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  • in reply to: To Charlene (Plant Doctor) #5413503 Report Abuse
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    Yay…so glad they are growing for you!  You will enjoy them…they are such a pretty blue color.  Charlene


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    in reply to: Sunday Morning in the VSR-May 24 #5413500 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone.  It is just starting to sprinkle here and sounds like it will rain most of the day.  We are dry, so we could use the rain.

    Molly…we also wished you could have been with us on the front porch.  I am all for moving to the VIP….Rob…good to see you here with us this morning!

    We (Kathy, Larry & I) had a good day yesterday.  We went to the cemetery and then visited 2 Amish greenhouses and 1 Mennonite one.  All of us managed to find some plants that we couldn’t live without.  When we got home, we dug up numerous plants from our gardens to send home with Kathy.  She loaded them in her car and it is full.  She plans on heading home this morning after a couple cups of coffee and 1 last visit.  Right now she is still snoozing……a good morning to sleep in with the weather the way it is.

    Larry is digging up a few hostas for her to take home.  I had better go and see if he needs some help….it sounds like it is starting to rain harder.  Be back later.  Charlene


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    in reply to: I have a ?? about Sunpatiens. #5413499 Report Abuse
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    Gary…I have done cuttings from sun patiens and it worked for me!  I know they are expensive to buy.  Charlene


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    in reply to: VSR Saturday 5/23/2015 #5413211 Report Abuse
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    Karen…my BF bushes come back from the root every year….never has leafed out on old wood.

     


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    in reply to: VSR Saturday 5/23/2015 #5413166 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone.  We are already at 60º this morning and it is supposed to be another day in the 70s and then late this afternoon it is supposed to rain.  We need the rain, so I won’t complain if it does.

    Kathy arrived her mid afternoon yesterday.  She was tired from driving, so we just took a tour of the yard and then enjoyed the weather from our front porch…just visited.

    Today she will go with me to the cemetery and then we will visit 2 Amish greenhouses and 1 large Mennonite GH.  All 3 have nice plants.  When we get home, we will dig up some of the plants she will be taking home with her tomorrow.

    Karen…so happy to hear that your BB is alive!  I had 2 that I thought had died, but yesterday I noticed signs of life.  The BB and the hibiscus are slow to come back in the Spring.  So is butterfly weed!  I thought I had lost all of them and now I see ground breaking where they were planted, so they must be alive.

    Glad to see Julie back posting.

    Waving at everyone and hope you all have a great day….I know we will!  Charlene


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    in reply to: Abeyl where are you #5413153 Report Abuse
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    Good to see you posting, Abey.  Kathy is actually here visiting now, so I will show her this post when she wakes.  Glad to have you back.  Charlene


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    in reply to: To Charlene (Plant Doctor) #5413151 Report Abuse
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    Hello there, Luvsbirds!  Thanks so much for the plant identification.  I will pass it on to Larry.

    I would think that your Love in a mist would be coming up.  Did you just sprinkle them on top of the ground?  They look a lot like larkspur when they come up…kind of feathery looking.  Mine are just starting to come up now.  Mine self seed from last year.  Hopefully yours do grow.

    Good to see you here and thanks for the info.  We hope to see more of you here.  Charlene


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    in reply to: Abeyl where are you #5412958 Report Abuse
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    bumping for Abey…where are you?  Hope all is well with you.  Charlene


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    Information about the 5 spot.

    It is a very lovely flower, but is a cool weather plant.  It wilted fast in our heat and we don’t have the heat that most of you do.



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    Found some info:

    Jacobinia (Justicia carnea ), also known as the flamingo plant and the Brazilian plume, is a herbaceous flowering shrub, native to South America. Jacobinia grows 3 to 4 feet in height and blooms in spikes of tubular flowers in a variety of colors, depending upon variety. Jacobinia is a versatile plant and is grown in containers, as foundation plantings and even trained into an espalier. Jacobinia is hardy to USDA Zones 8b to 11.

    Read more: How to Care for Jacobinia Flowers | Garden Guides

    Step 1

    Grow your jacobinia flowers in the shade.

    Step 2

    Water the jacobinia often enough to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy.

    Step 3

    Fertilize jacobinia in spring, summer and early fall with a balanced fertilizer, such as 6-6-6, at the rate suggested on the package. Always water after fertilizing.

