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Feb. 5, 2012, Rainy day in Florida..

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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 936 days ago 2963 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I thought I’d share some sunny pics with you. The tropical hibiscus are absolutely stunning here this year…..(maybe I say that every year, :) )

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So is the bougainvillia….

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This is just a small sampling, I’ll add to them, and other pics as time goes by.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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jroot

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posted 936 days ago

Oh, they are stunning, Iris43. I thank you so much for sharing these with us … as you know, they are one of my passions.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 936 days ago

So beautiful, cheery, bright….
LOVELY

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 935 days ago

It was sooo nice to see these flowers Iris.It’s a beautiful sunny day here in south central Ontario and seeing those flowers really brightened up the day even more.Thank you.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Harold and Pam

253 posts in 1679 days
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posted 935 days ago

Glad to know you ar in town (or in state.) Pam will be excited to hear of the news. Nice photos. You will be surprised to see what Pam’s been doing – looking forward to your visit

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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sharad

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posted 935 days ago

Very refreshing pictures of hibiscus and bougainvillea. Both are my favorites, you know. I will try to get the yellow hibiscus for my hibiscus garden. Weather here is also warming up and my hibiscus and bougainvillea have started showing their beautiful colors.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Iris43

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posted 895 days ago

Well, I’m home now. And although I have been tardy re. posting more pics, I’ll try and make up for it now.

I went to Mebourne a couple weeks ago to visit Harold and Pam. It was good to re-new our friendship. Harold has been very busy, now with a full-time job, and doing some renovating inside and outside of his house. The day I visited, he was painting a large room at the back of their house, before he had to leave for work.

He kindly took time to show my his favorite little ‘worm farm’. :) Fascinating! Hundreds of wiggly, red worms feeding on the kitchen scraps Harold fed them….making valuable compost for the garden. It actually was very interesting.

Here’s Harold feeding and watering his farm…

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And some pictures of Pam’s flowers….

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic of Pam!! Perhaps bc it was raining and we were dodging rain-drops. I did get this pic of a climbing frog…almost.

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Nevertheless, Pam and I had a good time, drinking iced tea and looking at her seed catalogues for so many different tomatoes, Pam’s passion.

I did my best to coax Harold and Pam to come to the September get-together at MsDeb’s. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Iris43

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posted 895 days ago

I don’t think I showed you a pic of my little ‘home away from home’. I especially like this one with my next door neighbour’s rig.

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Here’s another….
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We had two days where the temps dropped into the 40’s & 50’s. Although I have a heater in the camper, Bobby still sought a spot of sunlight to warm his bones.

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But the rest of our time in the sunny south was very warm and the flowers were outstanding.

Some gorgeous roses…
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I went to this preserve one day as it was apparently an area where one could observe migrating birds. I didn’t see any unusual birds…maybe bc I was watching nervously for the aligators and poisonous snakes the sign cautioned against.

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I did find some pretty wild flowers.
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And I chased some unusual butterflies, but couldn’t catch them in a usable picture.

One favorite pic of the pelicans…

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And another type of sea bird…..

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These last pics are of the blossoming ornamental pear trees I saw as I drove north through Georgia on my drive home.

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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 895 days ago

how wonderful!!

I chuckled at the side-by-side “homes” :D

poisonous snakes?? I think that would have done it for me. “next on the agenda, please” :)
The flowers are gorgeous – I especially like that first wild flower.
All are beautiful.

I hope you were successful re: the convincing. Come on Harold and Pam, don’t let Iris down :D :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 895 days ago

Great shots, Iris. It is so nice to see where you have travelled. My wife and I enjoyed the Savanna area as well.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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sharad

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posted 895 days ago

Nice to see you back after your trip. We missed you very much. Thanks for the the picture of Harold tending his worm bin and other interesting photos. Hope to meet them at Debbie’s.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Harold and Pam

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posted 891 days ago

It was good to see you again – your photos are very good. You have a good eye. As for the GT reunion… we are hoing but not very hopeful. Money (lack of) always gets in the way.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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Bon

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posted 891 days ago

I missed this blog when my computer crashed.Glad I found it.What beautiful flowers Iris.thanks for sharing them with us.Love your little trailer too.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 890 days ago

I missed this post too, Bon. My life gets too busy sometimes. Although belated, welcome home, Iris! It is good to have you back and I am glad you had a good time down south. I enjoyed all the photos, but I really like that pelican photo.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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