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Old 03-14-2015, 12:31 PM
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Awesome day!


We went to Lakeland's Spring Obsession garden show today and had so much fun. Found a beautiful (and inexpensive!) plant stand, wind chimes, bamboo trellises, fresh honey, and of course PLANTS!!

Here's my sweet hubby who followed us around with the wagon and made trips to the car with our bigger plants. Best hubby ever!


Some of my treasures....

Columnea 'Prince of Light'


African Violet and succulent (My son picked these for himself)


Air Plants in bloom, (also for Nathan)


Big Leaf Tibuchina - really excited about this one, hope it's a fast grower!
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:50 PM
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WoW!! How nice of you to share such a fun and beautiful day, Sherie.

It's been rainy all day around here, so just looking at your pictures is like a real ray of sunshine.

Hey, you come prepared with your little yellow wagon, how smart!
And you found some very good looking new plants to bring home.

I think you'll be very pleased with that Tibouchina (T. grandifolia?), I find it to be a good grower and the blooms are so pretty.
And those big, fuzzy leaves are irresistable to touch, they make it seem almost as much like a pet as a garden plant. lol
Of course, it's not hardy up in my area, so we have to cut it back pretty severely each year and put it into the hoophouse for winter,
but we pull it out after danger of frost and by summer, it's off and running.

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Old 03-14-2015, 03:08 PM
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Oh wow Zuzu, that's just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the pic. I wasn't familiar with the plant but it was the last one they had there and you're right, those fuzzy leaves are irresistible! Then when I got home and looked it up I realized what a great find it was. Not pictured is about a 4' main stalk above the plant with some leaves too, but I'll probably cut it back once it gets established so it will hopefully bush out nice. Thanks again for showing yours - just love it!
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:13 PM
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And cuttings are quite easy to root, so long as the stem is semi-hardened.
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:16 PM
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Good to know! Thanks Zuzu!
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:09 PM
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very good find sherie they are all so pretty and your flower is very beautiful too zuzu
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:49 PM
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wow Sherie
How sweet of hubby........I love all of your plants.

Yours too zuzu
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:33 PM
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Sherie, what a beautiful day and look like you find diamond mine, love all,

zuzu, yours is so pretty too, is it out in the garden already ?

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Old 03-16-2015, 07:18 AM
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Thanks everyone!
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What a great day, Sherie. Looks so warm and sunny. That Tibouchina is something else, Sherie and ZuZu. The color is so intense.
Was noticing the way the lower leaf edges are rolled upward in a way to catch water possibly and have it run down the stem.
I wonder if you can get seed for this beauty?
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:18 AM
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Thanks RC! Zulu may be able to answer the question on seeds. I know if I get lucky enough to get seed from this one, I'll definitely share with you all here on PS!
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OH goody , I am waiting..
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:03 AM
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they go to seed late summer
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:11 AM
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Thanks for the kind words, all.

Originally Posted by Saba View Post:
zuzu, ... is it out in the garden already ?
Hi Saba,
My Tibbie is still in our hoophouse, so far - we could still get some pretty nippy weather this early in the season. That pic was snapped last summer.
Recently, our local weather has been nice enough that we've been able to keep the side panels fully opened, and I'm really itching to get all of the "tenders" out ... but it'll be a few more weeks before the danger of frosty temps is safely behind us.

Originally Posted by Richard Charles View Post:
I wonder if you can get seed for this beauty?
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Originally Posted by Sherie0001 View Post:
Zulu may be able to answer the question on seeds.
I deadhead my plant to remove the spent flower stalks, so I haven't actually let it produce any seeds,
but I'm sure that RaccoonBandit is right about late summer being the right time for seed development.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:18 AM
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Oh geez, just saw the 'Zulu', haha - sorry Zuzu, my ipad always wants to correct your name to Zulu and I have to catch it and stop it every time, must have missed that one!

If I'm blessed with flowers from mine, I will let a few try to let some go to seed and will post pics if they do.

One more question too, if you don't mind Zuzu, do you keep yours in a shaded area? I've read full sun to part shade....trying to decide where to plant it in the yard.
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