Jill Staake

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  • in reply to: Mystery Monday (1/26/2015): Can You ID Me? #5344079 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Ron and Charlene have it! This is garden heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens), which we just added to our butterfly garden free-flight exhibit a couple of weeks ago for the winter months. The sweet vanilla fragrance of these little flower clusters is just lovely, and the butterflies love it.

    Someone mentioned pentas as a possible ID – this photo shows red pentas on either side, so you can see the difference in the flower clusters and the leaves.

    Many people grow heliotrope as a perennial, but the Central Florida summers are too much for it, so we treat it as a cool-season annual here. How do you grow it in your area?

    FYI – There will be no Mystery Monday next week, as I will be on vacation in Costa Rica :) . If someone else would like to do a Mystery Monday on 2/2, please do! I’ll be back with a new Mystery Monday on 2/9.


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

    in reply to: Font changing in posts …. #5341913 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    This is the first I’ve heard of the changing fonts. I’ll add it to the list. Thanks for reporting it.


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

    in reply to: Still missing posts #5341703 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    I’ve reported this again. I’m afraid it’s all I can do. I really am sorry.


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (1/19/2015): Can You ID Me? #5340187 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    And at last, Gayle hits it on the nose! This is a viburnum. This one happens to be Walter’s Viburnum, which grows in more southern climates, but you’ll find viburnums in zones 2 – 10; there are over 150 species found around the world.

    In Central Florida, viburnums bloom in mid-winter to early spring. (The viburnums here locally will be in full bloom by the end of this week, most likely.) Walter’s Viburnum, shown here, can grow to a large shrub or even be tree-formed, as shown above. The berries are enjoyed by birds.

    Do any of you grow viburnum’s?


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (1/19/2015): Can You ID Me? #5340055 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Still no right answers, but Ron’s is in the right family…


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (1/19/2015): Can You ID Me? #5340035 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hurray, I think I’ve managed to stump at least a few of you! No one has gotten it right yet, so I’m going to drop you a hint. Here’s the plant in bloom – and it’s a shrub, if that helps.



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

    in reply to: Boards acting quirky & sluggish? #5338958 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    I did not notice any problems yesterday or hear from anyone else about this, margba. When that kind of thing happens to just you, it can be a good time to try clearing your cache and cookies to see if that fixes things. Here is a good website that will walk you through it:  http://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/


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

    in reply to: Disappearing Posts!!!! #5338478 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    No problem, Donna. It’s helpful to know that it continues to happen to a wide variety of people. I’ll ask our tech folks to keep brainstorming on possible causes, and let you all know if we manage to get it figured out. Thanks for your understanding!


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

    in reply to: Disappearing Posts!!!! #5338275 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Folks, I wish I could give you a better answer, I really really do. This problem is really not something we can solve. We have no effective way of tracking it, and neither I nor our tech team have been able to reproduce it (I certainly don’t doubt you all have  been having this problem – we ourselves just haven’t experienced the issue). That means we have nothing to go on, since we can’t link it to anything.

    I’m very sorry that I can’t help you more with this. You know I usually try to solve problems promptly if it’s at all possible for me, but this is something I can only bring to the attention of our tech team yet again and ask if they have any idea what might be happening, since it continues to occur. I really am sorry.


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

    in reply to: What Flowers/Plants Do You Grow For Drying? #5337440 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    This is excellent! I’ve never really grown flowers just for drying, but I love the idea. I’m definitely going to be writing a blog post on it  in the very near future. Anyone have any favorite tips or tricks for drying the plants to share?


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

    in reply to: Trivia Tuesday (1/13/2015): Can You ID Me? #5337248 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    You guys are so good. Yup, it’s foxglove, also known as digitalis. Here in Florida, these gorgeous plants are best treated as annuals because they often don’t return after our hot and humid summers. So having these are a treat for us. We just got 8 of them in at work this week, and we’re enjoying the gorgeous flower spikes with their intricate blooms.

    This one clearly wasn’t hard enough, so next week I’m already promising a tricky one. Stay tuned!


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

    in reply to: Community Glads Photos Featured in Blog Post #5337025 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
    Keymaster

    Hmmmm… Charlene mentioned that she loves growing flowers for drying. So now I’m wondering: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/what-flowersplants-do-you-grow-for-drying/


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
    Keymaster

    Again,, Charlie, please contact me and I’ll be glad to help you figure out what happened with your profile. If you’ve misplaced your password, it’s very easy for me to help you get up and running again. Just drop me an email (florida33girl@gmail.com)


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

    in reply to: Jill! #5335111 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Well, if you are able to get a screenshot and send it to me, I’d be happy to keep looking into this issue for you.


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

    in reply to: I had to change my profile #5334564 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
    Keymaster

    Charlie – If you’re having technical difficulties, please contact me at florida33girl@gmail.com. I’m here to help with those kinds of things.


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

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