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Today I met up with Artcons and Jnana at Top Tropicals. They sure do have a lot of unusual plants. We had a great time at the nursery, and then went on to tour Jnana's gardens.
Last week Happy_1 (she had car troubles and couldn't make it today) and I toured Artcons gardens. Art is a self taught master at propagating from cuttings.
Jnana, a master gardener, has so many different varieties of plants, bushes, trees and vines. She has a compact yard but everything is wonderfully laid out. She has just a little bit of grass she is trying to get rid of, for more plants. She remembers everything, all their names and all.
We took some clippings and Art took them home to root them out. You could say I was being lazy, but he does a great job with cuttings, and I had to run off to see a customer so didn't want them in the car, cooking.
Okay, this is what I picked up today:
1 Gardenia Kula- Golden Gardenia
4 Crossandra "Shamrock Green"
2 Clitoria "Blue"
2 Jewels of Opar, Solid Green with pink flowers
1 Cuphea, Bat Face
Art took pictures so hopefully he will find us here and post some.
I didn't get home til about 7 and found a box on the porch from Pinnellas Park. Guess what it was...plants. :^))))))
A great day today and so wonderful meeting our gardening friends. Next week, it's at my house!!!!
Morning all. Great time yesterday.
The nursery was nice but a tad high priced. I found a nice sized Blue Glory Bower, Clerodendrum ugandense exactly what I went there for. It will blend in nicely with my Rose and Flaming glory colors.
Nice to meet Val, (jnana) and see Molly (MollyMc) again, although we missed Nancy Lee (Happy_1).
The highlight of the day was a visit to Val's garden. Spectacular would be close to describing her garden.
I have a couple of shots of Val's garden. With her permission I will post one of the view along the back walkway.
Looking forward to the next mini local gt (get together) and garden visit.
Until then, here's a shot of Val (on left) and Molly on the patio.
Wednesday is good for me. Count me in.
If anyone coming wants cuttings of anything I have, speak up and I will make them for you. In a short while, after I get out the weekly trash, and yard clippings for pick up, I will post a listing of cuttings I currently have growing in my nursery area. These are ready for planting.
For a listing of my native plants I have growing in the yard which I can make cuttings for you, visit this area. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/525068/
The listing and pictures of stuff I have growing in the yard that are posted in the plant files are in this area. http://davesgarden.com/pf/imagesbyuser.php?user=artcons
Any other requests, just ask.
My haul at yesterday's mini Top Tropical's GT was obtained courtesy of Val. She gave me a bunch of cuttings.
They are shown after processing. As you can see I practice what I preach by using terrariums for my cuttings. One item I forgot to mention in my little piece on making terrariums (link follows) is they sit nicely in 2 liter soda bottle handlingcontainers. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/525641/
If you ask at your local convience store they will give you one. Coke or Pepsi might mind but the convience store owner won't care. Besides, think of all the free advertising they are getting. Wouldn't a nice ice cold Coke taste great after a hard afternoon of gardening?
For those of you coming to Molly's next Wednesday, I have the following plants available for the taking. If you see something you would like to have, just note me and I will bring them along for you.
These are first come first serve. I have some dup's, but not all.
Several Native cardboard palms about 3-4" in height.
2-Ti plants 1-12" 1- 24"
2-Shooting Star plants each about 2'
Several Jade plants about 12" high
2-Lantana (violet-yellow-orange) great for butterflies 7-8" each
Several Schefflera "Nova" this grows big but it's great for butterflies. 7-8"
2-Native Blanket flower about 7 "
2-Native Dune sunflower about 7"
2-Native Scorpion tail about 5"
1 Firebush about 12"
2 Copper leaf Jacob's Coat about 3"
1-Mexican sunflower (perennial) yellow (gets very big) tallest shoot about 24"
I'm available either day, in fact, my wife is working through next Thursday so I am available anytime. They just changed shifts where my wife works, so she doesn't get a day off until next Friday.
