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Name: Jim Hawk
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Jan 10, 2018 3:06 PM CST
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The thread "Let's see what else we are growing in 2017" in Orchids forum

As I was walking around the house, this Buddha Belly Plant (Jatropha podagrica) was just begging to have its photo taken.


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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jan 10, 2018 6:10 PM CST

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Jim, this is one of my favorites! Male and female blooms in the same cluster and once in a while one sees seeds ripening and eventually landing in neighboring pots. Years ago I was wondering how and why this strange "cucumber seedling" germinated in one of my Orchid pots.

I used your nice post to start up a new thread for 2018.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jan 10, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Definitely an eye catcher!
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 10, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Lovey dubby that Jatropha Jim. Mine are all in the ground and I am afraid the cold might have gotten to them. They have survived cold before but it was a day here or there, not a week. We'll see.

This Christmas Cactus didn't make it in time for Christmas so it will now be known as the New Years Cactus.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jan 10, 2018 6:39 PM CST

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What a show!! Lovey dubby
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jan 10, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Wow! For sure! Lovey dubby Mine started for Thanksgiving, and still have a few blooms, but never did well this year. of course they are on the north side of the house where sun is almost non existent. Yours is beautiful!
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 10, 2018 7:00 PM CST
Thanks, as soon as the weather moderates I stick it outside under an azalea or some other shrub and forget about it until mid December, by that time it has set buds. I don't go out of my way to give it any supplemental water but I did top dress it with compost and some Dynamite in the spring.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jan 10, 2018 8:00 PM CST
Late or not, that is a beautiful plant, Alice.

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 11, 2018 6:05 AM CST
Thank you, it is in a 9" pot so it is showy for sure.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jan 13, 2018 3:13 PM CST

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I opened the garage to check on my rain water containers after the rain we had yesterday and look what greeted me. And yes, the containers were full to the brim, so I should have enough water for the next month.
The large Jade in the house finished blooming in December.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 13, 2018 4:04 PM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up Those Jades look so healthy, do you have windows or lights in there to keep them looking so good?
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Name: Ursula
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Jan 13, 2018 4:13 PM CST

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The garage door has a few small windows, that's it. My plants essentually go to sleep in there. I am always amazed how well the Jades do at this low temperature in the forties F and somewhat dim light.
Name: Alice
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Jan 13, 2018 6:27 PM CST
Hey, whatever works. Thumbs up
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jan 13, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Apparently they don't care where they bloom as long as it is the season. Ours are blooming outdoors now too. Smiling
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 14, 2018 5:43 AM CST
When I lived in Maryland I had big Jades like yours Ursula, but they do not do well down here in our humidity. They live and grow but they never attain that stately size; they always seem to look adolescent.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 14, 2018 10:58 AM CST
Lovely flowers on the jades, for sure. I wonder if they need the dry, cold dormant period to bloom? I grew them both in Vancouver, and in Salt Lake City, and none ever bloomed. They were always kept in the house, though.

My yard is blossoming with frost cloth tents in which my blooming and fruiting tomatoes are very happy. We got the new hoop structure covered nicely with new Garden Quilt cloth and when I went out last night before bed (40ish - BBrrr!) it was about 10deg. warmer in the tent than outside. Just what I would expect, with the dry cold, and some wind going on. We will 'tweak' the design over the next few days, and possibly add some of the old Christmas lights for the two really cold nights - 30's expected Wednesday and Thursday.
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I have some brave little wild salvia still blooming, usually pale bubble-gum pink, but today they are a nice intense coral. My tiny miniature roses have buds on them, too:
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Snap peas and pansies are very happy with the cold weather, frankly. No need to cover those unless it really freezes.
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And, Sighing! I'm not quite sure what to do about this - a Monarch cat obviously found my frost cloth tent a good place to make his chrysalis, but it seems to be not quite complete - there is a little open "port" on the side that worries me. Think I'll put him inside the hoop house for now, and see if he makes it.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 22, 2018 1:08 PM CST
Anyone recall the miniature roses I posted back in early November (I think)? They were a gift from some dinner guests, and were a beautiful pale yellow color. They almost died before I managed to transplant a few of the 9 tiny plants that were in those two 4in. pots. I now have 4 fairly healthy tiny rose plants putting up more blooms again. But the blooms aren't yellow any more, they are ivory, blushed pink. Not complaining, they're lovely, but just mystified at the change.
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Here they are when I first got them. Yes, 9 plants in two pots!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jan 28, 2018 9:13 AM CST

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I am debating to start another thread for hobby stuff or pop it right in here as "what else do we grow".
I did "grow" another doll the last couple of weeks. A niece who does stand up comic, had asked me to make her a doll, but with some specifics, like add brown hair, a microphone, purple tunic and leggings and black slippers. Here she is, 25 inches tall, as I ship her out tomorrow. The little pocketbook holds more Mic- cord and a couple more necklaces.
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I had a lot of fun making her! Smiling
Next time, is there sufficient interest to start up a specific thread for this sort of hobby?

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Name: Carol
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Jan 28, 2018 9:58 AM CST
That is just amazing, Ursula! Lovey dubby No opinion on separate thread.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jan 28, 2018 11:49 AM CST

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Thanks Carol! Smiling

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