Check out the Jerry thread of one of a kind crotons Jerry has hybridized, simply amazing. Some will be available for the first time ever at the auction. Hmmmm, I believe this also may be the first Croton Garden Tour in Miami Dade County as well.
We all know how Lamar is when he sets his sights on a plant at an auction - he will do what it takes to be the winning bid. I've heard through a third party that Lamar has other family commitments on April 25th. So, we may all have a much better chance at scoring one of Jerry's fabulous crotons.
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Garden Tour Guidelines:
There will be no formal guided tour, too much like trying to herd cats. Wander around and enjoy the colors.
Please do not move any tags in the garden, that way none get misplaced. If you want to know what a particular cultivar is, just ask. The garden is not so large that I will not be close at hand. I've ordered metal tags to be placed on the plants, hopefully all will be properly tagged by the day of the event.
Wear tennis shoes, work boots or sturdy type foot apparel. The garden is heavily mulched and uneven in many areas. Open toed shoes, sandals and crocs are strongly discouraged. You will not be comfortable if you wear these.
Shouldn’t have to say it but – no cuttings allowed and please don’t ask. Cuttings can be discussed on another date.
Crotons in containers found in the garden will not available for purchase, trade, etc …
Absolutely no pets.
Please do not park on my easement (swale areas between the sidewalk and street). There are over 50 crotons planted in the easement and your vehicle will take away from their ambiance.
The garden will be open at sunrise. The earlier you arrive, the more attention I can give regarding plant identification.
Croton Auctioneer (preferably 2, splitting the duties)
Auctioneer's assistant - selects plants and stages them for the auction
Ahhhhhh, I think Mr Searle will be willing and ready. Remember....the 5 plant rule.
moose - can also handle the auctioneering; have done it at numerous CFPAC sales; did not lose to much voice while in CLV this weekend either. Good to be back; nothing but grey and brown up there
Hey Ron, there's a couple of plants you just listed that I don't know. Can you share the dave butler croton? I'm sure it's a bute!!
Dropping off crotons will be at either Manny's drive way or the entrance gate.
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Here is the Drive Gate with a fragrant Lyang Lyang Tree (Cananga odorata) adjacent to it. The Lyang Lyang has a few blossoms on it but hopefully the buds I saw this morning will develope and provide us some wonderful aromas by April 25th.
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The main entrance gate will be another drop off point. The is a wonderful Pseudobombax ellipticum (Shaving Brush Tree) next to it. Its in bloom right now with brilliant pink flowers. Unfortunately, the blooming will likely be over by the time of the Tour date. I'll have my rubber maid cart available to assist moving your plants to either the auction or Trade/Sell area.
Please be courteous by dropping your plants off, then park you vehicle in the designated area. Please do not leave you vehicle in front of Manny's home, this area his family's cars and dropping off plants.
The designated parking area will be along the southern wall of the cemetery. Its just NW of the Moose Land. Just hang a left from the western road bordering the Moose Land
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Here is the beginning of the parking area, photo taken from my west drive gate.
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The Designated Parking area stretches the entire block. Of course the earlier you arrive, the less you walk. Ignore the No Parking signage, residents and their guests are permitted to park there. Plenty of parking for all.
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Here is a shot from the Designated Parking area back towards Moose Land.