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BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9249845

Had such a good time last year I'm ready to host another at my place. Thinking of Oct. 20. Any interst please respond here and if so then I'll post on RU forum.
Bonnie
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9249864

Under "normal" circumstances I'd come down but, I'll be out of town for 3 weeks in Oct so this will not work for me.
Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9249915

I would love to participate, but I can only promise a strong "maybe" at this point.

Norma
ApopkaJohn
Apopka, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 22, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9250543

Good Idea Bonnie. Some new folks are popping up on DG Florida and several are in Orlando area. If they only knew how much fun they could be having...
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9252410

Take it to the top
Wyckoff
Deltona, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 25, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9253066

Pardon my ignorance. What's a RU?

What time? I already have a morning commitment...

Candace
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9253526

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.
Bonnie

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9256093

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
Sandy
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 28, 2012
11:23 AM

Post #9257084

I would love to come but need as much advanced notice as possible. I have A LOT of plants!
Got any idea what month yet? What town?
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9258424

Don't get too excited Cyber. The rate my health problems are going I may not be able to host one which makes me really sad.

Wren,
You are our official seed starter. Don't know anyone who put in as many seeds as you and you get such good results I consider you an expert.

Bonnie
Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 29, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #9258442

Bonnie, maybe you should hold off for a while and get some rest. We want you to be able to get your pond(s) finished!
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9258458

Hi Norma,
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
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9258461

If I can find them I'll add them here as well as in water garden forum. Still looking for nautical stuff to decorate it with.
Bonnie

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wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 29, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9258488

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.
floridabunnie
Cape Coral, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 29, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9258682

Hi All -

I would be interested in driving up whenever you have one. Would love to just come up and meet everyone :)
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 30, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9259168

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.

This message was edited Aug 30, 2012 9:54 AM
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 30, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9259202

All things considered guess I won't be hosting RU. Hopefuly someone else will.
Bonnie

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2012
9:02 AM

Post #9259260

Bonnie I can wait until spring/early summer. I need things done to my knee.
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 30, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9259405

Bonnie, Sorry to hear about you health issues.
floridabunnie
Cape Coral, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 30, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9259833

Bonnie - I hope you get to feeling better! I had bouts of health problems in my 20's and 30's and know what it is like to not feel well for a long time.

Cyber - I'm at exit 143. Would definately think about carpooling!

Like I said, I would just like to meet everyone!

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9259932

We will have one. Look on the bright side, if we wait until spring we will all have a lots more plants.
Brandy and Bonnie will be well by then and hopefully my knee will be better.

Sandy
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #9261018

Sandy I agree.
Bonnie
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 3, 2012
11:45 AM

Post #9263454

FlBunnie, I'm way back at exit 80 but assume I pass your exit! Are you near outdoor world?
floridabunnie
Cape Coral, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 6, 2012
8:34 PM

Post #9267613

Cyber - I'm a few exit's north of that.
hydrocharged
Jacksonville, FL

February 11, 2013
10:06 AM

Post #9415441

[quote="BonnieGardens"]Had such a good time last year I'm ready to host another at my place. Thinking of Oct. 20. Any interst please respond here and if so then I'll post on RU forum.
Bonnie[/quote]

Whats the closest major city to most here? It will give us an idea of where we all are?

I'm close to Jacksonville.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2013
11:37 AM

Post #9415571



This message was edited Feb 27, 2013 8:22 AM
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 11, 2013
12:01 PM

Post #9415601

Hydro check you D-mail please.

David I'm counting on you coming and bringing your gardening friends. We have plenty of space so ya'll come.

Bonnie

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 11, 2013
3:10 PM

Post #9415834

hydrocharged what side of Jacksonville do you live in, It looks like I will have one empty seat in my car.

Sandy

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2013
3:27 PM

Post #9415846



This message was edited Feb 27, 2013 8:23 AM

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 11, 2013
5:55 PM

Post #9416041

hydrocharged is the person who posted before you did earlier.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9416068





This message was edited Feb 27, 2013 8:24 AM
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 12, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9417066

Hey David,
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.
Bonnie
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2013
7:45 AM

Post #9421740

I will be there Bonnie!
I like that "ACAAS! (A Chuckle And A Sigh)" I will be using that often! ACAAS
hydrocharged
Jacksonville, FL

February 17, 2013
3:40 PM

Post #9422306

[quote="wren107"]hydrocharged what side of Jacksonville do you live in, It looks like I will have one empty seat in my car.

Sandy[/quote]

Thanks wren,thats sweet of you.But we will drive there hubby is disabled so we may have to leave early if he gets to feeelign bad.

When is the date ,somehow I missed it?
hydrocharged
Jacksonville, FL

February 17, 2013
3:42 PM

Post #9422309

[quote="DavidofDeLand"]Paint me a fool. I read all and reread,... and was looking for my D-mail Bonnie! (" What does she mean? What does Hydro check mean?")... truly LOL! [/quote]

LOL just a user name,we are just starting to try hydroponis,so thought the name fits.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 22, 2013
4:05 PM

Post #9428258

Hydro,
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

Hey, just thought of a job for David????
Bonnie

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9428285

Brandy and I both ordered some seeds that we are going to start. She ordered pepper seeds and I get the tomatoes-including a blue one. LOL

Sandy

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 23, 2013
4:40 AM

Post #9428648



This message was edited Feb 27, 2013 8:24 AM
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 23, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9429161

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.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 26, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9432500

Thanks Sugarweed for talking it up. Last time we had a good crowd and I think we may have more this time.

