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Everything is growing visibly after nearly 4in. of rain here yesterday. Despite numerous tornadoes, we're still thankful for all that wonderful rain.
- dwarf poinciana aka Pride of Barbados, I guess it needs a little pruning huh? Wonder if I can root those sticks??
- closeup of the flowers, the stamens usually sweep upwards gracefully, but they took a beating from the rain
- double hib on a big old scraggly bush outside the fence, never gets any tlc, poor thing.
- Passiflora coccinea rambles around all over the back 40
- white Brazilian plume looking for a home, it doesn't like my high pH well water, gets all fussy and chlorotic . .
I've got that plume where it gets watered with the cistern water (in the veggie garden) right now. The leaves have gone back to nice dark green. Once it's big enough, I'll send you a cutting, Paula. Probably in the fall. Maybe you'll have more of your private nursery planted out by then . . .. (just razzin ya)
Deb, that is a kick-a$$ rose! I can't get over how the other flower looks so much like my C.pulch in shape. But it's on a vine, right?
- Achimenes starting to bloom, the red ones have been dug up by the squirrels, so are somewhat behind but I have a thousand purple ones.
- Alocasia 'Stingray' shading Begonia 'Don Miller'. I'm kind of disappointed that the leaves of the Stingray are so scrunched, but apparently that's what it does.
- red re-blooming daylilies are already on their second go round.
- Colocasia 'Blue Hawaii' is loving all this rain. It's been pouring again this afternoon. I plunked its pot under a downspout, and it took off!
Those are some lovely plants, ladies. I really like that Poinciana... Looks like a crazy red version of the pink mimosas you see growing around here.
Well, I've just about got all the plants situated and planted at my house, and I know I've been saying about posting pics when I get it done, and this time I mean it. I'll be taking some pics tomorrow and posting them here.
Anyways, that mystery arum that I mentioned last fall when I got this house has returned, and it looks like there is another one near it. The leaves are not completely unfurled, but I'd SWEAR that they were Zantedeschias of some kind... The leaf proportions and shapes (on the few that have unfurled thus far) and markings look exactly like a typical Zantedeschia (Calla Lily)... The catch is that Zantedeschia SHOULD NOT BE HARDY in Zone 6b, yet these have survived at least 2 winters outside here with no protection.
One theory I have is that these are Zantedeschia aethiopica 'White Giant' or one of the other Zantedeschias that are hardy to zone 7a and either (a) this one is in a favorable microclimate (they are on the southwest corner of the house, but fairly close to the foundation), or (b) some mutant variety that is actually hardy to Zone 6b... I don't know if any of you are Zantedeschia (or other Calla lily) experts, but I'll be posting pics once the leaves are fully unfurled.
evening ya all, that flower ( there are about 8 plants different colors of blooms) are mnore a small bushy plant with upright stems with the flowers, and the leaves are more pointy..
our state bird..meadowlark, a young one..
climbing mauve rose Angel Face or my angel face, something like that
yes KayJones, those cute plants were started from seeds.. just can't find them in my stash, wonder if they from you?
I planted some dwarf poinciana aka Pride of Barbados
from you elaine, and some sesbaunia from KayJOnes and a ton of other seeds got started.
I've got a big clump of Callas, so let's see your pictures! We don't care if it's "done", a garden is never done! This thread is dying for lack of pictures, folks!
Kay, we got thrown under the train of a huge rain band from TS Andrea on Thursday morning. My 4in. rain gauge overflowed, so we got more than 4 inches just in about 3 hours plus about 8 tornadoes. Then there were a few more spritzes since then, and another inch or so today. How could it all have missed you??
Did I show off my gorgeous begonia that Mj gave me last fall? It's been languishing in a little pot until just over a month ago, when I put it in a nice big pot, and it has exploded to 4x the size it was, plus blooms!
That reminds me, I do have a few pics to share, courtesy of my wife. I don't know if I mentioned this, but there are two HUGE old-fashioned rose bushes on my property at the edge of the wooded section, and they have started blooming, with beautiful peach-colored roses of the classic rose shape and with heavy, sweet perfume. The first pic is of the bush itself, but that doesn't really do it justice: The bush is at least 10' high and some of the 'canes' are about 3" in diameter. Second pic is of some of the fully open roses my wife picked and placed in a "vase" (actually a small Coca-Cola glass) inside our house.
Final pic is of our two cats, Samwise and Watson enjoying the new cat tree we got them at Petco last week (Sam's the one on top and Watson is in the tube).
That is a beautiful hole-y leaf philo, there Alice. Speaking of monsteras, how are the giants coming along, Drew?
I can't thank TS Andrea quite so much, we got over 4in. of rain in about 3 hours on Thursday as she went by. The various showers and spritzes since then have been nice to keep it cool, though.
- Philo. Gloriosum experiment is showing results, the one in the pot looks beautiful, and the one beside it but in the ground is really struggling. Guess I'll rescue it and give it a pot to protect it from marauding oak tree roots . ..
- start of Clerodendron 'Pagoda' from floridabunnie is growing like gangbusters and putting up its first little 'pagoda'.
- Deb, your Caladium 'Scarlet O'Hara' is a lot prettier than mine. I've got mint green leaves and shocking pink middles, looks like a cartoon plant to me.Hope they tone down a bit, and look more like yours.
Looks good to me Elaine? Maybe a little more Fertilzer for the ground one? Everything is coming along here. Finally 3 weeks of warmth... But if this rain 5.5'' + (in 4 days) continues like it has, I will have a bunch of drowned Tropical Plants. I'll get some photos out soon. Promise!
Lovely looking ginger you got there, Elaine! I really like gingers, particularly varigated ones. (one of the reasons I got Z. mioga 'Dancing Crane' and 'Silver Arrow' instead of just plain old Z. mioga). Do the flowers have a kind of sweet gingery scent like most gingers I've seen blooming before?
Anyways, I know I'm a bit late on this, but it was pouring rain two days solid around here, and the sun finally came out, so I now have my promised pics.
First pic is one of the Musa xishongbananensis "Mekong Giant" hardy bananas that I got from Plant Delights about two weeks ago. It's been loving the rain.
