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DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 3, 2013
2:20 PM

Post #9437698

It's amazing how incredible today was and what tonight and early morning is supposed to be like! March?!!!

Before I brought the little Azalea in and the Sedums and assorted similars near it were next to go under the bench,... I thought to myself,." Take some pics and arrange those together and make a little fun before the drudgery of all that moving and covering...

...These are some of my favorites and just wanted to share them. This should be the last cold snap of the year we hope?

The weather situation itself forced this situation and the pictures, and without it I may not have had the idea!

Good luck tonight all facing frost fears tonight.

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
3:50 AM

Post #9438061

Delightful!

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
6:41 AM

Post #9438210

lovely
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 4, 2013
6:51 AM

Post #9438217

Sometimes I lurk on the Florida site as I used to live in St Cloud.

My goodness, David! Very cool!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 4, 2013
6:59 AM

Post #9438225

Nice...very very nice.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9438726

It's nice hearing from all of you and keep on lurking Terri! Thank you...

I shot these succulent box pic's at the same time yesterday (before it got covered with a thick blanket) and thought some might like them too. I'm aiming for that "Under the Sea" look with this one and only started it last year...

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2013
2:50 PM

Post #9438744

You are very talented, indeed!
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 4, 2013
4:17 PM

Post #9438830

Very creative. I hope your yard does not receive a lot of damage. When I got up at midnight to check temp. here it was 26 so weatherman was way off. I mulched very thick so I'm hoping for the best.
Keep up the great gardening.
Bonnie

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2013
5:57 PM

Post #9438958

I was amazed at how little frost damage I've had Bonnie. Thank you and Kay.

This message was edited Mar 5, 2013 8:40 AM

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 10, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9445014

These pictures aren't really garden shots as much as just pretty single pictures to share. Thats why I came back to this thread.

It's hard to believe that just 6 or 7 days ago we were battling that last call freeze. These are some of my favorite 'survivors of Winter 2013 pics' just taken today. No more FROST!

The last picture is of a pretty salad from last night made solely from Lettuces and veggies from the front gardens that needed to be harvested yesterday,... and the cooked veggies last night were from the Carrots and Kohlrabi from the back!

David

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9445049

All are just beautiful!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 11, 2013
4:58 AM

Post #9445474

Thanks Kay!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2013
10:47 AM

Post #9445883

LOL! I'm hungry and that salad looks gooooood.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 11, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9446100

Good hearing from you Terri,

I'm glad you saw the humor in that last throw in picture!... You made me smile... {:-)
Nefitara
Port Richey, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
1:44 PM

Post #9449317

I love your plants!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 14, 2013
4:30 PM

Post #9449535

This is the first time I've heard from you in my newness to this forum Nefitara. Thank you.

The plant you were wondering about is a Yucca. (answer to your D-mail question on the pic's and thought the same information might be valuable to another somewhere) Its prone to 'brownspot', and sometimes they need fungicidal spray on occasion to control it. I am glad you brought that plant to my attention as mine needs attention now too!

If anyone else in Florida or elsewhere has been having problems with their Yucca's looking spotty it is a fungus that can be easily controlled. A good thing to research for Yuccas.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 14, 2013
6:30 PM

Post #9449656

Another frost warning now?

I am going to have to believe that we aren't going to go too low again here with the temp's, and am just going to believe in that.

These are some pics I took about 6 this afternoon today, and am hoping to all these kids looking happy tomorrow! "Good-bye Winter tonight. Do your last and let Spring press in!"

The Superschmelz Kohlrabi are the plants in front that were put in today. They can easily take tonight and will likely be ready to harvest well before the Amaranthus, Okra, and other Summer plants develop when put in after them and behind them in this bed. Thats the plan anyway...

The last picture is of "The Bebeschnix". Shes almost 17 now and she loves her gardens without the effort of working in them!

Shes been a very good girl over the years,... and it makes me happy to see her happy in the gardens...

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Nefitara
Port Richey, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
7:00 PM

Post #9449705

Thank you David! I thought it was, but want sure. Do you know how old it is? I have a small one, its about a year old. Just wondering how long I have to wait before mine gets that big. That's got to be an older tree.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2013
7:18 AM

Post #9450133

Love the photos, the green is just coming back around here and it is so good to see. Your cat looks so happy and I love the bell! We just rescued a stray cat (possibly dumped) here at work. Once our barn is built I get to take her home. Can't wait to finally have a cat back in the garden. My Rat-the-Cat live into her twenties. Needless to say, she was a fixture...

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 15, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9450579

You are very welcome Nefitara and hope to hear more from you here...
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I love my garden Cats to Terri, and then some! These pictures are of "The Spank" out in the gardens with me today. I like to think that the reason they stay around the gardens and don't wander much is because they are happiest in their own gardens with me...

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Nefitara
Port Richey, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2013
5:31 PM

Post #9450765

WoW, not only do I love your garden...I love your cat, she is gorgeous! I sure do miss my girls :( What a little love you have there!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2013
5:49 PM

Post #9450781

I feed feral cats that look just like that. I noticed the other day, one has a broken leg, Im contemplating what to do about that.

My cats love the yard too, they can stay out with me as long as they dont stalk the birds.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9454680

Oh, I love the Siamesies the best. Yours is gorgeous. I'm sure "The Spank" thinks so too.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2013
11:51 AM

Post #9454878

The Spank and me Thank You Terri.

