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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: Today at 05:06:07 AM »
Nice blooms, Maggie.  This is the first year I've tried amaryllis bulbs inside, and now I'm hooked.  It's nice to have large tropical blooms when it's still winter outside.

As far as our little corner of the world is concerned, though, more signs of spring are quickly popping up.  The Loropetalumsí, unique, confetti-like blooms are opening, and the azaleas arenít too far behind.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: February 10, 2019, 06:02:05 PM »
Nice looking bloom, Whiskeydog.  Thanks for sharing.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 10, 2019, 06:00:06 PM »
Dwight - If I remember correctly, I transplanted my seedlings into the garden around the first week of November. 

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 09, 2019, 06:47:47 PM »
Harvested the first cabbage today.  With a little Italian sausage, it will become soup tonight  :D


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General Discussion / Re: Bell Pepper Problem--Brown Spots
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:57:56 AM »
A belated entry to the conversation, but here's a good video link from Oklahoma State University discussing the issues of blossom end rot and sun scald in bell peppers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vvMWVtVc74


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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:18:14 AM »
Whitestrout - My family and I are transplants to the south, and while I'm not always a fan of the heat and humidity, I've always enjoyed the ability to have winter time blooms, like the camellias.  Those are great looking blooms. I haven't seen any of the multi-colored ones before.  Thanks for sharing.

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General Discussion / Re: IT's a TRAP
« on: February 03, 2019, 07:44:42 PM »
Yep - been there, done that, and yet I'm still tempted each time we hit these warm streaks of weather........  :P

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Flowers / Re: Looking for pine cone ginger
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:59:57 AM »
Julie,

Just send me an email via the "My Messages" link at the top of the forum, and include your address.  No worries about postage.  I'm just returning the favor others have shown me.

OrangeTxn

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Flowers / Re: Looking for pine cone ginger
« on: January 20, 2019, 05:53:18 AM »
I have Red Button ginger, but not Pine Cone ginger.  It was a pass-along from a family friend.  It freezes back when we get the cold temps, but it seems to return each spring from the roots.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:38:48 PM »
Since we're discussing leaves, this is what my garden looks like this time of year.  I "curb shop" as many bags as I can find, and use them liberally as mulch/compost.  It's not for everyone, but it works for me.  Besides, I hate to see the bags of leaves go to the landfill, when they can be used instead for the garden. 

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:46:34 AM »
Ten days after planting the seeds, the Black Krim tomato seedlings are chugging along. These are from saved seed from one of the largest tomatoes in the garden last fall.  Just guessing, but it looks like I got at least a 90% germination rate.  Most of these seedlings will be donated to a local Master Gardener plant sale.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:00:34 AM »
Maggie,

The rose does have a nice scent.  The funny thing is this rose bush is usually average in appearance.  It's a magnet for black spot fungus, and the blooms are seldom as full as this one.  And frankly, I don't help it much other than to occasionally water it during the summer.  Every once in a while, though, when the temps are moderate and the humidity is low, the bush will produce a great bloom like this one. 

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:31:29 AM »
Itís awfully early for the first bloom of spring, but our mild, winter weather has fooled one of the roses into blooming. Itís going to be a rude awakening if Mother Nature gets temperamental.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:28:55 AM »
Paperwhites in the yard are starting to bloom, too.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:25:50 PM »
When you want to watch the world go by, walking speed is the best pace. At car speeds, youíll completely miss the early blooming paperwhites inconspicuously tucked into the greenery beside the road. Yep, I had to pause and admire them before moving along.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:22:10 PM »
The Megaton cabbage are getting fat and happy. And while the perspective is slightly skewed relative to the porcelain in the background, they are big cabbage.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: December 23, 2018, 05:42:05 AM »
Let's not rush things. I say that a lot, mostly to myself. The daffodils need the same advice. It's only the 3rd day of winter, and, like a herd of anxious groundhogs, they're already poking their heads up looking for spring.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:07:59 AM »
It started out as four, scraggly, pass-along cuttings 3 years ago, and now itís a monster - albeit a well mannered one. Like a group of eager kids, my Christmas cacti are anxiously waiting to celebrate.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:40:28 AM »
Great looking blooms, Whitestrout.  We're expecting our first freeze of the season in the next few days, so the outside blooms here will come to a seasonal end. 

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:00:39 AM »
You have to look hard - the gnome is trying to be inconspicuous. I seem to get that reaction a lot when I offer photo opís with my porcelain planter🤔

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