Second pic is some of my hardy trunk-forming yuccas. The closest one in the foreground is some unknown hybrid that I bought from Brian Williams (or his dad, more specifically) in 2009 that he got from some guy in Italy. It appears to be a cross between Y. filamentosa and Y. aloifolia, but it's dead hardy and will get a cluster of trunks up to about 6' high. The middle one is Yucca recurvifolia (or Y. gloriosa var. recurvifolia, depending on who you ask) and is the one I got in Chincoteauge last summer. It was doing pretty bad after spending all winter in its root-bound nursery pot in my garage for most of the winter, but since I planted it outside in late March it's been doing fairly well. The furthest one away is Y. gloriosa "Lone Star" which I got at a different nursery near Chincoteague last year, and it spent the winter and all of last summer in the same conditions that the Y. recurvifolia did and was planted out at the same time. As you can see, it seems to be hardier (or at least more robust) than the Y. recurvifolia.
Third pic is my one WIndmill palm that has survived outside with no protection since I planted it in September of 2007 (after purchasing it from Brian Williams, the guy who introduced the "Mekong Giant" hardy banana to the US). The reason it is so small is because where it was planted had almost full shade all day long, yet it survived and perservered where all my other windmill palms died off. Not that I've moved it to a spot with more sun, it's already starting to grow noticeably faster (it's already pushed out as many leaves since I moved it at the end of April as it did in an entire year when I had it planted under horrible growing conditions).
Second to last pic is one of my Poncirus Trifoliata (Hardy Orange), one of my three Sabal Minor (I've had FAR more success with S. minor than other hardy palms, only losing one of the original 4 in the past 6 years I've been growing them outside here without protection). Again it's kinda stunted due to the fact that where I planted it, while initially an open clearing, had the tree canopy close over it during the past 6 years, resulting in it being stuck in almost full shade. The plant on the farthest right is one of my earliest experiments in unusual plants for this area, a Fargesia nitida (Blue Fountain Bamboo) clump that I bought in 2005 from a local nursery. It has about doubled in size since then, but again, where I had it planted before was a bit shadier than it would have liked (now it gets part shade, which is ideal rather than light/full shade it got before).
Final picture has one of my Rhodea Japonica plants that is blooming, as well as the mystery arum. From what I can see of the leaves, I'd SWEAR it was a Calla Lily, but as I said before, they SHOULDN'T be hardy in this area... Maybe I have some extra-hardy sport, or possibly it's planted close enough to the foundation for the soil temp to be high enough for it to survive, but in any case it's survived two winters outside with no protection... I'd like to see about dividing it at some point and planting the divisions at different places around my property and see if they survive next winter... If they do, then I might see if any of the local nurseries would be interested in propogating it...
Of course I could be wrong in my identification, so perhaps some of you experts could help me out?
Well, that's the general idea. ;-) I also want to get some of the more interesting native plants growing as well, including Arundinaria gigantea, Pawpaw (have one of each) and such. I'd also like to get a hold of some native roses (Rosa carolina and Rosa virginia). The Carolina, or Meadow Rose used to grow all over the place around here, along just about any road out in the country, but between the State spraying and mowing everything within 6 ft of the road side and the farmers spraying and plowing everything further out than that, they have all but disappeared... I also knew were there were quite a few Virgina Roses growing in an abandoned rock quarry, but high demand for road construction gravel caused the owner to reopen it, and the place where the roses were growing has been strip mined for limestone. }:-( If I'd have known they were going to do that, I'd have snuck in and dug them up and at least TRIED to get them to grow at my parents' house. There are still some Meadow roses growing in the corner of my grandma's property, but I don't want to dig them up, so I'm going to see if Plant Scout has any mail order outfit selling bushes of either R. carolina or R. virgina...
Anyways, here's one more pic that I took today of my largest Dwarf Palmetto (those who live in Florida are probably wondering why I'm planting "weeds") and another Yucca recurvifolia. This particular plant was purchased and planted in 2006, and has survived outside every winter since then. It was going into a decline due to where it was planted getting overgrown by the tree canopies, so I dug it up (along with the mystery hybrid yucca) in 2011, since I was hoping to move that year. That didn't happen, and both these yuccas spent the entire winter of 2011 outside in 3 gallon nursery pots with absolutely no protection whatsoever and suffered no leaf damage (the previous three years they all but died back to the ground and/or were eaten by rabbits, which was part of the reason they were going into decline), which would indicate that insufficient sunlight was weakening them against the cold winter temperatures as opposed to a lack of innate hardiness. Again, when I planted this thing in the ground, it has been steadily growing and has a 3" trunk already...
Oh yeah. I just saw the "waves" and the foamy line at the edge . . .
- one more agapanthus
- the pool corner, variegated ginger in the big urn, Achimenes in there, too, Spathoglottis in front of that.
- a little tillandsia ball, blooming
Standard practice around here, too Drew. It's a life skill everyone needs, right?
- Ric rac cactus from a cutting Mj traded me last fall is rambling all over now!
- Tiny Jewel alocasia doing great, too. It has a wierd little bud-like thing on the top of the soil, any ideas what this is? It's not a flower, we've already done that.
Sorry, lousy pictures, the light was really low with a nearby thunderstorm.
Yay, I do love it when my plants propagate themselves.
That was a dramatic lineup of storms that went through there, Drew. Hope all your giants are ok. 70 sounds like a delicious temperature to me, nice if you have to be outside cleaning up. After Andrea left a mess here last week, my garden helper - a nice fellow and hard worker but with a little drinking problem . . did not show up and I was putzing around sweating myself into a puddle trying to just clear the walkways.
A few more gingers showing up this week, after all the rain.
- Curcuma white
- the little divas, Kaemferia aka peacock ginger
- the Alpinias are nearly over, showing their little yellow faces
- I'd be more pleased with this heliconia if he would stay in the flower bed!
- never seen so many Lobster Claws, again giving credit to the rain!
We can't send flowers, but we can post them to keep Deb's spirits up here. C'mon folks, wander out to the garden with the cameras!!
Sorry to hear Deb is having a rough time, I am sure this weird weather they are having does not help. Keeping her in my T & P.
