Good rainy morning from here too and it really is good because we needed the rain so badly.
My favorite coleus are still looking good and going strong. I don't know why I have frost cloth on some things, you can always tell if you have had frost when the coleus start looking bad. I noticed my neighbors still have their crotons out, they are another good cold weather indicator.
Good growing everyone, all the plants look so great.
Great growing on the nun's orchids, there Deb! I have some spikes on mine too. Have patience, they take forEVER to get up to size and bloom. Orchids truly do teach you patience, they grow so slowly. Alice, that really is a gorgeous coleus.
A bunch of my rescued Phals from the death rack at Lowe's are putting on spikes, too. I am not expecting to see flowers until March but it's fun to anticipate . . .
I also got two little plants of Musical Notes in November at the Selby plant sale, and one has put up a flower.
Catching up on the last thread and this one, I love the photos and sure do want one of those nun orchids.
Dyzzy, I've been noticing out on my morning walks how amazingly gorgeous the bougainvilleas are this year...just stunning. I don't have one in my garden because I don't have a place for it to grow without getting stuck with the thorns, but do think they're pretty.
I've not noticed any damage from any of the cold nights we've had here, I did keep my orchids in my makeshift green house, which is my easy-up with drop down clear tarps. I have some peppers and tomatoes blossoming and put them in there when it dips to 40 or below. I noticed my Phal orchids are starting spouts also.
Here are some plants in my garden from a couple days ago that are usually frozen back by this time of the year.
Canna my Dad gave me is starting to bloom.
Powder Puff, not the dwarf plant so common in the nurseries...Calliandra haematocephala
Mexican flame vine is going crazy, another one usually frosted back by now.
Last two photos...Firecracker plant...This is my favorite plant in the whole garden, I bought it well over 8 years ago at Lukas gardens (the only one they had), not the common firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis) seen everywhere, this one is Russelia sarmentosa. It usually freezes back by December's end but not this year or last year...just a spectacular display of a red fountain in the garden. I do cut clippings each year, if anyone interested when I cut it back. I just never see this one in the nurseries.
Beautiful, Sherri. Flowers in January are such a bonus.
The nun's orchids are great plants you can grow in a big pot under a tree, and unlike a lot of orchids, they have nice looking foliage all year. Mine bloomed from late Feb. through the middle of April last year. But they do need a little protection from cold. I got mine from a grower out of Apopka, Chapman's Orchids. Mr. Chapman goes to most of the orchid shows around the state, so check if there is one near you, or make a trip to his greenhouse. (it's best to call first, as most small orchid growers do travel to shows a lot and there isn't staff there all the time).
I just got a new one in the mail, a gift from my kids a bit late for Christmas. It is Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite 'Chariot of Fire' from EFG Orchids up in DeLand, FL. You have a lot of great orchid growers near you, up there!
Well the frost freeze we had a couple weeks ago has pretty much done in what was blooming. Except for some orchids, and a few things in the greenhouse.
Sherri, I would LOVE some cuttings of the Mexican Flame vine, mine got froze back 2 years ago and never made it back. Was a favorite with the Butterflies.
Also would love some of the Russelia sarmentosa.
Let me know what your looking for hopefully I have something you'd want.
Elaine, your going to love that Chariot of Fire, I've seen them up there at EFG and it's gorgeous.
I have the Kryptonite 'Ursula' , poor thing got knocked over in a wind storm and broke all but one bloom stalk, but it's still going strong.
Oh, that would just kill me if those big beautiful bloom stalks broke. The plant from Chapmans came to me with two stalks carefully tied to metal stakes. (you can see them in the pic above) After I nearly poked my eye out a couple of times on the stakes, I removed them and put tomato cages in both the big pots instead. I think the rings might protect the stalks if the pot fell over, too. That plant has five stalks coming this year!
Here's my other plant just opening last March (single flower on the left). It's supposed to be Phaius Microburst 'Wild Thing' but turned out to be 'Octoberfest' instead. The first plant (in full bloom on the right) is the species Phaius tankervilleae.
Elaine I'm not far from Apopka and those blooms are spectacular...I have lots of big trees that I could put that orchid under.
Mj - you're more than welcome to take cuttings. I've never tried rooting cuttings of the Mexican flame vine, I'm actually seeing some flowers going to seeds since it hasn't frozen. I'll be cutting the firecracker back about Feb. and will root some of those, they root easily. I'd be willing to bring them on by so I can see your garden, been wanting to for quite sometime now.
ardesia, that dog of yours is so adorable, and too cute with the stuffed orange kitty, that looks like my real kitty...bet they'd like each other, my cat loves dogs and misses his German Shepherd chasing him around and chomping on him. When someone brings a dog over he runs right up and starts initiating play.
I had Cuban buttercups in a big planter last year and they just died out on me, but now I have two that came up from seed in the sand between my stepping stones and flowering. I'm waiting until we are past frost and will move them into a nice sandy spot off the beaten path. Funny how plants pick their spot to grow, these obviously like the sand and not the good potting soil.
love all the beautys posted, even the fur babys. Been busy at work, hope to have some basement garden time later tonight.
I think I lost my muscial notes, this will be the second time, so not going to try again.
Lovely article, Alice. I can relate, I am one of those singing people, one margarita . . . phew. What a beautiful resort, sadly I have as much chance as a snowflake in Florida to get my DH to Mexico.
Brazilian Red Cloak with flowers visible.
Begonia Don Miller with tiny flowers, blooming away!
Spathoglottis goes from purple/yellow to white/red as it ages.
A rescued Phal from Lowe's giving yet more buds! It had just the one bud when I got it and was all wilty and wrinkled.
Continually surprised at the range and changes of color these coleus go through. I've got about ten big plants of this one variety around the yard, and every one looks different.
beautiful eye candy, Elaine. I am so envious of your climate. we got a half inch of rain if that today, now we are going on water restrictions as the state is in drought, so I am glad I use my laundry water to jug up and save for the shrubs and trees. Ususally we have had at leats 18 inches of snow and rain by now. Ponds and lakes are dried up all over the state now. I hope our water supply resavoir holds tight. *sigh*
the basement garden is still happy, tho.
Joe is taking a vacation day tommorrow as it is going to be 65, he is BBQing a weeks worth of food, cleaning the fridge,doing laundry, sweeping the house and going shopping for groceries, while I work until 6.( I peeked at his to do list while he was in the other room) Saturday is my off day this week, and it will be back to low 30's at that time. dang it! That is ok, tho, I can sleep late and then go down and clean my garden areas up.