Don't forget my offer of bringing along the plants I have available. I need the space folks. Planting time is quickly approaching and I need to get my cuttings going to be ready to plant late August. I only have so much room in my nursery area.
I have tried posting for about an hour and all I get is an error message. I hope this one goes through.
A mini RU at Molly's house sounds great. Tomorrow may be a bit iffy for me, but I'll see if I can rearrange my schedule.
Art, thank you for your kind words describing my little jungle. I would like to have some of your cuttings. I'm interested in the Blanket flower, Dune sunflower, Scorpion tail, and the Mexican sunflower. That is if no one has already asked for any of them. In any case, I would be happy with any of those.
Molly, I think we came out looking pretty good in that picture. Don't you think? LOL
I'll let you know later if I'll be able to go to your house. I really don't want to miss it.
Molly, I picked up four soda bottles from our recycles today. I'll bring them along with four 4" pots some new friends brought over last week. Then show you how to do it.
See ya Saturday! I had to edit that in just in case. I didn't think I made it clear I would be there Saturday, just in case anyone misunderstood. Hopefully I can get rid of a few more plants on Saturday.
Yes Molly, I do. My next door neighbor, the one with the cashew tree, used to have two large coconut palms until two weeks ago, when he sold them for $250. each. He used a machete when he showed me. It's easier than with a knife which is usually not heavy or long enough.
I am outta here.
Pssst can i interest you in some plants...
We (Molly, Val, Nancy Lee and Art) had a nice time this afternoon at our mini GT at Molly's house/garden. The weather was cooperative for our tour of her garden, which was ripe for cuttings. We helped ourselves and all came away with lots of plants & cuttings to enhance our gardens.
Molly served tea with home grown and home processed Stevia leaves.
Since you have already seen our pictures, today I will send up a picture of a Black Swallowtail cat on Molly's green fennel, then in my next post, a Black Swallowtail in the chrysalis stage on a plant I didn't get the name of.
These afternoons I spend with "these ladies" at these outings are just great. They have so much gardening knowledge between them, which they willingly share, each time we get together is a learning experience for me.
We may not solve the problems of the world, nor do we try, but being with them and getting a chance to get away from my everyday routine and into something I really enjoy and share experiences with is the best.
They are such a joy to be with.
Not sure of where or when the next mini GT will be, but someone will let us know. If you are close by, come join us.
Here is a shot of a Black Swallowtail in chrysalis at Molly's.
Till the next time,
Hi Sidney, the Mother of thousands you refer to isn't the host, it's just a place where the cat chose to go into chrysalis. They attach themselves to almost anything, including walls, fences, other bushes, outdoor decorations, etc. They don't seem to be fussy at all when choosing a place for this stage.
Yeah, these mini GT's are fun, especially so with this group. They are very outgoing and generous with their plants and the knowledge they are willing to share.
The plant the chrysalis is on is: French Lavender. That was in my herb garden right next to the fennel that they feasted on.
I really enjoyed having yall come to visit. It gave me a chance to share some of my plants with you. So much to see, look at and say I want. And so easy to share, either by cuttings or just digging them up. A chance to get something new and different.
Last week Art gave me some red bleeding heart and yesterday Nancy brought over some white bleeding heart vine. These will look great together.
Art brought me some 2 liter bottles and some 4' pots so I can start cuttings using his terrerium method and he told me how to cut some coconuts to ready them as orchid pots. He has a lot of information to share with us too.
The next visit will be at Nancy's house when she returns from Chicago.
Molly I found myself saying, Oh!...Oh!...Oh!
Will have to get some Frech Lavender at Maggie's when we go. and of course fennel and Mexican sunflowers.
Hoping to meet Art at Tissue culture class. It's been my pleasure to meet Molly and I feel like I know Happy.
Haven't met "Val" yet, so she's new to me, but a great addition to the Florida Flower Friends, LOL
And, Monday thru Friday! At the rate things are going, I need a...oooh, just had an idea...I wonder if the local news paper would have blanks in a roll that I could buy from them...BIG roll, that is! Maybe two, or three!
