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ImageKatg
Feb 3, 2010 11:49 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Post photo's of your Mixed Containers and tell us what kind of plants you used.

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Imagechocolatemoose
Feb 5, 2010 12:10 AM CST
Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
That pic is cruel and unusual punishment.
I flew down from AK to attend the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, WA. The LAST plant I made myself crazy over before it closed for the day was the Kangaroo Paw shown in your previous pic. I saw them yesterday and was able to resist. Today, I really really wanted it, but they were too big for me to get home in my luggage or carry-on. They only had them in gallon size pots. I drove those poor lady's crazy trying to figure out how to get it back here (along with the other stuff I had already purchased, such a hanging ceramic bird bath)...Sadly, I had to leave it behind. I wanted it desperately for a houseplant that would love our long sunny days outdoors in the summer.

THEN, you have it pared with Persian Shield, which is one of my favorites, that is very difficult to find up here unless you want to pay $$$ for a 4" pot with fungus gnats...

Woe is me...I LOVE that planting....
ImageKatg
Feb 6, 2010 12:26 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Thanks Barbara:

It was only in the past couple of years that I've seen Kangaroo paw around here. It sure is a different plant. Mine is looking a little sick right now as we had bad freezes here in January but I've got my fingers crossed! (Would you believe the news was reporting that it was colder here one day than in parts of Alaska?)

And Persian Shield! What can I say about that one? I like it too and need to keep trimming it back as it will grow 5' tall! I've also found it does better in less sunnier spots and doesn't like to dry out!

Kat

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wonderearth
Feb 14, 2010 10:23 PM CST
Name: Lydia Davis
Santa Cruz
i also love persian shield. I've got some in a mixed planting but it doesn't have any leaves right now : (
Imageimapigeon
Mar 20, 2010 11:33 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Kathy, that really is a gorgeous combo. Have you ever grown Persian Shield from seed? I've seen it in the catalogs, but never tried it. Either that, or I've bought it and have the packet stashed somewhere----and never tried it....LOL!
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ImageKatg
Mar 22, 2010 10:45 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Janet...

Sounds like me. I have all good intentions of trying some seeds and then I'm cleaning up or something and the package gets stashed in a drawer! No I haven't tried the persian sheild from seed. I wonder how long it would take as this stuff grows like a weed. Let me know if you find yours! haha
Imagegardenersdetective
Mar 26, 2010 7:08 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Kathy, have you always lived in Florida? I love Persian Sheild too but mine has never looked so big and beautiful. Really puts on a show at your house.
ImageKatg
Mar 26, 2010 11:01 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Susan...I've lived here for about 30 years now but I'm originally from Canada. The Persian Sheild here grows amazingly...in fact get's a little out of hand if you're not always trimming it back. Very easy to propagate too. I really need to start planting some...most likely from transplants if they're available.
indygardengal
Mar 27, 2010 8:51 AM CST
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Is Persian Shield easy from cuttings? It looks like the kind of plant that would root well. If so I think I will buy one and make cuttings from it. I am beginning to like it a lot.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Apr 15, 2010 1:34 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Veronica, I did a little research and found this info on rooting Persian shield. Lots of posts on GardenWeb and they all agree it likes humidity and it is key to tent them.
A lot of people are very successful in rooting plants in water. If it works, that's fine. It is an extra step that's not necessary from my experience. Sometimes I do stick things in water when I don't have time to do better, and if it's limp I always put it in water (but usually lying down) until it perks up, but water roots and soil roots are different, or so I understand, and when you pot them up they have to make a whole new adjustment. (That's why lots of times they make nice healthy roots and you think you're home free, and then they die when you put them in potting mix or soil.) A plastic bag or other glass or plastic protection helps because without roots to supply moisture the leaves dry out, and the protective cover keeps humidity around the cutting until it grows roots. Then you can take it off, or better, raise it a little bit at a time while it adjusts.

Emily Compost has a good article as well
http://www.emilycompost.com/persian_shield.htm
ImageKatg
Apr 24, 2010 12:13 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Here's a new container I planted today and it's looking quite a little hodge-podge! Hopefully it will come into it's own as I love the Lilac trailing geraniums. I want the white ones to take over and the lilac ones to trail over the pot!

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ImageKatg
Apr 29, 2010 11:06 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I had a nice surprise today when I walked out and seen this beautiful Canna Bloom. It really is amazing as this poor plant got hit by the freeze and was next to dead a couple of months ago.

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ImageKatg
Apr 29, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
It sure made a nice recovery from this:

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ImageKatg
Apr 29, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I have two of these planters at my front door. I just cleared out the poinsettias and I think this might be an interesting planting when it grows up! I've been leaving the center Cordyline in as it seems to like it in the shade and added some Indian Frills Coleus. I've also added a few red caladium bulbs in here which are just starting to sprout...

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Imagemattsmom
May 6, 2010 5:10 AM CST
Name: Becky
WI
Hi Kat- I always look at your pix with my jaw hanging open! They are all gorgeous! I am wondering if you have a favorite color combo for your plantings?
Thanks,
Becky
ImageKatg
May 6, 2010 9:30 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I like purples and blues Becky...but sometimes it just comes down to what looks healthiest at the garden center! Smiling
ImageDebbie
May 6, 2010 12:17 PM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
Oh Kat, I love that container above (the one on each side of your door). But all of your arrangements are fabulous. I have my pot, I have my sedums and I just keep staring at it. LOL Wish you were here.
ImageKatg
May 6, 2010 4:52 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Just GO for it girl! Is it a big container? Do you have a lot of sedums? Just start by filling your container with potting soil and arranging the pots on top until you come up with something you like. It doesn't have to be asymetrical...just something that is pleasing to you!
ImageDebbie
May 6, 2010 8:47 PM CST
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La zone 8b
LOL, well, I have decided to go get a different container tomorrow. The one I was going to use, just isn't going to work. Awww. Just what I need, an excuse to go container shopping. Rolling on the floor laughing And while I am there, I think I will pic up some more succulents. I don't want to do just one dish. I'd rather do a grouping. Imagine that! Whistling As soon as I get it together, I'll post a pic. But you have to promise to critique it, just in case you think I need to go get something else. Rolling my eyes.
ImageDutchlady1
May 7, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Just a thrifty recommendation guys - look at Garage sales for pots. I have picked up the most wonderful pots for next to nothing in the past year. And I actually like them better when they have 'aged' a bit.

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