RE: Big Weekend
Gees Jim, don't let me have to explain to you the importance of
"> > sellers were native plant types and their wares were, well, not
> > attractive"
They are not meant to be attractive!.. They are your background,
backbone of any great garden. They take the no work, yet they add
another dimension to the total picture. They add the windbreaks, they
add the sounds of wildlife, they add shady areas, they are totally
unnoticed, yet without them what would your fancy exotics use as a
Hum........ I will leave it at that for today.....
> > Today was one of those beautiful subtropical days. Mid to low 80s,
> > humid, gentle breeze.
> > We've been propagating, growing, and training a white-flowered
> > standard for a couple of years now, and today planted it in the
> > It's past due for a moderate-to-severe pruning, but we decided to
> > until it's had a few weeks in its new home. So far, I'm rather
> > with it.
> > We planted it across the yard from the Florida room [that sounds
> > funny--they're all Florida rooms here, right?], so the short one can
> > keep an easy eye on it.
> > We also cleaned out the cutting beds to make room for Petrea
> > in late summer. We want to try to root a few of these to sell when
> > are blooming next spring. I got the bull's horn acacia planted and
> > together we got the 24" pot with desert rose moved from the middle
> > the back lawn to the back patio [no easy task].
> > Yesterday, we drove to Naples to visit that city's new botanical
> > garden. They have 160 dedicated acres, of which they have improved
> > acres--1 percent. We were very impressed by what they've done so
> > For example, they've used arbors to shade many of the walkways and
> > vines, such as stephanotis, to cover most of the arbors. And
> > is either tagged or labeled or both.
> > Of special interest to me was a small stand of Timor black bamboo
> > [Bambusa lako]. Truly fantastic. The canes are jet black and, if one
> > rubs the blush off, they glisten like Japan lacquer. If I can figure
> > out where to put one--and where to get one--I will.
> > On the way down, public radio touted a native plant sale at the
> > Conservancy, so we sought directions from the botanical garden
> > and sought it out. It was really a fun time, although the only plant
> > sellers were native plant types and their wares were, well, not
> > attractive. But the rest of the extravaganza was a lot of fun.
> > Island Jim
> > Southwest Florida
> > Zone 10
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