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Apr 4, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
For anyone who doesn't know what this is, here is an announcement for it -- sure wish I didn't live clear across the universe from it!

http://www.daylilymecca.com

And just check out those incredible pictured daylilies!
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Apr 4, 2014 12:39 PM CST
(Zone 5a)
Annuals Bee Lover Cat Lover Daylilies
The second bloom!!! The red one. -- I *love* it! Smiling
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Apr 4, 2014 1:59 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
cats1 said:The second bloom!!! The red one. -- I *love* it! :)


The red one is gorgeous, and it was on the website last year. It's a Ted Petit seedling. I asked him last year when it would be introduced, and he said, "when I have enough plants," or words to that effect.
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Apr 4, 2014 3:06 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Ocala, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Garden Procrastinator Keeper of Poultry Organic Gardener Keeps Horses
Hibiscus Frogs and Toads Region: Florida Dog Lover Daylilies Butterflies
Im hoping to make it on Friday, if I can whine enough to get the day off. Petit's garden is only a few miles from me, so I totally have to go!
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Apr 4, 2014 4:52 PM CST
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
(Lee Reinke X Rose F Kennedy) X Unk
Amaryllis Hybridizer Canning and food preservation Lilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Pollen collector Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plays in the sandbox Sedums Seed Starter
I wish I could join you!!

That second bloom is wow alright I agree
The problem is that when you are young your life it is ruined by your parents. When you are older it is ruined by your children.
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Apr 4, 2014 6:50 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oh my! They are awesome Thumbs up
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Apr 4, 2014 7:17 PM CST
Name: shirlee
southeast (Zone 6b)
Daylilies Hybridizer Seed Starter Pollen collector Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
Butterflies Birds Dragonflies Canning and food preservation Herbs Vegetable Grower
Thanks so much Betty, for the link. Gonna take my time browsing
through all these lovely photos.
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Apr 4, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
I totally love that red one in particular too! Kathy, if you do get to go, if you can please see what you can find out about that one -- like does he have a name for it already, etc. What a gorgeous pattern!
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Apr 5, 2014 2:24 AM CST
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
Petit is just around the corner from me so I'm definitely planning to be there.


Also plan to visit most all the other gardens too. Really excited.
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May 16, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
Daylily Mecca is now in progress.
Wow!
Look at this great Mecca promo plant given away by Petit Dayliy:

PRIVATE GAMES
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May 16, 2014 8:31 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Wonderful! How I envy you, and hope you're having a great time!!! And please take pictures if you can...
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May 16, 2014 9:33 PM CST
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
cats1 said:The second bloom!!! The red one. -- I *love* it! :)


That is pure insanity! Drooling

If anyone catches a name for that thing, please indulge us.
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May 17, 2014 4:20 PM CST
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
Betja said:Wonderful! How I envy you, and hope you're having a great time!!! And please take pictures if you can...





Yes, I took pictures and will post them when I get caught up, asp.
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May 17, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
Xenacrockett said:

Yes, I took pictures and will post them when I get caught up, asp.



I took 120 photos Friday and 306 today, but it will take a while to edit them - my camera produces 3 megabyte images, and I have to cut them down a bit. Today (Saturday) was a really fun day. We left home at 8, got home at 6:30 pm, and covered 6 gardens and 191 miles. My feet feel it.

Saw some gorgeous blossoms. Met some nice people. There were folks from Arkansas; Indiana; and other places touring.

While taking a break for lunch in a McDonalds on I-4, I noticed this outside the window. I think the following pictures clearly define stupidity/insanity:


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May 17, 2014 6:59 PM CST
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Daylilies Dog Lover Irises Region: United States of America
Region: Wisconsin
John, I don't know if it is an urban legend, but I remember hearing years ago, that shoes thrown over electric/ phone lines is a sign for those looking to buy/ sell drugs. I don't know if it is true or not, or if as you said, it's just people being stupid.

Someday I will manage to go to Mecca.

Someday.

Until then I will need to live vicariously through those that do go. So keep posting your thoughts and photos please ~Jan
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May 17, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
philljm said:John, I don't know if it is an urban legend, but I remember hearing years ago, that shoes thrown over electric/ phone lines is a sign for those looking to buy/ sell drugs. I don't know if it is true or not, or if as you said, it's just people being stupid.

Someday I will manage to go to Mecca.

Someday.

Until then I will need to live vicariously through those that do go. So keep posting your thoughts and photos please ~Jan


I hadn't heard that particular legend. I was dumbstruck at the sheer insanity of climb up a high-voltage transmission tower - and the perpetrator would have to have climbed the tower to place those tennis shoes.


We're lucky enough to be close to the Mecca. Both Petit and Cross Border gardens are in our county; and Salters are in the next county to the north.

I don't know whether the out of state visitors flew down for the occasion, or arranged vacations in the Orlando area near the time of the event. I think the folks from Arkansas drove.

Today, Nicole's is one county to the east, and four of the others are about 55 miles away.
All of which means that attending isn't a problem.

Meanwhile, running several hundred photos through photoshop is tedious and time-consuming, but pictures will be forthcoming.
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May 17, 2014 7:35 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
philljm said:John, I don't know if it is an urban legend, but I remember hearing years ago, that shoes thrown over electric/ phone lines is a sign for those looking to buy/ sell drugs. I don't know if it is true or not, or if as you said, it's just people being stupid.



This just in. I sent an e-mail to a friend in the Philippines, who responded that it means the same thing over there - drugs..... That's halfway around the world.
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May 17, 2014 8:13 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
Mecca day one.

Here are a few photos from Le Petit Jardin in McIntosh, Florida. Sorry, it just wasn't possible to identify the pictures - I'd have needed a servant of some sort to follow me around making notes <G>. I took pictures of things that caught my eye, the first of which was breakfast!!! It was under an extended awning, and partly in the shade. There were scrambled eggs; sausage; biscuits; rolls; pastries; and best of all - Bacon (an indulgence I don't allow myself often). There was also orange juice and bottles of Champagne if you wanted to have Mimosas, but it was a bit early in the day for me to start drinking (9 AM). Ted is a gracious host, and extremely casual about the free daylily plants which were in a Rubbermaid container by the entrance so one could help oneself.


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May 17, 2014 8:17 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
Petit gardens continued. Here are some of the blossoms that caught my eye. Some are named, some are seedlings.


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May 17, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
Cross Border daylilies.

John Peat didn't have anything to show last year, because his water system had failed in February, and a neighbor didn't notify him. The garden was devastated. It's showing a bit of a comeback this year, but will be another year or so before it's up to speed.


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