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Hey Alan,

Here are some pics of the plants you sent to us, and as you can see, so far, all of them are still alive and kicking

These 3 get the morning sun, then full shade the rest of the day.




Both orchids are still alive; we repotted both into larger pots. I'm really hoping that the larger one, the chocolate orchid, blooms this year!



The crossvine tangerine beauty is alive and healthy, but hasn't started taking off yet. Or I don't think it has but my wife claims it has grown some since we planted it. I've done some reading up on it and this is more of a springtime bloomer so I'm hoping this year, it'll climb up on and all over the deck so we can get some nice orange blooms next spring.



Again, thank you so much, these are all new to us and we hope we can keep them alive
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I'd never heard of a chocolate orchid, and it gets its name because it smells like...chocolate! (and who doesn't like chocolate?

https://agreenhand.com/oncidium-shar...colate-orchid/



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They look happy TN...
Remember no fertilize for the Nepenthe otherwise they will not develop pictures
I see the flower spike broke on the Chocolate Oncidium , bummer , but i think i see another spike coming out from the base of the large plant. Bring it in the house when that spike gets about 2+ feet. When i keep one in the house i always ask myself when i first come home what is that smell?
The other orchid once it starts flowering you will always have color with it , but not much fragrance.
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Remember no fertilize for the Nepenthe otherwise they will not develop pictures
I see the flower spike broke on the Chocolate Oncidium , bummer , but i think i see another spike coming out from the base of the large plant. Bring it in the house when that spike gets about 2+ feet. When i keep one in the house i always ask myself when i first come home what is that smell?
The other orchid once it starts flowering you will always have color with it , but not much fragrance.
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Pictures?? Flowers??

Or are you saying that it's not worth taking pictures of one that doesn't have flowers?

The botanical gardens in Denver had a substantial plot of scented geraniums; one type was chocolate scented--not the flowers but the leaves. It was always fun to wander through and rub their leaves to guess which one was which. Other scents--lemon, mint, orange, chocolate, apple, rose, coconut and cola (what does cola smell like?) Online research tells me they can be used to flavor food?

I know they're not frost hardy, but these were out in their herb garden apparently planted in the soil. Maybe they were still potted and they pulled them out for the winter?? Or they grew them as annuals maybe.
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Remember no fertilize for the Nepenthe otherwise they will not develop pictures
I see the flower spike broke on the Chocolate Oncidium , bummer , but i think i see another spike coming out from the base of the large plant. Bring it in the house when that spike gets about 2+ feet. When i keep one in the house i always ask myself when i first come home what is that smell?
The other orchid once it starts flowering you will always have color with it , but not much fragrance.
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I'm not sure if that spike is broken or not, the brown part in the pic is a leaf coming off the spike itself. I'll keep an eye on it though.
Ha, I 'm pretty sure if my wife and I lived down there where you can grow tropical plants outside all year round, we'd be broke, but we'd have a jungle around our house

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Or are you saying that it's not worth taking pictures of one that doesn't have flowers?

The botanical gardens in Denver had a substantial plot of scented geraniums; one type was chocolate scented--not the flowers but the leaves. It was always fun to wander through and rub their leaves to guess which one was which. Other scents--lemon, mint, orange, chocolate, apple, rose, coconut and cola (what does cola smell like?) Online research tells me they can be used to flavor food?

I know they're not frost hardy, but these were out in their herb garden apparently planted in the soil. Maybe they were still potted and they pulled them out for the winter?? Or they grew them as annuals maybe.
Mel,

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The picture is a extension of the leaf just another way collecting moisture and food.
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Oh...pitchers.....You pulled a Kenny on me.

I was wondering if that plant was some kind of pitcher plant. I'd seen the...um...upright? kind growing wild in North Carolina--neat plants. (Online research tells me they were members of the genus "Serracenia"?) There's a park south-west of Wilmington that has something like 14 different kinds of carnivorous plants growing wild there. Sundews, Pitcher Plants, Venus Fly Traps...(research again tells me Butterworts and Bladderworts too--I just remember the first three.)

I hadn't realized that Venus Fly Traps come exclusively (originally--they're cultivated elsewhere now) from that area--in a 60 mile radius from Wilmington, they said. I guess they were a touch more widespread historically, but the wild population is declining, almost endangered.

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I shoulda figured out what you meant though...it was just so unexpected coming from you.

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Alan,

Just as you predicted, it was going to take a while for the crossvine to take off and it has, in the last week. A bunch of new leaves and some shoots taking off.

And just because...some pics of a few of our other plants. My wife and I started a container competition about a month ago to see who could end up with the prettiest container later this summer. One lesson we learned is that we should have only planted 4 bunches of supertunias and superbells around the center plant, not 6 because once they got going, they started crowding each other out and some are making it, and some aren't.
My wife's container:

Mine:

And here's an angel trumpet we planted in the ground this spring...we usually grow them in big pots, then prune them way back and put them in the garage over the winter. But one of my wife's friends has one she's been growing outside for a few years and it's still alive so we're giving it a try. This thing has really taken off, can't wait to see how big it will get and how much it'll bloom. The only bad thing is that they are extremely toxic but Mocha is never outside unsupervised.


All your other plants are still alive and kicking
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