Spank gets along with all the other cats in the hood that wonder onto the property. He loves his home and seems to understand the parameters without being too territorial. It amazes me how strong yet kind he is on the whole with strangers in guiding them away...They seem to respect him... and he seems to share a bit of his gardens and ponds fairly ( Where the strangers like to drink and relax too,...Ha!) He seems to be able to handle social situations with a fairly playful chase and pop on the tail to shue them away when they bother the chickens or such too much,...and then they are back the next day again... The kids and their friends I suppose...

Sometimes I think Siamese might look Alien to other cats who have not been around them before. The black faces on the pale bodies with those pop out blue eyes? Maybe the other cats see them as Alien hybrid Opossums or something and tend to listen when they walk!!! HaHaHa!...just a thought?

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2013
2:33 PM

Post #9455057

A few new 'Undersea' succulent box planter pic's from today, and especially because the little Bromiliads center are at their best this time of year...

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DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2013
2:34 PM

Post #9455059

forgot this one...

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2013
3:27 PM

Post #9455094

Now, David - those are just TOO CUTE!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9455623

This is "Tillandsia ionantha". I use them in many places ariound the gardens and they look nice with the orchids too.

I've never seem them get this colorful before and am wondering if it had to do with the last minute cold weather...

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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2013
6:16 AM

Post #9455655

I don't know, but I'd love to have some - want to trade with me?

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2013
3:09 AM

Post #9456615

I don't trade through mail Kay. Only locally. Sorry...
Nefitara
Port Richey, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2013
6:26 AM

Post #9457934

I love it, I little miniature land of its own! :)

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2013
7:32 AM

Post #9458026

Love the pictures

I lived with 3 Siamese family more than 20 years and I and I can tell you they are Aliens!!! LOL

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 23, 2013
4:15 AM

Post #9458802

Thank you Nefitara and Sandy. Wishing your knee improves Sandy...

jamibad

jamibad
Flagler Beach, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 23, 2013
5:30 AM

Post #9458846

David, I just saw your underwater scene, and it looks just like a reef! I love to snorkel in the Keys, or anywhere there's a reef, and your little garden surly is a replica of a reef, just beautiful!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2013
10:32 AM

Post #9460144

Can snorkel in my back yard right now!!!!!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2013
10:42 AM

Post #9460160

I'm glad you saw that in them Jami. That is the look I'm aiming for with that one, and I just added a few new succulents to it that reall help pull the look off! Thank you...
****************
I'm really glad you guys got the good Spring rain Q..."Wheres ours!!!"

It sure the heck is BREEZY here though right now!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2013
11:45 AM

Post #9460235

Over 5" in 2 days. Tmrw wind at 30MPH!!!!!! Then the 3 mid-30 nites.
At least I'm not having to shovel snow!!!!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2013
4:10 PM

Post #9460498

Here are a few pictures that match Davids from his yard. These are from mine.
Vine isnt to evident, but there. It used to grow up the tree, like yours, but the ivy won.
Angel wing
Tree down and not removed, the pilated woodpeckers love it. I like the stump for a potting bench.
Only Live Oak I have, in the front yard.
A surprise find poking out of the walking iris.

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gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9460507

I hate to say goodbye to azeala season, but there is always next year. last picture is the pot graveyard.

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jamibad

jamibad
Flagler Beach, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2013
4:54 PM

Post #9460560

Yeah !!!!!!!, We had some meaningful rain today! And the high winds too! I thought we'd lose some trees behind us, they were all leaning and swaying so much! And rain last night for a short period.

David, your underwater scene made with plants is a natural wonder, perfect replica of what it looks like when snorkeling! I wrote down some of the plants you named and hope to pick them up as soon as I can afford it. I love the yuca plant, the tillandsia ionantha and the huge philadendrum that is climbing your tree! I hope I got the spelling correct of these plants, but they are on my shopping list!

Gardenglory, I have azalea's too, and it's so sad that they can't stay in bloom longer than they do, such a shame, but I love the bogavillia's (sp?) as they stay in bloom for most of the year. I have 3 so far planted around my new home. I'd have more but my vegetable gardens come first, next year I'll add more flowered plants.

Here's my pot grave yard , and a few tire's meant for growing potatoe's, and a few pieces of lawn furniture that need repaired, lol, I hate throwing anything away, if I can find a use for it, it goes behind the green house, out of sight!

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DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2013
6:13 PM

Post #9460644

Thank God literally we don't have to Q!
***********
GG!
Its eerie how similar our gardens really are,...seriously! Your pictures are beautiful and you have a lot of the same different light areas I do. The Begonia that you have was sold to me as a Dragon Wing. They are the most beautiful of the cane Begonias to me. Glad to see you have a messy area or two so far this year too!

You have a Beautiful space to grow in...
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Thank you for sharing your pot graveyard too Jami!

We finally did get a smatting of rain here in DeLand too. Anything is better than a complete drought.

I think its fun when we share the good and ugly in our gardens in early Spring,... so we can all share together what comes up later in the year. Its fun watching things develop!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2013
5:14 AM

Post #9471436

GG - how do you get such BIG Dragon Wings???? Sun or sahde??? Mine were so splindly last summer & mostly froze back over the winter.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2013
5:40 AM

Post #9471463

Beautiful pics GG. Love the angel wing. Will have to put that on my wish list.
Bonnie
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2013
6:23 AM

Post #9471529

My begonia does best in filtered light. I have it hanging from a branch of the ligustrum tree
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2013
7:37 AM

Post #9471614

Maybe mine got too much sun. I'll have to get some new ones this year & put them in a shadier location. I don't have too many non-sun spots.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9472105

GG's right on. Mine like filtered light too. Sun bleaches them and they are not happy in it at all.

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