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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 4, 2017 5:55 AM CST
If you had your choice to live anywhere in Florida, and you had a passion for growing orchids, lots of orchids, where would that location be? Let's further say that you don't play golf and don't really care to. Let's also say that your wife was an artist and really wanted to live in an "artsy" area, an area where she could meet and join other artists. Finally, just for the heck of it, let's stipulate that you had a million bucks to spend on a house and property.

Thoughts?
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Aug 4, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Oh gosh...Lots of choices , Ken.
Sarasota, Naples, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, the Coconut Grove area of Miami (but you need to be fluent in Spanish if you live anywhere in Miami).






lindsey
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 4, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Thank you so much for your input, Lindsey. I guess we'll eliminate Miami then. I am fluent in English only.

Do you mean that orchids won't have to be brought inside in the winter in all those locations, Lindsey? I know Naples is, but are the rest located in what would be called "South Florida". Certainly St. Augustine is not, but how about St. Pete and Sarasota?
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Aug 4, 2017 10:22 AM CST
Sarasota and all points south along the gulf coast will be in zone 10. Sarasota, Venice, Fort Meyers and Naples all have active arts and crafts communities. I'm up in north Tampa because we wanted to be on a lake. Naples is pricier than the rest.

Jim
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Aug 4, 2017 11:22 AM CST
We have looked, only half seriously, between Naples and Tampa. I agree from Sarasota south you should be OK with your orchids outdoors. I would think anywhere along the coast would be artist friendly. The nonstop tropical scenery and the light, which is different along the coast, attract artistic people. The Ringling College of Art & Design is in Sarasota and they have a large art museum there also.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 4, 2017 11:43 AM CST
For a real "artsy" community it would be hard to beat Anna Maria Island just north of Sarasota here. The barrier islands are a zone warmer than Sarasota/Bradenton too. This whole area is fondly known as the "Culture Coast" because we have lots of arts and music, theater, ballet, symphony etc.

Down side to living out on one of the islands would be they are first on the evacuation zone list if there's a storm threatening. Up side to that is the storms generally seem to miss us.

Patty keeps telling me that I don't "need" to bring any of my orchids indoors when the nights are forecast to be below 50deg. here. She lives less than a mile north of me and never brings hers in. I only bring in Vandas and any that are in bloom.
Elaine

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Name: Bill
Cape Coral FL (Zone 10a)
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BigBill
Aug 7, 2017 10:31 AM CST
I would pick Matlacha here in Lee County between Cape Coral and Pineland. I think it is a small community with 400 some odd homes. I would get a house on the water if I could with no lawn just decks and flower beds. Oh wind chimes and spinners are a must.
Weather is never cold enough to bring Orchids inside. Main road is Pine Island Road with a half mile section of Caribbean painted shops, restaurants, galleries and painted telephone poles. There is a drawbridge, lots of boats and mangroves. Little boats and sunfish are every where.
It would be heaven to fish from my property and I could care less if I caught a thing. I can hear Jimmy Buffet right now as I waste away in Margueritaville!!
"Our children are messages we send to a time we won't see."
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Aug 7, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Bill, let us know when you find that lost shaker of salt!
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Aug 7, 2017 12:43 PM CST
https://www.zillow.com/homedet...

Lots of room to spread out but maybe the gators are too close for comfort?
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Bill
Cape Coral FL (Zone 10a)
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BigBill
Aug 7, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Gators do not hang around in salt water. They might come into feed but can't stay long term! They have no way to excrete the salt.
If I find that shaker, I could sprinkle salt on their tails. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 7, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Do y'all know where Jimmy B. was born and reared?
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Name: Bill
Cape Coral FL (Zone 10a)
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BigBill
Aug 7, 2017 1:36 PM CST
Probably Louisiana or Mississippi?
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Aug 7, 2017 2:00 PM CST
He was once married to the daughter of a former neighbor. There is a funny story about another neighbor being introduced to him at a reception and saying "nice to met you Jimmy, and what do you do?" He answered "I am Jimmy Buffet" and apparently she, who was clueless, asked again and he gave the same answer. D'Oh! This was all the year before I moved to that neighborhood, I would have loved to meet him.

Bill, while gators do not prefer salt water this one was in the salt marsh in my backyard earlier this year. We have no fresh water other than golf course lagoons in my county.. They often show up on the beaches around here. They go there so the salt can wash the algae off their hides.
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Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 7, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Oh, guys, Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and grew up in that area. Pascagoula is where I established my first dental practice in 1971. Jimmy is younger than I, but should be close to 70.
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Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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gardenglory
Aug 7, 2017 4:52 PM CST
I worked with a guy in Tampa at USF that would panic the minute it hit 59. If thats you, Id go farther south than even Tampa. I actually got caught once in tampa being someplace that was frowned on by parents. It snowed one night, I was so excited, ran right out took a picture. Parents wanted to know how I drove to where the car was without turning on the wipers and removing snow. Ooops Whistling

My Jimmy Buffet story is, in about 1975, I was going to usf, and Jimmy Buffet played one night at the soccer field. Free. At a school with nary a gym. My roomate was in the club that put on that kind of thing. At that time, you could not buy alcohol in Hillborough county, and when he finished, it was technically sunday. So....off to Pasco county to get him some wine. If I only knew what I was really doing. nodding
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Aug 7, 2017 7:35 PM CST
And here I sit in Pasco County still drinking wine. Shrug!

Jim
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 7, 2017 8:10 PM CST
Did you notice how nice Jimmy's smile was?.....just asking. Whistling

My wife hasn't gotten any further south than Amelia Island. I started in Key West - she started in Highlands, NC. I don't guess we will come to a compromise. Sad
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Name: Bart Motes
Redland
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BartMotes
Aug 7, 2017 9:14 PM CST
The best place to grow orchids in Florida is also the densest and most prolific orchid area in the United States: the Redland. It's south of Miami and north and west of Homestead. Unlike Miami, it enjoys favorable day to night shifts in temperature. Land prices have steadily increased, but it remains affordable to buy acreage. And, as an original pre-canal pioneer area, much of it is on land well above sea level.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Aug 8, 2017 5:52 AM CST
Interesting and good to know there is high land in the glades.

I also think when you reach a certain age (ahem, Whistling ) it is important to be close to top notch medical facilities.

Beaufort, SC is an artist's mecca and there are no orchid growers around but you would need a GH here.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Bill
Cape Coral FL (Zone 10a)
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BigBill
Aug 8, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Oh my nephew lives in Beaufort. He is a Social Studies teacher at a Montessori school.
"Our children are messages we send to a time we won't see."

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