Mid Fall 2011 outdoor pics of my yard!

tropicalzone7(7b)October 25, 2011

Heres whats going on in my yard now! The forecast looks miserable so I did start preparing to get some plants inside and Im hoping to bring in most of the tender plants between tomorrow and Tuesday of Next week.

Spiral Ginger at night

Spiral ginger and Musa Saba during the day time

Spiral ginger and Musa saba at night

My european fan palm and part of my oleander is in this pic. They are both going into their second winter.

Some tropical potted plants on the deck (notice the low sun angle this time of the year)

Heres what it looks like after the plants got pruned a bit. I cut the plumerias for winter and I got rid of all the majesty palms damaged looking fronds

This is not even half of all the things that got pruned off

One of my 2 large livistonias

Spindle palm is bigger than ever, Plumeria divine is semi-dormant

A plumeria inflo that will probably never bloom

The Butterfly gingers are about to flower, that is if they can beat the cold weather!

I love this vine. The flowers remind me of orchids and the size of the flowers are completely unaffected by cooler and shorter days.

All the pool plants!

I dug up my papaya about 2 weeks ago and it did not do well. All the leaves are now gone, but I think it might actually live! Im going to take very good care of this one indoors this winter.

Heres a reminder of what it looked like (the plant is actually about the same height as I am (just a few inches short of 6 feet)..

Thanksgiving cactus is budding early this year which is probably a good thing


The mandevillas are staying strong

All this will probably be dig up by next week. Its going to be very hard to do not just because of all the actual work involved in shoveling the soil around here, but also because of how good they look right now.

Some more budding Thansgiving Cactus

Azalea is in bloom!

Closer look at one of the mandevillea blooms

This area came out great this year and it would look even nicer if the oleanders bloomed longer

This is what happens to all my tree ferns every time. Luckily my Dicksonia looks like it will survive, but I almost lost it!

Healthy fronds slowly growing.

Ball moss from Florida

Another look at the sky vine

Variegated sea hibiscus

A pretty nice annual flower because its a strong bloomer even in the Fall months

And a few more palm pics. This Trachy is going into its 3rd winter and the Livistonia is going into its second.

I had to cut the leaves off of my plumerias today. They will be inside tomorrow

Philodendron leaf with another reliable bloomer that blooms from spring to frost

Majesty palm and Lantana

Pups on my Ice cream banana!

An example of all white Variegation on my Sweet Potato Vine

Im probably not protecting this pindo palm this winter because it only grew one frond this summer and thats after 3 summers in the ground. I have another pindo palm on the other side of my house that has already grown more fronds in one summer than this pindo palm did in 3!

Thanks for looking! Good luck with the cooler weather everyone! I already cant wait until Summer.


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Gosh, I can't believe you have to dig all those beautiful plants. So sad. Don't you just HATE the cold? The weather here in L.A has been simply AWFUL for the past two weeks, dreary, gloomy, in the high 60s. We've been under a deep bank of fog and I think I'm not the only one who's complaining, it is so depressing!
I hope this winter is a short one. I cant wait till March! Good luck with your babies!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 8:08PM
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Thanks! Its sad that most of the tropicals have to be dug up, but at least the palms stay in the ground. That gives me a small taste of the tropics in the winter when they arent covered up from the cold.
The weather here has been cold, cloudy, and wet every morning with dew on everything, and then its sunny and mild in the afternoon. It will be just plain cloudy and cold all day long according to the 10 day forecast. They were predicting a cold November for the Mid Atlantic and they are definitely right, it already looks cold!
I cant wait until March also. March is still too cool here to take out all the tropicals, but at least its usually warm enough to start dragging out about 1/4 of the potted plants by the end of the month. Probably wont see another really warm day here until sometime in April so about 4 months to go!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 10:20PM
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Yard is looking great, too bad its that time of year. Your pindo looks healthy hate to see you sacrifice it cause its slow!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 10:36PM
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knotz(8/PNW SWWA)

VERY nice!!!!!...We covered my greenhouse on Sunday and I told my hubby now we can start counting days until we TAKE IT OFF!!...lol.

Beautiful yard!!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 11:42PM
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I agree, nice pics, nice yard, nice plants! Do you have any idea what type of elephant ear that is? It looks huge! A Jack's Giant maybe?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 12:35AM
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Thanks Chadec! I agree, I wish my yard looked like this in July and not in the last week of October. Its going to be sad to let my pindo palm go, but I have so many more things to protect this winter and I have to focus on the plants that are doing well. But I might still give it some protection so it at least has a fighting chance.