Pinstripe ginger is doing well for me this year.
Individual flowers, have I read somwhere that they are edible?????
Wouldn't this hydrangea have looked pretty if Bambi had not munched on the other 16 buds? Grrrrrrr
Orestachys boehmeri flower buds - oddly interesting.
What's up with this lotus? The flowers are browning off before they fully open. Big disappointment.
Shame about your lotus, Alice. I can't imagine why they would do that. Did you taste one of your ginger flowers?
I have some unwelcome visitors that have come back on my Begonia odorata alba. Spiralling white fly. They rub off easily, and are treated with soapy water quite successfully. The plant doesn't seem to be set back hardly at all, and this is the second go round for this pest.
Heliconias are happier now that we got some rain.
'Easy Does It' roses are blooming up a storm, too. I fertilized everything at the end of May, then we got 4in of rain, plants all took off!
Shooting Star hydrangea still looks good, but the powdery mildew will start soon.
Paula, I have a plan for that little begonia. I'm going to snip back the long stems to halfway, and 'stick' the cuttings in the same pot until the pot gets fuller. Maybe that's how they get those pretty hanging baskets to look as gorgeous as they do.
Mm, I'm not sure on the teacup, Kay. My teacups (from Alice) have dark stems, and thinner leaves that are more cupped.
That one was sold to us as Teacup, several friends bought them at the same time from a reputable grower, but you never know with labeling anymore. I was sent 3 grafted tomatoes to trial for the breeder and so far 2 of the 3 have been mislabeled. You would think if someone goes to the trouble to graft a tomato, that can't be easy, they would at least keep the labels straight.
Love that Mayan Mask. If I wasn't still on my plant fast I would have to have that one. :-)
Drew, have you tried Blackhawk Hardware on Woodlawn (I think) I've never been there myself but I have been told they have a 2 story atrium with a good selection of large tropicals. Of course, you are pretty sophisticated and have higher than normal aroid expectations. :-)
My 'wild' cannas have started blooming. They are randomly popping up all over the back garden this year.
Mangoes are ripe, and I have finally figured out how to beat the squirrels to them. Have to police under the tree first thing in the morning, before they get to the ones that have dropped. I am winning! That is, I've eaten more mangoes than they have so far.
I hear 'ya Drew, I would avoid Charlotte too. I am heading to Asheville tomorrow for the weekend and at this time of year the traffic there is bad too. I am spoiled, down here 3 cars at a stop light would be a traffic jam. LOL
Love that wild canna Elaine, are they tall? I have some C. indica that stay under 2' which is nice.
I have some of those short cannas too, Alice. They are wonderful. But that orange one is 4 to 5ft. tall and kind of lanky. It was supposed to be 'Stuttgart' which is the canna with the beautiful white/green variegated foliage. But I bought them twice, from different vendors and never got a single swipe of variegation on them. They have nice smooth green leaves with a sheen of blue, and the delicate soft orange flowers, so I tolerate them wandering where they will in the garden all summer.
I'm with you on the rain thing, Kay. Since TS Andrea went by we've had hardly a spritz of rain. Hearing thunder all the time, but the storms all roll away from us.
- Achimenes are blooming away hiding under the variegated spiral ginger
- which is blooming away like crazy
- anybody know if 'Hilo Beauty' is an Alocasia, Colocasia, or a Caladium? I've heard it called all three by different people and catalogs.
Good to know, Kay. Thanks. I really think it acts like a Caladium, and the leaf shape, texture and plant shape look more like Caladium to me, too.
- Thunbergia just keeps on blooming
- another spiral ginger with funny little striped flowers
- Begonia Sophie Cecile has the most amazing jagged leaves.
No rain here either!! Getting tired of watering!
Elaine do you have your Costus in full sun? When I got mine from the East Coast, they said full sun was okay--growing but some brown leaves. Trying to water lots--in this heat though everything looks wilty.
My lobster claws-like yours-seem to be on steroids! Even the ones that didn't look so good at the beginning of spring look wonderful and are blooming!
Hi Debi, nice to 'see' you back. No, my costus are all in shifting shade under the oak trees. Pretty bright shade, with peeks of sun, but no full sun except that one above gets a bit very late, like 6-ish. They do love water, for sure. That being said, they don't bloom if the shade gets too deep, either.
I think the Lobster Claws got a big boost last year from all the rain from TS Debbie, and now a big flush from TS Andrea, too. We try to take credit, but Ma Nature provides . .
We have some encouraging clouds out there now, and at least the storms are moving towards our side, instead of away today. Need a good soaking rain, for sure!
I just received a call from Deb - her dear Sister, Sherry, passed away about 45 minutes ago - she wants you to know how much she appreciates all your prayers and good thoughts during this very difficult time. She sends her love to each of you.
Aww, Kay, believe it or not, that's the first thing I thought of was her when I sat down at the computer just now and I was going to dmail you to see if you had heard from her. I'm so sorry...I know her heart is breaking. Sending prayers her way.
Elaine-- Thanks! I checked back to my purchase of the costus barbadoes and Jesse did say full sun! The roots are shaded from the worst of the afternoon sun so maybe that will help.
If we would just get some rain!!!!! Everywhere on Marco but here!!!! Blowing a bit now and very dark--we shall keep our fingers crossed.
Yup, we got lucky yesterday, and got in the way of a couple of good downpours. Not only does the water help the plant, the clouds in the afternoon cool it down and give them a break, too. People as well . . Oh for the 'summer pattern' to get set up again.
Yes!!! It is sending up new shoots like mad!! It does get a sprinkle from the irrigation, but I water it a lot. Ridiculous to have an irrigation system and still have sprinklers! Am going to rearrange some tomorrow.
Paula, your garden must be a riot of color now. Everything looks good.
The color is off on this echinacea picture, guess it was too bright when I took the photo but it is actually fire engine red. The name is Salsa something or other and the best part is that it came back from last year. They can be tricky here, you never know if they will make it or not. I don't think they like salt.
Hey, anybody home?
- pale mauve Spathoglottis putting out some new blooms
- Achimenes are usually sort of demure, hiding in the foliage but not lately!
