Happy Birthday, Laura!

tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)June 25, 2013

A little bird told me today is Laura's birthday. How about joining me in wishing her a day so full of good things she wouldn't mind repeating it every day?

Happy birthday, and many happy returns ......


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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

Happy Birthday Laura! Your pictures have been an inspiration to me, being a fellow Mid-Atlantic-er!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:59AM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Yeah. Happy b day laura. hope its a great one!!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:25AM
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BIG Happy B day Laura and thanks for your help....mahalo nui loa, roxanne

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:28AM
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    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:35AM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Happy birthday, Laura!

I hope your day is showered in plumie blooms! :)


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:35AM
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Happy Birthday Laura!!!!! To a wonderful woman who's kindness and knowledge has made this one of the best plumeria site on the internet!!!! Have a wonderful day!!!!!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:54AM
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Happy Birthday,Laura!
29 & holding!!!!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:03AM
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Happy Birthday to you Laura! You are one special lady and I hope you have a birthday that is just as special!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:11AM
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Happy Birthday Laura. For a wonderful person and for making this forum so much brighter. Clara

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:21AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA







Now, are you near- or far-sighted?

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    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:25AM
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kt2fl(okla z7)

Happy Birthday, Laura! Hope you're having a spectacular growing season filled with many blooms!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:55AM
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Happy birthday Laura.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:23AM
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Happy birthday!!
Tally Ho!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:53AM
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maark23 TX/8a

Happy birthday Laura!!! Hope you have an amazing day!!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:55AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Happy Birthday sweetie! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:09PM
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freak4plumeria(So CA zone 10)

Happy Birthday Laura!!! Hope you have a special day planned!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:12PM
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Happy Birthday, friend! You've been an inspiration to me since the first time I got on this board - for your knowledge, your enthusiasm, your humor, and your kindness! Thank you for everything, and I hope you really enjoy your day. Birthday greetings!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Hope your day is filled with happiness and more plumies!! Happy bday Laura! Thank you for your kindness and help and advice!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 2:24PM
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Happy Birthday Laura. I hope it is a wonderful day for you. And I repeat everyone here - THANKS for all your advice, help and guidance. You are truly an inspiration for all of us here and I have learned soooo much from you. So I truly hope you have a wonderful, blessed day.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 2:34PM
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Happy Birthday, Laura! What pretty gifts did you receive?

James, please cut me a piece of cake. :)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 5:21PM
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    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:39PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

Happy Birthday Laura. Take a day off from being nurse to you know who. Hope all is well in VB. Have a great year. Bill

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    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:18PM
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Minderella(9 Lake County FL)

Happy Birthday! Hope it was very special.


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    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:31PM
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I'll add my birthday greeting but what more could be said. I agree with everyone here. Your the best!!!
How come I'm the last to know???
Best wishes always

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:38PM
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Laura, given that it's your birthday, I wanted to see if one of your beloved Plumie Protectors was there to give you a birthday greeting. Finally found the little guy a few minutes ago, hanging under an Aztec Gold's leaf. So even the critters love you! Happy Birthday from Plumie Protectors everywhere!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:42PM
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He requested a close-up (he must be one of the Hollywood mantises). Happy BDay!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:52PM
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Happy Birthday Laura!!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:05PM
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ginger9899(10 SW Florida)

Hope your birthday has been great Laura!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:06PM
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Hope you have a wonderful birthday WEEK, Laura--you deserve it!!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:12PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hello Everyone!!!

Oh... MYYY!!!

I have been so busy today repotting my trees and then having lunch with my daughter , mother and grandson today.. A good friend told me to check the forum and when i did , i couldn't believe my eyes!!!

Al... You are a kind soul to do this, thank you my friend!!! I cant thank you enough for thinking of me.. wonder who the little "bird" was? Hmmm? For all you have done for me and all that you teach me, Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I am so glad to call you a good friend!!!

If everyday was like this... being surrounded by people like you guys, life would be wonderful.. I can't think of a better place to share in the joy of my birthday!!!


Hi Kristopher.. Thank you for the well wishes.. What a gift it is to think my pictures inspire you. That pleases me more than you know.. MY pleasure!!!

