Orchids forum: What's in Your Garden, January, 2013

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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
Jan 10, 2013 3:47 PM CST
We have dropped this thread for a while and I wold like to begin it anew. The last one I could find is at The thread "Show us your garden 28, October 2012" in Orchids forum
This is the place for us orchid lovers to show off our other plants. Please join us and let's see what else we all grow.

I'll start off with my new bromeliad Neoregelia 'Cotton Candy'.
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We have had no winter yet in my area. The low temperature so far has been 42 degrees. Therefore, I have begonias in bloom.
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Even the dwarf umbrella bamboo is blooming.
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This is a hoya in a hanging basket under the oak tree.
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I love this ever blooming Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'.
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 10, 2013 5:58 PM CST

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Everything is so lush and green, looks great!
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
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 10, 2013 7:55 PM CST
Hey, glad you picked up this thread again, Jim. We've reclaimed at least some of my garden from the jungle now. The plants slow down and the gardeners speed up in winter, right?

Brazilian Red Cloak took a break in November, and is blooming again now.
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Brazilian plume thinks it is still in Brazil, too . . Begonia 'Don Miller' has tiny little flowers and such nice leaves.
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Begonia odorata alba has gone crazy in this big hanging basket and is still blooming. It smells like baby powder in the mornings.
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Never ceases to amaze me how many colors this coleus puts out. Many large plants, all the same variety, all different colors.
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Lantana 'Butter & Sugar' is a nice color with a lot of other things. Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' keeps on blooming, too.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 11, 2013 8:19 AM CST

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How nice to see some pretty colors this time of year! Lovey dubby
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
Jan 11, 2013 3:03 PM CST
Always great to have the Florida contingent kick in! Very dark and grey here today. I sure miss the Feb vacations in FL when we had the $! It made such a great difference to see gardens and break the cycle of cabin fever. Unfortunately, I would perish the rest of the year in FL. I am looking for a paradise of unending fall weather. Anyone know where?
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
Jan 11, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Lots of places, all in the tropics and up in the mountains. Medellin, Colombia is a good example.

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
Jan 11, 2013 9:54 PM CST
Hm, Medellin might be a little "hot" in other ways to be a comfortable place to live, d'you think?

We usually have about 7 months of the year where we can sleep with the windows open. I adapt better to a few months of sunny and muggy than freezing and gloomy. In actual fact I think our hottest day this summer only got to 93, cooler than a lot of places! Even on the hottest day, the beach is delightful, and we played golf at least once a week in the evenings last summer. As long as there's a breeze it's fine. We'll often get a thunder shower in the late afternoon, too. That really cools things off.

I'm from the Pac. Northwest originally and it's very nice to visit up there in August, I'll admit.
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
Jan 21, 2013 10:00 AM CST
It is an absolutely gorgeous morning here and I took my coffee out in the OC. Afterwards, I took a walk about the garden and this is what I saw:

Jatropha multifida or coral plant:
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Red fire spike:
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Abutilon flowering maple:
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Roses, a red and pink knockout and a Dortmund:
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Iochroma (note the lady bug working)
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Begonias:
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Bougainvillea:
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Mango tree in full bloom:
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The orchid tree:
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Mary Nell Holly tree:
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We had this croton as a house plant up in Virginia:
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Blue Porterweed for the butterflies:
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Bromeliads:
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Rondelettia:
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Hibiscus:
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And from the yellow garden:
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Looking out on the peaceful lake:
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 21, 2013 1:37 PM CST

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Such a beautiful tour! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Gorgeous colors!
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
Jan 21, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Not bad for mid-January. nodding

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 21, 2013 4:56 PM CST

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Absolutely! Lovey dubby
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
Jan 22, 2013 3:13 PM CST
I wish! Blinking
Getting some buds on my hippeastrums. I now consider them garden plants since I started planting them in the ground in summer.
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
Jan 27, 2013 6:49 PM CST
Let me sneak in here while no one is watching. The weather has been glorious so I find myself walking about the garden. I even managed to get three new palm trees planted. Anyway, both the orchid and yellow tabebuia trees are blooming. It is a bit early for the tab but it sure is pretty.

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Hibiscus just keep on blooming as there has been no cold bother them.
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Finally, the local limpkin has found a snack.
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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
Jan 27, 2013 8:12 PM CST
Lovely, Jim. Nice birdie pics, too!

I've got Passiflora Quadrangularis - Giant Granadilla - in bloom out back. Several more buds on the way, too. Wonder if I'll ever see a fruit.
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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
Jan 28, 2013 4:47 AM CST
I tried to grow that as well, Elaine, but it froze out a couple of years ago. It is very tender to cold.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 28, 2013 8:03 AM CST

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Beautiful Jim!

Elaine, I love the Passiflora quadrangularis! I have one growing in my sunroom! I would think it needs to be really large to bloom? Right now it is taking off towards the windows.
It will go back outside in Summer.
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
Jan 28, 2013 9:12 AM CST
I think that's right, Ursula. This if the 3rd season for this plant. It climbed 20ft. up into the bamboo last spring, and put out one flower 'way up there. I carefully pulled it down and wrapped it onto a support, and got one more flower last year. This year it has lots of buds.

That's right, Jim. This one I have is on the south side of my big stand of bamboo, so it stays very warm and is protected. Down side is in summer, the bamboo shades it when the sun is high, so it reaches up and climbs into the bamboo. If I ever get fruit, you can bet it will be up there 30ft. off the ground. Oh well, I usually wait until the passion fruits drop to harvest them anyway. I just hate to miss seeing the flowers. Binoculars or a telephoto, I guess.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 28, 2013 1:47 PM CST

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Ahh, the pleasures of growing in a warmer climate! This looks great!
Hopefully - if mine gets a head start this Spring on outside-growing, perhaps I might see a couple of blooms by September.
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
Jan 30, 2013 5:08 PM CST
Here is a fun set of photos. The first picture is my yellow tabebuia in 2004 and the second is taken from the same spot today.
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This is from another angle and of the ground around the tree.
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Very fragrant star jasmine and dwarf azaleas.
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Jan 30, 2013 5:44 PM CST

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I fell in love with Tabebuias in Brazil in 1992. It was August and they were in full bloom, the pink ones being large well shaped trees and the yellow ones were not as large, but still very pretty.
As we saw them then, your yellow one has more of the shape of those beautiful pink ones.
Gorgeous in any color, yours grew well.

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