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Imagestormyla
Mar 1, 2010 3:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
This time of year we all spend a lot of time nurturing our indoor plants. Some of these plants are only using our homes as their winter residence and will return outside with warm weather. Whether permanent indoor residents or "Snowbirds" we'd love to hear about them. Smiling

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Imagercn48
Mar 4, 2010 4:56 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
My indoor plants are looking pretty pathetic right now Sad I needed something to perk me up last weekend so I stopped off at my favorite nursery and brought home a few fresh babies! One of them is the most beautiful variegated Rubber plant, green and white with splashes of pink. I just got it potted up yesterday so I'll be posting a picture soon! I also picked up an assortment of little pots to plant for a dish garden. They had some really nice combinations displayed in pots that were similar to one I've had for years and never planted - inspired me to make one of my own Smiling The poor pot needed a fresh coat of paint so I'm experimenting with paint and hope to have it planted soon!
Imagercn48
Mar 5, 2010 3:29 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
I grabbed a pic of the Rubber Plant yesterday Hurray! I didn't have a good pot for the Rubber plant but found on old one that was the right size and painted it. I thought about getting creative with the paint job but for now the oil rubbed bronze spray paint works. I forgot to add that I found the perfect Fern for my "fern urn" at Lowes the other day! I had been looking for a Boston Fern but Rick didn't agree that it was the best choice. When he spotted this one at Lowes, he thought it might work but told me I couldn't get it - what???? It's similar to a Fern I have called 'Goldie's' but this one has ALL gold foliage - 'Blondie'! I only had to whine a little and it was in my basket headed for its new home! I knew I would love the gold foliage against my new chocolate wall Lovey dubby

Rolling on the floor laughing You can see one of the newspaper "templates" for the frame placement on the wall!

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Imagercn48
Mar 5, 2010 3:33 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
I got a little carried away with the bronze spray paint in our winter projects. This planter really needed some sprucing up so I added it to the list of things I wanted to paint! It looks so much better, however the poor Begonia is one of the "pathetic" looking indoor plants right now. Sad

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Imagestormyla
Mar 5, 2010 1:21 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Rolling on the floor laughing A little whine! What...??? indeed!

RCN, Rick really should know better. Hilarious!

The Rubber plant and the fern look wonderful. I love their colors against that wall.
Imagestormyla
Mar 5, 2010 1:24 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I don't think you got carried away with that bronze paint. It helps tie things together. Your Begonia will be looking better in just a week or two. Smiling
Imageaspenhill
Mar 5, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
I've never spent much time with houseplants - the few that I've had off and on over the years didn't last very long - I had a tendency to neglect the poor things. With this crazy winter, I got the itch to try indoor plants again, and have been accumulating a few per week. I now have a nice little collection. I have a rex begonia, a couple of orchids, african violets, a beaded cactus, some christmas cactus, a fuschia, and some foliage plants that didn't have tags. Right now, they are in varying stages of being potted up in decorative pots and are all over my kitchen counters. I'll finish them up tomorrow morning and take pictures - they all look pretty now, but I don't know if I'll be able to say the same in a month or two Smiling

Debbie, I love paint color on walls - and that chocolate color sure looks nice. Good choice! Plants and pots look great too.
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagercn48
Mar 6, 2010 5:20 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Quoting:that chocolate color sure looks nice.


I tell everyone it's just "so us" - it's the color of dirt! Rolling on the floor laughing Terri, I can't wait to see pics of your foliage plants!

Stormy, Rick really does know better! That's why I only had to whine a little, he knew the whining would only get worse! Big Grin

I finished painting my container for the dish garden yesterday - not exactly what it looked like in my "mind" but it will work. Hoping to get it planted today and take a picture.
Imageaspenhill
Mar 7, 2010 10:58 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
I finished potting up my new houseplants last night and took pictures this morning. Take a look at my Picasa Web Album when you get a chance.

http://picasaweb.google.com/115251050913813417057/IndoorPlan...

