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12/5/09 7:53 A

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Awesome. I noticed yesterday that one of my Orchids has two new shoots. It should be blooming by Christmas which will be nice as it is the Orchid my soldier boy gave me and he will be home for Christmas.

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12/5/09 4:13 A

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The blossoms are about finished, but I'm still amazed that it bloomed as young as it is -not to mention root bound I'm sure. I see varying reports of what zones they require, but I live in zone 7.

Incidentally, I bought mine on Ebay. I received 2 in 10" pots for around $40 including shipping. They arrived very healthy & robust.

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11/30/09 8:18 P

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Love the photos. Let me know how it does through the winter.

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11/30/09 5:26 P

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I looked them up. They sure sound wonderful. I can't afford to buy them . . . the bigger ones are almost $40 a piece! Plus, with our temps that dip down to freezing several months during the year, it might be hard on them. I'll wait and talk to our local nurseryman b-4 jumping into them. They do sound WONDERFUL!!!!

Thanks for telling us about them.

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11/30/09 3:25 P

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The tea olive is also called Osmanthus fragrans.

They can grow to massive proportions (as much as 6' in diameter.) Usually they aren't hardy as far north as I live, but I feel confident that I can keep it from cold damage by planting it at the back of the house by the clothes dryer outlet where there is constant warmth from both the dryer on one side of the interior wall & the stove/oven on the other side of that wall. Plus, it is in full sun all day & retains a certain amt of heat all the time. If I keep it pruned I will be able to cover it during the very worst winter temps. We have unreliable weather, so I decided to go for it & cross my fingers.

To see the blossoms while it is rootbound in it's transport container gives me hope! I will most definitely send pics of mine when I take them.

In the meantime, I have attached a link about it. They are tiny blossoms that pack a big punch. www.floridata.com/ref/O/osm_frag.cfm

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11/29/09 11:41 A

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Take a photo of them and post it in the photos section. I have never heard of this either.

Looking forward to seeing the photos.

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Tea Olives? That's a new one for me too.
I'll have to Google it.

Sure would be nice to have that smell-a-vision for some of our nice flower pics.

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What are Tea-Olives?? I never heard the name and where do they grow the best??

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11/28/09 6:52 A

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How wonderful! Love to see pic when you get them!

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I ordered 2 tea olive shrubs on e-bay. But I wasn't fast enough to get them in the ground before the cold started. Sooo...I'm desperately over-wintering the poor dears with a few other things in our basement. There is a very long wooden shelf built along one wall & we have hung 24" shop lamps in rows of 2 across the table.

One of the tea olive has dropped all of its leaves, but it's branches are still flexible & healthy. The OTHER has many blossoms! I was so excited to see them! I haven't smelled a tea olive in soooo long. When they bloom I'll post pics. Unfortunately I can't post the pics in smell-o-vision!

I have read various reports about their genus. I've heard both camellia & holly. Anyone know for sure?

Oh I just had to share this with you all - I knew other gardener could appreciate this!

When I went to Florida State Univ I was walking between a couple of buildings when I was nearly overcome by a scent sooo sweet, but also somehow fruity. It came from tiny white flowers that, when open aren't a lot bigger than the top of your picky finger. It grows into a right great shrub. But I don't mind. I have wanted to smell one again...or better yet grow them.

I haven't checked on my trailing arbutus up close, but I believe I see greenery peeking through the fallen leaves. So I may be back with pics of both of them. Sounds great huh?!? emoticon

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