Got a brug and datura I think. If not when Datura makes large seed ball I can send you some. I don't give them much attention but they survive.

I'm praying for good weather!!

Bonnie
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2013
5:07 PM

Post #9438889

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.

Darren

I collect Passiflora and Hibiscus but have a hard time passing up any pretty bloom offered. Working on a Butterfly/Hummingbird garden.

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
5:12 PM

Post #9438899

Darren you might be interested in this links http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/aboutus.php and
http://www.butterfliesetc.com/. Edith is posting a lot of butterfly information on FB.
I have bought plants and butterflies form them. Great people.
If I get my act together I might have some butterfly plants.

Sandy.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 4, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9438902

Darren,
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.
Bonnie
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9438920

Thanks Bonnie, sounds great! I started my BF/HB garden last spring but really didn't have most plants until late summer so this will be my first full season!

Look forward to meeting everyone.

Darren

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
5:37 PM

Post #9438924

I counted 8 species in 20 minutes last summer in my garden and that is not all of the butterflies that come to it.

I will start the Frog Fruit and see what else I can get started.
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2013
7:00 PM

Post #9439033

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?

Darren

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9439087

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

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wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
8:13 PM

Post #9439093

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
Monarch Butterfly
Zebra Longwing
Pipevine Swallowtail
Gold Bar Butterfly
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Cloudless Sulfur
Painted Lady
Sleepy Orange Sulfur
Cassuis Blue
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2013
3:58 AM

Post #9439227

Sandy,

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.

Will have to check out the butterfly forum.

BTW that Buckeye is gorgeous, hope they return!

Darren

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
3:59 AM

Post #9439228

Forget one

Long-tailed Skipper butterfly

That is 15 butterflies that I have ID in my garden.
Add to that 5 kinds of native bee, honey bees and a number of pollinating wasp.

Sandy

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
4:01 AM

Post #9439229

Darren you need to call ahead. They are not open except when you make a appointment.

Here is another great web site and you can narrow it down to your own county.
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/checklists?species_type=0&tid=42
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2013
4:48 AM

Post #9439249

Thanks Sandy! Awesome website, so helpful for id's. Bookmarked. Yeah, I went to their facebook page and saw it was by appointment only. Will do.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
4:49 AM

Post #9439250

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.

Bonnie

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
5:26 AM

Post #9439275

Bonnie it is a common weed-cold does not effect it at all

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
5:27 AM

Post #9439279

Oh something to remember if you go to Shady Oaks Butterfly farm--ask about free seeds!!!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
6:05 AM

Post #9439321

What is Frog Fruit??? Please enclose pictures.
Sidney
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
6:46 AM

Post #9439357

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

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9439371

https://www.google.com/search?q=Frog+Fruit+Lippia+nodiflora&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=opu&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=2wk2UZf2C-Sy2gWmloCIAg&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1385&bih=708

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
7:08 AM

Post #9439375

Here is another weed that is a host plant-can not remember the butterfly right now
Cudweed
https://www.google.com/search?q=Frog+Fruit+Lippia+nodiflora&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=opu&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=2wk2UZf2C-Sy2gWmloCIAg&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1385&bih=708
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9439402

I found your frog flower on another thread. Pretty little thing.
I'll start some Henna Coleus and a few others I have, go figure. ;)
I am looking forward to it.
Sidney

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
8:57 AM

Post #9439496

I remembered the American Lady Butterfly uses Cudweed as a host plant. A very beautiful tiny butterfly
That makes 16 ID butterflies on my tiny yard.

Sandy
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2013
9:07 AM

Post #9439510

I have confederate jasmine and bleeding heart that I can take cuttings to start if there is an interest. I also can start some Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus (red maple) that is a beautiful plant.

Darren
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
11:55 AM

Post #9439679

Definitely the confederate jasmine. I have it all across my front yard fence but side yard fence is still bare. Will look up mahogany splendor hibiscus (red maple) as I've never heard of it.

Is there a Japanese maple low shrub that will grow here? Every one I find says only to zone 8.
Bonnie
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2013
12:04 PM

Post #9439689

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.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
12:14 PM

Post #9439700

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

Bonnie
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2013
1:57 PM

Post #9439832

O.K., I'll have several Mahogany Splendor when I come.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 6, 2013
7:41 AM

Post #9440576

Great, I'd like one too.
Sidney
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9440631

Got it Sidney.

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2013
8:54 AM

Post #9440672

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.
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9440784

I should have plenty should you change your mind Sandy ;-)

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2013
10:44 AM

Post #9440791

Thank you but right now I need to get a lot of seeds started and do not have much room until I get the new raised beds ready

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 8, 2013
5:07 AM

Post #9442610

it is cold again up here. I was going to start some seeds. At this rate I will not have any ready for the RU.
RetiredFlorida
Tarpon Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 8, 2013
7:13 AM

Post #9442720

Crazy weather right. We started with such a mild winter and then after the new year, roller coaster ride all the way. Knock on wood we haven't had any frost here in West Central!

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 8, 2013
7:43 AM

Post #9442755

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.

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