My Brag of the Day...

The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

I had to show you all the beautiful AV I just got in today.
I'm amazed at the size of blooms on this AV and it also gives new meaning to "fully double blooms"! They are the size of quarters!

I'm the worst photographer, so consider that...the plant is beautiful!

Oh and you can tell that shipping in heat is not ALWAYS a big deal....it just came out of the package minutes before the pic was taken!Blooms intact and not a leaf broken!

Enjoy,
MsC

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The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

Here's a close up on the flower...

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Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Can you give me any tips on how the plant was packed? I've only sent smaller plantlets, with the leaves gently wrapped in a paper cone, but I have a couple of somewhat larger plants to send out soon. I'm not sure what might be the best way to protect the leaves from breakage.

Thanks!


Edited because I can't believe I forgot to say, WOW!!! What a beauty!

This message was edited Aug 26, 2005 8:02 PM

Silver Spring, MD

Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing. It certainly brightened my day.

Nanna

in Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

MsC,
Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the color of the bloom and the shape of the leaves.

Maybe I should post what I got on ebay in the mail.. LOL. I have to laugh or I will start crying.

Patti

(Zone 5b)

Wow! I those leaves are as gorgeous as the flowers!

Colorado Springs, CO(Zone 6a)

Oh I love it!!! What cool leaves and flowers. Good purchase!

What happened from ebay Patti??

in Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

I received mush plants, and no I am not talking about mushrooms. LOL

I am so happy for Msc that she received such a beautiful plant. It even brighten my day. :-D
Thanks for sharing your picture with me.
Patti

This message was edited Aug 27, 2005 12:35 AM

Silver Spring, MD

The leaves and bloom look very much like Optimara's EverFloris servies; especially the EverSpecial plant. Is the edge a light gray to green color?

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

that i absolutely gorgeous very different from what I normally see

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

critterO - one tip I often mention for packing larger plants is that it often helps to tape or tie the pot down to one side, to prevent the plant from shifting in the box. Other than that, I tape the soil down with a small sheet of plastic, then wad a generous amount of crumpled shredded newspaper around the neck (if the plant has a neck or stem at all). The leaves, as you probably know, can be gently lifted upwards - wrap a piece of paper around the plant (like a cone, I guess) and then gradually pull it tighter. There should have been enough shredded paper to cushion the base of the leaves. Then I add a bit more packing to the crown (newspaper or styro) and tape the top of newspaper cone.

Actually, it is possible to totally do without the newspaper cone if the soil is taped down and the pot secured to one side. Simply fill the box with crumpled shredded newspaper or styro.

I often wrap the pot in plastic, but I avoid plastic near the leaves (leads to mush).

Anyway, this is how I do it. I try to pack my boxes so that they can be thrown into the back of a truck and down the stairs and still arrive pretty much intact. (They are probably a pain to unpack though.)

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Keyring! That's about what I was thinking.... hopefully they will arrive reasonably intact!

(Zone 5b)

I don't think you can send a plant safer than Keyring described. No one would ever guess it wasn't hand delivered. It was perfect - nothing out of place.

(Zone 1)

WOW! ....... and .......... WOW!

The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

Haha... boy now this thread is an oldie...poor thing met it's demise in AZ .
Hated the heat & dryness as many of my plants did.



MsC

(Zone 1)

Ok .. Ya Got Me! I didn't even pay attention to the date of your first post! LOL. It sure was a Beauty anyway!

The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

I think it must be the new fun random threads of interest Dave has added as a feature...Pretty cool..???
It selects random threads an adds them to the bottom of the thread pages for us to see..kinda like a look back in history?except it doesn't have any rhyme or reason to how it pics the thread.

MsC

(Zone 1)

Yeah, I finally noticed that .... after linking to one and beginning reading .... all of a sudden I saw the date of 2003!! But, Hey .... that's okay with me since I didn't join DG until last October, it's all new and fun for me to read and see the pic's people posted back then! It is fun!

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