Hi Mike!!! You are so nice!! Thank you!!! ;-)

Rox.. You are to kind!! Many thanks as well.. if you ever need anything.. just ask!!

Thank you Robert!!! I appreciate this so much!!!

Hi Dave!!! Thanks for the ALL CAPS!!! I didnt have to get the glasses out for your post!!! Thanks for the use of your cane too! I will return it in a few weeks, i know how you depend on it!! LOL!!! Use the walker for a few days.. it will help!!! ;-)

Hi Manuel,

Thank you so much for all of the kind comments that you always give. You know it is hard for me to accept them, but i do appreciate all that you do. You are a very kind person and i cant thank you enough!! Have a great night!!

Hi Lonnie!! lol.. yes, 29 and holding.. I WISH!! But i feel younger than my actual age tho!! SO i will be happy about that!! Thank you.. you made me grin to see"29". Did someone put you up to that? ;-) J/K Thanks again!!!

Thank you Emily!! I had a wonderful day. You are soooo sweet!! Mahalo!!!

Hi Clara!! Thank you too!! What a nice surprise this post is.. it made my day!!! Thank you for posting!!!

Dave, Dave, DAVE!!! Both of you like trouble!! ;-) I can read those charts just fine.. guess what was so funny? My eye doctor sent me a Happy Birthday text today.. i thought of you two.. Made me laugh out loud!!! I am not sure which one .. i can read all of the lines.. LMAO!! I do have my 2.0 cheater glasses on tho!! Thanks again!! The two dangerous DAVES from northern VA!! BE careful, very careful.... ;-)

Hi Kenny!! Thank you for the birthday wishes!!!

Thank you George!!! Hope you are having good season in TX!!!

Hi Tally HO!!! Thank you !!!

Hi Mark!! Thank you so much!!!

Hey Lynn!! Thank you.. you are the "sweetie" Thank you for all you have done for me!!!

James, James.. Love the "Birthday Cake" I haven't seen one like that before.. How special!! It sparkles just like you do!! Thank you for all that you do for me and then some!!! What a wonderful person you are..

Simi,,, You have always been a super person and i am thrilled to call you friend as well. You have learned so much and built your collection with the quality of an artist..

You know how to arrange, compose and then express to us all that you want to say and share all at once. You have a gift for writing and i can't wait to see what you have put down on paper so far. Riley had a wonderful dad and i cant thank you enough for all that you have shared in the past when i lost Pepper. SO kind...so helpful. Many thanks!!! I love the Protectors...They are awesome, especially the close up of "hollywood" They made me smile.. Mahalo!!!! All of your kind comments are appreciated...

Hi Chuy!! Thank you !! You are more than welcome.. I did just recieve an email from GW, but i never received one at my email... Please send again if you can.. i know others have had issues too! I would love to hear from you!!!

Joan.. it is you that i have learned from!! YOU are one of those that are an inspiration to all of us. You have made this forum a wonderful place to visit with your kind words and knowledge. Thank you!!!

Hi Mona!!!

Thank you for the kind wishes.. My daughter and mother and grandson took me out to lunch. We had a wonderful time and i loved seeing my grandson learn to wave "HI" What a gift!!! He is 9 months old.. what a gem he is!!!

My gifts? Friends like you all....People who truly care for one another.. I just love to spend time with people who love nature, plants, and to just spend time looking at the gardens .. not even having to talk.. just enjoying the time together.. those are gifts... ;-)

My kids did give me a gift that others might think is strange.. LOL.. But it is useful.. It is a mini chainsaw attached to an extension pole to get to hard to reach places.. Like my palm fronds etc. Bud did use one when he was cutting a few cuttings from his trees for me. I wish my trees were that large, but this will come in handy for the palms. Oh.. i did order a little something from Jim Little..SHhhh!!! MY secret!!! I will have to watch for the FedEx man.. lol.. My Dh made a great dinner and we all enjoyed the family here at our house.. For those that think this "saw" is a hoot.. here is Bud in action.. i will have to call him for instructions!!! ;-)

Bud has always said i could post a pic of him as long as it was a good photo of him!!! ;-) I think it is...

