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Feb 3, 2014 3:11 PM CST
Name: Dave G
CT
StrepbyStrep - The Passion Begins
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Nancy B., nbraun1. WI


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Dave G., strepbystrep. CT


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Thad S., gessieguy. FL


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BettyCessna
Feb 4, 2014 7:37 AM CST
Name: Betty Cessna
Central Pennsylvania
Very nice. Hurray! It was strange to me when I first started, how you could become such good friends without ever meeting in person, but now I know..
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Feb 4, 2014 7:57 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Very nice to see you all . I hope this is the beginning of a long and lasting relationship. Thumbs up
Imagenbraun1
Feb 4, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Name: Nancy B.
Madison WI
Betty -
I actually met Thad many years ago at the Nat'l AV Convention in Minneapolis. At that time, i was only growing African violets and maybe 3 or 4 streps. Now look at what has happened!
Nancy B Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageStrepbystrep
Feb 4, 2014 9:04 AM CST
Name: Dave G
CT
StrepbyStrep - The Passion Begins
Now it's your turn Betty and JB. This forum is for everyone to post pictures of themselves so we are not "blind dating" on this group! LOL
Dave G.
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ImageJB
Feb 4, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Oh Dear, the latest one I have is one where Charle (my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and I were sitting in the Christmas Store this past year waiting for customers to come in out of the fields for their hot chocolate and cookies. Here we are:
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We live on a Christmas Tree Farm and every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas we are open for families to come and cut their own trees, take pictures, party and enjoy an old fashioned Christmas at Roblyn Farm in NJ.
ImageStrepbystrep
Feb 4, 2014 2:11 PM CST
Name: Dave G
CT
StrepbyStrep - The Passion Begins
Thumbs up our 1st member post! Thanks JB!!!
Dave G.
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BettyCessna
Feb 4, 2014 6:55 PM CST
Name: Betty Cessna
Central Pennsylvania
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I don't have a current one, but this is one of my favorites, it brings back memories of all the years that I was a wildlife rehabilitator, most of my life. My parents had a commercial greenhouse, and I grew up among cut flowers in the winter, bedding plants in spring, and there has never been a time when I was not growing plants. The hybridizing started about six years ago, thanks to the help from Dale and Thad, with episcias, then streps and kohlerias, which liked the cool conditions in my sunroom better than episcias. I treasure the new like-minded friends I have made since then.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 4, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Hello Folks! Nice to meet you all. Welcome to Cubits. I am a seedaholic and now I think you all are going to make me into a strepaholic. Hilarious!

Soon as I finish getting all these piggy swap seeds out will be back up to visit and pick your brains. Til then, coffee is always on, just help yourself. Milk is in fridge and sugar is on the counter.
BettyCessna
Feb 4, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Name: Betty Cessna
Central Pennsylvania
OK, Dave, we started it, so let's hear from all of you. Thumbs up
ImageFrancheska
Feb 6, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Michigan
Hello!!!
Oh, It is so GREAT to see your faces and learn something about you.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of myself in last few years. I found one. It reflects what I like most: nature, animals, plants, wildlife, etc. Last year in Mexico.

I am growing only streps (in addition to boys, cat, dog and chickens).

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ImageWild_Rose
Feb 6, 2014 12:44 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
OK... Here goes...

My first gesneriad was actually an episcia, and I got started in them years ago. I saw streps for the first time on Dave's Garden, in their Gesneriad forum. Like most, I fell in love with them immediately. Somewhere along the line, in the summer of 2007, I received a plant with mealy bugs on it. Not knowing enough about quarantine and systemic insecticides, it didn't take long until almost every plant I owned was infected. I ended up trashing an entire collection! I have only a Phal orchid and a Monstera from my original plant collection (they had been outdoors). I gave up on plants for years.

In 2012, I decided I would like to have a strep or two (HA!) again and started looking at eBay and other vendors I remembered. Imagine my shock at seeing all the fabulous Russian and Polish varieties now on the market, as well as all the new American varieties created in the past five years! Didn't take me long to become a full-blown streptaholic again. This time, majorly paranoid of bugs, I take extra precautions not to ever go through THAT again!

I am also a photographer, and love all things nature and outdoors. My husband and I are raising three beautiful teenage daughters and enjoy photography and bird-watching together.

I love streps and other gesneriads and truly enjoy the friends I have made through these plants, and love the sharing of knowledge and photos!

Karen
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Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
BettyCessna
Feb 6, 2014 6:15 PM CST
Name: Betty Cessna
Central Pennsylvania
I think this was a great idea, Dave. It's so nice to be able to add a face and some interesting details to our on line friends. Like you said "no more blind dating.". I hope every member will post..
ImageStrepbystrep
Feb 6, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Name: Dave G
CT
StrepbyStrep - The Passion Begins
Well, I guess it's my turn. I have been a gardener both indoor and outdoor since I was 7 yrs old. My grandmother was a huge influence as she did both as well. She loved African Violets and grew them on the sun porch in the house I grew up in.

