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Name: Arlene Badabing-Badaboom
Lakeland, FL
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Gardenia731
May 1, 2010 8:45 PM CST
So excited these lil guys are back. I love taking pictures of them.

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 4, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Hard to see in this picture but this dragon fly kept hovering over some water in a bucket and dipping it's tail end in and out. Do dragon flies lay their eggs in the water?

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 4, 2010 6:43 PM CST
My rangoon creeper in full bloom. It browned up during the freeze and was trimmed back to main stems in March.

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 4, 2010 6:45 PM CST
closeuo of rangoon

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 4, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Ranggon Creeper seeding from last fall from above plant

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Name: Arlene Badabing-Badaboom
Lakeland, FL
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Gardenia731
Jun 4, 2010 6:52 PM CST
Budgielover said:Hard to see in this picture but this dragon fly kept hovering over some water in a bucket and dipping it's tail end in and out. Do dragon flies lay their eggs in the water?


Yes, Ma'am. That is exactly what she was doing. That Rangoon creeper is beautiful.

Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 4, 2010 6:57 PM CST
pot of alocasia macrorrhorizis variegata that I thought died in the freeze.

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jun 4, 2010 6:59 PM CST
Thanks Arlene. I'll be sure I don't dump it for awhile
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2010 12:57 PM CST
Well, can you believe it's mid July already? This year sure is flying ... it seems like it was just yesterday that I was complaining about our freezing winter temperature's ... now I'm wishing for a little cooler weather! Big Grin We've been having mid 90's and humidity to match lately!

I just got back from two weeks in California (nephew's wedding) and I sure loved the low 70's and NO humidity out there!!! I experienced my first ever (and hopefully only!) Earthquake during my visit in the San Diego area. It scared the beejeebies outta me! It was a 5.9 and local's were saying that was nothing! I was on the third floor of a department store with a friend and her daughter and the whole building rocked and rolled, we got down the the first floor as quick as we could and outside the building! Local folks were telling us the quake they had earlier in the year (7.8) was really scary and this one was nothing! I will take Hurricane's any day, at least we have enough warning to prepare for them!

Thought I'd share a few pic's I took while in San Diego. Kangaroo Paw, Royal Trumpet Vine and a Hummingbird that would take a bath in the fountain at the rental house we stayed in. I fell in love with this plant called "Kangaroo Paws", it also has the common name of"Cat's Paw". It was planted at my nephew's townhouse and also at the rental house where we stayed. I would see Hummingbirds around it every day! The Royal Trumpet Vine was really gorgeous too ... and the patio of the rental speaks for itself.

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~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 18, 2010 1:48 PM CST
Beautiful Lin.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Jan
Cape Coral, FL
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Sunshinesw
Jul 18, 2010 1:56 PM CST
Lin, gorgeous!!!
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2010 7:11 PM CST
Thank you! I was so amazed at all the plants blooming in San Diego. I thought we had such gorgeous plants here in Florida but everything seemed so much larger, thicker and more vibrant in color than what I see here in Florida. I guess the San Diego area doesn't get any real cold weather like here in central Fla. The Bougainvillea's were so huge and planted everywhere ... growing as trees, hedges, espaliered on the sides of buildings, along fences. I love the Jacaranda trees too, and hoped to get a few seed pods that I saw hanging from trees everywhere but they were too high up to reach ... I should have borrowed a ladder from someone. Big Grin

A few more pic's from my trip to California:

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~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Rene
Wauchula Fl.
God is good, all the time!!!
Rene
Jul 19, 2010 2:10 PM CST
I have been to San Diego twice & yes the flowers are beautiful there!! I think thier average temps are somewhere around the low 70s. No really cold weather there, just very expensive to stay there!
Lorine
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Jul 19, 2010 3:06 PM CST
Rene: When my husband was in the Navy he had to go to school in San Diego, our apartment was on Coronado but we were only there for three months and never really got to see much of the area. California is very expensive compared to what we are used to here on the east coast, from gas to the price of houses! I loved the weather but not the traffic, and experiencing the earthquake rattled me a bit! I didn't drive while out there, my nephew or his fiance, or other family and friends did all the driving. There's no way I could drive on those freeways. When my nephew picked us up at the airport his mom put me in the front seat ... it made me a nervous wreck. The speed limit was 60 mph, he was going 80 ... and so many cars were flying by us!! I'm not even a calm back seat passenger at speeds like that!

My nephew tells me the temp's there are generally mild but sometimes during the summer they have heat waves for short periods with temp's even getting up to 90ยบ ... not so bad when there's no humidity!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Madeleine Alwi
Kissimmee Fl.
Charter ATP Member Birds Beekeeper Butterflies Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Region: Florida Region: United Kingdom Roses
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Seemama
Jul 21, 2010 1:28 PM CST
I have just found this forum, very interesting, but do you plant your Amarylis outside, I used to grow them in pots in UK, but the idea of putting them in the garden looks good.
Madeleine
Name: Rene
Wauchula Fl.
God is good, all the time!!!
Rene
Jul 21, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Madeleine, I plant all mine in the ground. I have a lot, too many to put in pots!
When i get a new bulb, I pot it up until it gets established & blooms then it goes in the ground. It doesn't get cold enough here to freeze the bulbs. They do great for me.
Lorine
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 21, 2010 6:08 PM CST
Amarys go right into the ground & stay there all the time. No worrys Madeleine---plant 'em!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Madeleine Alwi
Kissimmee Fl.
Charter ATP Member Birds Beekeeper Butterflies Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Region: Florida Region: United Kingdom Roses
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Seemama
Jul 23, 2010 12:19 PM CST
Thanks girls - now I have to persuade himself that I really do need some amarylis otherwise I will have to have a hissy fit! Rolling on the floor laughing
Madeleine
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 9, 2010 6:35 PM CST
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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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