posted on Jun, 24 2016 @ 11:17 AM
a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn
Good point - Florida grows palm trees, we can't do that here.
We can't do the gorgeous bougainvillea stuff like in Louisiana, either. No oranges or lemons...
Climate and soil have so much to do with the vitality of plants. My hydrangea threatens to move in every year - this year its spread is about 8 feet,
and it's spilling over onto the Live-Forevers and vinca....gave my mom a start from it some years ago, and hers is finally doing okay.
I have very loamy black soil, with lots of worms and natural nutrients. She has more clay and "fill-dirt" in her yard. I think one advantage I have
is that my yard is not chemically compromised. I've no idea how old the hydrangea is - it was here when I moved in...and has gotten bigger and bigger
ever since (1999!). Same with the irises, hostas (the one I discovered about 5 years ago that the hydrangea was overpowering is now a clump about 6
feet wide itself! Another couple of them I pulled out and just tossed into the planter below the front window - didn't bury them or do anything at
all! - and the next year they were fine - they have leaves the size of salad plates and send up lovely lavender flowers every summer. Hardy
Sometimes it's discouraging to not be able to have the European or French Quarter window-box look that I'd love to have, but I've learned to stick to
plants that will do well here, rather than struggle with trying to keep things alive that don't want to live here. Fuschias for example - love them.
Bought one every year for five or six or ten years.
Eventually I started saying "I bought another fuschia to kill"....and then I quit buying them.
edit on 6/24/2016 by BuzzyWigs because: (no reason given)