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ImageCamillia84
Feb 22, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Name: Lorene Miller
Jacksonville, Fl.
This is 'Gandolf".

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PainterLady
ImageButterflyChaser
Feb 22, 2010 5:29 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Wow, Camillia!!! What a beautiful garden! Wish I could see it in person. I just love that fountain, especially with the freeze. The icicles are so pretty! I love all your garden art.
ImageCamillia84
Feb 22, 2010 7:39 PM CST
Name: Lorene Miller
Jacksonville, Fl.
Nancy Ann,

Wish I could show pictures of my rooms that I am building with all of these concrete sculptures, but with the freezes we've had this year, not much has survived!
Even with covering everything, it went to ground. Will take a little while, but will rebuild. That's the strength that we as gardeners have----keep on going & keep trying---no matter what mother nature throws at us!!!

Yes, the fountain was beautiful with the icicles hanging off, but sure didn't do much for my plants! Have been trying for the last 14 years to get a tropical look going on, but the weather just doesn't seem to want to co-operate! Grumbling
PainterLady
ImageButterflyChaser
May 10, 2010 5:56 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
I'm really impressed with your talent! You paint beautifully and you have design skill, which I lack. Your garden is just beautiful!

I love the tropical look too, and I've collected some tropical-looking but fairly hardy plants for my zone 7. But Old Man Winter killed many of them this winter here too. The next time I see that old geezer, I'll sock him in the nose...twice! Once for me and once for you. Grumbling
ImageCamillia84
May 21, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Lorene Miller
Jacksonville, Fl.
Nancy,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you! Got to admit---I don't get on this forum a lot, but every now & then remember to check in.

Was a little busy getting my garden party together at the shop & after that, got loaded up with work again!

If you see 'Old Man Winter'---sock him hard for me!!! LOL!!!

Guess I didn't loose as much as I originally thought---things are finally starting to pop back up, but not as thick as they used to be.


Have lots of new garden art pieces in the yard, but still in different stages of being painted. Just doesn't seem to be enough time to get them done. By the time I get home from painting them all day & roasting, the last thing I want to do is go back out in the heat & paint some more!

What kind of tropicals do you try to grow?
Know it's hard enough to get them to grow here in zone8-9, couldn't imagine trying in zone 7!

Is that your dog in the picture? It's beutiful!!! (The snow isn't!!!!)
Smiling
PainterLady
ImageButterflyChaser
May 21, 2010 10:12 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Yes, that's my "puppy" as so many call him. He's 12 yrs old and 80+ pounds, but people call him a puppy. Cracks me up. Rolling on the floor laughing He LOVES the snow and cold weather. This southern heat really bothers him. He hides inside with the AC most of the summer.

I'm glad your plants are coming back. It's so disappointing to lose our little friends. I thought I'd lost all my cannas and gingers, but some are coming back up--not all of them, but a few. My butterfly gingers are actually looking much better now than they did last year. I really thought they were gonners. My elephant ears haven't come back so I'll have to buy some more.

I have one area of my garden that is more like a zone 8, so I'm moving the majority of my tropical-ish plants back there. I also bought some Windmill Palms and am giving those a try. They're supposed to be pretty cold hardy and should survive most winters here. And I'm working a trade for some saw palmettos which would also survive most winters here once they're established.

I mostly grow perennials though. And I look for big flowering or exotic foliage plants, like dinnerplate hibiscus, arundo donax variegata, large ornamental grasses, louisiana irises, etc. They look tropical while still being very hardy here. I really have zone envy baaaaad! When I win the lottery, I'm outta here in a flash!

You know we all want to see your new garden pieces. Before and after pictures would be great, so don't forget us!
ImageCamillia84
May 27, 2010 5:58 AM CST
Name: Lorene Miller
Jacksonville, Fl.
FINALLY!!!! My gardens are in different stages of bloom! Guess I should get out to get some new pictures but need to finish getting ready for work right now.

Nancy,

You are lucky to have a couple of different planting zones in your yard! Gives a few more options for what you can grow.
My Butterfly Gingers didn't come back at all this year---got them in a trade last year & guess they weren't established enough by the time we got hit with the cold. On the other hand, most of my other gingers have come back with a bang!

Saw Palmettos??? Guess where you are, you don't have to worry about them taking over your yard---here, they are very invasive.
I lost a lot of my palms last winter & most of them were supposed to be cold hardy!!! Won't stop me from trying to grow them here though---I'm stubborn :angry:!

The following is a picture of the Pagoda House my hubby found for me at a yard sale---still being painted. What a find, only $50, would have paid $350 for it where I work!!!
Hurray! It's the finishing piece to my oriental garden room & will be a lamp---if & when I get around to making the lamp fixture that has to go into it.

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PainterLady
ImageButterflyChaser
May 27, 2010 6:28 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Lorene, that's beautiful!!!! And what a great hubby you have to scout around for you. I'm looking for one for my serenity garden. Send him back out scoutin'. LOL

The way my house is built, it shelters a couple of beds, creating probably a zone 8 climate instead of zone 7. So my tender stuff is planted in those areas. I have an asparagus fern (a zone 9 plant) that is in ground and has survived 3 or 4 winters there now. But I lost most of my cannas, gingers and all elephant ears this past winter.

One trick I do to elevate the zone is to plant delicate plants on mounds (on top of the ground with dirt mounded over them) and mix in some sand with the soil to increase drainage. It's actually the moisture that causes the rhizomes to freeze and the cells to burst, so if you're in a lower zone like I am, you can prevent some of this moisture retention with mounds and sand. Most everything I've mounded has survived; the ones I didn't didn't.

Most everyone has microclimates in their yards. For instance, the north side of your house is probably cooler than the south side. The south side may stay warmer during winter so that's the side you want your more delicate plants. Or if you have a spot that's sunnier than other spots, in the winter, that sun may elevate your zone a notch. A well draining your spot in winter can mean a higher zone. The spot where the asparagus fern lives is very very dry, protected by the back wall of the house, on the south side. It gets full sun always and the soil in this area is very sandy and drains extremely well. I play with microclimates, continually trying to create a Florida-type atmosphere here. I'll admit to having zone envy BAAAAD! LOL
Imagetarogers5
Jun 8, 2010 9:22 AM CST
Name: Ted Rogers
Oklahoma
Reach out to God he loves you
That is a nice find. Pagoda House
I made one and was my only try.

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ImageButterflyChaser
Jun 8, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Very nice, Ted!!! I've been looking for one for my Serenity garden.

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