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Old 02-01-2012, 08:53 PM
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What's Growin On - Februrary 2012


Four more weeks! Weather is still wacky here .. temps in the mid 60's to mid 70's for the rest of the week!

The Cyclamen Richard Charles sent me last Fall are starting to pop up!



I've been busy the last couple of days removing all the potting mix from the 6 window boxes since it had been two years since it was first put in. I was astonished at how much each box held .. about 3 gallons worth! I'll be putting new potting mix in them in a few weeks.



The back yard still looks pathetic .. I have a burgeoning crop of henbit and other weeds growing .. Yesterday I sprayed the lot with weed killer for southern lawns. They are already looking stressed so hopefully they will all be dead by March.



And my NOID Bougy is just knocking my socks off with the white and pink flowers!



Monday I planted the 2nd wave of seeds:

Carnation - Cascading Clove Drops
Chilean Bell Flower
Corydalis
Four O'Clock - Broken Colors
Four O'Clock - Limelight Rose
Linaria aeruginea 'Neon Lights'

And the Raspberry Ripple Geranium seeds I planted in the first wave are starting to crack!!!!

Thanks to all the warm weather I'm way ahead in my garden chores .. All the beds except for they backyard gingers are weeded and waiting for more topsoil. I'll finish up cutting back the roses tomorrow and start to work making the trellises for the passion vines on Saturday.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:49 PM
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It's 79 degrees outside!!!!!! I'm still having terrible urges to start moving stuff out of the greenhouse but resisting them. I feel badly for my friends over in England and the Continent - they are having one of the coldest winters on record with snow in places that have never seen snow!

My Tropical Hibiscus Love Story gifted me with a bloom today .. only half normal size but I'll take it!



And the Four O'Clocks I planted last Monday are starting to come up!!!

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Old 02-05-2012, 02:47 PM
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everything looks great! Love the hibiscus. The 4 O'clocks will grow fast.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:54 AM
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Photo of one of my Cyclamen 'coum' magenta form (Hardy cyclamen)

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:17 PM
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Beautiful! The ones you sent me are coming up .. no flowers yet!

Winter has finally come for a visit .. lows in the 20's for the next two nights!

My Gerbera Daisy came up early and has two buds! It's definitely going in the greenhouse for the next few days.

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Old 02-16-2012, 10:09 AM
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What a lovely day in the greenhouse! Even though it's cloudy and I have my fingers crossed for rain, I was delighted to find plants blooming today!

This is Queen's Tears, Billbergia nutans. The color is correct so don't accuse me of getting out the crayons. The coloring was what drew me to this plant!



The Gerbera Daisy is starting to open and turn red!



And the Orange Ice Geranium which is a year round gh resident is gifting me with the usual stunning blooms!

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Old 02-16-2012, 10:34 AM
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Gads! You keep knocking me off my feet with these flowers that I've never seen before I'm on the floor with my jaw hanging open on this new one! Wow!
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:03 AM
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When I first saw a picture of the Queens Tears flower I thought it was plastic!
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Your plants and pictures are just blowing me away. Can I borrow your green thumb for a while - just to get me started?
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wow, that Bilbergia nutans is really amazing!
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:55 AM
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Thanks! A little later on in late Spring I'll have some of the Billbergia for trading.
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Xeolyte,
That Billbergia is amazing. What a beautiful flower. I would love to have this plant, but it wouldn't work for me. Did you start it from seed?
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:51 PM
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Thanks. A friend gave me a pup and it was fruitful and multiplied! I'm hand pollinating the flower in hopes of getting some seeds.
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