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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 12, 2010 2:29 PM CST
Here is the Central Florida forum.
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 12, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Yeah!!! central fla.!!! I think I'm the only one.---well, I'll start with my life story...............just kidding!!lol

absolutely horrible day here-think I'll get drunk and make a meatloaf for dinner---no wait--maybe I should make the meatloaf first.................
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 12, 2010 2:52 PM CST
rofl.
Central Florida
zone 9a/8b
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave67
Feb 12, 2010 3:27 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 12, 2010 9:24 PM CST
I've got some elephant ear bulbs starting to sprout in pots--but not about to put then out in the yard yet....
got some caladium bulbs in the mail yesterday(25 grade#1)also, don't know if I should pot them up also or wait--directions say wait till soil is at least 65 degrees all the time................too darn cold to do anything!
Central Florida
zone 9a/8b
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave67
Feb 12, 2010 10:08 PM CST
Hi Jim, how did the meatloaf turn out?
Today the rain was so cold that it was mixed with sleet for a while.
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 13, 2010 7:35 AM CST
dave- meatloaf turned out better than expected--recipe called for milk but I used beer instead---(well, it was handy-actually it was in my hand)- ----

horrible day here-wind- rain-cold- actually played darts on the patio last night with the neighbor with the new patio heater on full blast-worked pretty well, but the wind kept blowing the darts around. I think one went in the pool!

as you can tell I'm really busy here with NOTHING to do until warmer weather......
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 13, 2010 12:23 PM CST
quick question for anyone-got some tulips for V-day..
I know they like full sun and don't mind the cold
anything else I should know??
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Florida
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ApopkaJohn
Feb 13, 2010 8:49 PM CST
Dear Jim, They are dormant during the summer. Tulips won't rebloom next year without a long chill time in the 30s, so if you plant them in the ground it will be too warm. Could try potting them and putting the pots out in the cold next year, but maybe next year we won't even get any frost. I worked for a greenhouse here in apopka and we would force bulbs, after potting they were put in the giant cooler for a couple months to sprout in the cold.

Vernalization: Subjection of seeds or seedlings to low temperature in order to hasten plant development and flowering.

Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 13, 2010 9:49 PM CST
their already potted sitting out in the sun and cold, just starting to bloom............
do I dig up the bulbs after it gets warm and put them in the fridge until next winter??
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 15, 2010 6:31 PM CST
V-day stuff

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Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Florida
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ApopkaJohn
Feb 15, 2010 9:49 PM CST
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I agree
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 15, 2010 11:09 PM CST
Goodgreen said:hate to say this but, looking at the long-range forecast on underground weather .com looks like these cooler than normal temps may last through MAY....then good for the rest of the year. 2011 is supposed to be warmer than normal.
just shoot me..................................


Say it's not so!
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 16, 2010 8:54 AM CST
ya know what gripes me,--the weather man just said on t.v. that for the next few days its going to be "cooler" than normal.
do these guys work for the chamber of commerce or what???
Its been COLDER than normal for the last 7 WEEKS!!!!!!
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 16, 2010 9:15 AM CST
I agree Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 16, 2010 7:17 PM CST
I don't know if I can believe what I just saw on t.v.-
Next sat., sun., mon., & tues., temps are supposed to be mid-70's???--no way-can it be?? Hurray!
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 18, 2010 6:29 PM CST
well, I went to lowes today and picked up my supply of mulch. Haven't had to mulch in a couple years, so its pretty well gone. Loaded down the el-camino with 30 bags. It looked like one of those low-riders. All that was missing was the radio "booming" as you drive through the neighborhood real s-l-o-w. Thats what I'm starting to do tomarrow. Clean out the beds before our next blizzard hits--(hope not!!)
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 18, 2010 6:57 PM CST
I'm waiting to mulch until after I can trim & rake.
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 19, 2010 4:17 AM CST
yep, gotta do that to..
I see a lot of people and golf courses already cut back the crape myrtles. I thought you were supposed to do that in mar-april??
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 19, 2010 5:43 AM CST
I've been here since 1971 and know it is not uncommon to have late Feb/early March freeze/frost so I usually hold off until early March. My birthday is March 1 so I like to treat myself to new pruners/loppers for my BD. LOL

I do buy my mulch and potting soil by the truckload from the bulk place the landscapers use.
Cheaper than the bags and they load it with the bucket thingy. When I get home I just pull the wheelbarrow up to the tailgate and unload it as needed. Since I have a soft snap-on tonneau, I just leave it in the truck bed and use it as needed.

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