We have 17 bags of frozen home grown green beans to get ate up before spring. Wish I could send them out .. LOL
Sunkissed in case you haven't been able to ID your Aunt's orchid. It is actually a Dendrobium. More specifically a Nobile type. These guys look their best with a winter rest where water is restricted. This actually encourages leaf drop on the canes and when the plant blooms pretty much all you see in the flowers covering the canes. They do best in a basket or pot tilted where they can hang down as it's their natural growing habit and they all tend to smell wonderful !!!
Greeting from Costa Rica,
Sorry I have been MIA but we have been here for 5 days now. Beautiful plants...jacaranda and plumeria pudica every where at 20 ft tall. I am most impressed. Passed one of the yard crew this morning planting one of the sunshine trees. It was beautiful. Orchids, as well as cactus growing on the cliffs. I was so excited to be coming ...thinking 'rain forest'...Not! We are in the Tropical Dry forest...oppisite side of the rain forest. Waa! Still beautiful flowers, but very hot and dry. It is their dry season...6 months it rans every day and then 6 months nothing. Send pictures later.
Hey Roly, I did finally get the ID on my orchid thanks to the good people here on DG. It is in a hanging basket and my buds are getting bigger everyday. I'm looking forward to the flowers...I didn't realize they have a nice fragrance, what a plus.
I do have a nice lookin single brother and he is a hard worker and one heck of a nice guy, really shy until you get to know him, witty, and an outdoors man. Non smoker, non drinker. 50ish. He'd kill me if he knew I just posted this.. ☺
I'd love to have a little baby against my chest like that...I have one son married, they're thinking about having one, but both just started new jobs this past year...so not holding my breath.
I hope the weather doesn't cool down too much...so far they're saying 44. Fingers crossed.
The brug my Dad gave me is looking so healthy. Mine is actually still in a pot in the ground since it was just newly rooted when he gave it to me last summer. It likes where it it at but I'm thinking it will get too big for that spot. I have two spots I can move it to once spring is here, one is mostly shade under an live oak, with very early sun and late sun and trickled sun through-out the day, only a few feet from where it is now ( the close photo of the brug you can see the background past the hedge of podocarpus trees is where I'd move it to). The other spot would be shaded till about 2PM and then full sun the rest of the day...thinking that might be too much sun.That area is behind the umbrella in the photo to the left of the schefflera trees and would have lots of room for a nice canopy...
Sherry, I think your Brug. will get too big and tall to be planted under any trees. Mine is over 10' tall, and it dies back to the ground every year. I'd choose a spot on the east or south side of your home, where it won't get too hot, but has plenty of room to grow large. Do you know which Brug your dad gave you?
Thanks Elaine, don't know what kind it is but the flowers look the same color as the Charles Grimaldi you posted. My father got them from a neighbor years ago and keeps rooting them and has about five plants now.
Didn't realize they could get that big. I'll have to think about a spot now...I'm so running out of room around here...ugh.
Sherri, my experience has been that the brugs don't compete well with the tree roots near oak trees.
If you want it to stay under the oak tree, or anywhere near it where there will be roots from the tree invading, I'd leave it in a large pot, and just keep it pruned so it doesn't grow out of the pot too often.
Mine are all around the yard in sunken pots because I have oaks all around the house. The one in the pictures above is in a large pot on my patio. It is over 7ft tall, including the pot.
Sherri, I have to agree with everyone here..
KayJOnes, you know u made my day , thanks. Nuns orchids are about to pop open, Joe is so kacited!
Elaine, how is my monster white doing? LoL
You all are not going to believe this, but tommorrow i am getting a new breaker box with extra breakers dedicated to the plant light fixtures, and having three t5 long lights installed in the main growing room. I CAN"T WAIT!!! we had to lose electircity and heat for three days over the past week for us to be put into action, tho., man, that was TOUGH. I stayed in bed to stay warm most of the time LOL. Plants are in the dark right now except a couple spot lights on the nuns orchids. all the brugs and tall plants are waiting anxiously for their new "sunlight" I guess I had three times the max amps allowed per outlet with my lights, i am surprised the house didn't catch fire, but the breakers were old ( 50 years old) and the meter outside had melted a "lug" and the wires leading to the house..was going to cost more than double normal price to come out on a SUnday, so Joe said aww we can tough it until Monday. the electric people said it wasn't my fault for the meter, tho, but the electriction guys were like WOW.. what do you grow down there? most people won't let us near thier basements, so I took them down and even tho their eyes popped out at all the bulbs and surger bars, they sure did like the peppers , tomatoes and blooming hibiscus and fish pond LOL.. gee.. I was like, really? People in this town grow pot in the basement? REALLY?? I have never done that, and they asked me if the police ever stopped by at night when the lights were on, I said "no, they know me as the plant lady here.." so i let them pick their own peppers and off they went.
is Alba a begonia? and Don Miller hasn't grown much, should I put him in a bigger pot? No snow, No rain, next job will be having my HVAC guy make me a portable fitting for the washer drain to go outside...
T%'s will only be used in winter, have no clue what electric bill will be after these are in, can't wait to see.
lovwe your AEAE's too, Drew.
I went outside to check on stuff and saw the silly daffodils coming up, it gets down in the low 30's and 20's at night, but warms up to mid to high 50's in day.. *sigh* is it winter, fall or spring? None of us knows here..
Yup, Begonia Alba Odorata, a huge, sprawling one with plain green leaves the size of salad plates, and big umbels of white fragrant flowers.
Mine is in a huge hanging basket, and the canes get so long and heavy that they break off. I saw it growing in Gr. Cayman, supported by a hedge. I may have to try that. They really like the winters, here. Cool and moist just suits all the begonias, but that one goes through our summers very well, too. Lots of water and shade is key.
As far as re-potting Don Miller, if it's not growing, maybe try a different potting mix? I had a couple in some cheap potting soil that DH got somewhere . . . (no comment) and they just sat there looking at me until I changed the mix.
Thanks all, Kay, Elaine and Deb for the info on the brugs in the pots...that will be my best bet, at least this next year. BRRRR cold and windy today, I haven't seen any critters or insects in the garden today...and I don't blame them.
First I've seen a flower in a few seasons on my Ty plant.
