While some caladiums can tolerate the sun, they all perform beautifully in the shade. I love how they brighten spots that have only brief morning sun - like this spot. The photo was taken at 8:19 AM on August 3rd and you can see the shade creeping in already at the left side. Hosta and some other plants do well here but it's the caladiums that are the star attraction.
Be sure to check out his "collections" of every kind. I ordered (among other items) the rare collection and it is 5 bulbs each of four different (separately bagged) caladiums that you won't see in most gardens.
In the past I have bought from other places (I am a blonde!) but after growing Bill's caladiums I'm totally hooked on them.
this friend of mine... she puts her car on a transport... so she is assuming it may get HOT in her car going from FLA to WI. I was thinking they'd be OK as long as they were not damp. [thinking they may start to grow with the heat and dampness. ]
I found Bill on FB and plan on dropping him an email.
But for next year, I'll set a reminder on my phone to remind me of his sale in Dec/Jan.
but boy oh boy... i can not wait until I'm a FLA resident... all the new plants I'll get to play with... 2 more yrs.
I'm sure it will be exciting and you won't miss all the plants we, in the north, can grow...that can't be grown in "sunny FL"!
Each area of our wonderful country has its positives and negatives. It's up to us to dwell on the positives..."You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don't mess with Mister In-Between..." Lyrics by Johnny Mercer (eons ago)
One thing I will miss ... all my hostas. I have some nice ones in IL... but we are keeping our WI place where I have about 100 or so named varieties.
but I will love that I can grow Salvias as perennials. but you are right... pros and cons to everywhere.
This week is supposed to be (very) warm, so I'm hoping my CB4L order arrives soon. I have been unable to reach Bill, but he is good about watching the temps before shipping. I could never take advantage of the discount despite the timely order on the website. It never keeps me from ordering and trying something new.
Professionals know how to lay a foundation for stone that keeps the stone from heaving.along with other problems that non pros leave out due to the intense labor.
I loved designing this path using left over countertop for the flower-star detail.
Duering the season the stone shifted and flipped out in places.
Landscaper said the countertop wasnt thick enough to use that way.
Its not an impossible situation and I can live with it but wont use the leftovers in the new paths he will do soon.
Pirl: The gentle driveway curve is enough to carry the eye .Its just going to be beautiful.
I was shocked. Laying the base took them from 8 AM until 4:36 PM. You can tell I was taking photos and they do show the time! "Intense" is putting it mildly! I had no idea this much work could go into the path. Now they're cutting pavers to fit the gaps, as I sit in my pajamas! I don't know the technical name of this pounder item that the guy is using here but they used it for a long time and many times. I'm impressed.
Love your detail, Jo Ann. It's a shame it didn't work out perfectly but I am glad you can live with it. I don't need "perfect" when it comes to using my ideas. There's something so personal about anything beautiful that we can create that I'd be thrilled with what you designed!
Could you get your contractor to create a stepping stone flower out of extras? With just one "landing pad" type of stepping stone, it just might be possible to form it up so it will withstand the weather. Doesn't cost anything to ask.
I dont know the name of the pounder but its important for the base to drain and yet be nearly solid.We used "stonesand" its between sand and peagravel,has many sharp edges and once in pl;ace its hard to dig thru.
You can bet your walk wont shift or spread sideways over time and many people walking on it.
Stone is set on top of the bed and more stone stand is poured on and swept into the cracks.
I wish I was 30 years younger.Loved building stuff back when.
Jo Ann -- I usually get my order in June. [zone4 in WI] Once I had to do a "gentle reminder" - but if i recall correctly, he was ill that year.
I'd give him a jingle or pop an email... I'm sure he'll get back to you asap. I've always had decent/timely email correspondence with him.
I'm here!!! I'm busier than a one armed paper hanger to say the least!! Trust when I say I'm watching the temps across the country VERY CLOSELY!! It's the Lows I watch too!!
Not to sound stupid but I could care less what the Highs are, it's the Low temps that I watch.
tcs - Call me hon at 863-465-2852 You know I WILL take care of you!!
Cathy - Your temps are still on the cold side but it won't be to much longer. I know you're all getting Spring fever!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, if you need to get a hold of me, email me at: CaladiumBulbs4Less@earthlink.net That is the best way to get in touch with me!!!!!
Did any of you get some of Bill's "Super Colossal" bulbs? They are huge can't wait to see them bloom.
We are having some unseasonably cold weather right now so I haven't gotten any of my bulbs planted yet. I picked up some different varieties for hanging baskets this year.
Our official frost free date is May 15th but usually we are usually safe by Mothers Day I only remember once before when we had frost after MD. Last two nights it was in the 30's last night we had heavy frost and the water in the wheelbarrow and rain gauge froze. I got my bulbs before the cold snap and can't wait to get them planted. Another couple of days and it should be safe to get them in the pots.