July garden photos

chadec7aJuly 3, 2011

Well the rain has stopped and the heat wave is in full effect. We have only dropped out of the 90's a time or two. The garden is not where I want it but it's coming along.

My windmills.

Sabal minor bloom.

My bismarkia fronds with cannas in the background.

My new crape myrtle

Silver euro palm

Some agaves that just don't stop growing.

This hibicus has two different color blooms

Naners and EE's

Thanks for looking,

Chad

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subtropix

As I view your pics, I reflexively divide them all into ones that I can include in the garden and those that are a real challenge.

Problem Plants: Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, Euonymous, and Hosta.

Safe plants: Crape Myrtles, palms, Yucca, Opuntia, Elephant ears, bananas, and Agave.

I would have includes Canna as safe--until the deer ate them--leaves and flowers.

P.S. What is the shrub between the Trachys in the first picture>

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 9:12PM
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chadec7a

Those are azaleas, some are newer than others. I didn't like the location of the shrubs when I move here. The leaves vary slightly but when the plant fills in more it shouldn't be noticable, I hope!
I have seen deer eating the apples right off of my apple tree, but they have never bothered any plants. My biggest problem would be the insects leaving pinholes in all the leaves.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 10:03PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Nice plants! Your first pic of the side of your house looks EXACTLY like my grandparents house! (Just with different plants)

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 10:33PM
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chadec7a

Thanks Hunter, that is actually the front of my house. The bed is a giant U shape where you can walk into the center.
This is the side of my house. I removed a maple tree last year so now this area gets afternoon sun. But the azaleas are still having a hard time. The nandina firepower is right at home. I have the windmill on a severe lean, I hope that it gives the plant an interesting shape as it grows.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 11:11PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Actually thats what I meant. When I posted the message I had front in mind but I typed side.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 12:05AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Great pics! Everything looks great! Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 1:21AM
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chadec7a

Alex- I was wondering how your angle trumpets are doing? Mine are about 3' high and I am not seeing any signs of blooming this year. Everyone else's around here is about twice that in size. I'm thinking I may need to leave them in the ground this year and protect them if I don't get any blooms.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 2:28AM
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dixieboy

Look'in good Chad, we are still in a serious drought situation here in the coastal regions.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 8:02AM
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chadec7a

Thanks dixieboy, I'm starting to feel your pain with the drought thing.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 10:06AM
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jimhardy

Looking good there Chad buddy.

Your Rose mallow is way ahead of mine.

If it's that warm there you can water those Trachys practically
everyday,they don't seem to mind the heat as much this way...
In their "native" habitat monsoon rains blitz them quite
often during the warm season....winter being the dry time.
That's why we see so many probs with overwintering them in(most of) the U.S.

Looking good!

I like the Siam ruby,one of the prettiest bananas IMO!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 12:52PM
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chadec7a

Thanks Jim, my trachy's love getting watered as much as my bananas. Your right about overwintering them, my sabals tend to be more hardy for me here in N.C.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 1:11PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

I wish I was back in good 'ol zone 7. Not yet though. Mabye next year. Im anxious to plant some windmills and needles the most.Do you have any needles?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 2:42PM
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chadec7a

Hunter, I have 4 needles planted throughout my yard. The largest one is in full sun and the others are in my shade garden infront of the house.
Here are a few pics.





another windmill with 3 sabal minors planted around it. the minor in front is a sabal Louisiana seedling.

Trachycarpus Princeps not sure if you can see the white on the fronds due to the rain we have had today.

These make for really good potted palms also if you don't know for sure when or if you will be moving back to zone 7.

Thanks,

Chad

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 7:20PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Wow, they are nice! Heres my needle palm:

I know they are slow growers but how long do you think it might take for the fronds to start looking like mature fronds?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 7:56PM
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chadec7a

Not sure about that, as slow as a needle grows it will grow even slower in a pot. It's a very nice looking palm, just keep it happy and in time it will reward you. I have an trachy waggie thats about the same size as yours an the fronds have not split yet. And one with a 2" trunk that has the fronds split. But every palm is different.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 9:29PM
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HardyPalmFreak((7b)(Bronx, NY))

Do you protect any of your palms in N.C.?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 10:30PM
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chadec7a

HardyPalmFreak- I have never protected the large needle palm or any of the minors. the large minors with the costapalmate fronds are new this year and will get protected along with the trachys and small needles.
I also protect my seedlings- sabal birmingham, brazoia, savannah ga. and louisiana. If these were of a 3 gallon size they would not get any protection either.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 10:50PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Oops, I posted that twice, lol.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 11:03PM
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chadec7a

Well I guess the drought is over. I can't believe it's raining so hard my gutters are failing.


    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 10:32PM
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protempsfish

Your yard is lookin good bro. Keep up the good work.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 2:00PM
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andyandy(6bMI)

Chad-
Great job, keep it up and please send some of that rain our way. I'm having to water my palms and garden daily and my lawn looks like hay.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 3:00PM
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jacklord(7A)

Very nice. Does anyone else in your neighborhood grow tropicals?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 3:21PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

I just saw the rain pics now! Looks like some drought relief for you! We could use a nice rain here and we should be getting it today!
-Alex

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 3:39PM
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chadec7a

Thanks Protempsfish!

Jacklord, nobody else grows any tropicals around here. All you ever see are yuccas and opuntias. You will come across afew windmills in downtown Winston Salem. But no tropical gardens. I tend to make everyone jealous.

Andy and Alex I hope yall got some rain cause it ain't stopping down here.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 3:53PM
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jimhardy

Looks like the heavy rain axis has shifted away from us....
hardly a drop here after almost 18" in 6(or so) weeks.

Princeps look great!

Glad to see you scored some rain-time to pull the hose
out here..... for only the second time this year.

They are saying maybe temps around 100 here,end of next week.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 5:56PM
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chadec7a

Jim, that might be a good thing, the heat is whats causing all of our storms. With the right front you could get some afternoon rain as well. Just hope you don't get the lightin storms we have been having. I have seen large oaks and maples brought down this week!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 6:09PM
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