What's Blooming in March: March contest entries

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What's Blooming in March

By LarryR
March 18, 2012

It can't be long now! For those of us who garden in temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere, spring is just around the corner. While we gardeners anxiously await that magical time of year, come join me for one final look at what's blooming indoors. You'll also discover the identity of the mystery flower for February, who identified it, and what the mystery flower for this month looks like.

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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Mar 18, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Please use this thread to post your contest entry.

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Mystery blossom for March
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 18, 2012 9:09 AM CST
Dalechampia dioscoreifolia
"Butterfly Vine"
Make that "Costa Rican Butterfly Vine" aka "Bow Tie Vine"
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Mar 18, 2012 9:58 AM CST
Absolutely right, Woofie! Congratulations! Hurray!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Mar 18, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Green Grin! Thank you!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 18, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Way to go Woofie!! Hurray!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Mar 18, 2012 1:02 PM CST
It's a beautiful vine; too bad I can't grow it here!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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wildflowers
Mar 18, 2012 1:08 PM CST
I've never seen one before! It is very interesting and pretty.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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LarryR
Mar 19, 2012 10:34 AM CST
Woofie, I also garden in Zone5. I have my vine potted in a hanging basket and bring it indoors in the fall when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. So far, that's worked quite well, even though the vine goes semi-dormant during the winter.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Mar 19, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Hmmm, how large a hanging basket? Does it need much light during the winter? Sigh, I always seem to end up with aphids or white flies on anything I try to bring indoors for the winter.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Mar 19, 2012 11:38 AM CST
Right now it's in a 10-inch basket. To avoid white flies and aphids, I spray the plant with Raid House and Garden spray about a week before I bring it indoors. Then I spray it once more right before I bring it in to catch any eggs that have hatched in the interim. Spray cannot kill eggs. I don't like to use pesticides, but this is one time I make an exception.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Mar 19, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Hmmmm. Where did you get yours? Any recommendations for a source? It really is a striking plant!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Mar 19, 2012 12:52 PM CST
I ordered mine here: http://www.zone9tropicals.com/dalechampia-dioscoreifolia-cos.... Unfortunately, they're out of stock right now.

As our contest winner this month, you get to have one of your flower photos published in next month's article. Please send me the photo you'd like to have published.

I'd also like to let our readers know a little about you. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you a few questions.

How did you come to be a gardener?
How long have you been gardening?
If you had a chance to give just one piece of advice to a beginning gardener, what would it be?
Why did you choose this particular photo for publication?
Do you have a favorite flower?
Do you grow vegetables as well?
Do you have any other hobbies?
Is there anything else you'd like readers to know about you?

If you'd like a photo of you to appear in the article as well, please send me that too. Many thanks!

Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Mar 21, 2012 2:52 PM CST
Does the picture have to be something that's blooming now? 'Cause all that's blooming here right now is SNOW! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
Image
LarryR
Mar 22, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Hilarious!

No, it can be any time of year, as long as it's one of your favorite photos.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Mar 22, 2012 6:22 PM CST
Great! I'll T-mail you with the pic and answers to your questions. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
Image
LarryR
Mar 25, 2012 11:40 PM CST
Many thanks, woofie.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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