- colors on my variegated Ti are rocking, now that the shade plants over them have leafed out again
- Thai caladium 'The Pearl' is messing around with 'Black Thai' in the same pot and making . .
- really neat looking 'stained glass effect' leaves
Jokenna, welcome to DG and our forum of tropical plant folks!
I would venture to say you probably won't get any landscaping ideas from any of our yards - we grow a mishmash of plants, in no particular genre or order. We just fit what we like wherever we can, because we are all tropical plant addicts. It's a horrid disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone. If you are OCD in any measure, don't follow our plans - none of us have one! LOL
Oh I will fit right in. No method to my madness...Just ask my DH. I'm just finding that I have a huge yard here and little to fill it. When I lived in OR I had no yard everything was in pots at one time I had 99 pots outside and 49 inside...lol I tried to bring them all with me, but my DH would not rent a uhaul just for plants..I just don't get him. We pulled our Toyota pickup with a camper shell on the back... Yup I packed the darn thing with every pot I could get into it...lol
everyones plants are gorgeous as usual.. wish I could show you some things, but really not ready to go out and play yet. I brought home my sisters dog, Sadie, and we need to establish some house and yard rules if I am to stay married for much longer..
I found two surprises today. The first is a small lily like pink flower. It must be in the amaryllis family but this flower is only about 3" across. The strap like leaves are narrow. I used to be so good with my plant inventory then it got away from me.
The other surprise (more like shock) is a flower bud on my Musa Sweetheart, it has not started to open yet. I also found a flag leaf on another stalk on the same plant. It seems appropriate that I found a "flag" leaf today. I am doubtful that fruit set this late in the summer will mature before cold weather sets in but I have been waiting years to see any edible fruit at all. My non edible musas fruit all the time - go figure.
Well, the Mystery Arum (tm) finally decided to bloom, and it's not so mysterious anymore: They are two different types of Calla lilies, one pink and the other one yellow... Still don't know how they managed to survive two winters around here... I'm at least half a zone out of range for the most hardy varieties...
Phew, hot and sunny today, and this is the first afternoon we haven't been seeing any thunder clouds looming by this time in the afternoon. I had a swim, now am taking refuge at the computer.
- Peacock ginger, first pic I've had that shows the flower color properly
- Heliconia 'Lady Di' loves all the water.
- same Heli, this one had a dark royal blue shiny seed pod, never seen them make seeds before!
- Gloriosas starting their second flush of bloom
- Colocasia 'Blue Hawaii' has small leaves this year because there are about a dozen plants in that one pot.
Rachel: Really? I was thinking they might be varieties of Z. aethiopica, but everything I've seen, including Plant Files and Plant Delights Nursery's listings for the ones they sell says they're only hardy to 7a, at most...
I'll take your word for it, though. I always liked Calla Lilies, but never bothered with them, because I don't like growing plants that I have to dig up and store every winter.
Nice Gingers and Heliconias, Dyzzypyxxy! My hardy gingers have been growing well, needing only occasional watering, even with as hot as its been lately. Unfortunately, when mowing the yard Thursday, I accidentally rand over one of my Z mioga "Dancing Crane" plants... Thankfully it had another small shoot coming up, so it should recover, but it still ticks me off... I need to see about just breaking down and ordering half a ton of mulch from the local garden center and just mulch all the flower beds, so I don't have to weed or mow them.
Sounds like a plan! You can never have too much mulch, jmho! It looks good, keeps the soil cool and moist, supresses weeds and breaks down to enrich as well, where's the down side? Shoveling it into place, I guess.
Pictures man! We need pictures - that's what keeps these threads interesting. What are your hardy gingers? Mine want as much water as I can give them.
- Hedychium 'Dr. Moy' is my favorite garden plant, lovely scent, pretty flowers, fabulous foliage, blooms non-stop from now until cold weather.
- they do have quite a few stink bugs on them right now though. Have to investigate that.
- wild petunias growing along our back driveway
- volunteer salvia 'Coral Nymph' seeds itself generously
Now if only that mulch would keep the weeds down in this climate. I think I could put 2 1/2 tons down and the weeds would still love it. Especially those wild petunias you have Elaine, they are Ruellia caroliniana, a sweet but prolific little native, they self sow everywhere, especially in nice clean mulch. aggghhhhh
My first edible bananas ever, Musa 'Sweetheart'. This is exciting, I understand these will take 4 months to mature. A new "hand" of fruit should develop each day for week or two. Banana splits, bananas foster, banana bread banana pudding, etc...
Hikaro_Takayama-- are you near any of the mushroom farms in PA? Great mulch is available from them.
My landscaper gets me a load of horse manure from one of the local stables every so often--that's wonderful also.
Lol, re the manure - just make sure it's well composted before you put it around your plants! My dad - frugal Scot that he was - got a 'deal' on a truckload of too-fresh manure from somebody who even delivered it for him. He was a doctor, and people used to offer him stuff like that. They dumped it in the front driveway where it smelled rather badly. My mother was fit to be tied. Dad gleefully shoveled and wheelbarrowed it to his rose garden where it burned the you-know-what out of his whole rose bed. Took several rainy days for the smell and all that nitrogen to wash away. I think he had to replace most of his rose bushes that year, too.
Couple of gingers blooming today Hedychium Greenii with red flowers, and the variegated spiral ginger with funny little funnels. The foliage on that one is the real star of the show.
C'mon folks!! This thread is dying for lack of pictures. Go out one time, take a bunch of pictures, then post a few each time you visit. I know all of you have nice things in your garden to show off. Pictures keep it interesting and give us stuff to chat about.
Okay I'm all in
New pink Hibiscus (hybrid) Lowes Paid full price--damn!
Water lily that is blooming like mad(3 blooms at one time last week) in the pool cage
Some rescue Hibiscus from a Demo sale
Another hybrid Hibiscus
A brom about to bloom--can't remember where it was filched from
Thank you GAgirl and DyzzyPyxxy. I've been admiring (drooling over ;o) for years the pics that DG members put up here of tropical (or semi-tropical) plants, including those beauties above (most of which weren't available to Canadians and especially Canadians on the Northern prairies). I've bugged local greenhouses for years (mentioned that people in the Dakotas are growing them so why can't we???). Now some are showing up here (and Canadian mail order also takes care of a few other wants of mine).
