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    Jill Staake
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    Hi Cody! Lots of research indicates that hummingbirds do seem to seek out the color red, but experts agree that red should be on the feeder and not in the nectar itself. There are lots of other factors to consider with nectar – you can get more details in this article: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-hummingbirds/tips-attracting-hummingbirds/


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (03/30/2015): Can You ID Me? #5384455 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Looks like I’ve finally managed to stump the garden crew! These, believe it or not, are the blooms of an aloe plant! Rather than the common aloe vera we all grow on our windowsills (which has yellow flowers), this is Aloe x spinosissima, known as Spider Aloe or Gold Tooth Aloe.

    This aloe grows outdoors in zones 8 and higher, but can be grown as a large houseplant too, if you have the space for it. You may not get the blooms spikes if grown indoors, or they may be smaller.

    This was one tricky, so thanks to all who gave very good guesses today!


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

    in reply to: Flying Squirrel Story #5381178 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    If you received a message saying thanks for submitting, then your story and photo went through successfully. Birds & Blooms receives a great volume of messages each day, and our editors are unable to respond to each one personally. If they would like more information on your story, they’ll contact you using the email you provided. Hope this helps!


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

    in reply to: Submit Your Story #5381176 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    OK, I checked with our editors. If you received a message saying thanks for submitting, then your story and photo went through successfully. Birds & Blooms receives a great volume of messages each day, and our editors are unable to respond to each one personally. If they would like more information on your story, they’ll contact you using the email you provided. Hope this helps!


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

    in reply to: Submit Your Story #5381144 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hi, mnraft! Submit your Story is handled through a different source than Community, so let me check in with our editors and get back to you. In the meantime, please join in the conversations around our Community forums!


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

    in reply to: Sharon, thank you for your help! #5380751 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Steph – I see you were able to post earlier today (http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/my-happy-tufted-titmouse-3/#post-5380427). If you’re still having issues, please contact me at florida33girl@gmail.com


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

    in reply to: Having trouble posting pictures….. #5380750 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Stephbirdsfly – It looks like you were able to post a photo earlier today of a titmouse (http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/my-happy-tufted-titmouse-3/#post-5380427). If you still need help, please email me directly and I’ll give you a hand.


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

    in reply to: How To Insert Images Into Posts #5380526 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Stephbirdsfly – I actually see you were able to post a photo of a titmouse earlier today: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/community/topic/my-happy-tufted-titmouse-3/#post-5380427

    If you’re still having trouble posting photos from Photobucket, please email me directly at florida33girl@gmail.com so I can help you out.


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hello, folks. I want to address a couple of things here.

    1. If you’re having trouble logging in, you should contact me directly. We were recently having an issue with logins on some browsers, but that has been corrected now. If you continue to experience issues with logging in, please email me at florida33girl@gmail.com and we will work to fix your problem.

    2. Internet Explorer is indeed being phased out by Microsoft, and is no longer supported. As a result, many websites now do not run properly (and I can guarantee you that B&B is not the only one) on IE. We recommend you switch to another browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, and always make sure you have the most up-to-date version of your browser for the best security and performance.

    3. You can find the link to our Community Guidelines on the main Community home page, at the top above the forum listing. I believe the section of the guidelines being referred to here is as follows:

    DEMONSTRATE RESPECT FOR ALL.

    • Please respect and be civil to other members, even if you disagree with them.
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    To clarify – you are welcome to express concerns and ask for help in resolving problems. You are not welcome to make disparaging remarks about other members or Birds & Blooms and its staff. If you have any questions about what content is or isn’t appropriate, I encourage you to contact me directly.

    Again, if you’re experiencing technical issues, please contact me so I can help you resolve them. Complaining in the General forums isn’t an effective way to bring problems to our attention or ask for assistance.


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

    in reply to: Jill……(taky)….reloading problems #5380119 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Thanks for letting me know. Our techs also made some changes over the weekend, after finally tracking down the cause of the issue, so that should have helped too.


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (03/23/2015): Can You ID Me? #5380108 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Torenia it is! This is a pretty striking little flower, easy to recognize once you’ve grown it. As Charlene noted, it’s also known as Wishbone Flower, and apparently also as Monkey Flower.

    Torenia is native to Africa and Asia, and grown as an annual in the U.S. I actually have quite a lot of trouble growing it here in Florida, since the one thing it doesn’t like is hot humid weather. In the Deep South, it needs lots of dappled shade and plenty of moist soil to keep it going in the summer.

    For those of you who have grown torenia, how do you use it and what growing tips do you have?


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    jack57  -The first step I usually advise is clearing your cache and cookies. Often, this will fix errors. This site will walk you through the steps if you’re not familiar with the process.  http://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/

     

     


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (3/16/2015): Can You ID Me? #5375504 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Yup,  it’s an oxalis! This is violet wood sorrel, Oxalis violacea. This lovely little woodland wildflower has a really wide range, so chances are good it grows in the woods somewhere near you, even if you’ve never spotted it.

    I chose this mystery plant for this week because oxalis has foliage that resembles shamrocks, although the “true shamrock” is usually considered to be one of the trifolium species (there are a lot of them, and no one quite agrees on which one is the right one). At any rate, oxalis has similar three-petaled foliage.

    There are over 900 oxalis species, a few of which are very popular as house plants (and outdoor plants in warmer climates). It sounds like some of you have grown Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis), which has similar flowers. Here’s a blog post I wrote about violet wood sorrel and other oxalis species a few years ago: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/oxalis/

    Thanks for playing, and a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all, Irish or not!


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (3/16/2015): Can You ID Me? #5375361 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    This wildflower is found throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rockies… the ones up north just bloom a little later than mine. Iris is on the right track…


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (3/16/2015): Can You ID Me? #5375300 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Well, I don’t stump you all very often! This is a wildflower, and the bloom is about an inch across or so. It blooms in the spring (it’s blooming right now in Central Florida) in woodlands and other partially shaded areas. One more hint: I picked this one today because the foliage of this plant seemed appropriate for this particular week…


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

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