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  • in reply to: How To Insert Images Into Posts #5286561 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Looks like it’s working for you now, tripticker! Let me know if I can help you in any other way.


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

    in reply to: Monarch or Viceroy…how do I tell? #5286112 Report Abuse
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    This one’s a monarch. This post I wrote for the blog awhile back should help you out. Remember that this site is a big source of information – that “Search” box at the top is not just for looks!

    http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/viceroy-butterfly-a-monarch-mimic/

     


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (9/15/2014): Oh, No, I Forgot Again! #5285548 Report Abuse
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    Good point, Ili. The colored leaves are called “bracts”, and the tiny white flowers are shown in the first close-up photo I posted yesterday. Either way, the thorns on the bush still hurt like the dickens. :)


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

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    Yes, indeed, it is bougainvillea! It’s of course very common here in Florida, where we don’t have freezes to kill it off, so it grows into huge climbing bushes full of beautiful flowers.

    What this photo (and Lair’s beautiful pic) don’t show is that bougainvillea is basically just a giant pricker bush that happens to have pretty flowers on it. We curse those thorns every time we have to prune it (or weed around it) in the gardens where I work.  :)

    OK, folks, the Mystery Monday reminder has been added to my calendar. Let’s see if I can manage to actually post one on Monday MORNING next week!


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

    in reply to: Blue Jays and Peanut Picking #5285319 Report Abuse
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    Hi, CarlaD! As some other members have noted, the Community Help forum is for questions about using the Community itself. I’m going to move your question to our Feeding Birds forum, where others will be more likely to see it and offer some solutions. Thanks!


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

    in reply to: What kind of BUTTERFLY is this? #5284483 Report Abuse
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    Idella – Your photo inspired me for this weekend’s post topic on the B&B blog. Here it is!

    http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/attracting-butterflies-common-buckeye/


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

    in reply to: Weekend Picture Post for 9/15-9/16/14 (Hibiscus) #5284482 Report Abuse
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    Charlene and Gayle – That’s what I figured. I know our editor originally felt pretty strongly about having the posts put into the “correct” forums, but for now I’ve been letting that go. It’s more important to me that you can all find each other and the things that interest you. (I’m still hounding the computer guys to get them to make some changes to streamline the forums, I really am.)

    One more photo to share. This one is from my mom’s garden in Ohio. She plants them outdoors in the summer and brings them back in for the winter.

     


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

    in reply to: Weekend Picture Post for 9/15-9/16/14 (Hibiscus) #5284421 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    This post was made for a Florida girl like me!

    I also love them in bud form before they open fully.

    And a closeup of the centers.

    Anyone else ever come across this kind of hibiscus? It’s a very unusual pendant species, known as Japanese lantern (Hibiscus schizopetalus).

    I love this topic! (I am wondering though… why would you start this post in Garden Chat instead of Garden Pics? Wouldn’t that be a better fit?)


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

    in reply to: Familiar names in the current issue of B&B #5283906 Report Abuse
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    My magazine is lagging behind this month, but I’ll post a photo of the article for everyone to see once it arrives. We’re going to try to include Community tips regularly in issues, so watch for your chance to contribute in the future!


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

    in reply to: BUTTERFLY ON THE WILLOW #5283298 Report Abuse
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    Thought you might like to see a photo of the Viceroy caterpillar:

    His spikes are harmless, but between that and his “bird poo” coloring, it makes for great defense against predators. I really love seeing everyone’s butterfly photos. I’m so glad you shared!


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

    in reply to: BUTTERFLY ON THE WILLOW #5283239 Report Abuse
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    That Viceroy might have been laying eggs, Idella! She’s a female and definitely in the right position, and willow is a host plant for Viceroys. So pretty!


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

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    At last, Stella! So lovely. That’s a male – you can tell by the spots on the lower wings. Those are his scent glands for attracting the lady butterflies. :)  Females lack those spots and have thicker black lines instead. You’ve been having a lot of great butterfly luck lately!


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

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    Margba – The winner receives a sense of pride in being smarter than everyone else. ;)

    Sandra – You ARE famous! Thanks for your great comments on that article, and everywhere around the B&B Community.


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

    Jill Staake
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    Good point, Charlene. My bad. ;)



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

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by Jill Staake Jill Staake.
    in reply to: Inserting images from Picasa Web #5282856 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Thank you, Charlene!


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

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