Hi Kay!!! Thank you sweetie!!! How are the little ones doing? Hope you and the family are well!!! ;-)

Hi Bill!! It means so much to hear from you!! Hope you are well. Thank you for the birthday wishes.. Please keep in touch. I have been thinking of you and Sherry!! Hope you guys are enjoying the summer!!! You are the very one who was so helpful to me. I have heard of others who say the same.. So for the ones that don't post, THANK YOU for all you do !! ;-) I had the "patient" in San Fransisco last week and we walked the streets.. not 'Lombard tho.." LOL.. He did really well considering surgery was in January.. I really wanted to go to Key West, but he wanted to see Alcatraz, so he won the arm wrestling contest.. next time, i will win ;-) He was limping after the days of walking, but was a trooper. Motrin was his friend. Hope you are feeling better? Please send an email and let me know how you are?

Powder.. I did tell you i was worried about losing the battle about heading to the Keys.. well.. i lost!! LOL.. We did have fun tho, but no Plumies in San Fran, or so i could find. I did visit the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park. There were beautiful gardens and i especially Loved the Japanese Tea Gardens.. ;-) SO peaceful and beautiful...

Hi MIndy!! Thank you!!! it means so much... how are your trees doing?

Hey Peg!! Sorry.. but was i to say yesterday that it was my Birthday... NO WAY!! Some little bird did say something to AL.. Thanks for lunch!! Always enjoy your company!!!!


Thanks again SImi!! Love those Protectors.. especially my Frogs too!!!! They are so cute!!! I Just LOVE them!!!

Kasie.. Thank you so much!!!

Heather.. To you as well... Thank YOU!!! You guys are so nice..

Thank you all again.

Al... Thank you for starting this.. it means so much.. more than anything one could buy. Priceless.. Truly touching.!!!

Thank you EVERYONE!!!



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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia


Sweet Jen.. Thank you so much.. i missed you when i was responding. YOU need a special post all to yourself anyway!! What a gift you are!! I am so blessed to have you as a friend as well..

Blaze is doing great and is in his own container. I will post soon!!

thank you so much!!!! TX is lucky to have you!!!



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    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:28PM
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Happy Belated Birthday, Laura!!!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 5:02PM
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Another belated Birthday Wish Laura....wishing you a spectacular year and much happiness and fortune!!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 5:52PM
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Wow, late to the party again! I have to check out this forum more often! A very happy belated birthday wish to you, my friend! Thanks for your kindness, and for sharing your love for Plumeria with Frangipani newbies like me! Your birthday happens to be the same as my father's, and also is the anniversary date of my fiancee and I! All the best!


    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 9:39PM
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I just love those pics of you and Bud, Laura. He looks incredible for being in his 90's! And those big trees...incredible!

You're going to get a lot of use out of that chainsaw with your palms being as tall as they are now. I got a new set of hand-pruners for Mothers' Day and was as happy as could be!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 9:51AM
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Happy belated birthday wishes, Laura! I am in jasper, Canada on vacation and just noticed this .. No plumeria's here...... Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 10:34AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Lnorigb,

Thank you for the birthday greeting!! ;-)

Hi Michelle!!! Thank you as well!!! I really appreciate this!!

Everyone has been so kind,, i just don't know what to say...

The Butterfly Gold is coming along nicely!! What beauty!!!! So is Maui Sunset.. Love this one!!


LOL.. Great people here on this forum!! I wish i could visit the one you like to stay on, but i just don't fit in.. i feel so comfortble here and i LOVE all of the people.. They are AWESOME!!! As far as getting you hooked? LOL.. We do a great job at that!! I hope you like you new babies.. ok, teenagers... well.. adults!! LOL.. They will do well for you!! enjoy!!!