LOL Drew...but we need it don't we...in all this 'bareness' around? Hate to say it but the tulip trees (japanese magnola) are blooming here...about 2 months too early and of course we are supposed to have a freeze tomorrow or Tuesday! Even the grass is starting to green up. Geez! But what can you do when its been in the 70 and 80s for 3 weeks.
Wow, amazingly early for the pollen woes! Even our oaks aren't quite in bloom yet, I guess we've had cooler evenings through the spell of warm weather.
Lovely plants, Paula. I love those Jewel Orchids too, but haven't got one yet. I'm still "learning" my other orchids.
Brug. Charles Grimaldi hardly ever blooms in January, but here it is full of flowers!
Two little Spathoglottis plicata changing color daily.
I went for a bunch of these 'Mona Lavender' plectranthus for some winter color and they are really taking off!
In the same bed, peachy Kalanchoe aren't doing so well. We'll see!
Alice I did a trade with another DG friend and received one of those butterfly looking flowered plants. Nice to see what the flowers will look like. Very pretty Hibiscus.
Wow Paula, lots to admire there. Nice to have a green house.
Elaine I've never had luck with Mona Lavender, don' know why, and I usually put it in a pot. I see you have them in the ground, maybe I should try that. I think they're so pretty.
I'm getting a flower on my poinsettia, a bit late for Christmas. I really need to cut the bleeding heart back, I can't even see the purple jasmine under it anymore. In fact the last photo is the first time in I don't know how long I've had this much flowering at once, usually when the azaleas are blooming everything else is brown from the freezes...just tickles me pink. ☺
Uhh, Sherri I kind of cheated with those Mona Lavender plants - they are still in pots, just sunk in the ground. That bed is in full shade on the north side of the house, but as the sun gets higher, it will be in full sun, so I wanted to be able to easily move the plants when it gets too sunny for them. I have my kids visiting and wanted to make the bed look nice, but can't stand to spend money on plants that will die off in a couple of months! I'll keep you posted how this works . . .
Yeah, we really can't complain about the weather this winter, so far no nights below 40, knocking on wood. Now, if we could just get one cold night while the oak trees are in bud to keep the flowers from making all that pollen!
Geez...weather man was wrong again. I watched and believed and once again a good five degrees lower than they said. 41 this morning when I arose.
Does anyone grow Brazilian Plume flower? I've tried to find the pink for a few years now, even sent mail to some DG friends for trade but never responded. They have orange at Lukas Gardens, couldn't find orange on Google, white and yellow but not orange. I have lots of yellow and oranges in the garden, would love some pink.
I have the pink one...I assume you are talking about Justicia carnea? I was actually trying to root some cuttings. I still have a couple that the frost hasn't got, they are in the ground. Would you like to trade cuttings of either the white or yellow colors?
I attached the photo because they are planted beneath the brug, but not sure you can see them
I have the red and also a small white one I got at Lowe's in the summer, Sherri.
It's a very nice plant, with one exception - it does not seem to like my high pH well water one bit. When I am irrigating often, it gets pale and chlorotic very easily. Once it rains or I augment with rainwater from the watering can, it goes back to dark green glossy leaves.
My red one is blooming right now, and does not like the cold weather one bit. Edges of the flowers get burnt even in the 40's. Although it's not that brisk out there now, I'm thinking we didn't go much below 50 last night. One more cold night to go, though. Pic of the white one was taken in Sept.
Paula may take you up on a trade, let me see if I can score local and if not I'll D- mail you about it. Thanks for the offer.
Elaine that is interesting about the water, I have a well to water the plants, most the plants like it, high in iron though. Love the white Justicia and you found that at Lowe's. But...not good if not liking the cold when we're not even as cold as we normally are. Are they in pots?
Yes, the red one is in a big pot, the white still in a 1gal. I think the cold sensitivity is just because it's blooming and it really shouldn't be at this time of year. The white one is doing fine, in a more protected spot, but more shade, so it's not trying to bloom.
I got the red one as a cutting from Rita in Texas (Where IS Rita, anybody heard??) and it has been through some cold weather with no severe damage, just this flower thing.
My mango tree is in full flower, so I sure hope the colder weather they predicted for the weekend doesn't get here. That would zap all its flowers, too! It does this every year, a flush of bloom in December to January, and another in March. Usually it only manages to set fruit in March, but this year we have teensy fruits showing on it already.
Here's Brug. Monster White getting ready to open - It's January, somebody please tell him?
But don't tell my tomato plants, ok? Momotaro tomato with "Sandwich for dinner" written all over it!
good grief, save me some seeds just 5 or so, I am going to grow tomatoes in the basement.. LOL
cold warms up to 50 drops down to 19 and back up to 40 up down up down still no precipatation of any kind here..
been wondering about Rita as well.. i know life goes on and we wander away from time to time, i am sure she will be on soon to let us know she is still kicking out the tropicals like crazy.. ;)
Oh boy does that tomato ever look good. I have such a time with squirrels and my tomatoes, I think the Jays too.
My cherry tomatoes only three on the plant and still green, cooler temps seem to have halted more blossoms. But my pimento and jalapenos don't seem to mind the cooler weather and are busting out blossoms. Funny I have 3 peppers on each of them as well...good things come in threes.
44 here this morning, they say up to 73 next two days and only down in the 50's, my perfect weather temps. ☺
Hm, let's see Drew. One tomato plant in a deep pot, prop it up against the stem of the banana and make use of that sunny window, kiddo! I know you have grow-lights to augment the short days. I have seedlings of Early Girl already up . .. for the school garden.
Gorgeous nunnies, Deb. Mine are teasing me, but they'll be a week or so now if it stays warm. We got down below 50 last night so everything slows down when that happens.
Sherri, my toms stopped setting fruit when we had a couple of cold nights, and are just ripening off all the tomatoes that set before it got cold. Although the grape tomatoes are still setting, and bearing handfuls! They're backed up to a south-facing wall and stay very warm there. They'll start again when the nights are warmer.
No problems with the squirrels or raccoons going after the tomatoes, oddly. I do get the odd bird peck, but the bird feeders are close to the tomato plants, so I think that occupies the birdies. I also have a cat who is largely uninterested in hunting anything, but sits and watches with interest, so she is a good deterrent, I guess.
37 here this morning but no frost thank goodness. This is the coldest we have reached this year but we still have to get through those first 2 weeks in February. Brrrrrr I put a few begonias on a cart and I roll them in and out of the garage depending on the weather and the ones in ground are covered with frost cloth on the cold nights. So far everything looks good. I covered a couple of ti's with those styrofoam pots and that seems to be working well, I just pop them over the plants on the coldest nights. I almost threw those pots away because they get to looking so ratty after a year or so but now I am glad I kept them.
