Early June 2012 Pics of my Yard

tropicalzone7(7b)June 7, 2012

Here are some pics of whats going on in my yard. Most of these are night shots taken tonight after a heavy thunderstorm, the day pics were taken a few days ago....

Solitare Palm

Passion Vine growing really well. This is the second summer in the ground and the best it has ever done

My trachy is finally getting some size to it! Its really cool to see how much it has grown since just last year. The growth rate from my trachy isnt as impressive as other people's trachys but its better than it has been in past summers.

Here it was in late June 2011

Now here it is tonight

Here's some of the pool plants! Still so much growing that has to be done but ocne the cannas, elephant ear, banana, and gingers get taller and fill out more, it should look nice again!

My newest banana, Musa Bordelon!

I thought something really bad happened to my ice cream banana because it wasnt growing, but here it is now making its first leaf. This has got to be a record for the latest 1st banana leaf in my yard. All my other bananas are at least onto their second leaf, some are on their 3rd. I hope this banana grows well this year, I plan on fertilizing very well to get it back to where it should be

The Alocasia right next to it is doing well (Sorry that this pic is a little out of focus)

Trachy going into its 4th summer and some buttefly ginger. The cannas in the background survived the winter with no protection and are growing pretty well now.

Purple heart that survived the winter

My newest palm! I couldn't resist it for the price!

My majesty palm looks kind of short in this picture, but the light is 9 feet tall for scale. This is it's 3rd summer now, it has not given me problems indoors during the winter time.

This area still needs a little bit of work, I haven't had the time lately to get as much done as I would like. Thinking a few more annuals in this area. Once the Plumeria and Oleander begin to bloom, this area will look much nicer! Both have buds coming up and the plumeria in this spot is my favorite one for blooms (the flowers are 4 inches in diameter!)

This area still has some room for the little tropicals that I get along the way, but I'm happy the way it looks.

Plumeria "Divine" never disappoints, it has lots of flower inflos coming up!

My tallest plumeria is in a need for a pruning, but I like the fact that it's so tall!

My favorite elephant ear. This one got so huge last year and it looks like it will be even bigger this year. Its just a plain elephant ear but it has great genetics!

A view of the yard

I really like scheffleras. I got this one for $10 last spring, now its taller than me!

Finally have an agave in the ground!

Lots of figs coming from this tree this year!

Saw palmetto looking the same as always

I really like the color contrast of the bluish Sabal Minor and the red Ensete

Kopper King Hibiscus was the last plant to emerge from the ground this spring. Cant wait for the blooms!

Front yard bed

Foxtail palm growing very slowly. I think its time for some superthrive and seaweed extract to get it growing really well. It might not be consistently hot enough yet to open up those new spears.

Med fan palm growing well this year and it even bloomed!

Plants in the front yard. The Musa Saba leaves were really weight down in this pic from the rain so thats why it looks so droopy.

Lots of ginger!

Brugmansia flowers coming soon!

Ensete, Brug, and sprial ginger

I definitely do not regret ever planting this oleander in the ground. They do much better in the ground then in pots for me, but they all bloom well!

This oleander will be taller than me by the end of the season

Pineapple lily survived the winter with no problems and the crinum was planted out this spring. An animal ate one of the crinum bulbs, but it seems to have recovered and is growing as well as the undamaged one. I am hoping for some blooms this year on all of these plants!

Butia growing fast

Frostproof gardenia has lots of buds and should be blooming soon!

Does anyone know when Madagascar palms are supposed to flush out? Mine has not made a single leaf yet and it's in a very sunny spot.

Here's a few daylight pictures taken a few days ago...

Musa basjoos growing back much healthier than last year

Lantanas are definitely one of those plants that just dont stop blooming for me. They should get really big by the end of the season!

Pansies still going strong but getting a little leggy

Oleander in the daylight. I think its kind of ironic that my oleander in the ground is blooming weeks ahead of my oleander that spent the winter indoors.

Mexican petunias

Mandevillas

Passiflora in the daytime

White and Red Mandevilla growing together on the pool fence. I think they look really nice together.

I have 4 palms in my yard that I would consider "tall". From order to tallest to shortest they are my Adondila, Solitare Palm, Spindle Palm, and Majesty palm. Here is the Adondila and Solitare palm...

Thanks for looking everyone! I'll update again soon. Cant wait to get rid of this cold weather since none of the tropicals want to grow unless it's hot outside!

-Alex

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bradleyo_gw

Looks great, you sure pack a lot of plants in there, many of which look like they need to come in for the winter, where do you put them all? You must be either single or your wife loves plants too.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 5:10AM
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tropicbreezent

That's looking quite good. I like the Red Ensete. Unfortunately can't get any of those around here.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 6:03AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Thanks Bradleyo! They all go inside and no one really like the idea of it, but for some reason my family tolerates it for 3-4 months. I guess I owe them big time!

Thanks Tropicalbreeezent! What area to you live in? Im near NYC and they are really commonly sold at the nurseries here, they are one of the more commonly available bananas. They are usually really expensive but I got mine early in the season so it was an okay price. The same exact plants that are the same exact size as the one I bought are now being sold at the same nursery for more than double the price!

Thanks for looking everyone!
-Alex

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 10:58AM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Great pics as usual. Not sure what's up with your Madagascar palm. Mine has already flushed. May need to change the soil with some cactus mix.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 11:48AM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

Your yard looks great. I sent you an email. I have an ice plant ready to trade. I also got a chance to visit ariemas nursery.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 11:24AM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

Great plants! You obviously put a lot of time into your plants!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 11:34AM
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jimhardy

Lot's of good stuff...don't know where to start...

My Saba looks the same but is tearing it up right now,so
it should be fun to watch from here on out.

Nice variegated Agave!

Your P.geayi will need about a week or more of 80F + highs to break loose.

We were lucky to get exactly that in March and that did it for both the P.Geayi and P.Lamerei.

I like the deep color of the Ensete,they are one of the fastest "Banana" plants IME and don't seem to require as
much heat as other Banana plants to get growing.

Great pictures!

Click for weather forecast

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:07AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Thanks Chadec! I hope the madagascar palm doesn't disappoint me. I left it out on a cold night but the leaves werent even damaged. I'm keeping an eye on rot just in case although I'm assuming the worst and hoping for the best.

Thanks Dennis! I wont get a chance to check my email until later tonight, Ariemas had some nice things last time I was there!

Thanks Central Cali! It definitely takes up a lot of time in the spring and Fall, then when summer comes its just water and fertlizer!

-Alex

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:09AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Thanks Jim! Sorry I didnt see your response. I notice that we both reply to messages at the same time pretty often, haha. We got about 2 days in the mid 90s already this year (and more than our fair share of cool weather), but I'm hoping that once (if) the 80s every get consistent the P. geayi will finally flush! I wanted some blooms this year!
I agree, Ensetes are definitely one of the fastest growing bananas and I think part of the reason for their fast growth is their cool tolerance which gets them to start growing in the spring when days are only comfortable and not opressively hot.
The sabas should get some good growth in with the warmer weather this weekend and hopefully warm weather will be permanent soon!
-Alex

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 4:58PM
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