My trip to Raleigh, lot of pics

bradleyo_gwJune 26, 2013

Still on the job hunt and relocation dream. I spent the last week in Raleigh with a short visit to Columbia, SC while on several interviews. Hopefully getting closer to moving. While there I couldn't resist the opportunity to visit JC Raulston Arboretum when seeing the sign. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised to see all of the plants there that grow unprotected, you would never know it by driving around Raleigh. I saw 2 trachies there the entire time I was there outside of Raulston. One was a 6-7 foot trachy at a house in Cary, 1 was a 2 foot trachy in a pot at a hotel I interviewed at. I may have been the first person to tour the place in a suit and tie. I didn't get a whole lot of time there, I was on a mission to find a job, so I toured the whole place in about 20 minutes. Between the humidity, the suit and the pace at which I was walking, I was sweating quite profusely!

I also brought down and planted a few things at my buddy's house at which I stayed in Holly Springs. He graciously allowed me to stay with him for 6 days so I brought him down a few extra plants that I had, that certainly won't make it here, plus I won't feel like moving a bunch of plants when I will most certainly be renting for awhile.

Anyways, on to Raulston, definitely worth a visit, I will definitely take my time there next time.

I believe this is a Birmingham

I don't know what this is but while it looks like rostrata, it was HUGE! Much larger than the rostratas they had there, the pic doesn't do it justice.


5 trachy clump

No idea what the plant on the right is?


On the way back from Columbia to Raleigh, I just had to stop!

This is what I planted at my buddy's, I don't remember genus and species, but I believe it's a holly fern?

I honestly don't remember, I though I put an alocasia in this pot, but apparently a colocasia.

Trachy, can't wait to grow gardenias when I move!

I also can't wait to have my rosemary look like this in a couple of years!

OT: I was here 3 times throughout my stay. I'm a big foodie and love farmers's markets. My wife made a comment that it is our next supermarket. This Farmer's Market at NC State is the best I've ever been to. This is only a small portion of what is available under the NC grown only section. I bet there were also at least 20 plant vendors, fish market, pork stores, and all sorts of other stuff.

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Awesome pics from a very nice climate! It definitely would be nice for you to move down there, I'm sure there are a lot more plants you'll be able to grow there!
Thanks for sharing!

Here is a link that might be useful: My Plant Blog!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 10:34PM
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Thanks Alex. It would be nice to grow a lot of the plants I struggle with here, with ease there!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 9:33AM
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Nice pics, thats one place I would like to visit. Looks like you have 2 agaves in bloom in pic 7. A. gentryi on the left and A. bracteosa on the right.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:07PM
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Where in NC are you chadec? If you're ever in Raleigh, you should definitely go, even if just for 1/2 hour. It's free! It's part of NC St.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 7:22AM
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I am just north of Winston Salem. I go to PDN every year but never JCs. I do plan on checking it out.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 8:40PM
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"It would be nice to grow a lot of the plants I struggle with here, with ease there!"

I bet within no time you'd be growing "on the edge" again. We all do it. It's Human Nature, or should I say Gardener's Nature, LOL.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 6:42PM
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No doubt tropic! Probably try for a washie, jub, mule, supposedly non-hardy citrus. But having gardenias, brugs, ee's, camellias, and hardy palms as foundation staples would be quite nice!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 3:48PM
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NoVaPlantGuy_Z7b_8a(Alexandria, VA 7B/8A)

Next time you are in Raleigh, visit Pullen Park. There are (or were anyway) quite a few very tall Windmill palms there last time I was there but that was also about 8 years ago. If you google "pullen park palm trees" a good number of photos of them come up. When I was there there was also TONS of seedling windmills growing all over the place as well. So many people grow this palm from the mid Atlantic states, southward it would not shock me to see them start to naturalise in some areas especially from South Eastern Virginia southward. Maybe even in the DE/MD/NJ coastal areas as well. Nice pics! Thank you for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:24PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

The rosemary will grow extremely fast. At least it does for us here in California. I have to constantly trim mine up to keep it within a 5x5 space, and to keep it at eye level so that it doesn't get too tall.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 2:17AM
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