We all do have zone envy and it is not only for the warmer zones. Sometimes I even wish I could grow plants that like cooler climates like peonies. True gardeners are never satisfied, there is always another challenge out there.
I just checked and we are supposed to be in the 80's next week. Good grief.
Alice, you are so right - I would love to grow the perennials I grew in Missouri: Peonies, Butterfly bush etal, but alas - they just melt away, never to be seen again. I miss Tulips, too. We can grow SOME Daffodils and Hyacinths, but for the most part, we can't grow 'required chill hours' bulbs.
So right about always finding another challenge, Alice. I swore I'd never grow orchids because you have to fuss over them so much. Here I am today with over 90 orchids and counting . . . a lovely bronze cymbidium followed me home from Trader Joe's yesterday. Most orchids are pretty easy to grow here, but cymbidiums like it cool and struggle to re-bloom after a hot summer. So I move them around to the coolest spots in the garden all summer - go figure! I've been packing my 'chids around and hiding them under the patio table on the cold nights this week, so zone envy or not, take it from me! We all mess with plants that are not easy for our zones.
I am lucky with the cold-hardy perennials. I planted a whole garden full of them at my daughter's in Salt Lake, and get to go visit them at least a couple of times a year. Tons of tulips, daffs, crocus, snowdrops, iris, peonies, coneflowers etc. Now she's talking about moving . . . oh boy! A whole new garden to mess with!
Where are you packing all those Orchids Elaine? Wasn't it about a month ago that you did not have any? Serious Sickness! It's like the Flu. Watch out everybody, it's spreading like the Plague! The Center for Tropical Control will be at Our doors soon enough!!!
There is a species tulip called Lady Jane that returns faithfully for me, I have her in pots stuck here and there all over the yard. This is a pic from a previous year. The flowers close up at night and all that shows are the pink buds, during the day you see both colors.
There are a number of heat tolerant species tulips but this is the only one that has lasted over the years for me. They do multiply by bulblets but I have never had them re-seed as they do in some areas. Species tulips are smaller than the hybrids but they are sure nice to have in the warmer parts of the country. I have tried Lilac Wonder, Chrysantha and Cynthia but Lady Jane has been the winner for me. http://www.johnscheepers.com/catview.cgi?_fn=Product&_category=Tulips:Species
Yea! I received a message from someone that has a pink Brazilian Plume flower. I'm a happy camper. They're just up the road too, so will be an easy trade off. ☺
Alice the tulips are so pretty, I've always love tulips.
Elaine I see new blossoms on the tomatoes again. I've never grown tomatillos before, they're covered with blossoms and a couple tomatillos. Your orchids are so pretty, I've been reading how the cooler nights even all the way to light frost are actually good for my D. nobile, which I found interesting, actually helps produce the most prolific blooming. I'll be showing you all some flowers real soon, I can tell they're pink now.
I'd love to go to Apopka to one of the orchid farms.
Ha, I don't even need to go that far, it happens to me when I go to Lowe's - two more orchids followed me home today off the death rack!
One's just a nice perky little Phal that came in the square glass vase, (why? ! ) but the other is a treasure, a Brassavola 'Yellow Bird' like the one I have already in the second pic. They are wonderful, easy bloomers and not fussy at all. Both $7.
I worked in the garden all day yesterday, was so nice out. I have so many little seedlings coming up everywhere, some I have no idea what they are, but they're not weeds...will have to wait and see. There is lots new growth coming out on some leggy plants and I want so much to chop them back now...trying to wait...but is very hard. And looks like the next cold front not coming on down...so I'm doing a happy dance.
beautiful, Elaine.. I have tried and tried to grow those from seed to no avail.. today I planted up two water bottle planters of Sesbaunia seeds from Kay Jones, and three from Pride of Barados from Elaine. Can't wait to see who gets up first LOL
Sure thing. I already have one that I rooted last summer, but it is too big to send you. Will get a smaller one going and send it as soon as I'm sure it's rooted. They aren't known for being long-lived so your big one was most likely just finished its life cycle.
My huge P. Purple Possum that gives me so much fruit has died, too. My garden helper cleared it off the back fence yesterday and the trunk was completely rotten. This isn't unexpected because they grow so huge, so fast. My last one did the same thing. Grew huge, bore fruit for about 3 years then expired. I am planting another one this spring. Yay! An excuse to go out to Crowley's Nursery - it's a theme park for gardeners out there.
Deb, I have not had seeds from this one - it's never set fruit - but haven't had success with seeding the other types either. My P. Lady Margaret sends out suckers that pop up from time to time, and they transplant well. I've given away a few, and I know the one I gave my neighbor is going strong. I've rooted cuttings successfully, too.
well, try a small one for me, plz? Joe told me he is not going to put in a vegetable garden this year as we are not looing at a summer of rain, so he said I can do with that area what I want. It is all full sun, so thought the bananas would grow ok there, any ideas? KayJones, I sure hope you know how happy I am to see this scene this am.. it got up to over 70 tday, everything is waking up.. the rain passed us by again.. So far, I see no reason to carry all these things up the stairs and thru the house and out the back door.. hmm..
Sure, if I'm starting one, may as well start a few. May have to wait a month, though. I'm pretty sure the other one that rooted was started in the spring last year. After the bloom period when it starts to grow again is the time to start cuttings.
Deb, you do know that this vine needs to get huge before it sees fit to bloom? It will be twice around the ceiling of your basement before you'll see flowers . . . mine was 25ft. up into the bamboo before I saw its first flower . . 'way 'way up there. You're sure you want to try this?
We're into the third year for this plant of mine, but the first I've seen any number of flowers. Last year it had two.
*sigh* my passions that I have are vining everywhere as usual, no blooms yet and this is year three.. course they were only a foot tall when I got them, and I climbed up a ladder to the top of Tropicman's roof to see his Passion vine Ruby Glow.
Elaine I like that passi, very unusual. I read somewhere to not put fertilizer on passifloras, or you'll just get green and no flowers. I have the purple and red crimson, and lady Margaret. The red one the caterpillars don't like, so it is taking over everything right now...usually frozen back. Guess I'll be cutting it back this year...that is a first. I tried to keep it on a trellis, but it is sneaky and escaped into my crape myrtle tree. Right now it looks good since the tree is bare.
