Orchids forum: Show Us Your Garden 20 (February 2012)

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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
Feb 4, 2012 9:06 PM CST
I thought someone else would kick-start this thread for February but I ran out of patience so here I go. We came from The thread "Show Us Your Garden 19 (January, 2012)" in Orchids forum. This is the place for all the orchid fanciers to share the rest of their gardens with the group.

I may be going out on a limb here as it is only the first week of February but I am declaring winter over, at least here in Florida. It has been around 80 for a solid week and I had to turn on the AC for a while this afternoon to cool off the house. It wasn't much of a winter anyway as we had two consecutive nights in the thirties back in early January and that was the end of it. No freeze or frost in the garden and the plants are all doing well. I do have some singed banana leaves but the stocks are fine. I'll start by showing some blooming fruit trees:

Avocados, Mangos and pomegranate:
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A walk around the rose garden:
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Hibiscus:
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Three colors of lantana:
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Tibouchina:
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Iochroma:
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From the yellow garden:
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Scarlet milkweed for the butterflies:
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The crazy agave with the seven foot flower spike is blooming and full of bees:
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Blue plumbago:
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Duranta golden dew drop:
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The curly-Q copper leaf was not touched by the cold and now stands seven feet tall.
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Golden cestrum
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Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' :
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Begonias everywhere:
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The first African iris of the season is opening.
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It's always fun to take a weird picture of datura. It never stopped blooming all winter.
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Dwarf Walter's viburnum is blooming.
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Nice berries on the nandina.
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Pink Jatropha:
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And finally, a look up in the orchid tree. I'm tired!
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[Last edited by Ursula - Feb 4, 2012 9:09 PM (+)]
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 4, 2012 9:15 PM CST

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Jim, such a wonderful tour! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Gorgeous colors while everything is still drab around here! The Agave looks awesome. Everything looks great!!
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
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boojum
Feb 4, 2012 10:29 PM CST
Roses??? I cannot relate! Blinking
Great colors, Jim!
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Feb 5, 2012 5:41 AM CST
Beautiful flowers Smiling the perks of living in Florida Big Grin
One who plants a garden, plants happiness.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Feb 5, 2012 11:16 AM CST
Jim, I'm exhausted..and thirsty from your delightful garden tour!
Really pretty right now at your house!!! I tip my hat to you.
lindsey
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
Feb 5, 2012 11:33 AM CST
WOW! Paradise, Jim!!!

Love it, so beautiful! Group hug
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
Feb 11, 2012 10:36 AM CST
The tabebuia tree is coming into bloom:
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And a look at the orchid tree in full bloom:

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They are calling for two nights of cold weather starting tonight but it is not suppose to go down to freezing. I'll just close the windows on the OC.

Jim
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
Feb 11, 2012 6:29 PM CST

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Both are very very beautiful!
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
Feb 24, 2012 3:14 PM CST
The Amaryllis are beginning to open.

Jim

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Feb 24, 2012 4:08 PM CST
That's a pretty one!
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
Feb 24, 2012 4:32 PM CST

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Showy!
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
Feb 25, 2012 1:24 PM CST
Gorgeous, Jim!!! Sorry I have been away from this thread.. Blinking
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
Feb 25, 2012 2:30 PM CST
Me too. I miss you!

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
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Feb 25, 2012 2:48 PM CST
Lovey dubby Oh, thank you, Jim!!! I miss you too!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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
Feb 25, 2012 4:01 PM CST
I don't think I can keep Janice hanging around with my good looks alone so here are some more garden shots:

The azaleas are looking better and better:
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and so are the begonias.
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Pink Knockout shrub rose.
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Bromeliad Aechmea blanchetiana.
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I'm not sure from the yellow garden.
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The purple queen around the fountain is blooming.
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Crazy cactus growing out of an old birdbath.
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Look at this lantana that came up wild. It's too pretty to chase away.
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This is called weeping yaupon holly
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My newly planted Arbequina olive tree.
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Look at the porcupine like quills on this Grugru palm.
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Here comes the ginger!
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Look carefully along one of the main branches of this Jaboticaba tree to see the fruit developing.
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Star jasmine.
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That's it for now. Have a great weekend.

Jim

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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
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Feb 25, 2012 5:34 PM CST
Jim, you are so sweet!

What a sumptuous tropical tour. Thank you. Lovey dubby

Love the gorgeous Begonias, Holly and great Agaves.......

The views are so relaxing.

Love it all!!.... Smiling Smiling
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
Feb 25, 2012 6:39 PM CST

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Me too! Everything looks beautiful!
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
Feb 25, 2012 8:42 PM CST
I agree
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
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Mar 1, 2012 10:57 AM CST
Please join us for March in the new thread:
The thread "Show Us Your Garden 21 (March 2012)" in Orchids forum

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