natives_and_veggies(10b)April 28, 2012

I've now been in this house long enough to have made a bit of an impact on the yard - six years _ and many people here are to thank for that.

I have milk and wine crinums that were mailed to me as seed bulbs by a Gardenweber. No trade requested, which was generous of her and great for me because I didn't have anything to offer from my little barren bit of ground. She just wanted someone who would love them to have them. And she sent me enough that I gave a couple to a friend of mine. We both love them. They are huge now and blooming. I also have queen emma crinums I got at a swap. They haven't bloomed yet, but their purple straps are so pretty.

I have a pineapple that has made a pineapple, thanks to coffeemom, and several false roselles that self-seeded from a plant I got at a swap (three have gorgeous maroon leaves and pink flowers and an earlier one had green leaves and white flowers).

An amaryllis I got at a swap bloomed recently, prompting a friend visiting from DC to exclaim "Oh, you can grow Amaryllis in the ground down here!" She did visit on the day it was at its very finest.

My front yard is full of a gorgeous variety of broms, mostly from swaps (and from coffeemom, because I go shopping in her yard.)

I have a little geiger tree that hasn't bloomed yet, but hasn't died either, also from coffeemom after the first effort to transplant a 7-foot tree from her yard failed miserably.

There's a really pretty yellow plumeria out there too, along with a little gumbo limbo that has been hit by the new whitefly, but seems to be surviving and is going to be a great tree one day, hopefully by the time I have to take down the mahoganies that were planted under the power lines. Both from swaps. There are gloriosa lilies and rain lilies that make me happy simply because my grandmother grew them. Also from a swap. (I feel the same way about crinums because my grandmother loved them.)

And I've been eating pidgeon peas all winter from the tree that I thought was going to be a vine when a Gardenwebber gave me some seeds at a swap. It upended the tomato cage I planted it in - I had to get bolt cutters to cut the cage off of it. :)

The coffee plant is blooming and will have fruit for the birds soon. The walking lilies have walked around a back bed, making me happy wherever they pop up. An elephant ear back there is also moving around.

Several other things I've gotten from Gardenwebers are living and probably need to be moved. I haven't killed them yet.

And I've gotten such good advice here.

I'm sorry I don't remember who gave me some of my favorite plants, but thank you.

Looking around my yard, I see things that need to be done, but more and more I see things I'm glad I did, with your help.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention a blue wildflower that makes me happy every morning! It has self-seeded and sent up pups and has a crowd of flowers, several to a stalk, every morning. I don't know what it's called, but I remember a Gardenweber (maybe Katkin) pushing it on me at a swap, insisting I would love this little plant that looked like grass. She was so right.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 3:29PM
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Hmmm, I am thinking it's blue eyed grass. :o) I love it too.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 7:37PM
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Martina DeLuca

Isn't it great? A garden with plants shared from other gardeners or even friends. I like going through the garden and remember who gave me what makes it so much more special. It's the best thing to find a great gardening friend and shop in each others gardens. It's also neat to see how the other person places the plants.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 7:45PM
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Katkin, I just googled Blue eyed grass and that's not it. But I'm pretty sure you were the one who insisted I would love this plant, and I do. It's tall - 18 inches - and blooms in the morning, turning brown by noon. It's a three-petaled flower, but with more than one flower on each stalk, so it's actually pretty showy in the morning. By noon it's done, brown and looking like a weed. Only I know that tomorrow morning it's going to be glorious again.
And you're right Aroidgardener, it's so much fun to look around and think of friends who have helped me make it pretty.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 1:17AM
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Spider wort??

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 3:13PM
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yep, Katkin. that's it. My neighbor has asked about it, so I'm trying to grow some from seeds for her. It's such a pretty morning flower.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 6:39PM
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The dwarf poinciana seeds you sent me a couple years ago are 7' tall in my yard (2 trees) and three neighbors have plants in various stages from their seeds or plants passed along.

And when we got that cold spell a couple weeks ago a hummer visited both of my trees. We don't hummers often and it's gone now but still fun to see.
Hope they tell their friends and come back soon.


P.S. Some GW'er sent me some ginormous crinums too and I think of them when I see them in bloom (soon I hope).

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:40PM
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The spider wort self seeds for me, so look around the mother plant you might find some babies already started. :o)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 6:30AM
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That's great Denise! We sometimes get hummers in our dwarf ponc too, and even had a cardinal family nest in it, in spite of the fact that it's very close to the deck and basically in a high traffic area.
katkin, my husband came in from walking the dog this morning and exclaimed how pretty all my flowers are. In the mornings, when the spiderwort is blooming, it contrasts so nicely with the pink impatiens and some lime-green broms out there. I'll look around for babies. it has definitely multiplied from the little one you gave me.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 8:42AM
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And Denise,
I'm so glad your dwarf ponc is getting so tall! I also have seedlings from that same mother plant out in the front yard, and they're not nearly as vigorous as the mother plant. Same sun and rain water, so maybe it's the dirt. The dirt in the front is generally better, so maybe they like rough soil.
One thing - the mother plant has brittle limbs. I've gone under there and found big limbs that were splitting at the trunk. So I prune it pretty dramatically about once a year, cutting off those big, low limbs that can't support themselves.
And I started with a one-foot plant that I had to protect from the lawn mower six years ago. So I bet yours will get as big as mine. Mine is 15 feet now and I've pruned it so we can walk under it and it throws some decent shade.
Plus, we get wild Amazon parrots in it periodically, eating the seeds. They're so fun to watch!
I'm so happy to hear that it worked out for you!!!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 9:32PM
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wow 15' sounds great, you're probably 2 years ahead of me. And I forgot I actually have 3 of them, front, side and backyard. I love the non-stop blooming once winter is over with eye-popping colors of orange and yellow.


    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 9:51PM
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