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I have posted  a couple of photos of plants that I am growing where there is no natural light. I use an ultra violet fluro tube light, you can get them from a pet store that stock tropical fish,…Continue

Started by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia. Last reply by Vicky Myers Jan 9.

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Started by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9. Last reply by Vicky Myers Sep 1, 2013.

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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 13, 2014 at 6:49pm

Thanks all.  Glad you like the amaryllis, Marianne.  The blooms aren't as large as the fancy Dutch hybrids but they do appear longer, and the foliage looks pretty nice all year.  It's narrow so it's not *quite* as floppy, hah!  My fancy hybrid ones are making buds that are showing color, so hopefully they'll be blooming soon.  Great you're getting out and working in the garden!  

Oh dear, Keryn, I'll have to research your Vegemite scandal!  I don't know who bought who, but here in the US, vegemite is 100% considered Australian.  I'll do some research so I don't open any wounds, lol.  

My stapelia seed pods POPPED open, releasing lots of those fun, tufted seeds.  Here's a pic of the pod open, and then almost empty.  I saved lots of the seeds to give and trade but left plenty for the birds and wind to take too.  

My plumeria stem cuttings from my last trip to Hawaii are finally waking up so I decided to unpot them to see if they've rooted, which they finally did, so they got unspotted and separated into their own pots.  The smaller one is 'Celandine' and the larger is 'Samoan Fluff'.  I've grown a large 'Celandine' in a huuuuuuge pot for many years--it's definitely my favorite variety.  The large one is waking up too.  Here are the cuttings--I brought back six different types but only these two made it, but hey, I'll take what I can get, LOL:

Finally, just a quick pic of some of our native four o'clocks blooming in the garden.

Happy gardening all!

Grant

Comment by Marianne Konka on April 7, 2014 at 5:34am

Keryn that plant sale looks like fun!  I would have needed a wagon for sure! 

Grant I love your Amaryllis, mine are just about done, but so much color in the house while they lasted!  The weather's getting warmer, I dug in the dirt outside all day yesterday, Yay!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 6, 2014 at 9:55pm

Oh Grant don,t get me started over Vegemite, sad sad sad day in this country when Vegemite was sold to another country. Love your pictures and all your mixture of plants. You sit outside and enjoy that toast. I can still sit out side and enjoy mine as well most days. Do you have winter heating.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 5, 2014 at 5:12pm

Neat pics of fun plants, Keryn.  We just don't have high enough temps here for any of the pitcher plants, too bad too as you'er giving me a craving, hah!  

My species "amaryllis", Hippeastrum striatum is starting to bloom, so I thought I'd share a pic of it, plus one of my favorite snacks, home made bread and vegemite or marmite, LOL.  Happy gardening all! 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 1, 2014 at 6:24pm

Which reminds me, its raining at long last, heaps of it. But the humidity got to unbearable first, could not sleep last night. I must water the plants under cover still. 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 1, 2014 at 6:21pm

Its the real deal, European wasps are attracted to it, so my husband loves it, he hates wasps. They crawl down the tubes which are full of water and then the plant closes the top flap, and they drown. Same deal with the other one, they are an American swamp plant.

Comment by Vicky Myers on March 30, 2014 at 10:57pm

Is that just a cool plant or is it a bug eater?

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on March 30, 2014 at 10:40pm

Sarracenia has done well outside with shade from a big tree and splash from the water fountain. I have not had it through winter yet though, hoping the tree will be enough to protect it. Wait and see, will let you know.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on March 30, 2014 at 9:25pm


Vicky you have to tie a rope to him as well, so many balling children who had lost their parents. Soooo glad to go to these things without children. The picture is the nepenthes under our lazer lite verander roofing, I will just keep the tubes full of water and hope we don,t get any frosts this winter. Should be ok under the tinted plastic roofing all my plants like it under there, but they can,t all fit. I like it as well, so do the dogs, we can,t all fit.

Comment by Vicky Myers on March 30, 2014 at 8:31pm

Keryn that is why you take your little red wagon with you. When my son was a little guy I always took the wagon when ever we went to any functions where we collected stuff. Plus he could ride and me not have to carry him either.

 

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