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Imagercn48
Mar 7, 2010 11:19 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Had to check quick while I was on lunch break - will comment on plants later. Right now ALL I can think about is....I can't believe you got one of the Herons I've been lusting after since December!!! Drooling
Imageaspenhill
Mar 7, 2010 11:27 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Critter & I both bought stuff from them, so they gave us the little heron for free. I got a big heron to put near the waterfall, and Critter got two herons and a set of the Mama and Baby Canadian Geese. I want to eventually get the Mama and Baby Canadian Geese too, they were so cute!
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagestormyla
Mar 7, 2010 12:08 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Terri, Those are beautiful plants. I love that Orchid. That first fern is really neat too. Do you know it's name? Your living room collection is quite nice. Smiling

There were some Herons and other creatures similar to those at The Phila Flower show. Did you get them there?
Imagercn48
Mar 8, 2010 5:33 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
FREE??? OMG, now I'm really envious! I ordered two of the larger Herons for Christmas gifts and I had a really hard time giving them up. Grumbling I've just GOT to find a way to get at least one for myself but I want them all! Francis Metal Works http://www.francismetalworks.com/ I've been tempted to drive to Timonium where they're exhibiting just so I could make a selection in person but a trip is almost impossible right now. Sad

Terri, I love all your plants and the pots are great too! I'm making my first trip to Ollie's this weekend, mainly because they've got a shipment of New England Pottery in! I have an ID for your "blue" Fern but I'll have to look it up. We bought one at Plant Delights this summer and then picked up another one recently at my favorite nursery - much cheaper! I'll check the tag and let you know.
Imageeric4home
Mar 8, 2010 6:01 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
My indoor garden is growing by leaps and bounds. There are still a few plants upstairs that must come down and I really need to start cleaning the upstairs room so I can get started with my seedlings. I also need to organized this mess.
RCN, Mine are starting to pick up. They have been cleaned fertilized and treated for bugs (although I still have bugs).

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The Amen of nature is always a flower.
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Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imageaspenhill
Mar 8, 2010 4:57 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Francis Metalworks was at the Philadelphia Flower Show - that is where critter and I got the sculptures. We got to their booth late in the evening, so no crowds and had a chance to talk to them. The dad came up with the idea for his own garden, and started making them. I think the others were his wife, daughter, and DIL. They were so nice and so friendly. The display banner they had of the heron against a big rock and a small waterfall looks almost like my setting - I couldn't pass it up! Not only did they give us a discount (with critter's PHS membership), but also gave each of us one of the little herons for free.

It has been hard to find light pink/rose pots - the two I did find were at DPF. They didn't have a hole in the bottom, but I used a concrete drill bit to make one - worked ok, didn't break the pot. Smiling I'm having better luck with sage green colors.

Holly/Ric - your plants look great. Is that a gnome I see hiding in there? Cute.
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Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 10:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Terri, I was thinking when I saw your pots, that pink pots were unusual. I think that flower pots are like anything else, different colors go in and out of style. Some basic colors like green and brown are always available, but the other colors come and go.

Irisloverdee told me that she preorders new Iris to grow for retail sales by what colors will be popular in home furnishings. Makes a lot of sense.

I've never drilled my own pots. A lot of the ones that come without holes, I use for indoor plants and put a pot inside of them on a pebble base. Right now I have more indoor plants than I care to. Next year, I don't want to bring so much inside. It's too much work, when I have other things that should be done. Rolling my eyes.
Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 10:26 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, I'm constantly cleaning up after these darn plants Grumbling The begonias require twice daily misting to keep them looking good. If I keep that up, they don't drop leaves. No amount of misting keeps that darned Mandevilla from dropping leaves. The Begonias and Geraniums bloom very well inside, but drop petals everywhere.

You're way ahead of me with the fertilizing. I'll have to get to that this week. I am happy to keep my Clivias going indoors. They have very little mess. Nor do the Amyrillus.

I'll have to cut back some Coleus again. Others did poorly, but are now coming to life. Early on, I lost a few plants to bugs, but was able to control it with that Merit WP 75. It worked very well.

This Clivia is blooming much earlier than normal. Last year it bloomed on April 20th, and there were blooms on both sections. I was really surprised to see it bloom this early. Maybe the other section will bloom next month.

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Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I had really whacked these Geraniums back to about 3 or 4" nubs when I brought them inside. The misting really helped keep them from dropping leaves this year. The Mandevilla had gotten all wrapped around this one, so it got the hatchet job Big Grin

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Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
This indirect light seems to work pretty well for most of these Begonias. I had just cut another 8 leaves off of that Marmaduke for the Frederick swap. So far, I removed the 16 largest leaves and it still looks pretty good. The one below it came from Gita. The one to the left is a new one from Sally, who got it from Gita. Hilarious!

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Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 10:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Begonia Bunchi is doing pretty well. It looked bad shortly after I brought it inside last fall, but then it acclimated. I like those tiny white orchid like blooms. The one to the left of it is in recovery. Smiling On the right is one of the Angel wings, I don't remember which. It is coming along now too. The misting really helped these ones that lost their leaves. As long as I really stick to it, there is very little leaf drop.

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