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Croton Tours....any planned for the summer?

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Jeff Searle, Apr 6, 2010.

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  1. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I was just wondering if the Society was planning or talking about a garden tour somewhere. I know with all the damage this past winter, it might be better to have something later in the fall. Any ideas in the works?

    Jeff
     
  2. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Jeff - I was just thinking the same thing. Looking at Ryan's thread on PalmTalk where the South Florida Palm Society had a garden tour at Dr. Jeff Block's garden. He had some very nice croton cultivars which Marie Nock was more than happy to point out to me.

    Although I continue to find more emerging cold damage on some plants, like us all, the spring weather and the rebounding of the plants has got me excited! :)

    If I arrange a croton meeting here in Dade county, will you west coast people come and make a day of it here. Connie where are you? ;)
     

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  3. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Is the Croton Society dead? Or is this site just drawing....2 people? Me and the Moose.



    Pretty lame if you ask me. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. I'm not asking for everyone to post pictures. Lord knows, Ron "Moose" post more pictures here than the rest of us combined. I know the weather was brutal on our plants.

    Sorry for the vent....
     
  4. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    This site, just like the public's interest in Crotons as landscape plants, waxes and wanes. It was a new thing a year ago, now, many have moved on or lost interest. I check in daily, once or twice, but there hasn't been much to talk about. Moose posts some great photos, but I haven't got anything worth shooting right now. I'd love to see other collections, ones that haven't been decimated by the cold, but I wonder how many of them look like mine after this brutal winter.

    I'm giving serious thought to a Croton Society meeting here in the Fall again. Barbecue and all that, and I should have a firm date after we get back from Jamaica in a few weeks.
     
  5. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    The Queen Elizabeth Gardens in the Cayman Islands should not have been affected by the winter cold and also have a nice croton collection. The palm nuts are off to Rio for the IPS bi-ennial shortly.
    My garden looks like crap unless you like looking at budding sticks. I expect it to make a rapid recovery (barring hurricanes later in the year) and expect it to look presentable in the fall - probably around the same time or a bit earlier than the fall09 event that was cancelled due to rain.
    We'll see what if anything some of the commercial and local growers will have at the USF Tampa Sale this weekend.
    Onward through the fog....
     
  6. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I for one am in a hold mode on the Crotons at this time. The sticks are showing new growth on 3/4 of the Crotons. And as my luck would have it my favorites look like they did not make it. The Crotons were added as part of my 2009 revamping of the garden. At this time I have other revamping chores (long list) to take care of before the summer sets in. Started at the front and working to the back.
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Re: psychic offer

    Can you bring back crotons from the dead? :mad:
     
  8. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    I just think most of us North Americans are pretty bummed after this winter.
     
  9. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I lost 1/2 of my collection and the rest are sticks just barely budding out. I'm bummed out like so many others here. Most of you guys in the south did so well, I'm jealous.
     
  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    That is why I believe that we need a meeting to share some love with our friends to the north!!! :cool:
     

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  11. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    No interest from the west coast members? This November will be 2 years since I hosted a tour at my house. The crotons look really good now and should be looking better by then. Anyone interested? If not-------> I'll just keep cutting and slapping airlayers on now as summer is just upon us. :)

    If anyone wants to drop by as a small group just to look and gawk on a certain weekend, lets get something planned. Brandy slushies on a hot summer day in the garden will make it all the worthwhile. I promise.....


    Jeff
     
  12. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Jeff - Pick a date and I'll bring the barbecue.
     
  13. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Anytime but 21-28 June and 12-15 August works for me. Time for a road trip!
     
  14. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Phil,

    If this little mini tour materializes into anything, I will certainly consider your dates. It just will depend on if there's much interest in the next few weeks. I'll keep everyone posted as things progress.


    Jeff
     
  15. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    I'm in!:)
     
  16. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I am definitely in. Would be nice if more of our west coast friends would chime in! :)
     
  17. Marie Nock

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    Hi Jeff,
    We're in. I'll bring jalapeno corn bread and pecan pies.
    Marie
     
  18. keith

    keith Active Member

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    The west coast people were hit very hard by the cold this year. I have been bummed
    out and angry about it. You know you have the croton bug if you still grow crotons
    after a winter like this. If I didnt like them so much, I would not grow them anymore.
     
  19. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I would like to attend if it's in June. In Aug I might be in Costa Rica visiting Jeff but I don't have my dates firm yet.
     
  20. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Bump.... we need a meeting somewhere south sooner than later. It will help to get the northern folks out of their post winter funk.
     
  21. Jim Glock

    Jim Glock Active Member

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    Judy and I are at the "Southern Command Post" this weekend. We have a few things that look fairly good and would love to have folks down. Since we're at the Southern Command Post we thought that we would post a few to wet your whistle. We have attached a William Craig, Flamingo, Red Quill (PS Phil we still have your air layer of this very plant), and Blotched Raphael.
     

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  22. Jim Glock

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    Here are a few more. The first is our King of Siam and the second is Carribean Star.
     

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  23. Plant Nut

    Plant Nut Active Member

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    Oh my gosh! They are absolutely gorgeous. I have always liked William Craig but never saw one as beautiful as yours. You guys are doing something right! May I suggest you write an article, with pictures, for the Croton Society Newsletter. I'm sure that would be most welcome.
     
  24. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Jim-
    ...and your Plaid Oak also made it through the winter.
     
  25. Borgy230

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    that flamingo looks amazing, wink wink!!

    I do have a nice air layer on my golden glow fo Judy! should be ready soon!

    Rob
     
  26. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Wow! So you would like to entertain a group down there? I think it's an awesome idea, just might be be a long drive for everyone. I know someone that would love to come and he WOULD definitely make the drive.:) Felco's and ziplocs and all !!! I'll pass the info. along.
     
  27. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Definitely. :)
     
  28. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I am getting tired of Jeff Searle describing about the fabulous well grown collection at the "Souther Command Post". It is time to see it! :eek:
     

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