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Posted on Sun, Dec 03, 2006 20:53

Thank you Ready and a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you too!



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Posted on Sun, Dec 03, 2006 09:18

Jacobite write:
Hello ready,

I was raking leaves last weekend (I have half an acre surrounded by oaks and pines) and was surprised to see two of my azalea bushes had flowers on them one pink and another white at different parts of the garden. Can you explain why these two bushes would have started to bloom at this time of year?

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Hey Jacobite!

Don't know for sure, but some things do bloom a 2nd time late in the season. We had an unusually warm fall and I still had some roses blooming until the last few days. My brother has an amazing white iris that blooms beautifully for a 2nd time every fall, at Thanksgiving in October it was full of blooms. He transplanted these irises from his home to his cottage because they always bloom late.

All I know is I sure would enjoy them while they're blooming! It will be quite a while before we get to enjoy again.

Have a great Christmas!



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Posted on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 21:07

Hello ready,

I was raking leaves last weekend (I have half an acre surrounded by oaks and pines) and was surprised to see two of my azalea bushes had flowers on them one pink and another white at different parts of the garden. Can you explain why these two bushes would have started to bloom at this time of year?



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Posted on Sat, Nov 04, 2006 07:20

TripleS write:
Hey Ready, I think things are chilling where you are, so will share some pics from paradise!

This is an orchid near my pond...

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Wow TripleS!

I am sooooo jealous lol! The only time I get to see gorgeous flowers like that is in the springtime, irises and clematis, but I absolutely love orchids!

Thanks for sharing and please keep em coming!



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Posted on Fri, Nov 03, 2006 09:51

Hey Ready, I think things are chilling where you are, so will share some pics from paradise!

This is an orchid near my pond...

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Posted on Fri, Nov 03, 2006 09:48

Here's a stand of papyrus. I just love the crazy explosion of green. It's great texture and they last forever cut, too.

Enjoy!

SSS

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Posted on Wed, Oct 04, 2006 18:06

ROBIN_HOOD write:
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 Wed, Sep 27, 2006 22:55

Ready, do you have any fall color yet?

This is a pic of the Trumpet Flowers in my yard. Apparently it has medicinal and hallucingenic properties. It is an amazing plant as it will flush with blooms, drop them all in 10 days, then bloom again seemingly overnight.

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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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