Hi Jen,

I agree.. i love the pics of Bud working in his trees.. MY DH kept clicking away knowing i would love those pics.. He is one gentleman who i could listen to all night and not yawn once. He is fascinating to talk too and loves to share stories from the past as well as talk about plants, trees, other places to visit.. We had so much fun on our visit. I have a great pic of him and i inside his Californis Sally, but i don't post my mug on the forum. I also have one great pic of Bud, Bill and I and it is framed and hung in my house. Bud said i could post any pic of him as long as it was a good one.. He is so funny, but out of respect to Bill and since i don't like to post my pics, i keep it here in the house. LOL.. Sorry for the backside pics of me.. i wanted to show you Bud's smile when he brought down the cutting.. he was just as happy as i was. When we pulled away from his house, my DH said "what is wrong.." I hadn't realized that he had noticed.. but i teared up at that moment knowing what i had just done.. the experience of being at Buds..meeting Bill and John.. the whole day was so exciting and i was so happy.. DH still couldnt' figure it out.. I was full of "happy tears.."

You and i are quite alike.. im sure you understand!!! ;-)

Hi Khandi!! Thank you soooo much!! I have missed you!!!

So you are up in Banff National park? LOVE that place!! Love Jasper too! Did you take the Icefield Parkway? We climbed the Athabasther (sp?) Glacier on that beautiful trip.

I love ALberta!! Have a wonderful time.. what a perfect time of the year to visit!!!

Take care,


    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 9:34PM
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Hi Laura, seems I'm late to the game as always but why not pile on a "Happy Belated Birthday!" Hey, it is always nice to extend a special occasion into a several day affair, right?? lol. Always a pleasure to see your posts here, and I owe a lot to you and the rest of the gardenweb community for getting me interested in gardening, tropicals and of course Plumeria. This is not just a place where people post random thoughts, but rather a place to learn and share, and you're obviously a big part of it.

I was slaving away up in your neck of the woods last week, actually. I can confirm that it is just at hot and humid in Virginia Beach as it is in Tampa :) Not quite as wet though...some of my plants are beginning to protest!

take care,

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 11:00PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Brian!!

I almost missed this until a friend mentioned for me to check this thread!!! You are so nice to give such kind compliments.. Just don't know what to say except Mahalo my friend!!! I have learned from you as well.. we all learn from each other and i agree, this is a great forum!!!

Talk about hot and Humid.. today it felt like a tropical rainforest. I could hardly breath, but im sure the trees are in heaven!!!

Please send me an email next time you are here in VB. it would be wonderful to meet you and for you to come over and see the trees!!!

We always love to share experiences.. Peg lives close to me too!

Take care and thank you again. It means so much.!!


    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 12:15AM
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starofleviathan(z7 - L.I.)

Agh! Why am I always one of the last people to find this stuff out! SO SORRY Laura! Allow me to join the chorus of love:

I think this one sums it up perfectly:

~ Angharand

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 8:49AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia


You' re one sweet lady!!!

i always appreciate the kindness in your heart. You have a kind soul and i am truly greatful for knowing you...

Thank you soooooooooo much!!!

Mahalo, my friend!!! ;-)



    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 1:31AM
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Geez I'm an awful plumeria friend :(. I can't even say belated Happy Birthday because I missed it by so much!

Well I think you're special every day! Ha!


    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:40PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Here's a cute joke you can play on a friend. I'll use Laura as an example. Her birthday is on the 25th, so I send her a BELATED birthday card, but I send it in time for her to receive it at least 2 days before her birthday. On the outside of the card, I write DO NOT OPEN UNTIL JUN 27color>, 2 days AFTER her birthday. Imagine your reaction .....


    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:59PM
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LOL good one Al :)

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 3:19PM
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I'm late to the party, haven't had much spare time lately. Happy belated birthday to a super sweet lady!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 9:44PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

How could I not see this...

Nicole... You are the best!!! I think we are so much a like. LOL!

We love the same things.. You are so much fun!! mahalo my friend! !!

Hi AL!!! That is to funny.. I will have to remember this and do this to my brothers.. They will love it!"" Thanks for the great idea!!! Glad it didn't happen to me!!! Lol. ;-)

Thanks Powder.. Always a pleasure to see you!!! Hope all is well.

Take care everyone!!!


    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 2:34AM
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plumejunkie(9a SF Bay Area)

Happy Birthday Laura, thanks for the karma! ;)

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 2:53AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Thank you, PlumeJunkie!!!

So kind...


    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 4:04PM
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