    Step 4

    Remove dead flowers throughout the growing season. Pinch off the tips of new growth if you want to encourage the jacobinia to produce new branches.

    Step 5

    Check the jacobinia periodically for spider mite infestations. These pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap sprays, applied at the rate suggested on the label.

    Read more: How to Care for Jacobinia Flowers | Garden Guides


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    It is a gorgeous bloom….another plant that doesn’t like it here in Iowa….lol.

    Leslie is very good at identifying plants.  Fell free to post more mystery plants if you have any.  Charlene


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    So many lovely flowers here this morning.  I don’t have time to comment right now….but I enjoy looking at them!

    Larry bought this plant last year when we visited Julie.  He didn’t put the tag by it when he planted it because he thought he’d remember the name.  Guess what….he has CRS like the rest of us.  Does anyone know what it is?  It is blooming now…pretty blue flowers.  he bought it for the foliage and didn’t know it bloomed.



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    in reply to: Good Morning Everyone! #5412827 Report Abuse
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    Good morning everyone.  No need to worry…Larry is fine…this is his morning to wash his sheets, so he has been doing that and also chatted(on Yahoo) with his cousin and friend from England.

    We also are to have a beautiful day and have company coming for a couple of days (Kathy is heading out of town and we are getting company….want to take a guess?  lol)  We both have today off and hope to take advantage of this beautiful day.  The temps are supposed to reach the lower 70s and no wind…do you believe it?  My plants that are outside are riddled from wind rather than hurt from the cold night temps.

    Molly…well, it gives you extra time to get ready for your company, but I suppose it suts 1 day off from her visit.  Glad you got some much needed rain.

    Marilyn…it sounds like the awards assembly was a nice event…congrats to your DGS for the Natl Honor society honor.  I was in Natl Honor society in high school….I think I still have the pin around here somewhere.

    Sandy…enjoy your time off.  When we lived in Decorah, there were a couple of cardinals that continuously flew into our patios doors.  They even knocked themselves out, but would then get up and fly away and then do it again.  Our DD was little then and would watch them for the longest time.

    Tina…look forward to your progress pics.  I hope your sinus problems get better…I know how miserable that can be.  Is it possible that you have developed allergies?  This is a bad year for people with allergies around here.

    Melissa…I am glad I don’t have your schedule or worries.  I think our DS and family have decided to just go and visit their camping buddies this weekend and then come home to sleep.  They sold their camper last fall and have not found 1 they like yet and they have been spoiled by campers, so don’t want to go back to tent camping.  Our night temps look good in the 10 day….I hope warmer weather is here to stay.

    Kathy…I do believe that i have a few BF bushes for you.  I have some that came back from last year, but still waiting on others…maybe they didn’t make it.  The hibiscus from Snowwolf are finally shooting up from the root.

    Well…I have to go and get more coffee….waving at whomever slipped in while I was typing.  Have a great day everyone.  Charlene

     


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    in reply to: CHIT CHAT FOR THURS. MAY 21 #5412745 Report Abuse
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    Just stopping in before heading to bed.  It was a nice day and I took advantage of every minute of it staying outdoors until well after dark….the wind calmed down around 6 pm and it was a beautiful evening.

    Karen, I was going through my contacts on cell last night and saw your DH’s number there (I think I had it from when you were in the hospital).  I thought he’d get a kick out of a text from one of your internet friends…lol.

    charlie…enjoy the nice weather…never know when it will turn….hopefully the cold is gone until next fall!

    Bette…I hope by now you are in sleepy land….Mr Sandman is flirting with me right now….lol

    Wendy…what a fun day for you and your coworkers!  Do enjoy your time off and check in when you can.

    Gayle….I always water right before a rain…who knows if you can depend on the forecaster’s predictions?  I also did lots of watering tonight.  It hasn’t been hot, but the wind had them bone dry.

    See everyone in the morning…..ta-ta.  Charlene

    Alma…what?????  See you in the fall?  Is there something we don’t know?

     


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    in reply to: Charlene #5412743 Report Abuse
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    Hey…I forgot to tell you that I have made that recipe in a “pinch” with substitution 1 can of evaporated milk and regular milk to make the 2 cups.  I don’t always have whipping cream on hand….it works!


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