GAgirl given the heat and humidity your State is capable of I really don't think you will have a problem with that Sunset vine. Now mine did have most of its buds turn brown when we had another cool snap a month ago but it didn't hurt the vine itself. New buds formed really, really, really fast (and compared to other vines I've grown here this one makes me think of Kudzu due to how quickly it is growing for me).
By chance I found another Sunset vine (its trellis and vines had been broken) but the vines were still a couple of feet long. My daughter wanted a cutting from mine (didn't think I'd have much luck there since Floridians are reporting failure or that it takes months to root) so I was tickled pink (and it was very cheap and I expect it will send up new growth very quickly).
GAgirl1066 wrote:Very nice pictures Debi...love the rangoon creeper! Congrats on the championship...what was the category?
Do you travel alot? That's a long way to go, pulling a horse trailer.
Thanks--she was in the pre-green division. We don't pull trailers anymore! I used to do that years ago, but she is with our trainers in the Knoxville area and they do all the care, shipping and training! Love it!!!
Everyone's posies look great, especially those from the southeast where we have had such epic amounts of rain. The SC Botanical Gardens up in Clemson were essentially destroyed by a foot of rain within a short period of time the other day, whole areas are just gone. I am seeing a lot of wet wilt down here, there is so little O2 in the soil. I am telling people to poke pitchforks into the soil around plants in the ground and just sticks into containers to make holes where oxygen can get near the roots.
Lily, I am in awe of your Canadian grown flowers, you have done a fantastic job up there.
Pink Bottle Brush
Begonia - forget name
Crapes have been amazing this year - near dark when I took that pic
Sweet little native clematis
Second bud on Musa Sweetheart is forming fruit
Debi, beautiful flowers all, and I'm envious of the Rangoon Creeper, too. Never thought to make it 'creep' up a trellis like that but it displays it perfectly.
Alice, more gorgeous flowers, and I especially like the little clematis. Lucky you, to be growing bananas! They will slurp up all the rain, I'm sure.
We're lucky down here to have such porous soil, the rain just drains away so fast. What a shame about the Botanical Gardens.
- Gloriosas going strong
- Hedychium 'Dr Moy' my favorite, sorry for the repeat but I can't walk by it with the camera . .
- white Canna 'Ermine' is a bit more elegant and restrained than the blazing colors of the others.
I only have two Plumerias, Jokenna. One has no fragrance at all so you wouldn't want it. The other is a dwarf type that I'm trying to keep going. It has a light, almond scent - must admit I'm rather disappointed in it, too. I can't take cuttings from either of them until winter.
- Plumeria pudica - nice crisp white flowers, cool lobed foliage, no scent +-(
- Plumeria 'Penang Peach' - slight almond scent, small bush, nice flowers
- my Musical Notes plant loves all the rain!
Deb emailed me a week ago and said she just isn't ready to talk to anyone right now. Losing Sherry hit her very hard and I know she's love it if folks on this thread would drop her a line and let her know she's missed.
Lily, I don't know if the Musical Notes makes seed, but it is dropping flowers so I might know more in a few days.
We sure do miss Deb! I'd be inclined to respect her space. Everybody grieves in different ways.
Here's an update on my in-ground experiment with P.Gloriosum. They are right next to each other, and both have had the same water and fert.
- the one that is in a sunken pot has 3 good looking leaves
- the one directly in the ground has two small pathetic looking leaves
Around here the advantitious tree roots grow right into the pots and rob the plants of any nutrition. It is almost like they can smell where the good soil is. LOL
I have tried surrounding the pots with landscape fabic before sinking them but it does not help for more than a month or two at best. I can raise the pots off the ground and that prevents the invading roots but it also creates a watering nightmare not to mention what happens when we have a big blow.
Bouvardia ternifolia (is there a common name for that one?)
A piece of Don Miller dropped into the Picasso's Paintbrush pot and look what happened.
Alice, the pot with the Don Miller volunteer is gorgeous. Sometimes the accidents turn out the best!
Paula, I'm going to carefully lift the one P. Gloriosum that's in the ground, and put it in a pot. See if it just needs root space of its own, and regular TLC. I think it's just a wimpy hybrid, and doesn't play well with others.
- Brazilian Red Cloak is starting its summer bloom
- closeup of Red Cloak flower bract
- a mystery, NOID spiral ginger, I think it came from Rita a couple of years ago, and I just stuck it in a pot, and forgot it. Here it is blooming with such pretty red buds and stems.
I heard from Rita a couple of weeks ago and she is doing well but staying very busy. Hopefully she will be back to posting again.
Dyzzy and Paula, P. gloriosum will grow best if it's not planted too deeply in a pot or in the ground and only watered when it has dried out a little bit. I grow mine in a hanging basket and when it crawls out, I make the cut and start a new plant. It is a crawler and not a climber. It prefers bright light (no direct) and also attracts spider mites.
good evening everyone, your plants and flowers are beautiful. I am glad the musical notes took off for you KayJones. My don miller from alice is growing big out in the shade garden now. we have had florida weather this month. rain at least once a week sometimes twice. most of my tropicals are on the front porch or in the afternoon shade areas.. I am glad to have lots of color in my yard right now.
I have had to cut down a lot around the house because of all the big fotted painters and gutter guys, but they will grow back.. some thiings never made it upstairs, the tropical area downstairs is small right now, but cozy with the fish and the turtles and garter snakes.. we dodged another bullet of baseball size hail tonight.. people to the north us us got pounded..
It has been a month now, I celebrated my sisters 55th birthday last night by going to applebys and ordering two appetizer trays with a little of everything, since she would have loved it.. sitting on the patio at night seems to help me a bit..these are a few of the things around me out on the patio..
