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I always wanted to have a branch all grown over with mosses, ferns, etc. and when the work began on widening a road close by, I went and picked up two nice sized pine branches for this project.
DH nailed the branches together and hung them on chains in my jungle walk area.

I tied on clumps of Spagnum moss and ‘planted’ the different plants I am hoping will be happy living on a branch.
There is a micro sprayer above the branch, set on a timer to come on for 10 minutes in the mornings.

Hopefullly the mosses and ferns will take over and eventually cover the wood.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ



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Gone_Tropical

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hardiness zone 9b

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justjoel

1063 posts in 3104 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 06-20-2011 11:37 AM

That is just too cool.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-20-2011 03:28 PM

Neat idea. Nice shady area for the plants too. So attractive.

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

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Cindy

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posted 06-20-2011 04:50 PM

That is very cool – I’m going to figure out a way to do something like that inside, with house plants (but no micro sprayer). I’ve always wanted to have house plants, but my kitties seem to think they’re grazing cows. (one’s as fat as a cow). Maybe I can have something like this, where they can’t reach it…

Great idea!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 2436 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 06-20-2011 07:51 PM

thanks, glad you like this project :-D
I got the idea from a nursery, of course their branch was the size if a TREE loaded with huge ferns, orchids and bromeliads. of course they had the space for it.

so here is another branch, a short one I had picked up on a walk one day. I liked it somehow :)
DH drilled three holes for the tillansias

small enough to fit anywhere:

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-20-2011 07:56 PM

Very nicely done.I really like the look of this.

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-21-2011 03:52 AM

brilliant and beautiful.
Love it.

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

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Cindy

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hardiness zone 6

posted 06-21-2011 04:16 PM

I really like the look of it, too!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Ben

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hardiness zone 5

posted 06-24-2011 09:22 AM

I think that might be the oddest thing i have ever seen…..and i want one…or two. Thank you for sharing

-- It started with stargazers and then stella's and then somewhere between colocasia and dicentra i decided to deny having an addiction.

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Gone_Tropical

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hardiness zone 9b

posted 06-24-2011 09:33 AM

LOL, odd? why is it odd? :-)
actually, if walking through the wilderness areas (like the Everglades) one can see those branches covered with tillandsias, orchids, mosses, etc. But you are right, starting with one branch is asking for trouble since one is never enough LOL

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Neta

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hardiness zone 5

posted 06-24-2011 10:16 AM

I love it!! I used an a piece of driftwood once . Hubby drilled holes and I filled them with suet for the birds. Like this idea so much though. Great job!!

-- Lori, Georgian Bay, Ontario

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Gone_Tropical

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hardiness zone 9b

posted 06-24-2011 10:48 AM

driftwood is most wonderful to use for all kinds of projects :-) I just can’t get my hands on it (to buy it is way too expensive) so plain old pine has to do :-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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LittlePaw

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posted 07-16-2011 07:53 PM

You’ve accomplished something I’ve always, I mean for a long long time, wanted to do. I thought the humidity must be quite high for the type of plants to survive? What part of the country do you live in and what’s your average humidity? I’m in northern Oklahoma where humidity is fairly low.

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 07-17-2011 07:28 AM

LittlePaw, I am in Florida and most of the year the humidity is quite high.

I did grow tillandsias in Germany as indoor plants of course, but I sprayed them with rainwater twice a day and had saucers filled with water close by them. So I am not sure if tillansias would be happy in the Oklahoma outdoors.

What plants do you have in mind for this project?

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 07-17-2011 08:55 AM

I have always loved epiphytes, GT, and your branch is lovely. LittlePaw, I had several hardy epiphytes when I lived in the desert and they did quite well as long as I remembered to mist them every day. I had them in the window over the kitchen sink, so I would see them frequently (to remind me) and so they could also get the moisture when I used the sink.

-- "...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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Gone_Tropical

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posted 07-17-2011 09:07 AM

over the kitchen sink is a good idea :-) or in the bathroom, taking showers gives a wonderful humidity level for those plants.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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LittlePaw

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posted 07-17-2011 02:50 PM

Our favorites are orchids. We only have one left and it’s over the kitchen sink getting mistd everyday. It looks healthy, but has not flowered yet. Al the other ones that we bough with blooms on eventually all died. We finally got a book on orchids and we are trying to follow the instructions. We also have one we call it our “mid night flower” I only blooms once a year. The bloom is very big – about 8” across and give a very mild and pleasant aroma. It bloomed when we were living in TX, but for the 3 years since we moved to NE OK, it has not flowered. I kinda remembered part of the name – Grandiflora something of other :-} Have any ideas, anyone?

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 07-17-2011 06:42 PM

LittlePaw, do you have a picture of your orchid to share with us? :-)

if not you are welcome to look through the pictures of my orchids, maybe you see a similar one.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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LittlePaw

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posted 07-17-2011 09:19 PM

I don’t have any in bloom right now. In the past I’ve phalaenopsis, and ones similar to the bonanza Queen. I’ve had strange plantfor about 6 years now. It only blooms once a year and precisely at midnight and the bloom only lasts about 45 min. The flower is trumpet-like and has a very pleasant but faint aroma. The plant grows leaves from leaves and not from the stalk. But for the past 3 years after moving from Dallas TX to Tulsa, it has not bloomed. Would anyone knows what it is and why it won’t bloom here?

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 07-18-2011 06:50 AM

well LittlePaw, a picture of the plant would be best. I thought you had talked of an orchid you wanted an ID for.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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