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Argyle, Texas (Zone 8a)
SunriseFlower
May 26, 2019 4:50 AM CST
Well, thank you Thank You! all for being so welcoming! I wanted to find a forum that was for Texans in hope that I could get more specific advice for zone 8a in the DFW area. I just moved north of Fort Worth and was just not having any luck finding information specifically for this area. @tx_flower_cild Yes, I believe I understand the forums and threads but a little exploring was needed to figure it out Smiling

Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 26, 2019 10:05 AM CST
Well it took me awhile to get the terms straight so I figured I'd just volunteer that info. After I did, it occurred to me that you probably already knew the terms because you'd just posted in a thread in our forum. Duh.

While I don't want to name names, although I could be persuaded to, I think we've got some members who are even closer to you than I am.
Name: Moondog
Jourdanton, TX (Zone 9a)
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Moondog
May 26, 2019 2:55 PM CST
"Present"
I've been on this garden.org website (roses forum) for a few weeks. Just now found the TX gardening forum.
Novice gardener. Joined garden.org to get help saving my wife's roses (she passed away several months ago).
She also has a lot of other plants (I don't know what the are). I am just trying to "not kill them".
It sounds like most of the TX gardeners are north and east of me. But I guess that makes sense, as most of TX population is north and east of me.

Thanks,
Moondog
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Name: tk
Springfield OR (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
May 26, 2019 6:26 PM CST
Welcome moondog! How nice of you to try to save your late wife's plants. Show pictures, maybe someone can help.
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 26, 2019 7:28 PM CST
Yes, welcome Moondog. Glad you found us. We love to chat and always give advice.

So sorry about your wife. I agree with texaskitty that it's so nice of you to try to save your wife's roses. I'm not a rose grower but a lot of folks are.

If you can post some pictures of her other plants I bet someone will be able to ID them.

So welcome and where the heck is Jordantown?
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
May 26, 2019 9:15 PM CST
Welcome! @Moondog Welcome!

There is one member in Fabens which is a lot further west of you nodding . Also, a member in Medina county and one in Seguin, both of which should be very similar to your conditions. I'd think in terms of temperatures and weather in general, most of the members in the central Texas area would suffer about the same. That would include as far north as Killeen, the hill country around and in Austin, and quite a bit of the areas east and south of Austin. I think Jourdanton might have better farmland like those east and south of Austin and not such shallow soil as the hill country. Still, even as far north as I am (east of Abilene), there's going to be some shared misery when it comes to the weather that gets doled out by Mother Nature.

Ask questions and you never know who might give you an answer. I lived in Brazos county for a time, and Austin for a couple of decades before returning to the home place. There are those that live elsewhere now that may be familiar with the growing conditions from having lived in the area previously.

Good luck with the roses. Are there are lot of them, or only a few?
Donald
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 26, 2019 11:02 PM CST
So I just googled Jourdanton, TX and found the history to be fascinating. Then I started following a lot of links that took me from Marfa and Marathon up to Bastrop and Smithville. Could have kept going but I was getting a little too linked in.
Name: Ed
Georgetown, Tx (Zone 8b)
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herrwood
May 27, 2019 9:41 PM CST
"Moondog
I joined this forum a few years ago, with a similar situation. Received a lot of help here. Nice people very knowledgeable . I lived in New Jersey back then but recently moved to Texas .

Welcome!
Plants are like that little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 27, 2019 10:13 PM CST
Hey @Moondog Welcome! I'm north and east (Houston area) of you but still in Zone 9a. We have that much in common.
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Name: Moondog
Jourdanton, TX (Zone 9a)
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Moondog
May 29, 2019 4:51 PM CST
Thanks for the replies y'all!
I got Real Busy the last couple days.
I am currently painting the outside of the house (when I get spare time), so I have all of her plants (the ones in pots} "crammed" together, under a large oak, until I get finished painting, then I will put them back in their places. I will take pictures then and post them for y'all's help.
The ones that are planted are doing well (I think). There is a couple of Bougainvillea's and an Esperanza. Those are looking good.
In pots there is "a ton" of Aloe Vera, that I don't think I could kill (don't want to, just saying). It grows like crazy.
There are several others that I will post when I can.
Oh yeah, I think one of them is an Airplane Plant (at least I think that's what she called it).
There's a Large Ivy (don't know what kind) that's looking good, also.
Several cactus, but I don't know what kind.
In the house I have 2 plants that I think she called them Christmas Cactus (they don't look like a cactus to me). They aren't blooming as heavy as the did before. but they look healthy. I don't know when they're supposed to bloom....maybe Christmas, although one of them had a couple of blooms last week.

