Jill Staake

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  • in reply to: Looking for Backyard Turkey Stories and Pics #5315821 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Oh, wow, so many turkeys! That’s an amazing shot. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you’ll stick around and chat on our Community!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (11/24/2014): Can You ID Me? #5314682 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    You guys are good – as always! Yes, this is Flowering Maple, or Abutilon.  This cultivar is ‘Tiger Eye’. This ornamental tree is a member of the Malvaceae family, which also includes hibiscus and hollyhock – you can see that the insides of the flower resembles hibiscus.

    You can learn more about growing this small tree here:  http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/187927/#b

    Thanks for all who played today. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and a Happy Thanksgiving!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Newsletter doesn't load properly #5314455 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    I’ll be glad to help you unsubscribe, but I’d rather figure out what’s causing this problem, because if you’re seeing it, others probably are too. Would you be able to take a screen shot of a newsletter in your inbox and email it to me (florida33girl@gmail.com)? This website walks you through the very simple steps for taking a screen shot from pretty much any device or operating system: http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/

    If you’d rather just unsubscribe, then just email me the addresses you used to subscribe and I’ll look into having it taken care of on the back end. Thanks!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Send Charlene a Get Well Card or Message #5313368 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Sending lots of good thoughts your way for a very speedy recovery!



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Text box is really weird today… #5312928 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hmm, that photo didn’t post, Sharon. Can you email it to me?


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Text box is really weird today… #5312894 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    So you’re seeing something very different than the image I posted? Can you please take a screen shot and send it to me? (Here are some instructions: http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/)


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Text box is really weird today… #5312875 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    It looks like there was some kind of system update (of course, no one tells me about these things in advance), but the text box isn’t that much different. This is what I’m seeing, using Google Chrome.

    Are you seeing something very different? If so, what browser are you using?


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Newsletter doesn't load properly #5311756 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Newsletters are often designed graphically these days, so the text is actually a part of the images. Let me know if you’re able to find the link and get the newsletter to load.


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Newsletter doesn't load properly #5311601 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    It sounds like your email provider blocked the images in the email. Usually when that happens, you’ll see a small link at the top that says something like “Enable images” or “Show images”, something like that. Do you still have it? If you can post a screen print of it here, I can see if that was the case.

    If you’re not receiving newsletters that you signed up for, I do recommend checking your Spam or Junk Mail folder to see if your email provider is sending them there automatically. On Gmail, these are often routed into a “Promotions” folder, so you can try checking there too.

    P.S. I’m going to move this whole discussion to Community Help so others who might be having this problem will be able to find it more easily.


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Bird ID without pic #5308427 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    radiowizard – You can share a photo with us if you upload to a photo sharing service first. Please see this information for more help: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/how-to-insert-images-into-posts/


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    What a lot of wonderful stories. Thanks so much to all who shared! (Sharon, I’m feeling the need to watch The Hunt for Red October this weekend…)


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (11/10/2014): Can You ID Me? #5307671 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hey all!

    First of all, great job recognizing the okra bloom! I can’t trip you folks up, can I? :)  Yes, this is okra, beloved of southerners (and eaten by some other people when they have to, I guess… this is one southern food I simply cannot seem to enjoy). Though the unripe seed pods are eaten as a vegetable, okra is actually a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae), which also contains hollyhocks and hibiscus – that’s why the flower looks so familiar even if this isn’t a veggie you normally grow.

    This is a young okra plant. As Charlene pointed out, the flowers of this plant will eventually turn into the seed pods, which we eat as the vegetable okra. That’s how many of our favorite fruits and veggies get started – as flowers. Tomatoes, squash, peppers, beans, peas, strawberries … all of these must flower (and be pollinated) in order to produce the fruit or vegetable we eat.

    In other cases, we don’t eat the seed of a plant. For instance, with onions or leeks, we eat the bulbous portion of the root. With lettuce or spinach, we eat the leaves. When one of these plants “bolts”, or flowers and goes to seed, it puts all its energy into making those flowers and seeds instead of the leaves or bulbs we want to eat. So most gardeners will pinch off these flower heads to make the harvest last longer.

    As for corn… corn is tricky. Charlene is right – the photos she shared shows the flowering parts of corn. Corn has both male and female parts. The ears and silk are the female part of the plant. The tassel at the top of the stalk (shown in Charlene’s photo) is the male part. Pollen from the male flower travels to the silk by wind to pollinate the ears (it’s why the silk is so sticky – to catch the pollen grains).

    I really love how this photo sparked such an interesting conversation. Thanks for all who played along with Mystery Monday this week!

    P.S. Here’s an orca (killer whale). Just a LEETLE bit different… I can see how you’d get the two confused. ;)



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Posting pictures #5307475 Report Abuse
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    Jill Staake
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    You can also follow these directions from our Community Help Forum: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/how-to-insert-images-into-posts/


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Anybody Need a Little Florida Today? #5306742 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Julie and I tried to make plans to meet up while she was in Tampa, but our schedules didn’t quite mesh, unfortunately. Hopefully she’s enjoying the lovely weather while she’s here!


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

    in reply to: Anybody Need a Little Florida Today? #5306390 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Janet – I bought those Black & Blue sage plants at my local Lowe’s – they usually have them in the cooler months here in Florida. This is one of my absolute favorite plants. I love salvias anyway, and that particular shade of blue is my favorite color. I’ll watch for these to throw seeds and let you know if I get some to share. :)

    Roboutside – I swear I’m not rubbing it in! At least not yet. (We’ll see what happens around middle of February…) Oh, and the only alligators I’ve ever seen in our pond were little babies and kinda cute.

    Thanks to all who enjoyed  my photos. Remember, I spend the entire summer sweating and grumbling, so it’s actually my turn for some nice weather… right?


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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