Orchids forum: related garden stuff + some walks around the neighborhood in 2015

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 22, 2015 4:02 PM CST

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I have always tucked my Pennsy stuff and local walk-abouts into the garden threads, but this one doesn't seem to fit, so I started up a new thread for those other interesting local occurences.
We took a look into the wild area along the Saddle River today and yes, on that side the double flowered Snowdrops/ Galanthus nivalis are up. I am not sure if you can make them out in those habitat shots, there are large patches of them everywhere. We were thrilled to see them!
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Name: Roberta
Cherokee Village, Ark (Zone 7a)
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901Bertwood
Mar 22, 2015 6:58 PM CST
I want to walk in the woods again like I was younger, I miss the wonderful sense of discovery!
Bert
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 22, 2015 7:16 PM CST

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Roberta, can you do that in your area? If yes, do go out and enjoy! Smiling
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 22, 2015 7:28 PM CST
Other color in my garden(?)
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 22, 2015 8:05 PM CST

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They are so cute! Carol, you captured them just beautifully! :hearts:
I wish we would see Hummingbirds around here.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 22, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Ah, but you get to see so much nature that I can't see without traveling....
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 23, 2015 6:58 AM CST
Maybe Anna's? I had them year round when I lived in AZ. Love those guys.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 23, 2015 8:18 AM CST
Beautiful shots, Carol. I have no idea of the species as we get mostly Ruby-throated hummers here. I am rarely up early enough in the morning to catch them at the flowers.

In my garden today, we have Rain, Rain Rain! Thankfully, as this is going into the driest time of the year, and will fill up the rain barrels and the cisterns out behind the shop that were getting very empty.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 23, 2015 8:39 AM CST
We do have Anna's and Black chinned, but it's hard to tell the females apart, especially in poor light. The black chinned are a darker green, and a bit more stream lined. The male Anna's is the only hummer with a red head, but the females and juveniles all look a lot alike, and to make matters worse, according to our local bird book, they are hybridizing. They are all entertaining though. Big Grin
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 27, 2015 6:30 PM CST
Well, this sounded like a nice thread so I picked up my camera and went out the OC door. The first thing that caught my attention was this Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'. It will bloom like this all summer long.
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Close by is this pretty little Serissa foetida Variegata. What a great plant.
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The huge cone on this Cycad Lepidozamia peroffskyana is starting to crack open.


Begonias are blooming everywhere:
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Tricolored Stromanthe, known for brightening up a shady spot with colorful leaves, is blooming a bright red.
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A couple of Amaryllis are still blooming:
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Remember the white flowers on the jaboticaba? Well, there is progress.
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The Iochroma are calling the hummers.
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Golden Cestrum, great for cut flowers.
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Time for a snack of black Surinam cherries.
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Then there was a sudden change of plans as I retraced my footsteps quickly and silently back to the house. Such is life in Florida.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 27, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Neat, Jim. How big is your new pet? Lovely pictures - I've never seen the Stromanthe blooming, it's really a nice flower along with the gorgeous foliage.

I planted that Diamond Frost euphorbia, and it really is pretty but it spread itself around everywhere! Roots from the leaf nodes.

I have plumbago starting to bloom, Passiflora 'Lady Margaret' with a black bee and my White Giant calla in bloom as long as the nights are cool.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 27, 2015 7:13 PM CST
I like that Stromanthe too! I guess I'm going to have to try the Iochroma for my hummers. I've tried several things on my arbor, but not found the right one yet for the hummers. Most vines that work for them get out of control too fast. Do you have aphid problems or mildew on your's?
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 27, 2015 7:28 PM CST
I've had no disease or insect problems with the Iochroma. It is an upright shrub, not a vine.

Jim
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 27, 2015 8:32 PM CST
Thanks, Jim. I realize it is a shrub, but I have a Gelsemium on the other side of the arbor, that is taking over, so it is worth a try. It will be stretching for the sun. Whistling
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 28, 2015 5:30 AM CST
Iochroma is pretty tuff and will fight for its spot in the sun. It can grow to eight feet rapidly.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 28, 2015 6:52 AM CST

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Lovely tour, Jim. I love the Iochroma and catching a pollinator on the Passi is great.
Now did I see this correctly, the Gator was smiling?
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 28, 2015 7:52 AM CST
Everybody smiles when they get to be in Jim's garden, even if they're uninvited!

Carol, have you tried the Coral Honeysuckle? It's a hummer favorite here, and doesn't get too crazy out of control, either. It's also drought tolerant, although CA is really taking the drought to an extreme this year, isn't it! Maybe same your 'grey water' in your rain barrel, if it doesn't rain in April? In Utah if there were watering restrictions we took a bucket or a plastic dish pan into the shower to catch the extra, and I'd water the garden with that.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Mar 28, 2015 3:27 PM CST
Elaine, I have a Hall's Red Honeysuckle on that arbor now, but it gets mildew to the point that it's useless. I'm going to have to make a trip to Plant Depot in San Juan to see what they have. They have the best selection of plants around. After looking at Annie's Annuals website this morning, I don't think the Iochroma will work there.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 28, 2015 4:07 PM CST
One of my favorite vines is Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica). I saw a double flowering one at Crowley's nursery (Sarasota) a year or two ago that I won't soon forget. It is also very fragrant.

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
Mar 28, 2015 4:49 PM CST
Crowley's is like a theme park for gardeners! They had a big sale area at Tropiflora today with lots of interesting stuff, and I had to slap my own hand to keep from buying one of those giant Tibouchina plants. I just don't have a clue where I'd find room for it. Ditto the mulberry tree c/w ripe mulberries on it . . . Rolling my eyes.

I did come home with 7 beautiful bromeliads, though. Five of them are Billbergia 'Hallelujah' with the dark red foliage and creamy spots, and the others are Billbergia 'Casa Blanca' and Billbergia 'Mariposa'. I just love the Billbergia blooms, and these have really interesting foliage, too. They should make a pretty feature next to our cream stucco wall. I have lots of shady spots for broms in my garden, and they are the one thing that really does well with no fuss in the shade of the oak trees. They have a few hundred thousand broms of all shapes, sizes and colors there at Tropiflora . . . it's pretty overwhelming! The one in the last picture is 20ft. up in a huge oak tree, and its leaves must be 5ft. long.

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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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