The secret garden of Jerry Shilling

Jim Glock

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Last weekend Judy and I went over to Summerland Key to visit Jerry Shilling and his amazing croton collection. I took some pictures of Jerry's plants. If you think Judy's crotons are on some "juice" you have never seen Jerry's. Some are pictures of his own creations with outstanding color and leaf shape. Jerry is going to have us waiting in line for a cutting or air layer of his creations. The first series of four are a Jerry creation soon to be named with outstanding color and leaf shape.
 

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Jerry is having a sport of a Captian Gilbert Cutler that has ruffled leaves like a "Pie Crust". If they color up, they could be awesome.
 

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I just might have one or two that I could trade for. It looks like a real beauty! Thanks Jim.

Jim,

Just so you know, many crotons will revert to growing a different shape leaf. And then after a few leaves, revert completely back to it's original shape leaf. I have seen many do this, and it gets you excited, but then changes back. A real let down!
 
This is a croton in Jerry's garden that we would like someone to put a name on.
 

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Here are a few more shots of Jerry's seedlings.
 

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Before I leave and hit the recliner for the night I wanted to make on more post from Jerry's garden. I know that it is past the 4th of July, but to anyone that may have missed the fireworks this is for you.
 

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Phil - If you're referring to post #6, I originally purchased this plant from Mark Peters as Yellow Piecrust. Over time I have come to doubt the accuracy of the name thus the inquiry. It looks like a Prince Phillip to me. Thanks.

PS The only thing I will ever put a name on will be one of my own creations.
 
..and here's a few pics of the Prince Philip that's been growing here in St. Petersburg (Florida). I suspect Sergei's plant on another thread is still a Prince Philip as is Alan's in Trinidad. However, I'd expect some variation over time esp due to cultural conditions in a Moscow conservatory or growing almost wild in Trinidad or the occasional winter cold snaps here in Florida. Some leaves are a bit more ruffled than others. I had one at the last auction and it went for $5 so it's hardly a hot ticket item.
Jerry - need more pics of your place. Always a delight to see well-grown plants.
 

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And Jim you have also posted more photos than Jeff has in the previous three months ... :(

That's because Andrea ( my beautiful, darling wife of many years),came home from a trip recently with our now "broken" camera. And this past week she jumped in with her cell phone in the pool. I'm about ready to K!%$ her!
 
..and here's a few pics of the Prince Philip that's been growing here in St. Petersburg (Florida). I suspect Sergei's plant on another thread is still a Prince Philip as is Alan's in Trinidad. However, I'd expect some variation over time esp due to cultural conditions in a Moscow conservatory or growing almost wild in Trinidad or the occasional winter cold snaps here in Florida. Some leaves are a bit more ruffled than others. I had one at the last auction and it went for $5 so it's hardly a hot ticket item.Jerry - need more pics of your place. Always a delight to see well-grown plants.


Phil - I have your Prince Philip from the auction. I love it. Here it is in a garden with all yellow/purple blooming plants. I think this is a case of "hardly a hot ticket item" turning into another one's treasure.
 

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Thanks Moose...I thought the membership was ignoring my request for confirmation of the "4th of July Croton" from Jerry Shilling's Secret Garden. This Croton is displayed widely in Costa Rican gardens and I was trying to confirm the name. Would the older historical name that is escaping you be "Brillantisima" ?
 
Thanks Moose...I thought the membership was ignoring my request for confirmation of the "4th of July Croton" from Jerry Shilling's Secret Garden. This Croton is displayed widely in Costa Rican gardens and I was trying to confirm the name. Would the older historical name that is escaping you be "Brillantisima" ?

Thats it! This croton is a relatively slow grower and needs some sun hitting it to look its best. Probably grows alot faster in Ticoland.

Pura vida! :cool:
 
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