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Posted on Wed, Oct 04, 2006 18:06

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Ready~ What a fantastic looking garden! I'm not kidding, you've done a great job. Love the flagstone area.

I'll have to see what pics I have of my Adirondack farm which shows my veggie garden but here are some of my Florida home garden.

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Hey Sir Robin!

Thanks very much, I get much enjoyment from it, especially this year! But alas, the gardening season tis coming to an end :(

But I have enough evergreens to keep it interesting even in the winter, the dogwood branches turn bright red and the corkscrew hazel has wonderful twisted branches. I do winter planters with white pine boughs, red dogwood & magnolia leaves lit up with white mini lights on the deck outside my kitchen so I have something nice to look at on those dull, cold, grey days.

Your pic is lovely too, being in a tropical climate certainly has its advantages with plant materials and of course climate :). I look forward to seeing your other pics too! Always nice to have a fellow gardener posting.



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Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2006 13:28

Hi TripleS!

Those trumpet flowers are gorgeous! I am so jealous :) Can't have those lovely tropical plants here in Ontario.

The fall colours have not started yet in the city, but heard the forecast last weekend for the area my brother's cottage is in that colour was at 80% already!

We've got a lot of rain in the forecast for the next week, so it may ruin the colour. I hope not! I will take some fall pictures and post once I have them.



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Posted on Sat, Sep 16, 2006 10:34

One more shot of the deck at night.

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Posted on Sat, Sep 16, 2006 10:32

The deck at the cottage had a most spectacular view and was where we spent most nights.

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Posted on Sat, Sep 16, 2006 10:29

Here's a pic of my view from a cottage that we rented in Northern Ontario for 5 years. Now this is what I'd love to look out on everyday! White pines, gorgeous rock formations and an 85 year old cottage! I just love being on the water :)

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Posted on Mon, Sep 11, 2006 07:24

My front entrance.

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Posted on Mon, Sep 11, 2006 07:22

Was very fortunate that the builders were forced to keep 2 lovely red maples.

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Posted on Mon, Sep 11, 2006 07:18

Close up of the Japanese painted fern, which comes back every year & does well in shade.

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Posted on Mon, Sep 11, 2006 07:16

Here's a shot of my front garden, much simpler. Some holly, hosta, Japanese painted fern, verbernum and impatiens.

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Posted on Mon, Sep 11, 2006 07:08

Another pic of my extended backyard.

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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 07:57

beautynbrains4u write:
Hi barb,
Are you familiar with indoor plants? About the only plants that can survive me are cactus and aloe vera, LOL! My son e mailed me and wants to get "hardy plants" for his dorm room. I suggested the above and maybe a rubber plant. Any ideas??


Hi BnB!

Spider plants are great, grown in any amount of light, love being potbound & enjoy crowded roots so don't have to be repotted till they're bursting from the pot. Water them once a week when the topsoil is dry, let it run out the bottom, and they're good to go.

Jade & rubber plants are good too. Only killer is too much water. They like light, so place near a window. Jades need a big pot as they grow fast & get top heavy and easy to tip over. Rubber plants don't need to be repotted often, but like the jade, become quite top heavy.

If he likes palms, try a parlour palm as they don't require much light or water.

Ivy is great for mantles or hanging baskets, pathos or devil's ivy are best, they don't require much light or water, & leaves get bigger as plant grows.

Aloe plants like a lot of light but are very durable.

All plants are grouped by light requirements, if he does a search for low maintenance houseplants, he'll find a ton of info. Hope this helps :)



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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 06:21

Hi barb,
Are you familiar with indoor plants? About the only plants that can survive me are cactus and aloe vera, LOL! My son e mailed me and wants to get "hardy plants" for his dorm room. I suggested the above and maybe a rubber plant. Any ideas??



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Posted on Sat, Sep 09, 2006 09:19

Here is a pic of my extended backyard, I back onto a park which backs onto a golf course & have beautiful, mature, tall trees that make you feel you're surrounded by nature. I love when the last rays of sunshine hit the trees!

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Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2006 18:06

Here's a Nikko Blue Hydrangea, but I can't get the darn thing to bloom blue! I've added acidic fertilizer faithfully, but they're beautiful in pink too.

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Posted on Fri, Sep 01, 2006 08:51

Here's a pic of my ? maiden grasses, they're spectacular this year.

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Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 10:04

Awwww thanks Cutiepie!

She is adorable! I'll copy her for my future posts if you don't mind? Hmmm ... that name reminds me of something? lol!



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Posted on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 07:05

Jacobite,

The hibiscus is so elegant, my first trip to a tropical locale was Hawaii, they bloomed profusely everywhere you looked.

I love roses, but only have the carpet roses and have had such a time this year with blackspot, earwigs and spiders. Have to continuously trim off the dead blooms to keep them blooming.

I'm so glad I'm not the only resident gardener!



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Posted on Sun, Aug 27, 2006 10:02

Jacobite, your pics are gorgeous! I love lilies, but those are particularly beautiful. I heard, but don't quote me, that deer don't like reds and oranges so be thankful for that. A friend of mine has trouble at her cottage with the deer eating everything, and she mentioned the colour preference.



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Posted on Sat, Aug 26, 2006 08:42

Close up of the spirea bloom.

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Posted on Sat, Aug 26, 2006 08:40

False spirea, very invasive, sends shoots up all over the place! But the blooms are pretty.

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