Many people get tog. and swap plants. We also bring a dish to pass. Door prizes and we all learn a lot from each other. Last Oct. 2011 had a great crowd at my place and really enjoyed it.
Once you attend one you will be hooked.
Usually they start around 10AM but folks come when they can. It usually winds up about 4PM.
If you can't get there at start up you come when you can.
Hope we end of having one they are so fun.
I would come but would not have many plants
Spring would be much better for me.
I should have A LOT of plants come about May
Which reminds me I better get the seeds started, have over a 100 different kinds of seeds to grow-did some one get carried away buying seeds or what??? LOL
Ponds have been finished for a while and all fish seem happy in both. Did you see little pond house Charlie built over waterfall on my old thread entitled pond in progress. He also finished walkway down side of pond yesterday.
I potted up a passion vine for you and some cats ate it clean but it is coming back so if I ever get up your way I will still bring it to you. Plus some water plants for your pond.
Bonnie thanks, as soon as I see the doctor about my knee tomorrow, I will start some seeds. I have a lot of butterfly plants and some very unusual stuff
Old knee is hurting bad.
It looks like I would not make it in Oct. either. Linda and Brandy travel with me so they would probable not be there either.
FLbunnie- I'm just below you. What exit off I-75 would you be closest to? That is the only way I know directions. I really would like to go to the meet also. There are a few DG'ers down here- carpooling might be an option.
We are hoping to move to central FL when and if we sell this property. I would love to meet y'all in person. I already know MollyMc and if you guys are anything like her, I am very excited! She's a fantastic human being.
If you think we are confusing here wait until you meet us in person. I'm a firm believer a day without a good laugh is a wasted day. Now thats just me. Can't speak for others. Keep on chuckling its good for you.
April 13. Tell hubby I guarantee him a comfortable recliner under a shade tree. And if its too hot there is another recliner in the house right in front of a TV. Anything needed for comfort we have is at his disposal.
Good for you trying hydroponics. There are several places around here that grow that way. A strawberry place up on 27 sells them U pick every year and I haven't made it there yet and its a whole 10 miles from me. I think its in someones backyard. I love strawberries and blueberries.
Looking forward to meeting you both. I usually have valet parking and also help for everyone loading and unloading plants.
Who says we ain't got cooth out here in the boonies. LOL
I'm bringing 2 kinds of Amaranth and a variety of what ever else I can plant or root.
I am looking for Brugs, Daturas and ever blooming plants for the more warm climates. I will contact Dale the Gardner.
I want Dale to follow me home and set up an auto drip/mist system. Want him to put an IV port in it so I can "lace" the water. *grin*
My deck is shaping up.
I am looking forward to going.
I hope Jeremy is coming and DAnn from Jupiter.
Will encourage all of the above.
I plan on attending. Relatively new on the forum. I should have Passiflora Betty Myles Young and Passiflora Vitifolia rooted cuttings as well as a few Musical Notes Clerodendrum and perhaps some Hibiscus to trade. I'll probably have other butterfly attractors as well. I'll be coming from Tarpon Springs. I may have some Passiflora seedlings like Passiflora Edulis Flavicarpa too.
I collect Passiflora and Hibiscus but have a hard time passing up any pretty bloom offered. Working on a Butterfly/Hummingbird garden.
I have just what you need for butterfly garden. Fire spike and it blooms red continuously. If I don't get it potted up for you remind me when you get here and you can dig some up. I have very large plants and you are welcomed to some. I have a few plants for the butterflys but should add to it as I get lots of them ea. year. Not many monarchs last summer but loads of long winged zebras which is Fl. state butterfly.
That is nice wren! Do you get any hummers? The most butterfly species I've had so far at one time I think was 4 and that was recently despite the cold. I've never heard of frog fruit, is that a small ground cover type of plant or larger?
I had hummers and also a lot of native bees.
It depends if you mow it or not. In a lawn it hugs the ground. In my flower bed it is a few inches tall. 3 different butterflies us it as a host plant. I released 40 Buckeye butterflies last summer so I hope I will have some of them show back up this year. I already have the Phaon Crescent Butterfly and I hope to buy and release some White Peacock Butterfly if she has them this year. http://www.butterfliesetc.com/frog-fruit-regular-butterfly-host-plant.html
The forth picture is the Red Admiral it is another butterfly that uses a weed as a hot plant and I sighted my first female laying eggs last month.. My yard guys no longer look at me funny when I tell them not to pull up some weeds. LOL
Here is the list of the butterflies I have ID so far in my yard there was also a number of moths but I do not have them ID yes
Easter Blacks Swallowtail Butterfly
Common Buckeye Butterfly
Phaon Crescent Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly
Gold Bar Butterfly
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Sleepy Orange Sulfur
I overlooked that first post with links to Edith's site, sorry. I actually was driving around the countryside one day and happened by their property. I think it was a Sunday and they were closed, this was many years ago. I guess we need to get back over there for a visit.
There have been at least 8 different butterflies here, we get tons of Cloudless Sulfur, White Peacock,Giant Swallowtail,Viceroy,Gulf Fritillary and a few I haven't identified.
Sandy those are great sites. I am very interested in the frog fruit. Does it take cold weather well? This morning at 6AM it was 36. Today it's supposed to warm up. Sure hope so. I can't get Charlie outside of the house.
Water temp. in ponds has been 30 for 2 days. Poor fish.
Soon we'll be complaining about the heat but thats better than worrying about all our plants surviving.
Birdbath was covered with ice yesterday morning.
I googled it and its a pretty weed. Will make sure I add that to my butterfly section of the garden. Maybe someday I'll get to that butterfly farm. Sounds very interesting and I'm sure would learn a lot.
Bonnie the Mahogany Splendor grows to 6', some versions to 12' but is very easy to keep at any size. Gorgeous red color throughout including the blooms, which bloom all along the stem unlike many hibiscus. Many will come back after a freeze (but not always). My plant has survived 36 degrees so far, without protection. Smaller plants didn't do as well and would need protection til they're well established. Will start some confederate jasmine tomorrow.
Found the mahogany splendor and it is just beautiful. The ones I looked at just had leaves didn't know it blooms. The leaves are beautiful and resemble Japanese maple. Would greatly appreciate it if you could bring 1 with you. Space is not a problem around here. I would plant it where it could go as high as it wanted to. Thank you so much. I'm really excited to find new plants. I have many feet of landscape blanket and could always protect it until it gained size. My husb. says I take better care of my plants than I do him. Not true LOL
I love hibiscus but no more for me right now, I am trying to get more of my butterfly gardens beds built. I do need to start some seeds for the red and white Texas Stars. I really want to see what I get from crossing those 2.
I have lived here all my life and I do not remember a crazy winter like this one.
I really need to get the seeds started this week.
I might try to root some milkweeds, I have the Giant and the Family Jewels as well as the other more common kinds.