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Yvonne G

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Does look like a completely different plant, when not enlarged. I'd love to be able to raise orchids
Me too! It was sheer luck this poor plant lived here at my house.
 

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This has never, ever. . . I mean. . . NEVER happened to me before!!!!!

A couple years ago I received a phone call from one of the elderly members from the turtle club. He was getting too old to care for his plants and did I want them. Well, a plant person never says no to plants. I got some pathos, a ficus benjamina, some jade, your ordinary house plants, along with a small orchid plant. It was (and still is) in a 4" pot and had three leaves.

I'm not the best plant carer, and sometimes I forget to water. Plus, I broke my wrist (requiring surgery) and knee cap last September and had to call on some friends to move my plants into the greenhouse for the winter. Don't get me wrong, I TOTALLY appreciate their hard work moving the plants, but when one is not the person who put the plants on the shelves, one sometimes doesn't realize one is missing some of them during watering days. And this little orchid plant was stuck behind a bigger pot and hardly got any water over the winter.

When I moved the plants out a couple weeks ago, I repotted the orchid, tossing all the bark and, using the same pot, put orchid soil in the lower half with small grade orchid bark in the top half where the roots were. Last week I noticed a stem with flower buds. WHAT? A BLOOMING ORCHID PLANT? HERE ON MY PROPERTY?????

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Notice the Spathiphyllum in the large pot behind the smaller pots. It came from that fellow from the turtle club too. When it went into the green house it was so full and lush you couldn't see the top of the pot. They don't take well to drought conditions.
That's a very nice surprise. :)
 

Jacqui

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In the past I have made more fancy type planters. This year, I am going more simple and plain. Cheaper too. Nobody sees them but me any how.

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This cheerful pot greets you outside the front fence.
 

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I've had this cactus for many years, it's been in the same pot in the same place since I potted it. It has survived but didn't thrive. This year it is growing multiple pads for the first time. It came from Arizona. Picture 003.jpg This is my Lace Leaf maple that is very colorful this time of year, but by mid June to July it looses most of it's color. Picture 005.jpg
 

Yvonne G

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I've had this cactus for many years, it's been in the same pot in the same place since I potted it. It has survived but didn't thrive. This year it is growing multiple pads for the first time. It came from Arizona. View attachment 325231 This is my Lace Leaf maple that is very colorful this time of year, but by mid June to July it looses most of it's color. View attachment 325232
Looks like you have a very interesting plot of land. I wish I could come visit you!
 

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I've had this cactus for many years, it's been in the same pot in the same place since I potted it. It has survived but didn't thrive. This year it is growing multiple pads for the first time. It came from Arizona. View attachment 325231 This is my Lace Leaf maple that is very colorful this time of year, but by mid June to July it looses most of it's color. View attachment 325232
Wonder why this year it grew.... do cactus go dormant?
 

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It's tree planting season here at our house! Today I found lily of the valley in bloom near our back deck.

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I also found a baby cedar tree growing under one of our big maples.

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And earlier this month I encountered one of our many tree frogs.

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I also tried an experiment... last year (cannot remember the month but it was probably Novemberish) I knocked a cactus pad off by accident and tossed it in one of my flower beds (its a bathtub 😂) Just watered it along side the rosemary in there. It shriveled up to very thin and a pale color. Well a few days ago I noticed it looked like it was plumping up!! And today it looks like a fresh pad in the dirt! Keep u guys posted! Here it is for now! Has some basil germinating next to it as well.
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