It is hard to see things here with the ghost column down the middle of everything when I log on. oh well.. I am waiting for all my cleros to bloom..and my passis, well, a lot of stuff is late late late// u can see where i whacked the plants down on this side of the house, the painter is working on it now in between the rainy days..
the umbrelllas are crooked, but do help with the shade loving plants on the patio..
the arches are just now starting to show some signs of things climbing..all the milkweeds are bloming and podding.. I have 6 kinds show up so far..
thank you for loving me, I love you all too..
Debra, all your plants are so beautiful and healthy looking and I'm so sorry about your sister. I know your heart has a very empty spot but continue to think about all the good times you two had together and God will also help with comfort.
oh! u just reminded me of someting Alice, thank you.. somewhere I must find my tuber rose I know it is in one of the barrels.. My bilbergia will prolly bloom when I bring it in.. yours is beautiful..
got 2 of my rain barrels set up today, 2 more to go..
need ID on this vine..
Deb, I believe your vine is from the one I have at the end of my garage, which I believe to be Lavender Trumpet Vine botanically named Clytostoma callistegioides. It has the lavender flowers like the garlic vine.
Drew, I've been thinking about you and hoping your garden is not underwater. You guys are really getting walloped. I will be in WNC next week and I am fairly certain the road to the cabin we have rented has washed away. The realtor keeps saying no worries but I am thinking we might want to bring our PFD's - just in case. :-(
good news, I have started another hairy balls successfully in the bog garden. I will send it to you. wondering if #2 is mini turks cap? there were some seeds in my DG stash from one of you of those..last pic is where I sit at night.. the squash, tomatoes, cilantro, sunflowers, morning glorys, peppers, are behind me, my jasmine sambuc is right beside me..3rd pic is what Elaine sent me, 4th pic is the jessimine, starting over, 2nd pic is kopper king, 1st pic is gloriosa lilly popped up prolly from elaine..
I have not had my spider lillys both white and red show up yet, but naked ladies are popping up.. no show on the peruvian daffodils, and no show on the big dinner plate dahlia yet.. here are some tropical looking photos..
southeast fence, southeast patio, tropical vines and a sunflower being trained to arch down with tropical vines on the other side.. it is a slow process, but the end result is arches of blooms in an outdoor corner for me by end of august.. this is to the north of the patio, snowqueen hibiscus just now starting to bloom again, she got her hair trimmed.. made two more of her with the trimmings, back to kopper king hib, and she has red standing cypress on one side of her..
here is the outside view of my patio wall of tropical and natives combined.. it is almost solid..
Hey Deb, everything looks fabulous. That gloriosa does look like one I might have sent you, called 'Wine n Red' and the E ear in the border there is 'Blue Hawaii'.
I have the orange colors going today.
- Hedychium 'Dr Moy' smelling lovely despite being invaded by stink bugs
- clero 'Pagoda' from a cutting from floridabunnie, Thank You! Are you still here?
- Heliconias are twice the size they usually are, thanks to all the rain.
- Never had so many Lobster Claws, either.
- seed pods on a huge Brom stalk - I wonder if they will germinate?
I don't think the leaves are right for the J. integerrima, do you think it could be the Jatropha gossypifolia? They have the teeny tiny flowers and leaves are wider, more like what I think Debra is referring to.
Debra, you have so many pretty, lush plants in that picture. Good Growing!
oh yes, last year was horrible, and I am still moving stuff down there, it is supposed to get back hot in August.. that one little plant we can't ID is making little lantern pods now.. so weird.. thought maybe ground cherry>? but it is too tall, .
That caladium stayed in the tub all winter, and as soon as it came out, it popped up.
Beautiful ginger for your avatar, Elaine.
Good morning! I want to thank whomever sent me the variegated Ginger (who?)! It is blooming yellow and is so beautiful - thank you! It is pouring rain right now, but when it stops, I'll get a picture and post it.
Don't forget to go out and have a sniff, they smell glorious. Pretty sure that is my favorite plant in the garden. Nice variegated leaves, pretty flowers, nice scent, easy care, no pest problems . . . what's no to love?
- I finally have a decent picture of Clero. 'Pagoda' with some flowers open.
- love the Heliconias at all stages of bloom (2, 3 & 4)
- dwarf Canna are only 2ft. tall, and have pretty flowers that self-clean. I have a white one with the pink markings like this, too. Hmmm, wonder where it is??
Beautiful, Alice and I'll bet it's nice and cool too. Surprised you have internet service 'way up there!
- my Passiflora quadrangularis is blooming again, way up high in the bamboo stand. I hope the right pollenators are around at this time of year. The rest of the blooms in the spring never set any fruit.
- got myself a new orchid at Trader Joe's this week, Beallara Tahoma Glacier
Nah, I've kilt off a few with the black plague since we've had so much rain this summer. Also been battling boisduval scale on another bunch, which are out in the garden in quarantine. (the geckos eat the scale insects for me out there)
Still over 100 though. A lot are still small and have not bloomed yet. So once in a while I treat myself to one that already has flowers.
Yes the heat has gotten to me as well.
Does anyone know of any architectural salvage places in the south of Florida? I am getting ready to start the hardscape in the backyard and can salvage a lot of what I think I need.
These mountains are getting interesting. Saw my first bear strolling across the back lawn this morning. Guess I now know what it feels like when mountain people see their first gator.
Drew are you getting all this rain? We are drowing up here. My plan was to go someplace where it was cool enough so I could sit on the deck in the mornings and have my coffee. I've been here 2 weeks now and have not been able to do that yet. Between the wet weather and now the the wildlife, that plan has been scrapped.
There was a piece on the local TV last night about a local woman who had bananas on her plants. She did not know the variety but the ones shown were large and very edible looking. Strange when tropicals thrive in the Western NC mountains.
I have been busy futzing about in the garden all morning, and here it is clouding over and already raining a bit! My yard looks like it's trying to do 'Sleeping Beauty's Castle' and devour the house. Evidently it has been raining heavily every day this week, so . . phew! My garden helper and I will be doing a weeding marathon on Monday morning.
Only got as far as the pool cage with the camera before I had to put it away and start fussing.
- Rita's spiral ginger made a stem with almost all white leaves!
- same plant, the flower
- Spathoglottis plicata 'opal' has been blooming non-stop for months
- my favorite orchid Brassavola nodosa, smelled absolutely heavenly last night to greet me home.
