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Erin Gobra
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I forgot about my resting bitch face and smirked in the second one. This is where I'm starting, lost a bit of muscle in my bicep. 😯
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What do you think, pruned or unpruned Purple Smoke Bush? 
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My first time growing tomatoes! I chose pots on a high table due to mischievous dogs, rabbits, and because I am not ready to make a full bed but want to experience veggie gardening. Have any advice?
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First time growing anything edible after 15+ years of strictly flower gardening. Started simple... Three kinds of tomatoes in self watering pots. If anyone has advice for a total newbie, let's hear it! +Colleen Ingram
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With three plants, I'm anticipating I'll have plenty for just the two of us.  I specifically chose ones that mature early and late, to have a constant supply.  My coworkers and extended family will be happy too if I'm successful!
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Can you  help my parents with suggestions?  They recently moved into a home in The Villages in Florida which is zone 9a/9b.  I live in zone 7 and don't know much about tropicals.  Being seniors, they would like no/low maintenance and flower or foliage color as long as possible. 

They have full sun to part shade and do have a sprinkler system for supplemental water.  They might do large planters in the front of the house as well.  The only plants I knew to suggest because I've always coveted them but could never grow them year round were Agapanthus (below) and Plumeria.

Can you help?  I would appreciate it!
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Citrus trees, bananas, cannas, cycads, palms
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It finally happened. I have no recollection of buying or planting this and I don't know it's name! Can someone help? 
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+Midwest Gardening want to try me?  Have you ever posted it to the GardenWeb forums?  I haven't been there in a long time but they were very helpful in the past.

I used to be so organized, I have all my tags and used to update a map of each bed, where everything was.  It just got so hard to keep up!
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I thought it was my imagination that my hydrangeas were taking a while to wake up... Turns out I was right. Top was 6/4/13. Bottom was today. Looks like the cold winter killed off most of the branches, as well as mist of my Butterfly Bush and Caryopteris. Add the first year plants that died and I have had more destruction than ever before. :(
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Aaron, it could have been anything.  This winter in New York was brutal.  Upstate gets this kind of thing a lot but on Long Island where I am, it's not normal to have ice and snow that doesn't melt for more than a month.  It was rough.

Thank you for the links, I will take a look at them.  I inherited these three macrophylla - this one gets direct sun from 7am to 4pm and is huge.  Previously, my biggest problem was when it flopped over during a particularly hot week:

http://i.imgur.com/RV2LuiV.jpg?1

But that was because an untrusted landscaper had hacked off all the branches and buds the previous season so all those flowerheads weren't woody enough to support the weight.  Since I'm going to give it a cut again, I will also trim in early September so it sets buds further down the branches and can handle next year's weight.

Besides this one, I have two other macrophylla that only get morning sun and are roughly 3/4 the size of this one, one lacecap and another tiny Pinky Winky that died this winter.  :(
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Do you take weekly progress pictures of your garden too. Win/win for me... I enjoy taking my time touring my yard and sometimes notice things in pictures that I wouldn't otherwise. It's also good for long back to figure out what didn't survive the winter.

This is one week's progress after weeding and laying down new mulch. 
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