When we moved here, I did some of the packing, and went to local newspaper in Va., and they were happy to give blanks to me.
Hap, my neighbors already think I'm nutso with my garden, and sometimes I actually feel a bit intimidated going outside 6:30 am! By the time 7-7:30 rolls around, I see people in their cars going to work, and glancing over...I've even ran into the house! ROFL
Not too many in this area have the same passion as I! But, on the positive side, two neighbors have actually asked me for cuttings, and I was more than happy to share...I'll make them DGers, yet!! LOL
Oh, and btw, that's what I meant, .those big blank rolls of unprinted paper; came in very handy when packing...never thought I'd use them for mulch! LOL
Last shot of Val's gardens. This is the path around the screened patio you have just seen, or her outdoor garden in the back.
See all the nice places you have missed by not joining us at our little weekly gatherings.
Art, Those are some great shots. Where did you get the sun, did you edit that in? I remember it was raining at Vals'.
By the way, Didn't you want some cuttings of that yellow B'fly bush?
Val, I forgot to dig some of that wild portulacca for you. Sorry. My memory is so bad. I took care of some of those things in the pond we talked about yesterday. Now there is more sun coming in to let the lilies find their way to the surface. I know in my efforts to keep some of the sun out to avoid the algae I went a little overboard. But it's better now. I can spare some of the flowering sensitive if you want to put some of that in your pond. I think it would be lovely and it would like being there as well. I can even give you a piece of the other water sensitive. They have really done well and are growing right over the edges.
Nancy, I wish I had something special to send you home with (other than my doggies gifts on your shoes). When you come back from Chicago, we'll see what that might be.
The sun, I remember it well. Used to see it around here all the time. With the rain this past 6 weeks, I hardly remember it anymore. If only the sun would hold back for another 6 or 7 weeks, we would be in September and the summer would be just about over, sigh!
Yes, I wanted cuttings of yellow b'fly bush, but I forgot. Perhaps you could bring me one at the next GT. I also wanted a piece of Stevia. Perhaps you could bring me a piece of that too.
I think we need to organize these visits so we accomplish all we want to do. We did so much talking we saved the cuttings for when we were leaving and rushed it.
I have all the stuff I gathered in yesterday planted, except the seeds.
We are into the second week from our visit to Val's. The cuttings from Val's might be ready for our next GT.
Would you Dmail me the names of a couple of the plants I picked up Saturday? One was a tall plant you dug up with a mini closed red rose type of flower I think from the N side. The second was a cutting of a smallish leaf multi colored red and green, I think from the S side. The third was, if I didn't know better, a cutting from a plant that was about 2' high that without the flower looked exactly like a blanket flower plant. This one was loaded with seeds. The fourth was a small, about 2-3" high dark green leaved plant with about four small leaves on it.
Thanks for having us over. Looking forward to our next visit.
Sugar, I am not going to make it for that tissue culture class. Perhaps we will meet at a plant round-up this fall.
I did spend several hours early this morning researching tissue culture. It's a very interesting concept and appears to be something I could do. I want to persue it further.
Although it seems to take lots of time for results, being a cuttings person, it's right up my alley. Much easier to grab a perfect leaf from a perfect plant vs a decent sized cutting. And it sure beats waiting months for seeds, which don't produce anywhere near perfect results.
I found several local colleges with tissue culture classes, and lots of local access to the equipment and chemicals. There are papers galore available over the 'net. Florida seems to be a hot spot for tissue culture. I found a bunch of lab's and businesses and a UF brance in Apopka devoted to it.
I remember a long while ago (about 25 or so years ago) when I was working for a company headquarted in Deland, I would spend an extra day on my monthly visit to the HQ, visiting plant "factories" in Apopka. I once visited a greenhouse there that was over a mile long. They were doing tissue culture way back then with cacti.
I need to evaluate how much space this kind of operation would take up before I make a commitment.