Thanks Knotz! Im already counting the days until my plants go back outside and they didnt even go inside yet! I cant wait until spring. The first snow is always exciting, but I'd rather have 70s all winter long!

Thanks IslandBreeze. I bought the elephant ears at a store as bulbs and I thnk you might be right, it definitely could be a Jack's Giant since I have never had an elephant ear grow to that size and I didnt do anything special to get this one to grow so big. Im excited to see how big the bulb is on this ee, Id imagine its pretty huge! Hopefully it overwinters well indoors (I'm pretty bad at overwintering most bulbs, but I usually have luck with Elephant ears).

Thanks for looking everyone!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 1:04AM
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Looks great alex.

I think you should give the pindo some protection you never know if it might take off next year.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 10:39AM
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Don't give up on Butias,mine has taken 3 years to
get established,it has done very well this year,finally.
I think it was grown out of full sun and had to reestablish
it's normal growth pattern in addition to adjusting to life
in the ground the fist few years.
This Eriospatha has been one of the toughest palms I have...
not sure what the coldest it has seen is but at least 20F
many winter nights.

Why do you think your D.Antarctica dried out???
My best 2 guesses would be it dried out once or is in to much sun???
T.ferns are not very tolerant of soil drying out,one time and they can defoliate...
not the best plant for a busy gardener/person etc.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 11:15AM
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Thanks Dennis! I hope your plants are doing well also. Did you take any indoors yet?

Thanks Jim! I think I might give my pindo palm one more shot, it all depends on how much material I have left to protect it with! And Im pretty sure the dicksonia was damaged because it got too dry one day. It was only one day, but tree ferns arent very forgiving. It is in full shade and so far its doing well again!

Terrible forecast. Winter is really here. Days in the 50s and even 2 nights in the 30s. I have to start taking the plants inside and I protected some tropicals tonight so they wouldnt have cold rain on them (and hopefully they will be nice and warm during the daytime. Im trying to keep these plants growing for as long as possible, but I think time is running out.
And Rain/Snow showers are in the forecast this Saturday! Not looking forward to it. Even if its too warm for snow this close to the coast, it will defintiely be a very cold rain.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 8:06PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Looking good,Alex. My plumerias are going a little dormant,too. Everything is inside my room so I barely have enough room to play guitar! I wish cats didnt eat plants. I could have decorated the house if I knew the cat wouldnt eat them! Alex, what is the lowest temperature you have had recently? I think a few nights ago it went down to 33 degrees here. It was 75 in Virginia a few days ago. My grandparents went motorcycle riding! Ahh, zone 7. I love that zone! Here it is 41 degrees with a high of 48 and a low of 32. Way too cold!!
When I was looking at houses in KY with my family, I saw quite a few banana trees and even some bamboo! It really got me pumped up! My windmill palm is in a decline. The spear wont pull so maybe theres hope.
Hows your velutina doing?
Your plants are looking great. I would say keep up the good work but I dont know if it would be weird for a kid to say that to an adult,lol!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 7:36PM
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Hi Hunter! I have a weather station in a cold spot in yard and the coldest temperature it has recorded so far is 42F. Other nearby weather stations recorded 44F so I guess my yard is a little bit cooler (I wish it wasnt true!).
I had to take in a lot of plants today because the forecast is really cold. Saturday is suppose to get to 33F so it looks like this year we will get our first frost a month earlier than the time we got our first frost last year. Hopefully we get the cold over with in early winter and things warm up for late winter and spring!
My Plumeria was a big challenge to take inside today, it stands at over 10 feet tall right now! I remember 3 years ago when I got it as a 1 foot tall stick.
Banana trees and bamboo is a good sign of a nice climate! My Velutina is doing good. The bananas never really did ripen enough to eat, but I guess the seeds are somewhere on the ground. The pup outgrew the mother plant this year and It has some more pups on its way! I'll probably dig it up this year since its still small, but I'll keep it in the ground next winter.
Thanks for looking! Im glad you liked the pics!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 8:32PM
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I dug up most of my plants and they are now inside safe from the storm, but I still have my pool plants (covered) outside and a few others outside. My mandevillea was beautiful still since it had so many flowers on it, but Im not sure what will be left of it after this weekend (I covered it though).

Anyone else have their plants inside now, and how much snow are you all getting? So far no snow here yet, hopefully the mild ocean temperatures can keep the snow away for a few more hours. The problem with noreasters is that it almost always gets colder as the day goes on and this storm will be no exception.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 10:27AM
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