Is the owner forcing you to remove it? If not I would leave it for the next owner to deal with. My son's home had a very large variety of running bamboo that had been planted right along the house. It was growing under his HVAC units and it had already cracked the steps. He is young and strong and he couldn't dig it out either. He cut it to the ground with loppers and painted the cut edge with RU. It seems to have worked. He still gets the occasional shoot but that is all.
So sorry you have to re-locate. I know it will be difficult leaving some of your beloved plants.
I'm afraid the bamboo will be up for short sale with the house. The new owners can deal with it. For all you know, the whole place might get bull dozed, and that would take care of it. My opinion is attempts to kill it will make it look like hell, and in the end it will still live.
Thanks, Alice and Randy. I have placed an ad on Craigslist for free Bamboo - you dig. I haven't gotten any responses yet, probably because it grows wild here, and those who want it already have it. I will forfeit my $1,050 deposit if I don't remove all the plants. I have hired a guy to help me dig 'ordinary' plants, but Bamboo is not an 'ordinary' plant!
Be careful of people you contact on craigslist, Kay. Have at least one friend- preferably a brawny male - there with you when they come. There are unscrupulous characters who target older people on that site. Many bad stories.
Our sympathies on having to move your garden! Phew. What a task as RJ says. Wish some of us could get there to help you. I'd be no help in this weather, as I last about 10 minutes in the heat.
The greenhouse belongs to the house. I just gave over 50% of my potted tropicals to my neighbors - my yard looks SO BARE now! I'm getting excellent responses on my free Bamboo. Thanks for being concerned about criminals - I am setting digging times for after he gets home from school and work. Hopefully, enough people want it that I can mow the area while I'm still here and then let the new owners worry about it.
Elaine, I wouldn't ask you all to do that - everyone on this thread has been so generous with me over the years. I wouldn't have had all the neat plants I had if it weren't for the love from all of you - thank you to each of you. IF/when I move back to KC, I will be near Debra - that beautiful flower is what I really need - she is SO PRECIOUS!
Oh dear, really love all the plants here, I am leaving for Buffalo in a few days, my lil Braxton will be here every other day to water, I am taking cuttings of stuff in case I lose anything, it hasn't rained here for about three or four weeks now, can't believe we had rain 9 out of 15 days in July, now the summer is here, I have only brought in two plants..
I hope you get moved safe and sound, KayJones, and I will have plants for you when you do..
My one and only plumeria is budded and it will bloom of course while I am gone, go figger..
Have never seen it bloom yet. A tour of the patio..
Hello! I finall have some tropicals I purchased this spring and have decided to quit lurking. They have all grown quite a bit, as they were purchased quite tiny. No small feat this year in Michigan. We have had a very cold and rainy season.
So right, Louise. When I moved to FL, the first thing I planted in May that year were 3 small papaya plants. By October, they were over 6ft. and the biggest was 9ft tall with 14 papayas on it. They love water, but need good drainage, feed heavily and above all keep 'em warm! I'd recommend a bigger pot, and bring it indoors as soon as the nights are going below 50. Set a dark colored watering can in the sun so the water is warm for them.
By the first cold front, they basically stop growing, and just sit there (although the fruit ripens) until it warms up in March. I have to wrap the stem where the fruit is in bridal veil netting to keep the fruit from being raided by squirrels or ruined by wasp larvae.
Papaya 'Red Lady' so called because of the red leaf stems.
No clue, Kay! I have three, and they all have the dark red stems on the leaves. The real feature of 'Red Lady' though, is that it is self-fruitful. Most papayas need a male and female tree to get fruit, but not 'Red Lady'.
So, if your plant is setting fruit all by itself, I wouldn't worry about not having red leaf stems.
- firespike bringing in the hummers
- Hedychium 'Dr. Moy' blooming away
- Brazilian Red Cloak is in its full glory again.
Thanks for the advice! I keep it a little root bound to combat the wet cold feet. It was a 2 inch potted plant when I got it, and I see the first bud. I am lucky to have a nice south facing bay window for the winter. My calamondin seems to be doing alright too so far.
exciting news.. my buddah belly is huge and full of leaves and flowers, the fire spike is blooming in the tomatoe patch, my clero from florida is all aglow with red blooms, and the little powder puff tree thing from Rita is in full bloom.. and well, gee, after being up in newyork for a week, it is good to be home. Love all your blooms, Elaine.
here are some pics from buffalo the waterfront area, my sil's escargot begonia, (it is huge! )
Her yard l;ooks like spring here in kansas, it is oh so very manicured and tidy, nothing like my wild and crazy jungle gardens,. she does have a few tropicals, but not like Joes mom, she has them outside all over the place.
I just can't believe how this thread and DG in general is just 'dead' here lately. So, if anyone is still out there...here are a few photos of some things blooming. This week has really been nice here,,,60s at night and mid 80s during the day. I have been cleaning out the GH, getting ready to put things back in.
This Hibiscus tricolor has taken over the GH. I have to cut it back and I really don't won't too. I have read that they are easy to root, so hopefully I'll have a lot of babies before long.
No I don;t think that is it...here is a closeup of mine. Its real dark and rather small..about the size of a nickel..maybe. I've found a couple pics on the internet that look just like it, but none of them have names other than stapelia.
well what ever it is it is cute.. I have not heard of hibicus tri color, it kinda looks like my snow queen, but no red in the leaves. My carrion flower plant is loaded with blooms, finally after three years I get to actually see one. All the tropicals on the front porch are out on the front side walk to get their final rain bath before my son hauls them in.. we are ready .. I love my vitex, it really is growing, I have two, one on each side of the arbor. Joe is finally retired so now he has a lot of chores to do for me, digging and moving plants mostly.
Bot. Name is hibiscus tiliaceus 'tricolor'. It's a beautiful plant. I personally have never noticed the flowers...don,t know if mine has or not. I have plenty of cuttings, if you would like one.
Does anyone have anything blooming? I'll have to go take some pictures...I finally got all my plants in. Just yesterday they finished my new GH and not a moment too soon. I was putting plants in as they were nailing up the last things. I still have to get the electricity and heat hooked up but for now its fine. Here are the pictures over the last three days...
