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A visitor from the north – Iris and Pam have now met

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Blog entry by Harold and Pam posted 02-24-2011 10:09 PM 897 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes Iris 43, vacationing from Canada to Sunny Florida, made a stop today (02/24/2011) in Melbourne Florida. Pam and I had the pleasure of meeting Iris on line about a year ago and learned that she vacations here. So with that, I extended a warm invite and she gladly accepted.

We look forward to someday visiting her in the great white north, but Pam suggests we do it before it’s too white. Pam doesn’t take cold well…. little Florida girl that she is.

Here are a few photos of Pam and Iris talking gardening stuff!


It didn’t take long for Pam to break out a little “show and tell” Here Pam and Iris are discussing the wide variety of seeds Pam has accumulated while enjoying some iced tea and fruit. Note the two shoe boxes full of seeds (And you should see her closet full of shoes!!!)


First try at square foot gardening. Pam is sharing ideas. Iris was impress with the variety of veggies in this 3 X 8 raised bed.


This White Catlaya has been in bloom for 6 weeks and still smells yummy.


Pam is very excited with this unusual orchid called Myrmecophila. Part of the robust Epiphytes family of orchids. Pam told Iris that she expect it to bloom in spring, sending out a branch that extends up wards of 4 feet long with 12 to 20 small flowers (about 2.5 inches). I’m sure we will post this baby when it blooms!

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



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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-24-2011 11:14 PM

I love seeing meetings by our members!!
I can only imagine the gardening information that has been shared – the inspirations, the enjoyment of the gardens… wonderful!

When you come to Canada, we’ll definitely have to have a GT meet-up since there are a few of us within a few-hours radius.

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

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Harold and Pam

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posted 02-24-2011 11:30 PM

That would be great, Debbie. Iris told us about the wonderful visits she has had with you and other GT members. Pam and I would love to meet as many GT and Lumber Jock member as we can.

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

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Bon

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posted 02-25-2011 12:00 AM

So nice to see that you had such a great visit.It’s always so much fun meeting other gardeners and seeing their gardens and talking gardening..

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

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jroot

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posted 02-25-2011 05:00 AM

What a wonderful opportunity to get to meet with Iris. She is amazing and knows SOOOOO much. I wish I lived closer to her. That is a really neat square foot garden.

Thanks for sharing your expertise with Iris, and the rest of us here on GT.

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

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Iris43

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posted 02-25-2011 07:15 AM

I have some nice pictures to share as well. I was thrilled to meet Harold and Pam and really enjoyed our visit together. Pam is a very knowledgeable gardener, both flowers and vegetables. While much of her garden is in the process of renovation, there was still so many new plants to see (new to me). Pam has a clear vision of how she wants her gardens to develop.

We laughed about her collection of seeds …... especially tomato seeds…such variety! Pam shared information, seeds and web-sites with me. I got a first hand look at the amazing raised garden Harold build with it’s irrigation system. Here’s a pic of Harold and Pam with the garden in the background.

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I was amazed and impressed with the number and variety of orchids Pam has growing, as well. I hope Harold will photo these to share with us as they come into bloom. Here’s my picture of Harold and Pam with that gorgeous orchid, which incidentally had a beautiful fragrance.

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It seemed like the time flew by, and we were still talking, sharing and comparing when it was time for me to leave.

I hope to get back to visit Harold and Pam next year when I return to Florida. I’m already looking forward to seeing how their gardens develop.

BTW, Harold, I didn’t get a picture of the lovely rose blooming in the corner of the backyard….I think Pam and I were talking too much and got distracted by her orchids. I hope you get a picture of it to show us.

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

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sharad

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posted 02-25-2011 08:30 AM

Great meeting of Iris with Pam and Harold and nice pictures as well. Debbie, why don’t you arrange a get-to-gether of all GTs next year sometime in the spring?

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-25-2011 11:38 AM

for 2012, Sharad?

Great photos!!

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

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jroot

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posted 02-25-2011 04:09 PM

Thanks for the photos, Iris. What an amazing raised garden and watering structure! Pam and Harold posted more information about this earlier. http://gardentenders.com/projects/584

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

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sharad

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posted 02-25-2011 06:20 PM

Debbie yes 2012, so that we get sufficient time to prepare for the event.

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-25-2011 10:45 PM

I’ll put it on my calendar.
I’ll host an event this year and next year if people are interested.

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

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sharad

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posted 02-26-2011 08:52 AM

Thanks Debbie for putting the event on your calendar. If you want GTs from different countries to participate make a very attractive program for the gathering. Any way I am in with my wife for 2012. Plan it now to make it successful.

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-26-2011 12:06 PM

will do Sharad.
Will do.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-26-2011 05:27 PM

What fun you must have had, Pam, Harold and Iris. I am glad you had a great visit. I would like to see your gardens too, Pam. Post lots of photos for me this year. : )

-- "...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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daltxguy

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posted 02-27-2011 04:23 AM

What fun and great pictures!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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