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Offline Vince6424

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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #260 on: September 09, 2017, 06:06:15 AM »
Plum tree is blooming here

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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #261 on: September 14, 2017, 06:15:24 AM »
A name can say a lot. Sometimes it's not just a means of identifying someone; it becomes an adjective or descriptive stereotype: the Fonz, Gilligan, Dumbo, Madonna, Elmer Fudd, Colonel Sanders, Harley Davidson, etc. Each illicits distinct images. Plants are that way, too. A example is the Spider Lily. It's also known as a Naked Lady, or a Hurricane Lily. It's that last nickname that sticks out so clearly this year. After the heavy rains associated with Harvey, the lilies have started making their annual, surprise appearance. Almost overnight, the bare bloomstalks sneak up on you and terminate in their amazing spider-like blooms. You have to look fast, though, because, like a cupcake sitting in a fat man's pantry, they disappear fast leaving only their ground hugging foliage behind. They're one of my favorite heirloom plants, and they're an automatic excuse to stop and turn around when I see their distinct burst of red color. Yep - they're showstopper in my book. — in Orange, Texas.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #262 on: October 12, 2017, 06:41:19 AM »
In southeast Texas, waiting for fall to show itself is a patient process. It doesn't arrive with any fanfare. A few of the trees change color, but it's subtle. Cooler temperatures? Don't hold your breath. The only dramatic cooldown you'll experience is if you lie down between the Oscar Mayer bologna and Kraft cheese slices in the Walmart deli section (Note: This is evidently frowned upon. What's up with that?) If you look carefully, though, fall is slipping in - and it's yellow. It shows itself in the many sunshine-hued wildflowers that beckon the pollinators to slow down and feast on the season ending pollen before winter arrives. These swamp sunflowers are an example. Accompanied by shorter days, they signal that cooler weather is on the way.....eventually. I just have to be patient.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #263 on: October 14, 2017, 06:49:10 PM »
The only dramatic cooldown you'll experience is if you lie down between the Oscar Mayer bologna and Kraft cheese slices in the Walmart deli section (Note: This is evidently frowned upon. What's up with that?)

oh my - my husband wants to know why I'm choking on my tea.....couldn't be more true.  I'm a newbie - back to Acadiana after a 40 year absence.  I don't EVER recall it being this hot the middle of October....

I have a few things blooming in the new yard (lantana, roses) and some buds on other unfamiliar things - has been really dry here.  I'm so used to winding down the gardens this time of year having come from zone 5...but this year I'm going to plant a few rows of veg and plan my citrus tree purchases. 
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #264 on: October 15, 2017, 06:46:16 AM »
Welcome to the forum Sugarcityarts!

Where in Zone 5 did you live?



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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #265 on: October 15, 2017, 09:22:53 AM »
Welcome to the forum Sugarcityarts. We are glad you are here and getting a good laugh at that post as we all did. It was 94 degrees here yesterday and even in zone 9, that's awfully hot for the middle of October but tonight we are supposed to get a real cool front. Also welcome back to zone 9.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #266 on: October 16, 2017, 11:16:10 PM »
Thanks for the welcome Maggie 13 and Double B!  Thankfully it cooled off considerably today with a nice breeze.  Maggie we lived in the NW corner of Illinois about 40 miles east of the Mississippi.
Cut grass with the John Deere yesterday for only the second time in a month...I'd like more rain but I know to be careful what I wish for 😊
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #267 on: October 16, 2017, 11:34:28 PM »




Catherine I look forward to hearing more about your flower beds.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #268 on: October 17, 2017, 07:00:08 AM »
To say that I'm simple minded is like saying Mount Everest is just another hill - it's a gross understatement. My appreciation of plants is reflected in that. I like bright colors and novelty. That's why I like Peruvian Purple Peppers. Of course, the alliteration and the fact that it's fun to say, helps. The purple hued leaves and stems accompanied by the multi-colored peppers give the impression of an oddball, Christmas tree. And, if you're one of those "interesting" individuals who's always wanted to fart flames while your mouth is on fire, you can nibble on the peppers, too. As for myself, other than a single, trial experience, I'll pass on that. I just like to pull up a chair and watch the grass grow while I admire the peppers' transition from purple to red. It's a beautiful thing 😀
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #269 on: November 13, 2017, 06:26:37 PM »
I believe these are called Rain Lillies, also some 4 o'clocks I have at my mailbox.  The lillies have bloomed steady the past week or so, about the best I remember them doing.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #270 on: November 20, 2017, 03:35:31 PM »
all the pictures on this thread are so pretty.   :)   thanks for sharing them!

the only thing that is still blooming in my yard are the knock out roses in front of the house and the little white flowers on my pea plants.  we had a hard frost last night that pretty much killed off everything else in my yard. 


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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #271 on: November 21, 2017, 12:28:04 AM »
I've got some garden mums blooming and there are fat buds and a few blooms on the azaleas. Lantana and a couple roses have blooms too. Just amazing to me to have anything green let alone bloom in late November
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #272 on: November 29, 2017, 04:31:17 AM »
My flowering maple has me already thinking about Christmas. At least that's what its decorative, bulb-like blooms remind me of. Pretty cool, huh? This was a pass-a-long plant from an older friend at church.  I had never seen one before.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #273 on: December 08, 2017, 05:25:49 PM »
The rose season is coming to an end.  Snow last night and temp's in the 28 degree range predicted for tonight.  Holy Cow!  It's hard to believe this is Southeast Texas.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #274 on: December 09, 2017, 06:11:29 AM »
Your  flowing maple is beautiful. I have never seen one.
The rose looks very unhappy.
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Re: What is Blooming?
« Reply #275 on: December 30, 2017, 06:34:19 AM »
Not many plants thrive from neglect, but the Christmas cactus is one of them. They only ask for a moderate amount of light, an occasional drink of water, and a little liquid fertilizer when you happen to think about it. In return, they explode into color when their season arrives. This one is 3 years old and still chugging along😀
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« Reply #276 on: January 01, 2018, 03:42:27 PM »
So far, the violas win the cold weather award. They didn’t blink at the 30 degree temps last night. We’ll see if they fare as well in the low 20’s predicted for the next couple of nights. To improve their chances, I watered them today to keep them hydrated.
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« Reply #277 on: January 02, 2018, 08:21:35 AM »
Not many plants thrive from neglect, but the Christmas cactus is one of them. They only ask for a moderate amount of light, an occasional drink of water, and a little liquid fertilizer when you happen to think about it. In return, they explode into color when their season arrives. This one is 3 years old and still chugging along😀

A Christmas Cactus was my  very first house plant. Mine is now 51 years old and still going strong.





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« Reply #278 on: January 02, 2018, 09:21:17 AM »
Maggie - Your senior, Xmas cactus now qualifies for an AARP card.  LOL.  Nice job in keeping it going for so long. 
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« Reply #279 on: January 03, 2018, 06:23:28 AM »
Like you said it doesn't take much. They are a perfect choice to get someone started in tending to a plant.
I have 2 others

A deep red that flowers around Thanksgiving ( 10 years old)

A Creamy  off white that flowers multiple times starting around Halloween  into spring ( 2 years old)


They are like potato chips you can't have just one LOL
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