Anyway, hope y'all are doing well.
Thanks for listening and being there Smiling
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
May 30, 2019 6:21 AM CST
Wow! With all those plants, your "plate is full". Sounds like you are doing well with them.

I always told my husband not to worry... if I passed away all my heirs would need to do is throw the plants and soil in the compost and toss the pots. Whistling Now dealing with his treasures is a different story. Blinking
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 30, 2019 10:52 AM CST
Yep, you've got your hands full. We're here for you when you're ready.

Your theory about Christmas cactus is basically right Some will start blooming around Thanksgiving. 2 of mine bloomed on schedule and then bloomed again a few weeks ago. They have never done that before! Maybe I should reward them and give them some plant food. I know if I took better care of mine they could grow really big. Instead they're victims of benign neglect.

Your climate is probably good for Bougainvillea and Esperanza. And I'll leave it at that rather than throwing out some half baked guesses. :)
Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Peggy8b
Sep 7, 2019 2:54 PM CST
I just found this thread. Been a member for a month. Not new to gardening, but need all the help I can get to be successful with some plants. At age 70, I'm FINALLY learning to stick with plants that I have had proven success with, as most others die on me. Although born in NC, left with my Air Force family at age 1 and never lived there again. Been in Texas most of my adult life. Me and the hubs went to, met and married at UT Austin. Lived on the Galveston/Texas City area for 30+ years and retired to Central Texas to get away from hurricane prepping. Man, that gets old.

Look forward to learning more from you folks here. Never too old to learn something new, I say. Been a member of Gardenweb (Houzz) 5-6 years, but the Texas group there is getting less and less active. I still check in there weekly, as I particularly like chatting with a couple of the San Antonio and Austin area gardeners there. So I went 'sploring via Google and found this site, which appears to be a bit more active. Smiling
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Sep 7, 2019 3:21 PM CST
Good intro, Peggy. I already felt like I knew you because we both know about the Czech Stop! warning and like kolaches. Plus we both know of the plans Temple has for botanic gardens. (But do you know that West once claimed to have the largest swimming pool in the state of Texas?)

I might have said this before but don't want to look see. I originally started this thread because I was dwelling on the idea of creating a list of plant sales and kinda wondered if many Texans spend time in our forum. I've now almost finished my 3rd list.

But I love when people find this place and stop to say hello.

We are an 'assorted' group. And you might have noticed that there are some rather chatty members. ⌨️
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 7, 2019 3:37 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! @Peggy8B We *almost* bought property on Galveston Is. but the hurricane and tourists scared us off. We figured we can get there in 45 mins, a hotel whenever we want to stay there works for us. Smart to stick with the plants that work. Nurseries confuse us by tempting us and selling pretty things that don't work. What a scam! It pays to do your research before we buy but the pretty things are sometimes so hard to refuse. And sometimes we just like that challenge to prove the boos wrong. Then when we buy something that grows in our Zone, because of our heat, we still have to adjust.
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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Peggy8b
Sep 7, 2019 5:47 PM CST
@tx_flower_child, No, I had not heard that about the largest pool. We don't go up that way much anymore. They used to have the best Greek restaurant in West, Yani's right on I-35, but the family went back to Rhodes some years back. He said the town nor I-35 travelers brought him enough business to keep up the place any longer. Sad That, and the fact he couldn't get his grape vinyard or olive tree grove to get going fast enough to get into the wine and olive oil business like he wanted.

@ShadyGreenThumb, we taught school on the island (and me in Dickinson 5 or those years) for 32 years total. Our house was on Rosenberg Ave, on the main Mardi Gras parade route and the tourists out front for that were the "final straw" for me. I basically don't like to see people getting publicly drunk for any events and the city seemed to be promoting events that were just that. Sad But we love it up here in Central TX.
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Sep 7, 2019 6:12 PM CST
Peggy8b said:@tx_flower_child, No, I had not heard that about the largest pool.


When I was 12 or 13 my mother's second husband (she outlived 3) took us swimming there. The only memorable thing about it was the tightrope going across the deep end. It hurt your feet so bad that none of us could go more than 2 or 3 steps before we were off, by choice or not.

So I recently found this business card tucked away somewhere. It's pretty faded.
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