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  • in reply to: Charlie;s Lovelorn column starting Nov.1st #5299759 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Sounds fun, Charlie, but remember that this is a family-friendly site, so be sure to keep everything rated PG, please!


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (10/20/2014): Can You ID Me? #5299405 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Kudos to Joan and takyslaky… this is Firebush (Hamelia patens)! This is a wonderful native shrub that grows as a perennial in zones 8 – 11. It dies back to the ground in a hard freeze, but can easily grow 4 – 6 feet in a year, so it’s grown as an annual in colder ranges because it’s a really fantastic plant for butterflies and hummingbirds.

    In warmer areas without freezes, these bushes can get absolutely enormous – up to 15 feet high and wide. They are one of my absolute favorite native shrubs, and I encourage anyone who has the chance to plant one to give it a try, even in a pot.

    Here in Central Florida, this is one of the few plants I see hummingbirds visit regularly. Butterflies also spend all day haunting this bush, and in the fall it grows black berries that birds and squirrel enjoy.

    Who else grows and loves Firebush?


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

    in reply to: Monarchs in the Maryland Mountains #5299296 Report Abuse
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    They look pretty healthy to me, MD! Some butterflies emerge with slightly rumpled wings, but that doesn’t usually affect their ability to fly. These butterflies are definitely on their way south to Mexico, stopping along the way to fuel up. Monarchs have suffered a devastating decline in the last couple of years, so every sighting of these beauties is precious. Thanks for sharing!


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

    in reply to: FINISHED MY PUZZLE……….. #5299293 Report Abuse
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    That is a lovely Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Idella, common in much of the southern U.S. It hosts on passionvine . Learn more here: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Agraulis-vanillae


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

    in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5299039 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Patty – From Facebook, try right-clicking with your mouse and selecting “Copy Image” from the menu that comes up. Then, come here and in the “Reply To:” box, right-click and select “Paste”. Your image should display here in the reply box.


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

    in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5298946 Report Abuse
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    OzarksGal – To share photos here, you’ll need to follow the directions found in our Community Help section: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/how-to-insert-images-into-posts/ Let me know if you need help.


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

    Jill Staake
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    That gumball machine one is adorable.. I LOVE IT! Did you help make one of these, Steve? You could enter it in our contest too if you did.


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

    in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5298084 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Oh, thanks, Charlene… I see what you mean.

    Thanks to all who’ve entered so far!


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

    in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5297904 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Gwen – I don’t see your photo. Make sure you read the instructions for posting a photo here on the Community by clicking here and then try again. Drop me an email if you need some help.


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

    Jill Staake
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    Starshine – Entries have to be made in the official entry thread – click here to see.


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (10/13/2014): Can You ID Me? #5296695 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Good call for those who said gaura! This is indeed Gaura lindheimeri. This variety is commonly known as ‘Whirling Butterflies’. You can grow it as a perennial in zones 5 – 10, and an annual in colder zones. It’s great for color and very easy to grow.

    Gaura linheimeri is native to the U.S. (sometimes called “beeblossom”), but is found only in white in the wild. These hybridized versions give more blooms and vivid color.

    The name “Whirling Butterflies” comes from the way these flowers spin in the breeze. While I do see bees visiting these blooms, I don’t usually see too many butterflies on this plant – perhaps the hybridization has caused this variety to produce less nectar?

    Hope you enjoyed seeing this pretty bloom from my garden. Congrats to those whose eagle eyes knew what species it was! I’ll be back next week with another mystery!


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

    in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5296506 Report Abuse
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    Stephany – Looks like your photo didn’t load properly. Please read the Birds & Blooms Community Help thread How to Insert Images into Posts for more details, and then try again. If you’re still having trouble, drop me an email. Thanks!


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

    in reply to: CARTOON OF THE DAY #5295701 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    :) That one always makes me giggle!


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

    in reply to: uploading #5295696 Report Abuse
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    mary58 – Does this help you out, or are you still having problems? Leave a note here or send me an email if you’re still having issues. Thanks!


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

    in reply to: copy & Paste with IE #5295490 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    It’s good that you have the tabs, but have you tried clicking on “Visual” and seeing if that brings that line back for you?


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

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