Be Careful,It's a jungle out there!

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

If you think I'm kidding,look at the view outside my living room picture window!

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Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

closer look

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(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

So you're not bothered about cutting out the light LOL

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Actually this was taken right after sunrise,and much sun doesn't get in at all,it's a full size jungle out there,like a rainforest,not much sun gets to the bottom floor of a rainforest!

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

You're making me jealous tropicman. I would love to grow tropicals but I don't have the space or anywhere to overwinter them.Besides I probably wouldn't be able to give them enough attention. You have a real passion for them obviously.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Yes I really do have a passion for them,must be something to do with me Irish blood,the love for the green!!!LOL

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

Those Irish get everywhere don't they? LOL It's a good job your folks didn't stay here though, this summer has been a real wet and cold one. Your tropicals wouldn't feel at home here I'm afraid.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Awh now they say the southern coast of Ireland is very much warmer looking tropical with palm, trees all over!
Must be the part I'm from!!!LOL

Eugene, OR

Now I'm having trouble with palm trees in Ireland! LOL Now I'll have to revise the picture in my head. My family came from all over, I'll have to check to see if anyone lives on the southern coast.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

It's going to be a jungle "In here" pretty soon as I will need to bring in all the house plants that have been vacationing in the yard and all the extra tropicals I picked up this summer. LOL

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

LOL,I have a feeling there are going to be lots of indoor jungles in the near future!!!
Last year I sprayed the heck out of the foliage with water,and sprinkled some Bayers complete granulars on top of the soil and scratched in a little and soaked the soil real well a few days before I brought my plants inside,and it worked real well for keeping the bug problem at bay.

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

In your dreams tropicman LOL

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Found this in Wikipedia on Ireland.
Because of its mild climate, many species, including sub-tropical species such as palm trees, are grown in Ireland.
Here's the link!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland
I heard this from another forum that the southwest of cork.

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

Dunno - I've never been to Cork although that's where my great grandmother hails from.

Bet they're plastic palms LOL

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

I think you need to get away from the farm more often,come down to Bryans Pub,and I'll buy you a pint! LOL

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

LOL I think you're right tropicman. Although I can't speak for Cork I do know that semi-tropicals grow well on the south coast of the UK. Notably parts of Devon and Cornwall - and I have been there!

Come to any smal town in Ireland and I'll buy you a REAL pint - of the black stuff.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Well I'm coming one of these days,I heard about the black stuff,I heard it will put hair on your chest!!!! I'd brother have it put on the back of my head!!!LOL
First words My father taught to speak was Erin Gobraugh!!!!
Same as I taught my sons,we must have come from a long line of potato growers the way we love to eat them!!!!!

Eugene, OR

Thanks for the link Tropicman, very interesting. All this talk about potatoes is making me thirsty.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Well join me in a morning cup of coffee!

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

LOL tropicman and Bore da early birds - just to confuse you that's Welsh for good morning.
Ireland the beautiful it certainly is. On a wet day there's always the pub - well, that's almost every day.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Well I believe it's close to your lunch time there,while it's breakfast here.
The pubs here,are now called sports bar,with huge televisons everywhere with all kinds of sports to watch,is this happening there?
Well off for my morning walk thru the garden with my flashlight ,before leaving for work!

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

It certainly is lunch time but I got my times wrong. Couldn't find an ordinary GMT lol.

Pubs are getting the same all over the world I'm afraid but there's certainly a lot of live traditional music still played in most of the pubs in this little town.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

If it ain't a sports bar it's usually DJ or Karaoke!
What might a person eat for lunch there,as in what kind of sandwich?

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

Just about anything you got in the States tropicman - fancy a Big Mac or a sub sandwhich? LOL
A lot of US influences here especially in the bigger towns mainly because so many of Irish descent jet hop backwards and forwards. The little town I live in is far more traditional though but still has lots of activities, especially since it's on the River Erne and boasts decent boating fascilities and lots of great places to eat of a really high standard.

Bushland, TX(Zone 6a)

Yep,things are different and yet there the same,modern times are just about everywhere anymore,maybe some day you'll even drive on the right side of the street!!!LOL
The commercials here on TV say come visit Ireland,show green meadows and a castle,the seaside cliffs and sheep grazing in a field of grass in the country side.
I notice it never shows any trees,is there not many trees,there anymore?

(Rosie) Belturbet, Ireland

No, not many trees at all and what there are have only been planted in the last 20 years or so. In the late 1800's to early 1900's there was a lot of tree felling done throughout the county - mainly, they said, to produce more farming land. It was quite a shock when I came over from the UK. I had been living in Wales where there are vast forestry areas. I didn't imagine Ireland would be so different.
Edited to say: Do you grow any flowering tropicals tropicman or are they all leafy wonders? I'm growing some unusual passifloras for the first time next year which will probably be only half-hardy here or maybe annuals.


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