Orchids forum: Show Us Your Garden 19 (January, 2012)

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 4, 2012 4:03 PM CST
Time for a new thread. We came from The thread "Show Us Your Garden 18 (December 2011)" in Orchids forum

The orchid tree is in full bloom so I will start with it.
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The papaya trees just keep on producing.
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Begonias are blooming:
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Scarlet milkweed for the butterflies:
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Hibiscus and datura will continue blooming until we get a freeze:
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White fountain grass is blooming:
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This is Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' .
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I'll be back shortly with the Sticky-Picky garden.

Jim
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jan 4, 2012 4:24 PM CST
Oh, Wow, Jim!! Lovey dubby

Love the Datura and look at those Papayas!!!! Megaliths! Hurray! 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
Jan 4, 2012 4:52 PM CST
As promised, let's take a look at the Sticky-Picky garden.

Here is a general overview. The small palm in front is a Phoenix sylvestris, sometimes called a wild date palm.
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This is Yucca aloifolia, aka Spanish Bayonet.
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Here is a slightly smaller version, Yucca gloriosa, which is called the Spanish dagger.
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Then there is Dasylirion longissimum, var. Treleasel. It will eventually grow a trunk and the grass will stay atop. These are sometimes called grass palms.
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Yucca linearifolia
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Agave schidigera 'Shira Ito No Ohi'.
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The old multicolor Century Plant or Agave americana var. Marginata.
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Weeping Yaupon holly.
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Have to run now but will finish up this garden later.

Jim
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Jan 4, 2012 4:55 PM CST
beautiful Jim!! Hurray! I love your Sticky-Picky garden plants :)
One who plants a garden, plants happiness.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jan 5, 2012 4:55 AM CST
Great combo. How do you weed without injuries? Green Grin!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jan 5, 2012 5:00 AM CST
What a fantastic view, Jim! Paradise !
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 5, 2012 8:30 AM CST

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Wow!!! I am so glad the cold weather stayed North. ( Not that I like to shiver.... Smiling ) I love the Orchid tree!
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jan 5, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Looking good, Jim!
It's so peaceful looking out over the pond....
lindsey
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 5, 2012 5:50 PM CST
Not much weeding necessary, Kathy, as I first put down a layer of landscape cloth, then covered it with 4 inches of pine bark nuggets mulch.

Back to the plants. This is Dasylirion wheeleri 'Blue Sotol'
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Cycad Encephalartos gratus.


Yucca schottii
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Finally, there are a couple where the writing has washed off the tag. I will have to do some investigating to uncover the correct names. Don't you just hate it when that happens?!
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jan 5, 2012 7:42 PM CST
Woops, I missed some. This is the crinum lily that is in that garden.
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And here is Yucca thompsoniana.
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And we can't forget the Century plant with the 8 foot flower spike.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 5, 2012 7:45 PM CST

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Very interesting plants! I love the selection.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jan 5, 2012 7:47 PM CST
Ohhh! The Century plant...how beautiful, Jim Lovey dubby Lovey dubby !!!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 12, 2012 6:36 AM CST
Lovely plants
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 13, 2012 1:49 PM CST
I gave my fruit presentation in Plant City Monday night and they gave me an Arbequina olive tree. It stands about 4 feet high and is in a 3 gallon pot. I can't wait to get it in the ground. Here is some info: http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ArbequinaOliveTree.htm

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
Jan 14, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Congratulations, Jim!!
What a lovely tree it is!
What fruit did you discuss?
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 14, 2012 5:09 PM CST
The talk is called "Dooryard Fruit for Central Florida" and it introduces homeowners to many of the fruits that can be grown here. I discuss many kinds of citrus plus tropicals and subtropicals like guava, jaboticaba, avocado, sapote and many others. Now I will have to add olives. I'm limited by time as the presentations are scheduled for an hour. I also do talks on palms, cycads, roses and Florida lawns. It keeps my brain active.

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
Jan 14, 2012 7:14 PM CST
An active brain is always good. Hilarious!

Sorry I missed the talk. Smiling Sounds very, VERY interesting.


Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
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Ursula
Jan 14, 2012 8:20 PM CST

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And there will be Jim - placing a blanket under the heavily laden Olive tree to catch all the Olives as he shakes the tree. Then he will assort a huge pile of Olives by color - green or blue...

I agree, Jim, all that ( besides the Olives Smiling ) is good for mind and body. Thumbs up
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 17, 2012 1:06 PM CST
The warm winter has fooled the dwarf azaleas into blooming in mid January.
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Bogainvillea will continue blooming unless we get a freeze.
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My Ribbon palm (Livistona decipiens) is looking lovely in the sun.


The Tibouchina is not up to its usuall standards but I do have a few blooms.
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The view across the lake.
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Hibiscus
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Then there is some not so good news. Florida is fighting an invasive snail that is cleaning all vegetation out of some of our lakes. I found this on the shore yesterday so I know they are here. I hope they don't have to kill all of the fish to get them.
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Jim
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jan 17, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Your garden looks great, Jim. We are having the same issues here...couple of weeks of temps around 80 made plants thing spring had sprung. I've got things budding and blooming that shouldn't be for a couple of months. NOW that jet stream is dropping down with temps around 60, with 40s at night... and still no measurable amount of rain. It's going to be interesting ...

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