I went to Lowe's and the checked the clearance rack for orchids, they had a few but they were pretty bad off and they still were 10 bucks, so I passed. I must have missed the good ones.
Sherri, I think that's probably right. I give mine a shot of fert in the spring, let them grow lots of new leaves to replace the ones the caterpillers ate, then no more all year. Once they've eaten up all the fert, that's when the flowers start. Late spring.
This purple-flowered one is particularly cold-tender, so unless you have a BIG greenhouse, you probably don't want to try it. It only survives in my garden because it cowers under a huge stand of bamboo.
Lowes WILL bargain - ask for the dept. manager, take him the plant and make him an offer. They also sell whole racks for $10-20. You just have to ASK THE department MANAGER. The workers have no power to make deals, but the manager wants to get RID of markdown plants and most are willing to work with you!
Recently, I looked on the Orchid rack at Lowe's and found declining tropical lady slipper Orchids ( Phragmipediums) - talked to the manager and got a couple for THREE DOLLARS each - they were marked $24.99!
It depends on the manager...we had one like yours, Kay and then they transferred him. I was always getting the green cart full for $10.00, orchids included. BUT then a different one came and he won't deal...says its already 50 % off. You must have got our good one...send him back!!
Hope everyone escaped the bad weather. We have 3 dead trees that were blown down, unfortunely one fell on our wood fence. UGH! The worst was that the wind ripped all my plastic off of my GH. BUT I have some guys coming today to start on a new GH house. They are going to build it...so we shall see. I HOPE it turns out good. I really wanted another polycarbonate one, but they are just too expensive. I just have to find somewhere to put the plants that was in that GH.
I wonder if it doesn't have to do with the district. Paula and I are probably in the same region and our managers would rather toss stuff than take a discount. Then there are the Bonnie plants, they actually buy the leftovers back, at a discount I am sure, no matter what the condition. No sense in working to keep them in good condition, the stores can't lose. The independent growers hate that.
Hasn't this wind been fierce Paula? Great clumps of Spanish Moss have been flying around, it looks so strange, sort of like something you would see in a cartoon. The temp is supposed to drop to 32 tomorrow night. Brrrr, but if this wind keeps up there will be no chance of frost. Sorry about your GH, have you checked the prices at Costco? A friend got a great one there.
The wind has been awful...very chilly today..had a jacket on most all day (been outside). I don't know where there is a Costco near me...I would assume probably Jacksonville or Valdosta, both at least an hour away.
Anyhoo, the boys did show up today with my lumber and they have started on the frame. Its going to be 16x 36 with 8 ft walls and probably 10 ft ceiling. NOW...IF it will turn out like I have it pictured in my mind, it will be great. Only time will tell...lol. He said they will probably be finished with it Tuesday (if nothing takes them away). Once they get it framed all the way, everything else should go good. MAYBE, now I can start to grow some things and sell them to fund my 'addiction'.
Drew, I'm a regular pest/customer - in there at least every other day - it's about a mile and a half from my house and I'm personal friends with the 2 assistant managers - they treat me very well! It may have a tad to do with the fact that , about once a month, I bake cakes and make fudge to share with all of them.
I think Kay and I must be sisters...I don't know the manager, but the two regular worker know me by name also...at first I was the candy lady (we make candy and sell it)...then they learned my name and one of them even knows my phone number by heart, thanks to the 'my Lowes' thing. She called me one day to tell me they had marked down a lot of things on the clearance rack. Bad thing is...its about 24 miles from my house, so I can't just jump in the car and get there quick like I used to. Hadn't thought about the baking thing...hmm. but I do take them candy. Just being friendly...you know.
I'll try to get pictures today of the gh...my husband kinda got mad with me because I changed the design. It was going to be all plastic, but I decided to go with polycarbonate for the walls and put plastic on the roof. I thought it would be more permanent and last longer. He'll get over it...he doesn't do well with spending money if its not something he wants...but isn't that the way with most men?? Sorry Drew, I'm sure you're the exception since you like plants.
Paula, you more than pay your way, so let him fume.
It has been reported that a married woman is worth her weight in gold!
She's a wife, mother, nurse, financial advisor, chef, landscaper, domestic diva, psychologist, event planner, hair stylist, computer operator, chauffer, janitor, facilities manager, gofer (go for this-go for that), coach, spiritual adviser, pet care giver, tutor, teller of bedtime stories, judge and jury, doctor, lawyer - and you do all these things every day!
Add up all the salaries of these jobs and present the bill to your husband - then tell him to 'hush his mouf'!!!!
Amen!! He's a good husband...pretty much gets me what I want, he just bought me a bright red Ford Raptor for Christmas. Some of you know how I like my red vehicles. That was a total surprise!! For those of you that don;t know, its kind of a suped-up truck. I have had the most fun lately...men see it and say.." Husband got him a new truck huh?" and I say, "Nope, he has one too, this one is mine". You should see the look on their face. Of course my daughter loves driving it, because all the guys stare at her. It has actually supplied a lot of laughs. But now that we live in the country, it has come in handy for all the plants, potting soil, hay, straw and horse feed I have to transport and pulling trailers.
Great minds think alike. Alice what kind of candy do you like? Ours is a family business started in 1921 by my husbands father. I think the story is on our website. Long story short. Grandfather Stewart started making peppermint and peanut brittle and sold it everyday around town. From there it grew to a large distribution business that carries everything in a convenience store (our customers) covering all of Georgia and most of Florida. Most of this in the last 10 years. They quit making the candy years ago when sugar really went high, but about 8 years ago, started making it again. Its soft peppermint and also 8 other flavors.
LOL Kay...I have more than enough to do around my house, although sometimes I wish I had a paying job. Plus they have a rule ...no wives can work there. The three brothers and their dad run it. We have 252 empolyees, so I would rather not. Believe me, you get tired of candy.
Good Morning Kay...seems we are the only early birds. Heavy frost here...how about you? I didn't get to cover some of the things I wanted to. I hate this 'back and forth' weather. I am not a cold weather person.
All the post you see are in the ground about 2 ft or so. I was going to put polycarbonate on the sides and plastic on the roof, but now we've changed it and are going to put poly on the roof so it will be permanent and plastic on the sides so it can be removed during the summer.
Hm, I've never seen one potted just with pellets. Most of mine are all in a mix that has chunky bark pieces, coarse Perlite, charcoal and pellets all mixed together. Because I am cheap, I chop up our wine corks and mix the pieces in with my orchid mix.
