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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 10:58 AM
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My most successful "rescue" yet!
Some of you may remember my discussing my habit of haunting the "Distressed Plants" section at the back of my local Lowes garden department.

About a month ago, I shelled out a mere $2 for a plant that was looking kind of scraggly and sad, but which had a few pretty purple and white striped blossoms on long, leafy stalks.

One month later and here she is:



When I first brought her home, one of the stalks was just about snapped off, so I snipped it and put it in water and, lo and behold, it rooted and IT'S blooming on my kitchen windowsill! I have high hopes I can keep the rooting alive through the winter and have this pretty girl in my garden again next year.

It's called "Angelmist Angelonia" and it likes full sun and "thrives on heat" which we've of course had in abundance this summer.

(see how faded the tag is? Poor thing waited a long time to be adopted!-- Oh, and please excuse groddy dirty gardening fingernails. I forget to out on gloves about 99% of the time. ;) )

Here's more on the purple-stripe variety like I have : http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/70264-product.html (Note that the color in my pic is truer than the one on this webite. the foliage is a lovely true green and the flowers a deep purple w/white.)


Anyone else grow Angelonias?? I'm thinking I may have to try some others next year, though the $2 price tag will be hard to beat!
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 11:55 AM
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1. Good job! Lovely plant. At first I thought you were in the wrong forum
and were talking about an animal. :-)
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 12:06 PM
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2. My animals are rescues too.
Luckly, the Angelonia shows no signs up being a breed with a FOUR-YEAR puppyhood, like my dog. ;)
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cheri010353 Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-07-11 11:43 PM
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5. Is your dog a yellow lab?
Because mine is 3-1/2 and still not even close to outgrowing her puppyhood.
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 10:42 AM
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6. No, he's a Jindo.
We thought he was a mutt (maybe lab-white shepard-etc mix) when we adopted him, but it turns out he's a rare'ish breed that originally comes from Korea, where they are allegedly number 9 on the list of "National Treasures". Koreans must treasure mischievousness and boundless energy b/c he's a handful. Sweet, but definitely as puppyish at 2.5 as he was at 7 months when we got him.

He is also strong as an ox and supposedly can exert 1200 pounds of bite pressure (as compared to a German Shepard's 900). Luckily, he does all his biting on his toys and Kong!

See a pic in my response below. :)
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 04:32 PM
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3. rescue
Edited on Fri Aug-05-11 04:33 PM by trud
I saw a bedraggled stuffed toy at a yard sale and felt compelled to save him. Now washed, looking a bit better. What sort of warped brain thinks inanimate objects need rescuing. At least plants are alive.

How about a picture of the puppy :-)
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 10:42 AM
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7. In a rare moment of repose:
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 04:49 PM
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8. beautiful dog n/t
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 05:24 PM
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9. Thanks. Sometimes we feel like he skates by on his dashing looks and charm,
but he's slowly becoming a good, as well as good-looking, dog.
:)
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 05:52 PM
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4. Great job with that rescue. It looks very healthy now.
I also love to rescue plants, but I often thing that they still want too much money for plants that are close to lost. They should be giving them away. But you got your money's worth. Is this an annual? If it is a perrenial, that is all the more luck. If not, save seeds!

You done good. :thumbsup:
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Blue Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 08:04 PM
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10. Lovely
I get some of my best plants from the clearance racks at Lowe's.
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