Day1 took 8 months to get to this level.(kept getting put off)
Day 2 - little over half completed
Day 3 - finished product
Inside - have plenty of room to make shelves and start some cuttings and plant seeds.
They were picked before the cold weather just as they were starting to turn yellow. It is not obvious in this picture but there are yellow ones on the back of that green looking stalk. I was told that is when we were supposed to pick them. We have not had rain here in forever and only had 1/4" total in October, I think they just didn't get enough fresh water. I detect a slight salty taste and suspect they hit the ground water here. Friends who grow this variety say it is usually great. I bought the plants a couple of years ago from the fall festival at the UGA coastal gardens in Savannah, used to be called the Bamboo Farm.
Paula, you picked up a medinella magnifica for me years ago and I left it outside on its own all summer and it has been blooming for months now. Did yours make the move to the new house OK?
SO, just wondering how everyone's gardens fared with the unusually cold winter we just had.
In my case, a local nursery registered a low of -15 degrees this pas winter, and I've had both pleasant & unpleasant surprises: First of all, my Trachy that I've had growing in this area since 2007 or 2008 looks like it finally bit the dust: All but the bases of the leaves are dead, and the spear pulled. Additionally, my supposedly hardy Yucca rostrata also bit the dust (which is kinda funny, since my Common sage, which was planted right next to it, came through without a scratch), and all my Sabal minor "McCurtain" palms had about 80% leaf damage, but all have green, healthy spears.
In the pleasant surprise area, all my OTHER experimental yuccas, including the un-named hybrid I got from Brian's Botanicals in 2008 and both Yucca gloriosa Recurvifolia & Y. gloriosa "Lone Star" made it through with barely any damage at all, despite most literature saying they can't survive temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit... Also, all my bamboos survived, including the Sunset Glow fargesia and my Fargesia nitida.
I'm posting a pic below of the front yard, including the three types of yuccas that survived and my (probably) dead Trachy, with our Japanese Cherry trees blooming in the background. I'm also posting a close-up pic of the other Lone Star yucca planted near the end of the driveway that I took earlier this afternoon.
I'm also including some pics of the new bamboo I got about 3 weeks ago at Mid-Altantic Bamboo in Crewe, VA. I got 1x 5 gallon Ruscus bamboo (gets about 4' high, max) and 2x 5 gal Indocalamus tessalatus, which has the largest leaves of any cold-hardy bamboo. One of the Indocalamus tessalatus is already sending up shoots. :)
I'm here in NE Mississippi. I lost approximately two dozen Jade, four dozen Aloe Vera, a bunch of Schefflera and Rubber Tree plants, two, multi-trunked Madagascar Dragon Trees, and a huge Peace Lily. My greenhouses were full and I had no place to put them. Our unusually cold winter did them in.
I'm in the process of moving out most of my tropical plants. They will go under large oak and cedar trees and will remain outside until October/November. I will put about 600 plants outside.
Ouch! That sounds extremely painful! Sorry about losing all your plants!
One thing I might suggest, if you like dragon trees is Cordyline Australis: Those things are almost hardy even up here (I know some people who grow them like perennials around here), and they are definitely rated for your zone...
Thanks for the suggestion. The only reason I had the two Madagascar Dragon Trees was because they got too large for my next-door neighbor. They over-wintered the two previous years, 2012-2013, outside and did fine. Since they were "free", apparently I did not value them as much as my orchids, bromeliads, plumeria, etc.
Minor update: MY ZINGIBER MIOGA "SILVER ARROW" SURVIVED!!!!
That's right, at least ONE of the true gingers I planted survived -15 degree temps last winter, and just started poking up out of the ground.
Unfortunately, still no word on the Zingiber mioga "Dancing Crane" plants I also planted last year. If they didn't make it, I'll just see about ordering more "Silver Arrow" to replace them (the Silver Arrow seems to be generally hardier & more robust anyways)...
That's a gorgeous flower color. Our state flower is the magnolia but ours are white. I have a half dozen on the side of my driveway and they are about a week from opening. These are all dwarf magnolias and grow very slowly. They are perhaps ten-twelve feet tall and were planted approximately five years ago.
now now my good man... dont say such things where i can read it..
if i could get M.ingens.. i know i would do WHATEVER!!!! to grow them seasonally...
i thought u knew me better tropic..??? hehehehe...lol
now if u really do know how to get any out of PNG.. i want 4 plants...
i have gone to all kinds of trouble to grow amorph titanum...i am willing to go to
even more extremes to get a M.ingens growing successfully...
that said..???? thanks so much for your putting up with my ribbing tropic..
but..u know im dead serious on growing a M.ingens..
spoke with gal from going bananas..WONDERFUL lady!!! unfortunately
going bananas was unsuccessful in growing musa ingens..sigh :( to alkaline soil,
to hot,to much sun..
not to worry..i am determined !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dave, I'm just trying to remember the altitude the M. ingens were growing. From memory somewhere around 1500 metres. The area is also about 8 degrees off the equator. Those areas have neither high nor low temperatures and humidity is constantly high. The sun is very intense there but plants survive because the humidity is so high. Compared to M. ingens, titanums are extremely easy to grow. And the fact that titanums are such tiny plants by comparison helps to make them much easier.
We can't import banana plants or seeds here. Our banana industry is very big and politically very strong. They claim introduced banana materials of any sort could introduce diseases. You're not even allowed to move banana plant material around within the country. And there's strict control over plants in the nursery trade. That's why there's so little variety here. We do have a native one, M. banksii, not here but on the east coast.
im sure to protect your nanner industry is reason for such protective measures..
im hoping one day..would like sooner than later..:) find a source of M.ingens..and give it a go..
the heat wont be a problem here.its our humidity.. were pretty dry.. mmm.its a desert..lol
but that as part of my challenge.. i hope to one day get some..and try my gardening skills/insanity
on growing them.. :)
i truely appreciate your insight,and wisdom on growing many of these tropical plants.. u r right there..or within a few hrs flight from many of these plants native growing areas..