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Jean Campbell
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Bloom Day February 15 2017
A mild winter means we have early blooms. Tulip magnolia: Star Magnolia, Leonard Messell: Azaleas are opening much too early. Frost could ruin these but others are holding back, just in case. Mostly it depends on whether they're protected from cold wind. Th...

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Another Peek Featuring Schlumbergera
Everything was tucked into the greenhouse well before cold weather. What I didn't expect was that a chipmunk would move in as well. He managed to uproot several Christmas/Thanksgiving Cacti and a nice Burro Tail Sedum that was in a 3" pot. Mr. Chipmunk is n...

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A December Peek at Tomatoes and Hyacinths and Things
We've moved into typical Gulf Coast December weather, where there's fog at night and mist in the daytime. He-Who wonders about these things could not decide why we had no tomatoes in the fall. Sure enough, as soon as night-time temperatures fell, we commenc...

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Cycad Seeds
Some years instead of sending up new fronds, a Sago Palm will 'bloom.' The male cycads make a cone. Female cycads make a round structure. If there's a male plant within a reasonable distance so the wind can blow pollen to it, eventually the female structure...

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Dirty Little Greenhouse Secrets Revisited
The primary components of a working greenhouse are damp and dirt. Dirt is a given. Potting soil does not stay in pots. You know those fancy pictures you see where everything is spotless and the floor is white? Count the plants: a few perfect ones for decora...

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Nighttime Greenhouse Peek
 Nighttime temperatures are changing rapidly. Today's high was 75º and work can pick up. This afternoon I raked pine straw that was falling like rain in front of this morning's wind.  Summering outside was good for my Staghorn fern. It tends to look sad by ...

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Up Close in the Greenhouse
Last year's red Pelargonium has buds and this cutting has a bloom as big as the tiny plant.  After the mist was on for a little while, I noticed tiny droplets of water on a little spiderweb. I think it is spider mites. We'll likely do battle all winter.  He...

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Greenhouse Filled by Bloom Day, Few Blossoms
Everything that summered outdoors in back inside. Really. Tillandsia cyanea. These are bracts. The little flowers are bright blue when they appear.   Pentas    Cyclamen was a gift last spring.  It rebloomed after a summer rest.     Wax Begonias will bloom a...

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