy this year!)
y epiphyte brom in bloom (again, it's been non-stop this year!)
LOL Elaine, you do have a way with begonias. My Don Miller is in a pot up on my deck and it has a nice shape, it never droops over like some of the other begs. What I have noticed however is that if a piece breaks off and falls into another container, it will root all by itself within days. I can't tell you how many cuttings of that one I have given away.
A very happy belated birthday to you Paula. Hope you had a wonderful day - maybe you went to the coast???
Thanks to those very strange widely outer bands of Isaac that went up the east coast we finally got a few inches of much needed rain. All of a sudden the plants are getting that lush look they should have by this time of year.
Bunny, that Ponytail palm is actually on our property in an odd spot I would never have put it. It gets neglected and ignored because I drive by it when I go in and out of the garage, but hardly ever go near where it's growing. I have literally done nothing in the way of landscaping in the front yard since we moved in nearly 5 years ago. Most of the space is in full sun all day long, so it's a weedy "mow what grows" road easement that my neighbor mows for me in exchange for well water. It's very hot and dry especially in spring and fall when there's nearly no rain. We finally put in a well last winter, so I now have enough cheap water to irrigate that area, and can afford to plant it and make it look pretty. Yay!
The ponytail has only survived (and not grown much until this year) because it's in the shade of the big oak tree on the "other" side of the driveway. It's one of those plants that you sort of walk by and never notice, until suddenly it's grown 2ft, and looks really nice. I do sometimes take off its yellow leaves, but I've never fertilized it or anything.
Hi Dyzzy - For some reason I thought it was a neighbor's plant, I'm sure I read something wrong. Anyway, I love it. I don't see ones that large very often and always think they are so neat. It's something that you've never done anything to it and it's grown that large! That's a positive in my book!
Kay Jones, I would like to second what LouC said, you are a beauty! I will have to find a recent picture to post later.
dyzzy, thanks very much for posting that Ponytail palm, you are a lucky lady to have it in your front yard. I tried to win a variegated poneytail on e-bay but it got too expensive for me. I am amazed at how much your begonias have grown!
floridabunnie, thanks for posting your garden pictures, love that Bromeliad. Will you please post it again when the bloom is open? I have a jasmine from Rj that is starting to bloom, maybe you can id it for me.
GAgirl1066, that sounds like you are having a wonderful birthday. Show what you found at the nursery, we might want to send you back to get us one. lol
Great idea, KayJones. That's a lovely picture of you.
Wish I had a nice picture of myself, but I'm always the one behind the camera. All I have are pictures where I'm covered with hats and sunglasses like this one taken at a concert up in BC a couple of weeks ago. My DH just turned 60 the day before this was taken. I am also 60, last March. Redheads must keep the sun off . ..
Rita, those are all lovelies, esp the frilly Hibiscus. Glad your red hib is doing great, you should have some flowers starting pretty soon on there, and if the winter's not too cold it will re-seed. Don't be afraid to prune it to make it whatever shape you want. This one shot up a single stem to about 9ft. tall while we were on vacation. I cut it down to 3ft about 3 weeks ago and here it is going crazy again.
ps. OOps, I should have put this post on the NEW THREAD! will copy it over.