Article: An Early Wet Season stroll in the Garden 2010/2011: a pleasure

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Image An Early Wet Season stroll in the Garden 2010/2011
By Tropicbreeze on January 22, 2011

I like the wet season. It's good for the garden, happy plants make me happy. So when I need a bit of a break from all the work around the place, it's nice to just take a stroll and see how all in the garden is slowly evolving. So if you've nothing better to do why not come join me for a stroll.

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ImageMaridell
Jan 22, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
As we sit here in frigid temps surrounded by snow, the walk in your garden was indeed a pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to gather and explain all the photos.

Oh to see green in my garden again!
ImageSharon
Jan 22, 2011 6:49 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I felt like I just saw a bunch of my houseplants growing outside in your garden!!

I drag them outside in spring, drag them inside in fall, baby them all winter long, talk to them, beg them to live and thrive.....and I see now that they grow to gigantic proportions outside for you! With ease. Wow!

Thanks, Zig, for another great walk in your garden.
Anxious already for the next one.

Here's my 10' tall ficus, he's about 30 years old. I keep him trimmed so I don't have to cut a hole in my ceiling.

Thumb of 2011-01-23/Sharran/a6e9a8
ImageMaridell
Jan 22, 2011 7:34 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Wow, nice ficus Sharon!
tropicbreeze
Jan 22, 2011 11:35 PM CST
Maridell, thanks, good that you got a bit warmed up from the walk.

Sharon, that's an impressive Ficus for an indoor plant. Don't envy you having to lug it in and out. Looks like a Ficus benjamina, they're native to here. I have several in the garden you might have trouble trying to lug, over 15 metres tall. Hilarious!
ImageSharon
Jan 23, 2011 12:22 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A labor of love, Zig, it would not survive our winters outside.
It is getting very very difficult to coax it out the door though.

I have two more actually. One is about 8 feet tall, then another I started from a broken twig from the big one about two or three years ago. It's about 4 feet tall now.

Yep, my house is a jungle!
My cats love it.
tropicbreeze
Jan 28, 2011 4:05 AM CST
Sharon, they can take pretty ruthless pruning and soon fill out again with their shape. That would reduce the weight a lot. They're used a lot in bonsai, so trimming the roots and/or branches isn't a problem for them if they don't fit inside.
ImageSharon
Jan 28, 2011 10:56 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Now that's an idea...trimming their roots.

I can and will for sure do that. I'd never thought of trimming roots.
Hurry Spring!
Thanks.

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