You might try posting this as a question on the Orchids forum and see what the experts say.
Oh Yay! (NOT REALLY!!) My husband just informed me that he doesn't think the 'guys' will be able to finish my GH. The one in 'charge' has fallen down on his duties and they almost fired him today...so...I guess I will be hiring someone. oh joy!! Oh well at least the biggest part is done. I was really hoping I would be able to plant some seed in the next few days. Now it will be a few weeks. arrgh!!
Had a lot to catch up on...today finally a morning not in the low 40's with frost. So far the garden seems fine, I did keep the makeshift green house up and keep the tomatoes, peppers and orchids in it.
Sorry to see the wind damage to the green house. Winds come in with those fronts pretty fierce at times. I agree on seeing the progress of the new one.
My live oaks decided to lose all the leaves and my neighbor giving me dirty looks, so I'm gonna have to get out and rake today. The problem with one is all sand underneath and I have to sift out the sand before putting in the trash or way too heavy. It can be quite an exhausting job. But thank goodness only this time of year to deal with it. DH's back hurts so I must take this one on by myself.
By the way, I have a RED Jeep. The only new car I've ever had in my life and probably the only new one I'll ever have. Love my Jeep. :)
My Aunt's orchid now has flowers. I need to download the pic's for you all. They are very pretty flowers.
Sherri, you are too good a neighbor. I never, ever rake up the leaves from my live oaks. My excuse is that they need the leaf cover on the ground to mulch (keep weeds down, moisture in the ground, and the soil cool in summer) and provide nutrients for the trees. Luckily I live on a corner, so my four massive oaks really only drop leaves on my property and the street. Leaf blower works great getting them off the street, and off my gravel pathways. They all go in the grass or in the flower beds.
Can't wait to see your orchid flowers - don't forget to post them over on the Orchids forum, too! I have two big pots of Nun's orchids still teasing and taking forever to open! Every one of my 'rescued' phals from Lowe's death rack has a flower spike coming along now, too! Even if they only survive one bloom cycle, they were all bargains!
Also, I am getting ambitions to roust this nice EE - Colocasia 'Blue Hawaii' out of its pot and divide it up. It has pups jumping out of the pot with bulbs attached, and many, many stems as you can see. Anybody done this before?
I will have starts to give away or trade, so speak up if anyone wants a piece of this guy. It's not a huge type, largest leaf was a little over 2ft. long, whole plant got 4ft. high and wide last summer. Very pretty purple or burgundy stems and leaf veins, once the weather got cooler the colors really popped.
Purple Queen' Ichroma - An Athens Select plant which means that this beauty will tolerate high heat and humidity and bloom profusely all summer long. This striking plant has green velvety leaves and whorls of purple tubular flowers that hummingbirds love. Growing 24" tall, this drought tolerant plant will bloom across the country from early summer until frost.
I would love one...maybe we could trade. I still have your 'Elaine' begonia...whenever you are ready for it.
I am happy to report they are back to working on my GH. One guy came Friday and my son helped him and they got the rafters on and I went to Tifton to pick up the polycarbonate. He said if all went well they should be able to put it on Monday. Soooo, by the end of the week (fingers crossed) it should be done. I am so excited!
KayJones wrote:Welcome, bernieh! Your flowers are lovely - I really must get that first one - it's stunning!
Thanks Kay. I have a few Mussaendas growing here. They're such a hardy plant for the tropics. The new varieties have some wonderful colours. This 'Calcutta Sunset' always draws attention. I would recommend it highly.
Hi Bernie, you have some pretty things there! I've a few different Costus, but not one that color, it's great! Do those Mussaendas seed themselves or otherwise self-propagate? That may be the reason they're not being imported here. They could go nuts and become invasive like Kudzu did.
Paula, maybe in a couple more weeks when the weather settles down a bit, we can do a trade. I'm going to wrassle that EE apart tomorrow. I need the pot he's in. Would love to have the begonia, now that I have a little bit of garden space to fill up. I was really overwhelmed last fall, before we got the jungle under control.
Pic is from last fall, a nice variegated Costus I got as a cutting last spring from Rita. Hey, anybody heard from Rita?? (she's a gardener from Texas, Bernie)
Take the whole mass of ' Blue Hawaii' out of the pot at the same time. Wash all the dirt off the roots vey tenderly. Separate the offset tubers with a clean sharp knife (or you can just "SNAP") them off the mother tuber. If the tubers are smaller than say an 1'' in diameter, I would leave those alone. Those may die, unless you repot immediately and wait until they have one full leaf on their own before you send them to people. You can wrap the bigger tubers to mail, in wet sphagnum or paper towels.
Beautiful pictues! I can't wait to plant some seed...geez...I hope they get the GH finished this week. I think I am going to go ahead and plant some today. I'm going to rearrange the orginal GH to make some room for at least 4 or 5 flats. I am trying to win some plugs on ebay, but not going so good. I hate to be outbid, but you have to stop somewhere. lol
I haven't heard from Rita in forever!! I hope shes ok. Or Rachel for that matter.
Yes Alice, I have several years ago. I got the unrooted cutting though, because you have to order a minimum of 4 trays at about $50. each, so I tried the cuttings. Had very good luck with most of them. I was looking at them, but from what I can tell, they are out of everything until in March. You pretty much have to order ahead with them, with the plugs. I'm considering trying the cuttings again, once I get my GH finished.
Elaine, that is the plan. I have grand visions, but it may actually take a couple of years to do all I want to do. But I did finally win some plugs yesterday. 80 geraniums, 45 turnera, and 260 (yikes) red lace pentas. One of my favorite plants. The butterflys love them. Now if I can keep them alive until I can get them all in pots.
It has been a long day. My son was pulling vines Sat. and they came loose suddenly and he lost his balance and twisted his ankle. We, and the doctor, thought it was just sprained. Well had xrays done Monday, went to orthopedic doctor Tues. and was told he has a spiral fracture. Popped his fibula into and the tibula was sitting crooked on his foot bone. Soooo, surgery was done today...he now has a plate right above his foot with 8 screws in it. But we are home. I am not looking forward to tomorrow...I think he is going to be in a lot of pain. They gave him a 'block' and it has deadened below the knee, so he hasn't had any pain. But they said when that wore off, be prepared. Its so hard seeing your children in pain. So say a prayer for us both. Off to bed...I have to get up twice to give him pain medicine.
