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Old 09-05-2011, 04:05 PM
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I would say you have a most awesome job! I'm sure happy you found this site, you are a very good teacher and I have learned a whole lot from you, as well as so many others here!
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:49 AM
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Thanks! I enjoy sharing the information to those who want to learn.

Yesterday I decided to turn off the a/c because the days are in the low 80's and nights in the low 60's. My kittehs were delighted because they can go out on the kitty veranda or lay on the window sill and enjoy the weather and exciting smells.

Here is a picture of Feif looking very serious and dignified enjoying the early morning and watching the world outside. If you are wondering what that piece of wood is over the screen, it's to keep them from pushing out the screen when they lay on the sill and lean on the screen. I put them on all the windows they have access to as they are inside kittehs and if they got out it would be a disaster.




My Hedychium Ginger, Dr. Moy is blooming for the first time. I received the rhizomes last fall in trade. I love the white streaked leaves and the fragrance is an awesome lemony fragrance that carries far on a breeze.



Pretty soon the Hummingbirds will be flying south. I'm still filling the feeders and will stop in a few weeks so they won't hang around. The best way to photograph Hummingbirds is to put your camera on the "sports" dial. Keeps the pictures from being too blurry.



The Snail Vine (left) has been blooming all Summer and the Corkscrew Vine is just starting. You can see the single turn on the Snail Vine and the triple turn on the Corkscrew Vine. Both plants are ant magnets.

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Old 09-08-2011, 11:11 AM
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Wow Xeolyte,
All of the photo's of your flowers are spectacular!
I am so intrigued with your Hedychium 'Dr. Moy'. I have one and would love to see it flower as yours is.
Do you have yours in the ground or a pot? What do you use as a fertilizer or do you use them?
Absolutely wonderful
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:26 AM
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Thanks RC - Mine are in the ground as they are hardy in my zone but I always dig up a few of all my gingers in the ground and put them in pots as "insurance" since the last 2 winters we've had were more like zone 7 winters. As said before, this has been a very bad year for Hedychiums. Most are only 1/3 their normal size and some aren't even showing signs of blooming. I feed everything with Miracle Grow.

You can grow hedychiums in pots with no problems and they will bloom - I'd use no smaller than a 2 gallon pot and ideally a 4 gallon would be best with no more than 2 - 3 rhizomes. Let them go dormant in winter and to get a jump start on the season I'd start breaking dormancy around the first of March. You can do this by putting the pot in a sunny window and bring up the soil temperature into the 70's. The best way for you would probably be getting the electric heating tape you put on pipes so they won't freeze and put it around the pot.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:03 PM
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Incredible and beautiful!
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:23 AM
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Thanks!

On my morning walkabout in the garden I came across something that caused me to choke on my coffee! A super small Mini Skyblue MG! I don't recall ever seen one quite this small! You can be sure I hand pollinated, tagged and bagged! I'll be keeping an eagle eye out for other flowers that bloom on this stem. It's impossible to tell if the whole plant is like this because there are multiple plants and there were not any mature leaves present on this particular stem to compare size to and it's twining between the reeds in the fence.

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:30 PM
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Awwww, how very quaint and lovely. I have wild whitish pink ones that small that grow in the yard. I like the blue.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:48 PM
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Wow .. could you take a picture for me? Thinking I might be wanting some seeds from that!
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Yes I have the white and pink wild ones that small also. well my mom does I dont have any wild ones in my yard. They are extremely invasive!!

I am excited I see the first bloom bud on my Pasiflora "lady margaret". I cant wait to see that flower!
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:08 PM
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I was just outside looking and my Passiflora cotton leaf had bloom buds!! I am sooooooo excited now They are tiny yet but they are there I will be watching it like a hawk now..LOL
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:14 PM
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That's really neat! You'll love it!
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:32 PM
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Thanks X, do you think there will be a chance for fruit if I bring the plant inside before the fall frost?
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Lets see if it this works.



Here you go Xeo
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:58 PM
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River - probably not but I really don't know for sure.

Deeka I'd dearly love some seeds of that if you can find some .. there should be some present now.
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would the fruit just fall off when I bring the plant inside or somthing? We have about a month before frost should hit.
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