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Oct 4, 2022 6:01 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
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Petunia 'Picasso'

Mike's petunia 'Picasso' in a hanging basket.

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Oct 4, 2022 6:17 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Great banner, Mike! Smiling
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Oct 4, 2022 7:54 PM CST
Zone 5
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Delightful work of art for the banner.
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Oct 4, 2022 8:37 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Excellent banner Mike!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Oct 4, 2022 8:45 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Whenever I've seen Picasso, the edging is pure green and just looks bleh to me. But yours show more white than green, and I really like that look. Beautiful banner!
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Oct 4, 2022 10:08 PM CST
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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Thanks for the very pretty banner Mike!
Observe, observe, observe
We are fortunate to "see" & appreciate nature in ways others are blind.
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Oct 5, 2022 3:59 AM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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Love the Petunias Mike, and is that an Owl you're holding in your Avatar pic?
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Oct 5, 2022 6:51 AM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
Thank you for the kind comments...

Yes, that's "Mozart," an Eurasian Eagle-owl, one of the world's largest owls. Their pumpkin orange eyes and feathery ear tufts give them a very striking appearance.

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Oct 5, 2022 7:48 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Excellent first banner.
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
https://arctangent.smugmug.com...
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Oct 5, 2022 9:29 AM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
Here's a small white faced owl who's also fun to work with. He only weighs 6 ounces, and is fully grown.

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Oct 5, 2022 12:14 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Oh, my goodness! The owls are outclassing your excellent banner!
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Oct 5, 2022 1:23 PM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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Mike, thank you for sharing your owls with us.
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Oct 5, 2022 1:28 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Zoia said: Oh, my goodness! The owls are outclassing your excellent banner!

I agree! It must be amazing to feel the weight of the large owl on you like that!
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Oct 5, 2022 4:06 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
You'd be surprised how light so many owls are. They look big, but are much lighter than they look because of the amount of feathers they have. If you lift up their "skirt," you can see for yourself, LOL.

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The indignity!
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Oct 5, 2022 4:36 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Oh my! Who knew? They could practically dance the can-can or a kick line!
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Oct 5, 2022 4:46 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
Maybe I could too in my kilt!

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Oct 5, 2022 4:54 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
BTW, my other favorite petunia is 'Million Bells'...

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Oct 5, 2022 5:01 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
Hummingbirder Birds Hydrangeas Annuals Adeniums Daylilies
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That hairstyle makes you look younger and brings out your dimples! Hilarious! And I think you ruined part of the owl mystique for me, scrawny legs is definitely not a good look for an owl!
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Oct 5, 2022 6:42 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing nice petunia fro, Mike!
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Oct 5, 2022 6:54 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Love the owls and the 'doo!
And congratulations on your first banner. Hope to see more in the future. Smiling
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