Hi Kay, thank you...he's just turned 20 two weeks ago.He did good through the night, so we'll see how he does today. I really hope the pain is not bad.
On a happier note, I received my plugs yesterday that I ordered off of ebay. I was surprised at how big they were...I wasn't expecting them to be a big as they are. The decription said TOTAL height 2-3 in...so I thought that meant the little plug of dirt too. The plants are 2-4 in. tall and look very healthy. May try to order some more, IF I can figure out what to do with 250 pentas. LOL
With that super sized GH going up, I believe our Paula is going to go into the business. Wishing you lots of success with this venture.
My heart goes out to your son, you are right, it is always hard to see your kids hurt. Keep the meds handy, he'll need them (and tell him this is the only time you want to hear about him "using." ) :-)
I may trade or sell some of them, but I mostly got those for myself. I have 4 acres that I can plant. A150 ft flower bed down the side of my drive. I'm going to plant those around my pool and in the flower bed and some at my house on the coast. I just hope I can get them potted up and be nurse too.
evening all. poor Paula, I feel so bad for your son, and for you, I agree it is very hard to watch a child suffer..
I ordered 250 pentas and 250 impatians one year from ebay, and 120 geraniums and well I had a beautiul border all around the yard with them, it was great. I also ordered some black dahlias and some other things so that year I housed them in charlies rom until time to go outside.
This year I am doing my own plugs from seeds from all over the DG land, that peole have given me, tagged and all I am so proud I am tagging things for a change..
Love the Passi, Elaine and some day I will try a diffeffernt orchid, but right now I am still enjoying the huge flush of orchids that KayJOnes so lovingly sent home with me.
Sister and I had a lovely time in Branson, MO, and now she is in severe pain from the bone cancer in her hip, thigh and pelvic area, she is down right now, waiting for some shots of radiation to kill the cancer in that area, and then back to chemo for another fighting round, bless her heart.
Joe did a great job babysitting the gardens while I was gone, and I think he is very fond of the fish now, I keep having to tell him they have been fed.
A few shots of the Gardens this am, just to show you what laundry water, fish tank water and bath water can be used for here, in our draught stricken state.
this pot loves my epsom salt bath water. I jug it up instead of letting it go down the drain. The second pic shows who loves the fish tank water.Everything gets a little wind and a lot of light now, the night blooming jessimine is making the basement smell heavenly.
I have lost a few things, all of the brugs I got from eddie dewayne did not survive, lost my huge Maya brug, lost the princess flower from KayJOnes, and a few other things, but with all the seeds I have, I am sure I will be ok.
Deb, I'm sorry to hear Sherry is feeling bad right now - I will keep praying for her. Your basement babies look great. I'm sure we can replace whatever you lost - just post a list. I will start another 'princess flower' aka Tibouchina cutting for you.
What a fabulous basement garden you've got there, Deb.
Way to go on re-using your gray water! I use my epsom salts bath water to water my plants, too - the brugs especially love that extra dose of magnesium.
I have all those brugs you sent me going strong. Cherub, Damien, Frosty, Insignia and Monster White. Plus I have several starts of Charles Grimaldi already potted and going. Once the weather is better, let me know what you want! Last year was a struggle for all the brugs, but they all survived.
Wow Deb your basement is very impressive, and your conservation of water just awes me. Sorry about your sis.
Guess we're gonna have a pretty good cold snap again...stinks! Already brought all my seedlings in. Hope it blows through quickly...the garden loved all the rain and amazing how you can just walk through and see the plants already look better from an all day rain.
I would like to share my Aunt Phurby's orchid with you, now in full bloom. Thanks to all of you I knew what it was and how to care for it to bring it to this beautiful glory. My Dad, her brother came over just to see it and it brought tears to his eyes, he sure loved his sister and I know how much he misses her...I do too.
Oh I love those orchids, Sherri, how lucky you are!
I am grateful for all my plants giving me smniles when I need them most, it is like a gardening get together and I say " oh, I love each and every one of you sweeties, and especially the friends who gave you to me. " ... call me crazy, I pet them and spray the dust off them and all kinds of weirdness.
Alice, Don Miller is finally making some new branches. The tips of the Iris you sent me are peeking thru the leaves where I have been watering. I think they want more water.
I spent half the night last might looking for a plant , and then I remembered I gave her away to my sis in law, Dana. So, in order to replace it, I am starting another one from seed. I started the original from seed, so figure I can do it again.
Dear Kay Jones, I hope you will not be too busy tommorrow, as I will be calling you after I get off work.
I am VERY much missing Rachel and Rita both.
Drew, I am going to give them climbing poles, as soon as I can stand to go out and make some branch and burlap poles. too cold right now, and they seem to be doing okay just hanging out under the t-5's for now.
Hey Deb, just an observation from here - my begonias really go crazy growing when the weather is cool here. Mine grew all through spring last year, and sort of went into a holding pattern all summer. If you have a cooler corner in the basement, that might be the spot for the begonias.
The only one that kept growing through the heat was Odorata alba. I'm going to try growing my Don Millers outside one of the patio doors this summer. See if the little bit of extra coolth coming through the glass will keep them growing.
Cover up, everybody, it's getting cold the next few days! Snow in the Carolinas!!
I did not get my frost cloth out while it was still pretty this morning and now the wind is blowing hard, 35 mph hard! I'll likely go airborne if I try and get it out now. If the wind keeps up no frost will settle but it is supposed to die down in the early morning and that is when it is usually coldest.
I am glad I ran errands and got to the Farmers Market this morning, it is freezing out now.
The camellia flowers will likely get fried tonight but they sure are pretty today.
Freezing here too...and wind! Been in the GH all day, at least its warm in there. Here are a few pretties...
Anyone know what dendrobium this is??
#2 nun's orchid beginning to bloom...have 3 more pots of them
#4love the color on this phal
#5 this bloom isn't much bigger than a nickel - tried the macro zoom
Beautiful blooms, Elaine and Paula. Alice I am soooo jealous of your camelias. I do have a few roses in a vase College girl brought home from work to gaze at, they were 5 bucks a pop and now they are 50 cents. LOL
I feel bad for you guys not used this wind and cold, but hmmm, excuse me while I *choke* again on my zone envy. I just know your things will be JUST fine, l bet your freezing time is only for a couple hours, and ours is all day and night. and day and night LOL
Oh, I will be watching the skies for Alice flying around the vortex of a tornado, and for KayJOnes tent city to be falling about my pear tree.. :) ( imagination is a wonderful thing)
Drew, I didn't think it got that cold where you are at... wow. I am geographically challenged I think.