I even have a perfect plant to practice with, provided Val would part with a leaf from her "butterfly plant". Below is a close up I was able to get from a shot not shown in the above group of pictures taken at Val's. Check out this perfect plant for butterfly lovers. The close up is kind of fuzzy, but you can see what I mean right away about this being perfect for butterfly lovers.
Oops, since I preview'd before I attached, I will post the picture in the next post.
Hi to all, I see I missed a lot today. We moved my computer to another location so I was out of the loop for a while.
Molly and Art, thanks so much for all the wonderful cuttings and plants you both gave me yesterday. The Hosta is in a new pot and I'm so happy to have it :-)
I had a nice time with all of you and I hope we can continue to meet and at the same time get to meet some of the other members that live in this area.
BTW I cut a little piece of the butterfly plant with the hope that it becomes more bushy and sturdy. I saved the piece and I'm rooting it for you. I hope it takes, then I can give some to Art.
Molly, I would love some of the flowering sensitive for my pond. Is there anything else you may like from my garden?
Hap, Friday the 22nd, sounds good to me. Hope you have a nice trip to Chicago!!
What time do you want us there?
If anyone wants any cuttings from my garden just holler Ok.
Count me in. Don't forget to post us directions on how to find you.
Have a good trip and don't forget to say hello to the DD for me.
Val, If not too much trouble, could you bring me a cutting of that pink flower I pointed out to you at Molly's. The one located way in the back behind all the bushes. You said at the time you would have given me one while at your house, but I already had a bunch to handle and don't like to do too many at once.
I am already working on a variation of that pot holder I commented on in your patio. I would have discussed it with my manufacturing friend this weekend, but we couldn't GT for our usual Sunday morning breakfast. I should be able to show him my idea sometime this week. I am thinking about a square extruded aluminum model which would allow pots to be hung on all four sides.
Molly, I am sending up two pictures via Dmail of the remaining plants I need to have id'd. Next GT I need to remember my notebook to prevent sort of thing happening in the future.
Everyone else looking in, if close by, consider joining us at our next mini GT at Nancy's. She is in central Broward so it's not too far for many of you. Don't forget to bring a "want" list so the rest of us know what to bring for you.
I will post a current list of my growing plants, and others you might want cuttings of. Many of the bushes I have can be found with pictures in the plant files.
Reading back through the posts here I came across the following line in a post from MollyMc on July 10 11:10 am.
"Val, I forgot to dig some of that wild portulacca for you."
I have these plants growing around my yard from time to time. Mine are yellow. Usually I pull and discard them. If this is what you are looking for, I will look through the yard and if I have one, bring one along Friday the 22nd.
Val, my next door neighbor has some of those "red flowered weeds" we saw at Top Tropicals. I will dig 'em up and bring them along.
Molly, no problem with your van. It was just a thought. However the Explorer is still available should something come up and it's needed, or for that matter, my Ranger if we need another truck type vehicle from our area.
It's going to be so good to meet all these people I have followed through various threads and pictures. Really looking forward to it.
This morning I uncovered (took off the plastic bottle) the terrariums containing the cuttings from Val's. Here are a couple of pictures of what they look like so far. Only the two on the right outside of the Coca Cola holders are not from Val's, but they were potted the same day. I potted these plants in the evening after dinner on July 7th.
I took the tops off to give them some liquid root enhancer and to see how they do being exposed to outside air without the humidity of the bottle cover. Those that are still doing well later on this afternoon will be left uncovered. Those that begin to shrivel will get covered again.
The second shot in the next post is from the back looking forward.
Here's the back group of plants looking toward the front group. The leaves that look as though they were cut, were cut. I do this to keep the leaves from touching the inside of the plastic bottle, which ususally is dripping from the excess moisture inside the terrarium.
Next post is of cuttings from Molly's on Saturday July 9th.
This and the next post are pictures of some of the cuttings and plants from Molly's. They were taken on July 9th and potted the following morning. These shots are of cuttings not being processed with terrariums. They are doing well so far.