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May 26, 2018 5:47 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Here we go again folks. It looks like this year is starting a tad early with Alberto.
Just a reminder for anyone who hasn't checked it out; this guy has a great website and you can subscribe (free) & get email notifications when he posts a new video - once per day when there's something to talk about. No spam from him.
https://www.tropicaltidbits.co...
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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May 26, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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I'm following on FB!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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May 27, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
I hope you all stay safe!!
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May 27, 2018 10:22 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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It gets a bit scarier with each passing year, with more storms and they are more powerful storms! It appears 2018 is expected to be a very active Hurricane season and I really dread it. We'd never, ever evacuated a hurricane until "Irma" last September. Our property in Sebastian has many, many huge Oaks, Maples and Palm trees and when reports said that Irma was going to make a hit in our area as a high Category 3 or possibly Cat. 4, we decided to load up the dogs and luggage and we headed to the Fla. Panhandle where we'd made hotel reservations. After being on the road with thousands of others, in bumper to bumper traffic for more than twelve and a half hours, we made it to the hotel around 1:30 a.m. We checked in and got the dogs settled and we went to bed. My husband got up at about 5:30 a.m. that morning, took the dogs out for a walk, came back and turned the t.v. on and woke me up saying that he thought we might want to consider packing up and leaving because "Irma" had changed course again and was expected to hit the panhandle area of Florida! So I fed the dogs as he packed the truck and again we were on the road, this time heading NE towards South Carolina to my youngest sisters home in Greenville. After another extremely long drive of more than 12 hour, in horrendous traffic, rain and wind, we finally made it to her house where we stayed for a couple of days until the storm passed. I dreaded the awful traffic and long journey on the road that I knew we'd find on our return trip but we made it home and my hubby still says, never again, that we will just prepare for the worst, pray for the best and hunker down and ride it out.

The older I get the more I dread hurricane season. There are so many areas still rebuilding from last years storms ... it's really heartbreaking to see images (especially of Puerto Rico) where they are far, far from recovery and I pray those areas are spared from any major hurricanes this year!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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May 27, 2018 10:23 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Thanks Rita!
I think we're fine here Rita unless Alberto decides to take a sudden turn eastward across FL. Just more wet weather for us. The frogs will be happy!
I just hate to see it happening so early. Makes me nervous.
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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May 27, 2018 10:25 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
plantladylin said:
The older I get the more I dread hurricane season. There are so many areas still rebuilding from last years storms ... it's really heartbreaking to see images (especially of Puerto Rico) where they are far, far from recovery and I pray those areas are spared from any major hurricanes this year!


I agree!
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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May 27, 2018 11:57 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Boy, Alberto is pretty much booking it along at a nice 13mph clip. Good! Get thee gone!
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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May 27, 2018 1:24 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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The worst part about hunkering down for us is the fear of no AC, it is not the heat as much as it is the bugs. It will be the same when we eventually move to FL. We can stock up on water and easy to prepare foods but those bugs will do us in. Shrug!

We had a few wild but very short storms earlier this afternoon and when I looked at the weather map it showed the outer bands of Alberto whirling around us. It may not be very powerful but it is a wide storm.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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May 27, 2018 2:03 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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We have a gasoline generator and when powerful storms are predicted, we make sure we have a lot of gas cans and both vehicles full of gas so that if we lose power, we can use the generator to power the aquarium and either a ceiling fan or portable air conditioner. I'm happy if I can have at least one cool room in the house! I don't even want to think of a storm so powerful where we'd be without electricity for many weeks on end. In cases like that, gas stations in the area would be without electricity too so we wouldn't be able to get gas.

I know some folks get whole house generators but I think that costs big $$$$. A few of our neighbors have large propane tanks buried in their yards for use with generators but all that propane kinda scares me a bit.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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May 27, 2018 2:38 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
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Gas stations, banks, everything goes out, we always keep the cars and our wallets filled. Credit cards do not work with no power. Some of our neighbors were out for about 3 1/2 weeks last fall. We were among the lucky ones who were only out for a few days and since we were not here it was not an issue. We should have stayed away longer rather than battle that returning traffic. This was the first time that NE Florida was routed through SC. We were not allowed to get on the interstate which was probably a good thing since 95 was so jammed up a lot of FL folks got off and were crowding the small roads. What a mess. I can't believe we are moving to FL, we must be nuts. Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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May 27, 2018 2:56 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Alice, where in FL are you guys aiming for?
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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May 27, 2018 3:59 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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On our return trip back home from S.C., once we were heading back south on I-95, we saw many exit ramps blocked. A few smaller towns had law enforcement cars with their lights flashing, parked sideways and blocking the off ramps; other exits along the way had military personnel and vehicles blocking off the ramps and we even saw a few off ramps with heavy equipment like earth moving machines, blocking the exits from the interstate ... and then we began seeing large signs posted at some exits saying "NO GAS".
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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May 27, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
Northeast, probably around Ponte Vedra Beach where one of our sons lives.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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May 27, 2018 4:06 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
Yes Lin we are blocked from getting on and maybe they finally stopped others from getting off. I know we left 2 days early and still had trouble accessing the secondary highways due to people getting off the interstate and trying the back roads. Waze and Google maps give all sorts of options. Whistling
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Aug 27, 2018 5:49 PM CST
Name: Paty
Miami Beach (Zone 11a)
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I love Miami Beach and I hope this year without huracanes alarms !!!
I love my mini tropical garden in my balcony, the zone 11a is special for it.
Every single plant I started each one, with a little rhizome, and enjoying day by day looking how they grow making happy to y eyes !!!
Have a nice evening everyone!!!
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Aug 27, 2018 6:21 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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What a gorgeous view for your lovely plants!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Aug 27, 2018 7:19 PM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Daylilies Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
I agree
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
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Aug 27, 2018 7:51 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Me too!
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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Sep 3, 2018 7:42 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine 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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
If it's September, the tropics must be heating up and it is and they are. TS Gordon formed this morning at the tip of FL.
At this point, not forecast to be a big deal for FL but we know how that goes.....keep an eye on it.
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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Sep 3, 2018 9:54 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Yup, hurricane season starting up again!! Hope all stay away from land areas.

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