Orchids forum: Show Us Your Garden 18 (December 2011)

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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
Dec 2, 2011 5:25 AM CST
We came from The thread "Show Us Your Garden 17 (November 2011)" in Orchids forum

New thread for a new month...not much to show this month in my yard, but will try to keep it going.....
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Dec 2, 2011 4:22 PM CST
Well that one is beautiful! Lovey dubby
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 3, 2011 12:30 PM CST
It is 76 delightful degrees outside, partly cloudy with a gentle, refreshing breeze out of the north. All of the neighbors are out stringing Christmas lights in their front yards except one. This clown is building an insulated hut around a mango tree in his back yard and stuffing the Christmas lights inside of it. There is always one in every neighborhood. Shrug! Pics later.

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
Dec 3, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Thanks, Kathy!!

Jim, I can't wait for your pics! The only bit of outdoor color I'll be seeing I am afraid till Spring!! Hilarious!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 7, 2011 7:46 AM CST

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Same here!
Sounds practical, Jim!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 7, 2011 4:39 PM CST
A strong cold front is currently moving through the area. I woke up this morning to 68 degrees and will wake up tomorrow to 46 they say. A northwestern wind began to blow abour 3:00 PM, followed by wind whipped rain and now gusty winds are blowing from the north. I closed the lanai windows and it is maintaining a comfortable 70 degrees out there. What a blessing the new greenhouse is becoming.

About an hour before the front arrived, I took a walk around the garden and this is what I found:

This is red firespike and yellow thryallis along the west side of the house.
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Blooming bromeliads:
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Scenes from the yellow garden:
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The thornless bougainvillea over in the purple garden is a fast grower. I got it in a 4 inch pot from Logee's.
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This nice yellow croton is still looking good.
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The caladiums are still going strong.
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This is a rare pink jatropha.
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I love this Curly-Cue copper leaf. It has grown to over 7 feet tall but a winter frost usually knocks it back.
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Here are the little huts I am building around the mango and leachee trees. At the first warning of frost, I will throw a big sheet of frost cloth over the top and clamp it to the top of these walls. Christmas tree lights are inside and all set to turn on for heat.
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This is plumbago.
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Papaya.
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General views of the rose garden.
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The cycad garden.
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Some ornamental grasses are still blooming.
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That agave spike is now approaching 8 feet but still no flowers to speak of.
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This is Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'
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Finally, this is a garden I have just finished. I encorporated 4 palms, a tangelo tree, a cycad (cardboard palm), a couple of large iochroma bushes, some golden mound duranta and other stuff to make a long garden along the property line. The main purpose to to block invading grasses and weeds from moving into my yard. I assume we all have a neighbor like this clown. Angry
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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
Dec 7, 2011 4:53 PM CST
WOW! Where are the words? You are making me want to move to Florida, Jim!
What is the gorgeous yellow flower bottom left?
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 7, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Janice, if you are talking about the last picture, the yellow is a shrub called golden duranta or golden mound. Those are not flowers, just the leaves. It makes a great hedge.

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
Dec 7, 2011 5:48 PM CST
I meant the one in the bottom left in the yellow garden group. Smiling
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Dec 7, 2011 6:30 PM CST
Amazing Jim. And it's so great that you are so prepared this year!! 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
Dec 7, 2011 6:53 PM CST
Thanks, Kathy.

Janice, that is the 'Winter Cassia' or Senna bicapsularis. I posted it last month and you liked it then as well. It still has lots of blooms although not like before.

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
Dec 7, 2011 7:07 PM CST
Such an unusual flower.
I am sorry, I didn't remember..guess the mind is the first thing to go! Hilarious! Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
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
Dec 7, 2011 7:22 PM CST
You need more sun. Come visit Florida. Besides, you have a friend down here. Big Grin

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
Dec 7, 2011 7:29 PM CST
Oh, Jim, I could hug you!
You are so sweet and I'd LOVE to visit you.....
Is there a UPS store near Apopka for all my purchases? Hilarious!
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
Dec 7, 2011 8:24 PM CST
There is a UPS store close to the house and you have an open invitation. I hope you knew that.

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
Dec 7, 2011 10:07 PM CST
Thanks!
Maybe someday, if Kathy lets me borrow her shoes....... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Dec 8, 2011 4:37 AM CST
But of course Janice!
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
Dec 8, 2011 6:52 AM CST
Thanks, Kathy and Jim!
Listen, I see the SPAM in a few of the threads and emailed Dave.
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
Dec 8, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Ok, I take it back. There are some signs of life still...todays walk
early Daffs who seem to be in a hurry, and that Autumn Rose Camellia still going strong, and Aster

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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
Dec 8, 2011 7:55 PM CST

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Jim - what a wonderful tour through your garden, I love it!

Janice, nice to see the Daffs already coming up.

Why am I living in chilly NJ? brrrrrr

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