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Re: Weekend plants and stuff


]. And I'm sure I've forgotten something.
>
Jim, your place, as large as it is, must be simply jam-packed.  I don't know
how you keep track of it all.  Do you keep a plant list?

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Weekend plants and stuff


> Hi, Andrea. I have a fantastic rex escargot in a hanging basket on the
> veranda. Needs to be re-potted. I don't know the maple-leaf one. Got a
> picture? I also have a non-rex that is curled like an escargot; it's
> called a "pig's ear." I don't know why.
>
> The last plant sale we went to at University of South Florida, we had a
> nice chat with their begonia curator and ended up buying a B.
> aconitifolia that had been damaged [knocked off the table]. It's a
> large cane angelwing. Well, when we got it home we stashed it on the
> front patio and forgot about it. Ms. Fatma found it again yesterday. It
> has completely recovered from its misfortune and looks great. So we
> re-potted it. Also re-potted some dracaenas and a clump of bamboo palms
> that we raised from seeds; we planted the seeds 3 year ago and the
> palms are now 6 to 7 feet tall.
>
> All the begonias here at the plantation--and there are lots and lots of
> them--are blooming now, although some, such as the five or six dragon
> wings, bloom all year. And the caladiums are risen. It is really
> satisfying to see a large pink leaf poke its way up through a fern bed
> and unfurl.
>
> Lots of other stuff blooming--jatrophas [four species], bougainvilleas
> [three or four varieties], gerberas, gardenias, orange jasmine,
> confederate jasmine, allamandas, rubber vines, hibiscus, turks caps,
> Mexican petunias, non-Mexican petunias, crossandra, orchids and ground
> orchids, oleanders, crowns of thorns in all colors, desert roses in a
> bunch of colors, roses [we have two--a sorry red tea and a yellow
> miniature]. And I'm sure I've forgotten something.
>
>
> On Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 10:37 PM, Andrea H wrote:
>
> > Jim, do you have the Escargot and Maple Leaf begonias?  If not, I must
> > send
> > you some cuttings.
> > A
> >
> > Andrea H
> > Beaufort, SC
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
> > To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 2:00 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Weekend plants and stuff
> >
> >
> >> I found one pod on my Hong Kong orchid tree a few weeks ago that
> >> seemed
> >> to have viable seeds in it. All the flowers--and there are hundreds of
> >> them every year--set pods but usually the pods are empty. Anyway, I
> >> dried this pod and I noticed yesterday that it had split open [they
> >> twist as they split open, like a wisteria pod--probably to dislodge
> >> the
> >> seeds].
> >>
> >> It had seven seeds, which I planted in a Jiffy pack today with a
> >> single
> >> miracle fruit seed. Don't know if the miracle fruit seed will hatch;
> >> it's been sitting on my desk for a week and I think they're supposed
> >> to
> >> be planted fresh.
> >>
> >> Then I planted another Jiffy pack with custard apple [Annona
> >> reticulata] seeds. A woman who works with Ms. Fatma has given us
> >> several custard apples, also called bullock's heart and Jamaican
> >> apple,
> >> from her tree. This last time I save a dozen segments and this morning
> >> I plucked the seeds from the saved segments. They are also supposed to
> >> be planted fresh.
> >>
> >> They are a very interesting fruit. They are about the size of a
> >> bullock's heart and filled with many clearly defined, easily separated
> >> segments, each about the size of a clementine segment, with a single
> >> small torpedo-shaped seed in the center. I should add that the
> >> membrane
> >> the encloses each segment is not at all noticeable the way they
> >> membrane that encloses a clementine segment is.
> >>
> >> Then I potted up some rooted cuttings of Mexican petunias [Ruellia
> >> brittoniana] and re-potted two golden barrel cactuses. Very carefully,
> >> I might add.
> >>
> >> I refreshed the cutting box where the Mexican petunias had been and
> >> started a whole bunch of new cuttings--three kinds of begonias
> >> [including one small angelwing that Ceres sent to me a year or two
> >> ago]
> >> and several cuttings of rubber vine [Cryptostegia grandiflora].  It's
> >> called rubber vine because it has a sticky, latex-like sap.
> >>
> >>
> >> Island Jim
> >> Southwest Florida
> >> Zone 10
> >> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> >>
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