jcboy
 
Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 05:08 pm
My favorite flower. When I lived in CA I never had any luck growing them, since moving to Florida they bloom like crazy. I have them growing all around my back deck.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/gardenia.jpg?t=1303945487

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/gardenia2.jpg?t=1303945680
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 05:43 pm
Nice. I have no luck with most plants.
jcboy
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 05:50 pm
@edgarblythe,
Everything grows in Florida. The yard work is never ending.
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JPB
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 05:52 pm
@jcboy,
Lovely!
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 06:18 pm
@jcboy,
Mmmm, I love the scent of gardenias. Take some more photos and show off the rest of your gardens. I bet they are just as beautiful. Is that a rubber tree plant I see in the background or is it a banana tree? Can't see the leaves well enough to be sure.

Which part of FLA are you in? My brother and his family lived in New Tampa Bay for a few years before the humidity levels got to be too much for his arthritis and asthma.
jcboy
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 06:38 pm
@Butrflynet,
One in the back is a travelers palm but the cold weather did a number on it, the one on the deck is a birds of paradise, they grow like crazy here, I have one birds in the front of my house that’s 12 feet tall. I’ll find a few more photos.
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jcboy
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 06:50 pm

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC00910.jpg?t=1303951312

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC00914.jpg?t=1303951380

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC01108.jpg?t=1303951611

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC00915.jpg?t=1303951670

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC00912.jpg?t=1303951706
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 07:10 pm
@jcboy,
Wow! Gorgeous.

My grandma lived in Florida and one year my dad planted an avocado pit in some obscure corner of her condo's grounds. It kept growing and growing over the years, I don't think I saw it past 12 years old or so (the tree, not me) but it was sizable by then.
jcboy
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 07:29 pm
@sozobe,
Thank you,

My neighbor is 72 years old and he’s lived in Florida for 0ver 30 years. I have this tree that is three times taller then the house growing by the fence, it’s actually a pretty tree. I asked my neighbor if he knew what kind of tree it was he said, “It’s a weed” Smile
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jcboy
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 07:34 pm
@Butrflynet,
I live in St. Pete, it's like living on an island. Moved here from CA in October of 2009. I love it here.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:36 pm
@jcboy,
Gorgeous colour combos going on there!
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 10:20 pm
@ehBeth,
Lots of textures there too. Did you design the layout and plant choices yourself? If so, you're quite a talented gardener, JC.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 11:37 am
@jcboy,
JCboy, I hope your gardens will be just as beautiful today after the line of storms passes overhead. Looks like the Tampa, St. Pete area is right in the path. Be safe!
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jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 07:41 am
About a month ago I planted two small bamboo plants, they grow tall and spread out quickly. They can grow to twenty feet tall, lots of privacy for the back yard.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/bam2.jpg?t=1306762819

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/bam1.jpg?t=1306762819
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 07:53 am
@jcboy,
Terrific!
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 11:21 am
Wow, you have a real knack for design.
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oolongteasup
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 09:17 pm
@jcboy,
if thats spreading bamboo pull it out for me

where are the camelias and the hot tub

vamp up that area next to the red fence or else i won't come
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jcboy
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2011 07:13 am
@jcboy,
The bromeliad is starting to bloom this morning. This plant is wrapped itself around the tree in the front yard and growing like crazy.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/flower1.jpg

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/flower.jpg
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2011 12:20 pm
@jcboy,
Almost looks like a giant Christmas cactus from a distance. Beautiful plant. What do you do to keep your garden foliage looking so insect-free? Does it come naturally to your garden or are you out there pinching bugs all day and spraying nasty chemicals?
jcboy
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2011 12:31 pm
@Butrflynet,
It actually comes natural. The weather here is much like Hawaii. We get so much rain everything just grows like crazy.

I put a houseplant outside and planted it in the side yard and it’s taking off like bananas!

The only time I had to use chemicals was for the wasp nest. They nest around the house and the garage. You spray one nest and the next day they have started another one. They are out of control here.
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