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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
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 25, 2016 5:38 PM CST
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We came from here:
The thread "Florida Garden - Winter and Spring 2016" in Florida Gardening forum

Summer has hit and this year promises to be a scorcher. It's 96.8 at this hour where I am. Put a fork in me, I'm done!

If you're new to the site or the forum Welcome!
Please join us. In this thread we share what's happening in our gardens and just chat in general.
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: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Zazinnia
Jun 25, 2016 6:09 PM CST
Hi all! I am Missy and live in SC. I follow your thread and love to see all the beauties you grow. Thumbs up I don't post so much but like to read, drool and give thumbs.
"Loving God... loving each other....
and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

Aint nothing flashing but the fireflies...lyrics by Paul Simon

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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 25, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Hello Missy! You are welcome to lurk on the threads all you want and anytime you feel like jumping in & saying something please do!
You have some pretty gorgeous things that grow in SC.
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: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jun 25, 2016 7:50 PM CST
It's almost10:00 p.m. here and it's still 82ºF! The past couple of weeks we've had upper 80's and low 90's with awful humidity which really makes it miserable working outside. The day before yesterday I went out around 8:00 and worked until @ 12:30 but finally had to quit because the humidity was getting to me. The yard here at our new house is heavily shaded with lots of large oaks, pine trees, maples and palms and we had tree trimmers here for four days this past week, thinning out the canopies and taking out a few pines. Even with the shade, I don't know how they do that work in this heat!

A couple of things that have been blooming here lately:

Plumbago ............................................. Daylily 'Midnight Raider' ? .................. Daylily 'Sweet Alpha' ?
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~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 25, 2016 8:31 PM CST
Great to see you posting Lin. I know you have been & will be busy for a while getting all squared away in your new home.
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: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra
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MollyMc
Jun 26, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Good morning, well almost afternoon. Got that new cordless weed wacker and am fixin' to get out to run another battery down. I'd rather do it in the rain as it would be cooler, but the string doesn't cut wet stuff very well.

Yep, it's so very hot out and want to run the sprinklers to cool things(me) down if it's not raining. Just wanted to check in before heading out there. Be back later when I have fried too much

Molly
Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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gardenglory
Jun 26, 2016 10:18 AM CST
Hot it is. Horrible, hard to breath. We just arrived back home from down south. The golden rain trees and the poincianas, just wonderful, out on 192, in undeveloped fl, the loblolly bays and mallows were going nuts, a great ride. We then got on turnpike, Traffic wicked, got to a toll booth, saw lights, and o my lord, going southbound. , a huge wreck, closed all lanes, and just miles of these poor people were standing out in the sun by their cars, trailers full of horses and cows, I cant stop thinking about them. Anyway, if your hot, your not alone Blinking
Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Composter
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qwilter
Jun 26, 2016 11:35 AM CST
Today is wonderful - cooler - just 83- with rain on & off. Looks like it will be "cooler"and wetter all week.
Blessed are the Quilters for they are the Piecemakers.
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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 26, 2016 11:46 AM CST
Oh that's terrible Pam. Makes me feel guilty for grousing about the heat. But I'm still going to grouse anyway. Hilarious!
Got out this morn before 9 & figured I'd get some stuff done before the heavens turned on the broiler.
Rolling my eyes. Being a Floridian I ought to know better. The temps. may have been cooler but that directly relates to the percentage of humidity. So the broiler wasn't on but the sauna was cooking like no tomorrow.
Among other things, I had 10 big clumps of tuberose to plant. Did those before calling it a day. Folks it's DRY. Even in an area where there is clay it was DRY. I've never seen that clay area completely dry before. I'm looking at that radar & the rain just keeps petering out jessssssst before it hits Lake City. NEED RAIN. Grumbling
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: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Dragonflies Cut Flowers Dog Lover Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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gardenglory
Jun 26, 2016 11:46 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Jean nodding Really really good to see you!!!!
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
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mellielong
Jun 26, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Thundering here right now! Bring it on!!!
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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Garden Photography Tropicals
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sunkissed
Jun 26, 2016 12:16 PM CST
It skipped right over us a little bit ago. Ugh. Grumbling
Still keeping fingers crossed though.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 26, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Looks like we're all getting some good rain coverage down this way. I love watching the weather radar maps, and today's is interesting - the rain is moving from East to West which is backwards from the usual direction. We're usually one of those places that the rain skips over, or goes around, but not today! Over an inch already and more to come, it appears. Hurray!

Check out what I saw on the shelf at Lowe's today - little bags of Spanish moss for $4 each. Stuff you can pick up off the ground just about anywhere here.
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These Elephant ears were really gorgeous big ones with black stems. Wish I had room for one!
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Here are my Gloriosa lilies in bud - I love these flowers at every stage, they are graceful and elegant. See the little curly tips of the leaves which grab onto things to climb?
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Jun 26, 2016 5:47 PM CST
It poured here. Thank goodness - I was not getting out there with the hose.

Elaine, I've seen those bags of Spanish Moss at Lowe's, too. It made me laugh. They even had "gray" and "green". The green didn't look natural, though. I wonder if they colored it somehow?
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Name: Arlene
Ponce Inlet, FL (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
Garden Photography
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florange
Jun 26, 2016 8:21 PM CST
Well, my daylilies look like toast, but the tropicals look wonderful! Here are some pics I took yesterday:

Angel Wing Begonia
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Bamboo and Mickey Mouse Colocasia
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Some of my bromeliads
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There are some plants that dearly love this weather. Wish I did!
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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 26, 2016 8:21 PM CST
We got zero rain but we were saved by cloud cover. The temp. went down to 83 & stayed there for hours & hours. That's something to be thankful for.
Glad some of you got rain. Thumbs up
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: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Garden Photography Tropicals
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sunkissed
Jun 27, 2016 5:04 AM CST
Same here, last evening was nice enough to sit outside even though the rain missed us. The temp was 82, and the night before same time it was 94.

Beautiful garden, Arlene.
Elaine I agree about the Gloriosa lily, I was gifted some by another gardener, they sure don't mind this heat.

A rescued den orchid from Lowe's for five bucks, one flower stem was broken, but some tape worked and flowers are doing fine.
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jun 27, 2016 7:23 AM CST
@flaflwrgrl We are frying in AR too. I check the temps in FL and AR and yesterday we were several degrees hotter than FL and the humidity....ugh.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 27, 2016 7:57 AM CST
Nice going on the Den Sherri. Those flowers will last for a long time if you can keep it fairly cool, in the shade.

"Cool" being a relative term in Florida in the summer. Yes, we had a very nice cool evening yesterday too.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 27, 2016 8:58 AM CST
rocklady said:@flaflwrgrl We are frying in AR too. I check the temps in FL and AR and yesterday we were several degrees hotter than FL and the humidity....ugh.

Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug Sounds like you need to hie yourselves back to FL then. Hilarious!


Sherri, what a BUY! Beautiful!
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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