And a Bromeliad, or rather 3rd generation of one I bought at work. At the end of the month, the building sells the lobby plants for 3 bucks...oh yes...bromeliads for 3 bucks...orchids...needless to say I bring something with wheels on it to that sale!
Hey rj!!!! I really like that Clerodendron and don't have it. Want to trade something???? I have lots of Cleros.
We call that Brazilian Red Cloak...and it is wonderful. The more direct sun it gets, the shorter it grows!!! It blooms all year round here and our clump is getting shadier and shadier and taller and taller...it has to be 15' tall now!!!!
Okay you two! I have my one tiny Clero Glorybower that seem to have reached some sort of impasse. It started out great guns, but now has slowed its growth to near nothing, and no blooms at all. What am I doing wrong...it is the one plant that I dearly wanted when I got here, had it mailed from Logees in CT! I love clero's and you two are making me eat my heart out! Help!
I also need your permission for something...please see the thread "Need your Okay".
New zealand will be fun!
I'm sure you have stuff I've coveted~!
I do grow gardenias..
Blue hibiscus sounds fun...I love those rose mallows...I have ornamental cotton
white hibiscus..and sure enough it produced cotton balls for the seeds..
Hey shari, the glory bower...and since half of them seem to sport that name, I'm assuming you have a sunset, panticulatum..with the red spikes on top? That one seems to like a bit less water than the rest of the clerodendrum family. If conditions aren't right, It will shut down, and shed it's leaves. Looking like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree ( one scraggly stick) it will start up again. Mine did that 3 times the first year...I really thought it died, but a small voice told me to leave it be...Try mixing some hibiscus fertilzer in the soil.
Shari...dump coffee grounds/tea bags/picklejuice on your gardenias... They are really acid loving and really enjoy the garbage I give them!!!! My grandmother used to put garlic cloves in the soil!!! But the coffee trick works like a charm!
I recently read that they LIKE a drop in temps in order to set blooms...so don't protect it too much...or put it inside with your AC for a while in the winter to give it the dip it wants!!!
Yep..NZ is next...in a mad rush right now catching up from the mainland and getting ready to take off again!!!!
Carol! It's hard to pin you down - New Zealand next! I just wonder who you will meet at the airport and which fruit you will be eating this time! LOL!
Have a wonderful trip - can't wait to hear all about it!
BHMom...the world is full of friends I haven't met yet!!! You can bet i will be eating lots of Kiwi in NZ...and tangerines, grapefruit fresh off the tree. I go each year to visit a wonderful 84 year old friend we met when we lived there (Tauranga) on the boat...and I tell you that keeping up with Anna is a chore!! We have such a blast from miles of walking on the beach to raiding the OpShops (Consignment Shops) which are fabulous there!!!
Will get pictures galore. We are going to the Rhododendron Festival in New Plymouth. Neither of us has been to NP so it should be fun!!!
As we used to say..."nothing goes to weather like a 747...". Sold the boat in 2000 when we got back... NZ is one of my favorite places in this world...and Anna is a terrific woman...writes and publishes poetry, is a mean Scrabble player, great cook and she is so keen and active, it is wonderful being around her. We drink tea with cloth 'serviettes', have sit down breakfasts (instead of on the run or at the computer), see great movies...it is a stimulating time in my life. Now, with my art workshop behind me...I am going to journal the trip with paintings included...
Alas...gotta stay present right now, tho...too much to do here!!!!
I took a bunch of photos today, but this is the only one I got to the web before I had to bolt out the door for work..
I don't know what the name of this ginger is..in fact I had moved it from this location, only not quite thorough enough!
Character map. Start menu; All programs; Accessories; System Tools; Character Map.
Mine has lots of fonts, and the various fonts have special characters. I found it cuz I was trying to find a way to make the "degree" sign in recipes I was putting in to my "keepers" folder. Got tired of typing out "degrees" every time. Once you pull it up, it should show on your start menu without having to go through all the other stuff. ☺
Don't you know yet that I am 1/2 the sound of light and the other half BX>>>>??? LOL... I only pretend I know what I am talking about...hahahaha fooled YOU!
