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    Steve…I can smell your lily…and it smells so good…and very pretty as well.

    Donna…those begonias are gorgeous and look so healthy.  Our begonias on the porch have been blown around so many times by the winds and the poor things are struggling to survive.

    Mary…your family appear to all be flower gardeners…..very lovely flowers!

    Kelly…that is a beautiful glad.

    Melissa…your containers are so lovely…and they are so big and healthy….that 1st one especially!  I tried these 3 ½ whiskey barrels with old fashioned flowers and love how they are growing and looking….zinnias, marigolds, malampodium, sanvatalia

    This was taken a couple weeks ago, so they are even fuller now

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    in reply to: VIP 07/30/15 #5451888 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone.  It is a very comfortable morning, but I do have a sweater on.  The temps in the 7 day forecast look great.  The high temps are low 80s and the night temps are upper 50/lower 60s….good for sleeping.

    Larry, my cousin that visited us yesterday is from Denver, Colorado.  She wants us to visit her sometime when we visit your brother.  She is not a flower grower, but she is a photographer, so she took numerous flower pics…many were closeups….she was amazed at the detail in many of their petals.  Her favorite was the apple blossom geranium, but she argued that it wasn’t a geranium…lol

    Marilyn…you made me think….we have had lots of rains this summer, but so far no rainbow.  They are always so pretty.

    Work in my shop for me today.  I will have lunch with friends.  There used to be 4 of us every Thursday, but now only 3 of us.  Like Larry said…..they have started Lin on morphine.  It is keeping her comfortable, but really makes her less aware of what is going on around her…..sleeps most of the time.

    Have a great day everyone.  Hope every one is doing fine.  I am hoping to take a couple hours tomorrow to catch up on posts here and need to get some pictures from my camera to the puter….our yard is very pretty right now.  Charlene

     


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    in reply to: Charlene ? #5451882 Report Abuse
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    I have done cuttings from Lantana and they are not super difficult.  Make sure that you take the tender part of the plant (just cut a couple inches off the end)  If you cut back to the woody part, they are less likely to root successfully. I put them in moist soil.   Charlene


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    in reply to: Identification please?????? #5451880 Report Abuse
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    I am not sure if the seeds from these would come back true or not….but it is worth a try.  You can dig the bulbs and store them over the winter and then they would be true for sure.  I am glad you had success in growing and also happy that you like them.  I like dahlias in bouquets.  Charlene


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    Hello…once again I am one of those late evening posts, but it is now or never….lol.

    We had the same winds as Julie today, but we were lucky enough to have gotten 2½ inches of rain yesterday.  The wind did still dry out the containers, so I had a few that needed water tonight.

    Stay cool Charlie and Mary.

    Stella…watching diet and exercise will hopefully control your sugar count…..congrats on the weight loss!

    Julie…so sad about the son and Father.  I assume the other son is okay, but what a tragic accident.

    Marilyn…can’t believe how dry you are…it seems like it rained for weeks on end there…thus the mosquito problem, right?

    right now I am ready to crash…see you all in the morning.


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    Julie…you have a lot of my family in your yard…lol.

    The rosebud is originally from my Mom in the mid 80s.  The Vancouver Centennial is a plant I took in lieu of payment when I did work for a dentist here in town.  The peach was originally a gift from DD in the mid 90s…..and the Appleblossom and deep burgundy ivy geranium were from my sister Vivian who you met.  Sharing is such fun…especially when I see how happy they are in their new home!  Charlene


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    in reply to: Charlene (Kathy) #5451783 Report Abuse
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    It is not a lily…and you do have to dig and store each fall, Kathy.

    It is easier to give you this site than type it out…the words are too big for me to remember….lol

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    in reply to: Identification please?????? #5451772 Report Abuse
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    Stella…that is a dahlia and I did share the seed with you.

    Here is the story…last year I grew these red yellow short double border dahlias….I loved them so much that I saved seed and shared with several her.  This is the plant last year:

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    I guess since it was a hybrid seed, they did not come back true to the plant.  This year I have these 2 from that seed…they are different colors ….single blooms…and much taller than the Mother plant that I saved seed from:

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    I did not get a red one, but I also shared seed with kathy and she says that she has a red one.  I shared with Margba and Bette as well, but not sure what theirs turned out to be.

    I apologize for the mistake, but happy to see that it grew and you have blooms.  Charlene


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    Steve…what a great pic that is!

    Mary…it looks like your sister is quite a gardener…lovely containers.

