All Things Gardening forum: Winter Surprises and Spring Promises

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 15, 2016 6:58 PM CST
The Meiwa Kumquat tree has sweet fruit!
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First orchid inflo for me EVER! Phal. jiuhbao Coral JB2108


My favorite metal Ladybug got mowed over twice while I was mulching leaves. I loved her so much I pulled out the dents the best I could and gave her a new coat of paint. . Now she sits on a shady rock.
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My double Klanchoe from a visit to a Corpus Christi TX nursery blooms for me for the first time.
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Here comes Bromiliad bilbergia to brighten a gray winter day!
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Giant White BOP inflo in the Greenhouse!!! Hurray!


Bougainvillea have no clue that winter has come. Blooming brightly though leafless in the greenhouse..
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Abuliton will give the greenhouse pretty red lanterns soon!
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Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 17, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Cheery pics, Cheryl. How do you keep your Abutilon free of aphids in the GH? I gave up wintering them over indoors because they were such aphid magnets for me.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 17, 2016 9:01 PM CST
So far aphid-free here@shadegardener. Crossing fingers. I do have issues with spider mites though. My gh has many anoles. I like to think that they help keep the bad bug population down.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 18, 2016 9:00 AM CST
I do keep my eyes open for spider mites. I do spray down everything before moving it into the gh in the fall. Aphids were a real problem on ornamental peppers and Abutilon though so I stopped overwintering them and haven't had a problem since.

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