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My main gardening passion has been forever-improving the ’tropical courtyard’ that we’ve created at the kitchen door of our c. 1889 home. It’s great being able to dine there West Indian-style on our balmy summer evenings.

Since joining GW, I’ve been badly bitten by the orchid bug. I grow 40+ plants indoors on 3 shelves under lights, except Spring thru Fall when the top shelf (higher light) ’chids are outside. Thanks to the terrific regulars on the Orchid Forum, I’ve acheived success with phals, dens, vandaceous and oncidiums and am working on angraecums now. Of course, this has led to an even stronger desire for a greenhouse, LOL!

I have been gardening in some form since my college days and have been an obsessive composter for more than 15 years. I use natural methods of controlling weeds and pests. (I make an exception, though, for mosquito repellant on myself - quite necessary here in SW Ga. and I’m allergic!)

For 2005 I’m planning a larger water feature for the courtyard, a semi-formal one that will look old. This project is already in progress. And I’m in the planning stage for a permanent kitchen garden & small orchard that I hope to have ready & working next year. For now, I’ll have to have my veggies in temporary raised-beds but this is just as well since my ambitions for a growing season usually far exceed the time I can spend gardening.

I share my life with my husband, who aspires to be a sugar cane grower (and distiller??) and 2 cats indoors, another 2 who are garden cats, and 2 humongous but very good dogs who have their own large space. I chose the name TabbyCat because a) my 1st choice was taken, LOL, and b) because I think Tabby Cats are very wise and essential in the garden.

tc~

I live in: United States

My zone is: Z8a/b SW GA

My favorite forum 1 is Tropicals.

My favorite forum 2 is Orchids.

First registered on December 30, 2002 .