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Hi, fellow plant lovers!
Plants are a big part of my life, both indoors and out. In fact, when I was shopping for a house in the fall of 2000, one of my priorities was finding one with a lot of windows, good sills, the right exposure, and a good basement for my winter plant lights...and, of course, a good yard for gardening! Now that I have that house, not only is it full of plants and surrounded by flowers, but it is now home to a dog, three cats, a guinea pig, an anole (in a well-planted terrarium, of course!), a Halloween Crab, 2 hermit crabs, and 8 aquariums! Plus I had a garden pond installed in the summer of 2004, which contains 9 goldfish and a bunch of pond plants. In the summer, I use the pond to breed tropical fish, too. In the summer of 2004 I also decided to try vermiculture (with redworms) on a very small scale. It probably doesn't surprise you that I majored in Biology in college.
I am 39, divorced, and work full time as a medical coder. I have also worked as a greenhouse manager, among other things.
I have over 200 "kids"--the green type, who stay in one place all the time with their feet immersed in soil (except when the cats knock them over!) I've never counted my outdoor plants (other than the 80+ Pelargoniums, which are indoors and outdoors), but I have an average-sized suburban yard jam-packed! Before my divorce, I lived in a large house with 8 acres, so when I moved out, it was a real challenge finding room for everyone...especially for the 2 years I was in an apartment! Fortunately, my ex-husband and I are friends, so he didn't mind taking care of my perennials and my largest house plants until I could afford a house. Also, my mother, who originally planted the seed ('scuse the pun!) for my gardening/plant obsession--helped me by "fostering" some of my favorite perennials until I had a garden of my own to move them to.
My favorite plants are Pelargoniums (I started hybridizing 4 years ago), begonias, Euphorbias, aralias, rudbeckias, sedums, plants with variegated, purple or silver leaves, and more.
(For those of you who are newbies to the plant hobby, Pelargoniums are what most people call "geraniums"--not to be confused with the perennial true geraniums).
In the summer of 2000, my mother and i took a trip to Logee's Greenhouse in CT (check them out at www.logees.com). It was a wonderful experience and we both spent a lot more money than we had planned. If you're into exotic and rare tropicals, this place is heaven! No, I'm not getting commission for this. lol
UPDATE: We went to Logee's again in June of 2002, and then again in September 2003 and June 2004. Every time, we spent tons of money and fill my mom's Caravan! (We also visit other nurseries while up there).
I added many new varieties of begonias to my collection, and there were hundreds more that I would have loved to buy if I had the room and the money! Actually, if I had the money, I'd buy them and worry about making room for them later!
I have a lot of plants and seeds to trade. I have met some great gardening friends and plant-trading partners via this site since I became a member early in 2001. Soon after joining, I met someone thru GardenWeb who sent me a plant that I had been looking for for 17 years! Hopefully I can do the same for others. Hope to hear from you!
I live in: US
My zone is: 6b Allentown PA
My favorite forum 1 is Geranium.
My favorite forum 2 is Begonia.
First registered on May 28,2001.