    Donna…looks to me like you’ve got lots of pretty on your front porch…

    Kathy…another great picture…and I see what you mean about the white border on the lavatera…I like that!

    Sandy…glad to know that soeone other than me likes the Bergamo monarda.  Did you start those from seed this year, or do they come back for you each year?  They are an annual here.

    A couple containers on our deck



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    in reply to: VIP Wednesday 7/29/2015 #5451360 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone…as Larry said…beautiful morning and a perfect day on tap.  Too bad I have to spend most of it in my shop.  I will try to enjoy at least part of it after work.

    Today should be uneventful in comparison to yesterday.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, read about our fire/electrical excitement in my post on last night’s chit chat.

    Have a great day everyone.  Charlene


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    in reply to: CHIT CHAT FOR TUES.JULY28 #5451286 Report Abuse
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    Hello ….what a day this has been.  It is a very good thing that Larry suggested posting quickly on the board this morning and then shutting the puter down and unplugging the phone line from the wall.  I had just finished doing that when we had the worst lightning strikes…so noisy that they shook the house and I looked out the window and saw fireballs!  Lightning struck a pole ½ block north of us and blew the lines off the pole, so there was fire in the middle of the street about the size of a garage….it followed the line toward our house and blew the transformer at the corner by our front porch and then followed the line and blew another one by our alley (close to the GH)  Needless to say, within minutes there were 3 firetrucks here, followed shortly by 6 electric company trucks.  We hadn’t had that much excitement on our corner since Kathy started the neighbor’s house on fire last year while she was here…lol

    We were without power for 5 hours.  I have decided that I am ot as creative as I thought I was because I could not find a single thing to do to occupy my time that did not require electricty.  I finally decided to go and visit the neighbor lady that is 87 years old…she was happy that I did.  Once the power was restored I went to work at 1 pm.  It was senseless to go this ornign since it was too dark in there to see plus I need electricity to do most of my job.  Did I say that the entire town was w/out electricity?

    After work I went to visit my friend.  The hospice nurse told the family today that she guesses 3 to 7 days maximum for Lin.  She said that is just an educated guess and only God can give the real answer when her time is up.  That news sent my friends daughter into a panic and she asked if Larry and i could do several things for her to relieve some of her stress and anxiety.  I agreed, knowing that Larry would also be willing.

    Now I am hoping to get some sleep…last night was a restless night.

    charlie…I love hearing that your flowers are doing well.  You must have gotten the JB issue taken care of?

    Karen…welcome back and glad to hear you had a fun mini vaca!

    Leslie…enjoy the cabin time…you deserve a nice vacation!

    Gayle….enjoy time with the kids.  The cat will probably warm up to them just before it is time for them to leave…lol

    Julie…glad you had a good cruise.  I did not have to water tonight…alonf with the thunder storms, we got 2½ inches of rain!  Wow.

    See you all in the morning.


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    Very pretty flowers everyone.  Gayle, yours is a dipladenia…Mandevilla has much larger leaves and the are rough rather than shiny….both have simlilar blooms…they are all pretty.

    Melissa….If your Euphorbia in the ground are blooming, they will hopefully reseed and be much healthier and less floppy for you next year…one of my favorite flowers from my Mom!  Charlene


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    in reply to: Have any of you grown from seed #5451278 Report Abuse
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    I would not grow them from seed unless you want a lot of the wild roses that are Iowa’s state flower, because that is what you will more than likely get…..and then they may take from 3 to 5 years to bloom.  JMO  Charlene


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    in reply to: VIP JULY 28TH 2015 #5450912 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone.  Right now we are getting lots of thunder and lightning and even a bit of rain is falling.  Larry said to make this quick and shut the puter off.

    Tina…prayers for your DD today.  I feel for her with what she is going through.

    Molly…I have one of those variegated sun NG impatiens and it is doing well in full sun.  They might be hard to find this time of year.

    Marilyn…Lin seems to decline a bit each day, but she does know us yet.  Speaking is a real effort for her because she is so weak.  She is sleeping about 23 hrs per day right now.  I think that they are starting her on moraphine very soon, so that may change her ability to recognize who we are.  Thanks for thinking of her.

    I’d better shut this puter down before lightning strikes it….have a great day everyone.  Charlene


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    I don’t keep the Mother plants either, Julie.  Even with my GH, there is not enough room and it is senseless because they do better from the new cuttings.  You are a good geranium Mom!  Charlene


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