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Feb 3, 2015 9:58 AM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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No rain in January, warm weather is making for early blooms for lots of plants it seems. Early color is always nice but we need more rain! Big storm coming this Friday (or reportedly starting Thurs evening) and thru the weekend. Let's hope it makes for a wetter month or months to come!


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Feb 3, 2015 10:02 AM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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I have lots of color in my dining room with my Trader Joe collection of orchids. (ignore the dirty window!)

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Feb 3, 2015 10:05 AM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Orange Lemon! tree is loaded
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An iris wants to bloom!


This little (so far) shrub has bright pretty blooms
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Feb 3, 2015 10:06 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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Beautiful! I sure do miss T.J.'s...sigh....

Raining here...started yesterday.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
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Feb 3, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
Orange tree?

Meyer lemons will grow here and I need a couple or three.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
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Feb 3, 2015 10:10 AM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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LOL, yeah, coffee still kicking in! I will edit that. *Blush*
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Feb 3, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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I've not taken pics, but am kinda surprised by how long the Princess Flowers have been blooming around here...a LONG time
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
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Feb 3, 2015 10:11 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
I was going to suggest coffee, 'cause I'm just going in to make some...
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
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Feb 3, 2015 10:12 AM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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did the edit but left in my mistake too. nodding

All my abutilons are still blooming, I don't think they ever stop.
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Feb 3, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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I've always wanted to grow abutilons but somehow just never had a place to plant them......must get some...especially the Tiger('s?) Eye that I saw blooming in a friend's garden recently.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Feb 3, 2015 10:50 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Ah, that's okay with the dirty window..I got them too Hilarious! Hilarious! Hey we are on drought right, got to be prudent in our water usage Big Grin

Love your orchid collection, Sue!
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Feb 3, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
I've always loved clean windows, but have given up on them here....rains a lot and I have to go outside with a ladder and take screens off to wash windows......I've decided it's not that important to me anymore.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
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Feb 3, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
Hi Sue, I think your orchids are preciously beautiful. Just wondering if my area z9b would be a suitable place to grow orchids? (my guess: Tarev would say: 'NO'!)
If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
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Feb 3, 2015 12:06 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Of course you can grow orchids Fiat..I do grow some Big Grin Just a little more understanding of their culture and more discipline watering wise. In our drier area, especially in summer, protection from extreme heat. During the colder season, bringing them indoors to protect from the cold.
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Feb 3, 2015 12:18 PM CST
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I leave them at that dining room and kitchen window, both facing east so getting morning sun year round. They never go outside. I have had some for a few years and just water them and they rebloom. Trader Joe's is cheap enough to try several.
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Feb 3, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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My Phals and Paphs are like that, indoors year round, by the west facing window, protected by the tree canopy shade in summer, the other orchids, Oncidiums, Dendrobiums, Maxillaria they go out during summer, but still protected by my growcamp and shade from the city trees, gets extra attention watering wise during our hotter drier days.. My Cymbidium and Vanda coerulea they stay outdoors year round. I have killed some along the way Hilarious! Hilarious! but it taught me more and made me understand why. Usually it was my misunderstanding about their temperature needs that has made me fail..but now I know better. Much as I want more, can't do it, space limitations..and I like variety while being water prudent.

Start with a Phal, Fiat, easy enough found in grocery stores, it will teach you a lot about orchids. May take awhile..and a whole ton of patience for sure. Big Grin
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Feb 3, 2015 2:45 PM CST
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
Wow! Lot of info and sharing experience quickly emerged. Start getting me anxious and nervous. Now my new Camellia project hasn't started yet and this one comes in churning up a bit of waves in my mind... maybe I am bit too greedy nodding nodding
If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
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Feb 3, 2015 3:13 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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I call it diversity in the garden Big Grin
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Feb 3, 2015 3:55 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
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In the yard,

wisteria is getting started
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the old name for this plant is Freesia laxa


kalanchoe (in a pot with an epiphyllum)
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Chasmanthe (major thug)
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NOID rose
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In the house,

amaryllis 'Temptation'




In the wild,

Ceanothus crassifolius
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wild cucumber
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Feb 5, 2015 1:41 AM CST
Plants Admin
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Freesia laxa is actually the new name for the plant. It used to be called Anomatheca laxa.

I am loving all of these photos. Keep them coming!
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