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Post: # 15263Unread post GoDawgs
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:34 am

I know you're just loving that beautiful area you worked so hard to build. You might be tweaking it here and there a bit. Just when you think you've got everything settled, a new idea or plant comes along and... well, you know the drill! :lol:
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:10 pm

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This new ‘Crimson Royal’ low-chill cherry replaces a pear that never produced.
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Post: # 15767Unread post PlainJane
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:24 pm

I wish I could get a pic of the female ruby throat that nests in the yard every year. She always returns the end of March and takes possession against any and all interlopers. She has a few surveying positions where I can see her and hear her squeaking away, but can’t sneak up on her. She defends my garden and my next door neighbor’s too since he planted some of my salvia divisions.
Back and forth from the Cuphea, to the Abutilon, the short salvias, the tall salvias and the Tacoma stans ‘Bells of Fire’.
Then she’ll chase bugs while the nectar refreshes then start over again.
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Post: # 15768Unread post worth1
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:43 pm

Looks better than my weed eaten place.
Much better.
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Post: # 15774Unread post PlainJane
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:12 pm

worth1 wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:43 pm
Looks better than my weed eaten place.
Much better.
Thank you Worth! I try ...
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Post: # 15797Unread post MissS
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:50 pm

I would come back every year too to visit that garden. You have a very nice selection of hummingbird plants.
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Post: # 15818Unread post PlainJane
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:38 am

MissS wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:50 pm
I would come back every year too to visit that garden. You have a very nice selection of hummingbird plants.
Thank you @MissS
Since we didn’t have a hard frost the Hamelia will start to open any day. Although technically there for the zebra longwings the hummer takes full advantage. Later in the summer the fire spike will come into its own. She loves that as it’s right under one of her hangout spots.
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The tiny Orange Skyscraper Salvia are setting in and starting to see hummingbird visits.
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Post: # 18458Unread post MissS
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:42 pm

They won't be tiny for long. They grow fast and get large. The birds do like them a lot.
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Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:37 pm

I saw a humming bird sucking on one of my agave plants blooms yesterday. :D
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Post: # 18616Unread post PlainJane
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:25 am

This planter is more for me than the winged creatures ...
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Post: # 18658Unread post GoDawgs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:16 pm

Oh, I like that planted combo!
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Post: # 18664Unread post MissS
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:55 pm

GoDawgs wrote:
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Oh, I like that planted combo!
Yes, I quite agree.
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So happy I moved all the salvia together where they aren’t baking in hot sun all day.
Much better growth, no wilting or scorching.
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Post: # 19708Unread post Growing Coastal
Mon May 11, 2020 3:48 pm

And they look lovely all together. I see a red Hotlips? Today I noticed the first few flowers open on mine, all red right now, red/white later on.
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Post: # 19729Unread post MissS
Mon May 11, 2020 9:40 pm

Those salvia look beautiful there. I think that the plants, the birds and the people will all be very happy with that arrangement.
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Post: # 20741Unread post WoodSprite
Mon May 25, 2020 8:13 pm

I loved looking at your before, progress and after photos. Gorgeous! I'm sure the winged creatures appreciate your creation, too.
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Post: # 20770Unread post SpookyShoe
Tue May 26, 2020 10:07 am

My salvias don't like full sun either. Neither do my cupheas. Neither does agastache.


By the way, I love the natural look of your gardens.

And I need to move my Cat's Whiskers...very sensitive to direct sun. Here's Cat's Whiskers:
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Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:30 pm

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The 2” David Verity Cuphea cuttings from last winter are now 3ft tall and will be getting a trim soon. I think I’ll root these cuttings and Use them to replace the rose hedge out front.
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Post: # 31749Unread post MissS
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:38 pm

@PlainJane Do you have problems with Japanese Beetles on your DV? Yours look great and mine are chewed up for most of the summer.
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