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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 12:04:07 PM »
a little better this time. 167 words and I think they were pretty decent.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by notthatamanda on Today at 05:01:36 AM »
a pitiful 47 words but they smoothed out a few bumps.
Every word is one word closer to done.  :tup3b
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 04:37:41 AM »
a pitiful 47 words but they smoothed out a few bumps.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by notthatamanda on Today at 03:55:08 AM »
957 words. Next chapter I get to write a wedding!

Ordered the new drum my spoiled brat of a printer threw a tantrum for. $82, should be here tomorrow. I hope that works. I like to print and edit what I wrote the day before to start my session.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Mammasan on May 27, 2020, 09:44:17 AM »
I bought a couple of pots of "Mexican petunias" from Walmart and left them on my front walk. They are bush-like but covered in purple flowers that look like petunias. They flower just before dawn, with the flowers all falling off around four o'clock in the afternoon. They do this every day.

Shortly after I left them, I noticed that a solitary bumble bee would come every early morning and dive deep into each of the flowers. Then, around three o'clock in the afternoon a solitary bumblebee (I'm guessing the same one) would come, but wouldn't go inside any of the flowers. Instead, it would go behind the flower, to its base, of each flower.

I figure the flower was getting ready to drop off and had formed a fissure with the stem, and the bee was accessing the nectar through that break. Kinda smart!
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on May 27, 2020, 09:35:04 AM »
I am not a gardener at all, but (I live in southeastern US) this Spring I saw a tree blooming with flowers that looked gorgeous --exactly like orchids. I Googled "tree flowers that look like orchids" to find out what kind of tree it was and (big surprise) found it's called the "orchid tree." Originally from Hong Kong. I took some seeds from a couple of its pods and potted them. Little trees are now growing! I'll have to find a place for them in the yard eventually.

my friend in Australia had a gorgeous garden with orchids and roses and also had an orchid tree. She sent me pictures and it was beautiful. I also have an orchid cactus, which is not strictly an orchid, but is an epiphylum. hasn't bloomed yet but I suspect that it has to grow a lot more.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by notthatamanda on May 27, 2020, 07:57:33 AM »
That's so cool! Good luck with your trees. Around here crab apples are some of the prettiest trees.

I've got a neighbor who has some alliums and I love them, but I don't have any myself. We've got voles too, I'm sure.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Mammasan on May 27, 2020, 07:38:47 AM »
I am not a gardener at all, but (I live in southeastern US) this Spring I saw a tree blooming with flowers that looked gorgeous --exactly like orchids. I Googled "tree flowers that look like orchids" to find out what kind of tree it was and (big surprise) found it's called the "orchid tree." Originally from Hong Kong. I took some seeds from a couple of its pods and potted them. Little trees are now growing! I'll have to find a place for them in the yard eventually.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on May 27, 2020, 07:31:59 AM »
I've been put off by the supermarket price of $30 for a showy deep blue orchid, also not sure if it is real color or a dye. Of course the other issue is the expense of buying a plant I will almost surely kill.

I had to give up on alliums because the voles eat them, but at least that's not my fault.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on May 27, 2020, 07:28:00 AM »
I learned everything I needed to grow orchids on YouTube. The orchid whisperer lives in the Midwest and miss orchid girl lives on Cyprus which is much more my climate.

Dendrobiums are really easy but their flowers are quite small. If you want big showy flowers, get Cattleyas. Mostly, you'll see Phaelenopsis in the stores. I love Vandas, but they are very greedy, sucking up a lot of light and water and fertilizer.

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