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Old 03-05-2021, 12:49 PM
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Yesterday, WW and I were talking about pushing the zone envelope. When we were younger it seemed like the thing to do. I personally always likes to push my zones as far as I could and brag about it. However, as I got older, I was more interested in what would work than coddling it. I find myself going back to tried and true plants that work with little tending.

Years ago a landscaper gave me A Daphne that was supposed to be Hardy. Even in our sand it died a slow and painful death. There are just things that my conditions will not grow. And you can ask WW about ostrich ferns, they are the rats of the plant world to me. I've made hundreds of dollars off of my bed of ostrich ferns. But for her, not so much.
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A cool flower for smell that I just discovered is
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Smell Is like a frangipani and a lemon. Smack(kiss)!....
Just what you need to hang a lot of mounted orchids in a small space.
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Old 03-05-2021, 02:59 PM
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If you like fragrant flowers, freesias have a very strong aroma, and seem to be pretty easy to grow. I had an abundance of croms from red and yellow ones neglected in pots that I cleaned out. I couldn't figure out what to do with them so thought I'd stick them in the ground along a border.. there's no sun in this part of my garden from October through April, so they became terribly lanky and all flopped over. Despite this, they still bloomed and the aroma here when the breeze comes through is just awesome

Daffodils are very pretty. My first time growing them, for some reason I thought they were supposed to smell nice, but these remind me of latex water balloons
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If you like fragrant flowers, freesias have a very strong aroma, and seem to be pretty easy to grow. I had an abundance of croms from red and yellow ones neglected in pots that I cleaned out. I couldn't figure out what to do with them so thought I'd stick them in the ground along a border.. there's no sun in this part of my garden from October through April, so they became terribly lanky and all flopped over. Despite this, they still bloomed and the aroma here when the breeze comes through is just awesome

Daffodils are very pretty. My first time growing them, for some reason I thought they were supposed to smell nice, but these remind me of latex water balloons
It depends on the daffodil. There are thousands and some are highly fragrant. What zone are you in, 10A? Here, Freesias are pot plants, period.
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And here, same zone as Dolly, they don’t even do really well in a pot
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Same zone; very different conditions.
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Yup, exactamente my point. Kinda like ostrich fern.
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A cool flower for smell that I just discovered is
False Ashoka Tree

I am pretty sure. The person whose land it is is kind of an ass so I don’t want to ask lol

Smell Is like a frangipani and a lemon. Smack(kiss)!
Ylang ylang!

I was way off
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Wow, amazing flowers everyone! I just saw this thread and I had to share to try to answer it in my own way.
My other favorite flowers are ofcourse Aroids, Bromeliads and Ericads. However, that's too general.

I love finding native flower in situ, so even though I can appreciate the beauty of say.... Snow Drops and Daffodils, they are not my favourite because they don't belong in our forests, yet they get in somehow.

Among my favourite natives are these that I have seen Trillium grandiflorum-04 by César, on Flickr

Viola pubescens-02 by César, on Flickr

Geranium maculatum-01 by César, on Flickr

These that I have seen on Long Island
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi-01a by César, on Flickr

Pyrola rotundifolia-03 by César, on Flickr

Pyrola rotundifolia-02 by César, on Flickr

Cypripedium acaule-18 by César, on Flickr

Asclepias syriaca by César, on Flickr

Bird&#x27;s-Eye Primrose by César, on Flickr

These that I have seen in Manhattan NY
Rhododendron calendulaceum-02 by César, on Flickr

Rhododendron calendulaceum-01 by César, on Flickr

Various other places around NYC
Aquilegia canadensis by César, on Flickr

Cephalanthus occidentalis by César, on Flickr

Erythronium americanum, Adder&#x27;s Tongue, Trout Lily-01 by César, on Flickr

Monotropa uniflora by César, on Flickr

Symplocarpus foetidus by César, on Flickr

Symplocarpus foetidus by César, on Flickr

Claytonia virginica by César, on Flickr

Claytonia virginica by César, on Flickr

This one is special to me, I've been keeping an eye on this population for more than 10 years.

Trillum cernuum by César, on Flickr

These two were at Chaumont Barrens in upstate NY, near Canada. Prairie like conditions.

Wood Lily by César, on Flickr

Geum triflorum (2) by César, on Flickr

I also have a fancy for other types of cultivated plants.
Since I love ericads, I decided to try to grow Vireyas about 9 years ago. For those who don't know, these are mostly epiphytic tropical Rhododendrons. I puchase hybrids that stay real small and compact.
Here are some that have flowered for me;

Rhododendron &#x27;Fire Plum&#x27; 2020 by César, on Flickr

Rhododendron &#x27;Fire Plum&#x27; 2020 by César, on Flickr

Rhododendron &#x27;Saint Valentine&#x27;-04 by César, on Flickr

Rhododendron &#x27;Saint Valentine&#x27;-03 by César, on Flickr

Rhododendron &#x27;Alisa Nicole&#x27;-02 by César, on Flickr

Rhododendron &#x27;Alisa Nicole&#x27;-10 by César, on Flickr

Other Ericads
Ceratostema rauhii by César, on Flickr

With this one the hairy blue fruit are the main attraction, though they don't taste like much.
Sphyrospermum buxifolium-11 by César, on Flickr

This one is too big for my apartment, but I can dream the dream
Ceratostema silvicola-07 by César, on Flickr

Gesneriads too
Sinningia &#x27;Prudence Risley&#x27;-01 by César, on Flickr

Here is another Gesneriad
Gloxinia sylvatica &#x27;Bolivian Sunset&#x27; 2016 by César, on Flickr
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Oh wow! Beautiful, and all beautifully photographed.
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