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Post by SquidInk » 02-25-2012 10:50 AM

Fan wrote: awesome! I have a pretty fair fossil collection from my rockhounding days, I should post some shots... too lazy :)


Hey! Don't be lazy :D I'd love to see those...
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Post by Fan » 02-25-2012 11:48 AM

SquidInk wrote: Hey! Don't be lazy :D I'd love to see those...


hehe if you saw the moving box situation here you would understand, but yes I do need to get the camera going again. It is cold and wintry here, and that always makes me less interested in photog-ing.

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Post by SquidInk » 02-28-2012 10:32 PM

Channel Island poppies are surviving the cold and flourishing
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Post by Diogenes » 02-28-2012 10:38 PM

Amazing - I have a Rose of Sharon which has been hit hard.

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Post by SquidInk » 02-28-2012 10:56 PM

I can't imagine it's been cold enough to harm a rose, but who knows. Was it an otherwise healthy plant? Here, it's been mild, but occasionally (like this week) it's dipped below freezing to about 30*.
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Post by Diogenes » 02-29-2012 03:27 PM

SquidInk wrote: I can't imagine it's been cold enough to harm a rose, but who knows. Was it an otherwise healthy plant? Here, it's been mild, but occasionally (like this week) it's dipped below freezing to about 30*.




Rose of Sharon is a Hibiscus and suseptible to cold. I live in the hills and the wind machines go off nightly for the citrus trees - it does get cold.
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Post by SquidInk » 02-29-2012 03:30 PM

Ahh... Rose of Sharon... I understand now - not a rose at all!

Well, it's very mild here, due to direct coastal influence. Even avocados are happy.
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Post by SquidInk » 03-28-2012 09:16 PM

abutilon?
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Post by Raggedyann » 03-29-2012 02:19 AM

Begonia from my garden.
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Post by SquidInk » 04-22-2012 10:28 PM

Salvia Bee's Bliss - I've been waiting to see it flower for two years.
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Post by SquidInk » 04-22-2012 10:28 PM

Raggedyann wrote: Begonia from my garden.


Beautiful. What else do I see there?
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Post by Diogenes » 04-23-2012 08:39 AM

The Salvia Bee's Bliss is beautiful and had not heard of that one - something I must have in the garden I think.
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Post by SquidInk » 04-23-2012 10:17 AM

It's a great hybrid, and a ground covering varietal. It won't need too much water (if any), and bees actually love it.

It has a Facebook page!

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Post by SquidInk » 04-23-2012 06:54 PM

Well...

This thread has suddenly become more valuable to me. Many of the plants pictured here are specimens I have collected and planted at the rental where I live, over a period of years. When I moved in, the yard was dirt, plywood (yeah, plywood), and a broken sprinkler system ran under all of it. I knew it was a crap-shoot, but I thought if I could make it look awesome, it might be embraced by subsequent tenets.

Today the landlord strolled by and informed it will all be killed next week. In it's place will be a new sprinkler system, and a freshly rolled out lawn. The only plants that will be kept are the hedges, which are formed from invasive species and require constant shearing. I'm sure the towering live oak would be chopped down too (it sheds, you know), but it originates in another yard.

I tried to explain xeroscape, and drought tolerant planting techniques. Then I tried to talk about native understory - but I sense a business plan at work here. Some of the rare species will be re-homed. Ah well... it's been a great thread.
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Post by Raggedyann » 04-23-2012 07:16 PM

Oh Squid this is horrible. I have enjoyed your pics so much! I hope the guy goes away and thinks about it and ultimately changes his mind. :(
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