You are right Deb, I am ashamed because I am so spoiled, if it does get cold here it is only for and hour or so early in the morning and I am always amazed by the weather conditions that most parts of our country have. Remember though, with warm weather comes 3" palmetto bugs and about a billion gazillion sand gnats. LOL
Beautiful orchids, I bought a tiny little phal the other day in Publix. It has just started flowering and there were 3 stems so it will be in bloom for a while. I'll bring it to my son's girlfriend this week so she can enjoy it.
The wind has died down and I got the frost cloth out without aerial incidents and the temp is even rising a few degrees, maybe we will be OK.
Paula, post that dendrobium pic over on the Orchids forum. February bloom thread. Awesome people over there will surely ID it for you.
Here's what a tropical garden looks like when frost and wind chill threaten our tender babies:
1 On the roller top right is my big frost cloth "tent" that covers this tiered stand with 5 Earth boxes on it. (please ignore the scraggly tomato plants, just waiting for the last of the fruits to ripen before I rip them out and replant the box). I've pulled all my small pots of brugs and begonias in under there, plus the challis vine, caladiums blue clero and a few other odds and ends. See Deb's brug Monster White blooming lower left!
2 Here it is with the "tent" unrolled, and clipped together with bulldog clips. Florida snow?? My flurry only took about 5 minutes.
3 This is my big Brug. Charles Grimaldi under his windbreak. He's at least 8ft. tall and has been blooming non-stop all winter. Think this may be the end of that for a while . . Also sheltering the Colocasia and Spathoglottis orchids. Near the pool stays warmer anyway, water's in the high 60's.
4 Darned if the Nun's Orchids didn't choose today to start opening
5 A blue Thunbergia popped open today, boy, is he in for a chilly surprise!
Yes, that plant is the regular Phaius tankervillea - brownish one with purple lips. I also have an all-purple one called 'Rabin's Raven' that has not bloomed yet, and a little plant of Phaius Microburst 'Wild Thing' that I think has some yellow but it just put up its first bloom spike so I haven't seen it in person yet.
The big plant that bloomed last year that I thought was 'Wild Thing' had cream petals and a dark red lip. Let me dig up that picture from last year - it's the single big flower on the left, and the regular Phaius are on the right. That one is out in the garden getting ready to open 4 stems of flowers, can't wait!!
I am IN LOVE with my nuns orchids they are still blooming, so now I want more ... Gee tanks!
it was so cold today and going to be in the 60's tommorrow go figger. I was out dumping laundry water around the yard today and saw the monardas, mint, beardstounge and poppys are all popping up already. sheese! the lilac cuttings I stuck in the ground up against the back of the house last fall are budding so that is good news.
Gee Alice, that is a nice thing to give your sons g/f. Are you hoping for a future daughter? ;D I would LOVE it if my son even dated.
KayJones u already read my mind, now I don't do well with inside cuttings, but I am always willing to give it a try, and I will. The wisteria cutting I took and stuck in a pot is leafed out and ready to go somewhere else. It is the purple kind.
I have two more cuttings leafed out and really nice sized off of the chalice vine from Rita. Had to trim one brach it was way out of wack.
I tried a begonia leaf on sand like Someone here showed me and I have roots LOL now if I just don't mess with it I might get a plant. I transplanted thre tomatoes and two peppers from the nursery seed starting are to their own pots, excited that so much is ready to transplant. My alba Mimosa someone sent me a seed of is thre inches tall. YAY!
Elaine, you tents remind me of when we were kids and we draped sheets all over the furniture to make our own secret "tents" Gee, those were the days.
I would if I could find one. I just lucked up on that one. Bought it at a nursery for 10.00 because it had finished blooming. It was in a 3 gal pot. I didn't even know what color it was till it bloomed.
Deb, the g/f is a saint and we do love her. They have been together for almost 5 years now and they're already on their second home, a gorgeous contemporary on several acres, but marriage does not seem to be on the horizon. Just doesn't seem to be their thing. This son will be 40 soon and she is not far behind so children are unlikely but they both love plants. Anyone who loves my son and plants has to be special. :-)
There is a skim of ice on our bird bath today although the thermometer says 36. Whatever - it is COLD here.
This is the tiny orchid, the flowers are only about an inch or so across.
I found these cute tiny red carrots at our farmer's market yesterday. The largest was only 1/2" in diameter.
Nah, wish it was! I put used coffee grounds in the water. Makes it absorb more heat from the sun. I need to "dose" the other jugs today! Come to think of it, I might have a little bit of compost to make some tea with . . . thanks, Drew! We don't collect grass clippings any more, so I rarely get much out of the compost heap that's useable. It just doesn't "work" properly unless I have grass in the mix.
Blazing sun here, but not yet warm even in the sun - still breezy. I am wearing long pants and socks!! =+(
Alice, those colorful carrots are fun! My daughter planted a packet of seeds of mixed colors and she got red, purple, yellow and white ones as well as the regular orange ones. We roasted them for Thanksgiving dinner, as I recall. Delicious!
On the tiny orchid, (lovely!) if it is in a pot with no air holes or drainage, I'd advise you get a little clay orchid pot (they are about $1.50 at Lowe's) and carefully transfer it into that. A pot with no air or drainage is a death sentence for a phal. Also if there is wet, packed sphagnum moss around the roots, at least loosen it and take some out so the air can get to the roots. Or you could drill holes in the pot it is in. It looks healthy, and it's a good sign that it has roots sticking out of the pot. But if the ones inside the pot get root rot, it's toast.
You may have seen these little ones at Publix for Valentines day. It is in one of those skinny pots, not more than 2" at the widest. I have already broken off saucer on the bottom, it was permanently stuck on. I do have some little clay orchid pots, maybe I'll transplant it before we head up that way on Wednesday.
Same here...it was 26 here this morning...so much frost it looked like it had snowed. Then went out about 10 and it felt really nice and the rest of the day had on a short sleeve. Tonight is only supposed to be 40.
We lucked out here, the coleus, which I consider the canaries in the coal mine, are all fine. A somewhat tender red banana, Musa sum x cross looks unhappy, it seemed to lose a lot of color in its leaves. All the camellia flowers are fine, no brown edges this time. Whew.