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How the Garden Grows

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, we put in place my birthday present--an arched trellis that I've been planning as the entryway to my sea hibiscus boulevard. (Last year I grew the sea hibiscuses up from seeds gathered off the mother tree up the road. One of the babies is already as tall as the gutters. They're well on their way to becoming the living fence I had in mind.)

First, one turns the corner past the Mexican petunia bed on the left and the heliconia, ti plant, and Plant from Mars on the right. If anyone can tell me what Plant from Mars is, I'd appreciate knowing. I haven't been able to find it anywhere online, and our landscaper's brother, who claims to know everything, doesn't know. It just grew there one day, I chop it back periodically, and it shoots up again. It has frilly white edges on its big, cabbagelike leaves. It's dead ahead in this picture, looking like a four-fingered hand reaching for the sky.

A detail, for the botanists among you:

Then you bear left beneath the arched gateway. Gilda found an odd plant at Lowe's called Dutchman's Pipe, which we've planted at the base of the trellis and are training to climb it. Here you can also see one of our sea grapes on the right and, beyond the trellis, the row of noble sea hibiscus plants. See how big they are?

Here you can see the heliconia and, in the background, Bullwinkle, our staghorn fern, hanging on the tree. Things grow almost in spite of their gardeners here, which is a very good thing in my case.


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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/8/2013 2:50PM

    How beautiful!

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GEORGE815 10/30/2013 7:40PM

    Great blog!

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NEW-CAZ 10/30/2013 4:54PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2013 4:51PM

    Great birthday present!! Love the pictures of the garden - especially that one plant with the white tipped leaves. Hubby and I have neither one ever seen it. It's very sexy, for a plant. I'm sure it would not grow here or I would have to have one. LOL. I'm sure no one in my area would know what is it. If you can't smoke it they don't have a clue. LOL.

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SUNSET09 10/28/2013 9:22AM

  Just lovely and emoticon for sharing! We love it when the shrubbery grows without much effort on the gardener! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/27/2013 10:54PM

    emoticon emoticon photos of budding gorgeous garden to be!
Getting really envious as I just about had frostbite on my fingers and toes on our hike today (in spite of fleece gloves double lined) as the temperature kept DROPPING rather than reaching a 'high' today. Going down to -4 F tonight! Winter has arrived!! Said goodbye to my Mom's last surviving flowers -some incredibly strong snap dragons which had survived two hard frosts!!
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TINKERBELL200 10/27/2013 9:50PM

    Beautiful Suzy. I love the trellis it is going to be so amazing when it is full of flowers. I wish I had read your blog yesterday before my sister came over. Her hubby is a native to Floridian from this area. I could have asked him. I know I have seen the plant from Mars before but have no idea of it's real name. Anyway I really enjoyed your garden. You have done such an awesome job. Enjoy it!

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GINIEMIE 10/27/2013 7:03PM

    Loving the changes you made in your garden. Sorry I missed your birthday, they get to be more important as we progress. I do believe I need every year of blessing I can get, I hope you feel the same way.
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HIPPICHICK1 10/27/2013 1:18PM

    It's so nice to see flowers at this time of year. Yesterday we had snow for the second time, but it has melted away.
You have a beautiful garden!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/27/2013 10:40AM

    Happy belated Birthday! I loved all your pictures! What a beautiful place!
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JOYINKY 10/27/2013 9:49AM

    Wow! Such a change from when you moved in!! It's really looking beautiful! Your walkway will get better and better; amazing growth in such a short time. Plant from Mars looks familiar but I don't know it either. Checking. Love a challenge! Smiles.

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JACKIE542 10/27/2013 9:17AM


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BETHGILLIGAN 10/27/2013 8:14AM

    Really beautiful!! I love the landscaping!! Thanks for sharing!

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JSTETSER 10/27/2013 6:14AM

    Beautiful garden.

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CHOCOHIPPO 10/26/2013 10:49PM

    Beautiful garden

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JANEDOE12345 10/26/2013 8:59PM

    It reminds me of a houseplant that called is variegated Swedish Ivy, although it isn't an ivy at all. (Plectranthus verticillatus).
>Sometimes the houseplants we Northerners think are so exotic are like weeds to you Southerners. It is a good puzzle to figure this one out. I would locate a county agricultural center or local community college science department and see if any one with some plant knowledge would know. (One time I brought a (dead) bug into our local ag center and got it id'd. Why not a plant leaf?)

On a fun Northerner note, I just got the electric blanket out and spread it on my computer chair. Sigh, a few months ahead of being tethered due to extreme low temperatures here in my house.

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VEENAS1 10/26/2013 8:46PM

    It a beautiful garden. Thanks for the pictures.

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68ANNE 10/26/2013 8:21PM

    Ah very refreshing to see. Beautiful

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GABY1948 10/26/2013 6:59PM

    ALL Beautiful, Susie! Thanks for sharing with us...I LOVE flowers! emoticon

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DR1939 10/26/2013 6:51PM

    Lovely garden.

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JANEDOE12345 10/26/2013 6:44PM

    I loved the photos -- maybe you can do a video tour and upload it to your page. I dunno how that's done but boy, it would be neat! In the meantime, can you get a close-up of the leaf of the Plant from Mars? And if it flowers, a shot of its flowers, too.
What a great archway! To a great garden and home.
Thank you so much for the pictures.

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