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  • in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5300358 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    This contest has ended. Look for the winners to be announced beginning Oct. 27!


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

    in reply to: ANNOUNCEMENT: Pumpkin Challenge 2014 Has Begun! #5300357 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    This contest has ended. Look for the winners to be announced starting Oct 27!


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

    in reply to: Screenie of weird messages #5300338 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Yes, things should be running and appearing properly now. Please let me know if you’re still experiencing problems. (Remember to try refreshing/reloading the page first – that may fix the problem.)

    Thanks for your patience while we got that issue sorted out!


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

    in reply to: PUMPKIN CHALLENGE 2014: Enter Here! #5300105 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Judy – Looks like your photo didn’t post correctly. Please be sure to read the steps for posting photos here, and then try again: 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: B&B Is Messing up #5300027 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    For anyone still experiencing problems – make sure you try refreshing or reloading the page(s). You may have the old “messed up” ones stored in your browser’s memory cache.


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

    in reply to: B&B Is Messing up #5299959 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Just checked in with tech support – they are aware of the issue already and have been working on it. If you’re seeing major problems on any pages (aside from the message at the top), please post them here.


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

    in reply to: B&B Is Messing up #5299950 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hi, all -

    First, a reminder – remember to put any technical issues in the Community Help forum, since they’re less likely to get lost or move quickly off the page. It’s too easy for me to miss a thread in the other forums.

    Second, I also see that message at the top of the screen and am looking into it. However, I did not experience any system issues yesterday or today – I’m not seeing any “messed up” screens or anything like that. If you ARE seeing pages with sections missing or wrong, please be specific about which page and what the problem is. Include a screen print here if you can. (Do a web search on how to do a screen print grab if you’re unsure.)

    I’m following up with our tech people right now and will let you know what I hear. Thanks!


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

    in reply to: Charlie;s Lovelorn column starting Nov.1st #5299759 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    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
    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
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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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
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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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
    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
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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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
    Jill Staake
    Keymaster

    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
    Jill Staake
    Keymaster

    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

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