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  • in reply to: Jill…posting pics #5324053 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Are you able to see all 6 of those photos, Sharon?


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

    in reply to: Jill…posting pics #5324052 Report Abuse
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    OK, let me experiment here…

    Photo 1

    Photo 2

    Photo 3

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    Photo 6



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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (12/15/2014): Can You ID Me? #5323698 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    I’m so glad you folks worked this one out yourselves, because I forgot to stop by here last night and give you the answer! Yes, it is indeed Angelonia, a member of the same family as snapdragons. These annuals are pretty popular for the many-flowered stems, but I love them for the details of the blooms. They require pollinators to get right down inside to get at the nectar, making sure they get well-covered in pollen before moving on.

    Charlene – That first variety you posted is especially cool up close. Do you know what the variety is? Did you grow it from seed or purchase it?

    Thanks for joining in, everybody!


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

    in reply to: Community Christmas Card Challenge #5323295 Report Abuse
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    Finally getting a chance to share my holiday greeting with you all. Here in Florida we’re lucky enough to have roses all winter, so I thought I’d share one with you. 

    I’m so enjoying seeing everyone’s cards and images. Please keep sharing right through to the New Year!


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

    in reply to: Community Christmas Card Challenge #5321576 Report Abuse
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    Let’s say Dec 31. That will cover all our bases, including New Year’s. :)


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (12/8/2014): Can You ID Me? #5321013 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Good eyes to those of you who spotted the vine in the background! Yes, this is ornamental sweet potato vine, which will flower in late summer through fall, and longer in warmer climates. It dies back with the first freeze, so those in some northern climates may not have seen this bloom before. The plant is usually grown for the vibrant green, purple, or black foliage rather than the flowers.

    Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas) grows from the same tuber as other sweet potatoes, but these cultivars are not usually considered edible. They are in the Convolvulaceae family, just like morning glories – hence the similar flower.

    As always, thanks for chiming in on Mystery Monday! Hope you’re all having a wonderful December so far, and enjoying the holiday season!


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

    Jill Staake
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    I’m sorry, I’m still not following. Are you saying that you’re somehow getting your post onto the site without clicking the submit button shown below?

    What do you do to send it to the site, then?


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

    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    How do you make your posts go on the site without hitting the “Submit” button?

     


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

    in reply to: Jill…..pictures????? #5319562 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
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    Is anyone else having this problem?


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

    Jill Staake
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    Marilyn – My files show you have an AOL address. As I mentioned earlier, we are aware that there is a problem with AOL users not receiving emails from B&B in a timely fashion. This is not an issue on our end; it’s something AOL is doing that holds up our messages. I’ve made our technical team aware of this issue, but I doubt it will be fixed anytime soon, frankly.

    The only solution I can offer in the meantime is to set up another free email account, like Gmail, to use here for B&B. You can set up the Gmail account to have the messages forwarded to your existing AOL account, so once you take care of the setup, you won’t have to check two email addresses. I’d be happy to help you with this, if you want to send me an email privately. I’m afraid that’s all I can do to help you out right now, though I will be reminding our tech team about this issue. Thanks for your understanding.


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

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    Gayle – That doesn’t seem to be happening much anymore, or if it is, no one is reporating it to me. I use email notifications and they’ve been running smoothly for some time. Anyone who’s having problems should contact me directly or post in the Community Help forum so I can tractrack and report these issues.


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

    Jill Staake
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    Marilyn -

    A few other people have reported this in the past. The suggestions to check your Spam or Junk Mail folders is a good one. Also, make sure you have the right email address on file by clicking My Profile in the top right corner of the screen.

    We know that some people with AOL internet addresses have problems receiving emails. The only solution for that right now seems to be using a non-AOL address.

    Please drop me an email (florida33girl@gmail.com) to let me know if you’ve tried these solutions and are still having problems. Thanks!


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (12/01/2014): Can You ID Me? #5317899 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    I figured this one would be pretty tricky, but it’s been a long time since I’ve managed to stump you guys! This is a bloom of wild cotton (Gossypium hirsutum), found now only in very limited numbers in Florida (see below). Cotton is in the Malvaceae family, as is okra (as some of you guessed). So you were on the right track!

    Wild cotton is of course related to the cotton crops grown commercially throughout the deep South. The USDA attempted to wipe this plant out in Florida in the early 1900s due to the fact that it is a potential host to the boll weevil.

    This plant does flower and produce cotton bolls each year. The cotton is wrapped around the seeds inside.

    Thanks to everyone for your guesses. Hope you all  have a wonderful week ahead!


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

    in reply to: Looking for Backyard Turkey Stories and Pics #5315821 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Oh, wow, so many turkeys! That’s an amazing shot. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you’ll stick around and chat on our Community!


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

    in reply to: Mystery Monday (11/24/2014): Can You ID Me? #5314682 Report Abuse
    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    You guys are good – as always! Yes, this is Flowering Maple, or Abutilon.  This cultivar is ‘Tiger Eye’. This ornamental tree is a member of the Malvaceae family, which also includes hibiscus and hollyhock – you can see that the insides of the flower resembles hibiscus.

    You can learn more about growing this small tree here:  http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/187927/#b

    Thanks for all who played today. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and a Happy Thanksgiving!


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

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