You know...I have a deep confession to make. (everyone down on their knees...cassocks on, candles lit??).
In the beginning this forum drove me nuts at times: I live with my linear husband who tells me constantly "for Gods' Sake Woman, stay on subject and stop jumping around"...so I have been training myself to stay 'on subject'. This forum has wonderful threads that start out talking about 'eggs' and ends up (?) discussing the educational wherewithalls of elephants! And...I love it. I can tune in any station and find a wonderful conversation, usually having little to do with the subject but equally as entertaining and informative.
All of my threads end up like this, because..this is what happens when people get together, topics naturally shift around. If there is something very important, I have all of the data only stuff in my journals which I can link to people...so it's all fun..
I'm about to start a new thread with pictures from this summer...I didn't post too many this year.
Thanks..I switch stuff around like I'm moving furniture around in the house.
I did not think I would be so into plants, but if I look back I can see that I always was, it was just that I was in a period of youth trapped in apartments that really were never "home". Once that happend the rest fell in place. As a kid growing up in Liberia W. Africa - we lived in a place called Yekepa, Nimba county and out the back door, was our backyard and then...Jungle, hills,...
When we moved from there to the big city of Monrovia, I actually created my first garden when I was in 9th grade and made a pond from an old sink...when we went to the church camp property ..I caught fish out the fresh water lagoon, ony separate by a beach..then the ocean...fabulous!
Carol, you haven't fooled anyone! We know you know! And as for confessions, I was so afraid at first that no one would join in cuz we didn't have enough variety of topics...haha, can you imagine? Our topics may not always be the ones that the thread title refers to, but we sure do cover the whole gambit! Always so interesting! And now with Rj here, posting these glorious pics of the cleros just to make me cry!!!! We are getting more and more folks with lots to add to our "they said it wouldn't last" forum. Thank you all!!!
Definately informative! A true support group! When I decided to do tropicals my Mom thought I was cra-zy! I would mention a particular plant, and she'd say, "It won't grow here!" I have a habit of trying things that are rather unconventional, outside the box, so to speak. Tropicals are the best thing I ever did! She even admits it now! So when I found this forum I was glad to share about all of the tropicals being grown in unconventional places...I certainly wasn't alone...OK...maybe still crazy...but not alone! LOL
That's for sure.. I mean..I try growing coconuts!
The workshop I attended on Tropicals at the Mercer Arboretum told us this area changed 3 zones in the last 20 years, and are growing things here never thought of 30 years ago.
I have to say they really seem to do well in this zone.
The Wallichii I planted in the ground and has grown rather large! I'll be posting it in the next couple of days. They probaby have the grandest blooms of them all.
Here is the latest in Clerodendrum blooms. it was funny yesterday, everytime Chistine asked "what is that cool plant?" I kept on say..oh that's another clerodendrum, because everyone is soooo extremely different than the other which is what I found very interesting, and prompted me to begin the collection. I have quite a few now, and really like most of them.
This is the Wallichii- Nutams ..one of my favorites and in my opinion the more exotic looking ones. I planted this in the ground, and it's becoming covered in long bracts of delicate looking flowers.
I got alot of the rarer ones at zone9tropicals.com
and some from Toptropical.com..or is it topstropicals..
I am shipping Carol a sahelangii, the ones in front that were turning red, it looks like those are going to be seeds, I will save some for you. Not sure how they will do in Dallas as they seem to be more tropical, and don't do too well in pots.
the minnahasse that was by the garage...is notoriously difficult to produce by cuttings, although I am trying at the moment.
I have the ugandense already propgated in a pot..that one is the one with the two toned looking butterflies that the bumblebees loved...darn I wish I could have loaded that up in your car yesterday.
The Wallichii the one I just posted up there a bit, is also been difficult from cuttings, but I will keep trying on that..and since it's in the ground this year I'll e interested in seeing if it produces seeds, and if it does..I will save you some seeds. I will see if I can nick a wallichii for you from Wayne, I saw a few over there and I will be helping him put up a cold frame green house in a couple of weeks, for which he rewards me greatly with plants...so I'll keep you in mind.