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Jun 11, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
When we had sooooo much rain here in Austin, I left a group of Bromeliads on the ground behind a tree . I had planned to repot them, but I noticed they liked the rain (not so much the hail) and didn't mind being on the ground. I rearranged them a bit, but haven't bothered with them other than that. We are now in the 90°s and the rains are gone, so I may have to change plans.

This photo was taken in mid-May before I decided to leave them there for the summer. I'll take another today to show they really are doing well and blooming.

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Jun 11, 2015 10:01 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
They look great where they are, Sandi. As long as they are in the shade, particularly if under a canopy of tree-leaves, and supplying some water, they should do fine. The problem comes when fall/winter temperatures get down into the lower 30's and below. Perhaps y'all don't get freezing temperatures in Austin. Thumbs up
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Jun 11, 2015 9:49 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
Thanks, they are in mostly shade, under an oak. We do have freezes, but infrequently. I still take them into the hoop houses when December rolls around. I usually keep pots of ferns in that bed. I had to do some rearranging to keep the ferns in "fern alley!" I spent most of today playing outside. Was great to have time to just "play." Photos to follow.
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Jun 11, 2015 10:28 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
Tomorrow - power washing! I widened the walkway, but ran out of limestone pieces I could use. Have to buy a few to finish.

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Jun 12, 2015 5:57 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
You have a tropical paradise, Sandi. Good job! Hurray!
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

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Jun 12, 2015 2:49 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Looks great!
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Jun 12, 2015 4:51 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
Thank you Ken and Carol! Wish I could also show my clean, power washed limestone patio and pathways, but I can't. Instead, after five years of drought, we drove out to see Lake Travis ( our area water source) nearly filled. It was an amazing and welcomed sight!
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Jun 12, 2015 7:53 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Bookworm Charter ATP Member Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids Plant Identifier
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Lucky you! I was just reading in the paper how close ours are to being dry. Of course if we were to get that much rain in a short time, we'd wash into the Pacific.
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Jun 12, 2015 8:20 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
We are still under watering restrictions here. My tropicals are my guilty pleasure. I have a large rain tank that I use for the backyard. The front is mostly perennials and very little grass. They do fine with little water, but I do love going out back to pamper those tropicals!
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