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May 17, 2020 8:50 AM CST
Name: Sammy
Mid Missouri (Zone 6a)
Plant collector for 30+ years
I was so excited to find this cute little hanging basket that is a perfect fit for Tiger Cub. The basket was part of another hanging basket that I have had for years. It finally warmed up this week and we were able to get all of the tropicals out of the greenhouse. It has rained more than an inch since so all of the Bromeliads have fresh rainwater.
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May 17, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Sammy, Wow! I love the basket for the Neo, but your landscape is so tropically gorgeous! Hurray!
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May 17, 2020 11:24 AM CST
Name: Sammy
Mid Missouri (Zone 6a)
Plant collector for 30+ years
Thanks for the compliment.

The best time for me to groom my Bromeliads is after a rain. The brown base leaves are so much easier to pull out. The big Fire Ball has been hanging in the greenhouse all winter with an occasional drink from the hose. A few years ago a pair of Carolina wrens discovered a hole in the greenhouse that my husband made for a gas line and forgot to plug when he removed the gas line. The wrens use the greenhouse for their winter roosting place. They like to nest in the large Fire Ball. They build a nest in spring from palm fibers and leaves they collect outside. They fledged three chicks a couple of weeks ago just when I was starting to take some plants out of the greenhouse. The parents are still spending a lot of time on my patio eating mealworms but the chicks have not been with them. The parents leave with mealworms in their beaks so I think they are still feeding the chicks. The parents keep going and looking in the Fire Ball so I am wondering if they might nest in it again.

This is Fire Ball after I groomed it. It is kind of pale now but a summer in full sun really brings out the color.
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May 18, 2020 4:23 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Sammy, Looking at your photos without looking at your growing location I see the Tropics.
Very well done. I tip my hat to you.
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May 18, 2020 5:27 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Sammy, you have really captured the tropical feeling. Do you move the large cycad and the palm in and out of your greenhouse?
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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May 19, 2020 6:19 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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I agree Looks very Tropical, makes me want to pull up a chair and enjoy.
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May 19, 2020 6:41 PM CST
Name: Sammy
Mid Missouri (Zone 6a)
Plant collector for 30+ years
Yes, we move everything into a greenhouse for the winter and It is nice to get it out for the summer.
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May 20, 2020 4:52 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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That is a big job but obviously worth it for the look you have created.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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