Orchids forum: Show Us Your Garden 25, July 2012

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jul 1, 2012 4:10 PM CST
Janice obviously has more of a life than I so I'll start the new July thread. We came from The thread "Show Us Your Garden 24, June 2012" in Orchids forum. Orchid lovers do grow other things so post your garden delights here.

It is now crape myrtle season in Florida so I offer up my two.
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The rain switched on the rose garden.
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Gardenias have started a second round of blooms.
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Here is a beautiful ginger and a doubly hibiscus.
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Yesterday morning I planted a Sanbokan Citrus tree. The fruit looks like a huge lemon and tastes like lemonade. Rare and wonderful.
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These are the leaves of my chaste tree.
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Finally, I spotted this fat fellow on the windowsill inside the OC. I grabbed him and put him out in the garden for better eats. I hope he's happy.
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Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 1, 2012 5:40 PM CST
OO, Jim that looks like an invasive Cuban Tree Frog! See the info here http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/cuban_treefrog_inFL.shtml I've been capturing and euthanizing them here for 3 years now.

They are voracious and will eat the native frogs in your garden. Btw, the big ones are the females, males are only about 2in. long. Check your pool water for eggs!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 1, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Lovely roses and crepe myrtles, Jim. I have a few new things brought on by our deluge last week, too. Sorry the pics are not really clear, the light was fading fast and the camera was having trouble focusing.

Pinecone Gingers - cute little ivory flowers, and then the 'cones' turn bright red and last for months.
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Brugmansia 'Stardancer' gets pinker and pinker as the flowers age. The fragrance is wonderful at night.
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Hedychium coronarium smells heavenly and a dwarf canna with pink spots.
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Gloriosa lilies look cool at every stage of the flowers.
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Plumeria pudica has no scent, but lovely pristine flowers. Begonia 'Odorata Alba' is huge and scented in the mornings.
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Begonia 'Looking Glass' really does have reflective silver leaves with deep green veins. Another pale one, 'Don Miller'
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Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 2, 2012 7:29 AM CST

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Beautiful start of the month, Jim and Elaine! It would be impossibly for me to pick out a favorite! Lovey dubby
The little Frog does have a cute personality though.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jul 2, 2012 7:48 AM CST
I agree Jim and Elaine...wonderful tours!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Jim, love the Floofy Hibiscus!

Elaine, the Ginger and Begonias are mesmerizing!

Ah, Florida!!! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 2, 2012 8:28 AM CST
You know, I thought that little toad had a Cuban accent. I should have been more vigilant.

Elaine, nice show. I'm going to have to get one of those Gloriosa lilies. They're just too cool not to have.

Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 2, 2012 9:38 AM CST
Thank you , ladies. I enjoy my crazy garden, even when I have to bushwhack through the weeds to get pictures of the good stuff.

Jim, the Gloriosas are actually a small climber, They grasp by wrapping tendrils on the ends of the leaves around strings or supports. Check out the tips of the leaves in the close-up shot. So if you find one right now, it might be 6ft. tall.

If you haven't got one by fall, let me know and I'll send you a start. They multiply by tubers underground, so I have lots!
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jul 2, 2012 1:09 PM CST
Beautiful Jim and Elaine! Are those ginger flowers fragrant..or just amazing to look at?
lindsey
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 2, 2012 5:21 PM CST
The pinecone ginger, aka Shampoo ginger are not fragrant, Lindsay. But if you gently squeeze the 'cone' you get a handful of fragrant lotion that smells quite ginger-y.

I put it on my legs as insect repellent. Doesn't last long, but I'm not outside for very long in this hot weather anyway.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 2, 2012 6:20 PM CST
As for my ginger, I've never noticed a fragrance.

Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 2, 2012 7:48 PM CST
The Hedychiums are the ones with the wonderfully fragrant flowers. Now that I'm thinking about it, I have five other types of gingers - Alpinia, Kaemferia, Zingiber, Curcuma and Costus - and none of them have fragrant flowers, although the foliage and roots smell gingery when they're handled.
This is my fave, Hedychium 'Dr Moy' before the storm smushed the whole clump down. They're looking rather scruffy now, but still smell great!
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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sugarcane
Jul 3, 2012 4:43 PM CST
hmmmm good to know about the insect repellent !
lindsey
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 3, 2012 7:36 PM CST
This crinum lily is really putting on a show.
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Looking up through the crape myrtle:
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A few caladiums:
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And finally duranta golder dew drop:
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Jim
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Jul 4, 2012 2:20 AM CST
Love your Crape Myrtle, Jim! Lovey dubby

Great colors there. Hurray!

It has been so hot here, been hiding inside.....
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
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Ursula
Jul 4, 2012 6:23 AM CST

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Beautiful! The Crinum lily pictures are especially gorgeous!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 4, 2012 8:47 AM CST
What are your conditions for your crinum. I have 2 in pots that put up leaves but never flowers. Confused I could plant them in the garden if I knew what they like for light.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 4, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Just put more photos up of my garden yesterday. http://bit.ly/RbYIfQ
I'm having a daylily open garden on Sunday if anyone wants to come.....
Happy 4th!
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jul 4, 2012 9:15 AM CST
Kathy, my Crinum are in full sun and are blooming their heads off!
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Jul 4, 2012 10:00 AM CST
Okay! Thanks! Love to see these after 4 years of caring for them....
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jul 4, 2012 6:21 PM CST
I enjoyed the tour, Kathy. Your garden is beautiful. My crinum lilies get about 6 hours of Florida sun a day.

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