Ana Bowers's crotons in the landscape

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  1. annafl

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    That's some great stuff Ana. Amazing collection of colors and textures. I had to look through three times, and will come back for more tomorrow.
     
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    Gorgeous garden! Your artistic eye and your horticultural talents are apparent. Can't wait to see everything in person.
     
  6. annafl

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    Thanks so much, Dean and Marie! It's so rewarding to have our hard work appreciated. Thanks again. Marie, I do hope you and Steve can come up this fall.
     
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    Ana, looks like a great layout, with cool pathways and little hidden areas. I like how you are using groupings of the some of the same croton cultivars to make for bigger impact. Jeff Searle does that with some plants too. Seeing all kinds of plant groups too. Your aroids look super. Looking forward to seeing it in the fall!
     
  8. annafl

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    Thanks so much, Tim. Bert and I designed the garden ourselves. It was all weeds and sand when we bought this property and we have worked hard to improve the soil. We were fortunate to have a number of large trees which created the bones of the garden. I am more of a landscaper than a collector, so we group some of the same when we can get enough of them. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen often, because up here I can get only Mammey and Petra, so I'm limited to what I can get when I come down there for the sales or the auctions. I haven't been into crotons long enough to have plants large enough to air layer, so it takes time, so I just keep collecting! I love all plant groups, so I try to grow whatever I find that I like. Again, I am limited by what I can find up here. I would have a great time if I lived in South Florida!
     
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    Holy Moly Anna & Bert that is absolutely outstanding. I will roll that tape for weeks to come. Color texture depth envy opps!!!!
     
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    Thanks so much, Lamar! I'm so glad you like our garden.
     
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    Anna, You have a GREAT looking garden! Love the mixture of plants. Thanks for posting!
     
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    Thanks Scott and Babu!
     
  13. Pix

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    Incredible! What a stunning tropical paradise! Looks just like my dream...which may never come true :( Most of my crotons look miserable after the recent winds. Being on the corner with no fence I cannot give them any shelter. ...and when I try other plants deer eat them :( But I like only tropical plants anyway. We are going to Costa Rica next week. Should I get lost and never come back??:jiggy:
    I wish I was lucky to visit your garden one day too...NailBiting
     
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    Anna! Your garden is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing it someday! Jim and Judy
     
  15. annafl

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    Thanks so much, Pix, Jim and Judy! These photos are at different times during the past year. Not everything looks as good right now after winter! I hope you will all come to the croton meeting/auction at our garden in Sarasota this coming fall. Hopefully things will look nice for the group. Thanks again! Ana
     
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    Ana,
    Thanks for sharing. The gardens are incredible. They look nicer than many of Florida's botanical gardens. It must take a lot of work to keep them looking that good. My plants look a bit ratty after coming through the winter, so it is great to see your gardens at their best throughout the year. Luckily it was warm enough that I don't think I lost any plants, just a strange growing season with the flucuating temperatures and rainfall this winter. I am ready for spring, although I am not quite ready for the heat.
     
  18. annafl

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    Wow, Lamar, thanks!

    Hi Karl! I've missed your presence here! Thanks for your kind words. You know I only show you what looks good at the time. My plants look a bit ratty now too, but hopefully they'll start shaping up soon. I was talking to folks at the Searle sale today and we agreed that the wind this winter played a big part in leaf drop on our crotons. That's really annoying. Well, here's to a good growing year. Keep checking back with us at the forum.
     
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    Beautiful garden Ann...thanks for posting! :)
     
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    Nice 714. Keep up the good work.
     
  23. annafl

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    Thanks, Lamar. Thanks for noticing my new posts!
     
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    Outstanding Ana. Magnificent mix of colors & textures! I keep forgetting to look at the landscape section.
     
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  25. annafl

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    Thanks so much, Randy! I can't wait to see your new garden someday. You are a master of putting things together. I think of your garden often!
     
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    How beautiful your garden is Anna. Can't wait to see it this fall when you host the Croton auction & tour. You have such an incredible variety of plants and have put them together in such an artistic way. Loving the colors & textures. Really beautiful. Marnie
     
  27. annafl

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    Thanks so much for your kind words, Marnie! I sure hope you will come up for the event!
     
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    941 what's that little purple thing in the pot under the big three lobe monster?
     
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    Sorry, Lamar, I just saw this! It's a begonia, but I don't know its name. It is really cute right now- kind of reddish orange foliage with hot pink flowers. Begonias are some of my favorite plants too. So many different types.
     
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