As a teenager I grew African Violets. As soon as I could drive, every weekend I would go to Buell's greenhouses in Eastford, CT and browse for hours in the 7 greenhouses Mr. Buell had. We became very good friends and we would chat for hours about the different Gesneriad. Because of his guidance, I started growing epsicias, columneas, mini and standard Sinningias. At the time my wife and I were dating, she could not believe how many plants I had in my room. (She just had to look, my grandmother escorted her) At that time I had 100 plants from AV's to Azaleas.

I read everything I could find about plants. The harder they were supposedly to grow the more I had to try them. Azaleas, Gardenias, Orchids, I grew them all until I could successfully grow them on a windowsill. I did not believe in artificial lighting and to this day prefer natural sunlight but necessity has changed that idea.

So how did I start with streps? Six years ago was when I became addicted. Like the AV bug, I believe the strep bug is just as if not more fatal! I was working as a church secretary and had AV's growing in the office. They did well in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Come winter, they pouted. The temps were just too cold for their liking as the office was 60 degrees at night. I had always been on the look out for something new and read that Streps liked cooler temps. So, I ordered a couple on eBay to try. They bloomed quickly but what really impressed me was how quick they grew in the church office. The office had only northern exposure and the plants just bloomed like crazy on the windowsill. From there I was hooked! Out went every AV I had and I have been growing streps since. Once in a great while I buy a few violets but compared to the streps, the streps win hands down for bloom, growth and ease of care.

I still grow orchids both Phalenopsis and Cattleya.( my favorite) I even have a crazy Hibiscus plant in my basement that blooms without direct light. It only gets indirect light from my grow lights 2 feet away but blooms on and off all winter. However, Streps are King at my house!

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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 7, 2014 1:07 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Well, I went and dug. This an old photo from 2005, of me and my son graduating high school. Such a long time ago, but seems just like the other day. I just don't do photo's. Haven't for many many years. Hate for all the wrinkles to show even though I earned them all. Rolling on the floor laughing

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I'm a seedaholic. A major seedaholic. I not only want every seed and plant I don't have, but I am in my own way trying to be a seed bank. Never know what the future might bring and may come a time when folks will need seed.

I love to sprout seeds I think even more than I enjoy seeing blooms sometimes. I just love to see new sprouts all over the place. Especially love germinating hybridized crosses. Sometimes you get to go ahhhh and sometimes you blink and wonder where did those genes pop up from, but pretty or not I love all new babies. I also love to dab. Love to push the limits and than some with regards to hybridizing too.

I am big on collecting and preserving rare, endangered and heirloom plants and trying to get them growing and shared back out to continue on in other locations to try and re-establish along with being a nature freak. My place always looks like a jungle from letting things go wild to keep all my wild critters and beneficals happy. Critters here rule me, not the other way around. Hilarious!
BettyCessna
Feb 7, 2014 2:05 PM CST
Name: Betty Cessna
Central Pennsylvania
Is it just a coincidence that most plant lovers are animals lovers also? Smiling
ImageWild_Rose
Feb 7, 2014 3:53 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Not at all Betty!
Lovey dubby
Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
ImageFrancheska
Feb 10, 2014 11:06 PM CST
Michigan
Starlight, I also think about what if strange times come. . . Angry . .

You are trying to collect seeds. It is great. I know that somewhere in UK they do it deep under the ground. Whenever I here that something extinct I feel horrible pain.

I am doing another "if strange times come" thing. In my free time that I do not have I am breeding chickens. I hope to make strong large breed, that will love to sit on eggs and hatch chicks. Last 100 years people successfully breed out that characteristic. I just wander what happens if electricity will be out for a couple of weeks. How that gigantic incubators that industries are using will hatch eggs. Confused

Imagestarlight1153
Feb 10, 2014 11:35 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Francheska.... You are so right. It is good that you are doing that. Those big seed banks, if power does fail. They may not be able to open them again. At the university here the cooler that held seeds for a a century were all lost because of a failure. I cried because just days before I had been in that vault getting old heirlooms out and only took a few and figured I would come back for the rest the following week and poof. All those thousands of seeds and pure genes gone forever.

After you get your chickens going good, start on pigs. I love my bacon. Hilarious!
ImageFrancheska
Feb 11, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Michigan
Pigs are fine. They give a birth and continue to care for their progeny, not like chickens. They lay their eggs and forget about them forever. I love beckon too, but after I watch "Food inc." and "Earthlings" I decided stop eating pork. Also pigs intelligence is comparable to dogs. Sad

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