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  • in reply to: Double posts? #5396700 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Can you refer me to some of the double posts? If I can see them it might help. Send me a few links, please.


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

    in reply to: High-lighted words in BLUE #5396248 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Hi Terry -

    The highlighted words are part of a new advertising program being used by our system. As you all know, Birds & Blooms provides this site free of charge to all users, and integrated advertising helps to support the free site. The new program chooses certain words and phrases to link to related sponsored sites and products. This will happen occasionally to any of us who post. I’m going to talk with our tech person and see if those links can be made a different color than the standard links so that the fact that it’s an advertising element is more clear. Just FYI, this is not something you can opt out of, but it shouldn’t have any effect on your daily usage of the site.


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

    in reply to: Thank You B&B Techs #5395130 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    So glad this went smoothly for everyone! And yes, there are plans in the future to slim down the forum listings under Birding and Gardening as well. I’ll keep you informed about those changes when they are ready to happen.

    A couple of people have mentioned the desire to have a separate forum for Religion, so let me take a moment to address that. Remember that the Birds & Blooms Community is really intended for discussions of birding, gardening, and related topics. Backyard Chat was provided as an area for other types of discussions not related to birding or gardening, which would include religion, current events, recipes, and more. At this point, as we work to streamline the forums, we really don’t have plans to add any new ones.

     


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (04/13/2015): Can You ID Me? #5391492 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Well, so, I probably tricked you all a bit by saying this is an iris, because even though this is commonly known as Walking Iris, it’s technically not in the Iris genus, though it’s closely related. This Walking Iris is Neomarica caerulea, and it’s possibly one of the most beautiful blooms I’ve ever grown.

    N. caerulea is a tender evergreen perennial, hardy to zone 7a. Those further north can move it indoors for the winter months. This species is hardier than yellow walking iris (Trimezia martinicensis) and to my mind, much showier and worth the effort.

    Anyone else grow any species of walking iris?


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (04/13/2015): Can You ID Me? #5391272 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Oh, it’s an iris, but can anyone be more specific?


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    wisconsingal – We don’t restrict what folks can post here, as long as it meets the Guidelines set forth by B&B. If a topic doesn’t interest you, you’re always free to scroll past it and not engage in the conversation. If, however, you ever feel something is inappropriate, I encourage you to report it to me using the “Report Abuse” function or by dropping me an email. Thanks!


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    You shouldn’t see any differences except fewer forums under Backyard Chat. If any problems do occur after the change, please notify me immediately.


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Looks like the change was slightly delayed – we’re now expecting this to go through on Monday (4/13).


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (04/6/2015): Can You ID Me? #5388092 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Looks like I’ve stumped you all two weeks in a row! This close-up crop made it tricky, but this is actually coreopsis, also known as tickseed.

    This particular variety is Coreopsis grandiflora, sometimes called Bigflower Tickseed. It’s native to the southeast, but is grown throughout most of the country now. Another popular tickseed is Lanceleaf Coreopsis. These wildflowers make great nectar plants, and grow well from seed, so they’re great in butterfly wildflower gardens. This plant shows up in a lot of wildflower seed mixes.

    Thanks for playing Mystery Monday!


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Judy – Changing the forum name is more difficult than it would seem. We’ll be keeping it as “General” for now.


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    If your feeder is red like that, you won’t need anything else to draw them in. I can tell you that most folks get the best results when using a saucer-style feeder, because they’re easier to clean and the hummingbirds are easier to see on it.

    I think you’ll find answers to a lot of your questions about feeding hummingbirds here: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-hummingbirds/frequently-asked-questions/  Best of luck!


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

    Jill Staake
    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

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