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July 27, 2015
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My few days off was quite nice. I got a lot accomplished and had fun, so it was a good long weekend. Yesterday I ran errands and swam, then went to supper club. We had it on Sunday due to conflicting schedules and we had a great summer shrimp boil with fresh farmers market corn and potatoes. supper club july.15 (3)

supper club july.15 (4) This is the high-tech way to cool down shrimp quickly: supper club july.15 (5) After a great meal topped off with Clay’s favorite pineapple upside down cake supper club july.15 (2) we got home in time to visit with an out-of-town friend. So a late full night, meant no blog yesterday!

Today I was happy to be in the office all day with a heat index of 105. Don’t forget to water your plants, and if you are outside, drink plenty of liquids. I drink a lot of unsweet iced tea, and if you live in the south, finding bottled tea when I am traveling, can be a difficult task. I make it in a pitcher at home, but when I am out I like to get a bottle for the car and I usually can’t find it, so I started buying a six-pack and keeping some with me. Now I can’t find anything but sweet, flavored, diet (which is sweet) and super sweet! tea.1

tea2 I have been everywhere and all you see is sweet, sweeter and sweetest! So I drink water!

Here are the answers to your mystery plants for last week and your new challenge:

Mystery plant A – mystery plant a july20.15 (2) is Amaranthus tricolor (am-uh-RANTH-us TRY-kull-lur)also sometimes called summer poinsettia. This is a vigorous, upright annual with showy colorful top foliage reaching 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall. Provides color from summer through fall. Ideal colorful border plant or in containers for patio accent. It is also edible and the leaves can be eaten much like spinach.

Mystery plant B – mystery plant bjuly20.15 (1) is Hamelia patens (ham-EE-lee-uh PAT-ens)commonly called Firebush or Firecracker plant. It is a summer annual or tropical for us for full sun. The plant is native to Southern Florida, Mexico, Central and South America. It produces non-stop tubular orange-red to red flowers in terminal clusters all summer up until a frost. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant.

Mystery plant C – mystery plant c.july20.15 (2) is Colocasia esculenta (kol-oh-KAY-see-uh es-kew-LEN-tuh) commonly called Elephant Ears. They are thriving this year at Garvan Gardens. The darker ones are Kona Coffee and the lime colored leaves are Lime Zinger. While many are winter hardy in central and southern Arkansas, if you are spending big bucks for some of these newer varieties, you may want to lift and store the bulbs for the winter. They do best in shade or filtered sunlight and they like ample moisture.

Here are your new mystery plants:

Mystery plant A –mystery plant a.july27.15

Mystery plant B – mystery plant b.july27.14

Mystery plant C- 2014 Scotland 059 NH UnidentifiedPlant

Good luck!

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