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hester_2009August 30, 2011

Well, rain is good for some things! The orange flowers are on a couple of cannas that I moved from another spot. They are now in the old driveway and even though I add soil when I plant there, it is still pretty sandy. I love looking at them from the house and deck. And to the right on the fence is bamboo planted last fall and when it stands upright (not like now with all the rain) , it almost blocks that roof! yea!

new little powder puff I have a few around the place as they are one of my favs

This thunbergia is from a cutting I took in June. OMG it will soon take over but I love it! And, er, um, those patio stones should be white - thanks, rain...time to get out the pressure washer I guess...

thanks for looking,

Hester

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ibarbidahl(9 (tampa-ish))

Everything is beautiful and green Hester.

Barbie

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 4:42PM
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Yme405(10b SW Fla)

Very nice. Looks tranquil

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 4:52PM
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wallisadi

very nice! like the arbors, really separate the garden. is the thunbergia "blue sky vine?" yikes if it is....! i dug one old one out that was climbing into the tree and couldn't believe the size of the root system. beautiful garden!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 6:15AM
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juneroses Z9a Cntrl Fl

Hester: What an oasis of calm you've created. I love it!

I wouldn't hurry to wash the stepping stones (unless they're slippery and a danger for walking). I prefer the mossy "aged" look (maybe because I'm mossy and aged).

June

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 8:14AM
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hester_2009

thunbergia is the alba variety - black eyed susan - very agressive but easily pruned and contained. I do have the sky vine on my back fence and yes, it is a monster but when flowering, just beautiful. I always say I'll rip it out, but just can't bring myself to do it!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 8:17AM
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tropicalfreak(z10b Ft Lauderdale)

Like the Powder Puff. Did you or have started them from seed?

I have grown before and sold it during one of the moves.
I am watching a tree that is blooming. Any idea when to expect seed?

Thanks Hester.

Tropicalfreak

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:04AM
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hester_2009

I've not tried growing the Powder Puff from seed..two reasons really...I never have much luck growing anything from seed..and these plants are now widely available cheap!
they do produce seed often, as they bloom off and on all year.
Try it!
Glad you like them
Hester

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:17AM
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crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)

gorgeous! I want my yard to look like yours.
Lori

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 10:47AM
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hester_2009

Lori,
I've seen your pics and I want my yard to be like yours! I love the paths and benches and stuff you have created in the enclosed spaces.
The pics I posted here are from the front "yard" which used to be a driveway and I'm trying to create enclosed spaces there but it's hard digging. So for now, it's just sort of wild and wide open but full of butterflies and birds so I'm happy!
June - lol! "Mossy and aged" - I now have a new way to describe myself thanks!
Hester

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 1:03PM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

I love the colors and the arbor. Nice peaceful place.
Count me as another "mossy and aged" gardener who almost took a dive on my path stones that had been covered in leaves.
Like Hill Street Blues...."Let's be careful out there"

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 7:18PM
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Irma_StPete(z9 FL)

Charming! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 1:16AM
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keiki(10 FL)

Very nice pictures. Love the arbor leading the way and the large tree in the background!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 10:57AM
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