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Addicted to gardening & plants since I was just a tiny thing in the 70's. Moved to AL from OH in 2007 and absolutely love it! My passion is beautiful and unusual foliage inside and out, fragrant flowers, propagating whatever, and attracting the (friendly) tiny critters like birds, anole lizards, toads, hummingbirds, butterflies, geckos, skinks. We don't use any sprays or 'cides.
I have a ton of potted plants, most of which come inside for winter, and decorate my yard with massive amounts of Coleus, Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus,) Caladiums, elephant ears, vines, Begonias, and whatever annual seeds appeal to me that year. There are actually very few blooms but when I'm sitting on the front porch, people walking by often say, "I love your flowers!" I always get a kick out of that.
As I've done everywhere I've lived (except apartments,) and many times in other people's yards, I've started new gardens at this house. There was just one tiny 1-foot wide bed in a corner when I moved here. It was an L-shaped thing in a corner and mimicking the corner made it just as hard to mow as if it wasn't there. So I changed it to a diagonal. Then I rounded off most of the other corners (which are so numerous due to the odd footprint of the house and where the fence meets it.) Then a patch of grass was removed for primarily edibles. Then the rounded-off corners started enlarging... Propagation experiments and a lot of elbow grease have allowed me to do almost all of this new landscaping virtually for free - freescaping. Since we don't own this place, I spend very little money on gardening, but all of the repetition probably looks better than the massive one-of-a-kind thing I used to do with perennials. There are now more Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Brugmansias, elephant ears, figs, Cannas, confederates roses, "regular" roses, and many other new plants, to make this yard more enjoyable and pretty for us while we're here, and for whoever else may come later.
You're welcome to check out my foliage and repotting article at purpleinopp.blog.com. I also have a blog about mini gardens.
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Hawaiian Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa 'Red Sister') has buds, will soon make flowers!
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I live in: US
My zone is: 8b AL
My favorite forum 1 is House Plants.
My favorite forum 2 is Plant Propagation.
First registered on April 11,2009.